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Author: Nicaila Matthews Okome

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Side Hustle Pro spotlights bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. Join Chief Side Hustler turned full-time entrepreneur Nicaila Matthews Okome for your weekly installment of Side Hustle Pro and learn actionable strategies to start small and get going–wherever and whoever you are. Side Hustle Pro features interviews with inspiring black women entrepreneurs including interviews with Myleik Teele of CurlBox, Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter, Nicole Walters of The Monetized Life, Maya Elious of Built to Impact, and more!
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Today’s spotlight is Dr. Danita Nikki Brooks, the Founder of Zen in a Jar, a zen-focused home and body care line. Dr. Nikki is an entrepreneur from Washington, DC. As you’ll hear in this episode, while working full time in government, and pursuing her Doctor of Science in Information Systems & Communication, she startled hustling. Side hustling that is. She started Zen in a Jar on the side, and it actually supplemented her income and helped pay her tuition. Upon completing her doctorate, Dr. Nikki realized her passion is self-care. Through Zen in a Jar, she creates ways for women to access luxury experiences for the mind, body, and space with an emphasis on the power of aromatherapy. “Respect your magic” is the mantra she lives by and her goal is to pour into other women and create experiences for them to tap into their very best lives. On today’s episode, we hear how she does it. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher This episode is brought to you by: Gusto Gusto offers modern, easy payroll, benefits, and HR to small businesses across the country. Sign up and give it a try at Gusto.com/shp. Trill MBA If you are looking for a show that’s going to help you THRIVE and navigate corporate America while you’re side hustling and come out on TOP, Trill MBA Show is for you. Search for “Trill MBA Show” in your podcast app. And make sure to SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss an episode. Links mentioned in this episode Zen in a Jar The Mauve Agency The Four Agreements Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss Announcements If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebook Social Media Info Zen in a Jar - @ZenInAJar Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro #SideHustlePro
Today in the guest chair: Sevetri Wilson. Sevetri is the Founder and CEO of New Orleans based technology startup Resilia (formerly ExemptMeNow) that she founded in 2015 to revolutionize how nonprofits are created and maintained, and how enterprises (who deploy billions annually) scale impact. Whether you’re looking to start a nonprofit, manage an existing one, or deploy capital, the Resilia platform guides customers seamlessly through the entire process. She’s raised over $2M for her startup to date, making her the first Black woman in New Orleans to raise over $1M in venture capital, and one of only 11 black women to raise over $3M. She is also the founder of Solid Ground Innovations, LLC (SGI), a strategic communications and management firm that she founded in 2009. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher This episode is brought to you by: Gusto Gusto offers modern, easy payroll, benefits, and HR to small businesses across the country. Sign up and give it a try at Gusto.com/shp. Trill MBA If you are looking for a show that’s going to help you THRIVE and navigate corporate America while you’re side hustling and come out on TOP, Trill MBA Show is for you. Search for “Trill MBA Show” in your podcast app. And make sure to SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss an episode. Links mentioned in this episode Resilia Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss Announcements If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebook Social Media Info Sevetri Wilson - @SevetriWilson Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro #SideHustlePro  
Today in the guest chair is Courtney Caldwell. Courtney is the Cofounder & COO of beauty-tech startup, ShearShare, the first on-demand salon and barbershop space rental app. With ShearShare, licensed stylists can rent workspace by the day in cities all over the world, while salon and barbershop owners make money on unused space.  Prior to co-founding ShearShare, Courtney managed an award-winning salon with her husband and co-founder, which was the genesis behind ShearShare. Before that, Courtney spent two decades building winning teams in tech marketing and ran a boutique consulting firm where she fast-tracked international sales and marketing success for brands such as Zendesk, Zenefits, and Qualtrics. ShearShare is a 2018 Google Demo Day winner, 2016 Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year, and a YC Fellowship and 500 Startups alum. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher This episode is brought to you by: Color Noir You have never seen a coloring book app like this—it celebrates black girl magic in all of its glory. To get it, open up your iOS app store app, search for “Color Noir” and enjoy! And make sure you hit SUBSCRIBE in the app so you can get all the amazing images and bonuses dropping each and every month. Trill MBA If you are looking for a show that’s going to help you THRIVE and navigate corporate America while you’re side hustling and come out on TOP, Trill MBA Show is for you. Search for “Trill MBA Show” in your podcast app. And make sure to SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss an episode. Skillshare Skillshare is offering Side Hustle Pro listeners 2 months of unlimited Skillshare classes for FREE. To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/sidehustlepro Links mentioned in this episode ShearShare Founder Forward Coaching by Robyn Ward From the Ground Up by Howard Schultz Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss Announcements If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebook Social Media Info ShearShare - @ShearShare Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro #SideHustlePro
Today in the guest chair, we have Katonya Breaux, the founder and President of Unsun Cosmetics, Inc., a Los Angeles-based skin care company specializing in natural sun protection and beauty products for all skin shades and tones. Katonya herself has worn sunscreen diligently since her twenties. In this episode, she shares why she initially became so diligent with her sunscreen, and how as she matured, she became more health conscious. She realized that even someone with her complexion could get skin cancer. As a result, the idea of sunscreen was no longer just about vanity for her. Protecting her skin meant protecting her life. On today’s episode, she talks about the tedious process of creating a product that met her own personal high standards and is a natural SPF 30 sunscreen that doesn’t leave the white “residue” that us women with lots of melanin often experience with other SPF brands. As Katonya says, “Everyone should be able to look their best while protecting themselves from the harmful effects of the sun.” Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher Links mentioned in this episode Unsun Cosmetics Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss Announcements If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebook Social Media Info Unsun Cosmetics - @unsuncosmetics Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro #SideHustlePro
Today in the guest chair we have Anika Hobbs, the Founder of Nubian Hueman, a Washington DC boutique featuring a curated selection of African-inspired apparel, accessories, art, and unique goods. Not simply a boutique, Nubian Hueman is a social enterprise that specializes in sourcing unique goods, fashion, and art by designers representing the global Diaspora. It has become a catalyst for culture, community, and the development of the creative economy by connecting the consumer to independent artists from across the world and serving as a means to promote collective interaction, community development, and global responsibility through a fresh and artistic brick-and-mortar platform. Nubian Hueman has worked with over 400 artists, in 30 countries, and across 6 different continents and has received recognition from former President Barack Obama, the Washington Post, NPR, and Forbes. On today’s episode, Anika shares how her unlikely career path in retail served as a catalyst for Nubian Hueman. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher Links mentioned in this episode Nubian Hueman Retail Math Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss Announcements If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebook Social Media Info Nubian Hueman - @nubianhueman Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro #SideHustlePro
Today in the guest chair, we have Jamila Souffrant. Jamila is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), podcaster, writer, and the founder of JourneytoLaunch.com where she shares her journey to reach Financial Independence while helping others do the same. Jamila and her husband saved $169,000 in two years and are debt free besides their mortgage. She is also a mother of three small children and lives in NYC! Her quitting her job to work for herself was made possible, not by monetizing her side hustle, but by SAVING. On today’s episode, Jamila shares: How she and her husband were able to save $169,000 in two years Her approach to the financial independence (FI) movement How she developed and stuck to a budget (without being super frugal) How optimizing her finances helped her to take her leap into entrepreneurship And more! Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher Thank you to our amazing sponsors:Get two months of unlimited access to Skillshare for FREE. To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/sidehustlepro Links mentioned in this episode Podcast Moguls Journey To Launch Acuity The Life Coach School podcast JourneyToLaunch.com/LaunchClub Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss Announcements If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebook Social Media Info Journey to Launch - @JourneyToLaunch Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro #SideHustlePro
On today’s episode, I’m jumping into the guest chair with an update on what I’ve been working on behind the scenes of the podcast. Find out what went well for me in Q1 2019, what didn’t go so well, and what I’m focused on for Q2. As evidenced by the title, this quote attributed to the late Nipsey Hussle has affected me deeply, and I'm determined to do my part. Rest in Power Nipsey. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher Thank you to our amazing sponsor: Check out Grammarly so you too can type with confidence. Go to Grammarly.com/sidehustle to get 20% off your Grammarly premium account today. Links mentioned in this episode Podcast Moguls (NEXT MASTERCLASS is APRIL 18—DON’T MISS IT!! REGISTER HERE) Goal Getter Action Plan Some of my Podcast Moguls students: Trill MBA Show Game of Grow The Glow Up Podcast by Lene Hypolite Stacks and the City She’s Got Drive Sisters in Loss Coin Gamma The Research Her My 2019 Speaking Engagements Caribbean Startup Summit (May 24-25, Barbados) Summit 21 Conference (June 7-8, ATLANTA) Woman Evolve Conference (July 12-13, Denver, CO) Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss Announcements If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebook Social Media Info Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro #SideHustlePro
On today’s episode, I’m jumping into the guest chair along with my husband Muoyo Okome and we are talking about The Okome Family Hustle! Hear how we both went from being side hustlers to full-time entrepreneurs (him as an app developer and me as a full-time podcaster). Plus, hear how we met, about our experiences getting our MBA (him at Wharton and me at Michigan) and working in corporate, how we juggled love and life, and how we supported each other through the ups and downs on the path to entrepreneurship. Then find out what we talk about the most and what we at preparing for next! If you want to hear more from Muoyo, subscribe to the Game of Grow Podcast (“the most dangerous business podcast in the world”). Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher Thank you to our amazing sponsors:Get two months of unlimited access to Skillshare for FREE. To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/sidehustlepro Check out Grammarly so you too can type with confidence. Go to Grammarly.com/sidehustle to get 20% off your Grammarly premium account today. Links mentioned in this episode Game of Grow Podcast Moguls Management Leadership for Tomorrow Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM) Goal Getter Action Plan Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss Announcements If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebook Social Media Info Game of Grow - @gameofgrow Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro #SideHustlePro
Today in the guest chair we have Kendra Barnes. At the time of this recording, Kendra was an Economist by day and Real Estate Investor by night. Kendra is now a full-time Real Estate Investor and Founder of The Key Resource. Her real estate investments afforded her the ability to retire from the 9-5 life at the age of 32! She created The Key Resource to inspire, empower and educate people about the power of home ownership and Real Estate investment. She currently owns and manages 4 properties (8 rental units total). Her key message to anyone looking to buy a home or a rental property is: “You don’t have hit the lottery or be left an inheritance to buy property. You can start with what you have right now. You are worthy of wealth.” On today’s episode, we get into: What inspired her to get into real estate The mistakes she and her husband made when purchasing their first property The risky move they took to make their down payment The “house hacking” technique that allows you to save a huge amount on your down payment And so much more! Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher Thank you to our amazing sponsors: Gusto offers modern, easy payroll, benefits, and HR to small businesses across the country. Sign up and give it a try at Gusto.com/shp. Links mentioned in this episode The Key Resource Zapier Think and Grow Rich book Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss Announcements If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebook Social Media Info The Key Resource - @thekeyresource Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro #SideHustlePro  
Today in the guest chair we have Denise Woodard, the Founder of Partake Foods. Partake Foods provides meals and snacks that are delicious, safe and nutritious for conscious eaters. They are free of gluten, the top 8 allergens, and artificial ingredients. Made with real foods like sprouted grains, fruits, and vegetables, Partake products give peace-of-mind to those with dietary restrictions and simple enjoyment to those without. In June 2017, Partake debuted three flavors of mini cookies to independent, natural food stores in the Northeast. Distribution has now grown to include Whole Foods, Wegmans, and over 150 other retailers, as well as Amazon and the Partake Foods website. Partake Foods has even been featured by People, Reader’s Digest, and Babble. Denise was a member of the 2017 Cohort of Project Entrepreneur and Fall 2018 class of the Chobani Incubator, as well as the winner of the 2018 SheKnows Media BlogHer pitch competition and the 2017 Google “Black Founders” program. Prior to launching Partake Foods, Denise spent the past 12 years in consumer packaged goods at various Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, she held the title of Director, National Sales in Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands division. On today’s episode, we get into: Why Denise is so passionate about gluten and allergen-free food How she, a non-baker, was able to start a cookie and snack brand The pivotal point when she made the decision to leave Coke to pursue Partake full time, and so much more Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher Thank you to our amazing sponsors: Gusto offers modern, easy payroll, benefits, and HR to small businesses across the country. Sign up and give it a try at Gusto.com/shp. Links mentioned in this episode Partake Foods Unfinished Biz podcast Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss Announcements If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebook Social Media Info Partake Foods - @PartakeFoods Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro #SideHustlePro
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Catherine Heglar

that's weird when I hear your guest say she was a controller I knew it was for an auto dealer. women in that field are go getters.

Mar 6th
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Charli Blanchard

i love listening to you. thank you

Jan 24th
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