Connect people to the stories of black entrepreneurs' in order to educate, inspire & promote Black Owned Businesses.
EP.09: Building Wealth Through Transportation
This episode we get insight about starting and scaling a transportation business up to 15 contractors. Faithful Mobility Transport is co-owned by Rudy & Fabiola Francois, a beautiful black - Haitian couple from Orlando Florida. Creating success in their own lane. Rudy & Fabiola are proud christian parents of two with the focus of creating generational wealth for their children & hopefully for their community at some capacity. Rudy talks about growing in faith & experiencing increase in wealth through giving.
EP.08: Birthing Doulas Saving Black Lives
We speak to four black queens from the Detroit Doula Collective. We discuss the role they play as a doula & the importance of their role in the birthing process- whether it be natural or with medical assistance.The role of doulas in the black community is literally life changing & life saving. Currently in the US black women are 4 times more likely to die from "pregnancy related complications" than white women. Doulas are educating , supporting , & advocating for black lives within the health care system. Their very presence lessens the mistreatment & interventions imposed on black moms.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: FOLLOW @DETROITDOULACOLLECTIVE OR EMAIL DETROITDOULACOLLECTIVE@GMAIL.COM
EP.07: Started From the Motherland, Now We're Here
Berhan is a family owned & operated business that sources its products exclusively from Africa. The company has a huge commitment to working with & providing income opportunities for farmers from the continent. As of right now they mainly sell non gmo teff flour. We speak to the co-founders' son, Emmanuel and get his perspective of running a family owned business. He shares with us his familys' humble beginnings and explains how real estate & ownership played a huge role in changing the trajectory of the family's personal life & created a stepping stone for the inception of their business. Emmanuel addresses the black community as a whole to unite in order to strengthen the black dollar.
How you can find Berhan & their products: website- https://berhan.co/ instagram- @berhanteff
Noteable mentions by guest:
Viledge Shoppe Black List- https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Zwsfsk6aVCoEtluwnYVau9xBbdCHnIHjAFmyyn2Dr_M/edit#gid=1488820063
EP.06: Creating Wealth Through Service
Sam is serving his purpose through his black owned business Black Real Estate Dialogue. He has started a podcast that educates & connects the black community to the power of real estate investing while sharing his journey and many successful black investors' experiences. Sam shares how he has monetized this one man show into a viable business; and gives a few tips to new investors & podcasters.
Ep.05: Forget Aunt Jemima. Get You Some VickyCakes.
We deep dive into some sweet topics with Vicky Cakes, This ain't your Aunt Jemima's pancakes,its actually Black owned & produced. Pun intended. We talk to Christian Sargent, co-owner of Vickey Cakes. Christian shares her love and passion for what she does as an entrepreneur & all of the wisdom she has gained from starting her business with just $14 and growing her business into a now 6 figure company in a short period of time.
Mentions by the guess:
1. Epac Packaging Solutions
3. Rescon Customer Support
Ep.04: 9 to 5 To Business Owner
We chat with Krystal Lexima, MS, BCBA, the black female owner of Bridges Behavioral Therapy & soon to be mom of two.
With a diverse team including black & hispanic working professionals Bridges Behavioral Therapy, collaborates with families, teachers, and other clinicians to ensure & Encourage children with autism & related disabilities to exceed their fullest potential.
We discuss what sparked the idea of entrepreneurship for Krystal, How mentorship & outsourcing plays a vital role in scaling her business up & how she got to employ Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians of color. Through her ownership of Bridges Behavioral Therapy she is creating jobs & mentorship opportunities that will hopefully inspire working professionals of color to do the same .
How you can find her & services:
Krystal Lexima, MS, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Here are some great take aways from this episode for entrepreneurs of color :
1. Find a mentor with someone who is field-specific that has the time to pour into you & your career. The best mentorships are the ones where you establish & provide value for your mentor. Lets face it, if your potential mentor is successful, chances are that individual is extremely busy. You are one of the many people looking to benefit from that individual’s time. How can you help that individual make time out of their busy schedule to help you?
2. Take your time, it isn’t a sprint. It is a marathon. You want to be well equipped for the journey. Learn as much as you can, build great relationships with employers, cohorts & clients.
3. Do not be afraid to spend the necessary funds to outsource working professionals. It will make you more money in the long run, so whatever it costs spend it, once your business is established and can afford to do so.
4. With the guidance of a CPA, incorporate your business to reap the tax benefits of being a business.
5. Always try to think of how you can incorporate other black owned businesses or services into the daily functions of your business. It can be as small as buying black owned cleaning supplies for your offices or as big as hiring a black CPA.