Category Archives: Featured Businesses

04Apr/19
Secret to Success

Why Your Squad is Your Business’ Secret to Success

So you’ve decided to take the jump and start your own business. You’re not alone. Entrepreneurship is popular. There has been no better time to be a Black Woman Boss than right now.                                                                                                     

In the past year, I took this leap. I invested several hours of research, had a business plan, paperwork filed, and was ready to open for business. I promoted and waited, but business didn’t boom as I expected! What do I do? I reached in my bag for my secret weapon… my squad of girlfriends. Here’s why you should too.

Your Squad Will Encourage You

Secret to SuccessAll entrepreneurs experience occasional self-doubt and those nagging questions of “what if I’m not successful?” or “what I am doing wrong?” Your squad will remind you that you’re amazing. Remember, you’ve already done the hardest part by simply getting started. Your support system will provide the encouraging words you need to move forward during the toughest of times. In my lowest moments of the process of launching my business, I knew that I could always rely on my close friends, and even some acquaintances, to let me know that they were proud of me. That support alone has kept me going and tenacious when facing the daily challenges of entrepreneurship

Your Squad Will Send You Referrals

Whether you’re selling a product or offering a service, getting the word out about your business to your target audience is paramount. While you can pay for marketing services, it’s even better to get it for free via word of mouth. Who better to tell the world about your business than your squad? They will spread the word to their networks,  simply because they love you and believe in you – no marketing budget required.

Your Squad Has Different Skills

Let’s say that you recently decided to start your own catering business. You’ve always been an amazing chef, and you love serving people. Great! Does that mean you aware best equipped to build a website or manage your finances? Not likely. You started your business because you’re an expert on your product or service. You don’t have to master every single aspect of running your business to be successful. This is where your squad comes in!

I hired one of my oldest friends to be my photographer and another friend to build my website. This freed up my time to focus on my other work. Now, EVERYTHING is top-quality.

Whenever you need feedback, a shoulder to lean on, or to perform some essential part of your business where you lack expertise, don’t just try to get through it yourself! Your squad is there to help you get through…and can take your business further than you’ve ever imagined! They’re literally your business’ secret to success…

06Jan/19
Bourne Brilliant

3 Sibling Kidprenuers Own Plant-Based Patisserie, Bourne Brilliant LLC, for Over 5 Years

Bourne Brilliant LLCLyrica, Zaira, and Nadira, ages 11, 10 and 7 respectively, are a budding sister trio of kidpreneurs. In 2013, the eldest, Lyrica, started a bread ministry at the age of 6. She would bake bread and other goodies to distribute them throughout their community of Woodville, FL. In order to fund their generous donations, she pitched the business venture to their parents. Over the years, the trio has created their own recipes and branded their business into Bourne Brilliant LLC.

Lyrica, Zaira, and Nadira are now the CEO’s and founders of Bourne Brilliant LLC. They handcraft plant-based baked goods, beverages, and other tasty treats. They have even “hired” their Mom and given her a host of titles and duties. The goals of these multi-award-winning culinary creatives include promoting healthier eating habits to entire families and to see kids participating more in the kitchen. They are also passionate about encouraging other youth to find and create their own business enterprises. With the help of their parents, they have managed to own and operate this venture for over 5 years while maintaining a charitable and philanthropic component to their module.

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To find out more about them and to see more work from Bourne Brilliant, visit their website and pages on Instagram and Facebook @bournebrilliantco.

Bourne Brilliant Bourne Brilliant

24Apr/18
First Ladii

The Business of First Ladii

First LadiiHer name is Briana Barksdale, but she is known in the entertainment industry as First Ladii Briana B. She is originally from Greensboro, NC but she lived in Virginia for two years before relocating back to North Carolina to the state’s Capital, Raleigh.

Goals: A future goal that Briana sees for her financial literacy business is to help one thousand new clients gain financial freedom by the end of 2018.  

Bet You Didn’t Know!: If she could work with any top name in the entertainment industry she would choose to work with Oprah because she views her as the most successful woman of all time!

She has attended several schools – A&T, Columbia School of Broadcasting and is currently studying Entertainment Business at the Los Angelo’s Film School – and during her time at the previous schools, she majored in business, media, and broadcasting. It has always been her passion to help others achieve their goals or to motivate them to be “One Day closer to their Dreams.” She is very blessed to be working every day in her field of work and changing the financial lives of all people daily.

Her mother inspired her to start her own company. In growing up, her mother was an entrepreneur and she always had several side gigs. Her daughter studied her tactics and it inspired her to want to grow and achieve all that she could during her life. She currently maintains an established Credit Consulting franchise and specializes in Credit Restoration and Financial Literacy. She also owns a multi-production PR business called First Ladii Productions.

Life with The Company 

As a CEO, the qualities she feels are most valuable consist of leadership, tenacity, perseverance, and confidence.  Her credit restoration franchise offers services that mentor in the field and financial literacy services to help repair and retain all things financially related.

The biggest challenge she had to overcome when starting her business was the ability to overcome after failure and/or denial. In her position, she had to juggle so many companies and these tasks are sometimes difficult, but in situations of that nature, you have to reorganize your priorities.

Success is always around the corner! The contribution she made to her community through her success is of great importance. She was recently recognized by her partner company for reaching milestones in her credit literacy program. She also hosted a red carpet event with her production company that sponsors individuals with epilepsy.

First Ladii

Inquiring Minds Want to Know...

Are there any CEO boss ladies’ who are internationally known that you admire?

The CEO Boss Ladies that she admires are Issa Rae and Beyonce. She admires Beyonce because she has been consistent in her business ventures. She admires Issa Rae because she created a similar platform as her and her success is something that she models.

Are there any other creative talents that you have, that your audience doesn’t know about?

Barksdale shared that she has plenty of talents.  One of which is being a mother. She’s a mother of a two-year old. In addition, she writes and produces a radio show as well as a talk show entitled Goal Diggers. The show features and highlights individuals successfully chasing their dreams.

She can be reached through social media on the following platforms:

Personal:

@iamBrianaB (Facebook, Snapchat, IG, Twitter)

Business: (Facebook and IG)

@CreditBrianaB

@GoalDiggersShow

@ShayStarDOTcom

Her Websites:

www.FirstLadii.com

www.GoalDiggers.tv

www.ShayStar.com

www.myfes.net/BBarksdale

24May/17

May Maven: Elle’s Elations

For today’s #WCW we’re featuring the lovely + talented Tarrin Davis, creator of Elle’s Elations. As many Black women entrepreneurs before her, Tarrin showed love for and respect to her ancestors by naming her company after her great-grandmother (Elease). Tarrin is a scientist by trade and an artist at heart. She makes her soaps entirely from scratch using cold and hot press. 98% of her products are vegan too!

Join us for a review of Elle’s Elations and use the coupon code TAJIMAG for a great discount this week!

FEATURED PRODUCT: Luxury Coffee Scrub 

First of all, when this coffee scrub was first described to us as a “luxury” product, we rolled our eyes. In this age of artisan paper clips and $300 romphims, there’s no telling what the next click on the internet will bring. When we actually tried it though? We agreed wholeheartedly. This caffeinated coffee scrub has the perfect thickness, created by its unique blend of organic, fair trade, dark roast Arabica beans and essential oils. After just one use, you can feel your skin getting firmer.

Coffee can do more than just wake you up for your daily grind. It has properties that significantly reduce under-eye puffiness,, battle cellulite, and prevent premature aging of your beautiful melanin-rich skin. This coffee scrub is also great for anyone who has to work around smoke or other smells that kind seep into your skin. As a natural odor defense, this coffee scrub from Elle’s Elations will work wonders. As an added benefit, this unique body scrub is packed with antioxidants to help ward off wrinkles.

If you’re worried about oily skin, this creation by Elle’s Elations is perfect because its emulsified. That means you don’t have the burden of dealing with stirring some messy concoction.

Use the Coupon Code: TAJIMAG to get a discount on your Elle’s Elations coffee scrub purchase

OTHER PRODUCTS WE TRIED (AND LOVED)

Strawberries & Bubbly

The lovely & elegant gold dusted Strawberry soap is worth gushing over. The bubbly champagne adds a touch of elegance to the already decadent beauty product. This soap is gentle and effective. The only down side is that over time, the gorgeous hand-crafted shape/design will shift. Maybe we should stock up before it sells out!

Pearberry Everything

Listen, if there is a product with the word “pearberry” in the name at the Elle’s Elation store, do yourself a favor and buy it. This has to be one of the most natural smelling and intoxicated scents. It puts Bath & Bodyworks to shame. We spent 10 minutes just smelling it. It goes on smooth and feels light on your skin. This is a great gift for someone on the go who love tElle's Elation Cremeo feel their best when they step out.

In addition to having a wonderful, high quality product line, Elle’s Elations also offers free advice, skin care solutions, and other beauty resources for free. Most notably, subscribers can access the blog and special discounts so you always look + feel your best.


This month only, use the Coupon Code: TAJIMAG to get a discount on your next Elle’s Elations purchase!

You can catch Elle’s Elations on Social Media to learn more and stay updated on new products!
Facebook: facebook.com/elleselations
Instgram: @elles_elations
Pinterest: @elleselations
Twitter: @EllesElations
Email:
[email protected]

 

03Feb/17
Bella's Adventures in Africa

Young African Sisters write Pan-African Children’s Book, Bella’s Adventures in Africa

Bella’s adventures in Africa is a self-published Pan African children’s book by British Zimbabwean sisters Rutendo Muzambi and Rebecca Darko, which is beautifully illustrated by Guy Stratton. It follows a girl who leaves England to embark on journey across Africa with her parents. It is a collection of nine short stories based in eight different African countries – Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

Bella's Adventures in AfricaRutendo’s inspiration for writing the book was derived from a number of experiences. One of the key reasons, was her passion for African culture and the need to promote more positive views of Africa. She has always been passionate about celebrating and embracing her African heritage. During her years in secondary school, she was awarded the Jack Petchey Award for her 5 year contribution and commitment to the annual black history competitions. However, she encountered negative stereotypical views from friends and colleagues, who would innocently ask whether Africans lived amongst wild animals and in tiny huts. These views were a far cry from the fun and happy childhood she and her sister had experienced and the modern Africa that we know and love. It appeared to them that some people did not realize that Africa is a continent of many nations, languages, cultures and values. Thus they wanted to write a book that moved away from the stereotypes and showed African children having fun adventures.

Like many other African young people, Rutendo and Rebecca followed the traditional route of going to university and gaining their educational qualifications. Rutendo gained her Masters degree in pharmacy whilst Rebecca also completed her Masters. However, they both still had a passion for writing and wanted to share their love of the African continent with other people. Thus during Rebecca’s maternity leave they began to write short adventure stories set in Africa and completed the book in December 2016.

With over 100 illustrations and adventurous short stories, this book shows African children having adventures. It is important for children to develop an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and to also foster a positive attitude towards people who are of a different background to them. When children of African heritage see themselves reflected in books, it enhances their self-esteem and builds their confidence. It also enables children of African heritage to see their continent in a more positive light, learn more about different African countries and to be proud of their African heritage.

Bella’s Adventures in Africa published on the 17th of January 2017. It is available on Amazon and on their website www.riverfrog.co.uk

Bella's Adventures in Africa  Bella's Adventures in Africa

03Feb/17
Kenneth McDuffie

Chef Kenneth McDuffie is Young & Hungry

Kenneth McDuffieKenneth McDuffie makes his brand known in the city where it all began… His Philadelphia. McDuffie, Philadelphia native, is an independent, motivated, and strong believer in God. With a big personality and an even larger heart, he has given his time, energy, love, and his passion for food to becoming an educator of the art of cooking. Being raised by his Great Grandmother, the late Esther A. Smith, who taught him everything that he needed to know about food, McDuffie began catering baby showers, church banquets, weddings, and later landed himself a job with a popular cruise line. He moved to Hawaii where Kenneth could share his passion for food on a greater bicoastal scale.

Kenneth McDuffiePrior to moving to Hawaii, Kenneth had already started his own catering business in 2009. He recently revamped his brand and changed the name to “Young and Hungry.” Young and Hungry has already cooked for celebrity clients such as hip hop artist Juelz Santana and Senator Vincent Hughes and his wife actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. McDuffie is a weekly guest with his own segment WCW (WE’RE COOKING WEDNESDAY) on the Big Nate & Da Big Bang Morning Show on URU Radio, he’s a guest on Moment with Purple Queen on PQ1Radio, and has also became a sponsor for the Philadelphia Democratic

National Convention BLK out Social Mixer. He cooked his well known Fish Tacos for Philly’s legendary radio DJ and philanthropist Ms. Patty Jackson. This past summer, McDuffie also became the 2016 Bell Award recipient at The Philadelphia Black Expo.

‘Don’t take criticism too personal. You are a wonderful person!’ – Kenneth McDuffie

Currently working towards opening his own restaurant, McDuffie is ready to make his big dream into a larger reality. His goals are to give back to his community, educate up and coming chefs, and advise the young chefs on thriving in their positions whether it is cooking or not. With a mission to encourage the

youth to stay humble and faithful, He also embeds in their minds to grab a bite of great opportunities offered in this world until they’re full and make sure to pay their blessings forward onto others. Check his hashtags #WIKJM #YoungandHungry #ChefKenny

Kenneth McDuffie

13Aug/16

Two Black Men Open Mobile Shower for the Homeless

mobile showerLive Fresh aims to provide Palm Beach County’s homeless individuals and families with a fresh shower, personal hygiene essentials and, the opportunity to Live FRESH via their mobile shower.

“Feeling Revitalized Encourages Sustainable Happiness”

“We will select service areas throughout Palm Beach based on critical need and community partnerships with local government, local faith based groups and non-profit organizations that assist the homeless. We will use our premiere mobile shower /personal hygiene facility, to make sure everyone in Palm Beach County has the ability to take a Fresh Shower. We will provide access to personal hygiene essentials including: Towel Soap · Shampoo · Conditioner · Toothbrush · Toothpaste · Dental Floss · Mouthwash · Lotion · Sunscreen · Sanitary Napkins (for women) · Condoms. We will provide support and assistance where possible. In doing this, we create a platform for refreshed communities, who generate fresh ideas, and begin embodying the notion that Feeling Revitalized Encourages Sustainable Happiness. By means of Genesis Community Health’s “outreach/ visiting clinics”, we will provide healthcare that brings services to the homeless. These clinics offer various health screenings, HIV Counseling and Testing, and referral services, linking the individual to a primary care facility and overall care with other supporting and partner organizations.”

Interested in Helping?

Almost 2.5 million youth, under the age of 18, experience homelessness in America each year. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the U.S. Palm Beach County ranks #2 in Florida for children living in spaces not designed for human habitation. The average age of a homeless child in Palm Beach County is 7…

Help them make an IMPACT by contributing today! With your support, they can make sure our homeless brother sisters and children in Palm Beach County can live fresh.

Want to help out in a different way? Click here to check out the Live Fresh Wishlist!

10Apr/16
Black Woman Business Grant

BFABW is Granting $250 via the Black Woman Business Grant

Buy from a Black WomanBuy from a Black Woman (BFABW) is currently accepting applications for their Black Woman Business Grant. The Black Woman Business Grant is a small $250 grant that will be awarded to a black woman who is in the beginning phase of starting her business. This grant is to help with start up costs, legal form fees, supplies, or any other minuscule items that appear when starting a business. BFABW is a supportive movement to help bring awareness to Black Women business owners. Black Women are the least socially supported yet, the highest-ranking group of entrepreneurs in this country. BFABW wants to change the narrative for those Black Women who own businesses.

BFABW’s Mission: To educate, empower and inspire Black Women by providing the tools and resources that will allow them to be successful and socially supported.

 BFABW Vision: To be a trusted resource that helps educate, empower and inspire Black Women in business.

The Black Woman Business Grant is awarded once a quarter. This round’s winner will be announced April 19. Applications close 15 April at 5 pm EST. More information and applications can be found at www.buyfromablackwoman.com/#!black-woman-business-grant/k90k2!

11Mar/16
Facts Barbados

“Facts Barbados” are Dope Playing Cards with Bajan History

Facts Barbados
Facts Barbados Inc. recently launched a product which showcases Barbadian history, proverbs, and the meaning to the proverbs. The deck includes 52 playing cards with facts about Barbados and old time Barbadian proverbs. They can be used as a gift or memento for family and friends, an educational tool particularly for children who may not know old time Barbadian sayings, and fun family & friend interaction. The deck is cool, easy to travel with, and only costs $5 BDS.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more on Bajan culture.

 

 

 

08Mar/16
5 Black Children Owned Businesses

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

Black Owned Businesses are so important to have in our community. However, it’s even cooler that young black entrepreneurs are starting businesses! Here’s a list of 5 Black Children Owned Businesses!

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

  1. Mo’s Bows

  • Moziah Bridges started this company in Memphis, Tennessee in 2011. He couldn’t find any stylish or cool bowties so he decided to create his own! His products have been featured all over!

Website: www.mosbowsmemphis.com

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

  1. BeeSweet Lemonade

  • BeeSweet Lemonade came to life when Mikaila Ulmer, at age four, was encouraged to make a product for the Acton’s Children’s Business Fair. Two events occurred; she was stung by a bee and her Great Grandmother Helen sent her family a recipe book from the 1940s that had a recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade. After this, she became obsessed with bees and how they impact the environment. Her Lemonade is sold in natural food delivery companies and restaurants.

Website: http://beesweetlemonade.com/

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

  1. Church Boy Clothing

  • Brandon D. Hill opened this boutique in Detroit, Michigan at nine years old. He started this business so people could afford dress clothes and casual wear for less. He works in his store on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons and his family operates the business on weekdays. He sells consignment and new dress clothes, shoes, socks, belts, shirts button ups, denim, cufflinks, mens bracelets, and rings for young boys. He is putting his profits towards his college fund for Howard University.

Address: 8900 E. Jefferson Detroit, MI 48214 (off of Marina drive)

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

  1. Cory’s Cookies

  • At nine years old, Mr. Cory decided to sell hot cocoa because he wanted to give his mother enough money to purchase a car. He spent all of his free time selling hot cocoa, lemonade, and cookies in front of his home and the Roman Inn in Englewood, New Jersey. Later, he expanded his business and started to sell sugar free oatmeal raisin cookies for his health conscious customers.

Website: www.mrcoryscookies.com

5 Black Children Owned Businesses

  1. Maya’s Ideas

  • Maya started this company in 2008 when she was eight years old. She is an environmental activist, entrepreneur, eco-designer, and artist. She makes eco-friendly clothing and accessories. Maya even has international customers in Denmark and Australia. 10 to 20 percent of her profits go to environmental organizations.

Website: www.mayasideas.com

It’s so joyful to know that these children are helping out their communities while doing something that they love! List more in the comments and we’ll update this list!