Kimberly Kimble is an LA native who initially wanted to be a fashion stylist. However, working in her mother’s beauty salon helped shift her interest to hair styling. This resulted in Kim attending Dudley Cosmetology University and the Vidal Sassoon Academy.
In 1995, Kim opened ‘Phaze II’, her first beauty parlor. She became more successful when she began to style hair for the film industry. ‘Baps’, ‘Austin Powers’,  and ‘Cinderella’ are films Kim worked on to name a few.

Her reputation as a good hair stylist has grown tremendously. As a result, Kim has touched the heads of stars such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Shakira, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Mary J. Blige, Keri Hilson, Vanessa Williams and Sanaa Lathan.

Today, Kim is mostly known from her own TV show called “L.A. Hair” on WeTV.

Check out her website for more details.

 

 

The last time we’ve featured Mikaila Ulmer, she struck an investment deal with the folks from ‘Shark Tank’ for her lemonade business, Bee-Sweet Lemonade. Well, Bee-Sweet will become a bigger success with Mikaila’s multi-million expansion deal with ‘Wholefoods’. 

 

According to CNBC, scored a contract with Whole Foods, which initially agreed to sell the product in regional stores. The news got even better earlier this month at the South by Southwest Festival: While being honored alongside other black innovators, the sixth-grader announced an expanded distribution deal through United Natural Foods, according to NBC BLK.

Ironically, it was bee stings that sparked the idea for Mikaila’s lemonade business, which was birthed as a stand. She was inspired to start her biz when she was only four years old — all thanks to two bee stings in one week. According to Mikaila, “I was terrified of bees and I would over react and freak out [after being stung], so my parents wanted me to do some research on the bees and I did that research and in doing that research I found out how incredibly important pollinators they are and that they’re dying. So I decided to create a product that helps save the bees.”

After she discovered her great-grandmother’s 1940s recipe for flaxseed lemonade, Mikaila decided to start a lemonade business which uses honey from local bees for sweetener rather than corn syrup. As her business grew, she expanded from selling lemonade at a stand to bottling it and selling it in local stores and restaurants.

This brilliant little girl is destined for greatness. Because of her success as not only an entrepreneur but also as a philanthropist and a motivational speaker, Mikaila was invited to the White House for the Kids’ State Dinner.

Myleik Teele is a former celebrity publicist turned successful entrepreneur. As the owner of curlBOX which she’s started in 2011, Myleik makes it her mission to help educate women of color all over the country on hair care while sharing awesome products.

curlBOX

curlBOX was featured in publications such as Essence, In Style, and Madame Noire. She’s on Twitter with over 40,000 followers (personal and curBOX combined), over 300,000 followers on Instagram (both accounts combined), and over 100,000 fans on Facebook (personal and official page combined). Myleik also has a podcast at MyTaughtYou.Com, an inspiring space for young, multicultural women.

This [MyTaughtYou.Com] is a truthful, honest space where I’m going to delve out my best advice, quotes, stories and podcasts for YOU! Some women have no idea how to navigate office politics. You will learn that here. Some women haven’t mastered their style. You will learn that here. Some women don’t have a mentor to encourage them to follow their dreams. You will GET that here.”

How curlBOX works:

curlBOX is a monthly subscription service. Once you subscribe to the service, you will be sent up to seven natural hair care products that have been vetted for women with multi-textured hair.

With so many natural hair care products on the market, it’s easy for women to have trouble trying to find the right products for their hair. It’s Myleik’s job to inform and educate the members on how to discover these products and help them choose which products are best for their hair type.

 

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ELLE recently published a featured article on these beautiful women, and I was so intrigued and inspired, I had to share the story.

It’s awesome when ANYONE starts a business. It’s fantastic when the business owner is a woman. It’s sensational when the business owner is a woman of color! This story of three African-American women who started a law firm together makes me prouder of my people!

Because one woman, Yonde Morris, decided to step out on faith, she and her friends Keli Knight and Jessica Riddick, are working for themselves and guess what…they used the social media giant, Twitter, to help turn their dream into fruition.

By Elle:

Every business has its Hollywood origin story—the wee-hours revelation, the “Eureka!” moment, the so-crazy-it-just-might-work experiment. But the tale that the partners of the African-American- and female-owned KMR Law Group like to tell isn’t some blockbuster epic. It’s made of about 140 characters and one very consequential tweet.

“I had been doing some work that I definitely didn’t love,” explains Yondi K. Morris, a founding partner of KMR. “Technically, I was a contract attorney, which means I went into law firms to help them with whatever they needed for some period of time.” Newly installed at a law firm that she is too polite to shame, she was on the clock when a partner went over to check in on her progress.

“He just looked at me and said, ‘Okay, slave, get back to work.'” She was the only person of color in the room. “I looked around and just waited for someone to catch my eye,” she remembers. No one met her gaze. Worse still, no one looked surprised.

“For me, honestly, I wasn’t just insulted as an African-American woman. I didn’t want to be viewed as a worker bee anymore.” She went home and logged on and tweeted, “I need to start my own firm.” Keli L. Knight wasted no time. She replied right away, writing, “Let’s meet to discuss.” They did, and invited Jessica Reddick, an old friend that Morris had known for a decade, to join. “We got together one day in Starbucks and that was the first meeting,” Morris says. “We just all clicked—our personalities, our dreams, our ambitions. In that moment, it all made sense.” Adrenaline and caffeine flowing, they sketched out a provisional logo on scrap paper and drafted an informal business plan to start a law firm in Chicago. “We decided we were going to do it,” Morris says, “and haven’t looked back since.”

Read more here

 

See what happens when you step out on faith?

These three sistahs are making it all happen for themselves.

I knew Twitter would be good for something!!

Check out the website for more information on KMR Law Group here

Reporting about teenaged  entrepreneurs always fills my heart! When I read about Essynce Moore in Black News, I was totally impressed. This young lady started her career as an entrepreneur at the tender age of six. Now, as a teenager, she is the owner of Essynce Couture, LLC, Essynce Couture University (ECU), Essynce Couture Publishing, and the center of growing channels of branding that includes careers in motivational speaking, acting, writing, and fashion. Essynce is also the author of the recently released 6th Grade Middle School Chronicles.

The spa is located at:
Essynce Couture Spa & Boutique
71 Market Street
Passaic, NJ 07055

 

About Essynce Moore:
Teenpreneur, children, tweens and teens stylist/fashion designer, actress, motivational speaker, and author Essynce Moore has been in various fashion shows, pageants, and karate tournaments. She was showcased in NY Fashion Week, and Atlanta Kids Fashion Week, featured in several interviews in magazines, TV, news, print, conferences, and is a member of the New York Youth Chamber of Commerce.

I’m so proud of this young lady and other teens like her who steps out of the box by making their own money. Read more about her story here

Check out her website here.

Remember when we were in school and out teacher placed a “gold star” sticker on our best work? Well, Lupe Fiasco’s latest project was graded a 100%, so he definitely deserves his gold star!

The accomplished Hip-Hop artist has teamed up with business entrepreneur Di-Ann Eisnor and a tech executive to help those aspiring entrepreneurs start their businesses. According to The Root, the plan is to start a charity fund/competition called the “Neighborhood Start-Up Fund”, which supports entrepreneurs from working-class communities.

Lupe and Eisnor are on a mission to help these aspiring business owners into successful entrepreneurs. Each competitor will have a chance to win $5,000 towards turning their business into a reality.

Read a statement released on their website.

 

 

“We need more diverse entrepreneurs bringing fresh ideas and new innovations to life. So, we’ve created a neighborhood-specific fund to support entrepreneurs and start-ups from underserved areas and of course so the best new ideas won’t go wasted. We provide access, network, workshops, mentoring and of course funding.”

Meet Judian and Kadeian Brown!

Judian and Kadeian are sisters and owners of Black Girls Divine Beauty Supply Store!

According to News One, the sisters decided to open their own beauty supply store in Brooklyn, New York  when they realized the industry was saturated with Korean storeowners.

Courtesy of Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

“The Brown sisters’ is one small shop in a multibillion-dollar industry, centered on something that is both a point of pride and a political flash point for black women: their hair. But the Browns are among only a few hundred black owners of the roughly 10,000 stores that sell hair products like relaxers, curl creams, wigs and hair weaves to black women, not just in New York but across the country. The vast majority have Korean-American owners, a phenomenon dating back to the 1970s that has stoked tensions between black consumers and Korean businesspeople over what some black people see as one ethnic group profiting from, yet shutting out, another.”

Read more on their story here

Like their Facebook page!

 

Meet Cynthia “Msprity” Gooding

Cynthia  is a nurturer by nature and a nurse with over 20 years experience. In 2006, she decided to start her company Msprity Enterprises, LLC to help others learn how to nurture themselves. Believing that self-preservation is key to a quality lifestyle, her company focuses on lifestyle enhancement. The names acronym standing for Mission Statement Personal Right to be In To You achieves this through spa products, events and services. You can shop her nature-based skincare line on the web at msprityspaluxuries.com, which just won 2015 Baltimore’s Best for Beauty and Personal Care. Her newest lifestyle concept of positive imagery Glamtees, online at fashionspahouse.com or at the business location Serenity Wellness Studio, which is a full-service spa connected to the retail spa. Healthy Evolution Studio located on the second floor of the spa/retail spa at 6077 Harford Rd, Baltimore MD 21214.

 

 

 

Meet Karen Y. Lovings

 

Karen is the founder of Grindhouse Management, LLC. It’s a small project management company that oversees contractors and laborers during day to day operations of gutting and restoring homes back to new. Some of the properties go up for resale while others become rental properties or commercial business space. Grindhouse Management is owned and operated by yours truly Karen Y. Lovings. If someone has a property rehab, whether personal or professional and they don’t have time in their busy day to oversee contractors and laborers, schedule companies to come out for appointments,
make store runs for supplies or need consulting on your projects design, Grindhouse Management is the team they need.

 

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