Today’s Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight features Kenya Kirkland, also known as Thee Style Icon! Kenya is the owner of Shop 1323, a trendy women’s boutique based in South LA. She also wears many other hats as a lifestyle coach, speaker, philanthropist, and mother of three. Her current mission is to walk in her purpose of creating generational wealth in African American communities by developing and cultivating business leaders. She’s created several events and programs to develop the skills needed to help others successfully launch and/or grow a small business. Kenya’s ultimate goal is to help both men & women create revenue streams that flow from their purpose.  Her message of perseverance and drive will inspire you to fight to live the life you want to live! The resources she shares will give you the know how.

Check out her interview…


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Name: Kenya Kirkland
Location: Los Angeles
Business Name: Kenya Kirkland, Thee Style Icon
Years in Business: 3

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 because I’m passionate about inspiring women to discover their purpose and launch businesses that are flowing directly from it. In working with women on a daily basis in my boutique, Shop 1323, I have the opportunity to use style to motivate, inspire, and encourage. I decided to do more of it!

Kenya Kirkland - The Style Icon

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

The most rewarding aspect of owning my own business is the freedom I have to be a mother. I don’t have to ask for time off. My kids can go to work with me. There’s no ceiling on how much money I can make. I love that the possibilities are endless. And lastly, there is no one to control my creativity. I create what I want, when I want.

What are your biggest challenges?

The biggest challenge of being self employed is that there is no regular pay check to depend on, no 401k, no paid sick days, no paid vacation. You eat what you hunt. It can be both a blessing and a curse.

Kenya Kirkland - The Style Icon

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

The best business advice I’ve ever received was to create or offer a product that my current target market desires versus selling a product and being forced to find a market. There are people around you that need and /or want something. What is it?

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

I have an amazing team. For years, I was a one woman show. I recently activated Faith for a team. I prayed about it and sewed a seed and my team was created! I’m so thankful to have help. It’s such a blessing to witness my vision come to life.

Kenya Kirkland - The Style Icon

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

In 5 years, I’ll be traveling the world speaking, hosting workshops and mentoring world changers to launch amazing businesses globally.

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

My advice to other Moguls in the Making is to have Faith and Trust in God. Every setback is a set up, so don’t stop. Just keep pushing through! Surround yourself with people who are in alignment with your vision…and don’t compromise.

Photo Credit: Samuel Whitworth

Kenya is currently running a complimentary program called The Purpose Blueprint, which includes exclusive videos, resources, and challenges, all designed to help you begin walking in your purpose. Click Here to sign up.

Kenya Kirkland - The Purpose Blueprint

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To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe - Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

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