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40 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
54: How To Live A Healthy Lifestyle As A Business Owner w/ Alicia McKenzie
Name: Alicia McKenzie Current Title: Founder McKenzie Enterprise LLC dba Lift Like A Mother Location: Washington, DC About Alicia: Alicia McKenzie, aka @LiftLikeAMother, is the founder and operator of McKenzie Enterprise LLC, where she has created a premier digital coaching service that focuses on women's holistic health & wellness. In addition, she most recently launched Amplify Health and Wellness Inc, a charitable foundation platform dedicated to empowering the underserved and underrepresented communities by creating health and wellness opportunities that are accessible to all. The vision is ending the healthy lifestyle and representation poverty gap. She believes that we must work together to create positive and representative healthy role models that can lift up the underserved. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: How to start small and build up your diet and workout habits Why early adoption of a healthy lifestyle makes attaining it easier Tips on balancing life and business Why working out isn’t therapy How to set realistic workout and nutritional goals The impact of creating healthy habits on your mental health Thank you so much for listening! If you liked this episode, please subscribe to “The Black to Business Podcast” and rate and review on Apple Podcasts For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/54
59 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
53: Learning As You GROW In Business w/ Anthony and Janique Edwards
66 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
52: [BLACK MEN WHO LEAD] Leading Through Education & Why Black Men Leading Matters w/ Aquaus Kelley
Name: Aquaus Kelley Current Title: Educator and Founder Location: New Brunswick, NJ Educational Background: Rutgers University Graduate About Aquaus: (Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking educator, founder, and strategist who is extremely passionate about building brands, empowering communities, and uplifting humanity. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: The power of Black men and representation The impact of Black culture in other communities How to build efficient and scalable systems that add value to those you serve Why it’s important to recognize the different learning styles of your audience How outdated teaching styles is hindering the advancement of our communities For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/52 Thank you so much for listening! Please support us by simply rating and reviewing our podcast! We’ve also partnered with thecreativebrutha to curate our 2021 list of Black men inspiring in the business world and in their communities. Visit blacktobusiness.com/blackmenwholead to view our list of 30 Black Men Changing The Face Of Entrepreneurship.
79 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
51: [BLACK MEN WHO LEAD] Owning Your Power & Growing Your Hustle w/ Damon Brown
This episode is a part of our Black Men Who Lead series hosted by Aquaus Kelley educator and Founder of A Lover’s Ambition Lifestyle Group. About Men Who Lead: Black Men Who Lead is a series highlighting Black men at the forefront of Black entrepreneurship. These men are discussing their journeys in entrepreneurship, challenges, and wins, and the power of them continuing to push our communities forward. ------- Name: Damon Brown Current Title: Entrepreneur, Coach & Best-Selling Author - Bring Your Worth (Business) Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Educational Background: Masters in Magazine Publishing, Northwestern About Damon: Damon Brown helps side hustlers, solopreneurs, and other non-traditional creatives bloom. He co-founded the popular platonic connection app Cuddlr and led it to acquisition within a year, all while being the primary caretaker of his infant first son. He now guides others through his consulting/coaching, his M/W/F #BringYourWorth shown and his Inc. Magazine column. Damon is author of the best-selling series The Ultimate Bite-Sized Entrepreneur. His latest book is Build From Now: How to Know Your Power, See Your Abundance & Nourish the World. Take his free best creative resources quiz and subscribe to his free #BringYourWorth program. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: How to build your business with the resources you have now The power of using social capital and influence How to channel and overcome rejection The importance of trusting the process and being fully present in your business For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/51 Thank you so much for listening! Please support us by simply rating and reviewing our podcast!
69 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
50: [BLACK MEN WHO LEAD] Emotional Wellness & Mental Health In The Black Community
This episode is a part of our Black Men Who Lead series hosted by Aquaus Kelley educator and Founder of A Lover’s Ambition Lifestyle Group. About Men Who Lead: Black Men Who Lead is a series highlighting Black men at the forefront of Black entrepreneurship. These men are discussing their journeys in entrepreneurship, challenges, and wins, and the power of them continuing to push our communities forward. Name: Phillip Roundtree Current Title: Founder of Quadefy LLC Location: Philadelphia Educational Background: - About Phillip: Phillip J. Roundtree is a dynamic Scholar-Activist who has been a practicing social worker since 2005. Recognizing society’s lack of emphasis on Black mental health, he’s evolved into a staunch mental health advocate for marginalized/underrepresented communities, using his personal and professional experiences to promote individual and community resilience. He is the host of the #YouGoodMan? Men's Wellness Podcast and Rhetorically Speaking Live Daily Digital Show available on Youtube and all streaming platforms. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: Why we as Black people shouldn’t ignore our experiences Ways to give yourself permission to “feel” and experience your emotions fully How to articulate your feelings How to use social media to find your tribe For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/50 Thank you so much for listening! Please support us by simply rating and reviewing our podcast! We’ve also partnered with thecreativebrutha to curate our 2021 list of Black men inspiring in the business world and in their communities. Visit blacktobusiness.com/blackmenwholead to view our list of 30 Black Men Changing The Face Of Entrepreneurship.
47 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
[BLACK MEN WHO LEAD] 49: Leadership And The Power Of Community In Entrepreneurship w/ Jeff Lindor
This episode is a part of our Black Men Who Lead series hosted by Aquaus Kelley educator and Founder of A Lover’s Ambition Lifestyle Group. About Men Who Lead: Black Men Who Lead is a series highlighting Black men at the forefront of Black entrepreneurship. These men are discussing their journeys in entrepreneurship, challenges, and wins, and the power of them continuing to push our communities forward. Name: Jeff Lindor Current Title: Founder/CEO The Gentlemen's Factory Inc. Location: Brooklyn Educational Background: Masters in Urban Policy Analysis & Management at The New School About Jeff: Born in Haiti, raised in a public housing development in Brooklyn, NY. Jeff Lindor is dedicating his life to finding innovative solutions that aim to break the barriers of success and enhance the lives of boys & men of color in today’s world. In addition to starting The Gentlemen’s Factory, Jeff is also the Founder of GroomedSuccess, Inc., a consulting firm that contracts with Government Agencies, Non-Profits, Universities and Foundations to provide, academic, social, and college and career professional development services to boys & men of color. Jeff's prior experience includes, serving as the Strategic Advisor to Law Enforcement Executives in New York City, Adjunct Lecturer at The City University of New York, and working as a Communications Strategist for a major health care company during the initial roll out of The Affordable Care Act. Jeff earned his Masters Degree in Urban Policy from The New School and his Bachelors of Science from The City University of New York. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two children. For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/49 --- We’ve also partnered with thecreativebrutha to curate our 2021 list of Black men inspiring in the business world and in their communities. Visit blacktobusiness.com/blackmenwholead to view our list of 30 Black Men Changing The Face Of Entrepreneurship.
59 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
48: [BLACK MEN WHO LEAD] Leadership x Financial Wellness in the Black Community w/ Derrius Quarles
This episode is a part of our Black Men Who Lead series hosted by Aquaus Kelley educator and Founder of A Lover’s Ambition Lifestyle Group. About Men Who Lead: Black Men Who Lead is a series highlighting Black men at the forefront of Black entrepreneurship. These men are discussing their journeys in entrepreneurship, challenges, and wins, and the power of them continuing to push our communities forward. Name: Derrius Quarles Current Title: Co-Founder and Co-CEO BREAUX and Company Location: Chicago, IL Educational Background: Kenwood Academy High School Morehouse College, BA Sociology University of Pennsylvania, M.S.Ed. Education Entrepreneurship About Derrius: Derrius was born on Chicago's South Side as the Grandson of a Mississippi sharecropper and Great Migration participant. Derrius is a 13-year foster care survivor, traversing four foster homes, welfare, and public housing through childhood. These experiences meant Derrius grew up with a keen understanding of how poverty, income inequality, and social disenfranchisement impact lives. From an early age, he asked deep sociological questions and envisioned a life of significance for himself. As an author, social entrepreneur, digital marketer, investor, and thought leader, Derrius has nurtured a diverse set of talents to advance a culture of health globally. His first book, Million Dollar Scholar: Winning The Scholarship Race has assisted thousands of students across the globe to increase their knowledge of how to make higher education more affordable. He is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of BREAUX Capital – a financial technology company that is helping Black Men pool their funds in the community with one another to invest collectively and create intergenerational wealth. Across his BREAUX and Company investment portfolio, his business ventures have collectively impacted the lives of over 25,000 marginalized families in America. Coined a "financial prodigy" by The New York Times and his work has been covered by prominent international media outlets including The Associated Press, Black Enterprise, and CNN. Derrius was recently named to Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30 innovators list and he delivered a TED Talk at TED Headquarters to propose a new model for addressing financial wellness in communities that have been traumatized by racism in the financial service industry. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: 4:39 - Showing up with a mask on 11:11 - Finding our own solutions as a community 20:36 - Pricing services based on the value 25:30 - Entrepreneurship and partnership (marriage) 37:51 - Building finances as a collective community For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/48 --- We’ve also partnered with The Creative Brutha to curate our 2021 list of Black men inspiring in the business world and in their communities. Visit blacktobusiness.com/blackmenwholead to view our list of 30 Black Men Changing The Face Of Entrepreneurship.
62 minutes | May 27, 2021
47: Managing Your Mindset In Business & Dealing With Doubt w/ Makini Smith
Name: Makini Smith Current Title: Mindset Coach, A walk in my Stilettos Location: Toronto, Canada About Makini: As a mindset coach and Proctor Gallagher certified consultant, I help turn goals into accomplishments. I am also a 4 time published author and host of the 5-star rated "A Walk in My Stilettos" podcast— one of the top 2% most popular podcasts globally. By coaching women who are frustrated, confused, or isolated, I help them find peace, clarity, and connection. Whether it's through conquering social media, publishing a book, or mastering a podcast, my passion is to help you find the confidence to turn your dreams into a reality. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: How to deal with limiting beliefs How to build your confidence in business and step out of your comfort zones Why daily personal development is important for your business How to stop comparing For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: https://blacktobusiness.com/47
52 minutes | May 20, 2021
46: How To Manage Your Mental Health In Business & Create Work-Life Balance w/ Jessica Brown
Name: Jessica Brown Current Title: Founder, Clinical Director Nia Noire Therapy + Wellness Location: Washington, DC Educational Background: Bachelors of Arts, Psychology - California State University, San Bernardino Masters of Social Work - Virginia Commonwealth University About Jessica: With over 10 years of mental health experience through her education, professional practice, and lived experiences, Jessica Brown, LICSW specializes in serving BIPOC and multiracial adults seeking to heal from trauma, depression, and/or anxiety. Additionally, Jessica is the host and producer of Nia Noire's Wellness Series-- a digital conversation series amplifying the voices of Black people and people of color sharing their stories of vulnerability, resilience, and wellness. Through her work, Jessica was honored as Huff Post's "10 Black Female Therapists You Should Know," as well as featured in Self Magazine, Planned Parenthood, Forbes, and Fox5DC. As the practice's namesake after the Nguzo Saba principle of "Nia" or "purpose, Jessica's goal is to destigmatize mental health in Black communities and communities of color to gain power and purpose in their plights while using their stories to empower the collective community. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: Tips for a better work-life balance How to set clear and defined boundaries as a leader How to let go of and handle limiting beliefs as a business owner How your past personal traumas may be affecting your business For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: https://blacktobusiness.com/46
59 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
45: Dominating your Finances and Stock Market investment w/Brandon Alexander
Name: Brandon Alexander Current Title: Founder/CEO Invent you Location: New York Educational Background: BS - Accounting - UCONN MBA in Progress - St. John's University (Tobin College of Business) About Brandon: Brandon Alexander, born and raised in Jamaica, NY, has dedicated his life to helping others achieve financial success. He got the opportunity to leave the inner city and attend high school in the suburbs of Connecticut. This was pivotal for his perspective. He realized wealthy families were discussing finance and business ideas, while folks in his hometown rarely discussed these topics and looked at money as corrupt and unattainable. After high school, Brandon attended the University of Connecticut School of Business and majored in accounting. After graduating from UCONN, Brandon started working full-time at KPMG. This gave him the opportunity to truly understand how money worked. He consulted billion-dollar corporations on strategy, accounting, and finance. Although he consulted on billions of dollars, Brandon went from making 6 figures at 23 years old to be 6 figures in debt. He went from his 3 bedroom apartment in Harlem to his mother's house in Queens. This was the result of not adjusting his spending and lifestyle from being a 6-figure earner to being a full-time entrepreneur. He sensed a shift was needed and thus, he quickly put things in place to correct his financial trajectory. Brandon founded InventYou to help millennials dominate their finances, become who they want to be, and ultimately, have peace of mind. His personal experiences have taught him that it is easy to make money, and even easier to lose it all. InventYou provides various avenues for financial education such as the InventYou WealthCamp, WealthRaps, and the InventYou Podcast. Brandon is currently pursuing his MBA at Tobin College of Business with a concentration in Finance. He is a financial educator, financial commentator as well as an author and investor. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: How to make your money work for you Step-by-step guide to starting your investment journey How to deal with debt while creating an investment portfolio Understanding the different investment platforms and how one may access them For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/45 Thank you so much for listening! Please support us by simply rating and reviewing our podcast!
61 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
44: Understanding Trademarks - The Do’s and Don’ts w/ Attorney Ticora Davis
Name: Attorney Ticora Davis Current Title: Founder and CEO of The Creators Law Firm Location: North Carolina Educational Background: B.S. Biological Sciences About Ticora: Attorney, author, and speaker, Ticora Davis is recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for more holistic, inclusive, and ethical legal representation for Black women and creatives of color. The founder and CEO of The Creator’s Law Firm, Ticora helps experts and entrepreneurs protect their smarts through a suite of business law and consulting services. With a client portfolio that reads like a VIP list of some of the world's most successful Black brands, the firm is guided by a diverse team of female legal juggernauts and boasts an impressive 98.5% success rate in trademark registrations. Ticora’s inherent ability to seamlessly blend her knowledge and passion has garnered her the opportunity to work with stellar brands like VH1, Black Enterprise, and Facebook. She’s been awarded numerous prestigious honors, including Who's Who of Black Charlotte and BusinessNorth Carolina's Legal Elite, and routinely travels nationally as a motivational speaker and panelist. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: How to get your trademark for FREE How to protect your smarts Understanding trademarks vs. patents vs. copyright What you should and shouldn’t trademark For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/44 Thank you so much for listening! Please support us by simply rating and reviewing our podcast!
55 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
43: Why Shopping Black Should Be A Lifestyle w/ Michelle Dalzon
Name: Michelle Dalzon Current Title: CEO of The Black-Owned Market (theBOM) Location: Boston, MA Educational Background: Umass Amherst 2010 - BA Communications About Michelle: As the descendant of small business owners, I envision a world where Black brands THRIVE. I had the pleasure of watching my parents run a successful business with limited resources and exposure and still rise. I’ve spent 8 years in corporate america at major media companies such as Time Inc., Turner Broadcasting, and Viacom within marketing/advertising. I truly believe that every experience in my life has led me to my life purpose. My dream is to help as many Black business owners succeed by giving them a platform that connects them to their intended consumer. At theBOM, we are creating a space where Black brands come first and conscious consumers can meet new brands they’re sure to love. My goal is to make sure every Black person has a place to shop within their community FIRST before having to search outside. All of the brands featured on theBOM are of quality and are accompanied by amazing founder stories. I love my community and my hope is that you’ll invest in a Black business today and yourself - leading to the empowerment we deserve. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: The direct benefits of shopping Black How to be intentional when shopping Black How to stay connected with your consumer as a Black-owned business For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/43
68 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
42: Taxes and Business Formation 101 w/ Shaquanna (Ms. Business) Brooks
Name: Shaquanna Brooks Current Title: CEO and Founder of Brooks Alliance Location: Brooklyn, NY Educational Background: Certified Public Accountant About Shaquanna: Ms. Business brings more than just 7 years in diverse tax, finance, business formation, and consulting experience to her role as a Certified Public Accountant. Some of her expertise include choosing the correct business structure & understanding business taxes to name a few. Ms. Business feels obliged to not only service her clients but also to educate them. Her leadership skills, a knack for educating others, and take-charge demeanor landed her a position with one of the most prestigious accounting firms in the country. Very early on in her career as a CPA, Ms. Business realized how many people were misguided, misinformed, and uneducated when it came to financial literacy. These statistics ultimately lead to the development of the Ms. Business brand. From speaking at networking events all over the United States, hosting webinars to curating financial literacy and networking events of her own Ms. business has dedicated herself to being a resource. The Ms. Business brand ensures the educational tools to a pathway to long-term success and generational wealth. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: The different business entities and structuring your business The basics of taxes How to pay yourself in your business Pricing and if you can afford to offer a discount For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: https://blacktobusiness.com/42-2/
44 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
41: How To Grow Your Business With Live And Virtual Events w/ Ify Ifebi
Name: Ify Ifebi Current Title: Founder of Vendorspace Location: Atlanta, GA Educational Background: Marketing BBA, Howard University About Ify: Ify Ifebi is an event producer, mompreneur and founder at Vendorspace, a marketplace that connects vendors with event organizers and event opportunities. With over 13 years of entertainment and event production experience, she has a passion for bringing people together for purpose-driven impact. She believes events are a secret growth hack for any business and works to curate memorable experiences that promote culture, community and social responsibility. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: The future of events The different ways to monetize your events Why events are a growth hack for your business How to get sponsorship and strategic partnerships for your business How to use your skills and expertise to create an event For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/41-2
53 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
40: How To Make A Great Brand Impression w/ Rose Desauguste
Name: Rose Désauguste Current Title: CEO of Nectar Digital Group Location: New York City Educational Background: Masters About Rose: Rose Désauguste is an entrepreneur and the founder of Nectar Digital Group, an agency that brands companies and helps them better represent themselves, market their services, and automate their marketing digitally. Rose has been guiding companies, big and small, on digital transformation over the last 7 years. She loves helping entrepreneurs successfully navigate the fast-evolving digital landscape to create scalable growth and future-proof their companies. She is also an avid explorer who loves teaching and empowering others to live their most fulfilling lives. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: Branding vs. Marketing and why it matters for your business to invest in branding How to get your brand messaging right What to do when you’re having a hard time explain what your business does How you are losing business by not investing in your branding RESOURCES MENTIONED: SCRUM Book: Profit First x Mike Michalowicz Book: The Richest Man in Babylon x George Clason Book: Negotiating with Giants x Peter D. Johnston For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/40
39 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
39. The Importance Of Giving Back In Your Business
Name: Jeremy Brown Current Title: Founder at Startups Give Back Location: San Francisco Bay Area About Jeremy: Jeremy Brown is the Founder of Startups Give Back, an organization on a mission to make philanthropy a top priority for startups, and Changemaker Studios, a parent organization that creates and manages a portfolio of impact brands. He's also an angel investor, a marketer in the tech industry, and on the Board of Directors for California-based nonprofit, Seahugger. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: How to implement volunteering and giving back into your business The impact philanthropy has on your current employees and future talent Ideas on how you can give back virtually The power of community -------- For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to blacktobusiness.com/39
55 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
38: Gaining Clarity and Creating a Strategy in Your Business w/ Chido Samantha
Name: Chido Samantha Mbavarira Age: 36 Current Title: Online Business Strategist Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada Educational Background: Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS — International development (Hons)- 2008 An interdisciplinary program with a strong foundation in the political economy of development and globalization. Digital Wellness Certificate- 2020 Digital Wellness promotes optimal health and well-being in which body, mind, and spirit are integrated by the individual to live more fully within the human, natural, and digital communities. About Chido: Chido Samantha Mbavarira is an online business strategist who helps service-based experts, coaches and consultants earn more and sell more by selling their skills online. She has helped countless clients master your business online and get clear on how to package, promote and profit from confidently selling signature programs and services. Her mission is that experts like you increase their impact and income with their gifts and expertise. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: How to create a business strategy and roadmap How to earn and sell more with a premium service The importance of having clear messaging in your business How to define your ideal client and test your market RESOURCES MENTIONED: Master Your Business Online: Facebook Group The Black Business Blueprint This episode of Black to Business is brought to you by The Black Business Blueprint, a resource to help you get unstuck in your business. This digital asset will help you shortcut the time to start or refresh your business. Get the step-by-step guide on how to start, plan, and profit in your business at blacktobusiness.com/blueprint -------- Thank you so much for listening! If you liked this episode, please subscribe to “The Black to Business Podcast” and rate and review wherever you listen to podcasts: -------- For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/38 STAY CONNECTED: Chido: Website | Instagram | Facebook Black to Business: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
62 minutes | Nov 22, 2018
EP 37: How to Grow an Online Magazine from Zero to an Established Authority with Rashod Davenport of SUAVV Magazine
Rashod grew up as an athlete and a musician. He thought his life would take him into the music industry. But he ended up falling in love with inspiring other people and exposing his peers to a lifestyle that was only seen on television. He wanted to find a way to use his voice to uplift others. That became the mission of SUAVV. SUAVV Magazine was started out of frustration while shopping for reading material for a flight. When Rashod had to purchase almost $50 in magazines to get one overall concept of what he wanted to read. He realized that there was nothing on the media market that spoke to him directly as a 20 something-year-old black man. Rashod wanted, fashion, sports, cars, music, relationships, entertainment, and all of those things to speak to him. To date, SUAVV has interviewed some of the biggest celebrities and public figures in our generation. They look forward to more philanthropic endeavors, increased presence in the media world, and expanding their lifestyle brand. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: The importance of listening to your readers How to push through the trial and error process Why your delivery, approach, and personality matters The future of the magazine industry Thank you so much for listening! If you liked this episode, please subscribe to “The Black to Business Podcast” and rate and review wherever you listen to podcasts: For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/ep37-rashoddavenport RESOURCES MENTIONED Grammarly Book: Do You x Russell Simmons STAY CONNECTED: Rashod: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Black to Business: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
58 minutes | Nov 8, 2018
EP 36: Raising Brand Awareness the Smart Way with Christina Brown
Style blogger, social media specialist and digital media maven Christina S. Brown is a New York native and the founder of fast-growing lifestyle destination LoveBrownSugar.com. Recognized everywhere from The New York Times to Essence Magazine as a top lifestyle blog, LoveBrownSugar.com focuses on fashion and beauty for multicultural women with an emphasis on self-empowerment. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: What it means to be a digital influencer How to create YOUR brand The impact of sharing your voice and perspective as an influencer What brands look for in influencers How to get paid as an influencer Thank you so much for listening! If you liked this episode, please subscribe to “The Black to Business Podcast” and rate and review wherever you listen to podcasts: For complete show notes and resources mentioned for this episode go to: blacktobusiness.com/ep36-christinabrown STAY CONNECTED: Christina: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter
43 minutes | Jul 26, 2018
EP 35: Winning Against All Odds + Cultivating Black Male Entrepreneurs with Frederick Hutson of Pigeonly
Frederick is the CEO and founder of Pigeonly, a platform that makes it easy for people to search, find and communicate with an incarcerated loved one. A born entrepreneur, Frederick launched and sold his first business at the age of 19. His desire to attain the American dream on his terms took him down the wrong path and at 23, he was indicted for distributing 3,000 kg of marijuana. It was during this four-year federal prison sentence a new idea surfaced, one that would give him an opportunity to impact the lives of people no one else was paying attention to - inmates, Pigeonly was born. Pigeonly's technology cuts the cost of expensive prison calls by 80% and allows people to send their inmate photos, greeting cards, and more right from a cell phone, tablet or computer. Although the company is still young, Hutson has grown Pigeonly to become one of the largest independent inmate service providers in the country. DURING THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: Journey from prison to entrepreneurship The state of Black males in entrepreneurship Why being disciplined matters How to build your team starting with your network RESOURCES MENTIONED: Solo Funds From Good to Great x Jim Collins STAY CONNECTED: Frederick: Website | Instagram | Twitter Black to Business: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
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