I am a woman of strength and courage. I carry my battle wounds and scars like a shield of armor with grace and confidence every day. I’m a survivor with an ambition and determination to be a very successful entrepreneur.
After fifteen years in healthcare, I knew I wanted more and was not sure if I wanted to continue my education in the healthcare field and continue to work for someone else or to reach for my childhood dreams of owning my salon. As an empty nester, I was trying to heal from a tragedy, so I took a leap of faith coming together with 11 other women I had never met before to co-author “Project Hear Her Heart”. During that collaboration, I met some divine and amazing women on my journey, which ultimately led me to start my own non-invasive body contouring business named Body Chisel, LLC. I am excited about being a newly published author. I am on a mission to walk in my purpose and help others on the road to healing.
At Body Chisel LLC, we offer a safe and non-invasive body contouring procedure to help stubborn body fat melt away by ultrasonic cavitation, also known as Lipo-cavitation. Lipo-cavitation is an outpatient treatment with no anesthesia, typically painless with no downtime. It is a safe approach to melt away localized fat cells resistant to exercise and achieve the body goals you are working toward. We also use ultrasonic waves to tighten the skin, aiding in the disappearance of stretch marks. In addition to body contouring, we offer Wood Contour Therapy and Butt Cupping Vacuum Therapy. Body Chisel, LLC. also offers post-op massages, post-lymphatic massages, and lymphatic drainage massages for those who had surgical procedures such as tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts (BBL), and complete mommy makeovers.
Our vision is to be the place where women and men can feel good about their self-image by improving their self-confidence with non-surgical body contouring and skin care treatment services that are appealing and long-lasting.
Our mission at Body Chisel, LLC is to provide comfortable and personalized services to assist our clients in reaching their body contouring goals while delivering a professional and overall memorable feel-good experience in the convenience of their own space or ours.
How do you overcome challenges in business? I am willing to abandon what doesn’t work. If something doesn’t work, try something else. Don’t give up, make realistic goals, and replace old strategies with new ones. Prioritize and commit.
I create and deliver trainings covering various leadership development topics to help organizations grow. Public speaking and people improvement are my passions.
TMonroeSpeaks, Inc. focuses on researching, creating, and delivering leadership development training material. I help clients diagnose any leadership issues that are negatively impacting their bottom line. I create trainings to solve those gaps in knowledge. Our goal is to create transformational leaders.
Our vision is to increase productivity and connectivity by creating better people through education. We create better leaders.
Our mission is to create long-lasting and effective training courses. We leverage technology to increase education, engagement, and equity.
How do you overcome challenges in business? I seek advice from other leaders in the industry. I push through difficult challenges by staying flexible and connected to my purpose.
Company: SMG Christian Bookstore Website: teachabletruthscom.wordpress.com
I am a pastor’s wife, mother, Nana, professor, and author, but the role I cherish the most is being a daughter of the most high King! My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11. I earned my Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University. I am a certified Dave Ramsey Financial Coach and a certified John Maxwell Coach and Speaker.
SMG Christian Bookstore is the parent company hosting “Books and Blogs”. My blog, “Teachable Truths by Dr. Lisa Stewart”, will provide teaching and coaching messages of biblical truths that parents and grandparents can teach their children and grandchildren. The bookstore will provide future publications of books for parents, grandparents, and children.
Our vision is to reach parents, grandparents, and young boys and girls within our community and share the biblical truths in such a way that it would penetrate their hearts and minds, show the relevance of God’s Word in this day and time and draw them to faith in Jesus Christ.
Our mission is to honor the Lord Jesus Christ by living out the great commission to go and make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20)
How do you overcome challenges in business? I overcome any challenge I face by learning from my failures and seeking wisdom and guidance from others who have achieved the goals I am pursuing.
Company: Empower our Youth Foundation Website: empowerouryouthfoundation.org
Tonya Kelly, MEd, is the CEO/Founder of the 501c3 non-profit organization Empower our Youth Foundation. Tonya, by career, is a fourth-grade teacher at Horizon Science Academy Elementary in Columbus, Ohio. The organization began in 2017 when her second daughter experienced being bullied till she had thoughts of suicide. She witnessed firsthand the negative impacts, family emotions, and experiences that damage a child’s self-esteem and quality of life.
Empower our Youth Foundation offers youth empowerment programs to students, families, and educators to learn about bullying prevention and give our youth a voice. We are a national 501c3 non-profit organization for youth ages 5-17 years old.
Our vision is to be a voice for our youth against bullying.
Our mission statement is to be encouraged, respectful, a voice for yourself and others against bullying, and to believe in yourself.
How do you overcome challenges in business? Empower UP is committed to providing community impact by working with local school districts (especially Title I, community, and charter school districts), law enforcement, churches, community centers, non-profit organizations, community leaders, and social agencies.
You’ve got to experience it to believe it! Camps by KT is an engaging day camp program designed for children to learn in a fun and inspirational way since 2007! We have curated a well-rounded program that allows youth to grow, bond, and go through self-discovery journey. At Camps by KT, we are all about having fun, new experiences, community, laughter, and educational fun. We provide the ultimate experience for children as they enjoy the great Camps by KT.
Camps by KT offers Empowerment, Public Speaking, Arts, Science, Engineering, Culinary, Physical Activity, and of course FUN! Each entity of Camps by KT has been curated by professionals in each field. We have tremendous support from our very own speech therapist (Angela Pope), engineer (Darrelyn Smith), culinarian (Chef Bland), science educator (Sherry Collings), and primary educator (Shardia Barber). They cultivate fun and educational learning. Our support inspires little minds to do BIG things with unique experiences, positive influence, and motivation!
Camps by KT exist to equip the youth with the tools to lead empowered lives and live to their true potential through youth day camps and teen leadership programs.
We are on a mission to empower youth to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally to achieve their version of success. To equip learners with diverse skills that empower them to navigate life’s unchartered territories and thrive.
How do you overcome challenges in business? Prepare for the long haul, the rise and fall, and let neither define your sense of self. That is what I always remind myself of whenever struggle presents itself. There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others. That is how I’ve overcome challenges. I have been fortunate to have a community of families, friends, and staff that greatly support Camps by KT; especially my Illuminating Fireflies, and Poised Pineapples families!
Company: Des Aina Realty Group Website: desainarealty.com
Throughout her career Des has earned numerous accolades such as Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), Monthly Top Producer, Multi-Million Dollar Producer, TDRealty Millionaire Club, Knock Certified Agent, Ribbon Agent Certified, BRAG Broker Agent Advisor Five Star. Des lives in Katy, TX with her husband, daughter, mother, and one baby girl on the way. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, vacationing, spending time with her family, and having great conversations with great people. Des aims to provide the highest level of service for her clients and takes pride in helping them achieve their real estate goals.
Our vision is to educate, provide resources, and encourage people that home ownership is possible rather than buying or selling. We will help them reach their house goals.
Our mission is to help our clients meet their house goals.
How do you overcome challenges in business? Education. When my clients are educated and believe in the PPF (prayer, patience, and faith) we can overcome any challenge.
My company has been in business for ten years. It started based on cupcakes and gift baskets while on maternity leave with my second child. I am a self-taught baker and everything that I offered, thus far, was learned through trial and error. FYC offers custom cakes, various desserts, custom gifts, custom cake décor (On Etsy), and even custom wood décor for your home or any special occasion. My business has taken off tremendously within the past year and is still increasing now that I am fully committed to it.
My company vision is to grow and improve my business in a sustainable way.
Forever Yours Creations is committed to providing excellent customer service and quality products to our customers.
How do you overcome challenges in business? I overcome challenges first and foremost through prayer. Without our God, I wouldn’t have my business. I solely lean on him as I’ve embarked on this journey of being a full-time entrepreneur.
Volume 2 is fresh from the Mixed Talk Media oven! This year was a year of firsts. We are honored to feature 13 amazing entrepreneurs, 12 are our 2021 Catalyst 4 Change Award recipients, our growth this year, and a message for the soul.
[ 8 ] Feature Story | MUA Sabrena Cross
CFC Leadership Awards [ 16 ] LaVonia Tryon [ 18 ] Sonjia Pelton-Sam [ 19 ] Tamie Ross [ 20 ] Great Douglas [ 21 ] Tiara Matthews [ 32 ] Feature Story | Alexis Harrold
CFC Radio Awards [ 22 ] Czarina Lynell [ 23 ] Arthur Milton-Porter III [ 24 ] Therese W Gamble [ 25 ] Faye Carter [ 26 ] Teia Acker-Moore [ 28 ] Feature Story | Andrena Phillip
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We are accepting entrepreneurs for our 2022 WEC $5,000 Pitch IT! Grant. -All entrants will be automictically entered into the MTM Cover Contest complete with a photoshoot (Houston, Texas location). -All entrants will receive a 2022 Catalyst 4 Change Award -All Entrants will be able to Pitch their brand for the opportunity to walk away with a $5,000 Grant.