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5 Things Every New Business Owner Should Know

5 Things Every New Business Owner Should Know with Attorney David M. Walker, ESQ

David M. Walker, ESQ is a Detroit native who never imagined his life would be what it is today. Not only is he an entrepreneur, but he is also small business attorney. Working exclusively with start-up and small business owners to help them establish businesses, he has a passion for equipping entrepreneurs with the tools that are needed to establish capital and assert themselves in the modern business world. 

Through his hard work and drive, he has had a burning passion to work with entrepreneurs since 1998. This is what he had to say during an interview on Historically Black Since, “Before I became a business attorney, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. David is also the owner of Positivity Alkaline Water.  He stated “Ever since I walked into my first bottled water plant, I have been on a mission to build an efficient bottled water production and recycling facility for black communities.”

You can never have enough facts, but there are five secret tips every business owner should know when they are first starting out :

Tip 1 :Shift your mindset from employee to business owner 

3-8% people Americans get their money solely from their business. Meaning they don’t get a check from anyone or anything else , but their business. There is risk involved in it. You have to take risks to be a business owner. Most people don’t know about the stats. People know about many things that don’t have to do much with business. You have to think differently. You can’t think the same way you did as an employee, while being a business owner. You have to always be thinking of innovative ways to bring more money into the business , and not always worried about have them expenses. Focus on driving more revenue into the business, and let the expenses fall where they may

Tip 2: Learn how to manage your time

As an entrepreneur you are in control of your time. Although it may seem easier said then done, what many people fail to realize is that managing your time as an entrepreneur can be harder then when working for someone else. As an entrepreneur, starting off, it can take you 12 to 16 hours per day to generate money, and get your business going how you need it, versus being an employee and only working for 8 hours. You may find you are constantly working overtime to bring money into the business. You don’t have weekends, holidays, or a a set time when you are off. Being an entrepreneur is a 24/7 lifestyle.

Tip 3: Focus on your strengths and Hire your weakness

As a a business owner, you can’t do everything on your own. Just because you know how to do something doesn’t mean you should. Focus only on your strengths and income generating activities. Don’t be afraid to delegate.

Tip 4: Networking

Spend more time around other business owners to help grow your business. Don’t be afraid to meet new people, but pick with who and where you allocate a lot of your time

Tip 5: Securing Money

There will come a point in your business where you will want to seek outside funding. You will have to get more money, whether it be from investors, the bank, or friends and family. This can easily be achieved  if you can answer the following four questions.

• What do you do?

• Why are you good at it?

• How much money do you need?

• What does an investor get for it?

If you can answer all these questions, and you can gather money from anyone and from any source. Trigger the greed factor. Be prepared to answer all the questions that an investor is going to ask.

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Former Corporate Publicist Ifueko Igbinovia, Speaks on Starting Over and Rebranding with New Youtube Channel

Born and raised in New Jersey, Ifueko Igbinovia was determined to compose a platform that assisted creatives in being organic and allows them to embrace their eccentricity. Commencing her YouTube channel in March 2018 as a innovatie content creator, Ifueko wanted her message of individuality to be apparent through her platform. Previously, Ifueko worked for Universal Motown Records where she ventured into the entertainment world studying public relations for a vast quantity of celebrities. While at Universal, Ifueko converted into a radio personality for Clubzone FM.

Ifueko has interviewed vast celebrities Yemi Alade, Jim Jones, celebrity stylist Ty Hunter, Safaree, Mack Wilds, Musiq SoulChild, NBA Player Eric Williams, Love & Hip hop Mariah Lynn, rapper Maino, actor River Mason Eromosele, Safaree of Love & Hip Hop, among others. As a seasoned celebrity publicist and journalist she began acquiring her own clients and thriving  in brand and media building. Ifueko builds solid influential relationships through the entertainment industry. Being completely transparent and relatable she built her viewership through her talent. Ifueko’s background sets the tone for who she is today and with her eccentric and witty personality.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Ifueko about her new journey as a Youtuber and talk show host. Listen to the full interview below<

Instagram: @Fueko_xoxo


5 Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs

If you plan to be a successful entrepreneur, it is highly important that you improve yourself personality-wise and in your professional life. You can not certainly hope to achieve long-term business success as an entrepreneur if you are not constantly trying to sharpen the important skills to build up a viable company. Successful entrepreneurs invest their time in becoming better versions of them every day.

This time tends to build up a stronger business and also a very extensive business network. If this is the year that you go all in the entrepreneurial growth, the following are the main 5 secrets of successful entrepreneurs. 


Manage Your Emotions

An essential skill that you need to hone being an entrepreneur is managing your raging emotions. Entrepreneurs who overreact or always let their emotions spill all over tend to make rash decisions based only on emotional thinking. Learn to keep your emotions in control and you are a lot likely to make smarter decisions in your business. 

Your  Entrepreneurial Story Is All In Your  Control

Your story of being an entrepreneur is in your control. How you react to challenges, the effort you put in the personal and business growth, and the motivation you have will contribute to your entrepreneurial story. If you don’t like how your journey is moving ahead, it is on you to make the changes needed. 

Analyze The Doubts You Have

Being a successful entrepreneur doesn’t come without challenges. There will be many days where you will be questioning your sanity and why you choose to be a business owner. Suppose you will focus on analyzing why you are feeling like quitting or why you are finding some particular situation stressful.

In that case, you will get the underlying problem too. Once you understand what is bothering you, the chances are positive that you will then address the issue and develop a solution. 

Manage Your  Mental Energy

How you are focusing on your mental energy has s huge effect on your success or the way your entrepreneurial story goes. Business builders who focus their thoughts on positive endeavors have a greater success rate than those immersed in negativity. Learn how you can train your thought patterns to focus on positive and uplifting endeavors. This way, you will have a greatly enjoyable journey in your entrepreneurial life. 

Increase The Opportunities For Those In Your Network

If you wish to be a more successful entrepreneur, learn how to increase growth opportunities for people around you. If all that you ever do is focus on the growth, you make being an entrepreneur. You will not develop a highly extensive network of individuals that want to see you fully succeed.

Learn how you can lift others as you attempt to become an improved business builder, and your odds of developing the formidable social and business network will greatly increase. 

These are a few Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs that you can use to be a better one yourself.


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One of the Worlds Youngest Self-Made Millionaires, Isabella Barrett, is Inspiring Teens Around the World

Isabella Barrett is a successful reality TV star who launched to fame after appearing in Toddlers & Tiaras and went on to become one of the youngest self-made millionaires in the USA by the time she was 9 years old. Now a teenager, she owns 5 brands and has dressed many of today’s top teen celebrities. Her fashion brand, House of Barretti, has appeared in New York Fashion Week twice, and has since branched out to include hair and skincare products. Most recently, Isabella has been filming for Amazon’s newest docu-series, Next Big Thing NYC, which follows eight teens on their quest to superstardom. Isabella is also part of the Young Entrepreneurs Association and has her first book coming out this year, titled Teen’s Guide to Business.

House of Barretti was founded by Barrett at the age of 9 in a mission to create luxury suits and custom apparel for the sophisticated teen and young adult. With luxury fabrics, a modern fit, and couture trims, House of Barretti has modernized the look and feel of the traditional suit. Its top-quality silk lining and active-length short and skirt options give a custom feel to the collection perfect for any teen or young adult looking to dress to impress in style and comfort. By 14, she had launched five businesses of her own

We had the opportunity to speak with Isabella and learn more about her journey . Listen to the full audio interview below 

Music Artist Saneit Proves that Overcoming Obstacles and Adversity Can Make You Stronger

Name- Saneit

School Name- Howard University 

Class of- 2018 graduated 2019 BA Public Relations minor Graphic Design

Hometown- Chicago

What inspired you to get started with music

I’ve always had a passion for music. My family always blasted music around the house. My first step into music was joining the children’s gospel choir at the of five. My vocal coach found me at church during my first solo and I began taking vocal lessons at 10 years old. I continued to grow in my art by being involved in extra curricular activities. I started writing my own songs at 13 without beats. I would just hear it in my head. While attending a performing arts high school, Lincoln Park I later met one of my producers, Rico Rich. I began recording songs at 16 and released my first EP at 18. By then I was a freshman at Howard. Entering Howard I majored in Jazz voice and changed my major to Public Relations the following year. 

Most rewarding thing for you as an artist 

The most rewarding thing for me as an artist is the honest feedback. When people I don’t know tag me in videos and singing my songs that makes me feel really good. I know that I’m doing something right. I always wanted my music to connect people.

If you could describe your style of music in three words, what would they be and why?

Three words to describe my style of music is soul, passion, and energy. When I sing I sing from the soul. My dad would always say “That girl got soul.” Passion, because you can hear how passionate I am about what I’m singing in my songs. I’m not singing just because I can. Lastly, the energy is always there. I’m a vibrant person with a lot of personality. Without a visual you can feel it. If you only heard my music and never seen my face that is what you’ll get.

How did your HBCU experience impact you as an artist ?

My HBCU experience impacted me so much. I walked in one way and came out another. I was good, but it made me better. The lessons that I learned outside classes were the most impactful. I’m so glad I went to Howard University and people will always know that. So many of the greats came out of Howard, and as the saying goes ‘if you can make it out of Howard you can make it anywhere.’ I’ll never take no for an answer, and ’ll never make excuses for myself.

Who are some of your musical influences?

My musical influences are Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Monica, and Missy Elliot. Honestly, the list goes on. Those are definitely some of my favorites. If we’re talking about writers that’s another conversation.

Where do you see yourself musically in the next 12 months?

In the next 12 months I can hear my music in constant rotation on radio stations. I see myself performing for larger crowds. I can also, see myself having songs written for other artist. I have a great pen.

To learn more about Saneit and stay updated on her upcoming music releases, Follow her social media profile below

Creative Profile: Chicago Music Artist TMH High Chief

What inspired you to get started with music 

It all started off with the way beats an instruments sounded to meI started off as a heavy producer. Then I eventually found a talent in rapping. I love to use words to paint a picture over a nice beautiful beat

Most rewarding thing for you as an artist 

The most rewarding thing for me as an artist would be gaining trust from listeners so that I can help them feel better through my music, while at the same time helping them have a good time. Gain a substantial amount of income from it as well. I want to be better than great and be one of the best ever.

 If you could describe your style of music in three words, what would they be and why ?

Unpredictable-  because the way that I write my music, you’re never gonna know what I’m going to say or how I am going to say it. That also keeps the listeners from being  bored and intrigued throughout the entire song.

Fulfilling-  Because of the sound of my voice is soothing along with my nice beat selections. I believe that I have a natural talent in knowing just want to say for all listeners ears to provide them with satisfaction on any topic of my choice 

My music is powerfully,nonchalantly confident. 

Disruptive – Disruptive in regards to doing things that the norm is not doing. The combination of my lyrics in the way that I write in between stanzas without having to yell speaks volumes. 

Who are some of your musical influences 

Kanye West, MF Doom, House Music, Jay Electronica, Common, Chance The Rapper, Instrumentals & almost ALL of the music from 70s 80s and 80s

Where do you see yourself musically in the next 12 months ?

I see myself 10 times bigger than what I am right now. I see my name being known in different states across the country. I see myself being very successful and working with some of my favorite artists in the industry 

What are some of the obstacles you’ve had to endure and overcome we an independent artist ? 

Some of the obstacles I guess would be doing a lot on my own. But, that’s initially mentally expected for me anyway because I understand that nobody’s going to do anything for me. It all starts with me. I can’t do anything without myself. 

What is your take on the current state of hip hop music ?

Well hip-hop is about rap and soul to a nice beat. I consider today’s music to be filled with entertainers instead of hip-hop artists. There’s only a select few hip hoppers. There is an extreme lack of value in the content of today’s music

What can you your fans expect from you next ?

You can expect greatness. You can expect nonstop music. I won’t let up. More creative videos and music

To learn more about TMH High Chief visit his social media page below

Shelly Shelton Teaches Entrepreneurs How to Speak Their Truth and Bounce Back from Adversity

Shelly Shelton is an author, entrepreneur and a 15 year veteran in Talent Acquisition with her full-time job. She also owns a full-cycle recruitment & staffing agency specializing in government, healthcare, construction, and transportation. Shelly is a well-known Powerful Women’s Empowerment & Corporate Focused Motivational Speaker, Accountability Specialist and Talent Acquisition Guru! Shelly coaches, trains, and motivates aspiring speakers, entrepreneurs, franchise owners, small business owners, students, and educators on how to create their special formula and strategy to success. She also teaches them how to speak their truth, how to use their story to catapult them to a new level professionally, and how to hire the right team to support in their growth in order to stay together.

Listen to our full interview with Shelly below
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This Entrepreneur Created a Clothing Line That Represents the Struggles of Society

Deeply Rooted is a lifestyle clothing brand created by Chicago, IL native Monique Atkins. Her unique character based clothing line has reached an audience worldwide and has been featured on a number of celebrities throughout the country. We had the opportunity to speak with Monique and learn more about the Deeply Rooted movement and the message behind the brand.

Tell us how Deeply Rooted came about 

Deeply Rooted came about in 2007 when I was starting my love for drawing and painting.  The inspiration came about after I realized what all races had in common which was BARING, STRUGGLE & PAIN. This slogan help me form my brand into what it is today. We all share the same similarities because we all go through pain and we all struggle and while we going through that we baring it we overcoming it.  

Talk to us about the initial startup stages with your business career
The initial startup stage of the my business was in 2007 at the kitchen table with my brother and sisters  as well as my illustrator  and one other person.  We came together with design concepts and how the brand was going to reach the people. We thought by using the slogan mentioned in the first question and using the characters to represent us as a people. Each character has a characteristic that reaches some individuals.

What is the most rewarding part for you about what you do? 
The most rewarding part about what I do is to see my customers wear the clothing and post pictures without me asking them to post and them just showing me love thats the most rewarding thing. 

What has been the biggest lesson about overcoming obstacles and failure that you have learned throughout your business journey? 
The biggest lesson about overcoming obstacles and failure that I learned throughout my business journey is to plan things out and I learned how to break things into collections it make things much easier and keep me organized with everything. I also learned how to stay focus on the mission and not try to follow the trends just stick to my brand and what it represents and I can win

Tell us about upcoming projects you are working on
Deeply Rooted upcoming projects is us working on our new collection called The Warfare Collection: Checkmate, attending the first annual soul music awards and keeping our store up and going. We just opened a clothing store Oct. 10th in Chicago area. 7000 southwest hwy Chicago Ridge, IL 60415   

Leave us with some words of advice you can offer to aspiring and current entrepreneurs 
Words of advice I can leave current entrepreneurs is one of our slogans “Don’t ask the struggle what it did to you ;ask what it has done for you”   Also to trust the process and to lead by example. 

What are 3 fun facts that most people don’t know about you 
Three fun facts that most people know about me is i have a sense of humor, I love making people laugh and smile and I am ambitious.       

To learn more about Monique and the Deeply Rooted brand, visit WWW.DR07CLOTHING.COM andIG: @Deeplyrooted07 

6 Ways to Identify a Good Business Coach

Business coaches are important for both established and aspiring entrepreneurs. There are various benefits of working with business coaches like better business outcomes, heightened confidence, and better leadership skills. If you are starting a new business, then a business coach can help you in defining your vision. They will help you in identifying resources and strengths.

Your coach will also help you in creating an action plan which will help you in overcoming potential roadblocks. Business coaches can also provide invaluable support to established entrepreneurs. They will help you in growing your business. Also, they will help you in creating strategies for tackling hurdles. 

A business coach is similar to a personal trainer. They will help you in maximizing your strengths. Also, they will help you in accessing tools that will help you in growing your business. They will hold you accountable for the action plan that you have created. Thus, they are very important for your business success. In this article, we are going to talk about the essential qualities that you should look for in a business coach.

1. Experience

You should look for business coaches that are experienced. They should know about new markets, strategies, latest innovations, financial knowledge, and human resources. For example, your business coach might have worked in different management positions. This will ensure that they know a lot of things about your industry. They can help you in achieving your goals. 

2. Understanding of small businesses 

You should look for a coach that has worked as a manager in small or medium-sized companies. They might have owned their own business in the past. Thus, they will already know about the challenges that entrepreneurs face in their daily life. They should understand the emotional and family environment. This will ensure that they can guide you. 

3. Analytical skills 

Business coaches will help you in improving your business operations. They will also help you in overcoming various obstacles that you will face. Thus, you should look for business coaches with good analytical skills. They should have good judgment. Your business coach should highlight your strengths. They should tell you about the areas where you need improvement. Your business coach should also tell you that you don’t need their services once your business is top-notch. 

4. Strong ethics 

Entrepreneurs need to share a lot of things with their business coaches. You might even need to share your personal information with time. It is important to ensure that this information will only stay with your coach. You should look for business coaches that are a member of an organization. They should follow strong ethics. 

5. Courage and confidence 

You need to find a business coach that can tell you to take route B even if you like the first route. They should have enough courage to tell you about your mistakes. If they are always agreeing with you, then they won’t actually help you. However, they should choose the right time to tell you about uncomfortable truths. This will help you in taking the best decision.

6. Driven by success 

You should look for a business coach that wants you to succeed. They should ask a relevant question from you. This will ensure that they will understand where your business actually stands. Your business coach will act as your guide. However, it is the entrepreneur’s job to execute their plans. They should get all the credit for business success.

You should ask for references when you are looking for a business coach. The best source of information is actually the experience of your fellow entrepreneurs.