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What does it take to have an entrepreneur’s mindset? Join Dana James-Mwangi and Williams Brack as they uncover the stories, successes, and challenges of female founders and entrepreneurs of color. Grindset is recorded in Memphis, Tenn., presented by Epicenter, and powered by Kudzukian.

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

What does it take to have an entrepreneur’s mindset? Join Dana James-Mwangi and Williams Brack as they uncover the stories, successes, and challenges of female founders and entrepreneurs of color. Grindset is recorded in Memphis, Tenn., presented by Epicenter, and powered by Kudzukian.

    Empowering Beauty: The Trailblazing Journey of Chasity Monroe

    Empowering Beauty: The Trailblazing Journey of Chasity Monroe

    In this episode of Grindset, hosts Dana James Mwangi and Williams Brack dive into the inspiring entrepreneurial journey of Chasity Monroe, the owner of Pink Noir Beauty Supply and Cosmetics. Chasity shares her experiences, from her initial inspiration working at Procter & Gamble to overcoming challenges and redefining the beauty supply industry in Memphis. Listen as she discusses her dedication to customer service, community empowerment, and the importance of mental health in sustaining her thriving business. This conversation is a masterclass in resilience, innovation, and the power of community support.

    • 34 min
    Resilience and Innovation: A Conversation with Dana Pointer on Investment Management and Entrepreneurshi

    Resilience and Innovation: A Conversation with Dana Pointer on Investment Management and Entrepreneurshi

    In this engaging episode of Grindset, Dana Pointer, CEO of PreserverPartners LLC., delves into the non-traditional approach of asset management her firm takes, serving high net-worth individuals and institutional clients. She highlights the challenges and triumphs of convincing traditional institutions to embrace innovative investment strategies, especially in a high interest rate environment. Dana also shares powerful insights on entrepreneurship, the significance of resilience in the face of rejection, and the importance of authenticity and diversity in the workplace.

    • 37 min
    Nourishing Success: The Story of Alcenia's Soul Food Legacy

    Nourishing Success: The Story of Alcenia's Soul Food Legacy

    This episode of Grindset explores the remarkable journey of Miss Betty Joyce "BJ" Chester-Tamayo, the vibrant owner of Alcenia's, a soul food restaurant that has become a cultural icon in Memphis, Tennessee. Celebrating 27 years of success, Miss BJ shares her personal and entrepreneurial journey, from overcoming tragedy to building a beloved community hub. Through a blend of love, resilience, and a commitment to exceptional customer service, Alcenia's not only serves delicious soul food but also acts as a testament to the power of community, heritage, and the enduring spirit of entrepreneurship.

    • 41 min
    Culinary Entrepreneurship: A Deep Dive with Chef Mo

    Culinary Entrepreneurship: A Deep Dive with Chef Mo

    In this insightful episode of Grindset, hosts Williams Brack and Dana James Mwangi engage with Chef Monique Williams, the co-owner and culinary mastermind behind the acclaimed restaurant Biscuits & Jams. This dialogue sheds light on the complexities and challenges of the food service industry, emphasizing the importance of quality, customer service, and team dynamics. Chef Mo shares her journey from family-inspired cooking to establishing a successful restaurant, revealing the significance of legacy, innovation, and communal effort in achieving business success. The conversation also explores Chef Mo's approach to menu creation, team morale, and navigating the industry as a Black female entrepreneur. Through her story, listeners gain valuable insights into the resilience, creativity, and leadership required to thrive in the competitive world of culinary entrepreneurship.

    • 35 min
    Heritage and Hustle: The Story of Memphis' First Black-Owned Tour Company

    Heritage and Hustle: The Story of Memphis' First Black-Owned Tour Company

    In this inspiring episode of Grindset with Dana and Brack, we delve into the remarkable journey of Mrs. Elaine Turner and her daughter Alana, the dynamic duo behind Heritage Tours and the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Discover how they overcame legal challenges and societal barriers to establish the first African American tour company in Tennessee. We explore their unwavering commitment to preserving Memphis' rich African American history and culture, sharing insightful stories that reveal the resilience and entrepreneurial spirit of the African American community. Join us as we celebrate 40 years of Heritage Tours, a true testament to the power of perseverance, dedication, and the importance of knowing one's history. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or a history enthusiast, this episode offers valuable lessons and an inspiring glimpse into a journey that intertwines heritage, activism, and business acumen.

    • 42 min
    Passing the Mic: Celebrating Memphis Entrepreneurship on Grindset

    Passing the Mic: Celebrating Memphis Entrepreneurship on Grindset

    In this captivating episode of Grindset, we witness a significant moment as the torch is passed from outgoing host Cynthia Daniels to incoming host Dana James Mwangi. Cynthia, a renowned event planner and a pillar in the Memphis community, shares her inspiring journey of uplifting local businesses and creating landmark events like the Memphis Black Restaurant Week. With over $2.5 million in economic impact, her initiatives have not only boosted local businesses but also brought the community together. Dana, poised to take over, reflects on the importance of these stories in shaping the entrepreneurial landscape of Memphis. This episode is a celebration of the city's vibrant business community and a testament to the power of networking, community involvement, and the relentless pursuit of one’s passion. Join us as we delve into the stories, lessons, and triumphs that define entrepreneurship in Memphis.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Mr. WHS05 ,

Inspiring

It’s good to hear someone from the city (Memphis) talk about positive things. I really enjoyed hearing advice from someone who has a corporate career as well as entrepreneur. Looking forward to more episodes.

ReginaAnnCampbell ,

“Woman of Color Entrepreneur” Live

Cynthia and Brack are engaged and ask what we want to know. So inspiring, authentic and energizing. Their stories dig deep into the joys and pains of entrepreneurship and ways to overcome.

clevverclovers ,

Entrepreneurial heroes are all around us

This podcast is vulnerable and honest and insightful. The starts, stops, and restarts of the entrepreneurial journey are complicated to navigate and these entrepreneurs show us the way. If you love an entrepreneur or aspire to be one, this podcast is for you!

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