Black History Now: Meet Jason Mercado

In celebration of Black History Month, I’m conducting weekly interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs who are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders. I would like to introduce to you all my next contributor…

Meet Jason Mercado, The Homeless Man Turned Entrepreneur!

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Tell me a little about yourself and what you do?

My Name is Jason Mercado and I am from Philadelphia, Pa I am the owner/operator of Just Cookies…

What prompted you to start your own business?

I started my own company as a result of being homeless and losing my job with Starbucks Coffee

How do/did you handle obstacles and roadblocks?

I prayed and pushed through them…

What is the one action you have taken that has accounted for most of your

success?

Reaching out to others in the same industry and just having patience….

Speaking of success, How do you define and measure success?

It is by believing in me first and foremost

How has your business helped with community growth or development?

I’ve been able to send a message of hope to people that no matter what your situation is you can push through it

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, DON’T GIVE UP!!!!

Author’s Note: Jason gave me the link to his interview with Ryan Mack of Huffington Post to share with you all!

You can reach out to Jason via the Just Cookies Website: http://justcookies2.wix.com/justcookies

Black History Now: Meet Aida Ingram

In celebration of Black History Month, I’m conducting weekly interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs who are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders. I would like to introduce to you all my guest…

Meet Aida Ingram-Coach, Author, and “The Marketing and Idea Chick”

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Aida is the Owner of An Inspired You LLC and the the Creator of Girlfriends With Goals

In this video interview Aida shares with us

  • Sound advice for someone who feels stuck and wanting to use technology to pave the way
  • Ingredients for success in business and life
  • Realistic advice about overcoming obstacles in Business

 

You can reach out to Aida online via her sites

www.aninspiredyou.com

www.girlfriendswithgoals.com

Black History Now: Meet Dr. Charmen Douglas

In celebration of Black History Month, I’m conducting weekly interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs who are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders.  I would like to introduce to you all my 1st guest…

Meet Dr. Charmen Douglas-Entrepreneur and Best-Selling Author!

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Dr. Douglas is the CEO of Beautiful Smile LLC, and Founder of the Give Back A Life Foundation for domestic violence victims.

In this video interview Dr. Douglas shares with us

  • A few tips on 1st steps to take in getting a business started
  • An Important lesson for marketing your brand and business
  • How to thrive regardless of the economy

 You can reach out to Dr. Douglas online via her sites:

 http://www.beautifulmouth.com

http://www.drcharmendouglas.com

 

Black History Now-2013

skyscrapperFor the month of February in celebration of Black History Month, I’m continuing my annual blog series on Black Entrepreneurship. This will be a segment of Q & A’s and/or exclusive interviews on local black entrepreneurs and business owners who are working hard at being awesome, while leaving their mark and building their legacies.

I started this series in 2011 to acknowledge some of the local black entrepreneurs I came into contact with, and decided to continue on with the series because I absolutely L-O-V-E Love shedding some light on the progression and success of everyday African Americans- dreaming, believing, and achieving their way to business success. I know this isn’t exactly history, but it is history in the making, and that counts for something!

I like to read about the everyday unsung heroes; the firefighter, the caretaker for the elderly, the advocate for the youth, etc. I want to share a fresh perspective from the people we know and grow up with; familiar people who are taking risks to own that dream business, or build that personal brand.

Many small town or inner-city raised blacks are at the forefront of community development. They step to the plate as leaders and mentors to students and troubled youth. They bring employment opportunities to the jobless and donate to charitable causes. I want to acknowledge the African Americans who bring about positive reinforcement against the negative stereotypes that deter hopes and ambition.

My “interviewees” are full-time small business owners, solopreneurs, and side-hustle champions. One thing they all have in common is that they are defining success on their own terms, and working hard to align their brand with their vision. Black History in the making is definitely something worth celebrating!

Please take a look at the profiles of my past guests entrepreneurs for inspiration, and encourgament, and be sure to show them some support by sharing with your network.

This year I have an awesome line up for you and can’t wait to share what I have in store.

See you next week!

 

Flickr Credit: JohnSteven

Black History Now: Meet The Abanyies

I wanted to conclude my series on Black Entrepreneurship the way I started it, with a husband and wife team of entrepreneurs.

Meet Michael and Khia Abanyie; Local Entrepreneurs, and Charitable Givers!

Tell me a little about yourself and what you do?

Mike – I’m the Founder & CEO of T.A. Computer Techs  a computer company focused on finding technology solutions for Personal, small & start up companies.

Khia – I’m the Founder & CEO of Wiggalicious Wigs – We specialize in making quality boned and sewn units at an affordable price.

Together, we also Co-Founded Abanyie Films  and The Gospel Opera  

Abayie Films is A Video Production company focused on creating Professional & Inspiring videos as well as commercials to help promote businesses.  While The Gospel Opera is a brand thru which we create inspiring, Informative and entertaining multimedia videos to inspire and provoke others to be all that God created them to be and inspire them to live Life to the fullest by chasing their goals and dreams.

Where does your inspiration/motivation come from?

Mike- I am, for the most part, self-inspired and motivated by being able to help others, but the satisfaction on our customers’ faces when I’m able to give them a solution that fits their budget and company culture helps as well.

Khia – I’m inspired and motivated by being able to help Women look and feel beautiful!

How do you define and or measure success?

We both define success – as our customers being satisfied with their purchase or services that we provided them & them referring us and returning back to use our services & products again.

As a married couple, how do you support each other through the trying times that comes from you both being entrepreneurs?

We both support each other primarily thru Prayer. We also support each other by investing in books, researching best business practices, Investment in each other thru encouragement & also holding each other accountable to the Vision of the company.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?

Stay focused on the vision of your company and your passion not the monetary portion of the business. The money will come if you stay focused on your passion and Vision. Remember you are your only competition so what do you have to loose.

Author’s Note: The Abanyie Couple give back to their community, with their program “Diva Locks”, where they are able to give away Wigs to charities and those suffering from Hair lost. They also participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure yearly to help with Breast cancer research. Truly, they are a lovely couple to bring the series to an end.

Please support all of these entrepreneurs in their endeavors and keep hope alive!

Until next time…