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Representation matters. The voice of successful black professionals makes a difference. Trailblazers.FM is an interview style podcast, where host Stephen A. Hart seeks out professionals of color in every possible venue, no matter how small. He is determined to find the best entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, creatives and business professionals, representing the most diverse viewpoints. Through these conversations, our listeners (the Blazer Nation) gain the know-how, confidence and mission fuel needed to blaze their own trail.
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Dec 26, 2016

Grace Tartaglia is one of Canada's beauty gurus, with a regular presence in millions of homes through her longstanding guest expert position on City TVs City Line. Grace is known for her ability to create a women's best self by allowing her natural beauty to shine through.

Grace has been nominated for numerous prestigious awards within her profession, and she's been honored as a spokes person for the Princess Margaret hospital #NoHairSelfie campaign that raised the largest amount ever for one haircut totaling $740,000!

Dec 19, 2016

 

Lucinda Cross is a Master Coach, best-selling author, award winning speaker, TV personality, spokesperson and energetic teacher of personal and professional development. Lucinda is the creator and founder of the popular brands Activate!™ and Activate Your Life Today!™ and is the President of Activate WorldWide Inc.  In today's episode we talk about creating and taking action on your vision and goals, using vision boards.

Lucinda's Episode Outline:

02:11 What are you most grateful for right now?
03:45 What will it take for us to be able to rebuild, restore and reinvent?
06:27 What is a vision board?
08:12 How will a vision board actually help us achieve our goals?
10:25 What do we need to begin creating a vision board?
14:21 What strategy did you implement this year that helped you achieve your biggest goals?
17:29 What will help us take action, despite that fear standing in our way?
20:29 What tips or wisdom will help us get out of planning mode when the vision board is done, to begin to Activate the results we so badly desire?
24:43 What's one book you've read that's inspired you most?
27:22 What's one action all aspiring trailblazers should commit to this week to help them blaze their trail?

Dec 12, 2016

 

Marisa Renee Lee is a leader dedicated to engaging the private sector to help solve public problems. Lee serves as the Managing Director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance), a nonprofit born out of President Obama's call to action to address the barriers to success that boys and young men of color (BYMOC) disproportionately face along the life path. Through her work with MBK Alliance, Lee leads a collaborative, cross-sectoral movement that unites business, philanthropy, nonprofit, and community leaders, to increase pathways of opportunity for black young men of color.

Marisa's Episode Outline:

02:40 What are you most grateful for in your life right now?
03:30 We discuss the Pink Agenda that's raised over $2 million for cancer research
07:00 Marissa and I discuss the MBK Alliance, what's being done in this organization and how it truly impacts young black men and boys of color
12:30 Explains the MBK Alliance's Opportunity Summits and it's impact recently in the city of Detroit
15:35 How is MBK Alliance partnering with corporations and institutions?
19:17 How the country's racial income gaps impact our future and economy
24:00 What cities are the MBK Alliance focusing in on?
26:30 How can we take part in the work of the MBK Alliance?
27:50 What's a book you've read that's inspired you most?
30:55 What's something small you've done this month that you're proud of?
33:45 Name an online resource you use everyday and can't live without?
36:04 Share one action our aspiring trailblazers can do this week to blaze our trail?

Dec 5, 2016

 

Kevin Turpin II is the President of National Journal. Kevin is one of D.C.'s up and coming trailblazers that's helping lead one of Washington's most established and trusted media brands that serves government and business leaders in the nation's capital. In his various roles with National Journal, he's had exposure to product development, strategy research, digital and marketing.  In today's conversation, we unpack some of his tips and wisdom around hiring and leading people.  And we also discuss some of the most important things that go into doing product development.  It's a power packed episode, sure to provide you some inspiration and knowledge, that you'll be able to apply in your own career or business.

Kevin's Episode Outline:

02:45 What are you most grateful for in your life right now?
03:55 Kevin shares the story of how we won a car at a Georgetown basketball game in 2002
07:55 Discussion about Kevin being promoted twice in one year
10:05 What sacrifices have you had to make, especially as a young African American man, to propel you to become President of National Journal?
14:00 What have you learned about hiring and leading people and what's been your approach?
19:55 What have been some of your failures and what have you learned from them?
27:15 Shares advice for those looking to develop a new product
29:35 How do you plan to shift strategy to achieve your future goals and leave your mark on National Journal and the people you've been blessed to now impact?
34:40 Excluding National Journal, what companies or businesses do you admire the most and why?
45:30 One action that our trailblazers should commit to this week to help them blaze their trail

Nov 28, 2016

 

Today we welcome 2 time Grammy, Emmy and Dove award-winning producer Shannon Sanders. He's a talented producer, a profound songwriter and an amazing musician and knock-your-socks-right-on-off singer. He’s currently President of the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy.

Shannon's Episode Outline:

03:15 What are you most grateful in your life right now?
04:49 How did you get your start producing and writing music for others most notably John Legend, Heather Headley and your Grammy Award winning work with India Arie?
11:00 What have been one of those biggest lows for you, and what did you learn from it?
12:50 What's been your most satisfying moment in music?
14:35 What is your purpose or mission going forward? What motivates you today?
15:55 Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
17:40 Is there wisdom you'd want to share on achieving long term success in business?
20:50 What's one book you've read that's inspired you?
21:42 What's something small you've done that you're proud of?
22:33 What's an app, software or tool you use and can't live without?
23:15 What's one action our future entrepreneurs should take this week to help them blaze their trail?

Nov 21, 2016
I've opted do a solo show today.  At the time of this episode going live, we're days away from Thanksgiving 2016 here in the United States.  It's usually a time that allows us to reflect on all the many things we are grateful for. 
 
I think now more than any time in our past, it's a holiday that is so necessary. It seems that more and more noise and news enters and exits our minds daily, and even this week, the media and corporations would want your thoughts on football and Black Friday promotions, but I want to get away from the material and the money and the noise for just a little while.   
 
For a couple minutes, I'm going to share some of the events that have happened that really moved us all in 2016. I'm sure there are many more too, but I wanted to share those that came to mind, so we can all spend this time, and throughout this week and this season, in a mode of reflection.  
 
In 2016, we survived!
 
We made it past what was hopefully the worst of the Zika virus.  Some survived the bombing in Brussels and the shooting in Orlando, Florida.  
 
And though we can each think of a handful of viral reports of people that were shot and killed by police, the Washington Post has a database that shows that number as of today, at a tally of 844 people that were shot and killed by police in 2016. That's a very startling number.   
 
Our friends in Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas and throughout the Southeast US, got hit by a very strong Hurricane Matthew. More than 1,000 people lost their lives in that storm alone. 
 
In 2016, we witnessed the passing of Trailblazers and legends in Muhammad Ali and Prince.  
 
And of course, we all look at the results of this election and for many like myself, we look at the end of a run by one iconic trailblazer in Barack Obama and his family.  We should all be so grateful for the job he has done for our country.  I know many voiced their frustrations at the job our government has done over these past eight years, but as I look at where we came from at the beginning of this administration in 2009, I'm especially happy that he was able to get as much done in that time. And I hope to someday soon, have him on this show to share some of that journey with our listeners.
 
On a lighter note, as a Jamaican born migrant who has been a US citizen for more than 15 years, I'm especially proud of the outcome for both Jamaica and the United States at this summer's olympic games.  Who couldn't be happier for Michael Phelps, Simone Manuel, Simone Biles, and of course Usain Bolt.  
 
And best of all, February 1, 2016 was the day we saw the Trailblazers Podcast launch it's programming and has since that point been downloaded in more than 74 countries across the globe.  We have grown a social media community that is now in the 10s of thousands across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  And we've been blessed to have heard stories from more than 40 successful professionals all over the country and a couple in other parts of the world. 
 
In the course of this year, I've learned to push myself past fears to realize this dream of being a podcaster.  Fears of the unknown crippled me for years to see this dream become a reality.  But with the help of God and those of you who sent emails, and tweets and shared encouraging whatsapp and facebook messages, you kept pushing me to do bigger and better things, you kept sharing, and we kept growing.  
 
For those guests who were kind enough to be transparent with our listeners, you've been a blessing to so many people from the Philippines, to Nigeria, from Latvia to Brazil and from the United Kingdom to Washington DC. 
 
I learned that done was better than perfect and learned to keep publishing through many of the audio struggles I experienced this summer when the platform I used to record with failed with the Windows 10 updates.  But I pushed ahead and you kept downloading. 
 
Many have heard me talk candidly about the choice I made to focus on Trailblazers and push through alot.
And once I made the decision this year, I learned quickly how to eliminate a ton of wasted time watching tv and idling on things that weren't essential.  With a full time job, 2 young children and a wife and now this podcast, I had to focus on removing every obstacle, so I could execute consistently and be at this point celebrating 43 straight Monday mornings with an episode being published at 5am ET.  
 
My challenge to you today as we enter this holiday season is based on an amazing book I have listened to twice in the past 3 weeks on audiobook.  It's titled Essentialism, by Greg McKeown.  
 
My challenge is to first read the book, then begin to look ahead to 2017 with a shift in your mindset.  I want you to shift from an undisciplined pursuit of trying to chase all sorts of 'things'... material things, accolades, titles, and the like. 
 
I want you to instead, focus! Focus on the disciplined pursuit of less, but better!
 
It's time to create more space to breathe and to think.  It's time to celebrate the time we spend with the people that mean the most.  
 
Figure out what is most important and begin to make that your sole priority. 
 
God, family and my pursuit of making others around me better are what pushes me.  I hope and I pray that 2017 will allow me to continue to push ahead toward less, but better.    
 
I am grateful to each and every one of you in our community.  We're on track to see more than 20,000 downloads in 2016.  I feel so blessed to have a part in so many people listening and learning from this podcast and our guests.  
 
I hope that you've grown from the content and I encourage you to keep sending me tweets and messages and emails and telling me what you want more of for the coming year.  
 
I firmly believe that the success of this podcast is heavily dependent on the involvement of our community and each of you, as you continue to share this podcast with your colleagues at work and school.  Our message matters, but our messengers matter even more. We need you!  I need you!
 
As we look to 2017, I feel encouraged.  I know that in light of the election season we saw, I know and I believe in my heart that the message of the Trailblazers podcast is needed now more than ever.  
 
We need to keep exploring and highlighting the stories of our successful black professionals, black entrepreneurs and black thought leaders.  We need to keep this light shining on them.  
 
And as you hear these stories, I want you to put into action what you hear these guests encouraging you to do week in and week out.  Keep going, keep trying, keep writing down your goals, and tasking them out.  Keep putting on your blinders and pushing through the failures. 
 
Make a decision today to get started.  You've got about 40 days left in 2016 to make this year amazing!  Let's give thanks for all the many blessings we've had and let's enjoy this holiday season with those that matter most.
 
I'll end with this quote from Napoleon Hill in Think & Grow Rich:
 
Form the habit of persistence!  Persistence to go the extra mile.  Have the courage to persist.  With persistence comes success.
 
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
 
Cheers
Nov 14, 2016

Damien’s credentials are loaded. Although he was homeless in two different cities (LA and NY), he has shared the stage with the likes of everyone from Faith Hill and Big & Rich to John Legend. He’s even a part of a country music group The Farm (along with doing solo work too). When he’s not on the road as an artist, he’s working alongside The Salvation Army and Boys & Girls Club to share his story of being one of 12 children, the first to graduate from high school and avoiding being a victim of the streets. One of his latest projects is EncourageInspireMotivate.com.

03:10 What are you most grateful for in your life right now?
06:20 At what point growing up did you realize you'd build a career in music?
12:10 Share a personal road block you experienced? What happened and how you overcame it
14:55 What's been the biggest lessons you have learned about yourself based on your success? What's really worked for Damien to this point?
21:15 Tell us about your involvement with Redemption Songs Stories?
24:30 What do you actually do to push yourself to new and higher heights and keep from getting caught in comfort zones??
26:20 Damien shares insights into how we can be an inspiration and motivation to others in our own communities, schools and workplace
31:30 What's one book you've read in the past year that inspired you?
33:25 What is something small you’ve done this month that you are proud of?
34:45 Name an online resource [could be an app, software, or tool] you use every day that you can't live without?
35:50 One action our trailblazers can take this week to blaze their trail

Nov 7, 2016

Rana Campbell is a marketing strategist, freelance writer, content creator, and podcast host who helps creatives and lifestyle entrepreneurs. She works as a Marketing Specialist for Dotcom Distribution and she's also the host of the Dreams In Drive podcast that was launched in January 2016. Rana is a native of Orange, NJ and is a recent graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Rana's work has been featured on MadameNoire, Blavity, Huffington Post, and Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Rana's Episode Outline:

03:25 What would you say you're most grateful for right now?
04:45 Why did you decide to study Sociology at Princeton University?
06:40 What was the experience like attending an Ivy League university as a black woman?
11:00 Take us through the transition from a degree in Sociology to a career in Marketing?
15:00 What is it about being a creative professional that inspires and motivates you to keep going?
18:20 How are you able to be deliberate and content with the choices and decisions you make, given the challenges of competing priorities?
21:30 What fueled the idea for Dreams in Drive?
26:00 What are some of the lessons you've learned about building relationships?
30:45 Have you been able to apply some of these tips to building and sustaining relationships?
34:00 How has being the host of Dreams in Drive helped you in your everyday interactions and growth?
40:20 What's one book you've read that inspired you most?
41:20 What is something small you've done this month that you're proud of?
42:00 Name an online resource that you use everyday and can't live without?
44:55 Share one action all aspiring trailblazers should commit to this week to help them blaze their trail?
46:50 Tell us how we can stay connected to you

Oct 31, 2016

Candice Cook Simmons is the Managing Partner at The Cook Law Group, PLLC and the Founder of the media company Namaskar Media.  She is an attorney, published writer, filmmaker, noted philanthropist, and business strategist in the technology, entertainment, and corporate sectors.

Candice's Episode Outline:

03:00 What you are most grateful for in your life right now?
08:10 What was the problem you experienced that fueled your vision to create your businesses?
20:45 What are some of the biggest mistakes you made putting your business together?
29:55 How do you find people to bring into your organization that truly care about the organization and see the business model from your vantage point?
42:00 Are there potholes new entrepreneurs should be looking for that we're oblivious to when getting started in business?
55:00 Share a book you've read this year that's inspired you
55:40 What is something small you’ve done this month that you are proud of?
56:35 Name an online resource, it could be an app, software, or tool you use every day and you can't live without it?
59:10 Share one action we should commit to, to help us blaze our trail?

Oct 24, 2016

Kwame is a business lawyer and founder of the American Negotiation Institute. He is passionate about teaching entrepreneurs and business professionals the art of negotiation so they can get better deals and advance their careers. He is regularly invited to give negotiation seminars and consults with individuals and companies to create and implement powerful negotiation strategies. He also hosts a podcast called Negotiation for Entrepreneurs where he interviews successful entrepreneurs and shares powerful persuasion techniques.

Kwame's Episode Outline:

02:40 What's something your most grateful for in your life right now?
03:15 You're a first generation Caribbean American yes? Where's your family from? Where'd you grow up?
04:32 Was law something you were always inspired by and aspired to do as a kid?
05:40 You worked with another law firm before beginning your own practice?
11:18 What was something you feared on your entrepreneurial journey that you had to overcome to experience the growth needed to step out on your own?
13:10 Is there anything you wished you'd known in hindsight before you started the business?
15:29 What is your definition of negotiation?
17:40 Why is negotiation one of the most important skills an entrepreneur needs to develop and utilize to experience massive success in their business?
22:38 How can we get better at negotiating in and for our businesses?
27:45 How have you used negotiation to help advance your business and career?
31:37 What's one book you've read recently that inspired you?
32:45 What's something small you’ve done this month that you are proud of?
34:50 Name an online resource, it could be an app, software, or tool you use every day and you can't live without it?
36:00 Share one action our future entrepreneurs should commit to THIS WEEK, to help them blaze their trail?

Oct 17, 2016

Miko's Episode Outline:

- What was the problem that you or maybe Tito experienced that fueled your vision to create Miss Jessie's?
- Do you recall some of the creative strategies you both used back then to operate on minimal cash flow?
- What was your initial thoughts around the marketing message for your product line?
- How do you find people to bring into your organization that truly care about the organization the way you and Tito do?
- Share with us one of your major fears, road blocks or challenges?
- What advice would you give to the young black aspiring entrepreneurs listening?
- As a mother, how has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
- What are some of your routines that keeps you pushing yourself to those new and higher heights?
- What's one book you've read that inspired you most?
- What is something small you’ve done this month that you are proud of?
- Name an online resource, it could be an app, software, or tool you use every day and you can't live without it?
- Share one action our future entrepreneurs should commit to THIS WEEK, to help them blaze their trail?
- How we can stay connected to you?

Miko Branch is the co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s LLC, the company behind the premium hair care product line, Miss Jessie’s, that exclusively caters to the diverse spectrum of all curly hair types. Miko founded the company with her sister, Titi, and they named it after their beloved and fiercely independent “do-it-for-yourself,” and “tell-it-like-it-is” paternal grandmother – Jessie Mae Branch.

As the visionary behind the Miss Jessie’s brand, Miko revolutionized the hair care industry and became a leading pioneer of the natural hair movement by creating and marketing high performance and high quality hair care products. Miko quickly changed the conversation about hair and hair care by declaring that Miss Jessie’s products were not exclusively for a specific ethnic group but rather were for all types of textures and curls regardless of ethnicity. As a result, the Miss Jessie’s product line includes a variety of products for every type of texture and curl from wavy to coily.

Miko’s finger print is evident in every aspect of the Miss Jessie’s brand from the packaging and marketing to the colors and smells of the award winning products, including favorites like Baby Buttercreme, Pillow Soft Curls, Curly Pudding, Quick Curls, Leave In Condish and MultiCultural Curls.

Miko continues to develop innovative, original and effective solutions for curly hair needs and she has acquired numerous accolades such as becoming a best selling author of business memoir, Miss Jessie’s: Creating A Successful Business from Scratch -Naturally (Harper Collins), WWD Most Influential Women in Business, Ebony 100, Centric 16/16 (16 Women To Watch in 2016), and she has graced the March 2016 cover of Black Enterprise Magazine as a result of her remarkable tenacity.

Although grateful to receive such recognition, Miko prefers to give, particularly to organizations that encourage the advancement and education of minority youth. Miko has partnered with the New York Urban League and the United Negro College Fund in sup-port of their scholarship programs, and has made charitable donations to the Doe Foundation, NAACP, and Morehouse College.

Oct 10, 2016

Ike's Episode Outline:

02:30 What's something you're most grateful for in your life right now?
03:33 What was the problem that you discovered that fueled your vision and allowed you to start UpStart?
05:00 Why focus UpStart on lawyers? Why that niche first?
06:38 Have you expanded to other professions? And what other professions have worked well for your model?
08:10 Why Ike at one point got rid of 20% of his clients
10:00 Where did capital come from to get the agency off the ground?
11:00 What kind of creative strategies do you recall having done in the early stages of your business that worked for you?
14:11 What have been some of your failures and how have you learned from them? [**Dont Miss This**]
14:51 What have been some #EpicLessons?
17:34 What does your business focus on beyond Pay Per Click & Google based ads?
18:34 How long have you been running UpStart?
18:45 What's 3 pieces of advice you'd want to give a college student who aspires to be an entrepreneur?
21:13 Is there a pattern or formula to being successful as an entrepreneur?
21:30 How do you define success?
22:28 How do you go about finding employees that care about your company the way you do?
25:00 How has being a business owner affected your family life?
26:30 Ike explains why we must become business owners and not business operators
28:00 What are some books you've read that have inspired you most?
29:30 What's something small you've done this month that you're proud of?
29:58 Tell us an app, software or tool you use everyday that you can't live without?
31:40 Ike shares one action that aspiring trailblazers should commit to this week to help you blaze your trail?

Ike Anderson's Full Bio

Ike Anderson has been a “serial entrepreneur” since age nine, when he enlisted the ‘power of duplication’ with several other boys, creating a direct sales candy company that grew into an international business with an evolutionary distribution model, before he was 15. In the same spirit, he is now the CEO and founder of UpStart Internet™, a niche Internet Marketing and Digital Advertising Agency that serves clients in creating their vision with laser-focused accuracy by maximizing online user experience and strategy. He oversees the day-to-day operations and manages the agency's Search Engine Optimization architecture, and a top-notch team of creative, and analytical staff.

Ike’s lifelong commitment to developing transparent and focused professional relationships has allowed business to grow, almost exclusively, by word of mouth and has supported the acquisition of six other companies to ensure the best of all services to his clients. Coupled with knowledge, intuition, and skill, Upstart Internet, under Anderson’s leadership, fulfills the demands of an ever-evolving global marketplace and Internet with an inspired vision for success, further expansion and a meticulous plan for its fulfillment. With a vision of collaboration and huge belief that “we are always better together” infused in everything he does, Ike and his team are making global impact for their clients and the not-for-profit corporations he mentors.

His involvement with Martial Arts since the age of six and being part of a tight-knit family, taught him discipline, how to work through adversity with respect, and how to create win-win opportunities for all involved; all translating into enormous results. He continues to be involved in his local community, is a champion for the highest and best outcomes, and looks forward to entering the political arena to champion causes that will move humanity forward. He has provided keynote address and public speaking in a variety of venues that are a call to action.

Oct 3, 2016

Tiffany F. Southerland is a lawyer by training and change agent at heart. She attained 3 degrees from 2 different Ivy League universities, before starting her career as an attorney at an AMLaw 100 law firm in Philadelphia. She transitioned from practicing law to a career in higher education as Associate Director of Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion at a law school and later returned to the law firm where her career began as Manager of Professional Recruitment.

Tiffany's Episode Outline:

02:50 What are you most grateful for in your life right now?
03:30 Did you envision becoming a lawyer, coach or speaker at an early age?
04:40 What is like being a black woman with multiple degrees from two different Ivy League schools?
07:00 How can young girls best position themselves to get accepted to an Ivy League university?
08:30 Why did you choose the educational path of studying Human Development and Social Work, before going to law school?
11:15 Did your educational path inspire the trifecta of writing, speaking and coaching?
12:20 Why did you decide to do a TEDx talk?
15:00 What was the reception to your TEDx talk?
16:15 What steps did you take and are still working on to continue to become a great public speaker?
18:00 How can someone wanting to do a TEDx go about securing that opportunity?
19:30 Do you have coaches and mentors who help guide you and hold you accountable to your own goals?
20:45 What's on your vision board for the next 10 years and beyond?
23:30 What's something small you've done this month that you're proud of?
25:00 Why is volunteering so important to you and giving back of your time, talents, and treasures?
26:15 Impart an inspiring parting message that will help our community to blaze their trail

Full bio at: tbpod.com/tiffanysoutherland

Sep 26, 2016

Rahfeal's Episode Outline:

03:30 Why were you homeless and what was it like to be on the streets with no place to call home?
05:25 Take us through the transition from being homeless to a global leader and entrepreneur?
10:00 What are you creating through your influence and platform?
12:00 How can we tap into our true potential in life and business?
14:20 Is there a difference between joy and happiness?
16:30 One of the biggest mistakes you've made as an entrepreneur?
20:00 Describe the changes of a transformation that we must go through to pivot, plan and pursue our purpose and passion?
24:00 When we look out 10 years, what should we expect from you?

Rahfeal Gordon has come a long way from his hardships of being homeless in the streets of Newark, New Jersey – U.S.A. He is recognized as one of the top international speakers and advisors for world leaders and entrepreneurs who are impacting the world. For over a decade, Rahfeal has been leveraging the core fundamentals that promote productivity and impact. He provides in-depth strategies and key insight into the environmental and physical circumstances that impact an individual's personal and business performance.

International Award Winning Entrepreneur
Rahfeal’s stellar resume begins with the establishment of his first successful company, Infinite Productions, while attending Arts High School in New Jersey at the age of 15. The company mission was to develop events that provided unity within the high school and college campuses.

In 2001, Rahfeal established his first non-profit organization entitled “Team Infinite (T.I.)”, on the campus of Montclair State University and Bloomfield College. In addition to the success of Team Infinite, in 2005, he established the Rahfeal C. Gordon Scholarship Foundation. The Scholarship is designed to benefit high school and college students with average grades, but exhibit exceptional business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit.

In 2008, Rahfeal launched RahGor Motivations & Publishing, a company that provides global speaking platforms, management, consulting, and book publishing services for individuals who have powerful stories, testimonies or expertise in a particular field. He has written fourteen (14) published books that focus on personal development and global leadership. Following the establishment of the RahGor brand, Rahfeal was tapped to be a featured entrepreneur in the AMC Theaters distributed film, TEN9EIGHT, produced by Award-winning producer Mary Mazzio.

Recently, Rahfeal released his new book entitled, “SKYSCRAPER: GOING BEYOND YOUR LIMITS TO REACH GREATNESS.” He became the Global Ambassador of the International Hub in Oslo, Norway, which houses and provides resources for start-up entrepreneurs from 21 different countries. Rahfeal also co-founded the Voices for World Peace organization - A platform that brings together a diverse group of global leaders and youth to work in solidarity to eradicate issues such as extremism, terrorism, and inequality by sharing ideas and creating strategies to bring peace and unity to areas of conflict around the world.

Sep 19, 2016

Nicole's Episode Outline:

03:55 What is it about academia and being an educator that's so fascinating to you?
05:50 Are you able to give your students more than the knowledge to prepare for college? Are you able to relate some of your experiences to them as well?
06:30 What's been the biggest thing you've identified as holding your students back from achieving their maximum potential?
09:00 Are you challenged with helping your students to develop their soft skills?
11:00 As an entrepreneur, what's the biggest mistake you've made and how did you overcome it?
14:00 Do you have coaches and mentors that help guide you and your business forward? What's your support system like?
19:30 What is your advice to an aspiring entrepreneur wanting to plan, grow, and succeed on their journey?
23:00 What can we look forward to from you on your vision board for the next 10 years and beyond?
35:10 Nicole imparts an inspiring final word to help us blaze our trail
36:40 How will the world be different because you pursued what you were most passionate about?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Robin Sharma
Brian Tracy
Instagram: @thelcshow
Nicole's Favorite Books:
No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy
Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism by Cornell West

Connect with Nicole:
AIM Educational Services website
Nicole Campbell's personal website
Nicole on Instagram: @nicolemclarencampbell @nicspire @aimeduservices

Nicole McClaren Campbell's Bio
Nicole Campbell is an educator, entrepreneur and professional speaker. Driven by a passion for empowerment, she represented Jamaica at MIT’s Junior Summit and was selected to address then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at just 13 years old. She was subsequently featured in local and international media, including CNN and Nickelodeon and was chosen as one of "20 Teens Who Will Change the World" by Teen People Magazine.

She is a graduate of the St. Andrew High School for Girls, and completed her high school studies at Phillips Academy 'Andover' in Massachusetts, before going on to earn an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University in 2006. Nicole also studied at Stanford University’s Summer Institute and the University of London, where she earned a Masters Degree in Globalization and Development.

Nicole returned to Jamaica immediately to join the Ministry of Education where she served as Senior Policy Analyst to the then Minister of Education, now Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. At 25, Nicole resigned from the Ministry to start AIM Educational Services - with just two students. Nicole sites her decision to tap into her passion for human development in education as one of the best she’s made. Today, AIM sees hundreds of students and delivers an average return of over 5000% to parents – results Nicole attributes to a strong, motivated team whose focus remains on possibilities, not problems. She recently started the AIM Higher Foundation with a mandate to identify, develop and empower promising low-income students so that they too can access unlock their potential through access to tertiary education.

Parents seek Nicole for the impact she has on their teenagers – how she pushes them to adopt empowering perspectives and to create possibilities for their futures, with their present actions. Her passion for empowerment extends beyond the classroom to the boardroom and beyond. Noted for her no-nonsense, yet practical approach, Nicole addresses corporate and public audiences on the subject of maximizing potential in their personal and professional lives. Each year she speaks at high schools across Jamaica and has spoken for companies including Access Financial, Caribbean Broilers, JMMB, Sagicor Jamaica and Scotiabank. She also serves as a Board Member of the Early Childhood Commission and the CHASE Fund in Jamaica. In her own words, “everything that I do is really an extension of my passion to empower people - to me, nothing can match the excitement and sense of fulfillment I get from helping people to grow in confidence and realize their potential.”

She is wife to reggae artiste Assassin aka Agent Sasco (Jeffrey Campbell), mom to 4-year old LC, 3year-old Joshua and ‘bonus-mom’ to 10-year-old Ally. She loves taking videos of her kids and posting them to her favourite social media platform: Instagram. A self-professed inspirational quote junkie, her personal motto is “AIM High and Be Bold” and her mission is to squeeze every ounce of life, from life.

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Sep 12, 2016

In this episode, I asked Ace questions like:

05:25 Why is buying a business more profitable than building a business from scratch?
08:15 How can someone buy an existing business with no money down?
13:30 Ace describes his revenue sharing model with his clients
14:20 How can you grow a business, then sell it for maximum value?
17:00 What's one of the biggest mistakes you've ever made buying or selling a business?

Resources mentioned in this episode:
-The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
-Slack
-LinkedIn Groups
-Alvin's Favorite Books:
Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire


Ace Chapman Links:
-AceChapman.com
-Ace Chapman on Snapchat: Ace.Chapman
-Ace Chapman email: ace[at]acechapman[dot]com
-Ace Chapman on: Instagram/Twitter - @acechapman
-YouTube: search - Ace Chapman


Ace Chapman's Bio
Rescuing small businesses is all the rage on television. Whether it's Jon Taffer with Bar Rescue, or Tabitha Coffey's Salon Takeover. Despite the fact that none of them do it, these TV shows are fueling interest in a new trend. Move over Real Estate Flippers, Ace Chapman is building a nationwide group of business flippers.

Ace bought his first business at 19 with some savings from a summer job and caught the business buying bug. He leveraged $3,000 he saved working the summer before college into buying a business for $70,000. Over the last 16 years he has bought 40 businesses. Everything ranging from a Mortgage Company to a Clothing Retailer.

And right now he is seeing an explosion in the market for businesses under $2,000,000. "There are millions of Baby Boomer business owners who will bring their business to market in the next decade so they can retire. During the recession, many baby boomers wanted to sell their company but decided to hold off until better economic times."

At the same time many entrepreneurs are realizing the risks associated with starting from scratch are too high and are deciding to buy an existing profitable business instead.

Business sales saw a spike in 2013. While we saw a 68% increase in 2013 according to BizBuySell.com, business brokers expect 2014 to be even bigger. And while private equity firms are well positioned to take advantage of this increase in inventory, very few are paying attention to what Ace calls the Micro-Private Equity Market.

Ace began working with first time business buyers of business buyers and helping them find, do due diligence, and finance small business acquisitions. "I have had a lot of people who find me and ask to invest in my deals. I'd rather show you what I am doing than take your money and have to split my returns."

Since starting his network of business buyers, he has helped members close deals all over the country. From 2 Sylvan Learning Centers in Seattle, to a software company in Pittsburgh and from a fitness gym in Huntsville, to a Catholic retailer in South Dakota, these were all deals done in recent months by the network.

Business buyers are attracted to buying a business instead of starting one for obvious reasons.

It's easier to get financing to buy an existing business than to start a new one. Bankers and investors are more comfortable in dealing with businesses which already have proven work results.
Starting a new business requires investments in a period of 3 to 6 months, and many entrepreneurs never get to the period of earning. When buying an existing business you have an idea of what your salary is going to be on day one.

Business buyers do not have to go through hiring and training new employees, developing operation systems, and marketing plans. They start day one improving the business instead of building each department from scratch.

Still Ace says buying a business is risky, especially if you do not know what you are doing. "Whenever you are buying a business you are looking at the past, there is no guarantee that those numbers reflect the future", says Chapman. "You should find a business broker or advisor who has your best interest at heart. The more experience you and your advisors have, the easier it is to find the hidden landmines in any business.

Sep 5, 2016

Alvin Irby, an elementary teacher turned comedian / social entrepreneur, is a southern transplant living in New York City. In 2013, Irby founded Reading Holiday Project Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literacy organization, and created Barbershop Books, a nationally recognized literacy program that places child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops. This innovative program has been featured on NBC, CBS, Black Enterprise Magazine and CNN. In addition to performing stand up and managing Barbershop Books, Irby gives motivational talks to middle and high school students and delivers keynote talks about cultural competency, early literacy, Black Male Achievement, and social entrepreneurship at national conferences across America.

 

In this episode, I asked Alvin:

  • 02:45 Was being a teacher your dream as a child?
  • 03:40 What inspired your desire to teach?
  • 06:00 What inspired Barbershop Books?
  • 08:45 Where do you turn to for mentorship, coaching and support?
  • 10:00 Was the transition from your full time as a teacher to Barbershop Books a long process?
  • 13:45 What have been the biggest lessons you've learned about yourself through this transition from teacher to founder of the Reading Holiday Project?
  • 15:30 What do you do to get out of your own head with fears when the fear begins to creep in?
  • 18:00 What advice would you give to a teacher who has an entrepreneurial idea?
  • 22:30 How do you define success?
  • 23:30 What are you most grateful for right now?
  • 24:45 What is on your vision board for Barbershop Books for the next 5 years and beyond?

Links and resources:

Alvin Irby's Bio

Alvin is the Founder of Reading Holiday Project, Inc. and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books
 
Barbershop Books is a community-based literacy program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops for boys ages 4-8. Alvin and the Barbershop Books brand look to leverage the cultural significance of barbershops in Black communities to help black boys identify as readers. This innovative approach connects black men and families to black boys’ early reading experiences. It also improves boys’ access to culturally relevant, age appropriate, and gender responsive children’s books, while increasing the amount of time boys read for fun.
 
Reading Holiday Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to close the reading achievement gap for black boys. Barbershop Books is the organization’s first program.
 
Alvin Irby, an elementary teacher turned comedian / social entrepreneur, is a southern transplant living in New York City. As the middle child of three rambunctious kids, he quickly discovered his gift for making people laugh. Irby’s smart brand of comedy draws on his eclectic educational, professional, and life experiences. Since moving to New York City in 2007, Irby has completed two Masters degrees, performed at comedy clubs, festivals, and colleges throughout the United States, taught kindergarten and 1st grade, and served as Education Director at the Boys Club of New York.
 
In 2013, Irby founded Reading Holiday Project Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literacy organization, and created Barbershop Books, a nationally recognized literacy program that places child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops. This innovative program has been featured on NBC, CBS, Black Enterprise Magazine and CNN. In addition to performing stand up and managing Barbershop Books, Irby gives motivational talks to middle and high school students and delivers keynote talks about cultural competency, early literacy, Black Male Achievement, and social entrepreneurship at national conferences across America.
Irby was one of nine national finalists (out of more than 600 comedians) selected by NBC to perform in the 2015 StandUp NBC Finale Showcase at the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles, CA. Irby’s clever social commentary and hilarious observations have made him one of comedy’s freshest new voices. Alvin Irby fuses education, comedy, public speaking, and social entrepreneurship to make people laugh and to help create transformative learning experiences for underserved children.

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Aug 29, 2016
Representative Edwin “Ed” Narain is a dedicated member of the Tampa Bay community and has served in various civic leadership roles for more than two decades. I've known him personally for almost 20 years from our time working together in Student Government at USF.  In November 2014, Ed was elected to the Florida House of Representatives as the State Representative for District 61 and he is presently running for the Florida State Senate District 19 race, with hopes of making a bigger difference for his community, city and the state of Florida. Listen on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, I asked Ed: 02:45 What are you most grateful in your life right now? 06:25 Was there a specific moment when you realized what you were born to do? 07:45 What have been some of the biggest things you learned about yourself since taking the State Representative seat? 09:30 How do you find the right people for your team? 10:50 How do you prepare for really big moments speaking publicly? 12:30 How do you remain in a confident and positive mindset throughout the pressures of an election season? 14:30 What's one of the biggest mistakes you've made as a politician and leader? 16:20 How do you make time for your wife and children, in the midst of this busy election season? 17:20 What are some of the key attributes someone should be looking at Ed Narain for? Why Ed and why now? 26:20 An inspiring message from Ed Narain on the 3 Fs, taking action and just doing it! Links and resources: EdNarain.com Ed Narain on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Edwin's Book Recommendation:  All Labor Has Dignity" (King Legacy) by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Edwin Narain's Bio Edwin “Ed” Narain is a dedicated member of the Tampa Bay community who has served in various civic leadership roles more than two decades. The oldest of three sons born to Aubron and Yvonne Narain (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Ed moved to Tampa in 1994 to attend the University of South Florida. There he was elected President of the Student Body (1997-98) and was voted USF’s First Fall Homecoming King. While at South Florida, he partnered with the United Way to develop the first Student driven United Way campaign and received the Department of Student Affairs first Student Leadership Award. In 2015, he received the USF President’s African American Advisory Committee’s Ike Tribble Kente Alumni Award. Ed works has worked with several organizations that are committed to helping children and the working poor. He is a member of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, and served for several years on the Hillsborough County Head Start Policy Council and the Hillsborough County Community Action Board. A Life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., in 2008 he was honored as the Tampa Alumni Chapter’s Man of the Year. In 2010, he earned the alumni chapter’s Leadership Award for guiding the chapter to its first Southern Province Chapter of the Year Award as President. Professionally, Ed is a Regional Director with AT&T and is a three-time Florida Top Performance Manager of the Year (2009, 2010 & 2013). He has also earned two AT&T Summit Awards given to performers within the top two percent of the company (2005, 2013). A member of Leadership Florida’s College Leadership Florida (Class I) and Connect Florida (Class IV) statewide leadership programs, Ed earned a BA degree in Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. In 2013, he completed a Leadership Certificate and earned a Jurist Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law where he also received the Dean’s Award for outstanding service to the law school. In November 2014, Ed was elected to the Florida House of Representatives as the State Representative for District 61. As a freshman legislator, Ed was elected Chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus,
Aug 22, 2016
Cornell Thomas is the perfect example of turning a loss into a win. Two weeks away from playing professional basketball in Europe, Cornell suffered a career ending injury that derailed his dream. Growing up with adversity his whole life allowed Cornell to get past “Why Me” and focus on “What Now”. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, I asked Cornell: 02:45 What happened during the years between 2003 and 2010? What was that valley like between basketball and coaching? 11:00 What has been the most amazing thing that's happened since you started the Power of Positivity movement? 16:00 Do you think most people today are unhappy with themselves and their lives?  19:30 Tell us about your Positivity Summit and what you are trying to create with and through this event? 27:00 What do you do to keep pushing yourself to new and higher heights with your work? 30:50 How were you able to get your family to buy into your big entrepreneurial dreams? 32:50 How do you define success? 33:20 What are you most grateful for in your life right now? Links and resources mentioned: Cornell-Thomas.com Cornell on: Twitter, Instagram Cornell's Fav Books:  How to Be Interesting: (In 10 Simple Steps) by Jessica Hagy The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World by Chris Guillebrea Cornell Thomas's Bio Cornell is a father, husband, author, speaker, and coach. Cornell thought his purpose in life was to play professional basketball. In 2003 he received a contract to play professional basketball in Portugal. A dream he had would finally come to fruition.  But two weeks before he was supposed to leave he suffered a career ending injury. Little did he know, that injury would help him find his true purpose in life. In 2010, he decided he wanted to start a new movement. He began writing his own motivational quotes. Those quotes eventually led him to starting and writing a blog, and the blog led to him writing his first book “The Power Of Positivity-Controlling Where The Ball Bounces.” This helped Cornell realize his true purpose, to inspire and motivate others. Cornell now speaks all over the United States, sharing his story with people from all walks of life. He dares others to say and think 'What Now', instead of 'Why Me' when they find themselves faced with adversity. Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn
Aug 15, 2016
Phaon Spurlock serves as the Communications Manager for the Multicultural Marketing department at Prudential Financial. He is also the Founder of LuxuriousPROTOTYPE Online Men’s Lifestyle Magazine and Owner of BKLYN LEAGUE Men’s Apparel, Accessories and Home Goods. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, we discussed a lot and I asked Phaon several questions, including:  What was your dream as a child?  What have been the biggest lessons you've learned about yourself while working in your corporate marketing gigs, that carried over and helped you create the magazine and your new brand, BKLYN LEAGUE?  What was the big opportunity you saw most other fashion entrepreneurs missing, that sparked the idea and led you to creating BKLYN League?  How do you impose life balance, eating right, exercise and the other important elements of a healthy life, when you're required to work an extra 6-8 hours some days to make your entrepreneurial dream a reality?  What are you most grateful for right now?  What can we look forward to with you? Are there any big dreams and goals on your vision board for the next 10 years and beyond that you'd care to share with us? Links and resources mentioned: BKLYNLeague.com Phaon on: Twitter, Instagram BKLYN League on: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook LuxuriousPrototype on: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, website Phaon's Fav Book:  The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded Phaon Spurlock's Bio Phaon Spurlock serves as the Communications Manager for the Multicultural Marketing department at Prudential Financial. He is also the Founder of LuxuriousPROTOTYPE Online Men’s Lifestyle Magazine and Owner of BKLYN LEAGUE Men’s Apparel, Accessories and Home Goods. Phaon’s professional background includes marketing and communication experience working with Seedco, Alloy Media & Marketing, Major League Baseball, New York State Senate, USA Network and McDonalds. He holds a BS in Biology from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Marketing Certificate from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as a junior board member at the Eagle Academy Foundation. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, Carnegie Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center LGBT Advisory Council and Ivy. Phaon has a passion for community service and philanthropy which is why he spends much of his time volunteering for Hashtag Lunch Bag, Impulse Group NYC and Eagle Academy and contributing to the American Museum of Natural History, 20/20/20, Order of Malta, MoCADA, Black Lives Matter Movement, Evidence Dance Company and the Guggenheim Museum. He was recently listed as one of the 100 Modern Men of Distinction for Black Enterprise Magazine, one of the 6 Young Professionals on the Rise – Success in the Career Jungle 2014 & 2015 and Top 50 New Media Moguls – Rainbow Fashion Network 2014. Phaon is a Brooklyn, NY resident and a Baton Rouge, LA native. Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn
Aug 8, 2016
Maurice Cherry is the founder and principal at Lunch, a multidisciplinary studio in Atlanta, GA that helps creative brands craft messages and tell stories for their targeted audiences, including fostering relationships with underrepresented communities. Past clients and collaborators include Vox Media, NIKE, Mediabistro, Site5, SitePoint, and The City of Atlanta. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, we discussed a lot and I asked Maurice several questions, including: 02:00 What are you most grateful for in your life right now? 03:30 What are you hoping to create through your brands? 05:25 What are you most passionate about when building these platforms? 06:25 What have been some of the biggest lessons you've learned? 11:00 Are you able to monetize the podcast? 12:30 What have you been doing in your business in the past 6 months to 1 year that have brought you to the success you're experiencing today? 19:15 Is it still important that we establish a solid brand identity? Why?? 24:00 Share a road block, challenge or fear you had and how you overcame it to move forward 30:00 Share a couple lessons that someone listening who is wanting to pivot needs to know to grow and succeed on their journey? 32:30 What can we look forward to with you in 10 years and beyond? Links and resources mentioned: MauriceCherry.com Lunch: YepItsLunch.com Podcast: RevisionPath.com Maurice's Fav Books:  Creative Strategy and The Business of Design Unlabel: Selling You without Selling Out The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Design is a Job The Five  Love Languages Maurice Cherry Bio Maurice Cherry is the founder and principal at Lunch, a multidisciplinary studio in Atlanta, GA that helps creative brands craft messages and tell stories for their targeted audiences, including fostering relationships with underrepresented communities. Past clients and collaborators include Vox Media, NIKE, Mediabistro, Site5, SitePoint, and The City of Atlanta. Maurice is a pioneering digital creator who is most well-known for the Black Weblog Awards, the Web's longest running event celebrating Black bloggers, video bloggers, and podcasters. Other projects of Maurice's include the award-winning podcast Revision Path, 28 Days of the Web, and The Year of Tea. His projects and overall design work and advocacy have been recognized by NPR, News One, CNN, AIGA, HOW, Print, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and The Los Angeles Times. Maurice is also an educator, and has built curricula and taught courses on web design, web development, email marketing, WordPress, and podcasting for thousands of students over the past ten years. Maurice was named one of Atlanta’s “Power 30 Under 30″ in the field of Science and Technology by the Apex Society, one of HP’s “50 Tech Tastemakers” in conjunction with Black Web 2.0, and was selected by Atlanta Tribune as one of 2014's Young Professionals. Maurice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College and a Masters degree in telecommunications management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn
Aug 1, 2016
Tameka Montgomery was appointed by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs such as Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Regional Innovation Clusters, ScaleUp America, online education and the national SCORE mentoring program. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, we discussed a lot and I asked Tameka several questions, including: 03:10 Could you tell us a little about what it is that you do in your day to day at SBA? 05:50 What have been the biggest lessons you have learned about yourself during the term of this appointment? 07:00 Could you maybe dispel the myth about SBA providing direct funds and loans, and maybe explain a few of the ways the SBA is able to assist a startup & existing business with getting access to capital? 08:45 What % of SBA guaranteed loans are going to minority and women owned businesses? 11:45 How can we go about gaining access to SBA guaranteed loans / funding? 13:20 How can we connect with local Small Business Development Centers? 13:55 Are these local centers and agencies independent of the Small Business Administration? 14:15 The costs of working with business advisors through SBA and their partner resource agencies 15:30 The scope of the resources available to individuals locally across the U.S. 17:15 Tell us about some of the biggest mistakes you've seen entrepreneurs making as it relates to marketing their business? 18:30 Are Small Business Development Centers able to assist with the market research needs of business owners? 20:00 What are some effective strategies that you and your team have been able to work with businesses across the country and help them not only experience staying power, but help them grow steadily over time? 22:30 What would be 2 or 3 fundamental lessons you'd want me to take hold of in the process of that pivot to entrepreneurship? How can I begin to lay the right foundation to grow and succeed on my entrepreneurial journey? 27:00 What's next for you? Are there any big goals and plans on your vision board that you'd care to share with us? Links and resources mentioned: Small Business Administration website Tameka Montgomery on LinkedIn Tameka's Fav Resource: Trip Case App Tameka's Fav Books:  The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller   Tameka Montgomery Bio Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development US Small Business Administration. In 2013, Tameka Montgomery was appointed by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs such as Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Regional Innovation Clusters, ScaleUp America, online education and the national SCORE mentoring program.  Ms. Montgomery believes that small businesses truly are the economic backbone of our nation.  She has a passion for equipping individuals with the tools needed to achieve the American Dream of building a successful and thriving small business. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Montgomery was the executive director of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation as well as the executive director of the nationally recognized Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (Denver Metro SBDC) for more than seven years. While there, she provided vision, leadership and strategic direction to develop and deliver programming and services for small businesses. Under Montgomery’s leadership,
Jul 25, 2016
Dr. Christi Hay, MD MPH is a board certified general pediatrician.  She attended Stanford University for undergrad and University of Virginia for medical school.  She's worked in academia as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for The George Washington University, and also worked in private practice for several years.  A few years ago she left a busy practice to begin Palisades Pediatrics, and she now focuses her time on providing personalized pediatric care to her patients right in their very own home.   Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, I asked Dr. Hay several questions, including: 03:15 What are you most grateful for right now? 04:00 What ignited the desire to be a doctor and to focus on pediatrics? 05:45 What are some of the big lessons you learned while working at Children’s? 08:20 Tell us a little more about Palisades Pediatrics? 11:45 Where did you get business guidance to pivot to where you are now? 14:45 Do you have a support system and people who help to hold you accountable today? 15:45 How do you fight through the self doubt and challenges that come, how do you push through that? 21:15 Before starting your practice, did you actually do research to see if potential patients would like home visits? 25:00 What are a couple fundamental steps other doctors need to know to lay the right foundation for setting up their own practice? Links and resources mentioned: Palisades Pediatrics website  Palisades Pediatrics on Facebook Dr Hay's Fav Resource: SmartPhone Calculator App Dr Hay's Fav Books:  Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg   Christi Hay's Bio & TEDX Talk Dr. Christi Hay is a native of California, who now calls the Washington Metropolitan area home. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan and her Medical Degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Hay completed a pediatric residency program at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is a board certified general pediatrician. Dr. Hay has worked in academia for The George Washington University as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. In this capacity, Dr. Hay taught pediatric residents, medical and physician assistant students. Dr. Hay also worked in private practice in the Spring Valley area of Washington, DC for several years. Dr. Hay enjoys all aspects of pediatrics but she has special interests in developmental delays, early childhood literacy, breastfeeding, reactive airway disease/asthma, nutrition and fitness.   Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn
Jul 18, 2016
Melissa Carter is the founder of "IGNITE WITH MELISSA", LLC. She holds an MBA and is a former music industry corporate executive turned Life Empowerment and Strategy Coach. After years of morbid obesity preventing her from tying her own shoes, depression, failed relationships, and a core belief system of not being "good enough," Melissa embarked on a 150-pound weight loss journey that inspired a career and life transformation.   Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, I asked Melissa several questions, including:  What are you most grateful for right now?  What ignited a desire in you to want to get into the music industry?  What are some of the big lessons you learned while working with these music brands?  How do you explain what's inside you, that allowed you to get up each day with positive gratitude and fight the natural urges ... that ... most of us have to remain in the place of comfort... eating what we love to eat ... making a 1,000 excuses why we can't change our outward appearance?  Talk about your support system that helped you through your dark valleys?  What are you doing today as a Holistic Life Coach and what does your day to day look like?  You're having a bad day, bad week, bad month. You're facing business challenges, family issues, someone you know is ill, life is happening ... right ... How do you handle your clients and your work and push through those moments when life is happening?  Do you think that despite losing your relationship and the pain of going through other loss, you gained clarity and revealed your purpose? Links and resources mentioned: IgniteWithMelissa.com  Melissa on Instagram  Melissa on Twitter Melissa's Fav Books:  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck Melissa Carter's Bio Melissa Carter is the founder of "IGNITE WITH MELISSA", LLC. She holds an MBA and is a former music industry corporate executive turned Life Empowerment and Strategy Coach. After years of morbid obesity preventing her from tying her own shoes, depression, failed relationships, and a core belief system of not being "good enough," Melissa embarked on a 150-pound weight loss journey that inspired a career and life transformation. Melissa recreated her whole life from the inside out.  Facing her deepest fears, demons, and past through her Believe.Commit.Live  process she rewrote and rewired her thought patterns, self care practice and belief system that now supports her living a powerful life. A life of purpose, love, abundance and contribution. She now pays forward what she believes is a second chance at life through her Life Empowerment and Strategy coaching practice. Through her three-step approach to life, Melissa is confident that you can transform YOUR life to be anything you want as long as you BELIEVE.COMMIT.LIVE with love, integrity, dedication, and gratitude and of course a KEEP IT REAL and POSITIVE attitude.    Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn
Jul 11, 2016
Koki Adasi is a motivated and dedicated real estate agent. In 2008, Koki was recognized by REALTOR Magazine as one of the thirty most talented, up-and-coming realtors in the U.S. In 2009 he provided real estate expertise on CNN's The Situation Room and NPR, and in 2010 he appeared on an episode of HGTV's television show House Hunters. Since that time Koki has lent his expertise to several different media outlets including: Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, The Gazette and Real Estate Radio.  Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, I asked Koki several questions, including: 01:30 What are you most grateful for right now? 03:15 Why are you passionate about the work you're doing in real estate? 06:00 What have been some of the biggest lessons you've learned as a real estate agent? 07:15 How do you define success? 09:00 What have been some of the basics steps you've been practicing in the last 6 months to a year, that have helped you pave the way for the success you're now experiencing? 11:20 Why are people choosing to do business with Koki & Associates? Why do you think they're paying you and your team for your services versus choosing to work with another agent? What sets you apart? 15:00 Tell us a story about one road block, challenge, or fear that you experienced? What happened and what did you do to overcome it and move forward?? 18:30 Do you have coaches or mentors today who help to guide you & your business and hold you accountable toward achieving your goals?? 20:10 At what point did you decide on seeking out coaches & mentors? Why do you think you are able to produce at a higher level because of your coach & mentors?? 21:45 Koki shares his amazing journey & lessons learned from basketball Links and resources mentioned: Kokiisthekey.com  Koki on Twitter  Koki on LinkedIn Koki's Fav Resources: Instagram Koki's Fav Books:  The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod The Success Principles(TM) - 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield   Koki Adasi's Bio Koki Adasi is a motivated and dedicated real estate agent who places customer satisfaction as his number one priority. Having grown up in the DC area -- attending Magruder High School and Mount Saint Mary's University -- Koki is perfectly situated to provide professional guidance and area knowledge to his clients. He first entered the real estate business in 2006 while looking for a career that would allow him to combine two of his passions: people and real estate. In 2008, Koki was recognized by REALTOR Magazine as one of the thirty most talented, up-and-coming realtors in the U.S., in 2009 he provided real estate expertise on CNN's The Situation Room and NPR, and in 2010 he appeared on an episode of HGTV's television show House Hunters. Since that time Koki has lent his expertise to several different media outlets including: Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Gazette and Real Estate Radio. He currently is on the Board of Directors for the Greater Capitol Area Association of REALTORS® and is Co-Chair for the National Association of REALTORS® Meetings and Conference Committee Outside of real estate, Koki's time is spent with his family, in volunteer activities or on the basketball court. He has served on the Board of Directors for YMCA Youth & Family Services since 2006, and was recognized by the Greater Capital Area YMCA as Philanthropist of the Year in 2011. Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally,
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