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Side Hustle Pro spotlights bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. Join Chief Side Hustler turned full-time entrepreneur 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 including interviews with Myleik Teele of CurlBox, Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter, Nicole Walters of The Monetized Life, Maya Elious of Built to Impact, and more!
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Nov 25, 2020

Honesty is the new mantra for me. I’m bringing you the real in this week’s episode. Trust me, I’m not holding back with this Behind the Hustle update. I wasn’t emotionally ready to discuss everything yet, but I felt like there is no discussing my personal experience of juggling being a new mom, and having my own business without sharing a bit about what I’ve been going through.

If you’re ready for it, I’m sharing what I’ve learned, and what has helped me navigate through this time in this solo episode. Here’s a sneak peek:

⦿ Why it does no good, for new moms like me, to keep how we’re feeling to ourselves

⦿ How exclusive pumping saved my postpartum life

⦿ My challenges with breastfeeding (don’t @ me)

⦿ How I found my mom tribe, and my newfound boundaries, and

⦿ How my plans were shot once the realness of postpartum life set in

Check out this episode and others on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.  

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Nov 18, 2020

Today in the guest chair we have Grace Eleyae, the Founder of Grace Eleyae Inc. 

Grace Eleyae Inc. began with their now trademark product, the Original Slap, which stands for (Satin-Lined Cap)®. The Slap is a stylish cap that retains moisture (satin-lining), stays on your head at night (with its signature elastic band) and is fashionable enough to wear outside.

It all started in 2014 when Grace took a trip to Kenya that changed her life. 

During a bumpy 8-hour car ride, all the hair on the back of her head broke off - the result of her chemically straightened hair and constant friction against the headrest. And the rest would be history.

Later that year, Grace started working on a solution to her completely damaged, broken and dry chemically straightened hair, and the first prototype of the Slap was created. 

In this episode, Grace shares:

  • How a bumpy car ride and hair breakage led her to develop a prototype for her ideal cap
  • What happened after she created that prototype, including the reaction from her family
  • How and when she decided to start selling her products on Etsy
  • What made her decide to fully launch Grace Eleyae
  • What happened when she initially reached out to get beauty bloggers to review the Slap, and so much more

One thing that just happened, Grace Eleyae’s Foldover Satin Lined Beanie just made Oprah’s Favorite Things List for 2020!

Let’s find out all about the brand that Oprah and more are giving rave reviews.

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Nov 11, 2020

Caroline Owusu-Ansah is the Founder and Smooth Operating Officer at LUV SCRUB, which is a company that focuses on smooth skin by the way of exfoliation. 

The LUV SCRUB is an exfoliating mesh sheet that will have you trading in your rags, wash cloths and loofahs. It was a staple in Caroline’s home growing up. 

Born to Ghanaian parents, she graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Apparel

Marketing and went into a career of Branding and Retail Merchandising. 

With the skills she learned from her career, she was able to bring LUV SCRUB to life.

In this episode, I really appreciate what Caroline had to share about:

  • Her approach to branding her packaging for the LUV SCRUB
  • The starts and stops of entrepreneurship (she took a four year break after launching!)
  • Going back to work for someone else for a while, and then returning to her business once she was better equipped to scale the company and so much more!

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more: sidehustlepro.co/luvscrub

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Affiliate Disclosure: I may be an affiliate for books or products that I recommend. If you purchase those items through my links, I may earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link. I only recommend books and products that I use and am genuinely interested in.

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Nov 4, 2020

It’s not often that you hear about two co-founders meeting on Tinder. But that’s actually the business origin story of this week’s Side Hustle Pro guest, Angela Jennings of BOOMBOX Boxing Club.

BOOMBOX is a boxing-inspired, hip-hop-fueled fitness studio. 

A finance professional at a global accounting firm by day, Angela always knew she wanted to tap into her interest in food or fitness. 

After being introduced to boxing three years ago by Tinder match and co-founder, Reggie Smith, Angela became passionate about the sport's potential to be a fun and powerful workout to people of all fitness levels and backgrounds. 

The pair launched their first studio in Washington, DC in 2019 and it's now host to members who sweat through themed boxing workouts or private training with coaches. 

In this episode, I really love what Angela had to share about:

  • Deciding on a location when each co-founder lives in a different city
  • Building buzz leading up to opening day
  • Navigating the fitness industry during covid and how they are working to adapt
  • How she’s doing this all while side hustling during a pandemic and so much more!

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