Want to succeed as an Entrepreneur? Here’s how.

Written by Dominique Bancey

Everyone’s talking about entrepreneurship and the freedom it allows. But have you ever wondered how to actually become extremely successful? Anyone can become an entrepreneur, but not everyone can be successful. Here are a few tips that should make it 10x easier for you to succeed.

1. Failure? What’s that?

Being an entrepreneur, you’ll have plenty of ‘failures’ throughout your journey. However, what matters is that you do not look at them as failures, but rather as mistakes that can be corrected. Whether by deleting and starting over or by combing through and changing tactics. You’re always going to try out an idea that may not work out, but do not allow it to define you.

2. Everyday we’ hustlin’. Entrepreneurship takes guts. The moment you begin to slack, is the moment you begin to slip and fall from the ladder. An essential key to success is to wake up every morning ready to work. Get up with your engine roaring, ready to take off.

3. Work work work work work. Work ON your business, try not to work IN it too much. Hire some freelancers and learn to delegate responsibilities. Spending time and time again working in your business will take away from time that you could use to focus on what you could do to make the business a better one. Also, constantly working will make you more tired and drain your energy which will result to delayed reactions and focus.

4. Learn = Improve.

Do not shy away from attending conferences or reaching out to mentors. The more you learn is the easier way to improve yourself and your business.

5. No Quitting.

No matter how difficult a task may be, you are not allowed to quit. An essential key to being an entrepreneur is remembering not to give up.

Marriage Tips with Dave and Kimmie: “Communication”

We’ve all heard the statement “Men are from Mars & Women are from Venus.” And while we understand that men and women are very different, it’s also important to note the MANY similarities that we possess when it comes to our individual needs. Often, we are looking for the same results and want similar things, but we have completely different ways of communicating the HOW!

Have you ever found that in saying something simple to your spouse, it can easily be perceived or heard a totally different way than the way in which you intended it? Did that moment ease your nerves or did it cause frustration? We could assume the second one lol.. Why is this?? Why is it that when we mean one thing, we get interpreted in a totally different stratosphere? LOL.. Well we’re glad that you asked! It’s all about Communication. It’s the one thing that makes all other things come together. And one thing’s for sure, if not carefully pursued, poor communication can cause lots of problems further down the road. Attentive and thorough communication skills is a “course” that you’ll have to enroll in once you become married. A communication breakdown is a sure way to find yourself in a place that leaves both parties feeling unfulfilled, neglected, and even as if your thoughts, views, or feelings don’t matter.

It really takes concentrated effort and active listening skills to effectively communicate. Did you know that talking is only a part of communicating? The other part is listening and receiving the transmission of information. Sometimes, we listen to our spouses with the intention to react, and not with the desire to respond once we have received what was said. In a Huffington Post study, it was found that poor communication was the #1 cause of divorce. And while we don’t know how accurate this study was, we do know that validation, acceptance, and a sense of belonging all come from how we speak to each other. Sometimes, the way that we were raised plays a big part in how we talk to our spouse. This can become an issue that we have to confront when we find that we’ve talked ourselves into conflict. We then have to find better ways to interact with our spouse because of personality differences and ways of talking. Another communication barrier can be the unwillingness by one party or the other, to talk or discuss at length, valid and needful topics.

We will close on this point. You can’t have a great marriage and have poor communication at the same time. Give your spouse what they need, even if it means coming outside of comfort zones. FIGHT TO MAKE IT WORK!!!

“You Create the Marriage of Your Dreams”

Dave & Kimmie

These Two Women Dominated in Finance

Written by Dominique Bancey

Finance and business is known to be a male-dominated field so even if there were women who could do better jobs than some of the men in the top positions, more than likely the men would still be promoted more than the women (unfortunate, right?). However, there are some women who have been able to make a name for themselves in the finance world. These women are known to be outstanding investors. Maybe we, not just women but men too, could all learn a lesson or two from them.

1. Muriel Siebert, Brokerage Founder.

A surprise to many, but Muriel never graduated from college (so how did she succeed?).She received entry-level research positions in finance, until eventually she made partner and went on to build the brokerage firm Muriel Siebert & Co. in 1967. When trying to get her firm registered with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), she hit a speedbump. Many of the men denied her and would not sponsor her applicated. But even through going through all this, she held on and her firm became the first woman-owned member of the NYSE. Even now, it is still the only national, woman-owned brokerage on the exchange. She passed away on August 24, 2013, but one important lesson to learn from her, is perseverance.

2. Geraldine Weiss, Investment Advisor.

Believe it or not, she was one of the first women to make it in this industry. She taught herself investing by reading books, eavesdropping on her parents’ conversation and studying Business and Finance in college. However, even with her qualifications, no investment firm would even look at her because this was a man’s world. At the age of 40, she began her own investment newsletter. She began signing her letters as ‘G. Weiss’ to avoid gender discrimination. In the mid-1970s (about 10 years later), she finally revealed who she was. She sent out her newsletter, Investment Quality Trends, for 37 years until she retired in 2003. The newsletter is still in operation and adheres to Weiss’ strategy.

No matter your gender, when in the finance industry, perseverance is an important key to remember. If you’re currently struggling, remind yourself of these women and never give up.

Until next time.

Our Favorite 90s Fashion Brands Are Back and Better Than Ever

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

2017 has definitely been the year of 90s nostalgia, and all of our favorite 90s brands are back in style. Time to dig through our parents’ closets and dust off those old vintage sneakers, crew neck sweaters and high waisted jeans.

1. Champion – The low-cost athletic wear company owned by Hanesbrands has been huge strides over its days at Wal-Mart. After being worn on a number of celebrities, Champion can now be found at stores like Urban Outfitters and in high-end designer capsules. Champion is the epitome of “the 90s are back.”

2. Tommy Hilfiger– A huge staple of the hip-hop community back in the 90s and maybe most notably worn by Aaliyah, this young brand is back on its way to the top. Thanks to collaborations with models like Gigi Hadid, Tommy Hilfiger is in front of today’s millennial and teen audiences.

3. FILA – Dubbed “Forever I Love Atlanta” by our favorite Southern city, the coolness factor of this athletic brand has been down for some time now. With the revival of the 90s nostalgia, it makes sense that influencers like Kourtney Kardashian and A$AP Rocky are wearing the FILA logo once again.

10 Distinctive Health Benefits of Walnuts

Written by Benjamin Roussey

Walnuts are an ideal inclusion in the daily diet of anyone who wants to maintain salient heart health, prevent diabetes, and improve constipation.

Keeps Your Heart Healthy

Walnuts will promote the production of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) in your body, which is excellent for your heart. A daily intake of about 25 grams of walnuts will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Though this may not be a big deal to you if you are the guard to the street hoodlum lawyer in the show Breaking Bad! Your health apparently is not a concern to you.

Boosts Immunity

Walnuts will boost your immune system against both viral and bacterial infections. This unique food even has anti-cancer properties to help you stay free from that dreaded illness.

Enhances IQ

Walnuts are powerful nourishment for your mind. As they contain high amounts of omega-3 unsaturated fats, they will nourish healthy cerebrum cells and enable the elimination of degenerated cells in the brain.

Builds Healthy Bones

Omega-3 works quietly to build mineralization and increases your bone strength. Additionally, omega-3 combines with manganese to improve the long-term resilience of your bones.

Counteracts Gallstones

Studies have demonstrated that walnuts play a vital role in counteracting gallstones, particularly in females.

Fights Insomnia

Melatonin, which supports healthy sleep, is found in walnuts. Eating a modest bunch of walnuts before heading off to bed will help in having sound sleep and fight off insomnia.

Lessens Unhealthy Cholesterol

Walnuts contain phenols, vitamin E, Gallic corrosive, and other agents that work to reduce harmful LDL cholesterol levels in your body. And if you are that large guy stuck on the island in Lost, you know your cholesterol is too high!

Keeps you Energized

Walnuts are an amazing source of proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals, such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese. They also contain healthy fats and fibers to keep your vitality levels up.

Reduces Constipation

Walnuts are a rich source of fiber. They are useful in easing the blockages in the stomach because of their diuretic impact, and address chronic constipation.

Promotes Weight Loss

Walnuts are a key source of polyunsaturated fats, and include the alpha-linoleic corrosive compound. It helps to improve metabolism leading to weight loss and maintain a healthy gut system.

Tiffany Haddish Made History Hosting Saturday Night Live

Photo: NBC

Written by Dominique Bancey

Do you watch Saturday Night Live? Ever heard of it? Seen gifs or videos from an episode or two?
Whether your answer was yes or no, it doesn’t matter. Saturday Night Live is becoming the talk of the town, and here’s why:

They have made history!
“What kind of history?” You may ask.

Tiffany Haddish became the very first black female to host SNL in its 43 seasons. That is quite shocking, isn’t it? 43 years, and not one single black female has ever been a host. At least now it has been done. So is this a step in the right direction? Does this mean that we shall look out for more black females hosting SNL in the near future?

I’d like to think so, but only time can truly tell.

So who exactly is Tiffany Haddish? What does she do? Where is she from?
Well, did you watch Girls Trip? No? Did you at least see the advertisements? I’m sure you could not have avoided those.

Tiffany is best-known for co-starring in Girls Trip, even though that isn’t her first movie, and hopefully will not be her last. She is a comedian and actress and I know I cannot be the only one waiting to see what else she has in store. As a matter of fact, she is set to star in the upcoming film, Night School in 2018. Kevin Hart will also be featured in the film. Should be an interesting watch with those 2, shouldn’t it?

But while we are on the lookout for her starring in any other movies, we are also on the lookout for any more records being broken, especially by SNL (maybe the first 5 black female hosts?).

Fingers crossed.

Until next time.

Actor Dennis L.A. White Announces His 1st Annual “Serve A Vet” Thanksgiving Lunch

Actor Dennis L.A. White announces his partnership with Georgia Veterans Empowerment Organization (V.E.O). White having a father whom served in the military along with his recent role in the new film,” Thank You For Your Service” (In Theaters Now) has purposed to help support displaced veterans through the “Serve A Vet” initiative. White is well-known for his roles in the Notorious Biopic, Dennis The Menace (Animated), Secrets (BET) and many more.

The Serve A Vet Annual Thanksgiving Lunch is a full course lunch prepared by White and some of his Celebrity partners. White has partnered with Kroger Grocery as a sponsor of “Serve A Vet” to assist in providing the food and drinks. The purpose is to serve those that has served us!

The Veterans Empowerment Organization provides unconditional immediate supportive housing and specialized social services to underserved veterans. VEO founder, Frantz Fortune expressed his sincere gratitude in a recent meeting with Dennis White and his team. “We just want the veterans to know we are here to help and we are delighted that Dennis has chosen to use his platform to get the word out”, says Fortune.

Join Dennis L.A. White and his celebrity friends as they put on their aprons and dive in the kitchen to serve Atlanta’s displaced veterans on November 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. Meet and Greet as White teams up with the VEO (Veterans Empowerment Organization) to serve Atlanta’s displaced veterans for this Thanksgiving Holiday at the Atlanta VEO Campus 373 W. Lake Ave. NW Atlanta, GA 30318. Donate your time, toiletries, clothing, and monetary donations. For more information on the VEO go to www.veohero.org<http://www.veohero.org/>

Media/To partner with Dennis contact pr@empowerinc.org

Marriage Tips With Dave and Kimmie : Spending Quality Time

Sometimes marriage can feel like an amusement park. There are lots of attractions, sweet treats, and plenty of people looking to enjoy a great “ride” with you. The roller coasters have a way of keeping you at the edge of your seat and gasping for air. And when the big drop comes, it may cause you to shout with excitement because of the adrenaline and g-forces that you feel down in your belly. Just make sure you didn’t have a meal before the ride, unless you want everyone else to know exactly what it was (lol). But doesn’t everybody love theme parks (smirk) or nah? One things for sure, being married for 14+ years has taught us that sometimes you have to pull away from the thrill and spend direct, consensual, intentional time with your mate.

The truth is that we all love the thrill, but not all of us love the “real.” Dealing with the real is when we accept each other with our strengths and flaws and still choose to love. Yes, the real you without the dressings, the custom outfits, or high heels. And believe us, this is something that takes a great amount of sacrifice, intentionality, maturity, & patience to filter out the many distractions that keep us from putting our mate first. Don’t believe us? Try having a conversation with your spouse and not looking down at your phone when that text, or that email notification goes off. Or try leaving the phone in the bedroom when you get to the dinner table. It’s not that easy is it? Oh, did we say dinner table? Do people even use those anymore?

The reality is that our world has changed and sometimes the only way that we can foster a traditional marriage relationship that strives to survive in a self-driven, narcissistic culture is to adopt some good old-fashioned people skills.

The bottom line is this. Your spouse is your “Lifelong Case Study.” If you haven’t taken on the initiative to have the marriage of your dreams, the time is now. Invest in some “His & Her-ology” because the more you learn about your mate, the more it will reward you in the long run. After all, who else did you join hands in marriage to please for a lifetime? Fight to Make it Work!

“You Create the Marriage of Your Dreams”

Dave & Kimmie

Why Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth Tool Is So Vital For Women

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

A little-known secret about Glassdoor is that it is more than just a job search site: it houses many resources to help you along in your career. One of those valuable resources is the Know Your Worth tool, which allows you to see how your salary compares to similar jobs in your area. Being a business major and just overall obsessive when it comes to managing my finances, I had to test it out.

You enter some simple personal information about your college education and your current job. It then compares all of this to similar open positions jobs in your area and reports from people with a similar background to you and gives you a chart of where you stand comparable to your job market.

For me, it was a huge wakeup call. I always assumed I was a bit underpaid, but I found out that I’m way below even that. I’m in the 4th percentile of what I should be making. While it was disheartening, it was a wake up call for me and should be for many other women for a couple reasons.

One, the results of the Know Your Worth tool will make it easier to be more proactive in managing your own career and make you more aware of your reality. Like I said, I always assumed I was a bit underpaid, but making almost 30% less money than my friends at other companies is just not acceptable. Now, my salary will be a discussion with my boss at my next review.

Two, by providing your gender and clicking one little checkbox at the bottom of your information, you are helping Glassdoor to fight against the gender pay gap. The gender pay gap is tough to prove, specifically between men and women in the same positions doing the same type of work, because most salary information is private and companies want to keep it that way. However, we now live in a time where we have a world of information at our fingertips. Why not use it to fight systemic sexism?

There are a plethora of other reasons to try the Know Your Worth tool out but I’ll let you see for yourself if you don’t want to take my word for it. Check out the link below!


5 Things to Know About Sexual Harassment at Work

Written by Benjamin Roussey

Sexual harassment in the workplace is one of the issues that employees must continue to be aware of in the modern professional environment.
Although a lot of professionals know that harassment is a common, and serious problem, few people know how to deal with it on a first-hand basis. Here, we’ll look at some of the key facts you need to know about dealing with sexual harassment.

1. Workplace harassment is difficult to describe
The Civil Rights Act published in 1964 doesn’t specifically address the issue of workplace harassment, even though the document itself is intended to protect job seekers and employees from discrimination based on color, race, sexuality, or nationality. However, the Supreme Court in the US dictates that harassment is any action that creates a hostile working environment in a severe or pervasive manner.

2. You must speak up
If someone makes you feel uncomfortable at work, one of the best things you can do is message that person over email and speak to them about the issue. Getting the conversation in writing can help you in a legal situation, because it acts as a form of proof that you have taken action to prevent the issue from happening again.

3. You don’t have to report it to your boss
If you feel that you’re having a problem with sexual harassment in the workplace, but you’re uncomfortable talking to your boss about it, then you can speak to someone else instead. The key is making sure that you talk to someone who can help you take immediate action in the current circumstances. If your office doesn’t have a human resources manager, then your employee handbook should outline who you need to speak to.

4. Employers must remain impartial
Employers need to remain impartial when they’re dealing with a complaint. If you approach a HR professional with the issue, they might ask you whether you feel comfortable with them examining the matter further, or whether you feel that they might be biased in some way. The investigations that are made into sexual harassment cases need to be pristine, as they can seriously impact the reputation of both the accused and the accuser.

5. You might not get the outcome you expect
Employees often worry that their complaints will not be taken seriously when sexual harassment becomes a problem, or that they’ll be forced to continue working in an environment that makes them feel uncomfortable.
During an investigation, it’s worth asking your boss or HR representative whether changes can be made to your working environment that might allow you to feel more comfortable in your professional circumstances. You might find that it’s easier to deal with the problem than you had originally suspected.
If you’re dealing with an issue of sexual harassment at work, then it’s important to make sure that you don’t simply remain silent or bottle up your feelings because you’re afraid of the repercussions in coming forward. The only way to truly deal with sexual harassment is to speak out against the circumstances, and contribute to making a change.