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.
Nick is an entrepreneur, author with several books on Amazon and lead Hustler at SideHustleNation.com, a growing community and resource for aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs.Nick worked full-time for a giant corporation, but spent his nights and weekends working on a comparison shopping website which eventually led him to stitching together other side projects ultimately launching out on his own and finding success.Nick starting getting more questions on how he created his side businesses and that’s where Side Hustle Nation was born. Side Hustle Nation is a growing community of aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs, where he also hosts the top-rated Side Hustle Show podcastNick and I discuss;
Why it was important to start his own business
How he made the transition from his side hustle to doing it full-time
What are some top niches others could look at starting now
Sites and apps to use to help you be a more effective side hustler
And much more!…
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM70: Building Beyond Your 9-5 with Side Hustler Nick Loper (Replay)
Tyler Merrick, founder and CEO of Project 7 started 10yrs ago after learning about social entrepreneurship through a friend. He soon discovered, however, that social entrepreneurship works only when people want to buy the product you’re selling. After restart of the brand and reformulated products, Project 7’s sales now exceed $10 million, and its gums and gummy bears are distributed at Target, Meijer, SuperValu, Starbucks and elsewhere. The company donates a minimum of 10% of its profits to seven areas of focus, including tree-planting, clean water and anti-bullying program.
Merrick talks about his pet care venture he worked in over 10yrs
Being a For Profit supporting non-profits
Why having good product should be the focus vs. the social mission
The seven areas of need across the globe that Project 7 helps fund
How he penetrated the gum and candy business
Failing in business
How others can create sustainable goods and create a business/products that they can have an impact on social good?
and much more!
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM69: Tyler Merrick on Making Sweet Deals, Building a Unique Snack Business and More!
Luisa Zhou is a serial entrepreneur and online educator who teaches people how to leave their day job and start their own six-figure plus business working for themselves. She’s helped hundreds of students, including health and business coaches, designers, copywriters, and consultants, and shown them how to launch businesses that generate anywhere from 10K to 100K in a matter of months. She has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, Success magazine, and more.In this episode , Luisa tells us how (and why) she generated $106k in sales in four months in business — while maintaining a full-time job that was 50+ hours a week. We also learn about Luisa; How she launched her coaching program? Does the fact that coaching is so huge (billion dollar industry) but unregulated cause concern and her approach and much more!
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM68: Employee to Entrepreneur with Luisa Zhou
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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As a longtime film and TV producer, Cheryl Miller Houser has become used to the fact that each production becomes its own business enterprise and creating her own company Creative Breed made it a natural investment to follow 6 (8 total including partners) young entrepreneurs in Detroit trying to find their footing in the documentary that I found on Netflix called ‘Generation StartUp‘.Generation Startup takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing these entreprenuer’s stories. This film that Cheryl and Co-Directed with Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake. Cheryl also tells her story of stepping out and creating her own company which was designed to create emotionally engaging content that inspires people to think, feel and take action like this. The goal is to share masterful story-telling across all media/multi-platforms.
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM66: Entrepreneurship, Detroit and Generation StartUp with Cheryl Miller Houser
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 desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul ~ Dieter Uchtdorf
That fully embodies Roberto Blake.”Create something awesome today.” Roberto Blake is the CEO and Creative Director of Create Awesome Media, LLC., where he develops and produces digital content and online media properties. Currently he is the host of a popular Creative Education Channel on YouTube, “Always Be Creating”. Roberto also host and co-produces the “Create Something Awesome Today Podcast”Roberto Blake uses this tagline at the beginning of every video he creates, edits, and uploads on YouTube. He has a real passion for creative entrepreneurship and empowering others, and the community he’s built around his creative philosophy is a reflection of his commitment to his following.This is one of the longer podcasts that I’ve recorded (1hr 10min) but it’s well worth listening to someone with the discipline to put out finely crafted, unique content and frankly speaking directly to the heart of an entrepreneur.Roberto and I discuss;
How Roberto got his start in design and focus on being a “creative”
How others can start in YouTube today and why it’s not saturated?
What’s the future YouTube
The next social media “thing” people and businesses should turn their attention to
Tips for a budding vlogger to develop a strong relationship with followers?
How to engage with followers in all three (Twitter / Instagram / YouTube) channels and platform he uses the most?
The YouTubers and Bloggers that inspired him when he started and today
and much more!
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM63: Using YouTube to Inspire Individuals and Businesses to Create Awesome Brands with Roberto Blake
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)