#BlkWomeninBiz: Rae The Realtor

Rae The REALTOR is originally from the city of Chicago. She moved to Las Vegas, NV with a specific goal in mind; to be the real estate queen. She has many years of experience in commercial property management, and a love for people. All of this helped influence her to become a full-time REALTOR.

Real estate is not an easy job and make certainly not for the faint of heart. Especially in a major city like Las Vegas! Despite the odds, Rae is determined to find solutions for her clients. She understands that this the largest financial decision that most people ever make. She does her best make that process as smooth as possible.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with family & friends and volunteers with an outreach committee setting time aside to give back to the community. Her ultimate goal is to increase home ownership, which is why is why she has home buyer seminars once every 2 months, to introduce FREE down payment grants. I loves the city of Las Vegas because it is growing and there is still an advantage to own real estate. Interest rates are still at an all time low, and even though prices are on a rise affordable housing still exists.

Looking to own a own in Las Vegas? You know who to call! Follow Rae on social media and connect with her today.

rae.seelasvegasproperties.com

facebook.com/raetherealtorlv

Instagram.com/raetherealtorlv

Rae, thank you for joining our tribe of #BlkWomeninBiz!

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#BlkWomeninBiz: Tyler Townsend

Meet Tyler, a black woman in business striving to lead the way in the cannabis industry.

Tyler Townsend is a 26 years old Cincinnati Ohio native and mother of two. She is also the proud owner of Cincy Sweet Pot. Cincy Sweet Pot provides hemp and cbd infused edibles, oils, soaps and ingredients geared to improve the quality of life.

Tyler has been in the medical field as a lab technician and a phlebotomist for the past 6 years. In 2015, she realized she wanted to be her own boss, but she wanted to make sure that whatever she did, helped others.

She began reading and researching the different ways people use cannabis. When she discovered the different foods that can be made with cannabis, she felt it was perfect fit as she was already an avid cooker; so she began creating her own edibles!

One of the first steps she took to truly explore this new venture, was attending the Mortar Cincinnati Entrepreneur program in 2016. During that program she was able to make connections and learn how to start her own business. From there things seemed to take off!

After Tyler completed the program, she had all the tools and knowledge to turn her business into reality. She got her LLC, a lawyer, a vendors license and a social media page. Many people are unaware that medical Marijuana became legal in the state of Ohio in September of 2016, so at this point she was a step above the competition.

Once it was considered legal, she began traveling to California to meet entrepreneurs and business owners in the cannabis industry. She gained hands on experience and was able to create her own products.

Producing products became easy, but the negative connotation that surrounds cannabis created some hard moments. Tyler had to really educate her peers on the benefits and the components of cannabis. The more she educated others on cannabis, the more the negative connotations subsided.

One of her business goals is to be a WOSB (Women-Owned Small Business). The cannabis industry will be new to Ohio and she’s aiming to be one of the First Leading women in the Industry.

Tyler, thank you for taking the leap to become a leading woman in this new and vastly growing industry. Welcome to our tribe of #BlkWomeninBiz

Visit www.cincysweetpot.com to learn more about Tyler and her business!

#BlkWomeninBiz: Sharima “Rima” Diaz

Reigning from St. Croix US Virgin Islands, Sharima “Rima” Diaz is a Certified Life Coach, wife, and mother. She is the Visionary behind She is Destined, offering Women’s Empowerment Networking and Consulting organization whose purpose is to Educate, Empower, and Enlighten Women Entrepreneurs and Women in Business.

Throughout this journey, it has been crucial for Rima to stay grounded in God. She heard a lot of “no’s” which initially discouraged her. She realized overtime that the no’s were just God’s way of telling her she was seeking guidance from the wrong person. She knew she needed to completely trust Him and seek His guidance only. The no’s quickly became “YES.” And although she may still receive a “no” every now and then, she knows it’s God ways of telling her, “not right now.”

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“Being a minority female business owner helps me to understand that within every struggle comes success. Not everyone will be there to assist us but the legacy that we are striving to leave behind is worth every struggle we endure.”

With a growing marketing of business coaches, Rima knows that her authenticity, transparency, and foundation in God ensures she will continue to reach great heights in her career. She has had many amazing accomplishments in her business, including her Chic Print selling out all 100 copies within two weeks of its soft launch – TWICE!

Rima’s advice for a woman wanting to pursue a similar career: just do it! She encourages us all to take the risk and never give up. “Use the fear as your fuel.”

Let’s completely welcome Rima into our tribe of #BlkWomeninBiz by visiting her website and following her on social media!

#BlkWomeninBiz: Leah Williams

Originally from Cheltenham, MD, Leah Williams made history when she graduated from Delaware State University (DSU) in 2015 as the first person to ever be awarded both the Presidential Academic Award for her 4.0 GPA all eight semesters, and the Presidential Leadership Award for her leadership throughout campus. Leah returned the following year to pursue her Masters of Business Administration degree, which she completed in just one year.

During her MBA, Leah was selected by the White House to serve as an HBCU All-Star, supporting President Obama’s Initiative to promote the excellence, innovation, and sustainability of HBCU’s. Leah represented DSU at the HBCU Conference where she had the opportunity of introducing Vice President Biden. Leah has also been featured on numerous communication platforms including AspireTV network and the The HBCU Nation Radio Show radio show.

During her time at DSU, she founded two organizations on campus, which are still active today, and served as a supplemental instructor for multiple classes, tutored many students, and mentored freshmen.

Outside of her many academic accomplishments, Leah plays nine instruments and was a dedicated member of the marching, concert, jazz, and pep bands. When available, Leah continues to provide assistance to the band program who still play some of her arrangements.

Leah has always had a business mindset and even created a student-run Christian Organization on the campus of Delaware State University. Alongside her best friend, they created F.O.R.C.E Ministry (Focusing On Renewing Christ-like Existence) in order to provide students with an opportunity to fellowship in Christ. The organization is continuing to grow and flourish on DSU’s campus today.

Leah’s accomplishments did not come easy. In 2015, one month into her MBA, Leah thought she was just sick, but ended up being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Her battle with this disease has been an extremely tough one but she strives to overcome it and be an inspiration to others.

Today, Leah is an employee of Northrop Grumman, an American global aerospace and defense technology company. She has received several company awards, and plans to continue to climb up the corporate ladder in her career, while also making an impact in her community.

Being a minority female in the aerospace defense industry holds a special meaning for Leah. She wants to represent herself and others who look like her, and show the world that race, background, and gender do not determine worth. It is the heart of a person that really makes you who you are.

Leah’s advice for other minority women considering joining the aerospace industry:

Go for it! Don’t hold back, dream big, be true to yourself , and strive to do everything with a spirit of excellence.

Leah has an impeccable work ethic and puts her all into everything she does. She is a humble, hardworking, and ambitious young professional working to leave her mark on the world.

Leah, thank you for continuing to push yourself to be an amazing representation of what a black woman in business looks like. It is because of women like you who push through adversity everyday that inspire others to keep working towards their dreams. Thank you for joining our tribe of #BlkWomeninBiz!

Do you know an amazing black woman in business climbing the corporate ladder? Send her information to info@tjecommunications.com.

#BlkWomeninBiz: Laura Kinney

As a young girl, Laura Kinney knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur. Her parents and grandparents (both maternal and paternal) were business owners, so it’s safe to say it’s in her DNA.

Before starting her own business, Laura was working mundane desk jobs and cleaning houses in her spare time. This quickly grew old and she decided to attend Full Sail University where she obtained her B.S. in Media Communications.

In 2011, Laura created 3rd Generation Cleaning Service, a janitorial business providing services to office buildings, medical practices, retail stores, fitness studios, religious centers, and multi-unit common areas. Throughout her time in school, she was able to gain an abundance of skills including career development, entrepreneurship, web design, and more. These skills helped Laura to market her business, and communicate with her clients.

Laura’s janitorial career started long before 2011. As a child she would work alongside her maternal grandmother, owner of Crawford’s Cleaning Service. She would help her clean churches, doctor offices, and schools. Her paternal grandparents, Sherman and Mattie Bell Kinney, were owners of the first black-owned janitorial service in the city of Cincinnati, S.K. Janitorial Service. Laura’s parents, John and Pamela, are the owners of The Janitorial Section, continuing the family business.

If you haven’t caught on, the name 3rd Generation Cleaning Service is due to the fact that Laura is continuing the family legacy by being a third generation janitorial business owner. But don’t be fooled! Just because Laura has the natural ability to run a business, doesn’t mean she didn’t take the necessary steps to truly build her brand.

First, she did her research to ensure no one else had her business name. Next, she ordered her business cards and created a website. After that, she began to work on obtaining client and building her network.

Like many of us, it’s hard to not doubt yourself from time to time. Laura is combating this by surrounding herself with like-minded business owners within her industry. Having this network gives her the ability to ask industry specific questions to a group that fully supports one another.

Have you ever heard the quote, “I am my ancestors wildest dreams” — that’s what being a black woman in business means to Laura. She is making waves in a male dominated industry and is proud to honor her family.

Laura’s advice for those curious about starting their own janitorial business is to do your research. There is a lot more that goes into this business than the obvious, and it’s something you should make sure you are truly prepared for.

If you’re looking for a new cleaning service for your business, make sure you keep 3rd Generation Cleaning Service at the top of mind.

Laura, thank you for taking the time to join the #BlkWomeninBiz series. I look forward to your continued success!

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28 Days of Black Women in Business

Black History Month is over, but that does not mean the celebration has to stop.

In February we celebrated 28 black women in business who are paving the way for us all. The month may be over, but we’re still celebrating women business leaders who are climbing the corporate ladder, and those branching out into their own businesses. Some of the daily features included our favorite local ladies, Morgan A. Owens, Kelsea Wiggins, and Adrienne Ruff. In addition to our international players, Valeisha Butterfield, Angela Yee, and Oprah Winfrey.

These past 28 days have allowed me to reflect on my own journey. I’ve started to not only think of ways I can improve, but how I can celebrate and support women like these every day of the year. It has been my pleasure to highlight these women and I am grateful for all of you that followed along every day.

It’s so important that we continue to celebrate and support one another. Representation truly matters and when little black girls see us prevailing, they will know that they, too, can be a top executive at a major corporation, or be asked to speak at conferences across the country.

So, how can we continue the celebration? Simply liking, commenting, sharing, and purchasing from the ladies we love can go a long way! If WE don’t, who will?

With that being said, I challenge you to visit the @blkwomeninbiz Instagram and learn more about these amazing women. As we move right along into Women’s History Month, stay tuned for more full Black Women in Biz features right here! Stay in the loop by joining my mailing list.

Want to be the next Blk Women in Biz feature? Send your resume, website, and supporting documents to info@tjecommunications.com.

#BlkWomeninBiz: Sierra Thomas

The #BlkWomeninBiz series sets out to inspire the worlds future black entrepreneur through stories of triumph and failure. This series features black women from all walks of life as they embark on a sometimes scary, but fulfilling, road of entrepreneurship and professional development.

Sierra was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio and has known she wanted to own a business since she was a young girl. Growing up she always had the passion for entrepreneurship and at age 11, worked on the weekends with her grandfather in his network marketing business. In 2010, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Youngstown State University, and obtained her MBA from Franklin University in 2012.

Throughout her time working in Corporate America, she developed her skills in accounting and problem solving, and realized her gift in numbers, was her calling to create her own solution to helping people: Touché Financial Solutions, LLC.

sierraTouché Financial Solutions, LLC helps new and established businesses create accounting systems tailored to the scope of their business needs and operations. Sierra’s business philosophy is to support, educate, and mentor both her personal, and business clients.

Touché Financial Solutions, LLC offers a variety of services including financial assessments, budget analyses, and strategic planning. For individuals, her company will work with you to reach your personal goals, and get your finances back on track.

Sierra makes it a point to continuously provide support and education to her clients through her Tax Tip Tuesday’s and Tax Tip Thursday’s, in addition to hosting in-person events, and speaking engagements – like her upcoming mini training at Respect the Hustle: Taxes and Brunch.

Don’t be fooled by the success Sierra has had. She most certainly put blood, sweat, and tears behind building her business. There were times that she felt “in over her head” and believed that no one supported her vision. Through the power of prayer and trusting God, she was able to push through. Thankfully she also got an accountability partner, and has been able to build a network of entrepreneurs within her field.

When asked if being a black woman in business held any special meaning for her, Sierra responded:

Absolutely! It is a great honor and privilege to not only be an African-American business owner, but an African American Accountant. The business industry has always been a Caucasian- male dominate industry and now women, especially African-American women are breaking through that glass ceiling. I am so proud to be apart of this monumental movement!

Sierra is truly passionate about her business, and the businesses she gets to support on a daily basis. In regards to other African American Accountants considering starting their own business, she encourages you all to “go for it!”

Never limit yourself because someone else has a similar idea. God created you and no one can do what you do, like you do it!

Sierra, thank you for trusting in your purpose and choosing to push through! Thank you for being amongst the resilient #BlkWomeinBiz.

Join Sierra for the first Respect the Hustle event of 2018 for Taxes and Brunch! Tickets are on sale – click here to get your ticket today.