{Recap} The Branding Brunch w/ Karima Renee

This past Sunday, October 11th, we hosted the Branding Brunch with Image Consultant and Stylist, Karima Renee at Ela (627 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia). Karima is a master brander having began her career in fashion ten years ago working under the likes of June Ambrose. She became an entrepreneur five years ago and spoke about how her own brand has changed during those years.
Karima offered attendees a step by step overview of what a brand is and to develop, nurture, and grow one.

One of the key takeaways was to determine who your audience is and to create a brand that will cater to them. Everyone was able to walk away with a 12 month business/action plan to get them on the right track to create and grow their brands.

Thanks to all the ladies that attended. If you missed this event, subscribe to our VIP list, to receive our event announcements.

To learn more about Karima Renee, visit www.karimarenee.com. Follow her on Twitter + Instagram at @karima_renee

Event: The Branding Brunch w/ Karima Renee - 10.11.15


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Thinking of a Master Plan: Take the Next Step

I was inspired to write this, as I start on the ground floor of a new journey.

If for any reason you think because it's August you should continue to put off the goals you set in January and wait until 2016. YOU ARE WRONG!!!!!

And here's why.

There's no difference between August 17 and January 1. There's no difference from September 21 and January 1. If there is something you want to do. START NOW.

Create your MASTER PLAN. Any BIG goal you want to accomplish can be achieved by taking the first step, and then another, and another. It won't happen overnight. It won't magically appear on your doorstep or in your bank account.

Just think if you start on August 17 where you will be by January 1. That's five months to get shit done. And guess what?

Even if you don't get it done, you can always start at any time. Any step you take is a step towards progress.

So here's a tip sheet to get shit done.

1. Do Research on Your Idea - Google is your friend and so Amazon, you can see what books exists on your topic and buy them used. Thriftbooks.com offers free shipping on orders over $10.

2. Listen to podcasts and webinars - Know that you are not alone. There are people who like to share their ideas and resources. Whenever you see someone hosting a teleconference sign up to their email list and call-in.

3. Don't tell everyone your plans because it's NOT for everyone to hear. You can't discuss a Master Plan with people who've never had one, never made one, or never accomplished anything on the level you want to be on.
 3a. Don't ask advice from people you wouldn't trade places with.
 3b. Sometimes it's best to just go to sleep and let the answer come to you.

4. Although you're not alone, you will feel alone and that's okay. Keep going!

5. Take it one day at a time and before you know it you will get there.

We started #100BusinessGirls in 2011 and here we are four years later. There's a lot more out here for women entrepreneurs from when we started. So take the next step towards getting your idea off the ground.

P.S. Your Master Plan can be related to anything, not just starting a business or creating a product, but changing your eating habits, getting over a failed relationship or starting a new one, etc. It's all about taking the next step.

- Jamillah Y. Johnson

Event: Let's Do Brunch! Philly Meetup - *New Date - August 23

Join us for our signature Let's Do Brunch! Meetup, an enlightening dining experience geared towards growing your network and connecting with like minds. Our featured guest speaker will be Author & Entrepreneur, Zara J, who will talk about her Stop Being Bossy movement which motivates women how to truly utilize their girl power.

Event Details
When: Sunday, August 23, 2015
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Where: Redstone Grill - Plymouth Meeting Mall

Space is limited.

{Recap} Fashion for Brunch: A Chat + Chew with Author Lorenza Brown

Nzinga Basir, Jamillah Johnson, Lorenza Brown, and Sully Ann Guerra

On Sunday, May 31, we hosted a chat + chew for women interested in starting or growing their own fashion business with Lorenza Brown at Pampano (209 E. 49th Street, NYC). Lorenza is the author of "How to Create the Fashion Designs of Your Dreams" and owner of Lorenza Brown Consulting. Lorenza offered great advice on working with manufacturers, sourcing fabrics, and pricing. She stressed the importance of knowing who your ideal customer is. Most people make the mistake of thinking they'll start a business and that everyone is their customer. WRONG. Before you even think of setting up your business, you should know who the person is you're designing for. 

If you are looking to start your own or grow your fashion business, please visit www.lorenzabrownconsulting.com for more information about her services. Her book can be purchased on Amazon.


Happy National Small Business Week - Enter our Amazon Book Giveaway

In celebration of National Small Business Week, #100BusinessGirls is hosting a Amazon Giveaway of a great book to add your reading list. 

Enter now for a chance to win: Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch---Naturally -- https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/24944b32daf8bceb
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Giveaway ends the earlier of May 11, 2015 11:59PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

Event: Fashion for Brunch: A Chat + Chew with Author Lorenza Brown - Sunday, May 31 (NYC Meetup)

Have you ever wanted to start your own clothing line? Now is your chance to seek the advice you need from a leading consultant in the fashion industry. Join #100BusinessGirls at our next NYC brunch meetup with our featured guest speaker, Lorenza Brown, author of How to Create the Fashion Line of Your Dreams.

Eventbrite - #100BusinessGirls presents Fashion For Brunch: A Chat + Chew with Author Lorenza Brown

Let's Do Brunch! Philly Tech Week (Recap)

On Saturday, April 25th, we hosted Let's Do Brunch! meetup and for the first time, we partnered with Philly Tech Week with special guest, Majella Mark, Founder and CEO of Beau Exchange (read previous announcement post).

Our Business Girl Topic of the Day was "Don't Believe the Hype: Tech Edition"

Majella touched on her experience in building her start up, connecting with her partners, meeting with mentors, and the ins and outs of starting a business. Our attendees also shared their entrepreneurial experiences with each other which made for very enlightening and empowering conversations.

Here are a few takeaways from the event:

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. There are people out here that have the answers you need. Get past the fear of being looked down upon because you don't know something. As Majella stated "You probably will never see that person again anyway, so why not ask." 
  • Investors may not always understand your business so it is up to you to educate them on what exactly your product or service is, who will benefit, and why it will be successful. Just having an idea and believing it will make money is not enough to get the attention of investors. 
  • Understand your industry and do your research, 

"The greatest gift is not being afraid to question."  Ruby Dee 

Special thanks to everyone who came out. Details for the next events will be announced soon. 

Event: #100BusinessGirls Let's Do Brunch! Philly Tech Week 2015 - Saturday, April 25th

This year #100BusinessGirls is joining the region’s only weeklong celebration of technology and innovation by hosting our signature Let’s Do Brunch! Meetup during Philly Tech Week 2015 presented by Comcast. You’ll hear from Majella Mark, Founder and CEO of BeauExchange.com who will touch on her experience as a tech entrepreneur, the importance of diversity in the industry and the current struggle to enter the community. She will also share insight on how beauty entrepreneurs can gain consumers around the world, and much more.

Finer Details:
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2pm – 4pm
Where: City Tap House Logan Square 2 Logan Square (18th Street between Arch & Cherry) Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cost: $10 reservation fee

PTW is organized by Technical.ly Philly and attracts an audience of civic-minded entrepreneurs, developers, technologists and a growing group of established leaders.
In 2014, 25,000 people attended 145 events organized by 300 partners—We hope we can count on seeing you at our event!


Let’s Do Brunch! is just one of the awesome events happening during Philly Tech Week, April 17-25, 2015. To see the full calendar of events, visit http://phillytechweek.com and follow PTW on Twitter @PhillyTechWeek (#PTW15).

Special thanks to our Gift Bag Sponsor:


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Valentine's Day Confab - NYC Brunch Meetup (Recap)

“Your Crown has been bought and paid for. All you must do is put it on.” James Baldwin 

This past Saturday, February 14th we hosted our signature brunch meetup during NBA All Star Weekend at Pennsylvania 6 (132 W. 31st Street). Our topic of the day was ReDefining A Woman's Worth. Our discussions included breaking down the characters of Cookie Lyon and Olivia Pope and how the media portrays a women on television and how we find balance between our business and personal lives while pursuing our dreams.

Here are a 4 tips to help you redefine your worth:

1. Be okay with being paid well – If you settle or expect less, you not only leave your potential on the table, but you leave a lot of money on the table as well.

2. Seek to become someone you admire – You are here to be your most valuable self and to express your gifts and talents fully. We need to surround ourselves with like-minded people who inspire, nurture and support us, while we give the same in return.

3. Be the architect of your life – We are not doing ourselves or anyone else a favor by having the wrong people like us for saying “yes” when we want say “no”.

4. Empowered Thinking - When understood and applied brings about positive change. Strive to make your situation better, making use of the power, skills, and resources that you have, as opposed to acting powerless in the face of a problem.

“When we place the power to define our worth in someone else’s hands, we are often told that we only want to be wanted. This artificial script leaves us with an extremely narrow role: to be a pleaser. If we accept society’s definition and remain disconnected from our authentic desires, our lives are drained of meaning, emotionally and financially. In this emptied state, we fail to take the initiative to negotiate higher salaries or raise our fees to match our true market value.”   Brooke Axtell, Forbes.com 2011 

Thanks to everyone for coming and braving the cold weather and snow. Please join us at our next event on April 25th in Philadelphia. Details will be released shortly. Sign up to our newsletter to stay in the know!

Business Spotlight:
Nzinga Basir, BlueMystiqueFashion.com
Ernestine Johnson, Syncrani.com

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Upcoming Meetup: #100BusinessGirls Valentine's Day Confab: ReDefining a Woman's Worth (NYC Brunch Meetup)

Join us on Saturday, February 14th from 2pm - 4pm at Pennsylvania 6 (132 W. 31st Street, New York, NY 10001) for our first meetup of 2015 during NBA All Star Weekend. Our scheduled topic of discussion is Redefining A Woman's Worth and will address historical views of a woman's place in society, how self-worth impacts net worth, why it is so important to be your own person, and so much more. Let's connect or reconnect! Register below.