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The Carthens Law Firm

Zshakira Carthens is the sole proprietor of Carthens Law Firm, located in Fayetteville, NC. Inspired by her family and the lives that she would make an impact on, Zshakira decided to open Carthens Law Firm. Her law firm represents clients in the areas of family law and personal injury including divorce, child custody, child support, property division, alimony, and adoptions.

Before opening her business, Carthens knew that she enjoyed spending time with other attorneys and learning from their experiences. Between serving in the military, going to Law school and building her career, Carthens knew deep down that entrepreneurship was made for her.

“I enjoyed my time spent working with other attorneys and learning from more experienced attorneys in a small firm environment.  Despite the advantages of working with other attorneys, I quickly learned that the advantages of starting my own firm and becoming a solo practitioner far outweighed the perks of working for others,” said Carthens.

After working for a small firm and realizing the limitations, she decided it was time to open her own law firm, which focused on areas that she was passionate about – family law and personal injury. “I have also always had the heart and mind of an entrepreneur. I have always been interested in building something, creating systems, and having the ability to do my own thing,” said Carthens.

To expand her business, Carthens needed working capital to support staff. Therefore, Carthens applied for a loan with CSBDF, at a reduced interest provided by the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program, powered by Bank of America.

Within the next five years, Carthens plans to continue working towards her definition of success and expand her business by hiring more staff. She hopes to reach a point where her business runs smoothly in her absence, allowing her to maintain a good work balance and take some long vacations.

Carthens believes business success derives from pursuing passions and achieving financial goals, but that “a profitable business, without a sense of peace, joy, and meaningful relationships with God, friends and my family would mean nothing.”