Stephane Kabadi, founder of Mokonzy IT, climbed the corporate IT ladder to a senior systems engineer position at Microsoft and never thought he would start his own company. Then he met his future wife, an entrepreneur who encouraged him to launch Mokonzy after he moved from his home of Paris, France to live with her in Palm Coast.
"When I moved to the United States, I didn't speak any English at all," Kabadi said. "My wife believed in me more than I believed in myself. She told me I could do it despite my language barrier. I spent the next year taking English classes and also learned that our pastor was an entrepreneur himself. I attended his business networking group and got three clients that day."
Mokonzy IT provides IT services to small and medium sized businesses with particular expertise in helping them implement cloud computing solutions.
"We help small businesses transition their systems completely to mobile, cloud-based infrastructure and educate them on the benefits and advantages to virtualized mobile systems," Kabadi explained. "We emphasize customer service experience. At Microsoft, I learned the customer experience is what makes the difference. We partner with our customers and help them throughout the whole process of moving them to a mobilized, virtual system giving them the best customer service."
Kabadi's advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to get connected to others. "First is to take utilize support organizations and know what resources are available to you," he said. "Go to FLVEC.com and chambers of commerce because they know where to go to find assistance. Don't do it alone and stay isolated. Then you'll meet people who can help you avoid mistakes. Second is network. Go out, talk to people and participate in your community."