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Side Hustle Pro spotlights bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. Join Nicaila Matthews Okome for your weekly installment of Side Hustle Pro and learn actionable strategies to start small and get going–wherever and whoever you are. Side Hustle Pro features interviews with inspiring black women entrepreneurs like Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter and Myleik Teele of CurlBox.
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Dec 12, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Briana Owens, the Founder of Spiked Spin.

Briana is the perfect example that when you have a vision in your heart it doesn't matter what else exists in the market or what you think the competition might be you have to go after it.

For example, by no means does New York City have a shortage of Fitness classes, but after 5 years of spinning across the city, avid cycling fan Briana decided there was a void—one that she was meant to fill. So, balancing her full-time job in advertising she received her certification in spin and got to work.

Briana wanted to create an experience specifically with women of color in mind. And so—Spiked Spin was born. Spiked Spin classes are packed with a diverse array of young women and men committed to getting their bodies and lives together.

On today's episode, I talk with Briana about how she got started, but also why it’s so important to have a spirit of discernment, a practice of being in tune with what's on your heart and following what's in your soul. We also talk about the importance of checking your ego and proving out your concept, before you take on debt or do things just for show. She is starting her business slow and steady and going about it in a really smart way.

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Mented Cosmetics. Side Hustle Pro listeners get 15% off of all their Mented purchases! Head over to www.mentedcosmetics.com/sidehustle or use code SideHustle at checkout.

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Dec 5, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Nicole Gibbons, the CEO and Founder of Clare. Nicole is an entrepreneur, interior designer, blogger, and on-air personality best known for her fashion-forward take on personal style expressed through the home.


Clare is essentially paint shopping simplified. Nicole has created an easier way to paint a space you love with premium paint, designer-curated colors, and the best painting supplies—all delivered to your door.

Nicole has been featured in top media outlets such as HGTV, The Rachael Ray Show, Good Morning America and more. She appeared on the Emmy Award-winning Home Made Simple on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, for three seasons as a designer helping deserving families re-imagine their living spaces. 

On today’s episode, we will get into what inspired her to pivot and how she got herself prepared to launch, secure funding, and now scale.

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This episode is brought to you by:

Mented Cosmetics. Side Hustle Pro listeners get 15% off of all their Mented purchases! Head over to www.mentedcosmetics.com/sidehustle or use code SideHustle at checkout.

Skillshare is offering Side Hustle Pro listeners a limited time offer of 2 months of Skillshare for just 99 cents. To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/hustlepro

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Nov 28, 2018

Today in the guest chair, I’m back with another Q&A episode.

This was inspired by a Q&A I did on Instagram stories the other day. By the way, if you are not following me on Instagram, I’m @sidehustlepro, I jump into my stories often to show you the behind the scenes that don’t always end up making it to the feed. So follow and subscribe to updates so you’ll also know when I go live. Today, I get into:

  • When I realized I could do this full time
  • What I invested in first: marketing or PR
  • What I miss about my corporate job
  • How bschool helped me become an entrepreneur
  • The RIGHT way to pitch yourself as a guest on Side Hustle Pro (hint: It’s not in the DMs)
  • And so much more!

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Mented Cosmetics. Side Hustle Pro listeners get 15% off of all their Mented purchases! Head over to www.mentedcosmetics.com/sidehustle or use code SideHustle at checkout.

Skillshare is offering Side Hustle Pro listeners a limited time offer of 2 months of Skillshare for just 99 cents. To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/hustlepro

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Nov 21, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have Jessica Spaulding, Founder of Harlem Chocolate Factory.

Jessica grew up in a home where sugar was not on the menu in no shape or form. But putting her entrepreneurial skills to the test early on, she struck a deal with her mother: if she could make her own candy, then she would also be allowed to eat it. As a Food Network enthusiast she learned to make all types of chocolate at just 10 years old, a passion that would inspire her to eventually launch Harlem Chocolate Factory.

At Harlem Chocolate Factory, Jessica produces bars and brownies inspired by the rich ethnic heritage of her native Harlem community. Jessica emphasizes quality, handcrafting her products and responsibly sourcing her chocolate.

Now, outsiders discouraged Jessica from starting her own business, saying that there was no money to be made. She was determined, however, and in college decided to take a shot at starting a chocolate company. While she was not successful at first, it encouraged her to take time to learn core business skills, a step that has paid off in the long run. On today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Jessica bounced back from business failure and created success from the ashes
  • The resources and competitions she participated in to buy supplies and make samples
  • How she connected with a mentor that helped her prepare for competitions and think through elements of her business
  • How she found partners that gave her the financial stability to build her dream and take her business to the next level
  • And how she is continuing to develop her business as a young entrepreneur working through challenges and missteps

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Mented Cosmetics. Side Hustle Pro listeners get 15% off of all their Mented purchases! Head over to www.mentedcosmetics.com/sidehustle or use code SideHustle at checkout.

Skillshare is offering Side Hustle Pro listeners a limited time offer of 2 months of Skillshare for just 99 cents. To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/hustlepro

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Nov 14, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have Brittany Hennessy.

Brittany is a marketer and the author of INFLUENCER: Building Your Brand in the Age of Social Media. She was the first-ever Senior Director of Influencer Strategy & Talent Partnerships for Hearst Magazines Digital Media, and the co-founder of Carbon.

Before reaching out to Brittany, I read her book and I found it extremely helpful. This year, I found myself on the receiving end of more requests for brand collaborations, partnerships and influencer posts that I ever had before. I used the INFLUENCER book templates to confidently negotiate counter offers or decline opportunities that were not right for my business without burning a bridge. So, as usual, when I discover something useful, I want to share it with you guys.

I think that anyone can benefit from Brittany’s knowledge about influencer marketing. Especially if you have plans to build out and monetize your personal brand or ever work with another brand for any reason, for example having them sponsor an event, a podcast, a blog, or if you are invited to speak on a panel, this will be the episode to consult.

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This episode is brought to you by: WIDOWS, the movie

WIDOWS is a modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption from Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen and co-writer and bestselling author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn. The film stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

Widows arrives in theaters on Friday! Watch more here.

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Nov 7, 2018

Imagine coming up with a marinade that had guests at your bbq forming a line for second and thirds. That’s exactly what happened when today’s guest Monique Wilsondebriano and her husband Chevalo threw a BBQ at their home in Charleston, South Carolina.

What they thought was just a secret recipe formed out of their love of food and experimentation, has grown into the nationally acclaimed Charleston Gourmet Burger Company.

Their All Natural, Gluten Free Charleston Gourmet Burger Marinade and Gourmet Burger Sauce is currently available in hundreds of retail locations across the country such as Whole Foods Market, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Kroger Supermarkets, and The Market at Macy’s.

In today’s episode, we get into how a company that started by accident has grown into a legacy building endeavor.

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This episode is brought to you by: WIDOWS, the movie.

WIDOWS is a modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption from Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen and co-writer and bestselling author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn. The film stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

Widows arrives in theaters on November 16! Watch more here.

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Oct 31, 2018

On today's episode I am back with my entrepreneur diaries, updating you on what's been going on since I checked in in September. In today's episode, I get into:

  • My experience searching for the right therapist
  • My life-changing appointment with a nutritionist
  • How I am "doing it scared"
  • And so much more!

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud Stitcher

This episode is brought to you by:

WIDOWS, the movie.

WIDOWS is a modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption from Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen and co-writer and bestselling author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn. The film stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

Widows arrives in theaters on November 16! Watch more here.

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Oct 24, 2018

Today’s guest is Jereshia Hawk. Jereshia is an Income Strategist and recent Corporate Dropout who helps content creators, coaches, and consultants 4X their revenue through online positioning and sales strategy.

Before starting her own business, Jereshia was a Civil Engineer on the leadership track to become the next generation of leadership at her company. She was the lead engineer on a $400M pipeline project. She had no plans to leave her corporate job to become an entrepreneur.

But as she learned to package her corporate training into lessons that could help other entrepreneurs sell their service based business, she shifted her career plans.

Today, she teaches others her PROVEN process to build a 5-Figure business selling your services online.

On today’s episode we get into:

  • How to develop your signature service
    How to determine how to price your services
  • Why she continued to side hustle after booking her first $60,000 in sales
  • And so much more!

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This episode is brought to you by:

WIDOWS, the movie. 

WIDOWS is a modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption from  Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen and co-writer and bestselling author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn. The film stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

Widows arrives in theaters on November 16! Check out the trailer here.

This episode is also brought to you by Skillshare. Skillshare is offering Side Hustle Pro listeners a limited time offer of 2 months of Skillshare for just 99 cents. To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/hustlepro

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Jereshia Hawk - @jereshiahawk

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Oct 18, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Catherine Soliz-Rey. Catherine is a Self Transformation Strategist for Women and the founder of the Fiercer Woman brand, where she empowers and motivates women with ways to get past their blocks and become their fiercest selves in life and business.

Fun fact, when I first started my blog back in 2015, Catherine was one of the first people I come across. I came across Catherine when I was starting out in side hustling. I was attracted to her authentic approach to sharing marketing and content creating tips. She is personally someone I have purchased content from and learned from, and I always like sharing some of my best kept secrets with the side hustle pro audience, so I had to have her in the guest chair.

Today, I still look to Catherine for motivation to not let fear of what might go wrong hold me back and just do it.

Catherine has used her marketing expertise to train hundreds of entrepreneurs how to build their brand and do the personal development work necessary to breakthrough. She has done this through online training programs, courses, and live speaking events. Helping women elevate so they can step into their true potential, and live to the fullest is her primary goal.

On today’s episode we get into:

  • How to overcome the mental barriers that keep you stuck and stagnant
  • How to create habits that move the needle
  • How she overcame her rock bottom moment and is now able to inspire other women to step into their greatness

Now, let’s get into it

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Oct 10, 2018

Today in the guest chair is the one and only, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a Licensed Psychologist, Speaker, and the host of the wildly popular mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, her Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Arkansas State, and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia.

Her work focuses on making mental health topics more relevant and accessible for Black
women and she specializes in creating spaces for Black women to have fuller and healthier
relationships with themselves and others.

She has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Bustle, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Women’s Health, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, and Essence. This episode is so important to me because I am passionate about breaking the stigma of mental health. Like any other part of our body, we need to take care of our mind. And as Founders, sometimes we think what we are experiencing is unique to us, so we go through a lot of internal torment trying to figure things out on our own. As I talk about with Dr. Joy, sometimes I have felt like, I don’t need to speak to anyone, it’s not that serious. But on today’s episode we get into:

  • Why you shouldn’t wait to reach a breaking point before seeking support
  • The truth about self care and why you can’t “self-care” yourself into not going to therapy
  • What self sabotage looks like and how to overcome it
  • How to thrive as a black founder

As a reminder, this episode is in no way a substitute to seeking help from a licensed therapist in your state.

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Oct 4, 2018

Today in the guest chair are the ladies of Curly Girl Collective. Curly Girl Collective is comprised of Charisse, Gia, Melody, Simone and Tracey. Curly Girl Collective’s vision is to be a change agent in the beauty industry by connecting, empowering and celebrating women of color around the world. Their mission is to create innovative experiences that celebrate natural beauty and showcase the best brands for women of color. And they have done so with signature events that have taken the natural world by storm. You may know them best for their signature event, CURLFEST, which takes place annually in the summer in prospect park. These ladies went from dreaming up a vision for this business during a potluck in one of their apartments to now producing a large scale, activation filled experience for natural hair women with brand partners like Shea Moisture, Target, BET and more! Most importantly, these women are dear friends, and running a business with your girlfriends is no easy feat

On today’s episode we get into:

  • How to run a successful business with close friends
  • How they each juggle their full time careers with a major and successful side hustle that is Curly Girl Collective
  • You’ll also learn a fun fact about my personal connection to Curly Girl Collective
  • And so much more!

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Skillshare is offering Side Hustle Pro listeners a limited time offer of 2 months of Skillshare for just 99 cents. To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/hustlepro

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If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebook

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Curly Girl Collective - @CurlyGirlCollective

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Sep 26, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Angelica Nwandu. Angelica is the founder of The Shade Room, a media company that covers celebrity news and celebrates black culture. With over 14 million followers on Instagram alone, The Shade Room has become the it-destination for breaking national stories. Angelica herself was named as one of the Forbes "30 under 30" in 2016 and has created an empire that inspired Refinery 29 to dub her "the Oprah of our generation.”

Angelica, as you’ll hear on the episode, is someone who is so fascinating to me, because she didn’t have a blueprint. But her confidence is contagious. She may not have known for sure that what she would create would work, but something inside of her made her believe it would work. That’s the kind of confidence we all need to have.

On today’s episode, we’ll get into:

  • How Angelica got her start
  • How her foster care upbringing influenced her life’s path
  • And how she revolutionized celebrity news starting with a laptop, wifi, and an Instagram account

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Sep 24, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have Advanced sales funnel strategist and business success coach Kim McCarter. I’m very excited about this episode because it is more of a workshop coaching training style episode than my usual q&as. Kim and I really go deep on funnels and I’m asking her all the questions that I genuinely have myself.

I didn’t even know what a sales funnel was when I first set up my email list. But, as I grow as a business woman, I’m learning how to cultivate a relationship with my email list, and that’s something Kim knows all about.

Described as "THE sales funnel strategist and gospel truth on business", Kim's advanced funnel strategies have helped clients clarify their message, build a relationship with their audience and earn multi six figures. She’s also the self described funnel trap queen and is living proof that it’s never too late to make your dreams a reality. She uses her experience to empower other women to live & be their authentic selves.

On today’s episode, we discuss:

  • Why every business that wants to make money needs to understand sales funnels and email marketing
  • How to set up your first simple sales funnel
  • How to get clear on who you want to work with
  • How to figure out what you want to sell and so much more!

 

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Sep 19, 2018

Today, I am finally back with another solo episode to share my entrepreneur diaries, how it’s been going, 9 months into entrepreneurship.

True confession, these episodes are the HARDEST for me to do. I feel like I have so much going on in my head and it’s hard to unpack it or know how to unpack it in the way that will be most helpful to others. So I put it off.

Here’s the deal: I have good days, I have bad days, I have days where I feel like I know exactly what I’m doing, where I want to go, and the path I need to take to get there.

On other days, I feel like, I don’t what the hell am I doing. I melt into a ball of sadness and confusion because I feel like, I don’t know what this is all leading me to. I’m just being honest. On those days, I feel like I’m supposed to have it all figured out and I don’t and I’m a disappointment to myself and others.

Clearly, you can see that I’m very hard, too hard on myself.

I’m working on that.

So in this episode, I’m going to share with you what I know right now: What’s worked, what hasn’t worked 9 months in, what i’m still figuring out, and what I’m encouraged by.

I talk about how I’m dealing with loneliness, imposter syndrome, the highs and lows of having my own business, learning to sell my services, and so much more!

Get into it here.

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Sep 12, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Aycee Brown. Aycee is the founder and Chief Sleep Officer of Goodnight Darling Co. Goodnight Darling is a luxury retail line designed to promote healthy sleep habits and provide sleep-inducing wares. Founded in 2016, Goodnight Darling utilizes expert studies to develop products for enhancing the sleep experience. Goodnight Darling has partnered with West Elm Local on the east coast and several luxury boutiques.

In addition to Aycee’s extensive work in building a brand trusted for increasing sleep quality, her commitment to educating her community on the effects of respecting rest rituals has made her a voice of authority in the self-care and sleep arena. She is now recognized for her uncanny ability to develop modern, posh products that soothe the body, relax the mind, and put her customers to sleep.

On today’s episode, you’ll learn how Aycee successfully side hustled and got her niche brand in West Elm and more.

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Goodnight Darling Co - @goodnightdarlingco

Aycee Brown - @ayceebrown

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Sep 6, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Lisandra Rickards. Lisandra Rickards is Chief Entrepreneurship Officer at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, where she has developed and delivered scaled initiatives to thousands of Caribbean entrepreneurs. As CEO, she spearheaded the Centre’s strategy to support growth-stage entrepreneurs towards investment, raised funding for the expansion of the Centre’s mission, and relocated its headquarters from Montego Bay to Kingston.

She previously headed the Programmes department – developing equity, loan, crowdfunding and grant opportunities, designing and developing the core content for the Centre’s free and open online platform, helping to launch the Alpha Angels Network of business angels in Jamaica, as well as impact analysis and reporting.

Before joining the Branson Centre, Lisandra conducted economic and statistical research for the best-selling books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics; consulted for the Ministry of Finance in Jamaica; worked at Bain & Company in New York City; and has helped develop a global brand strategy for Caribbean conglomerate GraceKennedy. She was previously a Director of Business Development at the RMP Group, a private investment firm based in Orlando, Florida that targeted businesses in the United States currently servicing Fortune 1000 clients for investments of growth capital.

Lisandra has an MBA with First-Year Honors from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Student Marshal. In 2008, she was featured in the CNBC documentary The Money Chase: Inside Harvard Business School.

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Aug 29, 2018

Yelitsa Jean Charles has gone from not knowing how to do her own hair at the age 21 to teaching young girls all about their own. 

While in her Junior year studying Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, Yelitsa redesigned the fairy tale Character Rapunzel as a brown girl with beautiful kinky hair. After speaking with classmates and friends. she saw the opportunity to address the demonstrated need for more diverse toys and representation in children’s publishing.

With a grant from of the Brown University Social Innovation Fellowship, support from the RISD E’Ship Program, Masschallenge Accelerator program and 674 dedicated Kickstarter backers, Healthy Roots was born.

She was most recently recognized on Essence’s 2017 50 Founders to watch list and won the Startup Stampede as well as the New Voices Fund Pitch competition.

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Aug 23, 2018

Have you ever been in the airport, walked into a store or restaurant, and wondered who owns it or how that particular store got such prime real estate?

Well, today’s guest will shed light on an industry I personally knew very little about. And I promise you you will never look at an airport news, gift shop, or restaurant the same way again.

Her name is Mary Morgan and she is the President of Morgan Group Ventures, Inc.

Mary entered the airport arena initially as a consultant to the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority which sparked an interest in airport concessions. After five years of management consulting, Mary decided she wanted to focus solely on concessions and obtained her first inline retail location (Pen & Prose Boutique), which she continues to operate today.

Following five years of retail operations, Mary entered a partnership with

HMSHost where she has been able to jointly bid, win and operate food and beverage and

news and gift locations within airports. Today, Mary operates independently and in conjunction with HMSHost multiple locations in National, Dulles and BWI Airports. Mary has also operated concessions in Philadelphia International Airport.

Prior to founding Morgan Group Ventures, Mary worked in Fortune 100 companies providing financial services, strategy, process redesign and information technology services. She is also a CPA and received her BS in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Today, Mary shares:

  • The barriers to entry in airport retail
  • The inside scoop on getting your business into an airport
  • The keys to success in airport retailing
  • And more!

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Aug 17, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Janice Bryant Howroyd, entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The ActOne Group, the largest privately held, woman owned workforce solutions company founded in the U.S.

The ActOne Group also holds a Minority ownership status, and is a multibillion-dollar (USD) award-winning international Talent and Talent Technology enterprise with multiple divisions operating in 19 countries with over 17,000 clients and 2,600 employees worldwide. 

On today’s episode, you will learn how Janice grew to be the first African American woman to operate a company that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue.

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Aug 8, 2018

I’m back with another solo episode. I have been promising you a Q&A for months now. And I actually love doing these so I am happy to jump in an answer your Q&As. For those of you wondering how to send me questions or how I choose these questions, I usually ask on my IG story or in my Facebook group and some people email me questions directly. So if you would like to be on the next Q&A episode make sure you’re following me on IG at sidehustlepro, or a member of the Side Hustle Pro FB community or email me at hi@sidehustlepro.co.

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Aug 1, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have Luam, celebrity choreographer and creative director. Luam has worked with artists and projects such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Nike, Rihanna, Kelly, Kanye, Reebok, Janelle Monae, X Factor, American Idol, America's Got Talent, the list goes on. She has obtained cult popularity among the dance community all over the world with her teachings and passion for spreading inspiration.

Funny enough, Luam got her start dancing in the very same dance troupe that I danced with in college at UPenn, African Rhythms Drum and Dance Troupe. Though we were years apart, I relate to her as a creative spirit who finally allowed herself to be led by her soul and her natural talents and calling.

Through her work, teachings and mentoring in the entertainment industry and beyond, Luam works to promote spiritual resilience and resistance and advocates for those overcoming all obstacles to do so.

If there’s one thing I hope you get from this episode, it’s that you can be an artist and still thrive as an entrepreneur. Do not feel pressured to fit into the boxes that life makes you so desperately want to fit into it. Live unboxed.

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Jul 23, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have Lindsey Day, the co-founder & Editor-In-Chief of CRWN Magazine; a premium, independent print publication about natural hair and the women who wear it. Through beautiful content, thoughtful commentary, hair inspiration and resources; CRWN exists to edify and empower Black women across the globe.

Since its inception, CRWN has been featured by Forbes, Newsweek, NBC New York, Girlboss, and more; and has partnered with brands and advertisers like Cadillac, Toyota, and a number of beauty brands. In 2017, Day was featured by HuffPost as one of 7 Black Innovators Who Are Creating A Better Tomorrow and Essence Magazine named her one of their 50 Founders to Watch.

Through CRWN, Day is on a mission to create the most honest and beautiful representation of Black women in the history of print.

 

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Jul 18, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have Candice Idehen, the Founder and CEO of York City's Bed of Nails - Nail Bar, an unconventional co-ed salon offering designer nail products, a chic atmosphere and unwavering quality manicures.

Mesmerized by art and beauty since childhood, Candice has utilized her passion and education to not only become a successful freelance celebrity manicurist, but also a driven entrepreneur.

Her business and contracted nail services have been commissioned by the beauty and entertainment's most prestigious brands, from commercial photo shoots to Fashion Week. She’s been featured by some of pop culture’s favorite websites, including ESSENCE, Refinery29, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Candice was also named a Tory Burch Fellows Finalist and Education Program participant.

What I love about Candice is she is not only ambitious but relentless. Once she set her mind to open Bed of Nails, there was no stopping her, and she opened a prime location in bustling and expensive Harlem, New York at the young age of 25.

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Jul 17, 2018

Tina Wells is the CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, a marketing agency that creates strategies for clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. For more than two decades, Tina has connected thousands of influencers and consumers to brand clients. Through its network of 30,000 buzzSpotters® and 7,000 momSpotters®, Buzz Marketing Group delivers data and digital strategies that drive the marketing approach for clients  like Dell, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and American Eagle Outfitters.


Tina sits on numerous boards, including the Young Entrepreneurs Council and  The Franklin Institute , and THINX.

If that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute and the Academic Director (Practicum) of Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World program at the University of Pennsylvania.


It’s no wonder her list of honors include, Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Phenom Award, Essence’s 40 Under 40, Inc’s 30 Under 30, and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.

 

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Jul 9, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have a certified boss. If you don’t already know this woman, this is a name you need to jot down and follow. Her name is Ebony Pope and she is the Director of US Ventures at Village Capital. She oversees Village Capital’s work in finding and supporting US start-ups in the five sectors that receive investment from Vilcap Investments.

Ebony graduated with her MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 2015, focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship. While at Ross, she traveled to Tanzania, where she developed and taught a business curriculum for agriculture technology entrepreneurs as an Enterprise Consultant for Land O’Lakes. Additionally, she was Education Circle Director for the Ross’s Social Venture Fund.


Prior to Ross, Ebony worked at New Urban Learning, a charter education management company focused on preparing Detroit students to successfully graduate from four-year colleges and universities. She is also a former Googler and holds a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University.

 

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