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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

Thank you so much for listening.
Dream Big, Execute Hard.

 

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Episode 34: Aycee Brown-On Creating A Luxury Line That Promotes Self-Care

Episode 34: Aycee Brown-On Creating A Luxury Line That Promotes Self-Care 0

 

           

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Welcome to episode 34th of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!

This episode is very informative as our guest, Aycee Brown, shares her knowledge for self-care development. Aycee is an entrepreneur, a sleep evangelist, the Founder&Creator of Goodnight Darling Co., a luxury line designed that promotes healthy sleep habits that provide sleep-inducing merchandise.

Aycee has been an entrepreneur since a very young age. From making nail polish to making candies during her school days. Aycee worked in the corporate world, climbing to the top, but it didn't work. She ended up investing more on her entrepreneurial journey. Aycee knows the type of stores and the type of buyers she wanted to attract. Social media really helps her reached her prospective buyers and customers. To her, proper time management is necessary to be more productive on your job and your side hustles. If you can't have a big business, you can have a small business that still life-changing and will help you save money for your dream vacation to feel the freedom of your life.

Likewise, Aycee gives tips on how to start a small business without putting yourself in debt. Also, she shares some self-care tips for an entrepreneur that makes life easier.

Failure is inevitable at some point, but don't be afraid to start anything or something. Just do it. You're going to fail, but once you get over that, you will be fine!

 

Thank you so much for listening. 
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Episode 33:Pamela Booker-How To Successfully Get Your Brand Into Major Retail Stores

Episode 33:Pamela Booker-How To Successfully Get Your Brand Into Major Retail Stores 0

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to Episode 33 of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!


A lot of people have dreams and those dreams remaining their thoughts, they don’t act to turn those ideas into fruition, they set a limitation for themselves because they see it as impossible. Therefore, they missed the chances to turn their Dreams into Reality.


Another exciting Episode is up! On this Episode, we’re going to talk about how Pamela Booker, built her dreams, executed her plans and build her own legacy brand. Pamela is the Founder and CEO of the Koils by Nature that makes affordable all-natural hair care products accessible to people and families of all hair types and textures.


Pam states that entrepreneurship is difficult. It requires a lot of patience and hard work but so worth it and rewarding. She always puts her heart to whatever she’s working on and wakes-up every day with gratitude in her heart.


At first, she was afraid of success because she didn’t want her family and friends to look at her differently. But, she realized she had to grow, by doing the things that would allow her to create generational wealth for her family. Pamela shares some tips on how she took her products from her kitchen to now selling in thousands of retailers across the Nation. She became the face of her brand and that really helped pivot her company as she gave consumers the “know, like, trust factor”.

Pamela’s vision for 2018 is to be in 2 million households and make her brand a household name. And she advises for our listeners is to not be afraid to take the first step to start and do the work!


Thank you so much for listening.
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Book Mentioned: Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun book by Reginald F. Lewis

 

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Episode 31: Tara Darnley-The Ebb & Flow of Entrepreneurship & Building a Brand (Season 2 & Updates)

Episode 31: Tara Darnley-The Ebb & Flow of Entrepreneurship & Building a Brand (Season 2 & Updates) 0

 

 

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Welcome to Episode 31 of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast! LIVE RECORDING

 

Hey guys. I’m so excited about today’s episode. This is my first solo episode and it’s going to be all solo episodes throughout the month. I wanted to get to know you guys and also for you guys to get to know me more.

I will be going to share the DIR long-term goals, which the main one being hubby and I’s desire to impact on a smaller scale to our tribe. We would like to help aspiring entrepreneurs to nurture their gifts and talents through online mentorship, workshops, one on one coaching sessions and much more.

There are so many things I need to update my DIR family about. I will be sharing updates on recent updates for me and what’s new with Dreams Inspire Reality. I will give a bit of insider on how DIR Podcast got started, in hopes of giving a bit of information to anyone who wants to start their own podcast. Will be talking about the feedback we got, how the name Dreams Inspire Reality came to be and what inspired the intro music.

Moreover, I’ll touch on my newly formed super engaging Facebook group.

This was my first solo episode and first LIVE recording in my Facebook group, it was a fun!

Stay tuned as next week will be talking about ‘Pitching’, how to find pitch competitions, pros and cons, and more. 

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Episode 20: Tanya Barnett The Real Wife Coach on Prioritizing your Life as a Wife and a Mom!

Episode 20: Tanya Barnett The Real Wife Coach on Prioritizing your Life as a Wife and a Mom! 0

 

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Welcome to the 20th episode of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!

On this week's Episode 20, I'm joined by a very inspiring and empowering woman, Tanya Barnett. Air Force Veteran, Tanya Barnett is a healthy relationship expert, empowerment speaker, talk show host and the “Real” Wife Coach. She is the Award-Winning and Best Selling Author of Being a Wife Just Got Real. She created the Real Wife Movement™, which equips women with tools for creating strong marriages, families, and communities.
 
Through her weekly talk show, The Tanya Barnett Show, she provides impactful information to empower the 21st Century African American woman to live life to her fullest potential in her relationships and in her businesses.
 
Tanya founded Forever Free Books, a mobile literacy nonprofit, which delivers free books and story time to low-income children in their communities.
 
She's been featured on and/or in Huffington Post, The Today Show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, TEDx, Sirius XM, Johns Hopkins University, Blacks in Government, NAACP, and Congressional Black Caucus to name a few.
 
She’s a 2x marathoner/2x triathlete and a historical fiction lover. She’s a wife, mom and a GLAM-ma. Tanya had a mind-blowing story after being diagnosed with Diabetes and Alopecia, she decided to make a change and vow to help women, particularly African American Entrepreneurial Women, by reinvigorating their businesses through providing high quality, tailored-made content creation services.
This episode is made even more valuable as she shares with us how she is able to prioritize her life as a wife and a mom while inspiring mompreneurs and couples how to live a healthy marriage and continue to have a successful business at the same time. You can also check out Tanya this weekend on the new Own hit series Black Love Documentary!

 

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Episode 07: Kimberly Lewis: DIY Subscription Box to Creating Products

Episode 07: Kimberly Lewis: DIY Subscription Box to Creating Products 0

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Welcome to the seventh episode of Dreams Inspire Reality podcast. This week I sat down and spoke to Kimberly Lewis. Kim is the co-founder of CurlMix, the first DIY brand for curly hair. Her innovative take on Do–It–Yourself hair products has won her praise from top industry publications such as Refinery29, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Hype Hair Magazine, and Naturally Curly. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics & Marketing from the University of Illinois, Kim has taken the DIY spirit to heart, building CurlMix from the ground up.

Kim was a runner-up in the Black Enterprise Pitch Competition and the winner of the Association of Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition.

In this Episode we discuss how Kim has taken her subscription box idea and began to make her own natural hair care products, thus pivoting and launching a new line that has already getting buzz and sales are increasing daily!

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