CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING AUTHOR/BROKER MADELIN MARTINEZ

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Congrats to CEO Chick of the Month of April, Madelin Martinez! She is a Broker, Author, Chaplin, Missionary and MORE! We took a few minutes to catch up with Madelin to ask her about her entrepreneurial journey, this is what she had to say:

1.   Why entrepreneurship?

I think it is in my genes, I come from a family of strong intelligent woman.

2.   Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it? 

My dream was always to be a nurse, I worked in the medical field for 13 years. Till one day, it was suggested that I had the personality to be a great sales agent, then a comment was made that would change my life's direction. “I could sell milk to dairy farmer” It was then that I decided to pursue a career in real estate. As for my non-profit ministry and the book “Hands off my child”  they both came to me directly from the Holy Spirit.

3.   As a business leader, what are some of your greatest challenges?

Managing my time between the different business, and getting clients / customers to value my worth or the worth of my products.  

4.  When you’re not in business mode, what do you do during your downtime?

Spend time with family. Read. 

5.   As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry? 

Knowledge is Power, I try to Keep up with the current trends, and am always open to learning knew things.

6.   What is your number one advice to a fellow CEO Chick or aspiring business leader?                             

Trust God, and, yourself because God deposited greatness in you, and the world is waiting.

7.   What are three things you would tell your younger self in business?    

  • Do not let fear stop you. 

  • Invest, invest, invest!

  • The importance is not in how or if you fall but that you get up, trying again and succeed.

8.    What keeps you going creatively in business?                                      

I consider myself very passionate about everything I do. A word, social media, even a commercial can stir up something inside of me, and I just run with it. 

Thank you for reading our write up on our CEO Chick of the month for more info on Madelin go to www.madelinmartinez.com and get connected! Be sure to check out all things CEO Chicks, follow us @ceochicks on IG and FB. #ceochicks

CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING AJAI PEOPLES

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Why entrepreneurship? I really love the idea of being my own boss. I would rather invest in myself to build my own empire than to punch the clock and build someone else's... even though I'm still working for someone else to pay for my dream lol
Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it? Hmm, we found each other lol... I got into photography because my daughter wanted to be a fashion model. I was spending crazy amounts of money on her photo shoots and flying to different agencies until one day I decided to invest some of that money to buy a camera. Once I bought and taught myself the basic camera functions, I decided to start an online boutique where my daughter would be my leading model to get her as much exposure as possible. Once I launched my boutique January 1st, 2015 I decided that I would take pictures of all of my models to save money on a photographer and everyone fell in love with my photos! I was getting asked to do shoots left and right, so I focused on perfecting the art of photography and that's how my photography career took off even though the boutique tanked. That just goes to show you that God's hand is always in everything we're doing because I didn't even see that coming.
As a business leader, what are some of your greatest challenges? Building a team. Most photographers in my area seem to want to be in competition with me which I guess is natural but I'd rather collaborate and work together. I was working with this producer in the area who has a photography studio and he would ask me to come and help him on large shoots until one of his regular models asked me to do her a personal photo shoot. He didn't like that too much lol... next thing you know he stopped calling me asking for my help. But he still gives me props on my work via the internet... but I'm going to keep trying!
When you’re not in business mode, what do you do during your downtime? Spend time with my daughter! She is the funniest human being on the planet!!! I always have so much fun with her :)
As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry? I'm definitely dominating in my area with photography. I'm from a small town called Luverne, AL and they have never seen photography being done the way I do it in that area. For a really nice photo shoot, they would have to travel out of town to get what they were looking for. I live in Phenix City, AL but I decided to open my photography studio in Luverne because I could see a real need for it there and plus I had already built a pretty nice clientele so it just made sense. I am really changing the photography game in that area from weddings, senior portraits, and even helping aspiring models to build their portfolios.
What is your number one advice to a fellow CEO Chick or aspiring business leader? Don't listen to people that try to crush your dreams. When I started my own husband was against me investing so much money into me and our daughter's careers. But now that it's taking off he's tried to make up for it by building my studio from the ground up himself. Sometimes you need to show people who you are and whose you are! He couldn't see the vision that God gave me, but I could see it clear as day :)
What are three things you would tell your younger self in business? 1.Watch the company you keep... everyone that started with you can't always finish with you. Because sometimes you outgrow people and situations and in order for you to continue to grow you have to cut the people that are holding you back. 2. Listen to that inner voice.... the one that screams at you every time you know you're about to do something you shouldn't do or when you're confused about something... that's God looking out for you, LISTEN! 3. Start early! I always knew I wanted to be in the beauty and fashion industry I just didn't know what I wanted to do... I wish I would have started interning for major fashion brands in my early 20's and I believe it would have still led me to photography. I would just like to know the in's and out's of the industry to really get ahead.
What keeps you going creatively in business? My clients! My clients have really kept me going through some really hard times in my life by them telling me how my photos of them or a loved has made them feel and helped them through. I feel like if me taking a simple photo can impact someone's life for the better... I want to keep getting better and be the best I can be at my craft.
What can we expect next from you? Big things! My focus now is working on generating business for my studio, but the way my God is set up who knows where I'll be or what I'll be doing next year... I just know it's gonna be BIG because God has really been showing up and showing out in my life!!!
 

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CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING MAKEDA SMITH

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Why entrepreneurship?

I chose entrepreneurship because I wanted to have more control over my income, schedule and spend more time with my growing family.

 

Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it?

I would say it found me. I grew up watching my dad who worked a full-time job but always had a side hustle. My siblings and I grew up working on the weekends at a local flea market in Chicago helping my dad bring extra income to our family among many other things he dabbled in. I grew up surrounded by entrepreneurship. I just needed the right business that I could be passionate about and bring in the right amount of income to do it full time.

 

As a business leader, what are some of your greatest challenges?

Some of my greatest challenges as a business leader is consistently finding ways to bring value to my audience that is different and consistent with my brand message. I serve a market that is saturated with real estate brokers, but the one power I have is that they are not me. Therefore, I'm always looking ahead to see what can I do differently in my local and online marketplace to educate consumers looking to get into Real Estate.

 

When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for downtime?

During my downtime, I love to spend time with my family. Whether we are playing tennis over the summer, bowling during the winter or gathering for the holidays, being around them always centers me and keeps me laughing.

 

As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry?

I am building an online community in my industry that has led to people recognizing me in local meetups and networking events. They already know what I have to offer because they have seen me live online or downloaded one of many digital products I offered. It doesn't matter what people are saying about your brand in your presence but what they are saying behind your back is important. By providing educational information to consumers on how to build their family legacy through wealth in Real Estate, it has been expanding my reach and referral network. 

 

What's your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader?

One advice I would give to my fellow CEO Chick is to prepare for success. We pray and work for it but when it shows up you must be prepared or it can become overwhelming. This means having your finances, methods and admins in place to manage a six-figure business.

 

What are three things you would tell your younger self in business?

The things you are worrying about now will not matter later. What you see now is just the beginning of something much larger than you. Magnify God and not your problems.

 

What keeps you creative in business?

My audience keeps me creative. Their engagement is phenomenal. I have completely changed the way I market my business. I mostly market my business via Instagram and Facebook. My largest audiences are on these platforms and stay asking questions. Buyers and sellers want to do business with people they not only like but trust and can show a vast knowledge of their experience. Therefore, I have been using my platforms to educate. With the use of live video streams and short video stories, I've been able to stay creative.

 

What can we expect next from you? 

Due to the success of my social media platforms, I have been able to launch a second business to assist Savvy Chicks in Real Estate with building their business on and offline. I am currently finishing up my first book for first-time homebuyers. My goal is to have a digital catalog teaching consumers and fellow women in real estate how to build six figure income in our industry. 

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CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING MIKIA DAMERON

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Why entrepreneurship? 

Entrepreneurship resembles freedom to me.  Free to be myself and set my own pace.  Also, to never have to punch a clock or for someone else to determine my worth in regards to pay.

Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it? 

Entrepreneurship found me.  My mom is a worker bee and I followed suit.  I learned early on that I didn't like the politics of working in corporate America and wanted so much to have my own business.  I just didn't know what.  Switching careers from Accounting to Property Management, I found my niche and it came so easily.  One day one of my tenants came in inquiring about property management for one of her properties and the rest is history.

As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges?

 Relinquishing control.  I have to have my hand in everything and I still do, but I learned that in order for myself as well as my business to succeed I must allow others to help me or else I will stress myself to death.  It's been challenging and I have gone through a few people, but learning that my system is mine and as long as the work gets done to my approval versus how I would necessarily execute it is what's more important.

When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time? 

This year, I learned that I love to travel.  Just getting away from it all because if I'm not physically away I'll always be in business mode.  Outside of traveling though, I enjoy spending time with my children, family and friends.  They keep me level with any activity that we are engaged in.

As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry? 

What sets my company apart from my competitors is that its personable.  My clients are able to connect with me as I with them.  I am committed and willing to see their goals through in whatever way I can.  We all become a family after the ink has dried.

What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader? 

My advice would be to remain.  Remain present, consistent, knowledgeable and real.  Its very easy to get lost in the shuffle, but checking in with yourself at the end of it all to make sure you remain is key.

What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business?

 Jump, check your emotions and balance.  Fear and self-doubt crippled me for years (I can't begin to tell you how much) and if I could do it all over again, I would have listened and implemented those dreams and visions.  God gave them to me and I am so very grateful that even when I was hard headed, those visions remained.

What keeps you creative in business?

 Knowing that I am not at the end of the road with my business and ventures keeps me looking for new ways to remain current.  I used to joke that I have professional ADD because there are so many things that I want to do and succeed at doing.  Knowing that I haven't begun to scratch the surface of my list keeps me going.

What can we expect next from you? 

Busting out of my shell...lol.  I have been so closed off from the world so I am eager for everyone to get to know me for real.  That includes publishing my first book that speaks on domestic violence which I was a victim of and purchasing my own multi-unit properties versus just managing those of others.

 

CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING SHANTE VINCENT

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Why entrepreneurship?

My priorities became so clear when becoming a mother. Entrepreneurship means I have the flexibility to bring in resources and cultivate my children to do the same. Being rich is one thing, being wealthy is another.

Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it?

I have always had visions and idea's flowing so I believes it's always been apart of me. Fear is what had stopped me before, not now it's discernment

As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges?

Learning that your closest friends and family may not initially support. 

When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time?

I'm crafty so I enjoy anything that pertains to colors, crocheting etc. Also while crafting listening Dr.Myles Munroe teaching is a must. 

As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry?

I'm dominating in My industry simply by being me. We live in such a competitive world today, I believe our individuality is the key to our personal success and in that success we completely dominate. Thanks to my fellow CEO Chicks I smashed my goal for 2017! 

What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader?

Think of everything the world told you to be and Shed it! Be original! Be authentic! 

What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business?

1. Its okay to fail! 

2. Stay consistent, see it through. 

3. If you don't try, you will always think What if. 

What keeps you creative in business?

Experiences, when I have a problem  I'm constantly thinking of solutions, inventions, ideas. 

What can we expect next from you? 

New business ventures

CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING- GERALDINE JEANNOT

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Why entrepreneurship?

Thinking back to my childhood, I was always interested in doing my own thing. I wasn't much for following rules but rather creating my own. I like entrepreneurship because the ideas you create are an extension of yourself. Your thoughts, interests, and desires are formed into a living, breathing projects that you invest your time, sweat, and money into. It's like birthing a child and molding it.

Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it?

I think it was a little bit of both, I didn't consider myself an entrepreneur until last summer when I officially launched my photography business. Yet I remember as a kid, attempting to make flower crowns and trying to sell them at school. I was always into making things with my hands, even if I wasn't good at it.

As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges?

Balancing my creative side and my school side. I'm a full-time student and a full-time creative, so when I'm supposed to be studying my books I'm thinking of new concepts for a shoot.

When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time?

Watching Netflix, favorite show right now is House of Cards. Or I'm exploring the city of Orlando, I have yet to see the Orlando Eye.

As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry?

I dominate by lifting and encouraging other creatives! I have a lot of friends that are in music, modeling, writing, photography, etc. Whenever they need help on a project, I do my best to make myself available and serve them.

What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader?

Stop talking about and be about it. You have an idea, a gift, a book, or a desire. All that's left to do is actually do it. It's going to be awkward at first. It's like riding a bike or trying your shoes for the first time all over again. Every expert and professional started as an amateur. 

What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business?

1. Don't be cheap because you get what you pay for. 

2. Stay curious.

3. Do not be afraid to charge what you're worth, the right people will want to pay for your services.

What keeps you creative in business?

My favorite artists are Solange, Lorde, and the Florence and the Machine, etc. I love watching their music videos and laying on my bed listening to their music for hours. I pull a lot of inspiration from them as well as Pinterest. 

What can we expect next from you? 

Expect to see me collaborating with more creatives of Orlando! I'm ready to meet and work with upcoming artists to create amazing projects! 

 

CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING- LEA EVERS

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  Check out our CEO Chick of the month, Lea Evers. We were able to ask a few questions about her journey... Here is what she said

Why entrepreneurship? I love the freedom and autonomy. In my previous roles (in banking), my schedule was very rigid and I worked a lot of hours. I work harder now, but it's different. I'm working for me and while I may work more evenings than I did at the bank, I also take more days off and leave early to accommodate. I spend more time with my son now than I did before having my own practice. I'm a single mother of a child with medical issues and a regular 9-5 is difficult in that situation. My practice allows me the flexibility to work from home or if need be, from a doctor's waiting room.

Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it? Both. Edward Jones recruited me 3 years before I took the leap. When my situation changed a few years later, I contacted them. I met with some of the other area financial advisors and realized that it was perfect for me. 

As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges? Time management and building new clientele. It takes time to understand what's important to my clients and to build personalized strategies to help them achieve their goals so time management is extremely important. 

When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time? I spend time with my 5 year old son and our 2 dogs. I love to read or watch movies and I work on building my knowledge with additional certifications in my industry. I'm also on the Executive Leadership Team for March of Dimes, a national charity focused on premature births and birth defects. 

As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry? I'm a quick learner and I love learning and absorbing knowledge. I'm always reading something to grow my business, expand my knowledge, or simply improve myself in one way or another. I'm passionate about what I do and I believe that shows with my clients. 

What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader? Knowledge is power. Become an expert in your field. People seek out the experts. 

What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business?

1. Start earlier

2. Sacrifice time in the beginning so that you can have more freedom later 

3. Don't settle, even for a few years. Find your passion early and stick with growing it. 

What keeps you creative in business? My clients. I develop strong relationships with them and care a lot about them so I spend a lot of time ensuring I find the best strategies to help them achieve their goals. 

What can we expect next from you? Growth in my own field. I'm in the process of getting my Accredited Asset Management Specialist certification and I plan to get my Certified Financial Planner accreditation after that. I don't anticipate starting any additional endeavors but to grow my current practice, although my 5 year old son wants to start a bow tie business! 

CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING-ADRIENNE HUGHES-JACKSON

Check out our CEO Chick of the month, Adrienne Hughes-Jackson. We were able to ask a few questions on her journey... Here is what she said

Why entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurship is rewarding and comes with levels of freedom that cannot be obtained in a 9-5. Entrepreneurship allows me the opportunity to control my boundaries.  It is a lot of hard work and not for everyone, but thus far I have found this journey to be very rewarding.  I don’t mind the long hours or sacrifice that it takes because it is for our brand, my legacy. 

Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it? I think that it is a combination of the two; basically we found each other!  I am a firm believer that everyone has a calling, something that you are destined to achieve in your life time.  The key is to discover your purpose and relentlessly pursue that. I am blessed to share this journey with my daughter, who shares my love for fashion and beauty.  We are successfully able to incorporate our love for the fashion industry and our desire to want to encourage women weekly via our podcast.   
 

As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges? Because patience is not one of my best attributes, getting exposure to our brand has been my biggest challenge.   

When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time? I love to cook!  I am constantly looking for and trying new recipes. I also enjoy reading.  I am very close with my family, it is not uncommon that we get together, enjoy a meal and a few laughs. When time allows, I will sit on my deck, no music or distractions, listening to nature and quiet time with God. 

As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry? I am dominating the industry by being one of a few mother-daughter duos that simultaneously (1) hosts a radio show; (2) write for a magazine; (3) own a body care line; (4) obtaining certification in makeup artistry and fashion styling.

What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader? The best advice that I would share would be to always operate with integrity, let your word be your bond. Seek God for wisdom, ask Him for divine connections and opportunities.  Surround yourself with like-minded people and distance yourself from toxic relationships.  Do not be intimidated when you do not have all the answers. Always remain humble in any level of success you may have! 

What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business? (1) Do not be afraid the pursue your dreams; (2) do not allow the opinions of negative people to get in your head; (3) know your worth.

What keeps you creative in business? Knowing the importance of staying relevant, staying current with the trends and current events.  Not becoming complacent with my current situation.  I set weekly goals for myself which include learning something new, trying a new app, I am constantly seeking new opportunities that will expand our brand.

What can we expect next from you? Completing the certification of makeup artistry and fashion styling.  This certification includes theatre and special effects; I would love to explore the opportunities that would allow for me to work within that atmosphere.  Additionally, I am planning to become a certified esthetician and further explore the opportunities in the fashion industry that will take our business and brand to another level.

 

 

Let Your Apps Work For You

                                                           By Coach Donna Moody

As CEO'S and aspiring business owners, we tend to get a little busy. That is why apps are so important to use. Apps can post, filter, organize, and help brand your business. Let’s talk about Facebook. Facebook is one of the top well-known apps/platform to reach viewers. If you do not have the time to post, let the app post for you while you work on other business ideas. Let’s take a look at how to do just that.

1.     Log on to Facebook, using your laptop or computer. (The feature does not work via mobile)

2.     Find the box where you normally type in your daily statuses.

3.     Type message and click the calendar icon at the bottom.

4.     Select the month, day, year, time and click post!

5.     You have just scheduled your first post.

 

Stay connected with your viewers throughout the day even if you are in a meeting, on vacation, or spending time with your family. Never again, miss an opportunity to post consistently when you have an app/platform that can do it for you. Always remember, great opportunities unfold with consistency!

Another very powerful social platform that provides many opportunities for myself, as well as many other brand influencers would be Instagram. So, posting regularly is very important in order to stay relevant. UNUM is app that is great to plan your post, but also create a cohesive look that will be aesthetically pleasing to your audience on Instagram. This is a free app, but if you post tons of pictures on Instagram, they offer several subscriptions according to amount of content you post.

1. Once you sign into your Instagram within the app, you can begin to upload the pictures using the + symbol in the white menu bar, you can drag and drop until you get the grid you want for your account.

2. It also gives you the opportunity to check your analytics, which tells you the best times to post to get the most feedback from your followers.

3. NOW, you can schedule your content! Click on the hour glass in the upper right hand corner (which you will see on the FIRST IMAGE, in these list of steps) and it will take you to this image. Then select CUSTOM POST feature that allows you to schedule individually post.

4. Lastly, just like Instagram allows you to be logged into several accounts at the same to, so does UNUM! 

(For more tips and information on this specific app check out http://www.sheskia.com/blog/unum-app, she offers great help as well!)

 

I can tell you that from my own personal experience! I have been building a social media presence for quite some time now, and with a lot of consistency and dedication to my brand; I was able to get it to ONE MILLION VIEWS! HOW EXCITING IS THAT?!

 

I hope this helps you as you build a social media presence for your brand! Don't forget to like our Facebook page CEO Chicks and stay updated on all that is going on within our network! XO