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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR The Year of Me AVID is officially two years old, we made it!!! 2019 has been a phenomenal year for AVID Magazine. In 2016, I set out to help business owners get their businesses recognized because of my personal struggles. I created a media outlet and over these past two years, AVID Magazine has featured over 2,500 businesses, events, and entrepreneurs via social media, our website, and through our quarterly digital magazine. Is is with great pleasure that I announce that AVID Magazine is now in seven countries and we have over 150,000 readers worldwide in two years. During the last quarter of 2019, you should have been planning your 2020 year out. It’s important that you set 30, 60, and 90 day goals for you and your business. Make your business known and follow Diddy’s approach in marketing by shameless promoting. Make one of your goals this year to become more visible and stop at no cost to put your brand in front of thousands. Most people want money, power, and accolades, however they do not equal self-love and acceptance. A few years ago, I read “Year of Yes,” by Shonda Rhimes and it was so relateable. Often times we do not give ourselves enough credit for the things we are great at. We are quick to automacially count things out because we have already decided in our minds that the answer is NO. In her memoir “Year of Yes”, Shonda Rhimes lives up to her promise to show the world “How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person.” She states that we have to start saying yes to five things. Three of those things stuck out to me personally and hopefully they can help you as well.

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1. Say YES to your voice - You have the power to impact your corner of the world for the better by swallowing your fear, standing up for what’s right and speaking out in love. You never know how your voice can change a person’s life. 2. Say ‘Yes’ to Saying ‘No’ - Difficult conversations are sometimes necessary for personal growth and for the health of your relationships and the people who love you will want to grow along with you. Learn to say ‘no’ to things and people that are sucking the life out of you. When you understand that you deserve good things, saying ‘no’ to the bad things becomes so much easier. 3. Say ‘Yes’ to Real Friendships - Believe people when they show you who they really are. It is not only fair to them, it’s also fair to you. When you become an honest, healthy person, you can cultivate honest, healthy relationships with others. As always, soar in 2020 and never feel bad about your blessings. Here are some points to focus on. 1. Keep God first, pray, and stay humble. 2. Focus on your purpose 3. Develop a different mindset. You can’t have the same mindset you had in 2020 Remember to always be Ambitious, Victorious, Inspiring and Determined! Be AVID! Instagram: @nancy_theavidmag

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Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? While on a blanket drive with my mom, I noticed the homeless didn’t have socks to keep them warm. Because of my passion to give back to the community and my fondness for socks, Sock Out Poverty was created. Sock Our Poverty gives the most needed yet overlooked item to the less fortunate, and that’s a new pair of socks. Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? I take 30 min a day to focus on something positive and pour back into me. I listen to daily inspirational messages, meditation, and uplifting songs. This keeps me balance and able to handle challenges when they come 8

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What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? I’m going to host my Sock Out Poverty Campaign in Chicago in 2020. We are excited to continue to go global and Sock Out Poverty all over the world What has been the hardest thing about being in business? Balancing my business, my acting career, and school. What are the failures that you most cherish? I don’t consider to have failed but allow challenges that I face to either redirect me or reevaluate myself and how I can improve in a certain area. Failure leads to success. Kevin Gates said, “Learn from everytime you ever failed, if it never failed then grind smarter.” What did you want to be when you grew up? I’m living my dream now. I’m a child actress and a business owner of a nonprofit organization What do you do in your free time? I like to keep a good balance so I listen to music and hang out with my friends in my free time. How would you describe yourself in one word? Prolific What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? My creativity to accomplish my mission and goals. To stay focus and stay in my lane. What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13 If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Follow your Dreams and don’t give up For more information on Sock Out Poverty visit www.sockoutpoverty.org If you are interrested in partnering or donating to Sock Out Poverty please send an email to info@sockoutpoverty.org or call 1-888-318-2838. Be sure to follow Princess on Social Media FB: Princess Jackson IG: @therealprincessjackson Twitter: PrincessJ4Real


What do you specialize in, what are you most known for? We specialize in Girl Empowered Workshops through Chicks With Class centers, school curriculum and girls conferences. Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and as a young girl I lacked confidence and overall self esteem. It wasn’t until I developed social skills and overcame my fear of speaking to people that I gained my self esteem. My social skills were developed through the training I received in the military, internships I’ve held and the time I spent obtaining my undergraduate degree at Texas Southern University. It dawned on me one day that if young girls were exposed to more of the experiences I had they too would have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Girls with low self esteem don’t realize their full potential because of fear or lack of enthusiasm to even try. This is why I created my company Chicks With Class™️ where we provide unique workshops to girls which help them reach their full potential. We are the first for profit Girls Email Company listed as a Public Benefit Corpotation in the United States. I’ve developed a way to commercialize my technique so that I am creating opportunities for both shareholders and stakeholders. Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? The opportunities my company is creating duke stakeholders being the girls impacted by our programs, schools and organizations. My motivation also comes from the shareholders such as the franchisees and licensees. What can we look for ward to from you in the upcoming year? We plan to open up multiple locations in Texas and spread to surrounding cities and states. We also want our curriculum to be implemented throughout Texas schools and surrounding states. What has been the hardest thing about being in business? Access to funding for my type of entity. I am the first to market so it takes a bit more for investment and banks to understand my business model. It’s also extremely difficult to handle work/life balance. With an infant and 2 boys both in elementary school it’s been hard to manage everything while keeping the business goals met. What are the failures that you most cherish? I cherish all of my failures because they are all opportunities for me to learn. The one that sticks out the most however is my most recent failure to launch a

product on time. I learned that I didn’t have all of the pieces to the puzzle together but we went back to the drawing board. After looking at things from all angles, of the product would’ve launched we wouldn’t have been able to handle the growth which would’ve put the brand at risk. What did you want to be when you grew up? I actually wanted to be a lawyer because I was great a arguing my point and having others agree with me. What do you do in your free time? I spend my free time traveling the world with my children. How would you describe yourself in one word? Resilient What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? I developed a way to commercialize the girls empowerment industry providing opportunities for not only stakeholders but creating new opportunities for shareholders. What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? Stay prepared so you don’t have to get prepared. If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Don’t give up because every struggle you’ve endured is worth it in the end if you just keep going. I was recently selected out of 100 applicants for a 12 month fellowship with with Global Good Fund which highlights veteran entrepreneurs with social enterprises. This Fellowship will provided mentorship, leadership training and $10,000 grant to help my business grow. Margo Jordan Baines - margobaines@chickswithclass.com Chicks With Class is located at 16430 West Lake Houston Pkwy Suite 400 Houston, TX 77044 For more information on Chicks With Class visit www.chickswithclass.com or call (281) 832-3638 Be sure to follow them on social at @chicks_with_class on Instagram @Chicks With Class on Facebook and @Chickswclass

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What do you specialize in, what are you most known for? I’ve been asked the question if I specialize in residential or commercial design a lot. I specialize in making my clients dreams a reality and changing communities for the better. Some of our project types have included single family residential, churches, restaurants and medical offices. Our Clients project construction costs range from $150,000.00 to $60,000,000.00. Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? I developed a passion for architecture at an earlier age growing up in New Orleans. When I was 8 or 9 years old my grandmother use to take my brother and I to ride the street car on St. Charles Street. I was fascinated with the homes on the street. When we made it back to her house I use to try to draw some of the homes. After she passed a few years ago I found out she kept a lot of my drawings. Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? Two things keep me motivated. I enjoy bringing people dreams to reality. Many times when I meet a Client for the first time they have a sketch on a piece of paper of their idea. I have to now make that sketch become a reality. The second thing that keeps me motivated is my passion for architecture. Anytime someone ask me “Why did I got into architecture?” because they are doing something they are not happy doing. I always say “do what you are passionate about and it will never feel like work”. What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? In 2020, Kenneth Robinson, APC will continue growing our design team. We also have a couple of ventures to be on the look out for. What has been the hardest thing about being in business? At one time the hardest things for me about being in business was separating work from personal. Because of my passion for architecture I found myself working 12 plus hours a day, since it did not feel like work, only to go to bed and wake up and do the same thing the next day. Now I understand I have to step away from work and focus on family and other things that make me happy. What are the failures that you most cherish? I don’t look at things as failures. I have always looked at the bumps in the road as lessons learned. Those lessons have made me a better person, a better architect and a better entrepreneur. What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a successful

Architect when I grew up. What do you do in your free time? I like to spend time with my wife in my free time. It doesn’t matter if we are traveling or going out to eat or just sitting on the couch watching television. How would you describe yourself in one word? Observant What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? People have told me the thing that sets me apart from others in my field is because I take the time to educate them on the design and construction processes. I feel its important for the Client to know whats going throughout their project. What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? As long as I can remember I have lived by Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? If someone wanted to follow my path to become an entrepreneur I would tell them to find what they are passionate about and do it. Also get a mentor. I’ve had several over the years. My Mentors have been in my field and outside of my field. They are that person you can bounce an idea off of or that person who will tell you when you are doing something wrong. At the end of the day your Mentor wants to see you succeed. For more information visit www.kraarch.com; or email krobinson@ kraarch.com. Check out Kenneth Robinson on Facebook at @kraarch.

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Booked Design Space HTX Corey Ivory, owner and creative designer and Alexandria Greene Jones, co-owner and PR of Booked Design Space has definetly made a mark in 2019. Only being open for one year Booked Design Space creativity has captured the eyes of Houstonians since launching the African American Selfie Musuem. The selfie museum launched as a black history pop-up and now serves as a permanent museum in the heart of Houston’s Montrose. Each room is designed to reflect real-life events and to celebrate moments in time that we may have taken for granted. For instance, the Houston 90’s bedroom is a replica of the owner and creative direcotr Corey Ivory’s, late brother’s bedroom who passed from kidney failure in 2012. He loved Houston music, and he introduced Corey to screwed and chopped music including Houston legends Big Hawk, Big Moe, and Dj screw just to name a few. Corey wanted to pay respect to his brother and also create nostalgic rooms that people can identify with. After receiving an overwhelming response they decided to make Booked Design Space the home of the #afamexperience and a permanent fixture 12

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to the city as a trademarked selfie museum. Many tourists, celebrities and Houstonians stopped by and posed for the gram on the nostalgic backgrounds including. History-Making Simone Biles, Rapper Tobe Nwigwe, H-town 4-real Rapper Kiotti, elected city officials and a slew of Houston influencers and entrepreneurs. “When I create a new build

out It gives me great pride in knowing how it will be received in person but that it will also photograph well on social media for millions of people to see. Being able to keep up with the current trends and incorporate them into my designs has helped separate me from the typical artist.” says Ivory. What is Booked Design Space Story? Well for us we just really wanted to give back to the community, and not only make it a safe space where not only African Americans

can come and feel good about the history of black culture but also where it is a fun interactive environment where other nationalities can come and take pictures and learn about black culture in a safe space. How long did it take you both to open Booked Design Space? A lifetime but in all actuality it took one month. We got the space in December and we got it up and running in January of 2019. What has been the hardest thing about operating Booked Design Space? Corey: The amount of growth and success and be able to keep up. Alex: On the hard side, we would have learned about permits, triple net commercial space, residential zoning, the things that you have to get in it to grow it and learn it. The overhead cost, you might say this is how much it cost to run a business but you don’t factor in the lysol wipes, toilet paper,paper towels, the paper for the printer and ink. It’s just those little things. Growth but on the other side is knowing and learning it you grow through it. How often do you change the build outs for the Booked Designed Space? Every 3 months the muse-


um rotates to change the exhibit by featuring dressing room, a clothing rack, 3 backdrops and up one-of-a-kind photo opportunities based on Af- to 2 wardrobe changes. rican American Experiences and pop-culture Photographers are not included but can be prothroughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, vided at additional costs. There is and 90s. Changes are also made seasonally, so if we are in black history month and Valentine’s day comes up we will throw something in for there, easter, mothers day and women’s history month. If you could offer any advice, do not give up surround yourself with positive people. What keeps you motivated when times are low? Knowing that I have somebody who is going through the exact same thing that I am going through. I think if I was doing it by myself, I would probably have given up but because he will see me and the days when he is low I am pulling him and the days where I am low he is pulling me. I have my husband and my child, he has his mom and his family that he supports so we see that and we want to be there for each other and keep each other grounded. Here are some DO’s and Don’t’s for visiting Booked Design Space: Wardrobe Changes: Please do not bring luggage to the museum. If you would like to have multiple clothing changes please email us to book a personal shoot. Photography: To shoot a model, pet, promotional products or anything involving a DSLR, GO-PRO and or HANDY CAM please email us at a.green@bookeddesignspace.com Private Sessions are $150 The session includes a

a $25 charge for each additional friend, guest or model to be added to your shoot. There is a $50 charge to photograph an additional background. Music Videos: To book a music video please email a.green@bookeddesignspace.com at least one week before your desired shoot date. Children: The museum is free for children 5 and under. For parents with infants please note that stairs are not accessible by strollers so they must be left at the front of the building with the receptionist. Animals: Animals are not allowed. If you have a service animal or an emotional support animal please email us at a.green@bookeddesignspace.com prior to your visit so that we can make special arrangements for you.

Make sure you plan to visit Booked Design Space soon at

1210 Hawthorne Houston , TX 77006

For more information on Booked Design Space visit www.booked-

designspace.com, call (713) 3960034 or just email them at info@ bookeddesignspace.com Be sure to follow them on social media Instagram:@bookedeventshtx Facebook: Booked Design Space Twitter: @BookedHtx

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20/20 Vision - New Decade Identity Credit: American Optometric Association Having 20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision. 20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. In the New International Version of the English Bible the text reads: The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be healthy , thy whole body shall be full of light. Do you have healthy eyes (vision and purpose)? What do you see for your life in 2020? Or has your eyes (vision and purpose) been centered around what others see for you? Life has a way of tainting our realities of who we really are. The moment we are born, the expectations, perceptions, and biases of others are placed upon us. From childhood through adulthood, these unrealistic expectations, misperceptions, and unfair prejudices compound until they become our standard for living. We strive to become someone we were never created to be. Though we feel the discontent in our hearts, we are unable to understand the void we feel. We often begin to feel confused, and wonder what is wrong with us. We have no idea that yes, we are flawed but, life’s flaws have also been placed upon us. One area that is flawed in our lives is our identity. We have no idea who we are! We will need 20/20 vision to gain clarity about our identity in this new year. The only way to experience a fulfilling life of vision and purpose, is to first discover who you were truly created to be. I believe we were all created to be BARE - Be Authentic Real and Exposed.

Becoming BARE is a continual and intentional process which will require courage and perseverance. The BARE process is a transformational strategic journey. It will be necessary for you to address your past, analyze your present, and act on your future. The only way to discover your true, authentic, self is to first uncover the untruths of your past. Once you address your past, only then will you be able to accurately analyze your present. Are you living life to the fullest, or have your expectations of and for yourself been a mere reflection of how others view you? Only after you have analyzed your current lifestyle and exposed its flaws, will you finally be ready to act on your future. Are you ready to dream? Do you believe you were created to be significant? I believe your destiny is in your hands. No one can take it from you unless you allow them to. The process of becoming BARE begins with a decision. The choice is yours to make. Will you choose to live in the comfort of chaos, or in the freedom of becoming your BARE self? Remember 20/20 vision only indicates the sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance. In this new decade, let your eyes (vision and purpose) look ahead, focus, and gain clarity of who you are today and throughout this year. Embrace Your 2020 Vision

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THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the brainchild of Captain Paul Matthews, Vietnam Vet and Prairie View A&M Graduate. At the BSNM, we preserve promote and perpetuate the history and legacy of the brave men and women who fought bled and died in the defense of America by showcasing memorabilia, artifacts, documents and etc. but most importantly we tell the stories that are often left out. We provide educational programming, arts and theater programming-reenactments, tours onsite and offsite, and more. We have the largest collection of African American Military memorabilia in the nation. I tell people all of the time we are the best kept secret in Houston, with hopes of one day turning this secret into a household topic. I am most proud that in our 18 almost 19 years history we continue to be that hub for military history, we get visitors from all over the World who 18

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come specifically to see our exhibitions and that to me speaks volumes about not only the contributions made by African Americans but their influence on American culture. African Americans have fought in military conflicts since colonial days. However, the Buffalo Soldiers, comprised of former slaves, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers, were the first to serve during peacetime. Once the Westward movement had begun, prominent among those blazing treacherous trails of the Wild West were the Buffalo Soldiers of the U.S. Army. These African Americans were charged with and responsible for escorting settlers, cattle herds, and railroad crews. The 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments also conducted campaigns against American Indian tribes on a western frontier that extended from Montana in the Northwest to Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in the Southwest. Throughout the era of the Indian Wars, approximately twenty percent of the U.S. Cavalry troopers were Black, and they fought over 177 engagements. The

combat prowess, bravery, tenaciousness, and looks on the battlefield, inspired the Indians to call them Buffalo Soldiers. The name symbolized the Native American’s respect for the Buffalo Soldiers’ bravery and valor. Buffalo Soldiers, down through the years, have worn the name with pride. Buffalo Soldiers participated in many other military campaigns: The Spanish American War, The Philippine Insurrection, The Mexican Expedition, World War I, World War II, and the Korean Police Action. Much have changed since the days of the Buffalo Soldiers, including the integration of all-military servicemen and women. However, the story of the Buffalo Soldiers remains one of unsurpassed courage and patriotism, and will be forever a significant part of the history of America. African Americans have fought with distinction in all of this country’s military engagements. However, some of their most notable contributions and sacrifices came during the Civil War. During that conflict, more than 180,000 African Americans wore the Union Army blue.


Another 30,000 served in the Navy, and 200,000 served as workers on labor, engineering, hospital and other military support projects. More than 33,000 of these gallant soldiers gave their lives for the sake of freedom and their country. Shortly after the Civil War, Congress authorized the formation of the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry Regiments: Six all Black peacetime units. Later the four infantry regiments were merged into the 24th and 25th Infantries. In countless skirmishes and firefights, the troopers won the respect of the Plains warriors who named “Buffalo Soldiers.” African Americans accepted the badge of honor and wore it proudly. At least 18 Medals of Honor were presented to Buffalo Soldiers during the Western Campaigns. Similarly, 23 African Americans received the nation’s highest military award during the Civil War. The purpose of the buffalo soldiers national museum (bsnm) is to educate the public and to preserve, promote and perpetuate. The history, tradition and outstanding contributions of america’s buffalo soldiers from the revolutionary war to the present. Visit the Buffalo Soliders Musuem today to experience the current programs and exhibition such as -

included are various maps and photographs from the conflict. *The Artillery Exhibition - This exhibit shows the weaponry and munitions used by the African-American Soldier. This includes rifles, muskets, and cannonballs pulled directly from battlefields. *The WWI & WWII Exhibition - This exhibit displays Buffalo Soldiers who served in World War 1, and their role in the Boxer Rebellion. This exhibit includes communication devices and helmets of the Buffalo Soldier at that time. This exhibit focuses on the life of the Buffalo Soldier during World War 2. Several prominent African-American soldiers. *The Tech Wall Exhibition - This wall contains a variety of farming and hand tools, household appliances, health/beauty items. With items spanning generations, this is a tangible look into the past.

Our tagline here is “More than a Museum,” because we are just that, we have venue rental space for community events, weddings, meetings and so forth but we also are a hub for community discussions, research, dialogue, archives and networking.

The Buffalo Soliders Musuem is located at 3816 Caroline Street Houston, Texas 77004 The Exhibit is open as follows: Monday - Friday - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Free Admission on Thursday - 1:00 PM 5:00 PM, and Saturday - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

They are closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, The Day after thanksgiving, Christmas Day, The Day after Christmas. Pricing: General Admission - $10, Students, Seniors 60+ and Military Families - $5 For more information visit www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com call (713) 942-8920 or email info@buffalosoldiermuseum.com Follow The Buffalo Soliders Musuem on social media: Instagram: @buffalosoldiermuseum Facebook: @buffalosoldiermuseum

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*The Reenactor Program - The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is proud to present these very talented, informative actors and the experiences that they take their audience on. *The Outdoor Exploration- This program features monthly outdoor exploration activities for youth ages 10-17. This includes camping, hiking, fishing, horsemanship training and exploring historical sites. This program is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. *The Civil War Exhibition- Showcasing the Emancipation Proclamation, this exhibit features photos and weaponry depicting life for the African-American soldiers during this period. *The Vietnam Exhibition - This Exhibit honors African-American soldiers with displays of bravery such as medals and patches. Also W W W. T H E A V I D M A G A Z I N E . C O M

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Desmond Bertrand-Pitts, MBA, M.Ed. Chief Executive Officer of The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Center for African American Military History The Center for African American Military History dba Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Desmond Bertrand-Pitts is the Chief Executive Officer of The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) Center for African American Military History, a passion project of his grandfather turned National Institution, where he currently oversees all operations, programing and finances.

tion in Biology. He then went on to earn his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from American Intercontinental University graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Immediately following the MBA program, he completed his second Masters in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) from Lamar University. Being a self-proclaimed career student, Desmond is now a Doctoral student at University of Houston where he intends to pursue a Ed. D in Professional Leadership Studies.

“I by no means thought that I would be at the helm of such a great institution but God had other plans and I had to walk into it. I Desmond is married to his partner of twelve years Justin Beram proud to continue the legacy he set forth.” Continuing the lega- trand-Pitts. Together, they were featured in Love Wins Texas in 2017, cy, Desmond is responsible for jump starting the BSNM venue rent- describing what it took to get to 10 years and the growth that al program that now exceeds 200k in annual revenue in addition happened along the way. After realizing there was an overwhelmto managing a 1.5-miling need for mentoring, lion-dollar capital camDesmond and Justin paign project. He is also founded M.E.N. Incorcredited with creating a porated, a nonprofit pleasurable museum exorganization dedicated perience by adopting polto empowering young icies and procedures that men by way of Mentormake the museum more ing Educating and Nuroperable. turing. Since inception in 2011, M.E.N. Inc has His initiatives include secured over 250k in integrating technology, grants, individual supexpanding educational port and fundraising programming, enhancing efforts. In addition to exhibitions, broadening mentoring services and donor reach, and giving programs, scholarships an “in the now” approach are awarded to particito history that’s attractive pants each year; 25k in to young people. He is planning to launch a multi-million-dollar scholarships have been awarded since the start of the program. campaign in 2020 to continue the renovation of the Houston Light Guard Armory which is home to BSNM. Continuing his entrepreneurial spirit, Desmond began a consulting business; 4.0 Consulting Services provides assistance to inDesmond was born in Mamou, Louisiana but became a Housto- dividuals seeking to start nonprofits, in addition to tax preparation, nian at the age of ten. He is a product of The notary services, marketing/graphics and corporate training. High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in Houston, Texas. After graduating HS, he then went on to Xavier University of Desmond was a 2017 scholarship recipient of the Getty LeadLouisiana only to return to Texas in 2005 and finish from Lamar ership Institute, where he attended the Next Generation of MuseUniversity with a Bachelors of Arts and Science with a concentra- um Leaders Certification Program. He was also a 2017 Smithso20

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nian scholar from the National Museum of African American Culture, where he attended the annual conference for African American Association of Museums. Most recently he was awarded the ICON scholarship from The Association of Fundraising Professionals to attended the 2018 International Fundraising Conference. Desmond has served on the Mayor’s City of Houston Diversity Council, KIPP PALS Board, participant in the Houston Arts Alliance Grants Review Panel and is an active member of the following community organizations: Visit Houston Student Tourism Committee, Greater Houston Black Chamber, Houston Area Urban League of Young Professionals, Freedom Church Board of Directors, Lamar Alumni Association, AIU University Alumni Association, Xavier Alumni Association-Houston, Houston Museum District Association Board of Directors, Theta Chi Psi Fraternity Inc., M.E.N. Inc. Board of Directors, Young Museum Professionals Association, National Black MBAA, Texas Association of Museums Programs Committee. When there is time to retreat, reflect and relax, Desmond enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with loved ones, dinning out, shopping and eating crawfish. He is the proud uncle of five nieces and nephews and godfather of three boys: he enjoys attending their baseball games and helping with science projects. Desmond is currently working on two books which are passion projects of his. He is a strong advocate for education and for mentoring youth, he intends to continue empowering young men and encouraging all people to dream, aspire, work hard and achieve.

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What do you specialize in, what are you most known for? Event + Tour Photographer, Mobile Photographer Instructor, Creator of Shoot Your Shot The C. Allen Experience - an interactive photography experience Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? I first picked up a camera while interning for Music World Entertainment under Mathew Knowles. I quickly realized the camera gave me access to certain rooms and events that sometimes were exclusive. I found a purpose in documenting my experiences and doing my best in capturing special moments. I really enjoyed the access that photography gave me. Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? What keeps me motivated is knowing that we live in a time where entrepreneurs and creatives can still tap into untouched areas of creativity. With the birth and advancement of social media we can share our ideas and creations with the world on a global scale. The biggest motivating factor is that we do not have to seek any single person's permission to do so. I'm also motivated by so many of my peers working in their passion. What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? In the upcoming year I plan to bring my Shoot Your Shot C. Allen Experience concept to a variety of business types in the city of Houston and plan to bring it to other cities. We are starting in January with a host of Shoot Your Shot Pop-up Shoots. What has been the hardest thing about being in business? The hardest thing about business is staying consistently on target with having to wear all the hats in our business. It's easy to focus attention on less important areas of our business instead of focusing on the bigger picture. Any22

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body can do business and accept payments but actually growing your brand, distributing your clear concise message can be a big challenge. You want people to "get it" but it takes turning supporters into ambassadors for your brand. What are the failures that you most cherish? The failures that I most cherish is having to operate and create without having the budget and budgets that I would like. What did you want to be when you grew up? When I grow up I want to be an entrepreneur that introduces the world to new photography and lifestyle changes. For example, making learning photography a household thing instead of it just being a hobby. I would like to continue to be a visionary. What do you do in your free time? In my free time I love attending movies, movie premieres, going to parks and newly added I enjoy visiting wineries. How would you describe yourself in one word? Visionary What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? My inclusive personality. I feel like knowledge is sharable as well as talents. I don't mind sharing my knowledge with others and knowing that I just like my fellow man or women who loves what they do. What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? The quote I live by is that Life should be fun and life should be simple.

We are only limited by our own imagination. If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? I would say in addition to studying your craft. One must practice practice practice and get out their and just start doing what it is they would like to do. 2020 will be back touring with the I'm Already Professionally Developed Tour with Comedian Eddie B as the Tour Photographer., and will be hosting the next Shoot Your Shot Popup January 8 at The Taste Bar + Lounge For more information on Shoot Your Shot visit www.shootyourshottx.com; send an email to info@shootyourshottx.com Be sure to follow them on Social Media, Instagram @C.AllenExperience @Shootyourshottx Facebook @ChristopherAllen


THE AVID READER Sometimes we just need a push to remind us of our self-worth. Reading has always had a way of motivating entreprenuers. The books listed below are MUST reads for every business owner. Grab you a copy today! 1. Sales Success by Brian Tracy 2. The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan 3. The Secret Language of Influence by Dan Seidman 4. Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss 5. E-mail Marketing for Business by Susan Gunelius 6. How to Make Shit Happen by Sean Whalen 7. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 8. Permission to Screw Up by Kristen Hadeed 9. Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge 10. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Quantum Healing W W W. T H E A V I D M A G A Z I N E . C O M

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The Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce “Access. Advocacy. Awareness.” The Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of and promote greater unity among the African-American business community. Right the GHBC, which is the second oldest Black Chamber of Commerce holds true to their mission to both secure and retain a broad and diverse base of members that reflect the culture of the Greater Houston community, and provide financial and volunteer resources to implement the Chamber’s initiatives.

access to business opportunities through networking and direct contact with supplier diversity representatives from the private sector; by advocating regarding policies locally and at the state and national evels that impact black businesses; and by providing awareness through campaigns such as our “Buy Black” directory and the Pinnacle Awards. These efforts are just a few of a robust listing of what they do. Now, they need YOU to make them even stronger.

In September 1935, several prominent community leaders organized the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce (HNCC) to empower and promote African-American businesses in the city. They focused on encouraging business within African-American.

Join today as a member, partner, or sponsor. “We are stronger together.” The Chamber is a place for every business that wants to improve their bottom line, elevate their profile, and make a positive contribution to the Houston business community.

The office was in the black-owned Pilgrim Temple building from 1935 until moving to 2808 Wheeler in 1963.

Making a membership investment in the GHBC enhances a variety of chamber initiatives. From networking functions, to business referral, the GHBC’s many business development programs provide opportunities to connect with potential purchasers and build business relationships throughout the year.

The HNCC sought to promote the civic, economic, industrial agricultural and social welfare of Houston residents; encourage a larger patronage of black enterprises and practical education in the trades and arts to stimulate better business; and develop a more amicable relationship between racial groups. The organization also encouraged residents to pay their poll taxes in order to become eligible to vote, promoted fair housing and employment practices, contributed to international commerce, and held contests, better business forums, and banquets to motivate the African-American community. During World War II, their office served as a rations headquarters. A Junior Chamber was organized in 1942. The chamber also provided platforms for national leaders and partnered with government programs. In 1964, under the leadership of Mack H. Hannah, Jr., the chamber changed its name to the Houston Citizens Chamber Of Commerce (HCCC). As the Chamber membership evolved, in 2013 the chamber rebranded its look and name to the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (GHBC). Women have been actively involved in the HNCC since its formation and held offices as early as 1957. In 2014, GHBC appointed Vernita B. Harris as its first female Chairman of the Board of Directors. The mission of the GHBC is to provide their members 24

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GHBC membership is a proven investment to grow your business and strengthen the African-American small business community which will in turn strengthen the Houston economy. As the “Voice of Black Business” for Houston, GHBC works to create a climate of growth and success for our members by providing “Access, Advocacy & Awareness” to African-American business owners. Being a GHBC Member, helps to create a stronger, more dynamic and prosperous business community. As a member, your business enjoys a competitive edge with leadership opportunities, connections to business leaders and business-building initiatives. For more information on the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce please visit https://ghbcc.com/ The Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce is located at 4828 Loop Central Drive, Suite 1000, Houston, TX 77081 Be sure to follow them on Social Media for updates @ GreaterHoustonBlackChamber


Carol Guess

Chair, Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

> What do you specialize in, what are you most known for? For over 20 years, I have served as a principal attorney for the Guess Firm, where I represent clients in wills, probate, and trust matters. I have also represented clients in entertainment and business matters. For 2019-2020, I am humbled to serve as the Chair of the Board for the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce. It is my privilege to work with our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Foundation Board, members, and supporters to continue the forward movement of the Chamber and the state of Black business owners in the Houston area. > Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? I come from a family of lawyers, and while I was heavily influenced by my environment to join the family practice, I soon found great enjoyment in assisting others. I’m proud of the Guess legacy that my family has created, but over the years, I have been able to create my own personal legacy. My occupation has given me the opportunity to enhance people’s lives and to ensure that justice prevails. > Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? My commitment to integrity is at the forefront of all that I do. That commitment makes me accountable to serving others with excellence, which plan to do for the remainder of my career. > What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? 2020 will be a great year for the Greater Houston Black Chamber, as we celebrate 87 years of service and collaboration with Black business owners. We are seeing more and more thriving businesses in our community, and we will continue to provide resources and opportunities for more to join the ranks of Black business ownership. > What has been the hardest thing about being in business? The hardest thing about business is being patient while working towards your vision. I am a hard worker, so I don’t mind putting in the work. But, when you know how awesome something can become, it’s easy to become anxious. > What are the failures that you most cherish? I once considered it a failure that I did not “make it” early in life. Now, though, I’m glad that it took a while for me to see success. What I wanted for myself in my 20s and 30s is so much more appreciated and better preserved in my 40s. I am more sober about life without the sting of cynicism. I also

know how to better pace myself. I’ve truly learned to embrace and appreciate who I am. > What did you want to be when you grew up? By no means am I perfect. But, I like who I’ve become and who I am becoming. This is who and where I should be, an African American business woman who is committed to other Black business owners through my work with the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce. > What do you do in your free time? Because I am a fulltime attorney, my free time is filled with my duties as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than to help others live out their professional dreams. > How would you describe yourself in one word? Multi-tasker > What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? What sets me apart from others is that I believe there is enough business, money and resources out there for everyone. My position at the GHBC allows me to literally share the wealth of information that is often hidden from or unavailable to my community. I feel personally invested in the success of other Black business owners because it is indicative of the success of the entire Black community. When one succeeds, few benefit. When we all succeed, we all benefit. > What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? Go through it, and then get over it! > If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Pray first! (LOL) This path has not been easy! Make sure you are willing to be a servant and that its fits God’s plan for you!!

For more information you can email Carol Guess at Chair@ghbcc.com

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We are the first African American Female Juice owned company of it’s kind to be in Whole Foods. Last month made 1 year of our partnership with Whole Foods, we started in 1 store and now we are in 6 stores. In February of this year we were honored by the Governor of Texas at his State of the State Speech as an Inspiring Small Business Woman. The Governor said, “When Women Succeed, Texas Succeed”. What do you specialize in, what are you most known for? We are a non-alcoholic beverage company. We specialize in making fresh juices. Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? My story was born out of me facing some health challenges and needing to lose weight. Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? When I think about the many lives I am impacting and inspiring to be their best healthy self. What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? We are on an expansion campaign for 2020. We are excited about our expansion to serve others. What has been the hardest thing about being in business? The hardest thing has been the financing.

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What are the failures that you most cherish? In the beginning the trial and error of putting certain recipes together and coming up with some catchy names. What did you want to be when you grew up? A major company in the non-alcoholic beverage industry. What do you do in your free time? I enjoy exercising and inspiring young kids to be entrepreneurs. How would you describe yourself in one word? Ambitious What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? We don't just make juice, we juice with a purpose. What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? "Build The People and The People Will Build Your Business" by Zig Ziglar If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Start where you are and follow your passion. Be consistent and never give up. For more information visit www.jivejuicecompany.com

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CAMELLIA ALISE ACADEMY

Wrapped in Radiance: Spa Boot Camp Are you interested in becoming a Certified Body Wrap and Cavitation Laser Lipo Technician and adding these services to your list of existing services? Or have a career change goal for 2020? This class may be perfect for you! We offer small classes and hands on training by a certified Medical Aesthetics Practitioner.

tificates Awarded after completion.​

Curriculum will cover:

Classes are expected to fill fast so grab your seat! Now Enrolling for January through April Classes! To grab your seat click here!

Wrapping Solutions Taking Measurements Different Wrap Methods (Elastic vs Plastic) Infrared Sauna Wraps Cavitation & Skin Tightening Techniques Wood Therapy Cellulite and Fascia Elimination Sterilizing and Sanitation Equipment Use and Care Sample Shop & Liability Forms Issues that may arise during treatments How to reach clients goals Consultation process Contra-indications and how to recognize them Building a profitable Enterprise Marketing Tools

Learn how to successfully provide the best results for your clients and build your business offering profit generating services. You will also learn how to start a career at established Spas in your area.

Body Wrap and Laser Lipo Certification Classes range from $599 to $1799 ($300 Non-refundable deposit due upon enrolling, balance due 1 week before the 1st day of class)

Upcoming Class Start Dates and Locations:

Houston- January 12th Austin- January 18th Houston- January 25th Post Opp Class w/Queen of Body Sculpting- January 26th Houston- February 9th San Antonio- February 15th Corpus Christi- February 16th El Paso- February 29th Houston- March 8th Los Angeles- March 21st Dallas- March 29th

For any additional questions click on the FAQ's page: or Call us: (832) 384-4608 and/or email us: sales@camelliaalise.com

This class is open to anyone interested in doing body wraps and laser lipo and no experience is necessary, so bring your friends! The class includes (2) Certifications of Completion, Training Manuals, Starter Kit, and hands on experience with the equipment! Graduating students will have access to our essential business forms and questionnaires after graduation and will be given the opportunity to purchase equipment at discounted rates! CerW W W. T H E A V I D M A G A Z I N E . C O M

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allaire’s is known for its luxurious craftsmanship and paying close attention to detail. Pieces that highlight the epitome of Vallaire’s is their unique jacket silhouettes and statement pieces. The Vallaire’s brand gained recognition in the local Houston Area with features in Who’s Who Magazine, 40 Under 40, Young Houston Magazine, and many more. Vallaire’s designs have been commissioned by many elites in Houston and has graced the cover of 2014’s July cover of Small Business Today Magazine, honoring Talent Agent, Page Parkes. Vallaire’s aims to create a timeless sense of elegance for each customer when designing and constructing each garment and accessory.

YOU ARE THE STATEMENT. YOU ARE ELEGANCE. Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? Vallaire's was founded by me, Brooke Vallaire, in 2011, on the basis of originality, powerful individuals, and displaying elegance on the day-to-day basis. The company began by creating custom garments for women in the Houston area and later introduced Vallaire's for Men, founded by Brice Everhart in 2015, with a focus on men's accessories. The reason why Vallaire's started was because of my love for art and continuously watching my mother, who was an ultimate go-getter and savvy business woman. She dressed in the most stylish silhouettes and I dreamed of one day dressing many women just like her. I began sketching at the age of nine and physically designed the first Vallaire's collection at fourteen years old. Since then, Vallaire's has continued to grow. Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? The thing that keeps me motivated is envisioning the young girl that always watched her mother, an ultimate go-getter and savvy business woman, who dressed in the most stylish silhouettes and dreamed of one day dressing many women just like her. That young girl was me. What has been the hardest thing about being in business? The hardest thing about being in business was definitely in the beginning. Being that I founded the company at the age of fourteen, in 2011, I was a teenager with the target market of women which created a sense of disconnect. I had to cross the barrier of ageism and being taken seriously in the industry that I was embarking upon. What are the failures that you most cherish? At fifteen years old I had an opportunity to pitch my brand to a panel of judges and peers. I worked so hard on the presentation and knew that the pitch would be filmed. The day had come, and it was my turn to speak. After the first ten seconds of my presentation I completely froze up, starred into the camera and shamefully walked back to my seat. I was completely humbled in that moment and learned that it is important to cease your moment when you have the platform to do so. I vowed that the next time I would be given an opportunity to speak or represent myself, I would show who I really was with complete confidence. Now, at twenty-two years old, I see the growth and recognize how that ex28

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perience impacted me as a person and businesswoman for my good. What did you want to be when you grew up? As a kid, I always pictured myself as an artist and fashion designer. What do you do in your free time? In my free time I manage my art business, CreativeFlo; research current trends; mentor youth who aspire to be in the fashion or art field; and spend time with family and friends. How would you describe yourself in one word? Creative What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? What sets me apart from others who are doing the same thing as me is my passion, determination to create original aesthetics, and creative direction. What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? Trust the process. If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Be open to constant growth in whatever you set your mind to and as a person overall. What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? In the upcoming year, you can look forward to Vallaire’s expanding. Stay tuned for the launch of a new collection and new products. Vallaire’s and Vallaire’s for Men is now located in the Houston Galleria inside of The Pop Up Shop (between Samsung and Forever 21). Stay tuned for more things to come and visit us at www.vallaires.com For more information on Vallaire’s contact Brooke Vallaire at brooke@vallaires.com or call 1-888-344-4817 Make sure you follow Vallaire’s on all social media streams @vallaires


BRICE EVERHART

I am Brice M. Everhart, now twelve-year-old entrepreneur who launched Vallaire’s for Men, a men’s accessories line where I make custom lapel pins, pocket squares, and bow ties. At the ripe old age of eight, I wanted a way to help my mother who was ill at the time, I told her, “focus on your health, and I will focus on the wealth!” I also wanted to address the limitations found in quality men’s accessories. My mom has always instilled in me the importance of presentation and now that she is better, my new why is, “Helping men dress to impress for the right success!”

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s a gifted speaker and philanthropist, Brice has a driving desire to help other youth build their legacies by co-creating the Young Empowerment Society (YES). Young Empowerment Society is a student led & driven empowerment platform with a mission to build a society of community and youth leaders uniting to create cultural agents of change, while connecting school to the real-world through leadership, partnerships (mentorship), and entrepreneurship. Our vision is to globally empower youth to lead, impact, and change their lives, families, schools, and communities. Brice coordinates youth empowerment campaigns, volunteers, and gives a percentage of his proceeds to nonprofit organizations including Night of Superstars, Champion Kids Camp, World Youth Foundation, Houston Village Foundation, and Workshop Houston. Determined to grow the Vallaire’s brand, along with his sister, Brooke Vallaire into a world-renowned brand, this precocious, influential, and successful businessman most assuredly is going places! On November 28, 2019, Vallaire’s For Men expanded into a physical location in the Pop-Up Shop Galleria Mall, Houston, TX. > What do you specialize in, what are you most known for? Men’s Accessories Designer Bow Ties, Pocket Squares, Lapel Pins > Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? Being in business is lots of hard work and it is not for the faint at heart! I am glad that I started at eight years old; therefore, I have time to grow into the business mogul I see myself being in the nearest future. What keeps me motivated is WHY I started my business, wanting to educate men, especially young men on the importance of a first impression, and giving back to the community. Setting a standard

of excellence for myself also keeps me motivated. I am most proud that I have been able to own and operate a business for over four years; be a philanthropist; public speaker; attend business workshops, seminars, pitch competitions, summer camps; receive various awards; and still maintain balance and have fun, all while maintaining straight A’s in school for the last seven years. > What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? In the upcoming year, I’m excited to expand Vallaire’s For Men with new accessories and products, update my website, continue to grow within the pop-up shop galleria mall, partner with other young entrepreneurs on a new project,

and there’s so much more to come, but it’s all a surprise. Just watch out for Vallaire’s For Men because we’re going to be doing BIG things! > What has been the hardest thing about being in business? Time Management is probably the most challenging thing in business- trying to manage all aspects of my life school, fun, friends, family, and my business, but I’m getting it done. I take a few minutes each day to focus on all these important areas in my life. > What are the failures that you most cherish? Not winning all pitch competitions that I’ve entered has been what I cherish the most. I use this as a learning opportunity to grow and expand myself and business. Sitting in a room of people threeto-five times my age, sets me apart from my peers and gives me an advantage to learn things like how to conduct a beta test; complete a business model canvas; prepare value proposition a cost structure;

and understand the financial side of my business such as a balance sheet, revenue, expenses, income, sales forecast, budget and cost flow analysis, return on investments, etc. > What did you want to be when you grew up? I want to be in the entertainment industry because I like making my imaginations come to life through acting, producing, and even singing. I see myself as a multi-billion-dollar business mogul and world-renowned actor.What do you do in your free time? I watch YouTube videos on just about any and everything like cooking channels, researching animals, listening to motivational speakers, and learning more about investing, just to name a few. I do this because it keeps me aware of what’s going on without watching the depressing news channels. > How would you describe yourself in one word? GOLD > What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? I am dressing men to impress for there right success instead of like others just providing clothes. It’s important the I use my platform to provide young men with the proper tools that will position them for success early in life. We only have one time to make a first impression! > What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? Actually, I have two: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and “When you work hard, you play hard.” I learned the later one from my father, it helps me stay balanced. > If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? “Make sure you become knowledgeable, don’t sweat little things, have patience because great things take a great amount of time, and stay humble!” Make sure you follow Vallaire’s For Men on all social media streams @vallairesformen W W W. T H E A V I D M A G A Z I N E . C O M

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Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? My interest in massage therapy started in my early twenties when I was experiencing a lot of insomnia, tension, and muscular pain from working a very stressful desk job. I didn't want to rely on pain or sleep medicine and a one hour session with my Therapist gave me tremendous relief. When I decided to leave my corporate job I took a chance on going to massage school and had great satisfaction in my work until my health became poor in 2017. In April of that year I was 233lbs and I suffered daily from chronic pain, fatigue, and high blood pressure which threatened to end my career. As a result, I embarked on a journey of self-care which involved learning to take care of myself holistically, changing the way I ate and taking up weightlifting. I've lost around 80lbs and I no longer have any health issues. I workout around 5-6 days a week, do hot yoga, and run my business Divine Body which I was inspired to start from my personal experiences with health and self-care issues. I wanted to create a company that would cater to individuals like myself, who need relief from chronic health issues and want natural solutions to help them achieve their best quality of life. With holistic therapies and self-care education I hope to inspire people to take control over their health and change the way they feel. What do you specialize in, what are you most known for? Holistic Massage and Pain Relief Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? I'm motivated by my desire to help people, my passion for living a life of purpose, and my goal of being one of the top experts & entrepreneurs in my field. What has been the hardest thing about being in business? It has been hard learning to trust the process of creating and running a business, accept that I'm not in control of everything, and that I can't always prevent setbacks. As an entrepreneur sometimes you make a decision for your company and things don't work out exactly as you'd hoped. The top business owners anticipate contingencies and work through them because they can see the bigger picture of what their ultimate goal 30

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is: to be successful and thrive. What are the failures that you most cherish? I tried to start a massage business some years ago and because I wasn't prepared I failed miserably. Although it was a hard experience, I'm glad that I went through it because it made me realize how hard I was going to have to work if I wanted to succeed as an entrepreneur. Before that I had only heard about the challenges of working for myself but after I'd experienced actually doing it, it strengthened my resolve to be more strategic about how I chose to build my business the

second time around. What did you want to be when you grew up? OB/Gyn What do you do in your free time? I spend as much quality time with my friends and family as I can in my free time. I also enjoy weightlifting, hot yoga, cooking, reading, writing, doing anything outside, and trying new places to eat (I'm a huge foodie). How would you describe yourself in one word? Driven What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? I'm different from a lot of practitioners in my field because of my empathy for how my clients feel. I know what it's like to suffer from chronic health problems and I understand the challenges

of wanting to have a better quality of life but not knowing how to go about achieving that and knowing who to trust. When they talk to me about their challenges they know I "get it" and I'll do everything within my scope of practice to get them the answers and relief they need. What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? No one cares about how much you know until they know how much you care. If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Don't stop or slow down just because things get hard on your journey. My dad has always told me, "Nothing beats a failure but a try", and it's so true. I've had many moments when I've wanted to quit and felt like I was making a big mistake by starting a business on my own. I'm so grateful that I didn't give up and that I choose to move forward everyday and try harder than I did the day before. Everyday is an opportunity to get better and get a little closer to your dream so keep going. What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? 2020 is going to be an exciting year of growth and transformation for Divine Body! I will be expanding my services to include new holistic therapies and massage modalities. I will also be launching educational tools online like webinars, e-books, and video tutorials for those who would like to expand their knowledge about holistic wellness and self-care. Is there any additional information that you would like to tell us? Divine Body offers mobile services as well. For more information on Divine Body and the services offered visit www.massagebook. com/biz/divinebody or call (832) 275-5536. Make sure you follow Divine Body on social media handles. Instagram: @divinebodysc Facebook: @divinebodysc


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tions for consulting, medical insurance, oil and gas, and technology firms. Additionally, Stephen has a strong commitment to serving his community and his country. Stephen served as a U.S. Army combat medic for 8 years during the Persian Gulf War which led to his being awarded the Army Commendation Medal for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service. Mr. Carter is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), the most important industry recognized certification for project managers. He is a serial entrepreneur having founded multiple businesses throughout his career with his current focus being the founding partner and the CEO of Sterling Staffing Solutions, as well as the Founder of White Orchid Hospice. Stephen serves as CEO of White Orchid Hospice, LLC, a palliative and hospice care agency serving patients in the greater Houston, Texas area. His vision for hospice care came from his childhood memories of watching his father go through a painful demise with only the care of his loving sister. He also witnessed the pain and

sorrow caused by the death of soldiers while fighting in Iraq. Finally, he has found a way to make a difference and honor the memory of those that he has witnessed suffer so deeply in his past. Stephen is active in his community mentoring young boys age 7-17 through 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston Inc, Fort Bend Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Society of Human Resources Management, Project Management Institute Houston, American Management Association and Toastmasters International. He also serves on the boards of the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston, the Better Business Bureau’s Nominating Committee and Delta Academic Artistic and Philanthropic Foundation (DAAP) 2018-2019. Stephen shares his success with his beautiful wife of 17 years Daphane, who is an executive for a national charter school system, and his daughters Madison and Morgan.


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r. Sterling Carter is a leader in his field and strives to promote innovation in the healthcare community. He has always been a driven leader, and authority in his field. He has over twenty years of experience working as a professional physical therapist and is a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served his country for over two and a half decades, earning the rank of Major before retiring. Dr. Carter served as a proud protector of his country for more than 25 years. He worked as a physical therapist, and also served in Operation Desert Storm (90-91) and Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom (06-07). Major Carter served in various leadership roles, to include Executive Officer of an Army Hospital unit in which he was responsible for the management and well-being of 350 soldiers. Major Carter has received multiple awards to include: Two Army Commendation Medals, Two Army Achievement Metals, Saudi Arabia Service Medal recipient, Combat Medic badge recipient, and a graduate of Commanders and General’s staff college. Dr. Carter has extensive education, training, and experience in the healthcare arena practicing as a professional physical therapist for more than 20 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Langston University and went on to complete his Master of Science in Physical Therapy with a focus in Orthopedics at Texas Woman’s University. He now holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Sim-

mons College. In addition, to his higher education, Dr. Carter is a graduate of the esteemed Fort Bend Leadership Forum and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). As a successful serial entrepreneur, Dr. Carter has held countless leadership positions throughout his career. In an effort to change healthcare by providing unparalleled value for his patients, he has founded several businesses. He is currently the President and CEO of Sterling Physical Therapy & Wellness and a founding partner and CEO at Sterling Staffing Solutions. His past business ventures include Sterling Energy Solutions, Sterling Security Group, and Sterling Strategic Counsel, among others. Considered an expert in the Physical Therapy profession, Dr. Carter has written over 50 different blogs, and shares a wealth of educational material on the Sterling Physical Therapy YouTube channel, where he reaches thousands of viewers daily. Dr. Carter also produces educational videos, teaches continuing education courses, and serves as a contributing author for numerous journals and publications. Today, Dr. Carter frequently treats patients, and is frequently sought out by satellite television network, TLC. It is here that Dr. Carter can also be seen worldwide, as he continues to share his life-saving message of health on TLC’s hit TV show “My 600-lb Life.” While TLC follows medical journeys of morbidly obese people — each weighing more than 600 pounds, Dr. Carter uses his

knowledge and expertise, while helping patients drastically change their appearances and reclaim their independence. An advocate of mentorship and philanthropy, Dr. Carter is a member of the 100 Black Men of America, Houston Metropolitan chapter and mentors young males throughout the community. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Prince Hall Affiliated Free & Ancient Mason, and a Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoys mentoring students who are interested in Physical Therapy as well, and provides opportunities through the Sterling Physical Therapy, college volunteer program. Dr. Carter also sponsors several community-based sports teams and non-profit organizations. Dr. Carter and his brother created a program known as Sterling C.A.R.E.S. , where their staff gives back to those in need within the community. Dr. Carter also served as the 2017 Chairman of the Fort Bend County Chamber of Commerce, the Healthcare Division committee chair (2014-2016), and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors for St. Michael’s Learning Academy and the Fort Bend Education Foundation. When not working, Dr. Carter enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. He is happily married to his wife Crystal Carter, and they are the proud parents to their son, Garry. W W W. T H E A V I D M A G A Z I N E . C O M

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Sterling Staffing Solutions started in the Fall of 2011 with one physical therapist, our co-founder Dr. Sterling L. Carter. We began with one home health agency client contract for services and serviced 2 patients twice a week for our first month on the southwest side of Houston‌a grand total of 16 visits. In June 2017, Sterling Staffing Solutions completed over 5,000 rehabilitative visits. Expanding from just providing physical therapy to the provision of occupational therapy, speech therapy, social worker services, skilled nursing as well as dietary services. We now operate in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City with plans to expand into Austin, San Antonio, and Indianapolis within the next 60-90 days. Sterling Staffing Solutions services 332 clients which include home health agencies, hospices, rehab hospitals and outpatient therapy clinics. We’ve grown from $50K Gross Revenue in 2011 to approximately $3.5M in 2016 and on track to exceed $4.5M in 2017. Our staff of clinicians has grown from 3 in 2011 to over 800 licensed clinicians who provide quality care to our patients throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Our peers have deemed us the fastest growing medical therapy company in Texas. Sterling Staffing Solutions provides health care staffing for five primary disciplines: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work and Skilled Nursing. We currently have over 800 contracted clinician that are working for us in some capacity. We are currently contracted with 300+ clients throughout Texas and Oklahoma areas including the Greater metropolitan and rural areas surrounding Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Sterling Staffing Solutions is contracted with 271 of the 794 total Medicaid certified home health agencies in the Greater Houston area (dads.state.tx.us). We specialize in providing medical staffing services to home health agencies, hospices and rehab hospitals with our carefully selected top clinicians who possess the right skills, training, license, personality and abilities to make a positive impact on their work environment and their patients. Most Home Health Agencies have contracts with Medicare, Medicaid or other Private Insurance Payers and provide in home therapy for the disabled or invalid citizens who do not have the physical, social or mental capacity to undergo 34

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therapy services in a outpatient facility but rather at their homes. We have recently branched in to providing medical staffing to the education arena as well: primary, secondary, and collegiate levels. Sterling Staffing Solutions provides health care staffing for five primary disciplines: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work and Skilled Nursing. We currently have over 800 contracted clinician that are working for us in some capacity. We are currently contracted with 300+ clients throughout Texas and Oklahoma areas including the Greater metropolitan and rural areas surrounding Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Sterling Staffing Solutions is contracted with 271 of the 794 total Medicaid certified home health agencies in the Greater Houston area (dads.state.tx.us). We specialize in providing medical staffing services to home health agencies, hospices and rehab hospitals with our carefully selected top clinicians who possess the right skills, training, license, personality and abilities to make a positive impact on their work environment and their patients. Most Home Health Agencies have contracts with Medicare, Medicaid or other Private Insurance Payers and provide in home therapy for the disabled or invalid citizens who do not have the physical, social or mental capacity to undergo therapy services in a outpatient facility but rather at their homes. We have recently branched in to providing medical staffing to the education arena as well: primary, secondary, and collegiate levels. For more information on Staffing Solutions please visit https://sterlingstaffingsolutions.com or call 281-240-3536.


The white orchid is a flower of magnificence that brings a universal message of love, beauty, wisdom, and thoughtfulness. In ancient China, Confucius compared virtuous people to the orchid because both shared the characteristics of a perfectly cultured being, including refinement, reverence, purity and humility. As our loved ones prepare to make the ultimate transition from this physical world to a spiritual one, they have evolved in to the human form of a WHITE ORCHID. Our desire is to treat our patients in the same regard, with reverence and humility. White Orchid Hospice provides in-home patient hospice services that allows seriously ill people to transition in a comfortable environment with access to round the clock medical support. The Company employs a number of on staff nurses and contracted health professionals to ensure that the patients are tended to properly. Outsourced healthcare professionals include pain management physicians, pharmacists, and mental healthcare professionals. It is the goal of White Orchid Hospice to provide quality specialized palliative and end of life care to all adults in the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, as well as their family and friends.” Hospice care is a patient and family-centered approach that includes, at a minimum, a team of doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, counselors, and trained volunteers. They work together focusing on the dying patient’s needs whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. The goal is to help keep the patient as pain-free as possible, with loved ones nearby. The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each person’s individual needs for pain management and symp-

tom control. The team usually consists of: Clergy or other counselors; Home health aides; Hospice physician (or medical director); Nurses; Social workers; Trained volunteers; Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed; The person’s personal physician may also be included. It is important to find out what the role of the patient’s primary doctor will be once the patient begins receiving hospice care. Most often, a person can choose to have his/her personal doctor involved in the medical care. Both the physician and the hospice medical director may work together to coordinate the patient’s medical care, especially when symptoms are difficult to manage. Regardless, a physician’s involvement is important to ensure quality hospice care. The hospice medical director is also available to answer questions the patient or loved ones may have regarding hospice medical care. In many cases, family members or loved ones are the patient’s primary care givers. As a relationship with the hospice begins, hospice staff will want to know how best to support the person and family during this time. Among its major responsibilities, the interdisciplinary hospice team: Manages the patient’s pain and symptoms; Provides emotional support; Provides needed medications, medical supplies, and equipment; Coaches loved ones on how to care for the patient; Delivers special services like speech and physical therapy when needed; Makes short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or the caregiver needs respite time; and

Provides grief support to surviving loved ones and friends. Support can include conversations with the person and family members, teaching caregiving skills, prayer, telephone calls to loved ones, including family members who live at a distance and companionship and help from volunteers. Counseling or grief support for the patient and loved ones are an important part of hospice care. After the person’s death, bereavement support is offered to families for at least one year. These services can take a variety of forms, including telephone calls, visits, written materials about grieving, and support groups. Individual counseling may be offered by the hospice or the hospice may make a referral to a community resource. Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Care is provided and services are coordinated by an interdisciplinary team; Patients, families, palliative and non-palliative health care providers collaborate and communicate about care needs; Services are available concurrently with or independent of curative or life-prolonging care; Patient and family hopes for peace and dignity are supported throughout the course of illness, during the dying process, and after death. For more information on White Orchid Hospice visit https://whiteorchidhospice. com or call (281) 730- 8841.

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r. S t e r lin g C a r t e r a n d S t e p h e n L e v i C a r t e r a re t w in e n t re p re n e u r s a n d m o t iv a t io n a l s p e a k e r s b a s e d in H o u s t o n , Te x a s . D r. S t e r lin g C a r t e r is a c lin ic a l e x p e r t w it h o v e r 2 0 y e a r s o f e x p e r ie n c e a s a p h y s ic a l t h e r a p is t . S t e p h e n L e v i C a r t e r h a s o v e r t w o d e c a d e s o f e x p e r ie n c e in m a n a g e r ia l a n d e x e c u t iv e -le v e l p o s it io n s fo r a v a r ie t y o f in d u s t r ie s , in c lu d in g m e d ic a l in s u r a n c e a n d t h e o il a n d g a s in d u s t r y . T h e b ro t h e r s fo u n d e d S t e r lin g S t a ffi n g S o lu t io n s in 2 0 1 1 , w h ic h h a s g ro w n in t o a m u lt im illio n -d o lla r c o m p a n y t h a t s p e c ia liz e s in p ro v id in g m e d ic a l s t a ffi n g s e r v ic e s t o h o m e h e a lt h a g e n c ie s , h o s p ic e s , h o s p it a ls , a n d re h a b fa c ilit ie s . D r. S t e r lin g L . C a r t e r is a le a d e r in h is fi e ld a n d s t r iv e s t o p ro m o t e in n o v a t io n in t h e h e a lt h c a re c o m m u n it y . H e h a s o v e r t w o d e c a d e s o f e x p e r ie n c e w o r k in g a s a p ro fe s s io n a l p h y s ic a l t h e r a p is t a n d is a d e c o r a t e d U .S . A r m y V e t e r a n t h a t s e r v e d h is c o u n t r y fo r o v e r t w o a n d h a lf d e c a d e s , e a r n in g t h e r a n k o f M a jo r b e fo re re t ir in g . A s u c c e s s fu l s e r ia l e n t re p re n e u r, D r. C a r t e r h a s h e ld c o u n t le s s le a d e r s h ip p o s it io n s t h ro u g h o u t h is c a re e r. H e is c u r re n t ly t h e P re s id e n t & C E O o f S t e r lin g P h y s ic a l T h e r a p y & W e lln e s s a n d a fo u n d in g p a r t n e r a n d C E O a t S t e r lin g S t a ffi n g S o lu t io n s . H is p a s t b u s in e s s v e n t u re s in c lu d e S t e r lin g E n e rg y S o lu t io n s , S t e r lin g S e c u r it y G ro u p , a n d S t e r lin g S t r a t e g ic C o u n s e l, a m o n g o t h e r s . S t e p h e n L e v i C a r t e r, M B A , b r in g s w it h h im o v e r 2 0 y e a r s o f e x p e r ie n c e in le a d e r s h ip , w o r k in g in fi n a n c e in m a n a g e r ia l a n d e x e c u t iv e -le v e l p o s it io n s fo r c o n s u lt in g fi r m s , m e d ic a l in s u r a n c e c o m p a n ie s , o il a n d g a s c o m p a n ie s , a n d t e c h n o lo g y fi r m s . P r io r t o e a r n in g h is B a c h e lo r ’s d e g re e , S t e p h e n a ls o s e r v e d a s a U .S . C o m b a t M e d ic d u r in g t h e D e s e r t S t o r m . S t e p h e n h a s o w n e d m u lt ip le b u s in e s s e s in c lu d in g a n o n lin e m a g a z in e , e v e n t p ro m o t io n s c o m p a n y , b e a u t y s a lo n , ja z z lo u n g e , re s t a u r a n t , a n d a fu ll-s e r v ic e a c c o u n t in g a n d t a x c o m p a n y . H e is n o w a fo u n d in g p a r t n e r a n d C E O o f S t e r lin g S t a ffi n g S o lu t io n s , a s w e ll a s t h e C E O o f W h it e O rc h id H o s p ic e , a c o m p a n y p ro v id in g p a llia t iv e a n d h o s p ic e s e r v ic e s t o p a t ie n t s t h ro u g h o u t t h e g re a t e r H o u s t o n m e t ro p o lit a n a re a . T h e C a r t e r s a ls o o ff e r c o n s u lt in g s e r v ic e s t o e n t re p re n e u r s t h a t a re re a d y t o t a k e t h e n e x t b ig s t e p o n t h e ir jo u r n e y t o s u c c e s s . T h e y c a n h e lp y o u p la n a b u s in e s s fro m t h e b e g in n in g s t a g e s o r t a k e y o u r e x is t in g v e n t u re t o t h e n e x t le v e l. T h e C a r t e r s h e lp c lie n t s a c h ie v e s u s t a in e d s u c c e s s t h ro u g h t h e d e v e lo p m e n t a n d im p le m e n t a t io n o f w in n in g s t r a t e g ie s . T h e y w ill p ro v id e y o u w it h a h ig h ly in d iv id u a liz e d p la n 36

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o f a c t io n t h a t a d d re s s e s y o u r g o a ls fo r t h e g ro w t h o f y o u r b u s in e s s . F o r b e s B o o k s A u t h o r s , D r. S t e r lin g L . C a r t e r a n d S t e p h e n L e v i C a r t e r, M B A , a re s o u g h t -a f t e r m o t iv a t io n a l s p e a k e r s t h a t a re p a s s io n a t e a b o u t s h a r in g t h e ir m e s s a g e w it h a u d ie n c e s a ro u n d t h e c o u n t r y . T h e y s p e a k o n t h e p o w e r o f h a r n e s s in g t h e e n t re p re n e u r ia l s p ir it t o a c h ie v e y o u r v is io n a n d b u ild la s t in g s u c c e s s . T h e C a r t e r s o ff e r k e y n o t e p re s e n t a t io n s t o a u d ie n c e s o f a ll s iz e s o n t h e s u b je c t s o f e n t re p re n e u r s h ip , b u s in e s s g ro w t h s t r a t e g ie s , a n d s t a ffi n g s o lu t io n s . A V ID M a g a z in e w a s a b le t o c a t c h u p w it h t h e C a r t e r B ro t h e r s a n d a s k t h e m s o m e q u e s t io n s . W h a t d o y o u s p e c ia liz e in , w h a t a re y o u m o s t k n o w n fo r ? W h a t w e a re m o s t k n o w n fo r is o u r im p a c t in t h e fi e ld o f m e d ic in e a n d h e a lt h c a re . D r. S t e r lin g C a r t e r, a n a t io n a lly re c o g n iz e d p h y s ic a l t h e r a p is t a n d p re s id e n t a n d C E O o f S t e r lin g P h y s ic a l T h e r a p y a n d W e lln e s s , h a s o v e r 2 0 y e a r s o f e x p e r ie n c e in h is fi e ld . H e h a s a ls o m a d e g u e s t a p p e a r a n c e s o n t h e p o p u la r M y 6 0 0 -lb . L ife . S t e p h e n L e v i C a r t e r h a s fo u n d e d s e v e r a l s u c c e s s fu l b u s in e s s e s , in c lu d in g S t e r lin g S t a ffi n g S o lu t io n s , w h ic h h e s h a re s w it h h is t w in b ro t h e r. S t e p h e n is a ls o t h e fo u n d e r a n d C E O o f W h it e O rc h id H o s p ic e . E v e r y o n e h a s a s t o r y a b o u t w h y t h e y s t a r t e d , w h a t ’s y o u r ’s ? W e c o m e fro m h u m b le b e g in n in g s a n d a re t h e s o n s o f a h a rd w o r k in g s in g le m o t h e r. B o t h o f u s s e r v e d o u r c o u n t r y a n d a re p ro u d m ilit a r y v e t e r a n s w h o le a r n e d t o m a t c h o p p o r t u n it y w it h d is c ip lin e a n d h a rd w o r k . W e b o t h m a d e c o n s c io u s d e c is io n s t o o b t a in fi n a n c ia l fre e d o m w h ile s t ill s e r v in g o t h e r s . M o re t h a n a n y t h in g , w e in t e n d t o s e r v e o u r fa m ilie s b y c re a t in g a le g a c y o f e x c e lle n c e , a s t a n d a rd fo r o u r c h ild re n a n d o u r c h ild re n ’s c h ild re n t o fo llo w fo r y e a r s to c o m e . B e in g in b u s in e s s c a n b e h a rd a n d d iffi c u lt s o m e t im e s , w h a t k e e p s y o u m o t iv a t e d ? M o t iv a t io n is n o t h a rd t o fi n d fo r u s . K n o w in g t h a t w e a re p ro v id in g a m o d e l fo r o t h e r s t o liv e o u t t h e ir d re a m s is m o t iv a t io n e n o u g h . W h a t c a n w e lo o k fo r w a rd t o fro m y o u in t h e u p c o m in g y e a r ? 2 0 2 0 w ill b e a b ig y e a r fo r t h e C a r t e r B ro t h e r s , a s w e


w ill s h a re t h e s k ills , le s s o n s a n d re s o u rc e s w e ’v e w o r k e d s o h a rd fo r t o im p a c t t h e liv e s o f a s p ir in g e n t re p re n e u r s . W e h a v e a lre a d y la u n c h e d t h e Yo u n g M illio n a ire s S e r ie s w h e re p a r t ic ip a n t s h a v e t h e o p p o r t u n it y t o w in a $ 1 0 ,0 0 0 g r a n t b y p it c h in g t h e ir b u s in e s s id e a s t o a n g e l in v e s t o r s . T h e s e r ie s is a n u n p re c e d e n t e d e ff o r t t o b u ild g e n e r a t io n a l w e a lt h in u r b a n c o m m u n it ie s b y n o t o n ly t r a in in g b u t p ro v id in g re s o u rc e s fo r c o lle g e s t u d e n t s , s e c o n d c h a n c e o ff e n d e r s , m ilit a r y v e t e r a n s a n d a ll o t h e r a s p ir in g e n t re p re n e u r s . W e w ill fi ll t h e e x c lu s iv e ro s t e r o f p a r t ic ip a n t s b y w a y o f a n a t io n a l s e a rc h , w h ic h w e lc o m e s v id e o s u b m is s io n s fro m t h o s e a g e d 1 8 -2 5 . P a y in g h o m a g e t o t h e p h ilo s o p h y o f W .E .B . D u B o is , 1 0 h o p e fu ls w ill b e c h o s e n a s t h e p ro g r a m ’s in a u g u r a l ‘T a le n t e d Te n ’ a n d fl o w n t o H o u s t o n , T X , fo r t h e w e e k e n d fro m F r i, F e b . 2 1 , 2 0 2 0 - S u n d a y , F e b . 2 3 , 2 0 2 0 , fo r a n a ll-e x p e n s e p a id s e r ie s o f w o r k s h o p s , n e t w o r k in g e n g a g e m e n t s , p it c h o p p o r t u n it y a n d o n e -o n -o n e m e n t o r s h ip w it h u s . W h a t h a s b e e n t h e h a rd e s t t h in g a b o u t b e in g in b u s in e s s ? E v e r y t h in g a b o u t b e in g in b u s in e s s c a n b e d iffi c u lt . B u t , s t a y in g fo c u s e d o n a w o r t h y g o a l k e e p s u s fro m d w e llin g o n t h e h a rd t im e s . W e fi n d it a p r iv ile g e t o p ro v id e s e r v ic e a n d t o g e t p a id t o d o w h a t w e lo v e . W h a t a re t h e fa ilu re s t h a t y o u m o s t c h e r is h ? W e c h e r is h e a c h a n d e v e r y fa ilu re . E a c h h a s fo rc e d u s t o le a r n s o m e t h in g d iff e r e n t a n d w o r k h a rd n o t t o m a k e t h e s a m e m is t a k e a g a in . T h e re h a v e b e e n s o m a n y t im e s w h e n , in d iv id u a lly , w e h a v e b e e n re a d y t o “t h ro w in t h e t o w e l” a n d re t u r n t o w o r k in g fo r s o m e o n e . E a c h t im e w e a p p ro a c h e d t h is c ro s s ro a d , w e w e re fo rc e d t o d ig d o w n d e e p , re -fo c u s , a n d re m e m b e r t h e “w h y ” b e h in d w h a t w e a re d o in g . B y a n a ly z in g a n d d e t e r m in in g s t re n g t h s a n d w e a k n e s s e s , w e a re c o n s t a n t ly im p ro v in g . T h e s e a re t h e m o m e n t s t h a t re a lly d e fi n e t h e p e r s o n y o u re a lly a re . It m a k e s y o u s t ro n g e r, w is e r, a n d m o re c o n fi d e n t in y o u r a b ilit y t o o v e rc o m e . W h a t d id y o u w a n t t o b e w h e n y o u g re w u p ? T h a n k fu lly , w e ’v e g ro w n in t o t h e m e n w e ’d h o p e d t o b e . O u r g o a l is t o c o n t in u e p ro v id in g t o p n o t c h s e r v ic e s a n d s h o w in g o t h e r s t h e p r in c ip le s t o s u c c e s s . W h a t d o y o u d o in y o u r fre e t im e ? W e s p e n d o u r fre e t im e w it h o u r b e a u t ifu l w iv e s a n d c h ild re n , t h o s e w h o h a v e a n d c o n t in u e t o s u p p o r t u s o n o u r p ro fe s s io n a l jo u r n e y s . It ’s s o im p o r t a n t fo r u s n o t t o lo s e s ig h t o f w h y w e w o r k h a rd ; w e d o it fo r t h e m . W e d o t h is s o t h a t w e c a n a ff o rd t o v a c a t io n a n d c re a t e m e m o r ie s w it h th e m . W h a t is a p h ilo s o p h y o r q u o t e t h a t y o u liv e b y ? T h e re a re s o m a n y t o c h o o s e fro m , b u t h e re a re a fe w t h a t c o m e t o m in d fo r u s : L ife is t o o s h o r t t o h a v e re g re t s , if y o u w a n t t o d o

s o m e t h in g ...ju s t d o it !; “ T r u s t b u t v e r ify ” - R o n a ld R e a g a n ; “I a m t h e g re a t e s t , I s a id t h a t e v e n b e fo re I k n e w I w a s .” - M u h a m m a d A li If y o u c o u ld o ff e r o n e p ie c e o f a d v ic e t o s o m e o n e w a n t in g t o fo llo w y o u r p a t h , w h a t w o u ld it b e ? F o r g e y o u r o w n p a t h . B u t b e w is e e n o u g h t o le a r n fro m o t h e r s ’ m is t a k e s , y e t s t u b b o r n e n o u g h t o b e w illin g t o m a k e y o u r o w n . S t o p w a it in g fo r t h e p e r fe c t m o m e n t t o t a k e t h e le a p . T h e re w ill n e v e r b e a p e r fe c t t im e t o s t a r t y o u r b u s in e s s . It is im p o r t a n t t o d o t h e re s e a rc h a n d h a v e a p la n , b u t o n c e y o u h a v e t h a t p la n , y o u m u s t im p le m e n t it a s s o o n a s p o s s ib le . Yo u w ill fa il, b u t y o u w ill le a r n fro m y o u r fa ilu re s a n d g ro w w is e r fro m e a c h o n e . H o w w o u ld y o u d e s c r ib e y o u r s e lf in o n e w o rd ? D e t e r m in e d W h a t s e t s y o u a p a r t fro m o t h e r s w h o a re d o in g t h e s a m e t h in g ? In s t e a d o f s im p ly fe a s t in g o n t h e fr u it o f o u r la b o r, w e h a v e d e c id e d t o b r in g o t h e r s t o t h e t a b le t o e a t , a s w e ll. W e ’v e le a r n e d a lo t a b o u t h o w t o s u s t a in lu c r a t iv e b u s in e s s e s o v e r t h e y e a r s , a n d n o w it is n e c e s s a r y fo r u s t o s h a re o u r k n o w le d g e , w h e t h e r it is t h ro u g h o u r F o r b e s B o o k s b e s t -s e lle r, D o u b le Yo u r S u c c e s s : P r in c ip le s t o B u ild a M u lt im illio n -D o lla r B u s in e s s o r o n e -o n e -o n e w h ile m e n t o r in g t h e p a r t ic ip a n t s o f o u r Yo u n g M illio n a ire s S e r ie s . If y o u a re a n in s p ir in g e n t re p re n e u r w h o w a n t s t o p u r s u e y o u r p a s s io n s w it h d ire c t io n a n d p u r p o s e . C lic k h e re t o t a k e t h e a s se ssm e n t.

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Young Millionaire Series The Young Millionaires Series & National Tour

We Are Looking For The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs The Carter Brothers have made it their mission to share their collective wealth of knowledge of how to create and sustain successful companies through the Young Millionaires Series as well as through their best-selling book, Double Your Success: Principles to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Business, published by ForbesBooks.

gies and methodology to those who might not otherwise have access to pertinent information to build and sustain lucrative businesses.

Attendees will be introduced not only to the principles of success, but also to mentors and professionals from various industries who can offer expert advice and counsel on how to shape their businesses. YMS The master mentorship of the Carter Brothers is coming to a city near is not just a one-time experience. It will serve as a starting point for you! Attendees will have the opportunity to network with top busi- entrepreneurial greatness. Participants will become honorary memness leaders from various industries, attend workshops and exclusive bers of an exclusive club of trailblazers and moguls panels and learn strategies proven to yield success in business and in life. In training the next generation of young millionaires, it is imperative that we model professional and personal excellence. Our team Young Millionaires Series is Making Stops in 4 Major U.S. Cities: will work hard to provide attendees with a quality experience full of Houston, TX – Sat, Feb 22, 2020 strategic planning and networking to grow their professional circles. Chicago, IL – Sat, May 9, 2020 Each city will enjoy a quality experience full of luxury and strategic Washington, D.C. – Aug 29, 2020 networking which will grow and activate their professional circles. Atlanta, GA – Oct, 24, 2020 The goal of YMS is to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs The Young Millionaires Series is open to all interested parties. Wheth- and equip them with the necessary tools to build wealth. The primary er attendees are young, young at heart, college educated, non-college goal leads to the next in that it supports the idea of building generaeducated, from low or high economic backgrounds, military veterans, tional wealth in minority communities. The Carter Brothers have creor second chance offenders, our goal is to maintain diversity and in- ated a vision which will elevate both the individual and the culture. clusion. The Carter Brothers will open their treasure chest of strate38

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HIGHLY SOUGHT-AFTER MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS What will it take to make your vision a reality? “Success is built on passion, dedication, and strategic planning.�

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hese twin entrepreneurs provide audiences around the country with wisdom gained from their decades of leadership and entrepreneurial experience. They have grown multiple successful ventures from the ground up and are passionate about igniting a spark in aspiring entrepreneurs to do the same for themselves. These experts in business share what it means to approach new enterprises in a way that aligns with both your values and your vision. They know what it takes to grow a company from an idea to a multimillion-dollar success through planning, preparation, and dedication. The passion these two bring to the stage is electric and will leave audiences inspired and ready to take action. The Carters offer keynote presentations to audiences of all sizes on the subjects of entrepreneurship, business growth strategies, and staffing solutions. Book the Carters to speak at your next conference or event. W W W. T H E A V I D M A G A Z I N E . C O M

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business starts with an idea and is fueled by motivation, passion, and drive; but there is much more involved in building a successful company. Dr. Sterling Carter and Mr. Stephen Levi Carter are twin entrepreneurs and the authors of Double Your Success: Principles to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Business. They grew their thriving business, Sterling Staffing Solutions, from humble beginnings as one person answering the phone in the back office of Dr. Carter’s physical therapy practice. This book is about the journey that led to the exponential expansion of their business and the lessons they learned from a lifetime of feeding their entrepreneurial spirits. Double Your Success is an extremely valuable tool for anyone thinking about starting or trying to grow their own business. This guide to building from the ground up provides readers with advice for every step of their entrepreneurial journey, from searching for your potential niche in the market to taking your business to the next level. This concise guide to creating your entrepreneur40

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ial vision will show you how to: > Find your niche and discover your why. > Plan your work and work your plan. > Reach your goals consistently by applying the ARTIST model. > Set realistic expectations and create a plan to get there, then reassess and plan again: PRR Model. > Choose a business partner using your head, not your heart. > Determine which opportunities to pursue by employing our Six O’s technique. > Use the CARES model to interact with stakeholders. > Understand the importance of finding a great coach and giving back to your community. > Stay relevant in an ever-changing marketplace. Now...let’s succeed!! Wherever you are on your entrepreneurial journey, Double Your Success will inspire you to forge ahead with wisdom, vigor, and dedication.


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When you Start off Right, You end up Right! Tamisha Lowe-Hendricks is a year round Tax Professional specializing in Individuals, Corporations, Estates, Over Seas, Small Businesses, Monthly Budgeting, Business Bookkeeping, Notary, IRS Audits and A+ with the BBB. T & D Tax Services LLC has been providing clients personalized tax and accounting services throughout Houston area since 2000. With our certified training and expansive financial knowledge, we are equipped to handle all of your accounting needs, no matter how complex. Whether you require assistance at the corporate or personal level, we are ready to serve as your tax planners and accounting advisors. ​

Our offices are located in Katy,TX - North Houston, TX and Apollo, Florida. We are locally owned and operated. Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? My journey all began as a part-time job to help take care of my family. As time went on I became interested in wanting to gain more knowledge and become well versed in the tax business and I decided to go back to school. The big push started when a job I gave 19 plus years too started dictating to me when I could, or couldn't take off to take care of my sick child, and I was feeling more guilty for not going to work rather than focusing 100% on my child. I had already started transitioning everything to leave that job within the next three years. However God had other plans for me and I must say that qutting was the best decision I have every made in my life. I don't regret anything in my past, but I do look forward to my upcoming future. Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? My Family. I'm building a legacy for them so when I'm gone I know they will be taken care of. 42

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What has been the hardest thing about being in business? Gaining true Business Clients that are really serious about handling their business accordingly and not like a hobby. What are the failures that you most cherish? Having knowledge but building someone else's dreams and not my own. What did you want to be when you grew up? A Tax Planning and Business Bookkeeping Guru to help small businesses scale ahead accoringly. What do you do in your free time? Binge watch Hallmark, Lifetime, and HGTV lol. Spending time with family (trail-riding), and giving back through our non-profit organization Abundant Hands That Share. How would you describe yourself in one word? Grounded What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? We focus on the opportunities that create new kinds of experiences for our clients. We take on projects, that are too complicated for others and invest over the top superior customer service to produce the products, or services needed to give our clients a more enjoyable business lifestyle worried free of all tax & business bookkeeping liabilities without them breaking the bank. What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? Don't be afraid of what can go wrong; start being positive about what can go right. - Unknown If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Entrepreneurship isn't an easy task. You must put in the work to

understand the full process. When you are humble, and true to yourself then everything else will follow you. What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? Catching 2020 By The Hand, Pushing Worthy Workshops to Small Business Owners to stay ready from having to get ready. T and D Tax Service is located at: 5425 N Fry Rd Katy, TX. 77449 For more information call (281) 856-6568; visit www. Tanddtaxservicellc.com or send an email to tanddtaxservicellc@gmail.com

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Malcolm Carter is an American Actor, Writer, Director & Editor from Texas. He was born and raised in Houston, TX, where he attended Barbara Jordan High School for Careers for the audio/visual production for filmmaking in 2012-2015. He has attended Texas Southern University, majoring in Communication: Radio-Television-Film. Malcolm started off making short films in high school such as Retribution and The Dance Off. Throughout the production time, he has learned and develop the skills of being an independent filmmaker. After graduating from high school, his next film project was Off The Grid, which released in 2016 as his first independent film. Therefore, he continued to develop sequels and mini series connected to the Off The Grid story. In 2016, Malcolm Carter launched a streaming service called, “Final Vision TV”. In 2017, the streaming service name was changed to MCP Network. A year later, Malcolm Carter became a two time award winning director for his web series, “Filthy Prelude”. What do you specialize in, what are you most know n for? Short films & web series Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? Having compelling stories and being able to create original content for many to enjoy that will teach a valuable life lesson. Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? The motivation truly comes from major motion pictures & movie trailers. After watching an amazing movie that has spark some type of emotion inside really allows me to pass on the same feeling to someone else with my projects. What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? In 2020, we are truly excited for the 2nd MCP Network Showcase this January, which will also be our 6th year anniversary. We just added a nomination category including the talented actors/actresses from our previous projects to give honor to their dedication. Plus, we have a lot of new and returning series airing as well for the upcoming season. What has been the hardest thing about being in business? Finding dedicated people that are willing to go all in. I have dealt with some challenges in my first 5 year experience with individuals who just want it all for themselves. I believe in growing together as a family. I want to see others make it, but we can't share a dream when others are steadying trying to attack for a throne they aren't prepared for. What are the failures that you most cherish? Not having the perfect project. I am still learning every day about this industry. Every project released from my company, I find something in need of improvement.

Whether it's directing, acting, cinematography, or etc, I will not stop until the perfect project is made. What did you want to be when you grew up? Honestly, I am leading to be the next Tyler Perry for my generation. Mr. Perry is a genius and he does not care what people will say about his next move. He goes above & beyond for his team that many don't provide in the industry, and I share the same with my team. What do you do in your free time? My free time involves catching up on TV series, and a few movies. I have grown to love television series so much that I have to catch up when the work is completed. How would you describe yourself in one word? Ambitious What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? The style and the representation that is being revealed for every new project. What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? Don't just dream about success, work for it and make it a reality. If you could off er one piece of adv ice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? For those people who hate and talk down on you, let them. You are your own original masterpiece that no one can't rip away from the core. Stay tuned for the MCP Network 2020 experience by visiting w w w.mcpnetwork.tv. For more information you can email MCP Network at info@ mcpnetwork.tv Be sure to follow MCP Network on all Social Media, YouTube, Facebook , Tw itter, & Instagram.

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The Sports & Wellness Doc is committed to providing the highest quality chiropractic services. The Sports & Wellness Doc is committed to helping their patients resume their lifelong pursuit of health, fitness, and well-being through a multitude of services including but not limited to, dry needling, chiropractic adjustments, deep tissue massage, Graston, and stretching. They service everyone from diaper to diaper, including professional athletes, to weekend warriors to the stay at home mom. The Sports & Wellness Doc utilizes a goal-oriented approach to healing; whatever your goals might be they will help you achieve them. As a healthcare leader they partner with groups and events within the communities that they serve. Their patients understand and receive cutting-edge treatments and rehabilitation techniques available for all types of injuries and conditions. We’ll provide hands-on treatment in the office and education you can take home with you, enabling you to become an active participant in your recovery and future physical health. Chiropractor, Dr. Alexia McClerkin is certified in the Graston Technique, Active Release Technique, Kinesio Taping, Dry Needling, Pre and Postnatal Fitness and Yoga. We were able to catch up with her. What do you specialize in, what are you most known for? I am a Women's Health Advocate promoting healthy pregnancy through physical activity and the use of Chiropractic Care. Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? I started my Chiropractic Care Practice, The Sports & Wellness Doc, in order to provide alternative pain relief and preventative care to athletes, those suffering with spinal injuries and conditions 44

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and pregnant women. While pain medications may be useful, I strive to address the cause instead of the effect of pain. By using manipulation and skillful techniques, I am able to meet clients where they are and help them to avoid the use of drugs. What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? I am a speaker and advocate for women’s health, but I am not limited to research and presentations. I have served as an inspiration to other women by running 5K races during my own pregnancy. With my Chiropractic Practice, I have also proven the necessity of alternative health care for women. My entire life is dedicated to protecting the health of women. What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? I will continue to empower women and advocate for healthy pregnancies throughout 2020. This May, we will host our annual 5K Mamas Fun Run, which boasted 100s of participants in 2019, including pregnant mothers, fathers and children. Also, we will host a National Fit Pregnancy Week from May 3rd- May 10th, 2020, which will various events and workshops to promote healthy lifestyles for expecting mothers. What has been the hardest thing about being in business? I’m sure that I’ve experienced the same woes of other business owners, but I focus on the many successes I’ve experienced. What are the failures that you most cherish? The failures I cherish the most are the financial failures because those have taught me the most. I am more appreciative understanding of the dollar. When I was 19, I got into some BAD real estate investments and they literally bankrupted me. Another failure I cherish is failing classes in chiropractic school; As I reflect on that time and how my practice is now thriv-

ing, it makes me more appreciative of the struggle. What did you want to be when you grew up? I want to be a kind of superhero for women! It is my life’s purpose to use my personal passion and expertise for the benefit of women. What do you do in your free time? I am a devoted wife and mother. When I am not with my family, I am working toward more training and certifications to benefit the health of women. I have my BS in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from Michigan State, Doctorate in Chiroractic Medicine from Texas Chiropractic College, Bachelor's in Nursing from UT Arlington, pursing Master's of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on Family Nurse Practitioner. How would you describe yourself in one word? Ambitious What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? Anything worth having is worth fighting for. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Stay focused and understand that it is a process, trust the process. In addition, it is okay to ask for help. One of the biggest things I have learned and am still learning is that I am only one person and can not do everything by myself. The Sports & Wellness Doc is located at 2600 S Loop W #100, Houston, TX 77054 For more information visit http://sportsandwellnessdoc.com/ Make sure that you follow them on Social Media @sportsandwellnessdoc


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Broadcast live from Houston, Texas, USA to the World!

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roadcast Houston is the premiere festival, concert, and live event YouTube channel. We bring you the arts in their purest form... LIVE!

nition comes from the servitude. The Broadcast Houston brand is somewhat a combination of all the talents, skills, relationships and ideas combined into one.

What are the failures that you most cherish? Taking losses; bouncing back better. Taking too long discerning who people really are; they will always tell you.

Broadcast Houston is, and will most likely be, an ever-evolving brand focused on promoting the underdog, underprivileged, and under-appreciated. There are several, all-inclusive projects that entertainers and entrepreneurs can get involved in. Notably the #bh100, #nextupcypher, and #BHAwards. In short, Broadcast Houston specializes in content creation. Not counting the weekly lists we create to promote individuals & entities in 26 categories we produce audio-visual productions (lyric videos, music videos, interviews, commercials, explainer-videos, etc.), music productions (arrange, mix, master, etc.), photography solutions, and more. DaRNeLL hTx is also a multi-artist and will be releasing original music & video content. He is also interested in public speaking to future entertainers and entrepreneurs, whether it’s on a panel or as a keynote speaker.

What do you specialize in, What do you want to be when you what are you most known for? grew up? What the creator intended Content Creation Solutions me to be Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? I genuinely want the best for people. Did not like the road I was driving down so I began paving my own lane.

How would you describe yourself in one word? Passionate

Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? Not the business. Not the money. Every day we wake up we experience new grace and mercy; that alone is proof the day has been divinely prepared for a motivated individual to accomplish something.

What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? 2+2=4 every time. The unspoken truth is the truest thing never said. You’re only as good as your best alternative. You don’t have to be the BEST just Better than the REST.

What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? Humility

If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Find yourself first. Then take the best characteristics of all of the people you admire.

What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? Blooming projects. Genre-specific unplugged sessions, #NextUpCypher, #TruthDareorShot, #BH100 & we’re going For more information on Broadcast to out-content everyone producing Houston visit www. broadcasthouston. content if the Lord says the same. com

What makes Darnell most proud of Broadcast Houston? How it is utilized for discovery, networking, and the building of positive relationships. What has been the hardest thing Be sure to follow them on all social about being in business? Figuring out media platforms @broadcasthouston What sets Broadcast Houston apart how to monetize the brand withfrom others is how the success and out people taking away from it. Proglory are all diverted to the user of tecting the brand once its solidified. the project or service. BH’s recog-

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Pop Style Lashes is a home-based Individual Eyelash Extension business specializing in healthy natural lashes. As a Lash Tech, Aresia Arthurs help women of all ages feel and look beautiful with minimal effort. Pop Style Lashes offers a luxury service that provides length, lift, and love to a woman’s eyes. Arthur’s passion for people and stellar customer service is what sets her apart from other lash techs. Arthur believes in individuality and understand that no one is the same. Each set is created to fit and compliment each client unique eye shape and desired look. She ensures that each client is uniquely satisfied and offers a two day warranty if they are not. In addition to individual lash extensions, she also creates and sells custom strip eyelashes online and ships nationwide. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Arthurs has always been a big dreamer and bold do-er. After obtaining an Associate Degree, she transferred to Texas State University – where she started Pop Style Lashes in her college apartment. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English in August

Being in business can be tough at times but I show up for myself and my business daily. Pop Style Lashes is a service-based business and that’s what keeps me motivated - client satisfaction. I am constantly trying new skills, products and techniques to satisfy my clients, because when they are happy and love their lashes, I know that I did something right. What has been the hardest thing about being in business? The biggest challenge I have faced in regards to being in business would be the legality side of things. Like knowing what type of entity to register as, or self employment tax, and all of those complex and confusing things. You know, when you’re a first generation business woman, a lot of things can seem foreign and complex. But I am constantly educating myself on these matters. What are the failures that you most cherish? I am forever grateful for all of the “bad” eyelash extension sets that I have produced, or all of the clients who were less than satisfied with their service. Those moments taught me to go back to the drawing board, figure out where I went wrong, and try again.

my clientele. What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? “There are no losses in life. Only lessons.” I definitely view any “loss” as a lesson and that way, I never actually lose! It’s like a win-win no matter what because if I get a lesson, then I’m learning something for next time. If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? To have faith and confidence in yourself. Also, to take inspired actions towards your goals daily. What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? In 2020, I am planning some major things! I can’t share all of the details just yet. However, I will continue teaching Eyelash Artist courses, in which I educate and certify beginner lash artists. Additionally, I am expanding the Pop Style Lashes product and merchandise line as well.

of 2019 then relocated back to Houston where she continue to thrive and grow her business. Pop Style Lashes turned one year old in September 2019 and she has lashed over 175 women since beginning her career as a Lash Technician. Before Pop Style Lashes, she considered dropping my classes and moving back to Houston to be closer to my family. In addition, starting a business with a college student budget and 21 credit hours brought many obstacles as well. “As a beginner Eyelash Technician, I would get home from class and immediately begin practicing teaching myself new techniques. I often had a busy schedule full of class, homework, eyelash clients and still made time for fun and recreation although it was never easy.” said Arthurs. Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? I definitely agree.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I love this question! Besides my aspirations of being a total boss business genius and celebrity lash stylist, I actually want to be a college professor when I grew up. I will be attending graduate school in the fall of 2020 to obtain my M.A. in Sociology. What do you do in your free time? I absolutely cherish my free time and use it as a time to genuinely relax, do some self-care and enjoy the company of my family and friends. How would you describe yourself in one word? Resourceful. Definitely resourceful. What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? My creativity, drive and passion are just among the few things that I believe set me apart from other Eyelash Extension Artists. Although, my only competition is myself. I truly strive to be the absolute best that I can be for my business and

Pop Style Lashes is dedicated to providing POPPING lashes, glasses and gloss. With Individual lashes, strip lashes, sunglasses and lip gloss, Pop Style Lashes is giving you what you need to Wake up and Go!

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Our team of Family Directors are dedicated to simplifying the funeral process for grieving families across North America. Simplifying Funerals is what

we do; not who we are. We act on your behalf with all the vendors, service providers and funeral homes. We research each of them and present options back to the family. Our focus is on savings and quality. We provide access to resources to assist you with the next chapter in your life. > What do you specialize in, what are you most known for? We assist families with finding low-cost retail options, service providers and funeral homes. We research each of them and present options back to the family. Our focus is on savings and quality. > Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? As fate would have it, we would lose two loved ones in our family in what seemed like a matter of days. My Uncle Seymour and my Granny Robbie Mae. ​ Since my uncle didn’t have any kids, it was up to us to handle the funeral arrangements since Granny had gotten up in age. (Only to have to go through the same process shortly there after when she passed.) It was a horrible experience.

> Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? Knowing that we're fighting for our families and reducing their out-of-pocket expenses for the REMAINING expenses left behind. > What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? We will continue to help families and increase the public awareness of their funeral options. > What has been the hardest thing about being in business? The hardest thing about being in business is being in business. Starting and running a business has been by far one of the most challenging things I've done to date. > What are the failures that you most cherish? Failure is awesome! It is in those failures that you get a chance to see where it is that needs the most improvement and learn from it. > What did you want to be when you grew up? Growing up in Lubbock, TX, I actaully wanted to be an Agricultural Scientist. > What do you do in your free time? I love writing; whether it be a song, a poem or short story...anything that gets the creative juices flowing.

In both instances, we walked into the local funeral home, informed them how much money we had and they made sure we spent every red cent. Up-selling, and in some cases, requiring a service that we didn’t need or want, but we did it anyway…because they knew what was needed, right? Wrong.

>How would you describe yourself in one word? Colorful.

It would later come down to a WIG that forced the founding of Cindy’s List LLC. My granny was a very fashionable woman. She wore the best clothes, drove a newer model car and kept her hair and nails done. My granny was fly.

>What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? May God open doors that no man can shut and close those He doesn't want us to walk though.

In her case, the funeral home was supposed to get her hair done like she liked it. We knew how much a hairstyle would cost, so when they said they’d charge $75 to complete the task, it was a no brainier. When her body arrived at the viewing, not only was her hair NOT done, but she had on a WIG. They’d charged us $75 to put on a WIG. I could have done it for $10!! That was the camel that broke the straws back. Yes…a camel on the straws back. A straw on the camels back just doesn’t convey the magnitude of how we felt, but a camel on the straws back…that’s huge! How many other people are they doing this to? What can we do to prevent this from ever happening again? It is our belief and deep desire to help those in need that led to the founding of...

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> What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? We choose people over profits and have our families best interest in mind.

> If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Believe in yourself and the vision that God has placed on your heart. It may not make sense in the beginning, but there's a method to his blessings. For more information please contact Cindy’s List by visiting https://www.cindyslistllc.com; by sending an email to info@cindyslistllc.com ; or by calling (724) 624-9297. fb: @CindysListLLC ig: @CindysListLLC li: @Cindys List LLC, @Cecil L. Ivey, Sr.


> What do you specialize in, what are you most known for? Event planning for intimate celebrations including weddings and dinner parties. > Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? My story is not as traditional as it may seem. Before I graduated from high school, I was confused and lost on what I wanted to study in college. It was the second semester of my senior year in high school when I attended a college fair and the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management was there to talk about their program. Although, I attended high school in the Third Ward area directly across the street from the University of Houston, at the time I was unfamiliar with what both the school and the program had to offer. I was immediately intrigued by the hospitality program and that was the only school I applied to. I was accepted and that moment started my training and experience. While there, my concentration was event planning and catering. I learned so much about the industry and was able to intern with top companies such as the Hilton, Landry’s Corporation in Galveston, Aramark where I lived in Alaska for a summer, and Music World Properties where I grew from intern to event manager and lastly Chic Soiree Events as an intern. Although I interned, I also worked for Pappas restaurants and City Kitchen Catering for 5+ years where I gained true customer service experience. These were the jobs that taught me the most about treating guests and clients with the utmost respect when it comes to owning and operating a business. I knew that I wanted to eventually own a business someday, but was unsure of what exactly it would be. Upon graduating in 2014 and not receiving a job offer, that motivated me to start my own business K. Benai Events. > Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? What keeps me motivated is seeing my dream fulfilled. My family instilled entrepreneurship within my sister and I at an early age, ensuring that we attain multiple streams of income and I hope to make them proud. My goal is to open a bed & breakfast or boutique hotel within my community. I know that this is something that I will have to work extremely hard to attain so I currently seek several resources that will support me in achieving this goal. > What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? Within the next year, I plan to participate in more pitch competitions as well as plan and/or assist with several events. I was recently accepted to participate in the She Has A Deal hotel investment pitch program and am extremely happy to be involved. Currently, I have six events scheduled for next year including two weddings, 1 gala and 3 intimate dinner parties. > What has been the hardest thing about being in business? Personally, the most challenging part of being in business has been comparing myself to others within the industry and understanding to never take business matters personally. Often times, I look to social

media for validation when in actuality I should know my worth as well as know that people only show you what they want you to see. It is easier said than done, so I try to limit my time on social media and also consider what others would like to see versus how I feel at a certain moment. It is hard to not get emotional or become sensitive when you're not getting enough bookings or clientele as you think you should, but that uncertainty is what makes the strongest entrepreneurs. > What are the failures that you most cherish? There are so many things I wish I would've done better had I known the things I know now. Many times I have applied for opportunities and jobs that I believed I really wanted. However, not receiving those opportunities opened up many more for me and taught me that everything will not be handed to me. Most things I will have to work hard for and some things are just meant for me and no one else. I cherish these failures the most because they help me to continuously improve for whatever better is coming. > What did you want to be when you growed up? I remember at an early age I thought I wanted to be a lawyer, then in middle school a doctor and by high school I had my mind made that I wanted to be a forensic psychologist because I love True Crime Shows. Deep down I knew that I really wanted to work for myself while doing something creative within my community, I just didn't know how I was going to get there. > What do you do in your free time? I love to read, but never really have time to do it so I am hoping to get more reading done in 2020. I also love to spend time with my family and catch up on my favorite television shows. > How would you describe yourself in one word? Focused > What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? My determination and experience is what sets me apart. Attending the University of Houston Hilton College was a huge advantage in my career as well as attaining my Masters of Business Administration Degree from Howard University. Many people are scared to take that leap of faith and jump and I believe that is what sets me apart, my strength and fearlessness. > What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? "When you're authentic, people are drawn to you." > If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Remain focused and stay true to yourself in all that you do. For more information on K. Benai Events visit www.Kbenai.com; email them at info@ kbenaievents.com or call (832) 844-0938 Be sure to follow K. Benai Events on Social Media @k.benaievents on Instagram and @K.Benai Events on Facebook.

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HOUSTON MOUVES WHAT’S THE MOUVE?

Houston Mouves is a company that hosts Large philanthropy exclusive high-end events tailored toward professionals and social engineers in the Greater Houston Region. We focus on promoting local companies to help grow your business. Each event we donate a portion of our proceeds to different non-profit organizations. Houston Mouves supports buying local to help improve the Texas economy! Events such as Houston Mouves 2nd Annual Scholarship Gala, Houston Mouves Annual Scholarship Gala, 2nd Annual Backpack Drive, Houston Mouves Inaugural Backpack Drive are some of the philanthropy events we host to give back to the community. What Houston Mouves can do for you? Your brand will be in front of an elite crowd of business owners, entrepreneurs, politicians, celebrities, professionals, and influential people in the community. Your logo will be promoted on our social media platforms, flyers, and all of our marketing materials to ensure your brand gets the maximum amount of exposure. Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? To help bring influential people together to network and improve the quality of life in our community. 50

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Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? Knowing that God placed me on this earth to serve others. I would save the world if I could!! What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? 4th Annual Scotch & Beer Fest & Houston Gospel Festival Weekend in the Spring What has been the hardest thing about being in business? Managing time and setting priorities. What are the failures that you most cherish? Loosing money on not thought out business deals What did you want to be when you grew up? A Billionaire that serves his community and is a major donor for all non-profits! What do you do in your free time? I played basketball in college so I still am active. Reliving my glory days. I like to travel and read my bible.

How would you describe yourself in one word? Assertive What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? I focus on diversity and inclusion What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? No weapon formed against me shall prosper! If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? There are NO get rich quick schemes. Just pray and ask God to order your steps! It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon! I could not have gotten to where I am without God Almighty! If he can do it for me he can do it 10X for you! IT’S OVERFLOW SEASON!! info@houstonmouves.com 6031 hwy 6 N, STE 165 #258 Houston, TX 77084 www.houstonmouves.com @houston_mouves; FB= Houston Mouves


What do you specialize in, what are you most known for? I specialize in all hair textures of barbering, I have almost 20 yrs of experience in hair cutting. I have experience with using clippers, shears and razor. I have the ability to cut men, women and children. I’m also known for beard Maintenence and my special all natural beard butter and oil that I make and sell inside my shop. I offer manicures, pedicures, and facials for men. Everyone has a story about why they started, what’s your’s? It all start from me taking the cosmetology program in high school. When I graduated from high school I graduated with a cosmetology license. I worked as stylist for many years while mostly cutting men and women. I soon realized that I didn’t care too much for the women styling part of the profession but I loved only cutting especially men. Through the years I focused on mainly expanding my hair cutting techniques. And then eventually decided to obtain my barbers license so I could be able to use a straight razor in my services. I started barber school in 2013. One of my clients would always tell me how good I would do as a barber and what good gift I had. He saw something special in me as a barber and blessed me by sponsoring me and paying my tuition for Barber school at Acres Home barber College. Since I already had a cosmetology license I had to complete 300 extra hours required by the state of Texas for barber school. I completed my hours and took the state test. I past with flying colors on December 14, 2015. This was one of the greatest accomplishments that I am most proud of. Being in business can be hard and difficult sometimes, what keeps you motivated? What keeps me motivated are my friends and family that believe in my craft. I love what I do but sometimes it can get hard. When I want to give up I always have them there to motivate and push me, telling me to keep going. My family and friends believe in me so much. When I say friends I am speaking of my clients as well, because I develop a relationship with all my clients. They push me push to keep going. What has been the hardest thing about being in business? Trying not to get too comfortable. Staying consistent with promoting my brand. What are the failures that you most cherish? The failures that I

cherish are when business is slow and the advertising isn’t doing what you want, but then right when you’re about to give up God sends a rush of business What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a teacher because I though they made a lot of money. But I found out that wasn’t necessarily true! What do you do in your free time? In my free time I’m aspiring natural hair/ curvy model. I participate in fashion shows, photoshoots, and videos. I love doing this as well. How would you describe yourself in one word? I describe myself as PASSIONATE! I absolutely love what I do! Even though I make money doing this job, I don’t look at it as a job. What sets you apart from others who are doing the same thing? What sets me apart from most barbers is that I’m a female barber. I hear people say,“you don’t see a lot of women barbers that do what you’re doing and that are good at it.” When my clients come inside my shop, I want them to have an EXPERIENCE! My goal is to make them feel comfortable so they can have a nice satisfying experience. What is a philosophy or quote that you live by? I actually have two that I live by. “ If you can’t find peace with in yourself then you will never be able to find it anywhere else.” -Marvin Gaye “ Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” -unknown If you could offer one piece of advice to someone wanting to follow your path, what would it be? Never give up! It will be hard sometimes but the struggle will be well worth it! What can we look forward to from you in the upcoming year? What you’ll have to look forward to is the beginning stages of the process of expanding my business. My vision is to have a major male spa. I’m looking to expand with in next year and will be lining everything up to develop the biggest men salon/spa in Houston. Groomed Men’s Salon is located at: 523 N Sam Houston Pkwy E Houston, Tx 77060 For more information please visit www.groomedmensalon.com or call (346) 831-2737 Make sure you follow Groomed Mem’s Salon on Social Media FB: Groomed Men’s Salon IG: groomed_men_salon W W W. T H E A V I D M A G A Z I N E . C O M

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