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.

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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:

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

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIwv3vIkw-A?rel=0] 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 P.S. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools! If you found this post helpful in any way, don’t forget to share it with your network! Want to join a group of savvy, like-minded female entrepreneurs doing BIG things in their business? Join the Mogul in the Making Mastermind Group on Facebook by clicking here.

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!

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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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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 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:

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: RM Harrison

This week's entrepreneur spotlight features RM Harrison, a self-proclaimed "clarity junkie," whose mission is to help entrepreneurs take a giant leap of faith and define their own path to success.  Through workshops and one-on-one strategy sessions, RM brings years of lessons from her own experiences to help her clients rise above fear and limitations to move their businesses forward. Check out her story...

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Name: RM Harrison Location: Washington, DC (for Now) Business Name: RM Harrison Years in Business: 4 years on Mar 1!

Are you a full or part time business owner? Full time, since March 2011 Why did you start your business? I originally started my business because I wanted to do great work on my own terms and wanted to escape the monotony of working for just one company and having to show up in the same place every day. So I guess you could say it was selfishly motivated to begin with. What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? The most rewarding thing about being in business for myself is the opportunity to show up in the world the way that I really want to – to choose the focus of my work, to take big risks, and to connect with brilliant people every single day. What are your biggest challenges? My biggest challenge has always been trying to avoid overwhelm, which can be a total productivity and creativity killer. It really is a mindset mastery kind of thing that I have to constantly practice. It works most days – but not all.

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What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? Hmm … I wouldn’t necessarily call this business advice but I think it applies all the same: “Nothing will work unless you do.” (Maya Angelou) Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? This is a one-woman show for now. I’m looking forward to having a creative/production team someday very soon. Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? In the next 5 years, I imagine I’ll be hosting live workshops, small conferences and retreats –facilitating opportunities for other Moguls in the Making to plan for the business (and life) they desire. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? To other Moguls in the Making, my advice is to never lose sight of your big picture vision. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day noise of running a business, especially when you’re a one woman show. So do things to consistently cultivate the vision you have for your business and your life – connect with people who’re already where you want to be, check in with your goals often and keep yourself accountable to making them happen. For more information on RM Harrison, connect with her online at:

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Amber Wright

Today's Mogul in the Making entrepreneur spotlight features Amber L. Wright, M.A., founder and Chief Conversation Officer of TalktoAmber.com, a blog and website designed to help women learn how to speak from the heart, connect with others and change their lives. Amber’s philosophy is, if you want to be happy – from the boardroom to the bedroom, you have to know how to communicate with clarity and confidence. She’s here to teach you how to do just that! A specialist in interpersonal communication and relationships with a low-grade obsession over popular culture, Amber’s work has been featured on the award winning website, BlackandMarriedWithKids.com, BlogHer.com, GlobalPostRelationships.com, and ForHarriet.com. Check out her story...
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Name: Amber Wright Location: Carson, CA Business Name: Talk to Amber Media Years in Business: 2

Are you a full or part time business owner? Currently I teach college courses as an adjunct professor, so technically I’m a part time business owner. Despite that, however, I think when you run a business it’s always full time because you likely work on it in some respect on a daily basis – even though how much time you spend on it may vary. Why did you start your business? I started Talk to Amber Media because I love helping other bloggers and entrepreneurs grow their businesses by teaching them how to become fearless speakers and effective communicators. There has been a void in the communities I am apart for that kind of assistance, so my business as a public speaking and communication coach is there to fill it. What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? What has been the most rewarding for me thus far on a professional level is seeing the growth in my clients as their confidence builds and knowing that my assistance contributed to that. On a personal level, I’d say it’s been the reality that I’m following through with pursuing my dreams and building the life I desire for myself and my family through entrepreneurship.
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What are your biggest challenges? My biggest challenges are the huge learning curves that come with being an entrepreneur. Nobody walks into it fully informed on what it takes to succeed. Much of it is “on-the-job” training. The process of learning and figuring it out as I go is difficult but highly beneficial at the same time. What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I’ve ever received came from my business mentor, Lamar Tyler. In a nutshell, his advice was to stop over thinking things and just create, build, and succeed. Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? Table for one, please! My husband is my IT guy, and helps me with many things on the back end and technical side of my business. Other than that…it’s all me, my one brain, and two hands.
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Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? I see my business in the next five years as having grown to a healthy roster of notable clients, thriving financially, and something that I will still be in love with doing every day. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? The number one piece of advice I would tell other Moguls in the Making is to remember that there’s no race in entrepreneurship. Build your business in a way that works for you and your life and do your best not to compare yourselves to others. Remember that there’s only one you and that the work you do is valuable. For more information on Amber Wright, connect with her online at:

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{VIDEO} Stop Waiting For Things to Be Perfect

If you want to be successful (in life and business), you have to stop waiting for things to be perfect...perfection doesn't exist. Get off the ledge and start taking ACTION! Check out this quick video where I share tips to help you get out of what I like to call "analysis paralysis", and get you on the path to growing your business. Do me a favor? If you liked this video, or found it helpful in any way, please share it so that it will help someone else! Also, don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/makingmoguls so that you don't miss out on any of my Mogul Biz Tip videos! To Your Prosperity and Success, Nikola Ahaiwe Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker Nikola Ahaiwe         P.S. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools! If you found this post helpful in any way, don’t forget to share it with your network!

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Lolita Korneagay

Today's Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight features Lolita Korneagay, founder of Simply Suggestions Hypnotherapy. I first met her at a Sunday Success Session, a fun, interactive networking event that she co-created to educate, motivate, and empower attendees in all aspects of life.  We instantly connected, and I just had to know more about her interesting profession! Lolita helps her clients gain the confidence  needed to overcome their fears and successfully reach their goals. Through the practice of hypnotherapy (a form of psychotherapy used to create subconscious change in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors or feelings), she teaches how to harness the power of your subconscious mind to make positive transformations in your life that will lead to happiness and success. Read on to learn how her journey to find self-fulfillment led to discovering her passion for helping others succeed! Lolita Korneagay - SImply Suggestions Hypnotherapy

Name: Lolita Korneagay Location: Los Angeles, CA Business Name: Simply Suggestions Years in Business: 1

Are you a full or part time business owner? I am a full-time business owner. Why did you start your business? As a Registered Nurse, I’ve always had a desire to help people. A couple of years ago, I started a personal journey to find self-fulfillment and I ended up finding my passion. I discovered the power of the mind and how my thoughts had a direct relation to my reality. I then knew that this was the new way that I wanted to help people. What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? I love when my client comes to me with a specific problem and in a couple of weeks the problem is no longer relevant in their lives. Lolita Korneagay - Founder Simply Suggestions Hypnotherapy What are your biggest challenges? My biggest challenge has been the length of time that my clients return to me for follow-up. I wish that they would come back weekly for a couple of months, but they usually only need a couple of sessions! I guess that’s a blessing in disguise. What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? To not devalue myself or my services. Lolita Korneagay - Founder Simply Suggestions Hypnotherapy Do you have a team or are you a one woman show? I’m a one woman show for now. Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? I see myself owning a wellness clinic where multiple alternative medicine practitioners will provide services. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? Keep your vision! Don’t allow other people’s opinions to influence your decisions. To learn more about Lolita and Simply Suggestions, you can find her online at:

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{Video} How to Start a Business With NO Money

I get this question ALL of the time: Nikola, how can I start or grow my business if I don't have any money? Well, I'm breaking it down for ya in today's Mogul Biz Tip video. [youtube=http://youtu.be/aAnq3j4L5sE] If you liked this video, or found it helpful in any way, please share it with your networks or someone that you know it may help.  Also, don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you can stay up-to-date on future videos (oh, and catch up on previous videos while you're at it!) To Your Prosperity and Success, Nikola Ahaiwe Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker Nikola Ahaiwe         P.S. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools! If you found this post helpful in any way, don’t forget to share it with your network!

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