Editor’s Note: Sonja Ebron is the Founder and CEO of Courtroom5. This article is part of a WRAL TechWire gratitude series published in November 2021.

DURHAM – I try to stay in a place of gratitude. It’s just easier to progress that way, because mindset is everything. The positive mindset makes determined progress.

I celebrate my health. It’s a privilege that I recognize more and more as I get older. I am grateful that I used all of my senses and that I can get up and walk when I want to.

I celebrate my family and the health and well-being of my loved ones. I have learned to be a better human through long relationships with people I care about, and I thank them daily.

I am grateful for the work I have the privilege of doing every day, creating software to help people represent themselves in court when they are not able to hire a lawyer. I celebrate the good hardworking people I work with, all passionately committed to our mission of justice.

Durham legal tech startup Courtroom5 is a 2021 Founders of Color Showcase finalist

I celebrate entrepreneurship here in North Carolina and the United States in general. My work is made possible by our country’s commitment to fostering innovation in all areas of life.

As an entrepreneur in the Triangle region, I am grateful for the ecosystem that we have developed here. There are resources for people who are considering becoming an entrepreneur, as well as for those who are preparing to sell their third or fourth business. Resources are available for entrepreneurs opening a restaurant or barbershop, and for those starting the next Unicorn tech startup. I am especially grateful for the work of NC IDEA and the Center for Entrepreneurial Development, for Helius and other nonprofits incubating small businesses, and for HQ Raleigh and American Underground. I am grateful to political leaders who recognize the value of a strong entrepreneurial culture.

It’s not widely recognized, but we also have many sources of capital here in the Triangle, and I appreciate that. One part is calm; you may not know that these organizations and individuals exist until they want to. But great ideas can find early stage funding right here in North Carolina, whether it’s debt financing, angel investors, or venture capital. You don’t have to visit Silicon Valley, Boston, or Austin to start the next billion dollar business.

Black-owned Courtroom5 is one of 5 companies to receive support from the SheEO women’s investment community

There are also huge talents in the Triangle, from software engineers to business leaders. Three of the best universities in the country can be found here. We have a vibrant and distinguished culture that attracts the best people from across the country and around the world. I am grateful that Courtroom5 was able to recruit our team from among the talents of North Carolina. We are convinced that our future hires are prepared by local companies at all stages.

I’m grateful that I can find the essentials of any successful startup – an entrepreneurial ecosystem, sufficient capital, and talented people – right here in the Triangle.