NVBCC THRIVE Magazine August 2022

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Leading Business Magazine for Black Entrepreneurs

The St. James VA's Premier Sports Complex

Cannabis Start-up

Innovative Technology in Fitness

August 2022 www.northernvirginiabcc.org

August 2022

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Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay presented a proclamation on August 2, passed 10-0 by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, to the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce recognizing August as Black Business Month in Fairfax County. Fairfax County is home to 639 Black-owned employer firms. This is the highest number of any locality in Virginia. Together, these businesses generate more than $1.8 billion in annual revenue and employ over 11,000 people in Fairfax County. Click here to find out more about National Black Business Month. by E-Bird Newsletter

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the Health Care sector will grow 14% from 2018 to 2028, due largely to an aging population with increased healthcare needs. As a result, nationally, these sectors include establishments that provide medical care in hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, nursing-residential care, and social assistance such as family and childcare services. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns (CBP), the 907,426 businesses in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector topped all others with 20 million employees. Furthermore, the U.S. Census Bureau revealed Black entrepreneurs own approximately 124,551 businesses, with about 28.5% (35,547) of these businesses in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector, the highest percentage of any minority group. THRIVE Magazine recognizes the role our community plays in health equity, identifying business opportunities, and ensuring our community's needs are being properly addressed. This issue is shining a spotlight on trends, technologies, and opportunities located in our backyard. In addition, we are using THRIVE Magazine as a platform to share resources that impact our community the hardest; Healthy Food, Health-Centered Services, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Prostrate Cancer, Infertility, and Maternal Mortality. NVBCC knows good health makes healthy businesses and healthy businesses allow our community to


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NVBCC Member Resource Directory

Serving Our Members Sheila Dixon NVBCC Executive Director NVBCC has a network of services available for your healthcare needs. Here are just a few.

Click here to make your personal selection

Health Equity Leader

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CANNABIS START-UPS Cannabis is a $197 Billion industry. Is it for you? If you've been thinking about starting a Cannabis business, begin with some critical information.




Husband and wife entrepreneurs, Bernard and Daphne Mustafa bring futuristic technology to the fitness arena.

Craig Dixon and Kendrick Ashton are friends and co-founders of the newest health and wellness sports complex in Northern Virginia.


BANKING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS Meet Leanne White, Assistant Vice President of Business Development, FVCbank where building a relationship is key to your success.



FERTILITY FEM-TECH Endometriosis, Fibroids, and Maternal Mortality affect millions of women who suffer in silence.


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The Premier Destination for Sports, Wellness, and Entertainment


"We Can!" Craig Dixon

Longtime friends and classmates at the College of William and Mary, Craig Dixon and Kendrick Ashton have disrupted the health and wellness community with a state-of-the-art sports facility. Located in Northern Virginia, The St. James is designed to thrill the athlete in all of us. As co-founders of a world-class, 450,000 square-foot sports complex in Springfield, Virginia, Craig and Ashton have figured out how to serve the next generation of athletes while meeting the needs of the current dedicated sports elite. The St. James flagship complex is a premier wellness center that opened its doors in 2018. Today, this dynamic duo has expanded their enterprise to Reston, VA, and is preparing to expand into Bethesda, Maryland very soon.

"Empowering my community through investing." Kendrick Ashton

Craig and Kendrick are not only entrepreneurial juggernauts, they are passionate about investing and giving back to the community that has given so much to them. A homegrown native son of Washington DC, Kendrick believes in empowering the community by investing and serving.

The St.. James Performance Club Reston, Virginia


Attention to Detail five-star Customer Service

Well appointed with attention to detail, The St. James world-class facility has pulled out all the stops. From the moment you arrive at The St. James facility, you realize this is not your everyday health club. Starting with the staff's warm greeting and ending with fabulous chilled eucalyptus towels, it is clear that The St. James is a worldclass experience dedicated to the dedicated. Everything you can imagine is at your fingertips and is included in your membership-based health and wellness center. Sports events, interactive camps for the whole family, performance clubs, wellness center, and even nutritional nourishment from Mighty Meals food service. This world-class venue caters to you and your health and wellness goals from start to finish. When you are not working out, The St. James invites you to gather your friends, family, or colleagues for an unforgettable experience amid stylish settings for corporate events, as well as, kid fun within party rooms. The St. James sports and entertainment complex has something for everyone.


World Class

St James Corporate Games

New Spin On Corporate Retreat Craig and Kendrick have reimagined corporate team-building with the launch of The St. James Corporate Games. A multi-company, sports-style retreat is featuring games, exercise classes, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship, designed to put a new spin on traditional business retreats. While building a team, proceeds will support Capital Area Food Bank. This event is sponsored by

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin

The Keynote speaker is Jason Wright, President of the Washington Commanders. Jason is the first Black team president in the history of the NFL and is currently the youngest team president in the League. "I'm really excited to share news of The St. James Corporate Games coming this Fall. This will be the premier corporate wellness and networking event in the Greater Washington Region." says co-founder Craig Dixon.

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Jameel Scott Associate, Berkshire Hathaway Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce Board Secretary, Fundraising Chair Jameel A. Scott is an Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, where he leads a team of agents known as the JTR Team, located in Northern Virginia. Additionally, Mr. Scott is a real estate instructor with Moseley Real Estate School, where he teaches several classes on various topics. In addition to his profession in real estate, he owns an investment partnership whereby he pools funds with other investors to invest in the financial market. He is also an audit specialist with the U.S. Government. Jameel has served on boards in the DC Metro area. He has served on First Book DC Board, a nonprofit working to provide books and resources to students in the DC area, in addition to serving on the Ira Dorsey Foundation Board, which raises funds to provide scholarships to students from the area to attend college. Jameel loves to spend time with his beautiful wife, Lakeisha Scott, and two young sons, Thomas and Anderson Scott. He enjoys watching basketball- and believe it or not- reading about the financial market and analyzing trends and predictions in the real estate market. And when he can get outside, he relishes riding his bike.


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The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (NVBCC) is unique among networking groups targeting black-owned businesses. The Chamber connects members to companies, fellow entrepreneurs, public and private lenders, and others who can help them advance their businesses. We inform key stakeholders about the economic, legal policy, social, cultural, and other factors that impact black-owned businesses. info@northernvirginiabcc.org or Call 703.442.4472.

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Scott Price Regional Policy Director at Dominion Energy Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce Board Treasurer, Fundraising Chair Scott Price, the Regional Policy Director at Dominion Energy since November 2019. Prior to that, he was the Regional Director for the office of Senator Mark R. Warner since August 2009. Prior to his federal service, he worked as the Executive Director of the Virginia High-Tech Partnership (VHTP) from June 1997-August 2009. Scott was born in Washington, DC, and attended the University of Virginia. After graduation, Scott joined Nation's Bank (now Bank of America) in their managementtraining program and worked in Richmond, VA; Danville, VA; and Washington, DC before joining Senator Mark Warner’s organizations. Scott is currently a Trustee at New Bethel Baptist Church; Board Member, Northern Virginia Community College Education Foundation; former Class President &Trustee, University of Virginia Class of 1993; Board Member, NOVA Parks; Board Member, Virginia Lottery; Board Member, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce; Founder and President, Capital Investment Club; Board Member, Skill Source Group; Treasurer and Board of Governor Member, Departmental Progressive Club; former Senior Class President, Mount Vernon High School, and Scott is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Scott is married to Sonia H. Price, Esq. and they have a son, Scott A. Price II, who lives in Alexandria, VA.


Finding Your Purpose in the Health Care Industry

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Discover your purpose... By Tonya M. White When you are led to work in the Healthcare industry, it may be a call that is too loud to be ignored. The problem may be that the industry is so expansive that you may not be sure where your skills might fit. What you do know is that you want to help others in the best way possible.

Some might label this need to work in the Healthcare industry as a calling; others label it as finding your purpose. Because of the wide variety of career paths within the Healthcare industry, finding your purpose doesn't end with knowing the industry you want to work in


Command your power. Finding your purpose involves examining your likes and dislikes, skills, interests, and personality type to determine exactly where your true purpose within the Healthcare industry may lie. Career Coaches like those at The Write Touch LLC are trained and certified to help career seekers determine their purpose by completing exercises that may take them from their childhood through their current situations. After all, your past choices led you to your current position. Employing a holistic approach and discussing all areas of a client's life is how Career Coaches can ensure they help their clients determine their true purpose. This leads to learning the career path that will make the best use of their skillset and help them feel most accomplished based on their goals. Once you have determined your purpose and career path and created specific and actionable goals, part of your strategy may be to work with a recruiter. A recruiter such as TMK Staffing & Recruiting LLC can help match you with the employer that fits the company culture where you can best meet your goals. A good recruiter will help you research the company's background and culture to ensure you are a good fit within that company's dynamics. Within the Healthcare industry, there are careers that match an array of skills and interests. Your career is there, from medical to administrative and everything in between. If you aren't sure what your career path within the Healthcare industry or any industry may be, reach out to a Career Coach who can help you discern your true purpose. You will thank yourself for taking that first step to reaching your career success.

"Discover your purpose, command your power."



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Jocelyn Johnson President/CEO, Trillium & Lotus Whole Body Wellness Health & Wellness Editor, NVBCC Thrive Magazine

A Journey of Growth Jocelyn Johnson is the CEO of Trillium & Lotus Whole Body Wellness LLC. Jocelyn is a Clinical Nutritionist, CNS (Clinical Nutrition Specialist), LDN (Licensed Dietic Nutritionist), and Therapeutic Herbalist. She has a life-long love of cooking, making her first meal at age 5, a simple meal, scrambled eggs with buttered toast. Her family’s beliefs reinforced her knowledge of food and nutrition around homecooked meals with a variety of vegetables invigorated her passion for nutrition and food.

In 2019 she earned two master’s degrees in Clinical Nutrition and Therapeutic herbalism Maryland University of Integrated Health (MUIH). She uses her knowledge of nutrition (food) and herbal medicine to help her clients to reduce symptoms by using her knowledge of functional nutrition. Jocelyn is passionate about helping her clients to attain their health goals. By giving her clients the skills and knowledge, they need to shop and prepare foods to improve their overall health . More recently, Jocelyn guest lectured about healing foods pre/post oral surgery at Howard University School of Dentistry. Jocelyn enjoys reading nutritional biochemistry books, painting (neuro-graphic art), creating recipes, and cooking healthful meals in her spare time. In addition, she loves to peruse evidence-based nutrition and medical journals, searching for the latest research on food and nutrient to help her growing nutrition clientele.

Jocelyn is also the creator of Elliot James Naturals, a natural personal care hair, and skin care line.

Live, love & cook! Jocelyn sought a new career path after a lifechanging health event in January 2011. She began to heal herself with food increasing her energy levels and reducing a long list of ailments and symptoms. Once Jocelyn realized how powerful diet was, she sought out a career in nutrition. She attended Bastyr University and earned her BS in Nutrition/Culinary Arts.



“The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at." Jesse Owens




Isn't that a thought?

Try to shop the outer portion of the grocery

Good nutrition is essential for life; the body obtains

store in the fruit and vegetable areas. Only go

vital nutrients from our food and distributes them

down the center isles for seasonings like dried

through the blood to each body system and the

herbs, salt, pepper, and spices. When looking

cells that keep these systems functioning at

for meat products (beef, pork, lamb, chicken),

optimal levels. When the body is functioning well,

avoid cured meats (cold cuts); they have

we tend to be relatively healthy and not display symptoms associated with disease. In fact, it was Hippocrates who gave the famous quote, "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food ." Who would have thought this quote would be so profound 15 centuries later!

nitrates, nitrites, and other preservatives that can increase symptoms of high blood pressure. Instead, look for pasture-raised meats and try braising to intensify the flavor of your dish and keep it tender (braising meat leaves it fork tender and flavorful).

The moment we deviate from a whole foods diet,

Fish is another challenging subject. Should you

we begin to see the rate of disease, especially in

purchase wild-caught or get the farm-raised to

the western world with our prepared and highly

feed your family? Again, it's a tough choice. Do

processed food-like substances. Yet, we could all

you forgo the warnings that wild-caught are

learn so much from the teachings of yesteryear.

higher in contaminants from our oceans and waterways, or do you purchase the farm-raised

This summer, I challenge everyone and their families to stop and look at the types of foods or food-like substances (mainly highly processed foods with

fish that is given fortified feed and not the fish's natural food source?

long ingredients lists, including snacks and sports drinks).


With fruits and vegetables, it's hard to choose;

I have to share that I trust these foods! If you live in

do you buy all organic, or do you take the

the Loudoun County area, you must visit this farm to

chance of being exposed to harmful

buy or pick your own produce.

pest/herbicides? I always guide my nutrition client to use the "Clean 15 Dirty dozen" list

I don't want to give all the doom-n-gloom, but I want

provided by the Environmental Working Group

to inform readers about how the choices affect them

(EWG). Each year they produce a list of fruits

and the lives of their loved ones.

and vegetables to always buy organic; those foods are located on the dirty dozen list,

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes that

whereas the clean 15 are considered to be

same village to cook, store and save the foods to

generally safe and have little to no

feed the family. Try getting your kids and family

pest/herbicidal residues. Always wash your

members to take time out of their busy weekend

fruits and vegetables in cool water with a

once a month to batch cook your favorite dishes that

teaspoon of white vinegar.

can be stored in the freezer for up to one year. When you involve your children, you share the importance

You may be wondering where I shop for some

of planning in advance for meal prep and educating

of my produce. I purchase fruit, vegetables,

them on improving their lives by paying attention to

dark leafy greens, and root vegetables at the

what they eat.

Northern Virginia Wholesale Growers farm

I want to leave you with a few quotes that remind me

stand on Charlestown Turnpike in Paeonian

that it is all about the food!

Springs, Virginia, owned by Liz (Battiston) (Vienna, VA) and Ramesh (Seetaram) (from the

"Any food that requires enhancing by the use of

island nation of Trinidad and Tobago). This is

chemical substances should in no way be considered

such a special place to me. I first met the

a food."― John H. Tobe

owners 4 years ago when I moved back to the Northern Virginia area, and after asking about

"One should eat to live, not live to eat." – Benjamin

their growing practices and how they deal with


insects (pests), weeds and animals, I was delighted to find out that they are indeed

"Those who think they have no time for healthy

stewards of the land. Sadly, they don't have an

eating, will sooner or later have to find time for

organic certification. However, after speaking

illness." – Edward Stanley

with the owners, I realized how dedicated they are to respecting and caring for the land. Allowing the weeds to grow and rotating the crops from planting to planting allows them to keep the soil in excellent shape.

Live, love & cook!



We move to what shall be. -Amanda Gorman


Your first meal is the most important of the day. This is when we break our fast, hence the name of our first meal of the day. It's important to include a few foods for your first meal of the day, Whether you are intermittent fasting or begin before 7 am. Smoothies are a great way to incorporate healthy fats in the form of avocados, seeds and nuts as well as soluble fiber such as sweet potatoes, Jerusalem artichoke, beets and dark leafy greens.


Summer Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to incorporate more vegetables into any diet. This type of smoothie is great in the morning to give you a boost of energy to start your day. Using frozen fruit will make this a refreshing treat.

Ingredients: ½ banana (medium size) ¼ large avocado or half of a medium avocado ¼ cup frozen wild blueberries 1 cup frozen berries (blackberries, strawberry, cherries, raspberries) 1 cup coconut water (divided) 1 cup spinach (arugula, water cress, or Lacinato kale) or (1 scoop fermented greens) 1 tablespoon black strap molasses (optional) 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional 2 dates (optional) 1 ounce Pea protein (2 scoops)

Directions: Place banana, avocado, and frozen berries into the blender. Then add half of the coconut water and blend for 2-3 minutes, add more coconut water to smooth out the consistency. Then add fresh or fermented greens powder and blend for a minute or two, once incorporated add molasses or dates, then add protein powder and blend until thoroughly incorporated in the smoothie. *Note: look for a pea protein that has all the essential amino acids and 25% of the recommended daily allowance.

Makes: (2) 8-10 oz. smoothie Copyright 2022. Original recipe, J. Johnson




Banking Business Partnership

LEANNE WHITE Assistant Vice President of Business Development, FVCbank Chair of the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce Events Committee.

Her smile is genuine and her intentions are authentic. Leanne White is the banker you want to meet when planning your emerging business or expanding an enterprise. Knowledgeable and insightful is what you get when you develop a working relationship with Leanne. After a brief conversation

with Leanne,V.P. of Business development for FVC Bank, you will learn why she should be a member of your business team. Leanne takes pride in her ability to put customer needs first and ensure she provide the best options possible when collaborating with her clients to meet their goals.


THRIVE WITH A FINANCIAL TEAM Leanne recommends that you begin earlier than later to make your business more efficient and profitable via a strong relationship with your banker. Whether you are a sole proprietorship, a small business, an emerging business, or a nonprofit, bankers like Leanne want to design business solutions for you. Having a relationship with your banker begins with helping them get to know your business model, cycle, and management team. Developing a relationship will go a long way with your bank especially when it is time to apply for a line of credit or a loan. Here are some tips to consider: Communicate with your banker on a regular basis ( once per quarter) Invite your banker to your establishment Join the Chamber and volunteer with your banker Proactively contact your banker with good and bad news Understand the banking environment and how decisions are made. Move beyond small talk and include your banker in business decisions Building trust with your banker before you need help can help them understand the best way to support your goals and provide solutions when things get tough. Having a banking relationship is just good for business. Leanne White invites you to start a relationship with FVCBank today!


Best Small Business Loans in 2022 Sourced from Lendingtree: Written by Melissa Wylie | Edited by Kurt Adams | Updated on June 28, 2022

Small businesses account for a significant chunk of American economic activity — the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) estimates that there are 32.5 million small businesses across the country. While the nature of each one varies, many hold one major thing in common: the need for business financing. Click here to review the lending trend for 2022 by the lender, rates, credit score, amount, and loan terms generated by Lendingtree.com


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CANNABIS Market For Start-ups

The Cannabis industry is gaining more and more acceptance due to the increasing belief that it may have medical and therapeutic applications. Depending on the state, you may qualify for treatment with medical cannabis if you meet certain requirements and have a qualifying condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have reported that medical cannabis could have possible benefits for several conditions such as: Alzheimer's disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) HIV/AIDS Crohn's disease Epilepsy and seizures Glaucoma Multiple sclerosis and muscle spasms Severe and chronic pain Severe nausea or vomiting caused by cancer treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the use of cannabis as a treatment for any medical condition. However, the FDA has approved the cannabinoids cannabidiol (Epidiolex) and dronabinol (Marinol, Syndros). Cannabidiol can be used for certain forms of severe epilepsy. Dronabinol can be used for nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy and for anorexia associated with weight loss in people with AIDS.


CANNABIS Registration Cards No Longer Required as of July 1, 2022 Effective July 1, 2022, HB933 removes the

As set forth in §54.1-3442.6 of the Code of

requirement for patients, parents, and legal

Virginia, the Board may issue or renew a

guardians to register with the Board of

maximum of 5 permits, one for each health

Pharmacy. A Written Certification for the Use

service area established by the Board of

of Medical Cannabis from a Registered

Health. Currently, 4 pharmaceutical processors

Practitioner for Medical Cannabis is still

have been permitted, Dharma Pharmaceuticals,

required and must be presented at the

LLC in Abingdon, Columbia Care Eastern

dispensary, along with a government-issued ID,

Virginia, LLC in Portsmouth, Green Leaf

to obtain medical cannabis products.

Medical of Virginia, Inc. in Richmond, and Dalitso, LLC in Manassas.

Cannabis Start-up 101 A pharmaceutical processor is a facility that has

Additionally, the Board may issue or renew a

obtained a permit from the Board of Pharmacy

maximum of 5 permits for cannabis dispensing

pursuant to §54.1-3408.3 to cultivate Cannabis

facilities in each health service area. The

plants for the production of medical cannabis,

cannabis dispensing facility must be owned in

and dispense medical cannabis products to

part by the pharmaceutical processor permitted

patients registered by the Board of Pharmacy

in that area.

for treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease determined


by the physician to benefit from such use.

START-UP: CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE Board of Pharmacy Email: cbd@dhp.virginia.gov Caroline D. Juran, Executive Director R. Dale St. Clair, Jr., Chairman


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Prostrate Cancer Awareness Champion

Image from Robert F. Smith



Billionaire Robert F. Smith & Black Celebrities Launch National Prostrate Cancer Awareness Campaign

Did You Know? African American Men More Likely to Die From Low-Grade Prostate Cancer Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith, along with Steve Harvey, Chris Tucker, Cedric the Entertainer, and Charlamagne tha God, kicked off a national campaign to raise awareness over the importance of Black men getting tested for prostate cancer. Black men are 76% more likely to develop low-grade prostate cancer and twice as likely to die from this disease compared to white men. Credit: National Cancer Institute

A new joint initiative was announced on Friday, April 1, 2022, in Harlem between Mount

Prostrate Cancer prevention Tip

address the devastating impact of prostate cancer within the Black community. Smith is the nation’s wealthiest Black business leader and the billionaire philanthropist, founder, chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Black men are 76% more likely to develop high-risk prostate cancer and twice as likely to die from this disease compared to white men.

Source, Black Consumer News


Sinai Hospital in New York City and Smith to


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High Blood Pressure & Diabetes

Did You Know? African Americans At Higher Risk of High Blood Pressure & Type 2 Diabetes African Americans have a higher diabetes incidence among hypertensive individuals may be explained by BMI, fasting glucose, triglyceride, and HDL cholesterol. According to research conducted by the National Institute of Health, the African American population have disproportionate levels of hypertension and diabetes. Credit: National Institute of Health

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African Americans ages 35-64 years are 50% more likely to have high blood pressure than whites.





GET ACTIVE WITH WHOLE BODY 20 EMS Burn calories, reduce cellulite, build lean muscle and meet your fitness goals faster with the WB20 training system. Written by Tonya M. White

In the busy, on-the-go society that we live in today, everyone is doing their best to remain healthy while they live, work and play. Most people run, bike, join gyms, or even complete home workouts with video or home equipment. However, how many of you have considered WB20 EMS? Never heard of it? Neither had I until I met Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (NVBCC) members Bernard and Daphne Mustafa. They are the owners of Be Fit Technologies Whole Body 20 EMS (WB20). So, what is WB20? I can definitely say it’s not your average workout equipment. It’s so much more. But I digress. Let me first take you on the journey that led to the Mustafa family’s acquisition of this new workout technology.


The family saw this as their opportunity to become a distributor for the system as well as own a studio with trainers. The family immediately initiated the process of launching this new business venture. So how does this system work? WB20 EMS - Whole Body Electro Muscle Stimulation is an FDAapproved technology that uses electrical impulses to stimulate your muscles to enhance your workout. This system condenses a workout that usually takes 90 minutes to about 20 minutes. The suit you wear during the training contains electrodes that gently stimulate all your muscle groups, causing them to contract.

Bernard was a retired CPA turned entrepreneur, and his wife Daphne worked in healthcare in Loudoun County after raising five children. After suffering an injury to his rotator cuff, Bernard endured an operation which left him weak, unable to place weight on his shoulder, and he couldn’t even do a pushup. It was at this time and only by chance, he was introduced to this new workout technology.

This was when Bernard realized he was on to something great. Bernard decided he should speak to his son Bernard Mustafa II, a personal trainer at the time. His son took a little extra convincing before becoming a believer, but he eventually became convinced of its benefits. With a family of health care professionals and gym rats, they all knew they had to take this to the next level.

Bernard, Daphne, and Bernard II With the introduction of WB20 did their research. They learned EMS into his workout, Bernard that WB20 might not have been widely used or available in the was now able to complete a US, but it was certainly used in full pushup. He also noticed other changes as he continued Europe. to use this new system.

The system is designed to improve strength and fitness overall by building muscle and burning fat. This is ideal for weight loss as well as for those who are rehabilitating from injuries. Another advantage of this workout is that it is a low impact on joints. What’s excellent about this company is that they value your time. They understand that you may be unable to drive to their studio for various reasons. Their trainers provide mobile training services and will provide training at your location. For those who would still prefer to go, the studio is semi-private, with no more than three clients at a time. Now that Be Fit Technologies WB20 EMS is an established part of the community, the company has launched new goals. Part of those goals is to expand its brand nationally. The Mustafa family realized they already had everything they needed to pursue their business venture and leave a legacy behind for generations to come. Their advice to others is to take an inventory of what you have, and you will be surprised at what you can build with the talent and skills within. Website: http://www.wb20.io/ IG: @wholebody20ems FB: @wholebody20ems


FERTILITY Endometriosis, Fibroids, and Maternal Mortality

ENDOMETRIOSIS Affects more than 11% of American women between 15 and 44

FIBROIDS The most common benign pelvic tumors in women and are the major indication for hysterectomy. 80% of Black women will have Fribroids by age 50


Maternal Mortality In Virginia, black women are three times more likely to suffer a pregnancy-related death than white women, reflecting a national pattern of racial disparities in maternal health outcomes.


As the largest fertility clinic in the United States, Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence. From Arlington to Norfolk, SGF patients in Virginia have access to state-of-the-art fertility treatment and exclusive financial programs. Should you wish to freeze your eggs, there are two components of the total egg freezing cost: the cost of freezing eggs and the cost of using frozen eggs later to have a baby.

Endometriosis (en-doe-metree-O-sis) is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis can be a challenging condition to manage. An early diagnosis, a multidisciplinary medical team and an understanding of your diagnosis may result in better management of your symptoms.


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Investment Real Estate A Golden Market For

Buying Rental Property If I were to ask if you ever thought about investing in real estate, my guess is you would answer "yes." Many have dreamed of purchasing an investment property to supplement their income, build wealth for retirement, or fund their child's college tuition but have sat on the sidelines watching their dreams turn to mere wishful thinking.

Member Voice

By Michael K. Houston Michael Houston is an NVBCC member and Real Estate Consultant, with a professional mission of helping renters become homeowners and homeowners become successful real estate investors. Click here to learn more at

We're experiencing a rare golden market for acquiring cash flow real estate property that we may not see for many years to come (or ever see again)! I truly believe that real estate is the cornerstone for building generational wealth. I have enjoyed the benefits (although not void of challenges) of owning cash flow rental property for 11 years and have made it my professional mission to help renters become homeowners and homeowners become successful real estate investors.

Now more than ever!

Jump Start Tips 01.

Schedule a consultation with an investor-friendly real estate agent

02. Get pre-approved for investor financing 03.

Start looking for your first, or next cash flow property

04. Secure a tenant 05. Plan to hold the property long-term.



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