“Beating the Odds” is a podcast full of inspiration and advice from minority entrepreneurs that have overcome obstacles to build successful businesses. Each episode details their journey to success, and the issues that can sidetrack a business. Many of the challenges are unique to minority entrepreneurs while others are faced by all business owners. Some of the companies featured are large, some are small; but each story provides valuable lessons and inspiration to anyone who wants to succeed on their own. Listen, learn, and beat the odds!
Amanda Holder Events: Amanda Holder
Growing up in the California central valley, Amanda went into the corporate world and began planning corporate functions for her company. Then she decided to go out on her own and start a wedding planning company. She now employs 16 people and handles all sorts of events. Covid was really hard on her company, but she has bounced back bigger than ever. Listen to her great story.
Find out more about Amanda Holder Events at amandaholderevents.com and on Instagram @amandaholderevents.
JB's Grill Soul Food: Barbara Bradford-Williams
Barbara Bradford-Williams grew up in a restaurant family in Cleveland, Ohio. Her family had several restaurants but she gravitated to the Soul Food offerings. Now she owns JB's Grill Soul Food in Cleveland, and her kids work in the business. Learn about her amazing journey.
Find out more about JB's Grill Soul Food at jbgrillsoulfood.com and on Instagram @jbgrillsoulfood.
Mochii: Mimi Lau
Growing up in New York's Chinatown with her single mother and four sisters, Mimi Lau always wanted to start a dessert shop. After bouncing around in jobs in the food industry she decided to open a Mochii shop in Manhattan. It has been 5 hard years with the pandemic, but now she is growing and expanding. Listen to her great journey.
Find out more about Mochii at mochiinyc.com.
True Fashionistas: Jennifer Johnson
She learned hard work growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm, had a successful bridal shop and wedding planning business for 12 years. Then she moved to South Florida and has started another successful business in Naples called True Fashionistas, a lifestyle consignment shop. Hear about Jennifer Johnson's journey and how she survived three huge disasters and is thriving.
Find out more about True Fashionistas at truefashionistas.com.
ATX Web Designs: Daniel Griggs
Growing up in a small Texas town, playing football in college and professionally, Daniel Griggs always loved marketing and advertising. When he was done playing he started his own web design firm and has seen it grow very fast. Listen to his journey to becoming a successful minority business owner with more than 25 employees.
Find out more about ATX Web Designs at atxwebdesigns.com.
DMX Priority Roadside: Wydiah Marshall
Wydiah Marshall owns the only woman owned roadside assistance company in the Tri State area around Philadelphia. As a Black Woman entrepreneur she has faced incredible obstacles. She started out with an insurance company and saw the need for a service like this operated by someone who cares. Now she has 15 women working for her and is growing fast. Listen to her amazing story.
Find out more about DMX Priority Roadside at dmxroadside.com.
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