Monday, February 28, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 2.28.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"You've got to say, 'I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough, I can have it.' It's called perseverance."
- Lee Iacocca

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Black Women Entrepreneurs: Melissa Dawn Johnson

In honor of Black History Month, I've decided to highlight notable black women entrepreneurs. This week, it's all about Melissa Dawn Johnson.

Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Melissa Dawn Johnson learned the value of service as the main ingredient to leaving a legacy. While in high school, she founded a non-profit, R.E.A.C.H. (Remember to Extend A Caring Hand), which encouraged youth to commit to community service monthly. Johnson attended Otterbein College on a community service scholarship and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration. She received her Master's degree from the Integrated Marketing Communications program from Northwestern University. She previously worked at Procter & Gamble, Victoria's Secret and Nationwide.

After experiencing a life-altering personal loss, Johnson commited to dare to live the life she dreamed. She promised herself that she would inspire and empower the world to believe anything is possible.

Currently, she is a Global Branding and Personal Transformation Strategist and CEO and President of Atlanta-based Velvet Suite Marketing Group, Inc., which authentically brands people, organizations, corporations and destinations. Additionally, Johnson is an international on-air contributor to CNN through a weekly Sunday segment Sunday Morning Motivation. An online-web series, Making the Brand, gives her audience an insider's view to the recipe behind the world's most renowned entrepreneurs, personalities and influential individuals making their mark.

In 2008, Johnson partnered with Endavo Media to establish Brand Me Live, an innovative social platform and online community that offers videos, user-generated content and branding tips with interactive social media features through the Brand Me Dream Center. She travels the world speaking about personal and global brand leadership and has been featured in national media including The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise, Essence, Ebony and

Johnson now lives in Atlanta and enjoys dancing, extreme fitness, cooking, spending time with family and sports.

"...I think it's so important to strive for excellence in whatever you do because if you can be the best you at that, then you're clearly going to make your mark."
- Melissa Dawn Johnson

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 2.21.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!"
- Madam CJ Walker

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Black Women Entrepreneurs: Maggie Lena Walker

In honor of Black History Month, I've decided to highlight notable black women entrepreneurs. This week is all about Maggie Lena Walker.

Maggie Lena Walker was born July 15, 1867 in Richmond, VA. The daughter of former slaves, Walker attended the Lancaster School and the Armstrong Normal School. She graduated in 1883 and taught at the Lancaster School until she married in 1886. Walker also served as an agent for an insurance company, the Woman's Union.

Since the age of 14, she was a member of the Grand United Order of St. Luke, an African-American fraternal and cooperative insurance society founded in Baltimore in 1867 by a former slave, Mary Prout; headquaters were established in Richmond in 1889. Walker worked her way up to become the executive secretary-treasurer in 1899; the organization was renamed the Independent Order of St. Luke.

Walker began publishing a newsletter in 1902, the St. Luke Herald; its purpose was to increase awareness of the organization's activities and to help in the educational work of the order. The next year, she opened the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank and became its president. The bank's goal was to facilitate loans to the community, and by 1920, the bank helped purchase about 600 homes. She served as president of the bank until 1932 which made her the first (known) woman president of a bank in the U.S.

Additionally, Walker helped found the Richmond Council of Colored Women in 1912 and served as its president, and she cofounded the Richmond branch of the NAACP.

Walker passed in Richmond in 1934. The house her family occupied from 1904 to 1934 is now a Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site.

"If a solution isn't enduring, it's not really a solution. In process automation, we need enduring systems and solutions that become standards in their own right."
- Maggie Lena Walker

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 2.14.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer."
- Nolan Bushnell

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Black Women Entrepreneurs: Oprah Winfrey

Since it's Black History Month, I've decided to highlight notable black women entrepreneurs. This week, it's all about Oprah:

Oprah Winfrey was born in 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She had a difficult childhood where she was sexually abused by male relatives and friends of her mother; she eventually moved to Nashville to live with her father. Winfrey attended Tennessee State University and started working in radio and TV broadcasting in Nashville.

After moving to Baltimore in 1976, Winfrey hosted the TV chat show, People Are Talking. The show was a huge success, and she stayed with it for eight years. After the show, she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show, A.M. Chicago. It only took several months for Winfrey's friendly, warm-hearted personal style to win her 100,000 more viewers than Phil Donahue (her major competitor); the show went from last place to first in the ratings.

In 1986, Winfrey launched the Oprah Winfrey Show as a nationally syndicated program. It was placed on 120 channels and had an audience of 10 million people; the show grossed $125 million by the end of its first year, and Winfrey received $30 million. Ultimately, she acquired ownership of the program from ABC, placing it under control of her new production company, Harpo Productions.

Winfrey co-founded Oxygen Media in 1999, a company dedicated to producing cable and Internet programming for women. She signed a deal with Oxygen to air a prime-time complement to her syndicated talk show in 2002, and O: The Oprah Magazine debuted in 2000. The Oprah Winfrey Network was launched January of this year, and The Oprah Winfrey Show will end this September.

Some of her accomplishments:
  • The richest African American of the 20th century, according to Forbes magazine
  • Named the most influential woman of the generation in Life magazine
  • National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences- Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Broadcasting & Cable- Hall of Fame
  • United Nations Association of the United States of America- Global Humanitarian Action
  • National Civil Rights Museum- 2005 National Freedom Award
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts- Kennedy Center Honors
  • Oprah's Angel Network has raised more than $51 million for charitable programs, including girls' education in South Africa and assisting Hurricane Katrina victims.

"You only have to believe that you can succeed, that you can be whatever your heart desires, be willing to work for it, and you can have it."
- Oprah Winfrey

Sources: Oprah Winfrey Biography; Oprah Winfrey's Official Biography
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Freelance Writers Appreciation Week 2011!

Happy Freelance Writers Appreciation Week to all my freelance writers out there! Keep doing what you do. And thanks to the clients who allow me to actually be able to do this because without clients, there is no Mocha Writer!

Since it's FWA week, I decided I'd share some reasons why you should work with yours truly : )

  • You'll have more time to work on other aspects of your business and focus on the things you're good at.
  • You save money by allowing me to do the writing for you. How? You can focus on handling your clients and customers, and in turn, make more money (and save) instead of being concerned about how your copy sounds, if things are spelled correctly, etc.
  • Great quality and great service. I take pride in all I do, so I take the time to make sure your project is done correctly and that it is the absolute best it can be. And if you're not completely satisfied, you get up to two rounds of revisions to make sure you love the final product!
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Monday, February 7, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 2.7.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it."
- Debbi Fields

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Black Women Entrepreneurs: Madam CJ Walker

It's February, and that means it's Black History Month! To celebrate, I've decided to highlight notable black women entrepreneurs. First up is Madam CJ Walker.

Born Sarah Breedlove in December 1867, Madam CJ Walker transformed herself into one of the most successful, self-made women entrepreneurs in the 20th century.

Orphaned at seven-years-old, she and her older sister survived by working in cotton fields in Mississippi. Walker married at he age of 14 to flee abuse from her cruel brother-in-law. After her husband passed in 1887, she and her daughter moved to St. Louis and joined her four brothers who had established themselves as barbers.

In the 1880s, Walker started suffering from a scalp ailment that caused her to lose most of her hair. She tested several homemade remedies and store-bought products, including ones created by another black woman entrepreneur, Annie Malone. Walker moved to Denver as a sales agent for Malone in 1905 and married her third husband. She changed her name to "Madam" CJ Walker and created her own company and started selling Madam Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower, a scalp conditioning and healing formula; she claimed it had been revealed to her in a dream.

Walker traveled for a year and a half throughout the South and Southeast promoting her products and selling them door to door, demonstrating the scalp treatments in lodges and churches and creating marketing techniques. In 1908, she opened Lelia College in Pittsburgh to train Walker "hair culturists." In early 1910, Walker moved to Indiana and built a factory, hair and manicure salon and another training school. She traveled to Central America and the Caribbean to increase her business in 1913.

By her death, Walker had a part in creating the role of the 20th century, self-made American businesswoman. She established herself as a pioneer of contemporary black hair care and cosmetics industry and set standards in the black community for corporate and community giving.

"There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard."

- Madam CJ Walker

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