Marcus walks you through his unlikely journey from college dropout waiting tables to successful entrepreneur.

To be an entrepreneur, you don’t need wealth or higher education. You simply need to understand the language of business. This understanding is available to everyone, making entrepreneurship the great equalizer that lets anyone overcome the challenges of our changing world.

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We now know that a suboptimal public health and healthcare system can bring our entire world to a complete stop, result in a needless number of deaths, and put our wonderful healthcare workers in unnecessary danger. Our collective demand for prioritized investment, higher standards, and embrace of innovation will become the norm. Leaders will be on notice.

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In celebration of Black History Month, LinkedIn for Small Business is shining the spotlight on some inspirational small-business owners making big moves in their industries.

“Focus on your strengths, deliver value to paying customers and do what you love.”

Get to know Healthcare, Pro Sports & Digital Content Entrepreneur Marcus Whitney. #BlackHistoryMonth

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Marcus Whitney built his career in technology and as an entrepreneur from the ground up.

“I got into tech as a way to not be waiting tables and to take care of my family,” Whitney said. “I started teaching myself how to code. Back then, you did not have Nashville Software School, or even online schools for code, like Code Academy. You had to go to a bookstore and get a paper book and read it.”

That was the first step. It landed Whitney a job in software development at Nashville-based Health Stream and later with the email marketing start-up, Emma.

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