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Trailblazers.FM

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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Now displaying: February, 2016
Feb 29, 2016
Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn I am thrilled about today's guest, Lakesha Cole. She's a business woman, mother of 3 and Marine Corps spouse and was selected as the 2014 Military Spouse of the Year® for her entrepreneurial prowess, volunteer efforts, and her support of the military community. She really does represent the millions of past and present military spouses who continue to thrive in a wartime environment, and dedicate their lives and families to service and giving back. I really enjoyed my talk with Lakesha, given her very unique story ... she is the CEO and owner of She Swank Too, which is a curated online children's boutique for girls. This dream-to-reality of owning a boutique started as an idea six years ago and today her brand has traveled to customers in all 50 states and four countries and as we'll cover in a few minutes, it lead to the opening of her first successful pop-up shop in Okinawa, Japan where she and her family are currently stationed. She was selected into the Military Entrepreneur Program by Inc. magazine and also featured on The Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda.  She's been published in Military Spouse Magazine and also featured by Ebony as The Coolest Black Family in America, No. 59   In this episode, we discussed: The actions she took as a new entrepreneur to bring her idea to reality Why she started an online business How she grew and moved her business from California to Virginia, then to Japan All the difficulties and challenges of moving her business overseas How social media helped her business What she did after losing nearly 90% of her customer base and having to hit the reset button   Tweetables of Lakesha Cole: [Tweet "Build your network before you need it @momwifepreneur #tbpod #business"] [Tweet "We communicate our why with our customers...why we do what we do @momwifepreneur #entrepreneur"] [Tweet "How @momwifepreneur lost 90% of her customers and kept going #womanentrepreneur"]   Links and resources mentioned: Lakesha Cole website She Swank Too    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 on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn
Feb 22, 2016
Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn   Pat Flynn is an online marketing maven, an entrepreneur, blogger, podcaster, investor, teacher and investor. Pat's blog, SmartPassiveIncome.com has been featured in or on The New York Times, Forbes, and Social Media Examiner, to name a few. He is the author of two books and in just the past week, he's been acknowledged as a Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author for his new book titled, Will It Fly.   In this episode, we talked about: His big fitness goal for 2016 Entrepreneurial traits that have helped him be a better parent The big lessons he learned while attempting to create his first software products How the pursuit for perfection created a road block while authoring his second book Taking bold action and putting himself in awkward positions and how it helps him to grow   Tweetables from Pat Flynn's : [Tweet "The only true failure is giving up! @patflynn"] [Tweet "Don't say I can't, say I can't ... yet! #mindset @patflynn"]   Links and resources mentioned: SmartPassiveIncome.com Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money [Affiliate Link]   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! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn
Feb 15, 2016
Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn On today's episode, my friend Dr. Nekeshia Hammond gives us some great insights into how she built her practice over the past seven years, as a wife, mother and an entrepreneur. Dr.  Hammond is a licensed psychologist, speaker, and author, as well as the owner of Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A., a private practice dedicated to helping children, teens, families, and adults.  She has owned her business for the past seven years, and she has enjoyed helping numerous families.    In addition to her private practice work, she is actively involved in giving back to the community.  She is the 2016 President-Elect of the Florida Psychological Association and the 2016 Secretary for the Ryan Nece Foundation.  Additionally, she is involved in various outreach activities in the community.  Dr. Hammond is also a "key psychologist" at the state and federal levels, where she meets with legislators and actively advocates for patients of mental health and mental health professionals.  She also frequently consults with the media regarding mental health topics affecting children and families, and she enjoys speaking at various events.  Currently, Dr. Hammond is working on publishing a book on how to keep children emotionally healthy, and the book will be released in the Spring of 2016.     In this episode, we discussed: Her inspirations to get into the field of psychology Her daily rituals / routines Big lessons learned as a psychologist and business owner The Dr. Hammond difference What she wished she'd known when she was younger   Tweetables of Dr. Nekeshia Hammond: [Tweet "Deep down, people are really a lot stronger than they think! @dr_hammond #tbpod #mindset"] [Tweet "find creative ways to help people @dr_hammond #episode3 #tbpod #womanbiz"] [Tweet "You have to get out of your comfort zone @dr_hammond #tbpod #blackentrepreneur"]   Links and resources mentioned: Hammond Psychology Dr. Hammond on Twitter   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! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn
Feb 8, 2016
Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn I am so excited to introduce today's super special guest, Dwayne Watkins of TeamDWP Studios. Dwayne is a published and award winning, International Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer. Dwayne captures emotions in a wedding that will have you feeling like you were actually there.  The colors, the feeling, and the energy come alive in every photo he captures.   Essence magazine awarded him the Bridal Bliss Award - Best Photographer 2015 and he was featured in a Huffington Post article for 28 FairyTale Wedding Photos that capture the magic of love [Dec 2015 - #23].   Beyond his accolades, Dwayne is an amazing person that I knew would be a terrific guest for this show because of his drive, his ambitious but humble character, and just being an all-around great guy.   In this episode, we discussed: The people that inspired him to get into photography Daily rituals that help to sharpen his mind The big lessons learned as a photographer and business man Why wedding photography is the hardest style of photography you can choose The reasons he credits with experiencing success   Tweetables of Dwayne Watkins Quotes: [Tweet "Getting close is not good enough, we have to hit that mark that we are called to hit every day @teamdwp"] [Tweet "I made a promise, that I would never update my resume again #entrepreneur #goals @teamdwp"] [Tweet "Wedding Photography is the hardest style of photography you can choose #photographer #entrepreneurs"]   Links and resources mentioned: Team DWP Studios Website Team DWP Instagram   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! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates! It’s free!
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