Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Entrepreneurship: One of the Hardest Jobs You Will Ever Have by BOSS Founder Cameka Smith

I’m the BOSS!”
Sounds pretty cool, right?
For me it is. I can tell you that as the Founder and CEO of The BOSS Network, one of the fastest-growing women business communities, and as CEO and Principal Event Producer of City Global Events, my Chicago-based event planning, marketing and production company, I have heard countless stories from women who share their dreams of starting their own business.
The reasons why some women desire to become entrepreneurs vary. Some are frustrated with their career trajectory and feel restricted. Others are tired of the glass ceiling at work. Then there are those who are actually very happy with being employed, but happen to have a great idea for a product or service and just want to try their hand at doing it themselves.
Whatever your reason for starting your own business, there is one thing that I want you to understand before you take one step further…
Entrepreneurship is probably the hardest job you will ever have.
Before I became an entrepreneur, I had a great career as an educator in my hometown of Chicago, developing student academic programs for more than ten years. In each role, I was able to help young men and women to navigate college life and more importantly, impact their lives. It also gave me the opportunity early on to interact with strong, female leaders—particularly women of color—in positions of power who served as mentors for me. Their dedication and superb management style inspired and sparked a fire in me to really take a closer look at who I would be as a professional career woman. Their example served as my impetus when it was finally time for me to make the transition to entrepreneurship years later.
Follow Cameka Smith on Twitter @iamCameka

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Emotional Freedom and Personal Power by Kelley Porter


We talk about being “in our emotions” quite often, but what if your feelings are directly related to your overall health. I define emotional freedom as liberating yourself from negative emotions via forgiveness. In this space, one can create the most significant experiences. However, if one doesn’t understand how the Personal Power chakra is directly related to emotional and physical health, overall disaster occurs. Some people call it the Solar Plexus as it directly relates to the Sun’s energy and is our own little fireplace.

Chakras are energetic vortexes within the human spiritual body that attracts and emits energy. Chakras are the primary source of your life force, and their well-being is vital to your holistic health (Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual). We have seven within us as they also govern the health of a specific organ. The Solar Plexus chakra controls the digestive system and its ability to digest nutrition. It is also our willpower and regulates our ability to achieve greatness and mentally understand our deepest emotions. An inactivated Personal Power chakra results in some of the dis-eases I experienced and discussed in my most recent book, Detox or DIEt. The Solar Plexus chakra is located slightly above the navel and speaks to self-esteem, security and is the core of our personality and ego. The Solar Plexus chakra is about loving, nurturing, accepting self and understanding that inner voice that guides us. Self-acceptance and how we feel about ourselves determines what we will experience in life, relationships, business and so much more. A balanced Solar Plexus chakra presents itself in one who is confident, self-motivated and “on fire.”

Emotional Freedom

Many people lack emotional freedom as most want to blame others for their emotions. No one wants to be responsible for their unhealthy feelings. You have to be responsible for your feelings as you have to learn to acknowledge, respect and release them. We must be willing to forgive self, others and learn from our pain.

Closed Solar Plexus Chakra (Personal Power)

Never satisfied
Difficulty concentrating
Inability to make decisions
Low self-esteem and confidence

Physical Dis-Ease Associated with Closed Personal Power 
Digestive, liver or pancreas disorder

Clearing, Balancing and Energizing Your Personal Power Chakra
Eat yellow foods
Wear yellow clothes
Bathe in yellow water
Spend time in the sunlight
Decorate a room with a shade of yellow

In essence, your health is your wealth, and more importantly, your thought paradigm initiates the “thing,” your emotions amplify it, and your behaviors create it. Having read this blog and understanding the spiritual aspect of physical diseases, I encourage you to take better care of you. I experienced a long list of physical ailments that initiated in my mind as I had no idea years ago that to be physically healthy you have to be mentally and emotionally healthy. Thank you for reading as I look forward to reading your comments. 

Learn more about Kelley Porter by visiting her website www.kelleyporter.com and follow on Twitter: coachkelleyp

The Power of A Trademark by Corvet Williams


Michael Jordan filed a lawsuit back in 2012, in China, for the use of his name and brand. He recently lost this case.

In the Chinese language, his name Jordan is “Qiaodan.” And the symbol being used is identical to the same one used in America. The judge’s reasoning why his claims don’t stand is because the image does not have a face on it to clearly identify him; and the name Jordan is a common name used in America and Qiaodan is not only used for the name Jordan.

Having experience with Intellectual Property, my first question is was the Jordan name and image trademarked in China? Are there international patents and/or trademarks in place? This is a major concern, because had it been, then the fight between their trademark and the Jordan trademark would be the first basis to contend. Where there loop holes in the Jordan trademark that allowed the Qiaodan trademark?

It’s easy for one to assume that someone like Michael Jordan’s legal team would know how to prepare for this defense. This brings high concern. What is the wording used in the trademark? Is it outdated? It seems to me someone did not cross the “t” and dot the “i”. Most of the manufacturing has been in China so of course they know how to make it and what design they use. Where was the protection?

This leads me to this thought, no matter how experienced a company; it can always use the advice of a business professional. An advisor can help you bring your business up-to-date and make sure you are relevant to the times. I am pretty sure that had there been someone who could look into the company and offer advice on where it could be better, then maybe they could have caught this missing link before there was a case. There is the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it” but in a world like today that changes by the minute, “fixing” is a must. Of course people love to buy the same Jordan’s they were selling 10 years ago over and over again. So the brand is very stable, it’s the international protection that’s missing. Of course now they should make sure that there are trademarks in place in other countries.

International patents are very expensive and time consuming. You have to have “eyes” everywhere to make sure you are not being infringed upon. The laws that govern intellectual property vary by country. Experienced attorneys and representatives can help lighten the load and legal woes. Of course the Jordan brand will continue to make money regardless. But, the idea that someone else is making money off of a strikingly close resemblance is extremely frustrating. This is no different than a song writer or producer being the victim or offender of copyright infringement. Take for instance Pharrell and Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines.” They lost the case because there was a concern that he sampled a popular Marvin Gaye song. Pharrell spoke with Oprah about the situation and stated that he did not sample the song, but with such legalities in order it leaves the question how can an artist use inspiration? Maybe to some, using this same idea applies. There is nothing new under the sun, but where are the lines of inspiration blurred when it comes to being innovative?

So maybe the Jordan brand can take it as it as compliment that someone likes them so much they were “inspired” to make a similar shoe with a similar image? Or maybe they really stole the idea and Jordan’s lack of trademark allowed such an action to occur. No matter, it’s never too late to get the advice of a professional to make sure your company’s paperwork and protection are up-to-date. It could mean millions and even billions!

Learn more about Corvete Williams, visit her at: www.corvetwilliams.com Twitter: corvet