Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSS Spotlight:Meet The "Beautiful Entrepreneur" Sandye Lomax

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Sandye Lomax, Founder & CEO of Beauty Fetish, LLC has spent over a decade honing her skills in the beauty industry. She began her career as a teen model headlining international fashion shows. This licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, MUA & Eyelash Expert enjoys enhancing beauty & believes True Beauty Starts Within!

TheBOSSNetwork: What are some of the obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of You career?

Sandy Lomax: started my business with nothing more than pennies; my skill credentials and the necessary talent & determination to succeed! One of my biggest obstacles was self-doubt! Once I moved out of my own way by leaning on that "mustard seed" size faith taught by my mother and that inner self-confidence of light that would not dim even thru my own insecurities, everything fell into place!


BN: Who were some influential people/mentors that helped/encouraged you along the way?
SL:Was honored and blessed beyond my imagination when I had the opportunity to attend Oprah's Legends Ball. I was amongst so many amazing icons & influential women in art, entertainment & civil rights! I figured out my purpose that weekend! I knew that I had to place myself in a position of leadership from that day forward so that I could start building a bridge for my nieces and young girls around the world! I wanted to be able to one day say, thru my life that their strength to endure for women like me was not done in vain! That weekend was a major link to my "bridge to now!" My family & friends are a dynamite support system!

BN: What are your "must haves" to keep your career/business going strong?

SL: I must have God by my side! I must have & maintain the latest knowledge & training in my forever evolving craft! I must have the best quality products on the market to produce quality work.



BN: What inspired you to break into your industry?

SL: I spent many years working for the State of Maryland as a Disability Specialty as well as modeling internationally. During my modeling career I was always fascinated with the makeup & hair-styling behind the scenes. One day I found myself feeling incomplete & unfilled. I asked myself what would I do for free in life? I remembered when my grandmother was dying from cancer how she'd come alive when I would makeup her face, file her fingernails & comb what hair she had left. That was my AHA moment! Making people feel & look good. I get to combine my passion and compassion for people! I get paid to do what I love! It is rewarding on many levels for me!

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

SL: I have so many goals I'm trying to accomplish that I seem to run out of hours in a day to remember ME! I'm learning to nourish me the way that I nourish my goals & others daily! Because I am a one woman show aka brand Beauty Fetish it is a challenge to separate myself from the brand physically and mentally at times. I am honestly still trying to master creating a balance between professional & personal.

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

SL: I actually have 2 quotes that I live by:
*Set goals or be used by someone or has!
*Pay It Forward

BN: What is your definition of BOSS

SL: A risk taker who is not afraid to stand in a position of leadership!


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NetWERK 101: 4 Ways to Establish a Genuine Connection By Koereyelle DuBose

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When you’re an Entrepreneur, you’re always at work, you’re always open for business and you’re always be looking for ways to connect with potential partners. You DO NOT have to be at an official “networking event” to network. In fact, you should set an intention to connect with like-minded people who could enhance your brand everywhere you go! One thing you want to avoid, however, is coming across as fake, phony or too needy when you meet someone.

 To avoid that, use these four ways to establish a genuine connection:

1. Find the Common Denominator
What do you have in common? There could be a common interest, common goal or you may have a common industry. Find a way to link your business with theirs in order to establish a clear connection. On the other hand, your connection could be as simple as having a mutual friend, being from the same home state or attending rival colleges. The world is small enough to find a connection with almost anyone! The 6 degrees of separation rule is REAL, use it to your advantage!

2. Be a Benefit
Figure out the best way to establish a mutually beneficial partnership before approaching the potential partner. If you are very interested in meeting someone but are not sure how you could work together, offer support. Use your willingness to serve and support others as your strength. Let it be known that you would be happy to be involved with their upcoming projects or invite your network to their event, people very rarely turn down help!  Being helpful is a great way to make a lasting impression!

3. Exchange Information
Please break the habit of giving out your cards and leaving empty handed. Show that you are truly interested in connecting by asking for their card in exchange for yours. If they don’t have a card, at least follow them on a few social networks because nobody is going to turn down a new follower. If they make it clear that they don’t want to give you their card, they obviously don’t want to do business with you so you won’t need their card anyway. Know when to cut your losses and move on. Everybody won’t want to connect, thank them for saving you time and energy chasing them down in the future. It’s their loss anyway!


4. Follow Up
95% of the people you meet will NOT follow up. Stand out from the crowd by making a habit of following up within 24 hours of meeting. A simple follow up can be a quick email reminding them of who you are and where you met and letting them know you’re excited to support their future projects and work together on something special soon. If you have an upcoming project or event, this is a great time to share that information and solicit support.


Use these tips everywhere you go to connect with new partners, reach new clients and establish genuine connections! Remember that your network determines your net worth, so choose your new partners wisely.


Connect with Koereyelle DuBose, Founder and CEO of The Single Wives Club and Creator of ReadyToWERK.com. 
Connect with Koereyelle on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @Koereyelle




Booming business busted life? By Cledra Gross

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As BOSS ladies we thrive with mantras like GO BIG OR GO HOME, You gotta want it bad, If it was easy everyone would have it, Rise and Grind, Do whatever it takes and in thriving off of these mantras our businesses thrive but what happens to the rest of us? What about the time to cultivate and nurture love, the time to take care of our temple, the time to sit with girlfriends and NOT talk business and what about time for spiritual growth?

So many of us are drowning when it comes to life outside of business.  We push and push and push when it comes to growing our company’s  bottom line and we do it without any excuses but when it comes to that workout, creating quiet time to pray and meditate,  or carving the time to make sure we have meals to nourish our physical bottom line — we have all kinds of reasons we can’t get it done.  We’re patient with new product launches but short on patience when it comes to nurturing loving relationships. They should come correct or get out of our way right? 

We want to leave our mark and change the world and somewhere along the way we think we can do that and not include ourselves in the world we’re trying to change.  And I mean the “self” that isn't a BOSS but the part of us that is spiritual.   Anything we put in front of taking care of ourselves eventually my dear BOSS lady we will lose the ability to enjoy. 

Think about it. How much business can you get done in poor health? Do you really want to be a game changer and not have love in the game?  We would never drive our car head on into a flooded zone but I see BOSS ladies all the time driving their body, personal relationships,  and spiritual well being under water and postponing taking the necessary action. 

So what’s the solution when we find ourselves unbalanced and consumed with a booming business while living a busted life?

Here are 3 things you can do this week to turn around & add a booming life to your bottom line:

1. Exchange an hour.  
Exchange an hour in the evening for an hour in the morning.  Go to bed 1 hour earlier than normal so that you can get up 1 hour earlier.

2. Next.
With that hour exchanged use 15 minutes for prayer and meditation, 30 minutes to workout, and then 15 minutes to write a list of gratitude. 

3. Become unavailable.  
Find time in each day where you are not available. Let it go to voice mail, ignore the chimes notifying you of another email, and actually schedule times to be completely unavailable to others so that you can be available to the voice that wants to speak but can only do so when you make yourself available in quiet.  

As powerful as you are you cannot survive self neglect long term. As strong as you are, there will come a day when you need a hand to hold to get you through.  We need community that not only helps our business but touches our very soul.  Don’t spend so much time grinding that you grind and destroy the priceless pieces of your life.  You’re worth the effort to have more balance.  


Connect with Cledra Gross on Twitter @cledracledra and Facebook for more information on products and services to drop all weight visit Cledra.com

Take Your Career or Business Global By Michelle J. Miller

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National borders are no longer a relevant business necessity in today’s global economy. Advancement in technology and the use of the worldwide web has made data transmission and communication across the globe almost effortless. Despite this fact, many professionals do not expand their skills to be champions of change management in the global market and many entrepreneurs and businesses do not think they have the ability to be part of growing international business channels. 

These limiting mindsets are unfortunate because over 90% of all exporters are small businesses and over 90% of the world’s consumers reside outside of the United States. The number of multinational corporations have quadrupled over the last three decades and the net income of U.S. companies from their overseas operations have increased significantly as well. It is thus no secret that today’s professionals and business leaders must have a global mindset. I know you may be saying “I am trying to expand my career or business in the United States so I cannot afford to think about the global business market Michelle”. Well, I want you to shift your thinking because if you expect to advance your career or grow your business you will interact with people of different cultures and interact with businesses that have a global reach.

 For this reason, you should consider taking your career or business global. Here are some tips for taking your career or business global.

1. Learn about other cultures
You can began to learn about new cultures wherever you reside. Interact with  ethnic groups other than your own. Read books about different cultures, attend events and try new restaurants focused on cultural dining. Learning about different cultures will help you cultivate a global mindset and it will help your identify countries you may want to engage in business with. Cultural dynamics impact your relationships with people and they help you understand how to be sensitive to the lifestyles of other people. Learning about other cultures also help to build bridges of communication which is essential for relationship building.

2. Get a passport and travel outside of the United States
Traveling overseas will provide you with an opportunity to expand your worldview. Traveling is a key aspect for engaging in international business and immersing yourself in different cultures will help you learn how to interact with different cultures from their perspectives instead of your own. During your personal and professional travels you should learn how to build a rapport with people and understand their value systems. Please make sure that you take tine to study the culture of the places where you are traveling, read news issues presented there and try to learn as much about the people groups there before and during your travels. Some of my most memorable experiences have been traveling overseas. Earning a Certification in Chinese Law was my most significant academic experience and meeting one of the attorneys that worked on the Mandela case was the most rewarding personally and professionally. If you have not taken an international trip, put it on your list of things to do.


3. Take courses about international business or global corporate diplomacy
 There a growing number of programs and courses that help professionals and business leaders develop a global mindset.  International business seminars, courses and/or degrees will prepare you to compete in the global market. Read magazines and news article about emerging international issues and start to learn about the relations that the United States have with other countries.

4. Learn a foreign language
Learning a foreign language will almost instantly help you build a relationship with individuals that you want to do business with in another country. Even if you do not speak a foreign language fluently it is still helpful to learn a few greetings and phrases to demonstrate your willingness to learn about a culture. It is important to understand that even though English is spoken in many countries, it is honorable when you make sincere attempts to learn another language. I personal language joke is that I am “trylingual” and while people think it means I know three languages, I tell them it means I’ve tried a few languages: Spanish, Swahili, Mandarin, Russian and Arabic. However, I do not know any of these languages fluently. I tried Mandarin and Russian to learn a little of the language, I studied Swahili in college and I can write my alphabet in Arabic - a long way to go, but I am trying. I just ask that you try with me.

5. Research government international business programs
The Small Business Association offers educational material about international business and also help U.S. business secure finances for business interested in expanding global. In addition, the The Bureau of International Information Programs provides an opportunity for people to communicate with foreigners about U.S. policies. There are many other examples that will help U.S. citizens become learn more about the global market.

The points above are just a beginner’s start to taking your career or business global. Once you have taken these beginning steps for expanding your mindset global your next steps is to develop a global career or business plan that would consist of identifying the market(s) you would like to do business, building lists of local professionals, learning how to proper business communication styles of the local of your choice, and so much more. Taking your career or business global may seem overwhelming at first. However, if you make a conscience effort to “Think Global” and “Go Global” you will discover that small steps will make a large difference in your business experiences.


Connect with Michelle J. Miller on Twitter @michellejmiller or on Instagram @iammichellejmiller and look out for her new and improved website later this year, MichelleJMiller.com for more information, book releases and event announcements.

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Life Empowerment Coach" Dalia Smith

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Dalia Smith, is a Life Empowerment Coach for women who are seeking to enhance self love and create/maintain healthy relationships. She has an M.A in Counseling, Psychology and a B.S In Human Service. Dalia’s academic training, coupled with practical work experience while studying enabled her to build on her knowledge of psychological theories and principles. Through her work experience she has also developed an understanding of various approaches and their impact on individuals.


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


Dalia Smith: I did not have any experience in business or marketing so starting a new business was challenging for me at first. I had to really put myself out there and get as much training as possible. I did a lot of reading, completed some webinars, and hired a marketing coach.


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

DS: Over the past year I've undergone a lot of life changes, mostly with regard to my outlook and what I want in life. l’ve learned to let go of self-limiting beliefs, stand up for what I believe in and embrace my imperfections. After a broken engagement, I experienced a rebirth and realized I was put on this Earth for a divine reason: to help other women who are and were in my shoes realize that heartbreak is not the end. No matter how bad someone hurt you, life does go on. Once you hit rock bottom, there's only one way up.


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


DS: Maintaining work-life balance is crucial to both success and overall well-being. I try my best to tackle my tasks by priority. I’ve realized that you should not always put your needs aside and focus on the needs of others. It’s important for your own health and well-being that you find some time for yourself. You must take care of your own basic needs before you can attend to the need of others. When you take care of yourself, you will have more love to give to those around you!!


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


DS: "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." ― Maya Angelou

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

DS: Marie Forleo, Tony Robbins, and Oprah were all very influential people in my life.


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

DS: Ambition, passion, and perseverance.


BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

DS:To me, a “BOSS” is a strong, independent woman, who is unapologetically herself.!



Connect with Dalia Smith on Instagram and Facebook


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