The Story of Task Mania
Task Mania’s owner/founder Katrina Bragg holds an AB in Business Administration (2008) from AB-Tech, graduating with honors. She won several awards, certificates, and recognition for her outstanding achievements. She was the treasurer of two different organizations at the same time and won Distinguished Chapter Officer in Phi Theta Kappa in 2007. She graduated with honors in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration. During that time, she became Microsoft Office Certified in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2017.
Katrina recalls that soon after enrollment, she was challenged to write a business plan as a class project. Rising to the challenge, she actively created a business to earn an A. That effort would lead to the Small Business Center, where she learned about the Student Business Incubator, a one-year extracurricular experience designed to help students start solvent businesses.
“I worked hard during that first year to take my idea from imagination to a fully developed business plan,” she says. “Just like that, Task Mania was a business!”
The year flew by. Between nurturing a start-up, networking for the business, and serving as treasurer for Phi Beta Lambda, a business fraternity, and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society, Bragg still found time for home and family. At the end of that year, she knew her business model was viable. Accepted into the two-year Small Business Incubator program, with its 87% success rate, she was able to make fewer costly mistakes than those without the support.
“I took full advantage of the SBI offerings: advice from lawyers, accountants and marketers,” she says.
By 2009, Task Mania received a Fast Start Award from the Small Business Center. The Sky-High Growth Award from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce followed closely, reserved for new businesses which achieve three consecutive years of double-digit growth.
Over a decade later, Task Mania continues to thrive, still offering core business administrative support. More recently, Katrina has begun to develop specialized solutions to the problems small business owners face, such as “Finishing Touches” to assist with end of life decisions.