Month: April 2016

Today’s Queen Bee has found success by building key relationships to create a supportive environment.  Lisa Owusu has a background in law yet she’s created an exquisite line of jewelry.  I’m excited about this episode because Lisa goes into some detail about how she found people to help her.  During our conversation, she posed a really important question, “How do I excite people to want to help me build a brand?”  This is something to really consider.  I truly believe that having a supportive team is critical to success both in the corporate world and as a small business owner.  As entrepreneurs, sometimes we think that we have to do it all ourselves but this is simply not true.  In the corporate world, you’re typically part of a team – so, having support is mostly automatic.  For the small business owner, especially when you’re just starting out, having a team is still really important.  However, it takes resources (financial and otherwise) to create this team.  Due to the nature of small business, the answer is not as simple as just hiring someone.  We have to be both creative and courageous enough to reach out to others.  Talking to Lisa really helped me to understand how important it is to build relationships while building a business.

 

Her Story

Born in Brooklyn, Lisa Owusu grew up in La Côte D’Ivoire and Ghana. She studied liberal arts and then went on to study law between England and the United States.

In 2011, Lisa left her job to return to Ghana where she became obsessed with West Africa’s rich bead culture and Ghana’s gold history and culture. Falling in love with these millennia-old treasures and traditions, she returned to New York to practice law, pursue studying the fine jewelry craft and to build the brand CHARLTON & LOLA.

CHARLTON & LOLA, as a brand, weaves through all forms of jewelry techniques: playing with the history of old-world jewelry-making, different cultural techniques and new age design tools like Computer-Aided Design. Lisa believes that to appreciate and understand what you choose to wear, you also need to be aware of the process of creation.  From the point of imagining the piece to the actual work of creation, it’s all inherently a soulful exercise in creating beauty.

 

Her business philosophy

  • Be courageous; always have courage.

 

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs….

  • Have a passion for (the business) because the day to day of being an entrepreneur and growing a business will always have challenging moments.

 

Links

http://www.charltonandlola.com

http://www.benlolony.com/

http://www.flourishthriveacademy.com/

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Her business philosophy

  • Follow your passion because it’s the pathway to your destiny.  Find and use you own voice rather than following what’s popular.

 

Biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make

  • Listening to the world rather than listening to yourself
  • Overwhelm – drowning in too much content and information
  • Not having a blueprint – who, what, when, where, why, how for how you will approach your business
  • Not being willing to invest in a coach who can help you with figuring out how to approach your business

 

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs….

  • In order to follow your passion and let it lead to your destiny, be patient.  There will be ups and downs on the road to success.

 

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs….

  • Relationships – get involved with other groups to determine who would be a good coach for you.  Finding the right coach is a process.  Research each person and engage with them to build relationships.  Observe them behind the scenes.  Determine likeability and trust.
  • Outline what you want to do – what is the legacy that you want to lead?
  • Get a coach to help you with your blueprint.
  • Schedule everything – even family time and make sure you don’t sacrifice that.  You will see where you’re putting most of your time and how effective you are.

 

 

Links

www.tanyapatxot.com

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Amanda Bear is the designer and owner of Larkspur Lingerie, a sustainable and ethical lingerie company based in Los Angeles.

I wanted to talk to Amanda because of she is very eco-conscious and focuses on sustainability within product design.

 

Her business philosophy

  • Be constructive instead of destructive.

 

Her biggest challenges so far

  • Cash flow is a big challenge.  Amanda overcomes this by ordering materials as needed after she has received customer orders.
  • Figuring out how to communicate to her customers is an ongoing challenge

 

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs….

  • Research your idea so that you know if it’s a good one
  • Be persistent and willing to learn
  • Make a good plan and then be flexible.

 

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Karen Kawallek is the founder and creator of Lake Providence Lodge Scented Wax Melts.   She started making scented wax melts as a hobby which quickly grew into a full scale business.

I wanted to talk to Karen because she has a corporate day job and generates side income by developing her own products.

 

Her business philosophies

  • Produce a high quality product; market it smartly and be kind.
  • It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.

 

Her biggest challenges

  • Keeping up with logistics: raw material inventory management, etc.

Karen was able to solve her challenges by seeking the aid and guidance of others. In turn, Karen has helped others in their businesses.

 

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs….

  • Don’t be afraid.   If basing your business in an interest that you have, pursue it.
  • You need a network. Begin building or seeking out that network starting with the people around you.

 

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