MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Cortney Ren’ae

Cortney Renae

It’s backkkk…finally!!!! *Drumroll Please* I have a new Mogul in the Making entrepreneur spotlight today, featuring Cortney Ren’ae, founder of Flourishe, a promotional media company that offers solutions to businesses, corporations and entrepreneurs to spotlight their brand, grow visibility and connect to their audience. This is why she is affectionately known as “the expert connector”.  When she is not behind the lens shooting weddings, special events, promotional events, etc., you can find Cortney teaching video marketing workshops, hosting her own networking/collaborative events, or hanging out with her too-adorable-for-words daughter.  Check out Cortney’s interview below…

Cortney Renae Flourishe Media Group

Name: Cortney Ren’ae
Location: Los Angeles
Business Name: Flourishe
Years in Business: 5 years

Are you a full or part time business owner?

I am full time.

Why did you start your business?

I started Flourishe originally with the intention to connect with other moms because I was a new stay-at-home mother and found myself wanting to learn how I could grow to be a great mom and my best self. I wanted to create a vehicle that would simply empower others. Today, the focus is definitely more of a niche, now having Flourishe Media Group as a department under the umbrella, but the overall focus to empower others to grow is still there, which is the beautiful part of this entire vision & creation.

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

The most rewarding aspect of owning my own business is definitely being able to create my own schedule. Where I choose to work for the day, whether its from my bed in my pj’s, or in a quaint coffee shop I run across. I go with the flow when I don’t have a shoot scheduled, and of course work around my daughter’s schedule all at the same time.

What are your biggest challenges?

My biggest challenges, I would say, have been to charge my worth. I was programmed with this mentality of believing that I had to be great at what I do but to also be the most affordable so people would buy. I’ve done some work around breaking down this way of thinking and performing because over time, what I’ve learned is that not charging my worth, only created more problems that cost me time, and even more money.

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

The best advice I’ve received was from a spiritual reader who was sent to me at what I feel couldn’t have been a better time in my life. She told me to “Never let anyone, EVER dim my light! That I have a light in me that shines SO bright…..and to remember to let that shine!”

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

I have a team of professionals I work with. Outside of the coaches I have to guide me in both my business & personal life, I have shooters that I’ll pull from our preferred vendor list, which includes some amazingly talented videographers and photographers. I’ve also began working with an incredible business who will be running our social media accounts and handling the communications with our clients on the back end, and I’m super excited about that! Once I can officially hire them FULL time, it’s going to be amazing!

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

I see Flourishe being finely positioned in the market to be a go-to place to find information on empowering/inspiring events, training workshops, a place to find the latest industry leaders and the projects that need our community support. Flourishe Media Group will be a solutions provider to corporations & businesses, helping them to market & grow their business in this virtual world using multimedia.

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

The advice I’d give to others is to NEVER EVER QUIT on yourself and your dreams. To step out and be BOLD, having the FAITH that your vision is happening for a reason and it’s your responsibility to make it happen. When God gives you an assignment….it won’t go away. It will constantly show up in your thoughts, your dreams and your conversations as you talk about what your naturally talented in and what you can create. Step up, step out and be ready to make the changes necessary so that you can flourishe and continuously move into your next level of excellence.

If you would like to learn more about Cortney Ren’ae and Flourishe Media Group, connect
with her online:

Website | Facebook | Instagram

2015 Year in Review: The Highlight Reel

What can I say about 2015?  It was definitely…interesting, to say the least. The year was filled with a lot of very HIGH high’s and a few low’s (hey, because life isn’t perfect right?!)

For the last week or so, I have been doing a lot of reflecting.  As we head into a new year, I wanted to take inventory of the good, the bad, and everything in between so that I would be better equipped to navigate my way through 2016, and it make it the best year possible.

If you’re an over-achiever like myself, you have a lot of big goals and dreams that you want to accomplish.  One thing I’ve noticed about myself is that I’m always so focused on reaching my next big milestone, that I sometimes forget to stop, appreciate, and even celebrate the things that I’ve already been able to accomplish.

Although there were a few bumps in the road, I can definitely say that there were some pretty amazing things that happened in my life and business this past year.

Let’s take a stroll through my 2015 Highlight Reel, shall we:

January

Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight

2015 was definitely the Year of the Female Entrepreneur, and it was an honor for me to showcase on my blog some of the most talented, inspiring, amazing business women that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, whether it was in person or solely online interaction. You ladies rock!

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Build Your Biz Through Blogging Workshop

In 2014, I hosted my first PAID workshop (Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses) outside of my own company events.  In the presentation, there was a small segment where I discussed the benefits of blogging for your business.  Unfortunately, because it was only a one hour workshop, I couldn’t cover everything, but the students wanted MORE, and requested that I return to cover the topic.  The company agreed and brought me back in January to host the Build Your Biz Through Blogging Workshop, and it was the start of a great business relationship that led to several more workshops in 2015.  It all started when I decided to put my fear to the side, walked in and simply asked if the company would be interested in hosting my workshop.  Ask and you shall receive!

Blogging Workshop

March

Be Your Own Boss Conference

The Be Your Own Boss Conference allowed me to accomplish my goal of becoming a motivational speaker! After the devastating car accident that I experienced in November 2013, I made a promise to myself to share my story of overcoming tough obstacles in the hopes that it would inspire others to never stop fighting to reach their dreams. The highlight of the event was when a young lady attending from Fresno State University walked up after my speech and said “I loved your presentation…your story really inspired me to go after my dream of starting my business.” Mission accomplished! Big THANK YOU to Rashunda Rene of the Inner City Youth Empowerment organization for having me.

Be Your Own Boss Conference

April

Became a PUBLISHED Author

I wrote this book during one of the lowest points of my life. Over the last few years, I became a single parent to two young children, experienced a devastating lay-off from my corporate job (only a few months after I purchased my home), and was involved in a near-fatal car accident that left me unable to walk for almost 6 months. I had two options: I could continue feeling sorry for my seemingly unending stroke of bad luck, or I could use these obstacles as the motivation to pursue the life I knew I was destined to lead. I chose the latter! This book is filled with stories of determination, perseverance, and triumph despite countless setbacks and obstacles. I discuss how I literally started my business from my living room sofa, with nothing but my cell phone and laptop, to go on to living life on my own terms as a motivational speaker, author, and marketing strategist/business coach.

Writing and releasing my first book was truly a labor of love.  If I had to choose ONE accomplishment that I am most proud of, this would be it!  Not only was it a long time goal of mine, but finishing this book gave me the opportunity to help others realize that they too can accomplish those BIG, scary, audacious goals.

Book Launch

I am so grateful for each and every person that has purchased/read my book, shared it with a friend, etc.  Stay tuned, because the Unleash Your Inner Mogul Tour, as well as book #2, is on the top of my goals list for 2016!

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Beauty, Brains, & Bling Workshop

Beauty, Brains, & Bling is one of my FAVE workshops for young girls.  I’ve attended almost every session with my 7 year old twin daughters for almost two years now, so it was an absolute honor when my friend Michelle Harris Collins asked me to lead a session on Exploring Entrepreneurship.  We did a really fun exercise where the girls created a “business plan” and had the opportunity to present their idea to the group.  Fun times! I am looking forward to the next session on January 30th 2016. If you have a daughter (or know a young girl age 7-11, I highly recommend you sign her up!)

Beauty Brains Bling

May

Nik Gets Fit (Weight Loss Journey)

Back in April 2013, I made a decision to completely change to a healthier lifestyle by adjusting my diet, getting serious about working out, etc.  As a result I lost 30 pounds.  After the car accident, I pretty much gained all of the weight back and it was really hard to get back on track.  In May, I decided enough was enough, and even though I didn’t feel physically strong enough, I started taking the steps to regain control of my health and fitness.

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I made a serious change to my diet by incorporating more fruits/veggies and also meal prepping.  I also started working out again, hitting the gym, doing Zumba 3 days/week and embracing my love for the outdoors by walking every morning at the park or hiking at the Culver City Stairs.  The pounds slowly but surely started dropping off again! I am not exactly where I want to be, but watch out because in 2016 I WILL get there!

Weight Loss

Featured in The Huffington Post

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Receiving an email from THE Arianna Huffington that my article, “Act Like an Employee, Think Like a Boss: 5 Tips for Working Productively From Home” would be featured on The Huffington Post was such a surreal moment!  One of my major 2016 goals is to increase my brand’s awareness/visibility by being featured in more magazines, blogs, tv/news shows, etc., so hopefully this was just a pre-cursor of what’s to come.

July

Digital Media Marketing Workshop

Cheers to another successful marketing workshop! I sold my book and was asked to teach another workshop (woot!), but the best part was hearing how much I’ve helped someone and how excited they were to begin implementing what they learned! If you would have told me a year ago that I would be standing in a room full of people, TEACHING, I would have never believed it (I had the worst fear of public speaking and could barely even walk, for goodness sakes). But when God has a greater plan than your own, you move on it. I’m so happy to have finally found my true purpose and passion.

Digital Media Marketing Workshop

October

Career Day at My Daughters’ School

One of the highlights of my ENTIRE year was speaking at Career Day at the twins’ school. The theme of the day was “That Can Be Me”, and I loved speaking with the 2nd and 3rd grade classes and encouraging them to start pursuing their dreams NOW.

Career Day

September

Started My Natural Hair Journey

I’m going to be honest here: transitioning back to natural is NOT easy.  As a faithful perm and wig wearer, it has definitely been an adjustment that I am still getting used to.  There are good days where I am happy to snap a selfie to document the moment, and there are bad days when I have to grab a hat and keep it moving.  But overall, I am enjoying experimenting with my hair, learning how to keep it healthy, and watching it grow.  By this time next year I hope to have a better handle on it, and I’m able to mimic the styles I love from some of my fave natural hair divas.

Natural Hair Journey Collage

November

Six Weeks to Self-Publishing Webinar

I planned to host this webinar much earlier this year, but due to an internet outtage in my area on the day it was scheduled, I had to postpone it.  Well, I THOUGHT that would happen within a few days, but it actually took MONTHS (long story about fear and mental blocks that kept me from doing this). Anyhoo, I was so proud of myself for getting over it and getting it DONE, because after all, done will always be better than perfect.  I will be launching the 6 Weeks to Self-Publishing online course in early 2016.  If you’ve been saying that this year will be the year you finally write your book, and are interested in the course, jump on my mailing list here to be the first to receive details when it is released!

Self Publishing Webinar

I had a really great 2015, and cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for me.  My word for the year is GROWTH…in all areas, spiritually, mentally, physically, business, etc.

What is your word for 2016 and what do you hope to accomplish? 

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Keneshia Raymond

Today’s Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight features Keneshia Raymond, a Southern California native and Bay Area transplant who is making her mark on the wedding world!  Keneshia is the Lady Boss and Editor in Chief of Blissful 2 Be Wedding Magazine & the founder of Enchanted: The Wedding Event. With a strong background in planning and design, she collaborates with a myriad of talented vendors to showcase the hottest new wedding trends and to give couples a wedding experience they will always remember.

Check out her interview…

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(Photo Credit: F3 Studios)

Name: Keneshia (Kay) Raymond
Location:Bay Area, Ca
Business Name: Blissful 2 Be Magazine & Enchanted: The Wedding Event
Years in Business: 5 years

Are you a full or part time business owner?

I am a full time business owner.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business after being a wedding planner and noticing that their was a void in wedding magazines. They were not showcasing the real side of weddings, but all the pretty that went into it. I wanted to showcase real couples and the real side of weddings…every shape, size, and nationality, and also those incredible vendors who were not being showcased because they didn’t fit in what was the traditional model of the wedding industry. I wanted to showcase not only our couples, but our vendors as well.

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(Photo Credit: Alycia Creative Photography)

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

The most rewarding part of my business is the excitement from the vendors when they have been featured, or the couples when they see their wedding on the blog or in the magazine . Empowering the vendors to not only believe in themselves but to show them your work is amazing and the world believes so as well . I love being their cheerleader! I know it may sound corny but I feel like, as vendors, sometime we need the extra cheering squad.

What are your biggest challenges?

My biggest challenge is believing in myself, reminding myself that I am enough, and remembering why I do what I do and how much I love what I do.  Also remembering it’s okay to say no and not overstretch myself.  It’s hard sometimes, but I am a work in progress.  

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

The best advice I have ever received is not to doubt myself, stay humble, and continue to learn.

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(Photo Credit: Juniper Spring Photography

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

I have been a one woman show for the past 4 ½ years. I recently brought on a graphic designer to help with the magazine.  For the bridal show, we are a team of two women, myself and Diana Dorsey, who is also a wedding planner and has been working hard to bring Enchanted to new cities & states.

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

In 5 years…wow! I see Blissful2Be growing into a top 100 wedding blog and the magazine doing incredibly well. I see a team of 5 people working to get the magazine out bi-monthly and growing the education portion for our vendors.

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(Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Miller Photography)

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

Starting a business is the easy part. Staying with it and growing your business is the hard part . Believe in yourself, be confident and persistent, enjoy and celebrate your success and your failure. You will hear a lot of No’s and that’s okay because when you hear that one YES it will all be worth it . Stay strong and enjoy this life you are creating for yourself .  

For more wedding bliss, connect with Keneshia online:

Blissful2Be Magazine

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Enchanted: The Wedding Event

Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Keisha Howard

Today’s Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight features Keisha Howard, also known as “Coach Keisha”, a Certified Life Coach, Author, Mentor, and Motivational Speaker.

As a teen, Keisha struggled with poor self-esteem and body-image issues for years. With guidance, she was able to turn her pain into passion. She became a Teacher, and then later a School Guidance Counselor so that she could help youth who were also struggling with self-esteem and other adolescent issues. Today, her life’s work is dedicated to building girls up so that they can fall in love with themselves and have unshakeable confidence that allows them to avoid peer pressure & accomplish their dreams.

Check out Keisha’s interview…

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Name: Keisha Howard
Location: Dallas, TX
Business Name: Coach Keisha
Years in Business: 5

Are you a full or part time business owner?

Fulltime

Why did you start your business?

I had been working as a School Counselor for several years and I saw a need for a self-esteem service for girls, so I decided that enough was enough and I wanted to start one. I struggled with self-esteem my teen years, and made poor choices because of it. Then, when I was a School Counselor I saw many girls struggling just like I did. So, I made it my life’s mission to not only provide a service that gives girls an outlet to talk to someone who they can trust, but I am also their support system, accountability partner, and I give them tools and strategies to help them achieve their goals. My ultimate goal is to both empower girls and educate parents on the latest hot topic and trends affecting middle and high school girls.

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

The most rewarded aspect has been the girls’ & mom’s lives who I am able to touch. I also enjoy speaking at schools, churches, colleges and conferences which has been a lot of fun and rewarding because I am able to meet girls all across the country.

What are your biggest challenges?

Time management between all of my various programs

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

To start before you are ready. Just get going. There will always be some type of excuse why you are not ready to start your business ( need a new website, need a new logo, etc. ) But, you should start before you are ready to get going.

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

I have a VA and an Online Business Manager.

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

I see myself impacting more lives of girls and moms- traveling internationally to speak at events, and hosting more online group coaching programs.

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

Don’t compare yourself to others – comparison kills confidence. Believe in you, and start before you are ready.

To learn more about Coach Keisha and her programs, connect with her online:

Website| Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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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[FREE WORKSHOP] 6 Weeks to Self Published

6 Weeks to Self Published

Will 2016 be the year you FINALLY write that book?

Have you said to yourself that 2016 will be the year that you finally write your book?  Have you been sitting on an idea for your book forever, but just don’t know where to start?  Are you ready to share your message and story with the world, and serve your clients on a much bigger scale?

Did you know that writing a book gives you instant credibility, positions you as an expert in your field, and can help you take your business to the next level? Since publishing and releasing my first book, my coaching/consulting business has soared, and I’ve been invited to speak at several conferences, workshops, and events this year…all as a result of positioning myself as a thought leader by becoming an author.

Many people have reached out to me to express that they’ve been wanting to write a book forever but 1. Have no idea where to start 2. Can’t find the motivation to finish it, or 3. They’ve completed the entire book but have no idea what to do next.

So, I’ve decided to host a FREE, live workshop: 6 Weeks to Self Published – How to Profit as a Self-Published Author, to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received.

Join me on Thursday, November 19 at 7pm PST, as I show you how you can write, self-publish, and market your book…in just six weeks!

Sign up >>> http://bit.ly/SelfPublishingWebinar

In this exclusive webinar, I will cover:

  • Self-Publishing Secrets: What I wish I knew before publishing my first book.
  • Strategies to GET. IT. DONE. How to get those ideas out of your head and finally get your book completed.
  • How to leverage your position as an author to bring in a consistent cash flow into your business.
  • The step-by-step process to write, self-publish, promote, and profit as an author.
  • And much, MUCH more!

Space is limited, so be sure to grab your spot today!

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Dr. Nicoline Ambe

Today’s MITM Entrepreneur spotlight features Dr. Nicoline Ambe,  Parenting Speaker, Educator and Amazon #1 Bestselling Author of two books – Above & Beyond and A Teacher’s Notes.

Through teaching, speaking and training, Dr. Ambe has helped many parents develop great relationships with their children, resulting in academic excellence. A significant part of her mission involves teaching children to recognize their talents, stay focused, develop a learning mindset, and succeed in school.

Check out her interview…

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Name: Dr. Nicoline Ambe

Location: Compton, CA
Business Name: Nicoline Ambe International
Years in Business: 4

Are you a full or part time business owner?

Part-time. Full-time Educator.

Why did you start your business?

To offer parents strategies and techniques to help their children excel in school and prepare for a successful life.

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

Seeing parents change their thinking with regards to parenting, and being more.  Seeing enough evidence of children raising their grades in school as a result of being willing to improve their personal and parenting skills in the interest of their kids strategic parental involvement.

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What are your biggest challenges?

Booking more speaking engagements, building better relationships that result in more prospects and clients, getting paid what the content and information is worth, and getting known and recognized for my expertise.

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

Believe in yourself, and believe in the value of the product you offer.

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

I have a team of one: my assistant. He drives me to speaking engagements and handles book sales during events while I’m speaking with parents.

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

To be honest with you, I love what I do. I enjoy the process and the journey. I have no goals and no timelines. Each waking day, I simply decide to do one thing to move the business forward. Perhaps the one thing could be making one phone call, following up on a client, sending an email, writing my newsletter, marketing on social media. I see my business as just one aspect of my busy life…just one aspect of the grand scheme of things that life offers. So I am just having fun and not stressing out about long term goals. Maybe that’s why I’m still part-time (but I’m okay with that too!)

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

I would say STAY FOCUSED ON YOURSELF. Take plenty of time to THINK. I would also say, be healthy. Business is extremely difficult, and if you’re not in good shape, you won’t have stamina and energy to keep going for a long time. Your body helps you live your dreams, so take care of it by eating healthy foods and staying fit.  Lastly, think through your ideas, think through your strategies, then take immediate ACTION to implement your ideas. Always pray for vision and discernment because it is vision that drives the action.

To learn more about Dr. Ambe, connect with her online:

Website| Facebook | Twitter

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: Monique Moliere Piper

Today’s MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight features Monique Moliere Piper, aka the Thrive Specialist.  As a Certified Professional Coach and Speaker, she has taught women across the United States how to achieve greater success by getting their lives out of default and into divine design.  The author of “Dance in the Sun: Being the Authentic You”, Monique’s calling is to help ladies create lives they love. Check out her story…

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Name: Monique Moliere Piper
Location: Nationwide
Business Name: On Purpose Coaching
Years in Business: 6+

Are you a full or part time business owner?

Full time business owner

Why did you start your business?

I wanted to give women the support they need to live their potential, through coaching. Too many are sitting paralyzed in information overwhelm. Unsure and fearful of what steps to take next. My clients decide their next “On Purpose” actions, and break through mental barriers that has them stuck. In one sentence, I help women get crystal clear, strategic, and execute in their lives and businesses.

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

Honestly, the ability to get paid to do what matters most to me. I want women to know there is no ceiling on what’s possible, regardless of where you are, were, or where you are starting. Human potential has no ceiling. Our limited thinking does. Coaching and speaking allows me a unique opportunity. I teach others how to widen their window of what’s possible for them to achieve, and also “how” to achieve it.

What are your biggest challenges?

Juggling both family and career aspirations. I am a wife and mother first. However, “I know like I know” that my purpose on earth is to be of service to others. Another big challenge is consistency. This is an area I teach in workshops, in part, because being consistent is not a one time event. Life is always happening, learning to work on our desires through it all is an ongoing project. The plain truth, priorities do shift, home will need more of your attention during certain periods. The time one has to invest may change from time to time, but, investing time has to be a consistent commitment.

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

The best business advice I ever received is, make a decision! A decision puts you in a power position, because you are in action. A wrong decision can be fixed. A right decision puts you ahead of the game. The worst thing you can do, is sit on the sidelines.

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

A small, incredibly devoted team.

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

I see my business, influencing over a hundred thousand women to live their potential unapologetically.

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

Gather enough information to take the next step. Collecting information alone, does not create a business. You must be willing to get your hands dirty. You are going to fail, that’s part of the process. So, fail fast. Use this formula: Action + Reflecting – Dwelling = Lessons. My second piece of advice, get a coach. If you are really serious about going to the next level. The most successful people have coaches for a reason!

For more information on Monique Moliere Piper, connect with her online:

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

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: Denika Turner-Stephens

Happy Monday, future moguls! I hope you all had an amazing weekend.  I am so excited to be back with the Mogul in the Making entrepreneur spotlight.  I took a brief hiatus, but I have a great line-up of uber-talented and inspiring entrepreneur interviews coming up in the next few weeks, so be sure to check back frequently so that you don’t miss a beat!

To kick things off, this week’s entrepreneur spotlight features Denika Turner-Stephens, founder of Runway 4 Peace, a community organization whose mission is to create and showcase positive initiatives in an effort to raise awareness for the Stop the Violence cause. Growing up in the city of Compton, Denika realized there were limited resources and activities available to inner city youth.  As a teen, she dreamed of becoming a model, but was unable to find programs in her area to assist in fulfilling that dream. So, she made a promise to herself to do something about the huge void that desperately needed to be filled.  In 2012, Denika started Runway 4 Peace as a way to give young girls the opportunity to experience life on the runway. Check out her story…

Denika Turner-Stephens

Name: Denika Turner-Stephens
Location: Compton, CA
Business Name: Runway 4 Peace
Years In business: 3

Are you full or part time business owner?

Part Time

Why did you start your business?

Growing up in the City of Compton, there were not many activities for young girls to participate in. I wanted to model and that was a program that our community lacked. So I decided to provide those services. Unfortunately during the months spent puzzling my ideas, my niece was shot 3 times outside her home March of 2010 at the age of 10. To God be the Glory she survived.  After experiencing something so tragic, I felt eager to raise awareness for the STOP THE VIOLENCE cause. Compton is known to be very violent and I wanted to change the mood by gathering the youth to create and showcase positivity, and also give young girls the opportunity to experience life on the runway. That’s when I knew I had a passion with a purpose.

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What has been the most rewarding aspect of your business?

I would have to say being my own boss and doing what I love. It’s a joy seeing my vision come to life.

What are your biggest challenges?

I am afraid of rejection so networking is my biggest challenge. With me being young, not many people take my project seriously, therefore it creates this barrier that I am afraid to overcome. I came to the point, as if, I can do it on my own, but reality is, I NEED A TRUSTWORTHY TEAM.

Denika Turner-Stephens Runway 4 Peace

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

“If your dreams don’t scare you, then they are not big enough”
-Steve Harvey
“It doesn’t have to be perfect to get started but you have to get started for it to be perfect”
-Natalie Gouche

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

Everyone thinks I’m a one woman show, however, I do run my ideas through my husband.

Denika Turner-Stephens Runway 4 Peace

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

I plan to have a modeling school for my W.E.R.K program which is a Women’s Empowerment Runway Klass to provide free training.

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

Understand that your purpose is for YOU. There will be hard times, and it will seem as if no one cares, but never give up. Remember your “WHY” for doing what you do!

For more information on Denika Turner-Stephens and Runway 4 Peace, visit her Website or connect with her on Facebook.

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To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

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3 Reasons Your Business Is NOT Making Money…and How to Fix It!

How to Get Clients

Let’s face it: we’re all in business to make money. Even if you’re doing something that you absolutely LOVE and would do in a heartbeat if you weren’t getting paid, the reality is you have bills to pay, so you need your business to generate income.

As a business/marketing consultant, I speak with several entrepreneurs on a daily basis, and the most common question that I hear is “why am I not making any money?” You’re active on social media, blogging on a weekly basis, attending all of your local networking events…you know, all of the things that you should be doing. But, you still can’t seem to land enough clients to bring in a consistent cash flow. What gives?

There are many different factors that can contribute to this, but I am going to break down the three most common reasons your business may not be bringing in money:

You’re a Jack/Jill of All Trades

You are a photographer, but you also have your own jewelry line, sell homemade candles, makeup, and weight loss shakes. Your goal is to bring in multiple revenue streams. The problem? Your potential customers are confused! They don’t really know exactly what it is that you do because you are offering many different products and services, none of which go hand in hand with one another.

The Fix: Niche down. Decide on the ONE thing that you want to be known as the go-to person for, and do away with the rest. You can still create multiple streams of income by finding several different ways to profit from your primary offering (Example: if you are a photographer, consider adding a photo booth, teaching photography workshops, etc).

You Don’t Have a Solid Plan

Simply put: you’re winging it! You’re doing any and everything that you think you should do to find clients, but you really don’t have a solid strategy in place. Have you ever heard the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail?” Well, it holds truth when it comes to marketing your business as well. If you want to attract more clients and start making money, you’ll have to create a strategic roadmap outlining how you will do so.

The Fix: Create a list of specific marketing activities that you will consistently engage in to increase brand awareness and attract new clients. Then implement, implement, implement! Be sure to include a timeframe to monitor each activity and measure its effectiveness before moving on to something else.

You Aren’t Selling Anything

When I first started my business, I knew that I wanted to teach other entrepreneurs how to create a marketing strategy for their business. I put up a website, I offered tips on social media, but I really didn’t have anything to sell, and, you guessed it, I wasn’t making a dime. Now, it may seem like a no-brainer that in order to make money, you have to have a product or service to sell, but I’ve come to realize that I wasn’t the only one not actually selling anything, while expecting clients to come my way.

The Fix: Get clear on your services and offerings. You should be able to clearly and confidently tell potential clients what you do and how it will benefit them if they choose to work with you.

If you are not consistently attracting your dream clients and reaching your business income goals, and need help creating a solid plan to do so, click here to schedule a FREE 30 minute Getting Acquainted session to see how I can help!

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

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FREE Webinar: 6 Weeks to Self Published – How to Profit as a Self Published Author

6 Weeks to Self Published

Have you said to yourself that 2015 is the year that you finally write your book? Have you been sitting on an idea for your book forever, but just don’t know where to start? Are you ready to share your message and story with the world, and serve your clients on a much bigger scale?

Did you know that writing a book gives you instant credibility, positions you as an expert in your field, and can help you take your business to the next level?

Join me on Thursday, June 11 at 7pm PST, as I show you how you can write, self-publish, and market your book…in just six weeks!

Sign Up: http://bit.ly/SelfPublishingWebinar

In this exclusive webinar, I will cover:
• Self-Publishing Secrets: What I wish I knew before publishing my first book.
• Strategies to GET. IT. DONE. How to get those ideas out of your head and finally get your book completed.
• How to leverage your position as an author to bring in a consistent cash flow into your business.
• The step-by-step process to write, self-publish, promote, and profit as an author.
• And much, MUCH more!

Space is limited, so be sure to grab your spot today! Sign Up: http://bit.ly/SelfPublishingWebinar

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

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