Women now represent the fastest growing demographic for startup businesses in the U.S.
And, Black women are the most likely demographic group in America to start their own businesses. Between 1997 and 2015, the number of companies started by Black women grew by 322%, culminating in over 1.3 million businesses nationwide. [American Express Open, The State of Women-Owned Businesses 2015, (New York: American Express Open, 2015)].
You will get a flavor of some of Philadelphia’s women business owners from our featured guests Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, Megan Smith of Brownstone PR, and Ariell Johnson of Amalgam Comics and Coffee one of the nation’s only retailers featuring Black comic books and characters.
PR maven Rakia Reynolds does it all. The well-rounded owner of Skai Blue Media studied business at Temple’s Fox School of Communications and worked in the television industry for 5 years before striking out on her own. Rakia balances her booming business, family, and appearances on HSN as Serena Williams’ brand representative with impressive grace and energy.
A native of Washington, D.C. and 2005 graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Journalism, Megan Smith is a creative writer and skilled communicator with several years of experience providing PR and event planning services mid- to large-size companies and select individuals. Within the first 6 months of starting Brownstone PR in 2007, she had amassed a tot al of 10 clients. Megan has a knack for making Brownstone clients stand out from the pack and taking them to the very top, as evidenced by the strong features she has secured in media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, KYW radio, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Glamour and Philadelphia Style, to name a few.
Megan herself has been quoted by such media sources as CN8, Your Morning Show, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Business Journal, The Washington Post and Essence, along with being profiled in the March 2010 issue of Black Enterprise, Rittenhouse Magazine’s Young Entrepreneurs issue, and currently serving as the Philadelphia Public Relations columnist for Examiner.com.
Megan currently serves on the Boards of the National Academy Foundation, Green Tree School, the African American Chamber of Commerce, PA,NJ,DE, and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, and is a member of the Friends of the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center and the National Urban League.
To celebrate Black History Month, Allstate recognized three modern-day superheroes in its second annual “Worth Telling” campaign. One of the individuals being honored this year is Philadelphia business owner Ariell Johnson, for the impact she and her store, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, are making in Philadelphia’s comic book community and beyond.
There’s Money Out There hosts Jim Burnett, Kim Reid, and Calvin Tucker will spearhead a lively discussion allowing you to learn the success formula for each of these women and what’s driving the trend of more and more women pursuing business ownership.
In addition, WPFSI is now an SBA lender and you’ll learn how the loan program works and how to access it. Listen for valuable money tips, business advice, and more in the ‘Have You heard’ segment. This month’s show promises to be a real treat.
So, tune in and call in this Saturday, March 18th at 1:00 pm for There’s Money Out There, where we will celebrate Women’s History Month with our special guests, Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, Megan Smith of Brownstone Public Relations, and Ariell Johnson of Amalgam Comics and Coffee.
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