Stephine Poston loved working for the government of her tribe, the Pueblo of Sandia. However, after 11 years on the job, she simultaneously hit the glass ceiling and decided she wanted more time to spend with her children. So in 2002, she launched Poston & Associates, a full-service communications firm specializing in tribal and government issues. Poston says that running Poston & Associates allows her to pursue her passion: “honor[ing] tribal communities by showcasing their authentic narrative through inspiring marketing, public relations, strategic facilitation, training and event planning.”
Poston is no stranger to seeking out resources to amplify her success. She’s a graduate of the Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders Program, where she learned about the Procurement Technical Assistance Center and SCORE.
Poston meets with her SCORE mentor, Dar Johnson, every four to six weeks. Johnson has helped Poston get her financials in order, freeing her up to direct her time and energy to what she’s best at — communications. Johnson is also helping her pursue federal government contracts and has encouraged her to gain 8(a) certification, which would make her eligible for a wide range of support from the Minority Business Development Agency.