Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Fashion Entrepreneur" Tamika M. Price

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 Tamika Maria Price is an award-winning fashion entrepreneur based in Chicago. She began her career in wardrobe styling and personal shopping in 2008 and has since authentically built her brand by helping everyday women achieve Standout Style - literally. Price authored the book, “Standout Style: The Shopping + Style Guide for Real Women” released in 2010. Tamika has been seen working her style magic on the national TV show, “The Rachael Ray Show”, NBC 5 News, WGN News, WCIU’s “You & Me This Morning”, and named one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Game Changers” by Black Enterprise Magazine. Price opened Standout Style Boutique in March 2014, which was named one of “This Year’s Best 10 Boutiques” by Chicago Sun-Times Splash soon thereafter.

BN:What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

Tamika Maria Price: When I first started wardrobe styling, I struggled with finding my niche in the industry. As a stylist or any other business owner, you have to understand who your customer is. As I developed my brand and got my name out as a stylist in Chicago, I realized that not only did I enjoy working with everyday women on their personal style, but there was a need for it.

BN:What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

TP: I’ve always loved fashion, style and the way it makes you feel when you’re confident in your look. I always thought I’d work in the corporate arena so I ended up blending both my love for business and style.

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

TP: I think it is a struggle to find work/life balance as an entrepreneur because your work IS your life! I dream about my business! I definitely take the time to listen to my body and take time off. At first, I felt guilty for it but our society glamorized the word “busy”, especially in regards to women (i.e. superwoman, etc). I’ve now learned balance keeps you healthy and your creative juices flowing. Now I take the time to power off my laptop, sit down somewhere and kick my feet up! Also, it is so important to take care of yourself by eating right and exercising. If you develop health problems not only will you suffer, but your business will as well. 

BN:What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

TP: Jeremiah 29:11 gives me so much comfort and inspiration:
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

BN:Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?

TP: My husband (boyfriend at the time I started my business in 2008) is my #1 supporter and constantly shows me he believes in me. Being a BOSS member has been awesome for my business as well. There are so many women I’ve met and recruited to BOSS because it really is a mutually supportive group of women.

BN:.What are your “must-haves” to keep your career or business going strong?

TP: Faith. A great attitude. Patience. Pushing the limits of your comfort zone.

BN:What is your definition of a BOSS?

TP: A BOSS shares knowledge and opportunities; serves and supports others while relentlessly pursuing their own goals.




Connect with Tamika Maria Price  on Twitter and Instagram @shopstandout
Learn more about products and services at Website: www.shopstandout.com


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Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Creative Visionary" Andrea Mosley

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Andrea Mosley is a wife and a stay-at-home mom of two amazing children. Andrea and her family reside in Hickory Hills, Illinois. Andrea has a passion for the positive development of people. When Andrea is not writing books, she is actively developing ideas for new products and mentoring youth/young adults.

The BOSS Network:What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
 
Andrea Mosley: When I started my business, my greatest challenge was marshaling resources and   support.  I did not have the financial resources, but I decided that I wouldn't let these challenges intimidate me or stop me from pursuing my goals.  I viewed the possible returns on my ideas as greater than the risks.

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
 AMI’ve always liked the idea of making my own schedule, so I opted to study business. I wasn't inspired by one particular thing or event; I was inspired by a spectrum of life experiences that motivated me to give back through writing, mentoring and public speaking. I wanted to help transform lives because my life had been transformed.
BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
AM: As a wife and mother of small children sometimes maintaining balance can be challenging. I prioritize… For me, family comes first so I create a schedule to manage my family responsibilities and strategically choose what projects I take on. If an opportunity comes along that diverts significant time and energy away from my family, I don’t pursue it. I also have an amazing husband who supports me and helps me maintain balance. I know that everyone doesn't have a spouse to help with balance, but I think it’s good to have someone you trust who will hold you accountable and help to support you in this.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

AM:  “You’re not responsible for how people treat you but you are responsible and will have to give an account for how you treat others”. Something God shared with me some time ago.

BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way? 

AM: I had quite a few mentors, but my dad has been the most influential.  He was the first to tell me that I was great and that I could do anything. He’s always encouraged me and believed in me even through what seemed like the worst moments in my life. He’s my biggest cheerleader…

BN: What are your “must-haves” to keep your career or business going strong?               
AM: It may sound like a cliché’, but I must have God first, no compromise in that because He has given me so many opportunities, including this business....and then there is my laptop : )

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?
AM: To me a boss is a servant who leads by investing in the wellbeing of others in an excellent way.



Connect with Andrea Mosley on Twitter  @iamandreamosley
Learn more about products and services at
Website:
www.andreamosley.com

 


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