Entrepreneur Nicole Smartt Releases Book

By Christi Warren
The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Nicole Smartt is the author of a new book, “From Receptionist to Boss.” Part autobiography, part self-help book, it is filled with insights Smartt learned during a career that has taken her to co-owner of a California staffing firm.

The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Nothing about Nicole Smartt’s past would indicate she’d end up as a businesswoman and author. Same goes for the fact that she writes columns that regularly appear online in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and soon the New York Daily News.

And, really, that’s by her own admission.

After graduating from Casa Grande High School in 2003, Smartt signed up to take a few classes at Santa Rosa Junior College.

She holds no degrees.

“You know how you’re supposed to take the English placement test?” the 30-year-old Petaluma native said. “I didn’t qualify at all. I got into the entry-level beginner English class where I was with people learning how to speak English.”

Now, she is the author of a new book, “From Receptionist to Boss,” out Thursday from Advantage Media Group. Part autobiography, part self-help book, it is filled with insights Smartt learned during a career that has taken her to co-owner of a Petaluma staffing firm.

The daughter of Cindy Collins and Kirk Smartt, Nicole began working at an early age, arranging her high school schedule so she could accommodate two jobs in retail as well as basketball practice.

“I never wanted to be an entrepreneur when I graduated from high school,” she said. “With each opportunity I just seized the moment and it led me to something else, and I just put all that I could into each decision and it led me to where I am now.”

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