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Side Hustle Pro: Women Entrepreneurs | Black Women Business Owners | Solopreneurs

Side Hustle Pro spotlights bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. Join Nicaila Matthews Okome, Senior Manager of Social Marketing at NPR by day and Chief Side Hustler by night, 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 Venture Capitalist Stefanie Thomas, named a “Voice of Black Women VCs” by Fast Company, Award-winning financial educator and best-selling author Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche, and entrepreneur, speaker and goal ­achievement specialist Courtney Sanders, the Founder of Think and Grow Chick, LLC.
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Nov 30, 2016

Today’s guest is Arsha Jones, a serial entrepreneur and an emerging leader in the ecommerce industry. She has built multiple, highly profitable brands, with revenues approaching nearly a half million dollars in less than two years .As we speak, she is currently operating and managing Capital City Co, keeping you fly through the Tees in the Trap brand, building iOS apps for Apps By The Pound, all while running the design blog (and Facebook Group!), Brand Build Sell.


Her first venture, co-founded with her husband is Capital City Co, produces a Washington, DC area wing sauce called mambo sauce - a local staple. Her second company is Tees in the Trap, which is a lifestyle brand inspired by pop culture and infused with black girl magic.

 

On today’s episode, Arsha shares:

  • How she started the Capital City Co Mambo sauce in her kitchen and ended up on the front page of the Washington Post
  • How she launched her first t-shirt shop with no shirts and no supplies
  • How haters reporting and shutting down her Etsy shop gave her the motivation to launch her own ecommerce site
  • Why you should test and validate your ideas before spending a lot of money on branding and inventory
  • Her number one secret to Facebook marketing
 

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Side Hustle Pro is now almost 700 members strong. 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/mastermind


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Nov 23, 2016

On this episode, I'm providing another check in and update on how my own side hustle is going. How am I balancing my full-time job with my podcast, Side Hustle Pro brand and business AND wedding planning? On this episode I’m talking about:

The feeling of overwhelm, what it stems from and the ways I’m pushing through it. Tune in to hear my latest updates in this Side Hustle Pro journey!

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Nov 16, 2016

Today’s guest, is Kelechi Anyadiegwu. Kelechi is the founder of Zuvaa, an online community and marketplace for African Inspired Fashion. Zuvaa helps emerging African Fashion Brands increase revenue, scale operation and streamline their process with our easy to use online platform for social selling and personal shopping. The mission of Zuvaa is to give African Fashion Labels the tools they need to transform their brands, and bring authentic African Inspired Fashion to the main stream. In 2016, Kelechi was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for retail and e-commerce.

On this episode, you’ll learn how Kelechi got the idea and started Zuvaa with $500 and in 2016 is expected to earn $2 Million in sales.

Nov 9, 2016

Today in the guest chair we have a woman who is building a community of creatives all over the country. Melissa Kimble is a Chicago based Social Media Strategist and Writer who believes in using social media for good through education and empowerment. She is the Founding Editor of #BlkCreatives, a platform for young professionals of color. She also created and facilitates the #blkcreatives Twitter Chat Series. Melissa is also the Senior Social Media Manager for EBONY Magazine.

In this episode, she shares:

  • The first steps she took to start taking blkcreatives from idea to brand
  • How she balances creating her brand with working a full time job
  • What’s behind her strong love and passion for social media
Nov 2, 2016

A bold decision to pitch myself for an opportunity landed me right next to my business idol.

In early 2016, the Signature CEO conference landed on my radar as it was on the list of appearances CurlBox Founder and CEO Myleik Teele had on her website and it was right in my neck of the woods. Initially, I thought a conference specifically tailored to wedding and event planners would not be relevant to me. But when I took a closer look at the agenda, I realized the knowledge that would be shared would be both valuable and applicable to my own brand. I brainstormed ways that I could contribute value to the conference organizer and pitched myself to cover the conference as press.

On today’s episode, I get into:

  • Why you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take
  • Myleik Teele’s social media strategy gems to take your business to the next level
  • Why Shea Radiance Founder Funlayo Alabi wants us to dare to be different
  • How Personal Finance Coach Dominique Broadway leads entrepreneurs to financial greatness
  • Wedding Planner Tiffany Chalk’s strategy for selling your value not your price
 

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I’m updating my Mastering The Cold Email templates. These are the exact emails I used to land even the most hard to reach guests plus pitch myself as press. Be the first to get it when you subscribe to the Side Hustle Pro newsletter here: SideHustlePro.co/SideHustleCorner

 

Side Hustle Pro is now 500 members strong. 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/mastermind


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