Month: April 2015

MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jennifer Pink

Today's MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight features Ms. Jennifer Pink.  Known as the Single Mom Sage, Jennifer is a mompreneur dedicated to providing supportive resources and information to empower and strengthen single moms in their journey of womanhood and motherhood.  By the age of 25, she was a single mother of 2, embarking on a divorce, jobless, on welfare, and homeless.  When she was ready to give up and succumb to surrounding pressures, she was blessed with another chance! She was given a job, a home, and shortly after that another baby. Her life received a fresh jump start! Jennifer turned her struggles into opportunities and today, she is living confidently in her calling. She is the voice of single mothers instilling hope and help into their community!  Check out her story...

Ms Jennifer PINK - The Single Mom Sage Name: Ms. Jennifer Pink Location: Los Angeles, CA Business Name: Ms. Jennifer Pink, Single Mom Sage Years in Business: 8 years with The P.I.N.K. Foundation 1.5 as Ms. Jennifer Pink, Single Mom Sage

Are you a full or part time business owner? I still work a full time job, and run my businesses full time as well. Why did you start your business? I originally started my non-profit because I was homeless, jobless and about to go through a divorce with 2 kids and couldn’t find a job. So a friend pushed me to use my skills to start my own business. I started The Persistent Investigation for Never-Ending Knowledge (P.I.N.K.) Foundation. The original mission was to bring together like-minded women in hopes of supporting one another in life. After I got pregnant with my 3rd (and last) child, I felt like I couldn’t continue being an entrepreneur, work, and be a mother. Well, the network I built through P.I.N.K. wasn’t hearing it and one woman in particular, Jasmine Powers, pushed me to do something, especially blogging. I was resistant but finally gave in and set out to create my blog. The entrepreneur in me wouldn’t allow me not to create a brand for the blog. I knew I was going to call it The J’s Sandbox (my children and I all have names that start with J), and it was going to be about my journey of raising them in the sandbox of life. I asked one of my network groups for advice on what to call myself; everybody says mompreneur and such, so I wanted to be original. One of my mentors, Denise J. Hart, asked a couple of questions about who I really am and what the blog was about and its purpose, and gave me the name Single Mom Sage. It was like she opened my eyes to the purpose of my life. Within minutes after her crowning me with that title I had created Ms. Jennifer Pink, Single Mom Sage. I now know how I can turn my pain, struggles, and victories into a life saving message for women just like me. If I can help one single mom not go round and round in the circle of survival, then it is all worth it.

Ms. Jennifer PINK - The Single Mom Sage

What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? Watching the spark it has created in my daughter. My daughter is the oldest, and watching me create my business and brand has sparked her to go after her dreams on her own terms. From birth I have surrounded her with images from my OBGYN, to her pediatrician, dentist and teachers. I wanted to instill in her that she can be anything. I never thought that I would be the thing she wanted to become. I can’t wait to watch what it manifests in my boys lives. What are your biggest challenges? My blood family. I come from a "we don’t tell our dirt in the streets" family. We smile, walk with poise and grace, and serve others even when our house is burning down right behind us. So for them, I’ve made way too many mistakes, and standing up in front of anyone and telling them I am a single mom of 3 is terrifying to them. They can’t stand that I speak my mind on social media or that I tell my business at all. They also can’t fathom how I could make money or support my family doing what I do. They would much rather I just work at my good job and keep climbing the ladder. Winning $10k at the Innovation Summit was the first time I heard my mom tell me she was proud of me for what I was doing in my business. Not to mention the family members who don’t like my stance because it goes against where they are in their lives so much, so they throw my past in my face in order to discredit me.

Ms. Jennifer PINK - The Single Mom Sage

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? Just do you. When you create a business the way “they” say you should or to appease someone else, it isn’t authentic. Although you may make money, you won’t have the freedom and true success that comes from doing it your way and being you. Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? I have a small team. I have a graphic artist, an editor, and a few village members who pitch in or allow me to bounce ideas off of them.

Ms. Jennifer PINK - The Single Mom Sage

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? This is scary to say but in the next 5 years I see myself traveling across the world empowering single moms and bringing this community together. I see my kids thriving in the creation of their boutique and the J Crew being a household name. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? Don’t dim your light for anyone. Not your family, your friends or the world. You were meant to shine so please let your light shine in its own unique way. When we shine the way we were meant to shine, we THRIVE. For more information on Ms. Jennifer PINK, connect with her online:

The Single Mom Sage

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The P.I.N.K. Foundation

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J's Sandbox

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Brittney Castro

Today's Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight features Brittney Castro, founder and CEO of Financially Wise Women,  a Los Angeles based financial planning firm for women. She specializes in working with busy professional and entrepreneurial women who are passionate about life and want to gain clarity around their money. Brittney’s mission is to help women plan and create the life of their dreams, free from anxiety about money. She is known for her innovative, non-judgmental, compassionate approach to financial planning, and has been featured in several major publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Planning Magazine, Investment News, and Registered Rep Magazine to name a few! Check out her story...

Brittney Castro - Financially Wise Women

Name: BRITTNEY CASTRO

Location: LOS ANGELES

Business Name: FINANCIALLY WISE WOMEN

Years in Business: 2 YEARS

Are you a full or part time business owner? Full time. Why did you start your business? I started my business because I am very passionate about helping others, specifically women, use their money to live their dream lives. After being a financial planner working at other firms for about 7 years, I saw how savvy and successful women were still so intimidated by their money, and most avoided hiring a financial planner since most of the industry is still made up of male financial advisors.  I wanted to be the go-to financial planner for women and teach others to live an authentic and inspiring life by learning how to make, manage, save, invest, and protect their money in a fun and simple way.  My mission is to be the type of financial planner that changes the landscape for modern women and how they see and feel about their money, and is a pioneer for other women financial planners who want to help empower and educate women around money. What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? The most rewarding aspect of having my own business is seeing the direct impact my advice and guidance brings to my client’s financial lives. I love hearing the success stories of my clients who tell me they love managing their money after working with me and make more money because they are now viewing their money in a whole new way. It is beyond rewarding to know I have helped them transform their financial lives from one of stress, overwhelm and anxiety to one of fun, excitement and peace of mind. Money is just a tool to be used however we desire in life and once my clients really commit to the financial planning relationship with me, so many magical things are possible for them. It’s so amazing and it inspires me to continue helping people with their finances, one woman at a time.

Brittney Castro Money Class

What are your biggest challenges? The biggest challenge is managing all the different hats one must wear when owning a business. Every day I have to come fully ready to tackle the many roles of being a business owner and make sure I am leading my FWW team and clients in the right direction. It is not always easy but with the help of my amazing support group full of family and friends, I am able to constantly grow to become a better and better business owner and leader for my FWW tribe. What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? To enjoy the journey. I know it sounds cliché but it is so important to enjoy the ride. It is full of ups and downs, twists and turns and there is always “something” else to worry about, do, work on, etc. so you have to be able to cherish each moment and soak up as much of the journey as possible. Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? I have a team that consists of one assistant and one intern.

Brittney Castro - Financially Wise Women

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? I see the FWW business becoming more of a lifestyle brand that helps women create their ideal lives and expand into the media industry in order to do so. My goal is to continue serving as many women as possible through our financial planning services, online products, webinars, workshops, live conferences, and eventually launch the Financially Wise Women TV Show to help people understand that money can really be fun and simple. We have very lofty goals, but given our track record within the past two years of starting, I am only very excited to see where the FWW path takes us. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? Keep your eye on the prize and keep going no matter what. When you follow your dreams and lead from your heart day in and day out, amazing things can happen in your life. I have been blown away by all that has come to me since starting my business and even when the naysayers and myself for that matter have doubted the goals I set out for myself, I’ve only been able to achieve more than what I imagined because I’ve stayed the course and followed my heart. Starting a business is not for the faintest of hearts but it is really incredible and if you have that burning desire inside you to launch your own business, do it. You only get one life if you are lucky so make the most of it!

 Brittney Castro - Financially Wise Toolkit

If you're ready to start loving your money, sign up to receive your FREE Financially Wise Toolkit jam packed with great tools & resources to help you on your financial journey by visiting the Financially Wise Women website.

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Photos Credit: Lindsay Rosenberg

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