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BOSS Spotlight Feature: Brianna Ross

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Brianna Ross is a  two-time graduate of Florida A&M University. Entrepreneur and owner of Brown Rose Essentials, LLC. Brown Rose Essentials is an all-natural personal care brand that handcrafts non-toxic skin and body care products that target the minor skin concerns of Black and Brown women.   ************************************************** What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? When starting my business, I knew nothing about marketing or professionally selling anything. I thought just selling a product was “the way” to own a business. However, the further in my journey I went, the more aware I became. Not only did I want a business, but I also wanted a brand. A brand that invoked emotional connection, brand loyalty, and great products. But I had no clue how to do that. I knew when I created Brown Rose Essentials, I wanted a relatable, not-so-serious, and classy brand. I knew I wanted to speak to a specific group o

From Grace to Gratitude by Felicia Shakespeare

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Felicia Shakespeare  is an award-winning Global Speaker, a 5x Bestselling Author, Educator, and Personal Brand Strategist. She is the Founder of A Purpose Driven Woman LLC which has successfully produced a podcast, conference series, and a compilation book project.  ******************************************** Last time I spoke of the importance of giving ourselves a little more “grace.” Many of us are hardest on ourselves and way more critical about where we are in life than anyone else. We must be intentional about personalized “self-care” in its totality. One of the greatest weapons we have is our voice. Do you believe words have power and that the words that we use daily actually either affirm or cause a deficit in us? Many times we ARE NOT using our own voice to affirm and speak life into ourselves as much as we should. Let’s begin to change that narrative and now start to wrap ourselves in gratitude.  We have entered into my family’s (really Mom’s) favorite holiday season of th

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Ja’Nique Blocker

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  Ja’Nique Blocker is an Entrepreneur and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) specializing in Global Mobility. She is the Founder/CEO of Sconnet LLC, an innovative hair accessory company offering luxurious and high-quality accessories to promote better hair protection. Her design-patented hair Sconnet® is a scarf and a large bonnet in one. ********************************************** What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? I have experienced a few obstacles throughout my business journey. My first business failed because I could not keep up with the demands of my full-time job, while also managing the day-to-day tasks of my business. Now that I have transitioned into a different role, I have more of a work-life balance and can dedicate more time to building my business. Another obstacle that I faced was the need to patent my product. Being inexperienced with this process, I hired a patent attorney who assisted me with get

3 Ways To Stay Motivated During Your Job Search by Lauran A. Smith

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Lauran A. Smith  is an Educator, Entrepreneur, Digital Content Strategist, Writer, Public Relations Specialist, National Event Curator, Puppy Mother, and Coffee Enthusiast. A Memphis, TN native, she has two younger siblings and is the proud Aunt of two nephews and a niece. Some have never had the experience of feeling "burnout" in their jobs/careers, and that is absolutely amazing! For those of us who have not only felt burnout, but have felt unappreciated, "looked over", unsure of the future regarding professional careers, it is a very real thing...and mentally exhausting. If you are thinking of changing jobs/careers, and need to keep your optimism at a Level 10, here are three ways to stay motivated:   ● 1. RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO PIVOT. I believe that people are often discouraged when seeking out new opportunities/new professions because they may view their age as a limit, their lack of knowledge of the industry that they would like to pursue,

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Beverly Iseghohi

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Beverly Iseghohi, a multi-sport coach, uses her legal training to advocate for drowning prevention and healthy living in black communities. She is CEO and founder of SBR4Life, a fitness organization partnering with leading academic institutions to offer an innovative approach to community-centered physical activity, advancing a research action agenda. 1. What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? Given our unique business model, our training program requires instructors and trainers who have both hard and soft skills as well as a fierce commitment to improving social performance. Competing for talent has posed and continues to pose a major challenge for us.  2. What inspired you to break into your industry? Community health has been and continues to be a focal point for me. As a trained strategist, I can use my skills to develop ambassadors who promote lifestyle change in Black communities. This can lead to the adoption of phy

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional Web Design Agency by Lenora Blackamore

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MECCA Marketing Group Inc's CEO is Lenora Blackamore . Since 1997, her interest and profession has been web development. Her passions lead her to create a diverse portfolio in the financial, publishing, and educational sectors. Lenora is devoted to her faith and enjoys traveling and sharing a meal and karaoke with family and friends. Building your website without expert ability and understanding can be pricey if you want to convert online visitors into loyal consumers. The difficulty of building your own website isn't the only issue. You might be concerned that you won't receive the results you want and that you'll miss out on opportunities. As a business owner, you must remember this: You are the expert in your field . As a result, you want to make sure you're making the finest selections possible for your company. You should hire a competent business to build your website. If you're still not convinced, consider the following five reasons WHY you should engage

Entering Quarter 4 Gracefully by Felicia Shakespeare

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  Felicia Shakespeare is an award winning Global Speaker, a 5x Bestselling Author, Educator and Personal Brand Strategist. She is the Founder of A Purpose Driven Woman LLC which has successfully produced a podcast, conference series and a compilation book project.  One of my favorite lines from the intro song of In Living Color ...is  ‘How you living?.’ If you’ve never seen or heard of this iconic tv show, all I can say is go to Google search and find out more. As I think of entering into the final quarter of this year I have many mixed emotions for various reasons, personally and professionally. I’m also assessing my accomplishments this year that were on my radar and which goals have been achieved. I’m also thinking about the new fiscal year that is RIGHT around the corner. But as I ponder on what I can’t control (the time this year that has already passed) and the future ( the time and circumstances of events that I can’t control ahead of me) that is ahead of me, what do I say or