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Episode 46- Arion Long- On how to Secure Funding for Your Business (Pitch to Win)

Episode 46- Arion Long- On how to Secure Funding for Your Business (Pitch to Win) 0

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to Episode 46 of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!

Arion Long is the Founder and CEO of Femly, a tech-based menstrual hygiene company that aims to provide healthier alternatives to toxic menstrual care products including tampons, panty liners, menstrual pads, and other body care products. Since launching in 2015 with a fabulous subscription service, it expanded to reach thousands of monthly shipments and are in the patent & development phase of manufacturing proprietary menstrual products that will change and have a great impact on society.

Arion is also a speaker and a coach who has gained thousands in funding and won lots of pitching competitions including the Grow Your Biz Contest in New York on November 8. The competition awarded her $25,000 and access to individual coaching. Arion now hopes to reach and help more women in need around the world.

Arion speaks on her stillbirth in May 2017 that surprisingly after 15 days, she got out of bed to attend a pitch competition to secure more funding for Femly and won.  She talks about her journey in starting Femly and why she started it, how she decided to start pitching, despite being an introvert, to build her brand, how she won her first pitch competition and became addicted to it.  She then realized through pitching you will not only gain funding but will also gain awareness, leverage, and network expansion. Be who you are and don’t be afraid to ask for help from someone else.

This inspiring lady gives special importance to investing yourself and joining pitch competitions if you feel the need to because there will be lots of opportunities there. If you don’t want to apply, just being in the room and listening and being there will help you to build your connections that can be used in the future.

Also, Arion shares lots of nuggets about pitch competitions including the pros and cons, things to expect when you go out and pitch, the key to winning, what qualifies as a good pitch, what are the things that need to be included in the pitch and what to look for when you are trying to secure and find events to pitch for. We talk about why some people are more successful in pitching than others, what to look for when answering in a pitch competition, pros and cons of payouts, what to avoid, knowing the right things to do, why she didn’t invite anybody she knows during the competitions, tips on choosing a competition through the expenses and why your story is important in pitch.

Moreover, Arion answers few frequently ask questions like why you need to do lots of travel for contests, how to find a pitch competition, do you apply for the same contest if they come back along and how she handled anxiety when she first started.


“Imagine the world where charcoal is up and you never see your self-image.”



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Episode 42: Tara Darnley on the Pros and Cons of Selling On Amazon in 2019 (No Coins Left Behind)

Episode 42: Tara Darnley on the Pros and Cons of Selling On Amazon in 2019 (No Coins Left Behind) 0

 

 

 

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Welcome to Episode 42 of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast- Selling on Amazon Pros & Cons in 2019 (No Coins Left Behind)

Shopping online is a big trend to date. Amazon has dominated online. It is the fastest growing and biggest  E-commerce in the world. Statistically, Amazon has 100 million prime subscribers, has estimated 237 million customers worldwide, and has 5 million people selling their products on this platform. This online E-commerce platform is really at the peak of success. But how can small businesses benefit from Amazon? How does selling on Amazon work?

Sit back and relax, as I dive into this topic!

As an Amazon brand strategist, I helped my clients navigate the marketplace, by launching and scaling several brands on Amazon in our own strategic ways. With my own experiences of selling and growing my own 7 figure Brand on Amazon over the last 5 years, I’ve been able to replicate my success to my clients today.

In this episode, I will answer lots of questions related to selling and launching your brand successfully on Amazon. Plus discuss the many Pros and as well as the cons.

Here are a few things I shared:

  • What are the pros and cons of selling on Amazon
  • Is  free shipping really “Free Shipping"
  • Why selling Fba is your best option
  • What are the advantages of selling your products on Amazon
  • Advice for sellers who are shipping their products by themselves
  • Two different ways to sell on Amazon
  • How crucial account optimization is to the success of your channel
  • How to sell to other countries without additional cost to you!
  • What are the advantages of shopping on Amazon during the holiday seasons
  • When does Amazon pay the sellers
  • The pros of advertising your products on Amazon Today
  • Best-Sellers Categories
  • The difference between gated and ungated categories
  • What to do if your account has been suspended on Amazon
  • Why having a trademark is important to sell your products on Amazon

Find out what your long term goal on Amazon and stick to it!

 

Disclaimer: I don’t work for or am I affiliated with Amazon.

 

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Episode 41: Kimberly Chloe Wilson on Creating a Successful Skincare Line and the Sacrifices She Made Along Her Journey

Episode 41: Kimberly Chloe Wilson on Creating a Successful Skincare Line and the Sacrifices She Made Along Her Journey 0

 

 

 

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Welcome to Episode 41 of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!

It began as an ingredient obsession... In December of 2014, with her husband, 4 small children and $1,060 dollars to her name, Kimberly-Chloe quit her job as an accountant and started The Butter Bar Skincare as a way to avoid harsh synthetic chemicals and to clear her skin of acne and dark spots. Launching her online store in January of 2015, her handcrafted herbal solutions quickly transformed into an in-demand line of 100% natural products. The Butter Bar Skincare prides itself on being “good enough to eat” made with ingredients you can ACTUALLY pronounce and continues to create raw, natural products that not only produce amazing results but are safe to use as well. Her business has continued to grow from not only her online store but to her first storefront that opened in July of 2018.

Everyone has their definition of success. Some defined it as having a lot of money and wealth, but for Kim becoming a mom was a success. Kim has always dreamt of being a Mom and a successful entrepreneur.  She quit her accounting job and starts up her own business because she wanted to make her own rules and live her life the way she wanted without any boundaries.

Kim shares with us how she started The Butter Bar Skincare, the culture of the company, and what inspires her to start. How she invests her last savings to really pursue the idea. We discussed the sacrifices she’s made to grow her business and best practices for growing your customer base. We talk about trials and success and what’s next for The Butter Bar Skincare!

Kim strongly believes that prayer is the key to everything; the advantage of knowing your purpose because that will help you make the right decision. The importance of self-care and taking care of yourself first!

 

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Episode 40: Freddie E. Taylor- On How He Built a Multimillion-Dollar Brand That Empowers, Educate, and Engages His Customers

Episode 40: Freddie E. Taylor- On How He Built a Multimillion-Dollar Brand That Empowers, Educate, and Engages His Customers 0

 

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Welcome to Episode 40th of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!

Freddie Taylor is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, Founder, and owner of Urban Intellectuals, Inc, an international business dedicated to shining a light on the hidden pages of history, Black History. His company has sold over 150,000 decks around the world of their Black History Flashcards. They believe everyone deserves to be proud of their ancestors, this goes for the Black community as well.  

Freddie shares insights on how to be a successful entrepreneur. He walks us through the process of how he started the Urban Intellectual;  how the flashcard idea came to be and how he chooses the winning idea/concepts out of tons of ideas. He shares his special sauce on building and growing his brand audience to over a million followers on Social Media. His journey in building a team and how he chooses the iconic people he has included on the Flash Cards.

Furthermore, Freddie shares what to expect from his brand to take it to the next level. He shares the most expensive business investment that he made that paid off well and one that did not. The 3 huge things he did that completely changed how he does business and shares the best advice on how to be a successful entrepreneur.

Also, as a voracious reader, Freddie imparts some reading tips. He emphasizes the importance of acquiring more and more knowledge. It helps knowing more about whatever you’re doing right now and gets you to succeed.

 

“You don’t know the problems ahead until you walk through the door.”

 

 

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Episode 37: Raven Willis-On Legally Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Episode 37: Raven Willis-On Legally Protecting Your Intellectual Property 0

 

 

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Welcome to episode 37th of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!

 

Many people start businesses thinking that making and selling products and having a return on investment is enough. There are so many things you need to consider in building a strong business. There are many competitors out there who may have the same product idea as you or worse who might want to steal your creative ideas. Then the question comes up. How do I protect my product ideas, brand and what are my legal rights?

On this new episode of the Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast, we have another amazing guest, Raven Willis. Raven is a business attorney located in Keller, TX and has over 18 years of experience in negotiating, writing, managing, and reviewing over $2 billion in complex business contracts. She specializes in trademarks, crafting written agreements for established businesses, and monitoring and enforcing high-value contracts.

She shares the number one mistake that entrepreneurs make; the importance of registering your trademarks and the negatives of not doing so; and the top three contracts that a business should have.

Moreover, Raven gives advice for entrepreneurs on how to protect their business. Likewise, she gives a recommendation for people and businesses who can't afford to hire a lawyer. “You have to understand what it is that you're signing for, read it thoroughly, and if you don't understand Google it”. Says Raven. To her, the greatest business win is getting several clients that come back because they were happy and she's doing a good job.

“In the long run, your brand trademark can be worth more than the physical assets of your company.”

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Episode 36: Dino & Heatheranne Cummings-On Building a Multi-Million Dollar Hair Subscription Box

Episode 36: Dino & Heatheranne Cummings-On Building a Multi-Million Dollar Hair Subscription Box 0

 

 

 

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Welcome to episode 36th of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!

Balancing your business career and your personal life is not easy. Both require much-needed attention and care. However, with our latest guests, they set the business apart from their personal life. They managed to run a successful entrepreneurial journey and a healthy husband and wife relationship.

On this episode of the Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast, we two remarkable guests, power couple Heather and Dino Cummings. Who are the Founders and Creator of Curlkit LLC. It is one of the largest Natural Hair Subscription Services for multi-cultural women with curly hair in America. Since in 2012, CurlKit has featured over 300 brands and has been instrumental in helping many small businesses get exposure to the natural hair community.

Heather and Dino share all the secrets and tips of being successful entrepreneurs. They discuss how they started their subscription-based company. Heather discovered there was a void in the marketplace as far as healthy natural hair products were concerned. Upon noticing this void, the couple decided to take a plunge and start their subscription service for curly hair types. Their aim was to provide products for women who were looking for healthier options to maintain their naturally curly hair texture. Along with hair products, they have provided maintenance and styling information to help their customers' transition and grow healthy hair.

Being a pioneer means investing a ton of effort to learning everything since there was very little information out there. They've encountered a lot of bumps and bruises along the way, but they're persistent. They found their market and the target audience. It took them about three to six months to really start to gain traction. They started from 75 boxes a month to doubling every month thereafter for the first year. Currently, they ship out 12,000 to 13,000 boxes per month.

The couple now lives the life they didn't expect

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