Miko Branch, co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s, started the company in the early 2000’s alongside her late sister, Titi Branch.
Miko and Titi Branch didn’t have to go far to get their business chops. Their father and Miss Jessie, their paternal grandmother who the business was named after, gave them the push they needed to forge the road ahead. Miko, a 70’s, hip-hop baby like myself and the environment that holds in NYC, help to visualize, shape and launch their entrepreneurial spirit in addition to their family.
At one point, Miko says she wanted to go into fashion, but decided to go another route. On the day that she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, she enrolled in beauty school. This is where we pick up her story.
Paul Downs started making custom furniture in 1986, shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in engineering. Downs has only one line on his résumé but has a wide variety of skills gained in thirty years of running his business. His clients range from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, all branches of the military, and foreign governments. Downs lives with his wife and three sons outside of Philadelphia.In addition to running the business, Paul is a prolific writer. If you felt like your business was about to shut down, could you imagine reaching out to the New York Times with an offer to share the experience with thousands of people? Paul Downs thought it would make for a good story and he wrote for the NYTimes.com for 4-years before writing a “year in the life of my business” book: Boss Life.You’ve never read a business book like Boss Life. The book quickly joined our list of “must reads” for all current and potential business owners. The work is the most honest and transparent business book that we have ever read and we encourage all of you to read it. If you felt like your business was about to shut down, could you imagine reaching out to the New York Times with an offer to share the experience with thousands of people? Paul Downs thought it would make for a good story and he wrote for the NYTimes.com for 4-years before writing a “year in the life of my business” book: Boss Life.
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM67: Boss Life: Surviving a Small Business with Paul Downs
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Paul Jarrett Co-Founded Bulu, Inc. also known by the subscription box name Bulu Box and Bulu Marketplace in 2012. Paul was running in a marathon with his wife and as the volunteers were handing out sample products for them to use along the run, they later realized that there was an opportunity and a market for sending out health products and vitamins to others in a more curated process and collect essential data along the way.Paul’s work experience spans the country. From NYC to San Francisco, he has launched million dollar brands such as Neebo and executed multi-facted campaigns for Lowe’s and Nike so he understood what it meant to take this subscription box idea to market and quickly began to see success. It also helped that he was Vice President and Board Member of Complete Nutrition which also provided a little insight into the space. He built the Marketing Department, trained dozens of franchises and positioned Complete Nutrition and its products for success in a saturated market.I enjoyed my conversation with Paul and I hope you do as well and helps you along your journey. In this episode we cover;
From going to school for journalism to becoming the CEO of an online business
How Bulu Box works
How businesses like his is changing the way we shop
How hard is it for a subscription box company to be backed by VCs (venture capitalist)
What have been great marketing and business strategies
Author of ‘Your One Word’ The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That MatterEvan Carmichael is an entrepreneur who started doing what he loves at the early age of 19. At 22, he was a VC helping companies to raise $500,000 to $15 million. He soon found that he had a true passion for helping others, and used that drive to help others. Evan has a website called evancarmichael.com where he works hand in hand with entrepreneurs to help them accomplish their hopes and dreams. He stated that is goal is to help 1 billion entrepreneurs in his life. The only thing stronger than his friendly personality is his drive to help others meet the success that he achieved.Evan and I discuss;
What it means to have “One Word”
Understanding his idea of hustle and passion
Almost quitting as an entrepreneur
How he works on modeling himself after entrepreneurs
Why A.P. Giannini , founder of Bank of America is the entrepreneur he appreciates most
and much more!!
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM64: Mentally Breaking Down Hustle with Evan Carmichael
The Affiliate Mission team spent over a year in American Underground, a startup (co-working) hub in Raleigh-Durham and our experience was awesome and one I would recommend to any new business looking to connect and build with other entrepreneurs.American Underground is setting trends to become the most diverse startup hub around and that effort is led by Chief Strategist and all around good guy, Adam Klein. Companies like Google has seen something special in this hub and sponsored them in their efforts. CNBC even visited AU late last year to cover how it’s sparking a business revival in what once known as ‘Black Wall Street.Adam and I sat down and discussed;
Why co-working space is important for a startup business
What Silicon Valley is missing with diversity in the startup community
How to get involved with a local incubator
Business resurgence in NC
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM62: Adam Klein on American Underground and Changing the Face of Startup Hubs (Replay)
What can the super wealthy teach us about having a secure financial future?The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy by Paul Sullivan. “Wealth Matters” columnist for The New York Times reveals the decisions, behaviors, and worldviews that lead to true wealth. For the better part of the past decade, Paul has written about and lived among some of the wealthiest people in America. He has learned how they save, spend, and invest their money; how they work and rest; how they use their wealth to give their children educational advantages, but not strip them of motivation. He has also seen how they make horrendous mistakes.Firsthand, Paul knows why some people, even “rich” people, never find true wealth, and why other people, even those who have far less, are far better off financially. His book shows how others can make better financial decisions—and come to terms with what money means to them. It lays out how to avoid the pitfalls around saving, spending, and giving money away and think differently about wealth to lead a more secure and less stressful life. An essential complement to all of the financial advice available, this “timely…smart” (Publishers Weekly) guide is a welcome antidote to the idea that wealth is a number on a bank statement.Paul and I discuss;
The thin green and the distinction between being rich and wealthy
Why it was important for readers to understand the difference?
The meeting he talks about in the beginning of his book with Tiger 21 members.
How the wealthy use debt strategically
The misconception on how the wealthy view taxes
The wealthy’s spending philosophy
How the wealthy teach financial literacy to their kids
and much more!
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM61: The Thin Green Line Between Being Rich and Wealthy with Paul Sullivan
Doug Sandler, top ranked Amazon author of Nice Guys Finish First, and co-host of the Nice Guys on Business podcast. Doug launched his Nice Guys Finish First concept in a world where too many companies think of their customers as just a number.He is passionate about his message and when you see him speak it is easy to see why Nice Guys Finish First. Since 1984 Doug has been entertaining group sizes from 10 to 10,000. As Doug started his career in the DJ business he always kept an eye on the importance of exceptional customer service. It really wasn’t until a career changing performance in 1992 that Doug truly understood the importance of exceeding customer service expectations. Since then, Doug has performed in front of nearly half a million people and has won awards and recognition all over the country for his amazing ability to keep a crowd engaged. His programs involve a combination of audience interaction, 100% participation and unique style.We covered;
How we should have genuine relationships in such a technology connected world?
How we should inspire clients and not sell to them?
Affiliate Management Agency: Why Go for Shopping Directories?Are you searching for new affiliate marketing strategies to promote your business and further your presence online?One of the many tactics that most merchants cash in on these days is a shopping portal or directory. Similar to “yellow pages”, this web site offers a one-stop shop for customers looking for various products or services to purchase online. While most shopping directories simply collect web sites and links and group them into categories, some also feature key products or introduce new items for clients to try.If you are the merchant, would you list your products to any of these shopping portals? What will you consider when choosing the right affiliate program or publisher for your business?Shopping Directory vs. Price Comparison Site Unlike a “comparison shopping site,” a shopping portal does not contain features that help buyers filter and compare products based on various factors or criteria. Comparison sites combine data from merchants in order to come up with results that buyers can use as guide.Amazon and eBay—two popular sites—are good examples of a shopping portal.Steps to Get ListedIf you want to get your products listed on shopping directories, you have to read through the site’s content and follow their respective registration processes.Joining Amazon, for instance, will require you to follow three steps to get started. First, you must decide on which items or stuff you want to sell. Then, you must choose a selling plan that’s right for your business. Finally, you need to get ready to set up your account. Registering has a certain cost, though, one way for this site to earn money from merchants like you.Meanwhile, you can also choose between two types of shopping portal. You may opt for a site that lists many different products or go for the one that exclusively markets products from a certain industry.Pros and ConsChoosing to advertise via shopping portals is but a good move. Through it, you can reach a wide scope of potential buyers all over the world. Moreover, these directories can help increase your brand exposure and boost your sales. As they connect with a large number of affiliates and often enjoy high search engine rankings, you’re sure to gain from the countless benefits these sites give.Though it is easy to partner with any shopping directory sites on the Web, you will need to be careful in choosing the right one for your business. You must be familiar with the sites that most of your target customers go to and those that will give you the best online exposure. Do you need help setting up your business in top shopping directories or portals? Let an expert affiliate management agency assist you with your affiliate program needs! Visit www.affiliatemission.com for more details.
Awarded as an iTunes Best of 2014 podcast, The $100 MBA Show is a new kind of business podcast where you simply get better at business with our daily 10 minute business lessons for the real world. These no fluff, 10-minute episodes are packed with only the pure business building training you want.Omar Zenhom, co-founder of Webinar Ninja. Omar and his partner and wife Nicole used their years of education experience to develop software and training resources for webinars. Omar also hosts the $100 MBA show, a top-ranked podcast with over 50,000 downloads per day.In this episode, Omar and I discuss;
His start in teaching High School in Dubai
Webinar Ninja and it’s benefits
How to create a buzz for your podcast
Ignoring the competition
Thoughts on having a college degree
Thoughts on “internet stardom”
and much more
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM34: Creating a Successful Webinar Business and Award Winning Podcast with Omar Zenhom
Affiliate Management Agency: Clues to Finding the Right PartnersDoing business online brings a lot of good things and unexpected possibilities. This is true especially to those who can see their potentials and who are eager to succeed in their ventures. Does “affiliate marketing” ring a bell? Well, this online scheme expands a business’ reach and offers countless rewards. It has been going around for quite some time yet many people still don’t know how this marketing scheme works.Are you an existing online business owner who still wants to earn extra money as an affiliate marketer? You’d better think about your plans first. Do your research and learn expert tips before you join the current craze. For Affiliates OnlyThere’s nothing wrong if you want to market other people’s services or sell their products—as long as it does not hurt your own business.How will you know if affiliate marketing is right for the kind of business you own or operate? Go through the following hints:
You partner with a trusted brand. With almost any business offering an affiliate program, it is wise to team up with a company or person who has a good reputation. So make sure you market the ones you know and trust.
You do not market a business that is (or somewhat) similar with what you offer. This sounds awkward but it happens. If you are a blogger who earns a living out of freelance writing, you should not promote other writer’s services. This could hurt your main source of income. Further, this may lead people to think that you are not loyal about your profession. In this case, you may opt to recommend certain books displayed on Amazon.
You do not promote rivals or contrasting products at the same time. Does your site contain two or more banners depicting products from industry rivals or products from companies with entirely opposing philosophies? This isn’t a good idea and a clear violation of agreement. You don’t want this to happen, do you? So be careful and choose the right product to promote.
Doing business online exposes you to problems and frauds. Hence, it is wise if you think things through before you join any program. In the end, good choices can lead you to safe activities online.Let a professional affiliate program management agency help you and your merchant with your affiliate program needs! Contact Affiliate Mission now!