[What You've Missed]
Fall is here and those of us who are on the East Coast have enjoyed what seem to be the last days of summer. Now that we are in the final stretch of the year, it is time to buckle down and finish the year strong! As I mentioned in my last newsletter, September’s focus was on business formations. Many entrepreneurs shy away from getting their business foundation in order before operations begin. Statistics show that, depending on industry, over 50% of businesses fail due to poor planning. – But yours won’t!
Questions about business formation are so common that I created a short guide to cover the main facts that you need to know about the most common business structures. The guide includes information on:
- Sole proprietorships
In the beginning of September, we hosted a wonderful webinar with guest speaker Mr. Alozie Etufugh, Esq., on “How to Protect Yourself While Protecting Your Brand.” Attendees learned a great deal of valuable information about copyrights, trademarks and why they matter in your business. Mr. Etufugh was a fantastic guest expert. If you did not receive a copy of the presentation, click reply and we’ll get one sent over to you.
September was a busy month for me and packed with awesome opportunities for me to share my knowledge and expertise.
I was a speaker at three fantastic events this month. The first event was the Career Explorations Gates Millennium Scholars Mixer and Panel at Columbia University. Students and Alumni from around New York attended. I was joined by an incredible panel; Dr. Shaunee Wallace, PR and Communications Professional and Dr. Frank Sanchez, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at City University of New York.
- Be kind and smile often – it can go a long way.
- Be patient and kind to yourself in the process of discovering your passion and life’s purpose.
- Persistence overcomes resistance.
- Define success in your own words not by what others say.
- Don’t limit your life to your formal education; you are always evolving.
- Ask! You’d be surprise what you receive!
I was thrilled to participate in the 2013 Nigerians In the Diaspora (NIDO) Youth Investment Conference. We had an excellent discussion and a wonderful inter-generational panel. Whether we are Diaspora, African bred or non-African, we are all capable of making significant change on the continent if we choose! The possibilities and opportunities are endless.
To wrap up the month, Ony Law had the pleasure of sharing the low down on legal tips for using social media to grow your business during an exciting panel discussion on “You, Your Brand and Social Media – How To Maximize the Relationship.” The event was held at City University of New York, hosted by IBOM LLC last week. Technology has really opened up so many doors for us to expand our businesses and communities. Check out the feature on BlackEnterprise.com here:
[What's Coming Up Next]
- “Doing Business in Africa” workshop for those interested in learning how to set up shop in Africa. The workshop will provide an informative interactive discussion with insights from leaders on the ground. Specific counties include Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. I’ll keep you posted on the details.
- I have the pleasure of hosting a workshop on using your African identity in business at The Council of Young African Leaders (CYAL) City University of New York 3rd Annual Young African Leadership Symposium. African Union @ 50 “Defining Youth Participation and Equal Partnership in Driving Africa’s Development.” October 19th, 8am to 5pm at CUNY Hunter College.
If you are ready to take your business to the next level, click here and set up an introductory call.
You will walk away with clarity – I guarantee it.
To your success!