TGC Centre stands for The Great Community Centre. One might wonder why founder, Nasyrah Hanim Zainuddin picked the name for the company. For the answer, you’d have to go back to 10 years ago, when she struggled with her life – emotionally and physically.
The 28-year-old entrepreneur, Nasyrah Hanim or fondly known as Sya has been showing great interest in entrepreneurship since she was young. As the youngest sibling in the family, she picked up the business skills efficiently by observing her parents, who used to work in the insurance industry.
At the age of 18, Nasyrah decided to practise her skills by joining a multi-level company. In that time, she’s learned more than just being an entrepreneur. She’s learned how to be an effective people person and how to handle rejection which is a crucial element that should have in every entrepreneur.
After some time, she decided to set up her own business. “I was doing excellent in the MLM company. So I was thinking, hey why don’t I start my own business?” And that’s when the negatives of life controlled her.
“I used to sell Muslimah attire, food products, kids supplements, you name it. I want to follow the trend, be a so-called founder. But I failed miserably, I struggled in doing business. The profit was there, but at the end of the day, I had no cash reserved,” she recalls.
Things got sour after her marriage. As a single mother at a very young age, she had no time to blame her life. Packed up her products and pamphlets, carried her baby, and off to LRT station to sell off the products. She would do anything to survive with her baby. “I had to sell my jewellery to buy milk for my baby, I went from house-to-house to sell my products. It was tough but I have to be strong for my baby.”
TGC Centre, giving hopes to single mothers
Fast-forward, TGC Centre was commenced in February 2019 – an impressive feat for a business that began with a hardship. Nevertheless, persistence has marked the success of the company.
TGC Centre focuses on single mother, housewives, mompreneurs and also youth to help them to be entrepreneurs. “I noticed there are many people out there had the same experience as mine. They often asked me how do you stand up from failure? So TGC Centre is the answer for them.”
“Business is a game of chess, think carefully before each move and make every move count.”
TGC Centre has around 600 agents across the country including in Brunei. Many of them come from challenging backgrounds and, for them, this is a platform for them to be someone and have a purpose in life. “This is my mission and my battle to help women like me to have a meaningful life, and to know that we are here to listen and help them.”
Helping women to be a thriving leader
Over the years, TGC Centre continued to help their agents to be successful entrepreneurs. But, it isn’t something that happens overnight. Nasyrah leads more than just a boss, she understands her team, listens to them and acknowledges their targets in life.
“We have successfully created a CEO, Abydah Ramly, the founder of Wow Balloonz who made RM 50,000 cash reserved from selling TGC snacks. At TGC Centre, it’s more than just selling our products. We train them to be a leader.”
“If a task has once begun. Never leave it till it’s done.”
In addition, Nasyrah works closely with the Selangor state government in creating more employment opportunities. “Do you know there are approximately 14,000 dropout students in Selangor? As a community centre, what we do is whoever has an interest in making money, we’ll take them and train them from scratch. In fact, our youngest agent is a 13-year-old kid.”
A clear view for 2020
“This is our direction as we plan to transform 1,000 women entrepreneurs for 2020 and creating more CEO.” With the recent launching of their in-house product, Chemilan, local snacks, Nasyrah remains driven to offer quality products and attractive packaging at affordable price.
Curious to know her secret to success, Nasyrah shares with WargaBiz that success depends on the person’s attitude. “Don’t be greedy and copy what other people are doing. Find your own experience and start from the bottom. Since I fell so badly and repeatedly, I eventually began to learn that it’s crucial to surround yourself with positive people who you can seek help whenever you need them.”
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