ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES – Day 12

Day 12 of the ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES!!  PLEASE make sure you READ, COMMENT, TAKE NOTES, and SHOW SOME LOVE to the fabulous folks doing awesome things! ~ 
Be Inspired!!!~

Chari Twitty-Hawkins – Houston, TX. – ChariTs Inspirational Creations  
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself
I am a first and foremost a blessed woman of God.  I am blessed to be a stay at home mom of twins with a passion for inspiring others!  I love learning, the arts, rocking my natural hair, being green, being a wife and so much more!
Explain what type of business you operate?  I create handmade inspirational jewelry! Religious jewelry, natural hair earrings, cause awareness, going green, motherhood, the arts, sorority jewelry…anything that promotes positivity, I can make it for you! You can find my inspirational creations at www.cicinspireme.com.
How long have you been in business? Almost 2 years right after I had my babies.
How did you get the name for your business? I was raised volunteering and helping others in my younger years and have a heart for charity. I took the word charity and spelled it with my nickname (Chari) and added my then last initial (T) to the end. Then I added Inspirational Creations to become ChariT’s Inspirational Creations because my jewelry is made to inspire! (Regina: VERY Creative!)
What motivated you to start this type of business?
After the birth of my twins, I was laid off which some would consider a bad thing. I consider it a blessing in disguise. During those first CRAZY months of taking care of my twins I said God I need to do something for me. I asked Him Lord what do you want me to do? Then one day I was on Etsy looking at all of the unique handmade things and thought hmm I could make my own jewelry. But what kind? Then it came to me, I love to inspire people so why not make jewelry with an inspirational theme? And the idea was born!
What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids? A great support system! I have learned the importance of this as a business owner. I am currently a member of the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs and ibloom. Also a great marketing strategy, determination, a willingness to learn ALWAYS, and great customer service! (Regina: ALL Awesome tools, You can do nothing without support, determination, and good customer service!!)
Where do you see your business in 5 years? I see my business branching out into motivational speaking and performing. I am a lover of poetry, dance, theatre, and music and plan to get back into those areas of my life to inspire others!
Okay, so speaking of inspiration, what inspires you?
God inspires me, living my purpose, and seeing others live their passion and purpose in life thus giving others permission to do the same!
Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire?
My business icon is Oprah Winfrey. She has a superb team, helps others, and has her hands in so many business ventures. I love it!
If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them?
I would tell them to live their passion and purpose! To never give up, always be willing to learn, have a great support system personally and professionally and a great mentor too! God is behind them so there is nothing they can’t do!
FABULOUS!! I am definitely a fan of your work! You are indeed very inspiring!

Smooches,
Regina

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ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES – Day 10

~Day 10 of the ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES!!  PLEASE make sure you READ, COMMENT, TAKE NOTES, and SHOW SOME LOVE to the fabulous folks doing awesome things! ~ 
Be Inspired!!!~
Davida Green-Norris writing as Dicey Grenor, Houston, Texas – Published Author
TWITTER: @DiceyGrenor
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
I have a twenty-two-month-old son and a four-year-old daughter. I have been married for five years to a man I met my last year of law school. I want what most parents do, to provide a happy, safe environment for my children, and be a good example for them to follow. I love reading, writing, and watching movies.
Explain what type of business you operate?
My husband and I have a law practice: Norris & Norris LLP (http://norrislawyers.com). He primarily focuses on intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks), while I primarily draft, review, and negotiate contracts. I also do business formations and parole board revocation hearings a few times a month. Together, we also operate Dicey Grenor Books (http://diceygrenorbooks.com), which means we sell books that I’ve written. (Regina: LOL! Way to maximize exposure!)
How long have you been in business?
We’ve had our law partnership since 2007. We’ve been selling my books for eight months.
How did you get the name for your business?
Naming our law practice was easy. We just used our last name. Naming our book business required a little more thought, but once I came up with my pen, there was no other name that would fit. “Dicey” alerts folks to the type of books I write: unpredictable, risky. (Regina: Yes! They are VERY Risque!!)
What motivated you to start this type of business?
My husband and I are entrepreneurs at heart, I believe. Perhaps we inherited that attitude from our parents since both sets are successful in real estate and my husband’s family has owned and operated a successful soul food restaurant in Chicago for many years. We learned early on that running a business takes dedication, passion, and skills. The first two came easy. The latter we acquired over the years and applied without hesitation.
What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids?
1. Laptop 2. Internet/Email account 3. Cell phone 4. Business Cards 5. Reliable transportation
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
With residual income that requires us to work less than fifteen to twenty hours a day. Hopefully.
What inspires you?
My children’s futures.
Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire?
I like rags to riches stories and admire anyone who has overcome severe obstacles to become successful in his or her respective career. There are many who fit this description. However, as a wife, mother, attorney, and author, I’m more interested in watching and learning from someone who strikes a balance with several roles and appears successful in each. That’s harder to find. Jada Pinkett Smith seems to have found a way to make it work. I admire that. (Regina: Yes, Ma’am, she is a hard working woman!)
If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them?
You can work anywhere and make money to pay bills. So if all you want is to make money, get a job. If you’re going to start a business, make sure it’s doing something you LOVE to do. You’ll continue to do it. You’ll continue to improve. And eventually the money will come. In the end, you will be much more fulfilled.
Is there anything you would like to add?
Thank you so much for thinking of me. I enjoyed doing this interview and wish much success to any of your readers interested in starting their own business. (Regina: Aww, aren’t you sweet! I enjoyed having you!)

Mrs. Davida Green-Norris AND Her Alter-Ego Dicey Grenor Ladies & Gentlemen!!


Smooches,
Regina

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ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES – Day 9

~Day 9 of the ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES!!  PLEASE make sure you READ, COMMENT, TAKE NOTES, and SHOW SOME LOVE to the fabulous folks doing awesome things! ~ 
Be Inspired!!!~
Tamika Newhouse, Atlanta, GA. – “Published Author”
LINKEDIN: TamikaNewhouse
FACEBOOK: TamikaNewhouse

  

Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
I am a 26 year old woman who had a dream of being a novelist at the age of twelve. By the time I was 21 I had my own company a major book deal and was a mother of two. My dreams became my main goals to pursue.
Explain what type of business you operate?
I am a book publisher. I publish books for us and by us. That simple!
How long have you been in business?
At the age of 21 I launched my own publishing company, Delphine Publications by publishing my own book The Ultimate NO NO. I went on from that book and landed a major book deal without an agent all the while publishing other authors and continuing to write independently. It has been a total of five years now.
How did you get the name for your business?
I named my company Delphine after my late mother, Delphine Jamison for the sole purpose of paying her tribute and continuing on her legacy.
What motivated you to start this type of business?
I always tell people I am writer, writing didn’t choose me it chose me. So when starting this company I just simply wanted to write. I had no clue it would grow into something more that could actually take care of me and my family.
What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids?
Determination, creativity, motivation, basic math skills, and obsession. (Regina: FABULOUS, these business aids are obviously important but are not material items!)
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I see my company growing in numbers by at least double the amount. I see a wide range of writers that I have helped along the way make their publishing dreams come true and I see myself speaking about my journey as a young businesswoman.
What inspires you?
What inspire me are the ones I see around me that are unhappy but lazy. I never want to live a life just because. I want to live the life I have always wanted and live out my dreams.
Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire?
I admire Demetria Lucas and Zane. I love the image that Demetria puts out to the worlds and I love the empire that Zane has built. They both motivate me.
If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them?
If you are not obsessed about your dream then walk away from it now. It takes an obsessed person to go through the hell you are about to walk through in order to live out your destiny.



Author BIO:

Tamika Newhouse is a self-published bestselling author who founded Delphine Publications, at the age of 21; Tamika appeared on various bestseller lists and won Self Published Author of the Year at the 2009 African American Literary Awards only 9 months after her debut novel. In 2010 she was inducted into Who’s who in Black San Antonio and she landed a major publishing deal without an agent and still continues to write independent projects. In 2011 her company Delphine Publications won an African American Literary Award for Best Anthology as well as Tamika won for the second time Self Published Author of the Year. She was also nominated by the National Women in Business Association for the 2011 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

Along with Delphine Publications, Tamika is the founder and President of African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC) – an online book club and radio show catering to avid readers across the nation. She is also CEO of Obsessive Soul Media. With future projects in the works from short films, stage plays and much more, Tamika is a young woman on a mission. She founded the Baltimore Urban Book Festival in 2011 and runs and operates the event today.

Tamika presently tours the country speaking about overcoming her teen pregnancy to fulfill her dream, as well as teaching aspiring writers the publishing ropes. A former radio host, she hosted her own Internet radio show (AAMBC) for over three years and continues to expand her brand. She is currently living in San Antonio with her son and daughter and is currently working on her fifth novel He’s My Favorite Mistake.

For Bookings: Nikki@NikkiWalkerPR.net

A Woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it!!
Thanks Tamika!

Smooches,
Regina

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ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES – Day 8

~Day 8 of the ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES!!  PLEASE make sure you READ, COMMENT, TAKE NOTES, and SHOW SOME LOVE to the fabulous folks doing awesome things! ~ 
Be Inspired!!!~

Trivia Spencer, Grand Prairie, Texas – “Pawstry Market”
TWITTER: mizezspencer
LINKEDIN: Trivia Spencer
GOOGLE+: coming soon 😉
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself. I am from Chicago Illinois, been in Texas for almost half of my life.. Air Force veteran. Mother of 3 great kids and fur mommy to 2 beautiful boxers.
Explain what type of business you operate? Pet Treat Bakery
How long have you been in business? 2 years
How did you get the name for your business? I wanted to develop something that would represent cats and dogs, and also reflect the other levels that I want to take the business to. Currently we make baked “ccokies” for dogs and baked cat treats, the future is a store front that provides pet friendly meals and treats- not just kibble out of a bag.

What motivated you to start this type of business? The love of my fur baby Roxxy- I wanted to create healthy and safe treats for her when she turned 1 and couldn’t find anything in the pet stores that I was comfortable with.
What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids? Cell phone, email, software for bakery, portable payment system and Facebook page. (Regina: YES! Marketing truly matters!)
Where do you see your business in 5 years? I see my business being a full time retail location with meals and treats and a sponsor for Autism speaks and a neighborhood dog park and walking trail. (Regina: WELL, ALRIGHTY THEN!!! Talk about a five year plan, THAT’s what’s up!!)
What inspires you? My family, dogs included. They have been very supportive and continue to come up with creative ideas and marketing campaigns. They also keep me on point, when I don’t have orders they keep me motivated to continue to refine products and come up with new ideas.
Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire? Liddabit a Sweets– they are a small business based in NY. A dream and a kitchen and their little company have become something fabulous. Their operation isn’t high tech or fancy, but they provide wonderful treats and take pride in the ingredients and their process. (Regina: Ehem… You know I’m from Brooklyn right? Shout out to my hometown BROOKLYN, BROOKLYN!! sorry… please continue!)
If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them? Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have a good idea!! (Regina: EXACTLY, America was built on small ideas!)

What an awesome lady! This makes me ALMOST want a dog… ALMOST!
Thanks, Trivia!


Smooches,
Regina 

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ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES – Day 7

~Day 7 of the ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES!!  PLEASE make sure you READ, COMMENT, TAKE NOTES, and SHOW SOME LOVE to the fabulous folks doing awesome things! ~ 
Be Inspired!!!~
Petula Wright, Stockbridge, Georgia – “Express Editing & Writing Services”
TWITTER: @Petula1968
LINKEDIN: Petula Wright
FACEBOOK: Petula.Wright
GOOGLE+PetulaWright
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
I’m a writer, editor and journalist with about 18 years experience as well as the blogger behind “It’s a woman’s world,” which I’ve been writing for about five years. I’ve written for CampusTalkBlog.com as the first-time college mom for Parents’ Perspective as well as contributing to other sites. When I’m not writing (or reading, which I love!), I’m being mommy to 5-year-old Anna, 7-year-old Amareah and Andre, who’s 8 as well as mom to almost 21-year-old Amber. And, in a few months, I’ll be a grandmother to a baby girl.
Explain what type of business you operate?
My “official” business is Express Editing & Writing Services. I began my career as a newspaper journalist then began working as an editor and writer for magazines. That transitioned into freelance magazine article writing and I began freelancing while still working at a publication full time. Eventually, I became a full-time contractor and freelancer who wrote magazine articles, consulted with editorial teams and edit magazine articles, edit manuscripts, served as a ghostwriter for professionals and authors as well as a myriad of other editorial duties.
Everything I do falls under that business, but I consider my blog as my main venture now since most things are done as the blogger from “It’s a woman’s world!” J

How long have you been in business?
I’ve been in the industry 18 years, but the business was established 16 years ago.
How did you get the name for your business?
The only thing I remember about coming up with a name was trying to express exactly what I do. I guess it didn’t work to well because people still ask me if I write resumes, which actually don’t have to be done by a writer.
With my blog, I had one that was really narrow in focus and I wanted one that expressed who I am and what I like to talk about as well as include the laziness of covering topics I love without being so newsy and journalistic. You know, more creative.
What motivated you to start this type of business?
At the time, I didn’t make much money at the magazine I was working for and it was a very high-stress environment. I knew I could still do what I love without having the stress of that particular work environment. I love the written word and doing this as a business seems natural.
What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids?
As long as I have my laptop with Internet connection and my cell phone then all is right with the world. Seriously, some other things I find invaluable are the 4-in-1 printer (printer, scanner, copier, fax) and scale for postage.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
This is a great question and something I’ve considered a lot. Although I continue to offer editorial services and maintain my blog, I really want to evolve into an author. Blogger and author. I envision continuing editorial consultations, but my blog will go from mommy blog to author’s blog (or maybe the mommy author blog!). There are several book projects in the works and balancing life and work to complete them is a top goal.
What inspires you?
Things I love and enjoy inspire me. My children… nature: sun, clouds, stars, breeze…
Emotions often inspire my creative works…
Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire?
Business ethic? That’s a tough one. I actually don’t know anyone personally whose business ethic I admire, but I truly respect the empires, so to speak, that different celebrities have built. For instance, Oprah Winfrey (I remember watching her as a newscaster in the 80s), Mary Kate & Ashley (we all know how they started), Will and Jada, Raven Symone, … Those people who have worked in the entertainment industry, but have built businesses that are much bigger than what they started out as. (Regina: YES, I LOVE Raven Symone’s work ethic! Great business mind to be so young!)
If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them?
Think about this: What do you have a passion for? Something that moves you and that you’re skilled at… Something that you would do for free. If you don’t have that feeling about your current entrepreneurial idea then, if I were you, I would reconsider. We all have gifts that we’re meant to share with the world – the people around us – when we operate within those gifts and concentrate on our purpose everything we want will ultimately (and eventually!) result in success.
Is there anything you would like to add?
Keep in mind that even if you’re doing something you love it’s going to take hard work. Envision yourself rock climbing – using belays and everything – that’s how much strength you’ll need to make your thing a success.

ABSOLUTELY!!!!!
Thanks, Petula!


Smooches,
Regina

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ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES – Day 6

~Day 6 of the ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES!!  PLEASE make sure you READ, COMMENT, TAKE NOTES, and SHOW SOME LOVE to the fabulous folks doing awesome things! ~ 
Be Inspired!!!~

Marvin Washington, New York, NY. – “Harlem Express Inc.”
TWITTER: @harlemsmover @imamover
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/harlemexpressinc
GOOGLE+
Tell us about Marvin –  I’m a 43 year old father of 2 lovely kids: a son 18 years old (Eric) and a daughter 10 (Erica). I’m a God fearing man who loves helping others.
What type of business you operate? A small moving service that provides loading and unloading service and small moves: Harlem Express Inc.
How long have you been in business? I’ve been in the relocation industry for about 14 years, but have been running my own business now for 2 years.
How did you get the name for your business? From the area I stay in, Harlem N.Y. and the quickness I could use to respond with service!
What motivated you to start this type of business? Being in the relocation industry for so long, it was a natural progression to get to the point where I run my own business.
What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids? Google +, Twitter, Buffer, Tweet Scheduler and Timely.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Self-sufficient, serving more than one state and providing more employment for people along the way.
What inspires you? the great gift of life, my kids, God and the love of my life and soon to be wife Rachel Thompson.
Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire? Donald Trump, McDonalds dollar menu (great service, great price!) and Rachel Thompson for the nerve and the guts to push on! (Regina: I most definitely agree on Donald Trump but I am mad about the McDonalds! LOL and now I’m hungry!!)
If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them? Never give up on your dreams and always keep faith with God in your heart and soul and always stay humble. (Regina: EXCELLENT ADVICE -NEVER GIVE UP, KEEP THE FAITH, AND STAY HUMBLE!! LOVE IT!)

Thank you Marvin!


Smooches,
Regina

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ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES – Day 4

~Day 4 of the ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES!!  PLEASE make sure you READ, COMMENT, TAKE NOTES, and SHOW SOME LOVE to the fabulous folks doing awesome things! ~ 
Be Inspired!!!~

Selena Cochran, Rochester, NY. 
Selena’s Write”

TWITTER:@AWonder
LINKEDIN: Selena Cochran
FACEBOOK: Selena Cochran and Selena’s Write
GOOGLE+: Selena Cochran


Tell the readers a little bit about yourself and Explain what type of business you operate?
A: I like to say I’m a communications’ jack-of-all-trades with extensive experience in numerous facets of  communication, administration, and creative expression.

I’m copy writer, editor, avid blogger, spoken word artist, and author whose core competencies include ghost writing, editorial consulting, copy editing, public speaking and small group presentations.
In a nutshell, I help people find their voice and pen their passion.

How long have you been in business?
A: I’ve been doing this part time for the past 7 years but just made it official in April 2012.

How did you get the name for your business?
A: I bought the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog and one of things it touched on was discovering your brand. Since I am my brand, a little play in words with Selena’s Write and Write Communications was born.

What motivated you to start this type of business?
A: No matter what line of business I’ve worked in, I’ve always come across people with the same problem: the inability to pen their thoughts in a way that others can understand or comprehend. After doing it as a hobby, as part of volunteer work and as a job, I decided to make the full jump since there is such a need.

What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids?
A: 1) my iPhone; I can’t live without it. 2) Great business books on blogging and business practices. Think Darren Rowse and Harvey Mackay. 3) Nook, laptop and/it computer 4) White board and 5) Writing Manuals like CMOS and AP Stylebook.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?
A. In five years, I see expansion with a keen focus on business consulting on an international level. I see growth to include graphic design consults and branding/logos. I see e-books written by myself and a how-to on how to get started with writing.

What inspires you?
A: Love inspires me. The love of a man I’ve never seen who died a death I’ll never comprehend just so I could know the depth of my importance in this world. It drives me to take on the Goliaths in life and render them useless–powerless. Love gives me the wings to soar and the heart to never surrender.

Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire?
A: I don’t have an icon per se but I most admire some pretty awesome Mommy bloggers who are changing the face of entrepreneur-ship. They are blazing trails and showing that a hobby, can become a passion which can become the start of something phenomenal.

If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them?
A: Never, ever stop dreaming, thinking, growing or learning. Never allow others to put you in a box, chain you to path or otherwise kill the dream that burns in your veins. Be you and enjoy who you are but leave room to become more than you ever thought possible!


Website: http://Selenaswrite.wordpress.com

Love it!!! You Inspired yet? I AM!!! 
(**She is going INTERNATIONAL Y’all!!! You heard it here first!!!**)


Smooches,
Regina

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