Monday, August 29, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 8.29.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Decide what you want...believe you can have it, believe you deserve it, believe it's possible for you."
- Rhonda Byrne

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rockstar Business: GLAM SQUAD CITY

Rockstar Business is an interview series featuring businesses that rock!

CeCe Cordova, Owner of GLAM SQUAD CITY

Mocha Writer: What is your business?

MW: When and why did you start it?
CeCe: Being a Freelance Makeup Artist and [doing] Freelance Hair Artistry enables me to provide a practical approach to beauty that the everyday woman can replicate. Rather than sticking to makeup models, I'd rather look at each client's face and personality and incorporate both into a new look.

MW: Who is your target market?
CeCe: Designers, weddings, fashion shows, models, anyone who needs on-location makeup and hair services.

MW: How did you become interested in makeup and hair artistry?
CeCe: My love affair with makeup and hair artistry can be traced back to my childhood when I used to play with my mother's makeup. I never dreamed that it would lead me to a career where I would be able to not only practice the art of enhancement but also be able to meet new and interesting people.

MW: What are some of your future goals?
CeCe: I am working towards having my own beauty salon.

MW: Who and what inspires you?
CeCe: Positive people inspire me. People who love what they do and are excited about doing what needs to be done to get the job done inspire me.

MW: What do you love most about owning your own business?
CeCe: Having my own business enables me to make my own schedule and spend more time with my family and friends. I absolutely love what I do, and it reflects in the care that I take in working with every client.

MW: What is your favorite inspirational quote/saying?
CeCe: "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

MW: What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to start a business?
CeCe: Be patient, keep practicing your skills, keep networking, and keep your head up. You can really accomplish anything you are passionabte about!

MW: How can people reach you?
CeCe: On my website: or email MakeupcitySD [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Do you have a Rockstar business? You could be featured on Mocha Writes! Send me information about your business for consideration: jamiefleming [at] mochawriter [dot] com.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 8.22.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Having a vision for your life allows you to live out of hope, rather than out of your fears."
- Stedman Graham

Thursday, August 18, 2011

10 Black Entrepreneurs To Know

August is Black Business Month! To celebrate, here are 10 black entrepreneurs I think you should know about:

1. Akilah Richards: Founder & Chief Life Chanter, The Life Design Agency. Akilah focuses on life design, and her work aligns women with the resources they need to define, design and live their FULLEST lives. Her role is to help align ALL WOMEN with the resources needed to design their ideal lives.

2. Antonina Greer: Founder & CEO, Simplistic Financials. Antonina provides simple financial solutions for women who want more money, more time and more life. She and her team offers comprehensive solutions to small businesses that are ready to optimize profits, understand financials and streamline processes for maximum results.

3. Bianca B. King: Owner & President, Seven5 Seven3 Marketing. Seven5 Seven3 Marketing Group is an innovative marketing company, here to help business owners surpass their marketing and sales expectations. By being committed to their goals and clients, they provide unique marketing strategies that convert marketing campaigns into customers.

4. Cheryl Wood, Motivational Speaker, Author & Creator of WEPP (Women Entrepreneurs Partnering for Profit). Cheryl empowers and equips women to take risks, overcome fears and eliminate self-imposed barriers in order to live "Fearless, Focused & Fulfilled." She is also the author of How I Flatlined and Woke Up in 45 Days- A Guide to Empowered Living whereby she empowers others to discover their passion, step into their purpose, and live their best lives without regrets!

5. Itiel McVay, Co-founder & Owner, Smell Goods '98™. Smell Goods '98™ is not your ordinary purveyor of fine fragrance oils. Their target market has always been consumers that frequently patronize larger bath & body retailers, and they focus on creating products that clean the skin, condition the skin and make the skin aromatically pleasing.

6. LaShanda Henry, Internet Entrepreneur & Founder of Black Business Women Online. LaShanda owns 15 websites, is a web coach and social networking expert. She is also the creator of Black Business Women Online, a social network for women entrepreneurs of color and professional black women interested in learning how to start a business, boost their businesses and build relationships with other Black business owners online.

7. Mark Bailey, Owner, Yellow Dogg Designs. Yellow Dogg Designs is a graphic design and web development firm that focuses on creating web and print promotional products for small businesses. Their tagline, "Your Vision. Your Image," details their belief that the completion of a customer's finished product could not be possible without the vision they set forth.

8. Pam Perry, PR Coach & Social Media Expert. Pam delivers online branding and marketing solutions for best-selling authors, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. She is also the Chief Visionary of Ministry Marketing Solutions, Inc. and Internet radio host of Chocolate Pages.

9. Roderick Frizelle, So Ambitious Design & Development. A growing software development firm based in Chapel Hill, NC, they use an innovative, results-driven approach to create powerful web applications that blend elegant aesthetics, a smooth user experience and beautiful technology.

10. Tamyka Washington, Founder & CEO of The CEOMamma Network, marketing strategist, mentor & coach. Tamyka teaches new and seasoned women entrepreneurs how to utilize social media and network marketing to develop a brand and profitable business online. The CEOMamma Network is a social network for women entrepreneurs, women in business and those aspiring to be.

Are you a black business owner? Please share your link below. And don't forget to support a black business! : )

Monday, August 15, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 8.15.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!
"A goal is a dream with a deadline."
- Napoleon Hill

Friday, August 12, 2011

WAHMs WIN Presents: "Your Exchange Brings Your Change"

On September 12, 2011, from 12 P.M.- 2 P.M., WAHMs WIN will be hosting its very first annual fundraiser event, "Your Exchange Brings Your Change: Understanding the Power of Partnering to Eliminate Weakness." The event will raise funds for the Atlanta Chapter of the organization.

The speaker for this event is Cheryl Wood, author, speaker and mom entrepreneur who empowers and equips women to take risks, overcome fears and eliminate self-imposed barriers in order to live "Fearless, Focused and Fulfilled." She is also the 2011 Winner of Elevator Pitch Olympics from FraserNET Conferennce.

The 5-star restaurant chosen for this event is The Feed Store Restaurant. This location has historical significance for WAHMs WIN because the original owner was a "founding mother" of the second women's college in the U.S., which happened to be located just about a block away from this location. Since the main goal of WAHMs WIN is to educate women, this connection is very important.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Thank you in advance for helping WAHMs WIN achieve our goal of helping moms get their families and communities out of poverty!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rockstar Business: From A Writer's POV Magazine

Rockstar Business is an interview series featuring businesses that rock!

Dominique Watson

Mocha Writer: What is From A Writer's POV Magazine?
Dominique Watson: From A Writer's POV Magazine is an online and in-print magazine that features authors, writers and business owners. We've recently launched a community for writers and authors looking to further network.

MW: When and why did you start your business?
Dominique: I started From A Writer's POV five years ago this past July. I was working on my first book, "Inspire me Young" and was looking for a network to market my book. I couldn't find one, so I created From A Writer's POV.

MW: Who is your target market?
Dominique: My target market is anyone in the literary field. Whether you are an author, writer, business owner that provides a service to authors and writers, etc. Anyone in the literary field is my target market.

MW: How did you become interested in the publishing industry?
Dominique: I love reading, I like writing, and then I became a published author. After publishing six books, I made mistakes, learned from some things and decided I wanted to be someone that helped people avoid certain mistakes.

MW: What are some of your future goals?
Dominique: My goals are to not only run and operate a magazine but to also run and operate a publishing company. [I also want to] be a successful mentor and consultant for authors and writers, giving them the encouragement they need to get to the next level of their literary careers.

MW: Who and what inspires you?
Dominique: My grandmother inspires me...and my love for books/writing inspires me to push forward in this field.

MW: What do you love most about owning your own business?
Dominique: I love the freedom. Doing things on my terms, running my business the way I see fit. My ultimate fulfillment is pleasing those I have the pleasure to work with you and those that seek my help and have been satisfied with my service.

MW: What is your favorite inspirational quote/saying?
Dominique: "God never gives you more than you can handle."

MW: What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to start a business?
Dominique: My advice is to research, do your homework, ask questions. DO NOT get intimidated by these other business owners who think they know it all and aren't trying to help you. They may talk the talk about being so big in the business, but their growl is worse than their bite. Don't get intimidated by this. There's room at the top for everyone. Stay focused on your dream. Stay on track with your goals and believe in yourself!

MW: How can you be contacted?
Dominique: From A Writer's POV can be seen at Readers can also purchase a copy of this month's edition. If interested in being featured in From A Writer's POV, readers can email us at
        I personally offer literary services for authors and writers. I am a mentor and consultant. I answer questions, help with bios, help develop characters, help with storylines. I also motivate you to finish your book. I host workshops as well. My company is Literary Career Moves.

Do you have a Rockstar Business? You could be featured on Mocha Writes! Send me information about your business for consideration:


Monday, August 8, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 8.8.1

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"The reality is, only YOU can place limitations on yourself. If you believe you can achieve something, you can, and if you think you can't, you're still right."
- Coach Kerri

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sista Sense Power Circle Telesummit- Recap

As many of you know, LaShanda Henry, founder of, Black Business Women Online and lots of other websites, held the first ever Sista Sense Power Circle Telesummit last Friday and Saturday. I wasn't able to attend all of the sessions, but the ones I heard were absolutely fabulous! I can't believe that we were able to get such valuable information for such a great price!

In addition to LaShanda, the speakers were:
Donna Maria Coles Johnson- CEO of Indie Beauty Network and Indie Business Media, LLC
Deborah Owens- Wealth Coach, Author, Entrepreneur
Richelle Shaw- Multi-million dollar entrepreneur, Author
Lamar Tyler- New Media Strategist, Consultant, Blogger, Filmmaker
Jai Stone- Brand Coach and Relational Communications Expert
Onica Cupido- Professional Blogger
Pam Perry- PR Coach, Social Media Strategist

Here are just a few nuggets I received from the seminar:

  • If what you offer is an asset, you're only limited by your imagination.
  • If you're focused, you will be rewarded.
  • Focus on the clients who value your service.
  • Wealthy women are problem solvers.
  • If you have no goals, you have no plan.
  • Think first class, be first class, invest first class.
  • Whatever you're doing, kick it up a notch. Now is not the time to be lazy!
  • If you can't show people the value in what you do, you won't make money.
  • Make sure people understand your unique selling proposition.

The above is just a fraction of what I took away from this telesummit. If you missed it, you can order the replays here. I think it's a worthy investment.

You can also get a lot of valuable information for your business on LaShanda's blog, Sista Sense.

Two other things to keep in mind:

"Surroud yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher." - Oprah Winfrey
"If you're the smartest person in your group, you need a new group." - Les Brown

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What Nicki Minaj Taught Me About Business

On Sunday, in between working on some things, I took a little break to watch TV. On E!, there was a special about Nicki Minaj. Now, I don't particularly care for her music, but I think she's a very intriguing person, and I like to hear successful people's stories, so I decided to watch. And I must say, I was feeling pretty inspired and motivated after watching. There are a couple of lessons I took away:

1) After Nicki graduated from high school, she ultimately got a 9-to-5 job. But, what she really wanted to do was rap. She ended up getting fired from the job, but she said she couldn't go back to work at a "regular job" and didn't care if she had to live in a shelter, she was going to make her dream work. Period, point blank. That really struck me. Now, I'm not saying you need to be willing to live in a shelter to make your dreams come true, but you should be willing to make sacrifices and be persistent.
           A lot of times, people think, 'Well, I'll go after my dreams for a little while, but if it doesn't work by this particular time, I'll find something else to do.' But, if you're really passionate about your dreams and goals, if you know that whatever you're trying to do is what you were put on earth to do, you don't quit. You find a way to make your dream work, no matter how long it takes. You work at it until. I think this is a very important lesson, particularly for entrepreneurs. It's easy to want to give up when you aren't getting the results you want quickly enough. However, it's important that you stay on the journey until you get to your destination.

2) Let's face it, Nicki Minaj is...weird eccentric. On the special, she talked about how she's always had these different "personalities" and how she would sometimes speak with different accents. And as an artist, Nicki's clothes, hair and makeup are always interesting and eclectic. But, she is herself, she does her own thing, and that's one reason people love her and are drawn to her. And the same thing goes for entrepreneurs, you have to do you and be you. When you're authentic, people will be drawn to you and want to do business with you, and you'll feel great about yourself because you're allowing yourself to be the unique, fabulous person you are.

So, always remember to never, never, never give up on your dreams, and always be you!

"I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive. I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise." - "Fly," Nicki Minaj featuring Rhianna

Monday, August 1, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 8.1.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win."
- Zig Ziglar
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