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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

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…

RM Harrison

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.

RM Harrison

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:

Facebook | Instagram | 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

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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…

Amber Wright - The Conversation CoachPhoto Credit

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.

Amber Wright - The Conversation CoachPhoto Credit

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.

Amber Wright2Photo Credit

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:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

*All photos via Erica Kawamoto Hsu Photography

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

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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.

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Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

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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.

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To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Raeh Williams

Hey there, future moguls! We’re back with another Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight.  This week, we are featuring Raeh Williams, a “solopreneur strategist” who teaches entrepreneurs how to have a profitable business they love, and how to create the time and money freedom that they need in order to truly live out their dreams.

Read on to find out how this “Island Girl” was able to build her BOSS Business, and her plans to catapult her brand by 2017!


Raeh Roker

Name: Raeh Williams

Location: Nassau Bahamas (70%) Clermont Florida (30%)

Business Name: Raeh Williams Inc.

Years in Business: 5

Are you a full or part time business owner?

Full Time

Why did you start your business?

Entrepreneurship is in my bones and I love my freedom.

Raeh Williams - Solopreneur Strategist

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

Flexibility for time with my family

What are your biggest challenges?

Too much to do! Finding and keeping good people to work with/for me.

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

When you come up with an idea or a business, expect to work 10x harder than you first think you will.

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

I have a virtual team of sorts. I do the bulk of my work, but I outsource on many web/email/tech items and I have a VA who helps with editing, scheduling, and bookkeeping.

Raeh Roker 1

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

I have a goal to grow into a group of companies.  I am working to have the next “branch” so to speak going by 2017. I see my business being a place for not only inspiration to other businesswomen but the go-to-resource for young women entrepreneurs.

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

It’s not a game.  Online business especially has given the impression that it is “easy”, just post quotes and put up a nice website and they will come. You have to work honey! And work 10 times harder and smarter than everyone else. Otherwise, you won’t grow.

For more information on Raeh Williams, you can find her online at:

Website | Facebook | Instagram

FREE Teleclass: Promote That Book!

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We are halfway through our 4-week teleclass series! We hope you have been following along and taking notes. (If not, you can sign up here).

So, now that you know how to write your book and get it published, it’s time to learn how to promote your work! Join us on Thursday, January 29, 2015 7pm-8pm for teleclass #3, “Promote That Book!” where we will cover:

– How to create a strategic marketing plan

– Advertising: where to spend and where to save

– Building your brand

Remember, space is limited, so reserve your spot today! Click Here to sign up.

When PASSION Meets PURPOSE

Nikola Ahaiwe Blogging Workshop
Facilitating the “Build Your Business Through Blogging” workshop. Don’t mind the crazy facial expression and hand gesture…I was really into it!

Excuse me while I get a little transparent for a moment…

WHEN YOUR PASSION BECOMES YOUR PURPOSE

If you would have told me in the early part of last year that I would be conquering my fear of public speaking by teaching live workshops/classes, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Yes, it was a part of my vision, but there was still a tiny little voice in my head telling me that it couldn’t be done.

Aside from my public speaking phobia, I was still battling self-esteem issues stemming from the way I walked after I was in a pretty bad car accident. But you know what, I pressed forward anyway. I tuned out that nagging little voice (it’s a skill you learn once you become a mom), and I simply went for it.

I say all of this to say, when you truly want something, there is absolutely NOTHING that can stop you. You have to kick fear in the face and tell your self-doubt that it has no place in your life.

It has always been my passion to help others, but over the last few months, that passion has transformed into my PURPOSE. I know that I was brought here to serve others, and I am ready to accept that mission. I declare that I will use my gifts to inspire, motivate, encourage, and uplift others.

Below are a couple more pictures of me facilitating the “Build Your Business Through Blogging” workshop a few nights ago:

Nikola Ahaiwe Blogging Workshop

Nikola Ahaiwe Blogging Workshop

Write That Book! Free Teleclass TONIGHT

Writing Teleclass Nikola Ahaiwe Michael McGrew

Future Moguls, I am teaming up with best-selling author Michael McGrew to bring you a 4-part telelclass series to walk you through the self-publishing process from start to finish!

This teleclass series is for you if:
– You have always thought about writing a book and are finally ready to get those ideas out of your head and onto pages.
– You have already written a book and are interested in learning how to self-publish and market your work.
– You are an entrepreneur looking to increase brand awareness and gain expert credibility as a published author.

Sign Up Here —–> http://bit.ly/14X1GAP

In the first class, we will cover:

Writing Your Book
– Character/Storyline Development
– Time Management & Setting Deadlines
– Proper Structure/Format

Come with your questions and a pen and pad to take plenty of notes. This will be an information packed hour.

The LIVE training call is happening TONIGHT from 7pm-8pm.

As our gift to you, each attendee will receive a FREE download of Michael’s latest release, Designer Relationships: Get Out of Your Problems and Into Your Purpose when you register for the teleclass.

Space is limited, click here to sign up now! http://bit.ly/14X1GAP

I look forward to answering all of your burning questions on tonight’s call!

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

 

 

 

 

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Tiffany Lanier

Hey there, future moguls! I’m so excited to bring back the Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur spotlight series.  We took a little hiatus, with the craziness of the holidays, but I have a great lineup of super talented, inspiring, and passionate entrepreneurs to showcase over the next several weeks!

First up is Tiffany Lanier, of LiveWithTiffany.com.  Tiffany helps entrepreneurs fall in love with what they do, from wherever they want to do it by creating, packaging, and marketing their brilliance online.  Read on to find out how she fell into entrepreneurship “on accident” and how she plans to take her business worldwide!

Name: Tiffany Lanier
Location: Denver
Business Name: Live with Tiffany
Years in Business: Almost 3

Tiffany Lanier, founder of Live With Tiffany

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

Why did you start your business?
Well…I started my business on accident. I was planning to quit my first job out of college at a Startup as a Social Media Marketer to go to Costa Rica to “find myself.” I knew I wanted to do something on my own but I didn’t know what at the time. But I did know that working 9-5 wasn’t for me. Right before I bought a one way ticket to Costa Rica I was offered another marketing job at a local Marketing and Advertising firm but quickly discovered it was not for me.  I knew I didn’t want a job but at the same time saw an opportunity to learn from other marketers to increase my skill-set. But after only 2 weeks of working there the boss came in screaming at everyone for what reason I’m not sure. I was not a fan. Later that night I wrote him an email simply explaining that I wasn’t please with his level of disrespect and because of it, I could no longer work FOR him but I would consider working with him and the company, if he’d like to contract me.  To my surprise he said, “ok.” They became my first client and I started freelance marketing business.

Around the same time, I started a Women’s event business. And after about 20 months of mistakes and not being fulfilled later, I decided to start my Online Coaching Business, where I provide Business and Online Marketing coaching and strategy for entrepreneurs looking to build their personal brands online. I really wanted freedom to do my business anywhere I desired to be, as well as create a business that was scalable, allowing me to have several business models under one umbrella brand.

Tiffany Lanier, founder of Live With Tiffany

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

Waking up every day knowing that I’m in control and that I literally create my outcomes.

What are your biggest challenges?
Some of the biggest challenges I’ve faced being entrepreneur was not knowing what I didn’t know and not having the capital to make bigger moves faster. I think those are two challenges most entrepreneurs face, especially in the beginning. I strongly believe it’s important to invest in help and support before you think you need it. Hiring a coach or a strategist, even if it’s for a one-time session, can give you more clarity than 6 months to a year of fumbling around.

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?
“Charge what you’re worth.” You know why that’s so important? Because if you don’t you start to resent your clients and yourself which doesn’t allow you to love your business.

Tiffany Lanier, founder of Live With Tiffany

Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?
For the most part I’m a one-woman show, but I do outsource certain task here and there.

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?
Wow 5 years. My long term is 6-12 months lol. I see myself Speaking world-wide, continuing to coach and really expanding on retreats and Live events.

What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?
Start where you are. There will never be a great star aligned time to start your business. Take what you have and what you know and just take action. It’s better to build a little every day than to put it off for years and never start at all.

For more information on Tiffany Lanier and Live With Tiffany, check her website at http://www.livewithtiffany.com, or connect with her online at:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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

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