Month: March 2015

MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Alisha Hall

Today’s Mogul in the Making Entreneur Spotlight features Alisha Hall, founder of the Golden Women Foundation.   After receiving a Bachelors degree in Arts, Entertainment Management with a concentration in the Music Business from Columbia College Chicago, Alicia moved to Los Angeles to work for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) where she spent 10 years administering royalties and supporting the careers of composers, songwriters and publishers.  She got the idea to start Golden Women Foundation when she gathered some of her closest friends in one room to discuss some everyday topics.  Eight hours later, she knew this gathering had grown into something more than just a “conversation with the girls” but the beginning of establishing a network of women of worth and value.  Alisha is dedicated to encouraging women to becoming the best they can, not only for themselves but also for others around them.  Check out her story…

Alisha Hall - Golden Women Foundation

Name: Alisha Hall
Location: Los Angeles
Business Name: Golden Women Foundation
Years in Business: 6

Are you a full or part time business owner?
Full-Time

Why did you start your business?
In 2009, I had this deep desire to get a group of women together.  All of the women in my circle were dealing with difficulties and were too afraid to share them with anyone other than me.  My advice was limited, and I knew that if they could only open up, they could receive the help or healing they needed.  So I invited them all to our first retreat. This was unlike any other girls night out.  Mostly strangers to each other, we discussed some heavy and emotional topics.  We spoke of inspirations, defeats, pains, and victories. Leaving with so much encouragement, new friendships, and strength, I knew we had to keep this going because we were on to something great. I know now that when women open up and share their life experience, something powerful happens. When we encourage and support each other, something powerful happens. When we give back and serve others, our spirits are fulfilled. When you have a taste of that fulfillment, you never want to stop giving, encouraging, and sharing.

Alisha Hall - Golden Women Foundation

What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?
I am rewarded by the peace I have at the end of my workday. I am the best co-worker I have ever had. I am diligent, I am encouraging, motivating…I do my part and I have fun while doing it. I don’t have a hidden agenda and I don’t keep secrets. I am open, so I receive all the great things in store for Golden Women Foundation. When I am blessed to have other co-workers beside myself, I have already created an awesome work environment. I have only been full-time for almost two-months but I absolutely love it! I know how hard I worked for my previous employer. I am excited about the work I am putting into Golden Women Foundation.

What are your biggest challenges?
Finding funding and grants are my biggest challenge. I know my strength is execution and getting the work done. Selling is not my strong point, however, if I focus on it as something that I must execute, I know it will get done. It will be a challenge but I will get funding. I am actually excited to see how well I do at it.

Alisha Hall - Golden Women Workshop

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?
One of the best pieces of business advice I received came a few days ago. I was told to not be afraid to do what I don’t know. I need to remember to remain faithful, fearless and open. My spirit led me to give back to my community so I am coming into it with good intentions. I believe I can’t fail if my intentions are good.

Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?
I work with a board of directors. They are great guides and we vote and discuss all things that happen with the Foundation. They all have an expertise in different fields and collectively, we make a great team.

Alisha Hall - Golden Women Foundation

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?
I see Golden Women Foundation being the Google of resource for women that live Golden lives and want to be pillars in their community and in their homes. We all know where to go see funny memes, videos and new music. Golden Women Foundation needs to be the place to go when you want to live and lead an honorable lifestyle, and where you get and give encouragement.

What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?
I had the will to do more for Golden Women Foundation in my heart everyday for the past 6 years. Every day that I didn’t take a step toward my dream/vision, it literally gave me anxiety. If God has put something in your heart to do, He won’t leave you alone until you get it done. Once you do, you will be living your life like it’s Golden!

Golden Women Foundation hosts a bi-weekly small business meetup, featuring an expert guest speaker presenting on various topics to help you move your business forward.  Check out there upcoming events, and come out and learn, network, and expand your business contacts! 

Alisha Hall - Events

For more information on Alisha Hall and to learn more about the Golden Women Foundation, connect with her online at:

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To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Melissa Hibbert

Today’s Mogul in the Making entrepreneur spotlight features Melissa Hibbert, a former Corporate Marketing Executive who turned her passion for Beauty into a thriving empire! Melissa’s business platform includes dedicated celebrity, corporate & private clients, a celebrated makeup brand – SHEEQ Cosmetics, a variety of proprietary Beauty industry related events, and also a new venture into production with her new docu-series “Behind The Glam”.

Melissa’s work can be seen on BRAVO TV, Oxygen Network, WeTV, TV ONE, VH1, BET, CBS, CENTRIC TV and a variety of syndicated networks.  In addition Melissa’s work has been featured in leading Beauty Industry publications, including several digital platforms like Brides Magazine, Essence Magazine, Brides.com, BET.comEssence.comEhow.comYouTube and more.  Further, her work has been published on the cover and in the pages of several beauty & lifestyle magazines and is a frequent contributor to leading Beauty and Lifestyle blogs such as “In Her Shoes“, “She Runs It“, Small Business Trend Setter Magazine and is a frequent contributor to the “Makeup Artist Diary” beauty column in the February, May, September 2014 and May 2015 issues of Sophisticates Black Hair Magazine.

Check out her interview…

Melissa Hibbert - Sheeq Cosmetics Behind the Glam

Name: Melissa R. Hibbert
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Title: Celebrity Makeup Artist & Beauty Entrepreneur
Business Name: Beauty by Melissa Hibbert and SHEEQ Cosmetics
Years in Business: 4 years

Are you a full or part time business owner?
I am a fulltime business owner

Why did you start your business?
Beauty is my passion. I worked in Corporate Marketing for 14 years and I was, by all accounts successful, but my true calling is running a thriving business in Beauty.

Melissa Hibbert Sheeq Cosmetics

What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?
The most rewarding aspect of having my own business is never having to wait for permission to do things I want to do and bring my ideas to life. I have the freedom to create and maximize my full potential with no limitations. That is the beauty of having my own business!

What are your biggest challenges?
The biggest challenges are wearing many hats and making sure things are balanced and not vulnerable due to being spread too thin. The other challenge is ensuring that you are accountable for not only the brand but the spending – it’s easy to want to participate, sponsor, do events, donate etc., but I have learned to say No, and be comfortable with those decisions. Not everyone will understand your business strategy, so it’s important to have a sense of discernment in all aspects of my business.

Melissa Hibbert - Sheeq Cosmetics Behind the Glam

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve received is to never sell myself short…to know that my time, skills, ideas, creativity etc., all have value and worth.

Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?
I do have a go to team. These are people that I trust and I find to be reliable when I need them. When I first started, I was a one woman show but over time, I have been much more open to delegate responsibilities and trust that they will be executed to my standard.

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Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?
Overall, in 5 years, I see myself leading my thriving Beauty empire that encompasses my cosmetics line, web & television content, publications, events and management firm all of which will empower, entertain, and inspire others through Beauty.

What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?
My advice to Moguls in the Making is to believe 100% in yourself and to never be afraid to shine. There is a purpose and calling on all of our lives and in order to thrive and succeed, it will require all of us to let our light shine bright and to be excellent in each and every endeavor. When we shine, we give others permission to do the same.

To learn more about Melissa Hibbert and Sheeq Cosmetics, connect with her online at:

Melissa Hibbert2

Website | Facebook

Melissa Hibbert3

Website | Facebook

If you would like to be featured in the MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight, please email your request to info@nikolaahaiwe.com

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

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It’s Official: I’m a Published Author!

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I did it, Team Mogul! I finally finished writing my book, Unleash Your Inner Mogul: Your Guide to Building the Business and Lifestyle That You Desire…and Deserve!

For those of you that have been following along with me on social media (you are connected with me, right?!), you know that this has been a crazy journey, and a longgg time in the making.  I put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears – literally – in order to get this project completed.  In fact, just a few weeks ago, I lost the flash drive that contained the entire book, and I hadn’t backed up the file (rookie mistake #1 and a MAJOR lesson learned).  At that point, I thought about giving up.  I thought it was a sign.  Who was I to write a book, anyway?

Then, I thought to myself, who am I not to write a book?!  I have a story to tell, and to not share my story would not only be doing a great disservice to myself, but also to the people that need to hear, and can relate to my service.  I figured that if my story could help make a difference in at least one person’s life, then my mission will be complete.  I eventually found my flash drive (hallelujah!).  I pressed forward and I got it done…and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see my vision finally come to life!

My book will be available on my website, as well as Amazon very soon! The official release date and details for the official book signing/launch party will be announced soon!

Thank you so much for all of the love, support, and encouraging words.  It truly helped me get through this process with my sanity intact.

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Erin Grace

Happy Monday Future Moguls! This week’s MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight is near and dear to my heart because it features Erin Grace, an amazing businesswoman who was a HUGE influence to me during my wedding/event planning days!

Erin is a Los Angeles based wedding & event stylist specializing in event design.  Upon meeting her, you will see why her clients LOVE her: she is fun, creative, energetic, and has a natural flair for designing and executing top notch weddings and events.  Erin recently launched the “day of” coordination division of her business, solely for those planning their big day.  As if this “Mogulcita” wasn’t busy enough, she also holds the Treasurer position for wedding wish granting organization, Wish Upon a Wedding. Check out her interview to see how she manages to juggle it all!

Erin Grace - Erin Grace Events

Name: Erin Grace

Location: Los Angeles/Pasadena California

Business Name: Erin Grace Events

Years in Business: 10

Are you a full or part time business owner?

I’m a full time business owner.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business twice, the first time I was 22 and knew I enjoyed planning parties. I stopped to keep up with my job at the time. I started my business again when I was 25 and have been planning events ever since.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?

Family and financial freedom.  As a business owner, my work never ends, but, I have the ability to be there for my family as well as the ability to make as much money as I want depending on the work I’ve put in it for the week.

Erin Grace Events

What are your biggest challenges?

For me, the biggest challenge would have to be time.  Although my time is pretty organized I don’t have enough of it.  I’d like to be able to be at home in the evening with my family but I also have to be at networking events. So time is the biggest challenge that I can’t seem to get around.

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Keep dreaming and every day the dream should be bigger and more unattainable. Never give up.

Erin Grace Events

Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?

I have a team of assistants and interns that make up my 5 woman show! We all have a desire to plan amazing parties/weddings, and when we get together, it’s magic!

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?

Triple the weddings. 10 coordinators working weddings for me. Podcasts on wedding planning.

What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?

Never, ever give up!  Your dream is yours to keep and nurture. There will always be someone who thinks you cannot do it. In fact there will always be someone who rejects your business. It’s okay. Do not focus or dwell on it. Move on and find your next client…someone who will love you and need your services. Just do what will make you happy and the clients will come.

Erin Grace Events

For a delicious dose of swoon-worthy wedding pics and inspiration, follow Erin Grace Events online:

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 If you would like to be featured in the MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight, please email your request to info@nikolaahaiwe.com

 

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

 

 

 

 

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Michelle Collins

Happy Monday, Future Moguls! It’s the first Monday of a fresh new month, so you know what that means?! It’s time to get inspired by a new Mogul in the Making!

This week’s entrepreneur spotlight features Michelle Harris Collins, who is doing amazing things to mentor and empower our youth.  Michelle is the founder of The Persona Program, an organization dedicated to unleashing potential in young minds, as preparation for success for a lifetime of excellence through interactive programs and events.  She also recently launched MomSuite, a community where women raising t(w)een daughters can share, inspire and connect with other moms for the purpose of establishing an accountability village.

Read on to learn more about the awesome things Michelle is doing to support young girls on their journey to succeed in every area of their life!

Michelle Collins - Founder of The Persona Program

Name: Michelle Collins

Location: Southern California

Business Name: The Persona Program | MomSuite

Years in Business: 8 officially

Are you a full or part time business owner?

I live and breathe my passion full time.

Why did you start your business?

The Persona Program was created out of my innate love and connection with youth, specifically girls. At the time, I realized that the foundation that I was laying for my own first born 5 year old daughter ( I now have 3 children – two girls and a boy), the values that I would share with her, the hope and opportunity that I couldn’t wait to create for her, it dawned on me that I could share and support other girls with this same information and more. I initially started with teaching Life Skills, Etiquette and Basic Manners. I soon discovered that many of our girls were dealing with heavier issues like low self esteem and poor body image. So I adjusted the focus to include the lessons of self esteem, self love and self value. These are incorporated in the three “C’s” of our mission: Building CONFIDENCE, Developing CHARACTER and Promoting proper CONDUCT. I needed to teach these girls how and why they should accept themselves as they are but improve by working on the characteristics that count the most and will yield success in the future. Over the last couple of years, we have included entrepreneurship as an awareness of the importance of living bold, sharing your gift with the world and creating a successful mindset towards money. Finally, Social Entrepreneurship is also our focus. Girls need to understand that while they are talented and do have gifts and abilities to share, they also have a responsibility to leave the world a better place with those gifts.

Michelle Collins - Beauty, Brains, and Bling Event

What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?

The most rewarding aspect of having my own business is I have designed and created a space, a platform and a community that I can share myself, and what is divinely downloaded to me. It takes many forms and could be an event, mentorship, coaching, encouraging, supporting… With that, I work with God to transform lives, mindsets and behavior. What could be more rewarding than that? Oh yes, I am an example to my children as I encourage them to live not only for themselves but to serve others as well, which should be mutually beneficially.

What are your biggest challenges?

My biggest challenge is sometimes there seem not to be enough hours in a day! Like most women I wear many hats and I am completely fulfilled. However, I am learning to listen to my body, practice self care and be proud and okay with even the smallest of achievements or the tiniest task crossed off my list.

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

The best business advice is the following: Define Your Own Success. You Are Your Only Competition. Work Hard and Pray Harder.

Michelle Collins - Founder of The Persona Program

Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?

I am the force surrounded by my cloud of family and supporters.

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?

In the next 5 years my business, personal brand will explode. My goal with God’s help is to remain consistent, pure, effective and relevant.

What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?

1. Write down everything! Your brain will contain information only for so long, before you soon forget.

2. Pace yourself by slowing down if you must, adjusting when needed but never completely give up because remember, you have a responsibility not just to fulfill your assignment in the earth realm, but to be a blessing to others with it as well.

3. Encourage your own self. Today the crowd will root for you and tomorrow they may leave you stranded. Stand in your own power, pat your own self on the back and keep it moving in good times and bad times.

Michelle is hosting a wonderful event for teen girls called “I Imagine Me Beautiful”  THIS Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10am-3pm.  The interactive workshop will include hands on activities geared toward empowering girls to understand who they are, the responsibility they have to share their gifts with the world, creating a healthy space and knowing that they are enough. It will be an epic day designed to support her on a journey to succeed in every area of her life!  Grab your ticket at http://www.iimaginemebeautiful.eventbrite.com 

(I have personally attended a few of Michelle’s past events, and both my daughter’s and I absolutely LOVED them! Your girls will be in for a real treat!)

Michelle Collins - I Imagine Me Beautiful Event

 

For more information on Michelle Collins, connect with her online at:

The Persona Program - Michelle Harris Collins

The Persona Program: Website |  Instagram

MomSuite - Michelle Harris Collins

MomSuite: Website | Twitter | Instagram

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