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Author: Bernadette L. Harris & Kenya L. Johnson

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The CEO Launch is a weekly discussion exploring the good, bad, and ugly of early entrepreneurship. More than just tips and tricks, this mother-daughter duo sheds light on the humanness of being a business owner by giving you deep, honest, and sometimes comedic conversations about their entrepreneurial journey.
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This week Bernadette and Kenya discuss how they define success for themselves, while encourage you to create your own definition of success. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitter YouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
In this episode Kenya leads the discussion as she shares how small business and entrepreneurship has impacted her decisions, thoughts, and feelings in her life.  Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitter YouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
This week Bernadette and Kenya discuss how to deal with the distractions that are sure to come as you build your business. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitter YouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
In this week’s episode Bernadette and Kenya discuss the struggles of admitting when you need help as a solo entrepreneur, and the benefits of partnerships as you build your dream team.Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitter YouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
In this episode Kenya shares her “Lima Bean Story,” which eases into a larger conversation with Bernadette about instant gratification, patience, perseverance, and finding the balance between playing the short and long game as an entrepreneur. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media: FacebookInstagramTwitter YouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
This week Bernadette & Kenya share their business pet peeves. While funny, they share down to earth reasons why business owners should strive to avoid these.  Tag us on social media if we share one that you dislike as well. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
This week Bernadette and Kenya discuss how practice does not make perfect because perfection is not real. Many aspiring entrepreneurs never get started because they are waiting for the perfect time. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
This week, Bernadette and Kenya discuss why it's important to show up as your authentic self in every space you walk in. Particularly as a business owner, you want to make sure your message and your mission are aligned with your actions. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
This week, Bernadette and Kenya discuss how sometimes, you just have to do what you have to do! With a quirky story from Kenya's childhood, they share why it's important to "just clean the bathroom."  Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
Ep. 14 - Scholarships

Ep. 14 - Scholarships

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In this week's episode, Kenya discusses how her journey of securing scholarship money for college and how this shaped her overall work ethic and affect towards doing it even when it's hard. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
In this episode, Bernadette and Kenya keep it real about a reality of life and entrepreneurship: you don't always win. Listen to find out the ways they both had to cope and build from severe rejections in their life and their careers and how this helped them become the entrepreneurs they are today.Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
On today's episode, Bernadette discusses how her basketball career helped her ball out in the business world. Listen to find out the small piece of advice her college coach gave her that's helped her build her empire. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
In this episode, Kenya discusses how she overcame her initial self-doubt to start her business. With the wise words from some of her favorite people, she has been able to build the business of her dreams. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
In this episode, Bernadette gets vulnerable about a HUGE mistake she made in business. Listen to see what she did and what she learned.Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
In this week's episode, Bernadette and Kenya discuss why you need a community to help start and build your business. Every business owner wants and need support, but as you are growing your business, you must understand that support and patronage are not synonymous. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
On this week’s episode, Bernadette and Kenya discuss why keeping your day job could be beneficial in the first few years of starting your business. They explain why job shaming as an entrepreneur is counterproductive and give further insight on how full-time employment can prepare you to be a better boss. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
Bernadette and Kenya discuss a few of the many lessons they learned “growing up together” as mother and daughter in business. For Bernadette, it was all about showing Kenya that she could do anything she put her mind to. For Kenya, it was knowing that the only person stopping her was herself. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
Finding time to do anything outside of work as an entrepreneur can be a challenging, but finding time to date can seem like a miracle! Outside of meetings, invoices, and doing the actual work, it can be hard for entrepreneurs to find time to get out and meet other people, let alone maintain a healthy relationship. Still, Bernadette and Kenya discuss some ways that they’ve been able to prioritize dating in their busy lives and talks about the things they look for in a partner. Even with a topic like dating, this duo still found some key takeaways in their conversations. When dating as an entrepreneur, you want find someone who:Gets and accepts youMakes you want to be a better personBelieves in what you’re doing Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
Despite what's portrayed in the media, entrepreneurship is not all glitz, glam, and good food.  As business owners (especially those just starting out), there are a number of sacrifices you have to make to keep your business afloat. In this week’s episode, Bernadette and Kenya explore the different sacrifices they’ve made to help them become the entrepreneurs they are today. Even with the vast differences in their experience, they each had similar advice for all the listeners out there: 1.        Allow yourself to make mistakes.2.        Know that you don’t have to do everything.3.        Remember you determine your priorities. Join our online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
In this episode, we explore how we discovered purpose in our current businesses. Being that her mom is an "OG" in entrepreneurship, Kenya decides to take some time in this episode to ask Bernadette to discuss her recipe for building a legacy business. Similarly, Kenya discusses how being a "dualpreneur" fulfills two purposes in her early stages of owning a business.Here’s some quick questions to ask yourself to assess your fulfillment in your business: 1.        What was your personal mission to start your business? 2.        What keeps you going in your business?3.        What do you want the legacy of your business to be?Join their online community "The Efficient CEO Movement" on Facebook and follow them on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeDownload and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.Hosts: @TrustBernadette & @KenyaLSJohnsonWant to learn more about how to start your business the right way? Grab a copy of The Business Blueprint 2.0
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