Tanieka Randall | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Tanieka Randall discovered the secret to regrowing hair after losing her own to chemotherapy.  Her company, Tee’s Hair Secret, is the result of exhaustive research about natural hair regrowth treatments.

Describe your business (work, passion) in 3 to 5 sentences.
I am passionate about inspiring others by sharing my testimony. I went from being faithless to using my faith to motivate others to find their passion. My passion for helping women grow healthy hair lead me to starting my natural hair care line Tee’s Hair Secret.

How did you get started in your business?
I researched oils to help me regrow my hair after losing it during chemotherapy. I used that product for years for my family and I. Last year I was making a shampoo bar for my mom and shared pictures on Facebook which lead to people inquiring and requesting more products. People always asked what was my secret so I decided to share my hair oil with others.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
I had to overcome me! I was holding on to fear and self doubt. I held myself back because of uncertainty and honestly not believing in myself. I kept thinking I wasn’t ready.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I had to grow strong in faith and know that everything happens for a reason. My past struggles helped me grow into the strong woman I am now. Once I stepped out on faith everything started falling in place. The right connections came to me sometimes without even trying! I went from not believing to knowing that I can do anything I set my mind on as long as I do the work!

Tee's Hair Secret

Tee’s Hair Secret

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
It means being thankful for everything that has happened in my life. I am grateful to God everytime I wake up because that means that he is not done with me yet. I know that I am here to help others through my testimony, products and services. I strive to share my gratitude with others everyday!

Who do you appreciate? Why?
God first and foremost because he believed in me even when I didn’t believe in him or myself. I appreciate my family for helping and supporting me. I appreciate all of the women and men I have met along the way that have blessed me with business and/or life knowledge.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
I am always eager to network and connect with others.

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Georgette George | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Georgette George offers assistance to women who lose their children to the system, through her ministry, Dayz After.

Describe your business (work, passion) in 3 to 5 sentences.
I work towards helping women heal after the losing their child to the system. We stand on intentional living. Doing things purposefully to bring about the change we seek.

How did you get started in your business?
I started with a social media presence and I am working my way up. I don’t have a place. I work out of home for now until I graduate from school with my masters in social work in 2016.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Marketing. Getting people to see the potential that I see in my ministry.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I live it daily. It makes me more aware that it is needed and so I keep fighting.

Favorite book for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Being grateful for things we don’t deserve yet still have been offered. It’s grace shown.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate my children for being honest enough to have the strength to make me aware of areas where I lacked and they needed me when I thought I was protecting them.

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Now Offering Custom Graphic Design | God Helps Those Who Help Themselves | Battling Bertha #breastcancerawarenessmonth

Thank you for your prayers and healing energy.  Many of you have asked how else you can help my family during this time, and now we have a need.

Battling Bertha has been a financial drain on my family, and belt-tightening is no longer enough to pay the bills.

As many of you know, my husband, Shane, and daughter, Dorothy, are both wonderful artists.  They have decided to combine their talent and creativity and launch S&D Graphics to generate some much-needed additional income.

S&D Custom Graphic Design

S&D Graphics offers custom graphic design including hand-drawn caricatures, logos, t-shirts, and greeting card art and branding to use with your SendOutCards account (wink, wink).

Shane and Dorothy need your help.  They’d like three victims, er, volunteers, to take the plunge and be their first 3 customers to help broaden their portfolio.  Examples of cost:

  • $25 for one simple caricature, $20 for additional simple caricatures on the same page
  • $50 for simple logo design

For more information, visit S & D Graphic Design on Facebook.

S & D Graphics | Custom greeting cards, t-shirts, logos and more.

S & D Graphics | Custom greeting cards, t-shirts, logos and more.

Neesy Croft | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series | #breastcancerawarenessmonth

Neesy Croft founded Survivors & Thrivors On Purpose after being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.

Describe your business (work, passion) in 3 to 5 sentences.
Survivors & Thrivors On Purpose is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt community-based Cancer & Support Services Center. Our mission is to provide support services to those who have been touched by cancer and other life-threatening debilitating dis-ease through education, prevention, advocacy, services and research. We believe that improving ones quality of life saves lives.

How did you get started in your business?
This organization started out of a need that wasn’t being addressed in my community. A centralized location for all cancer support services making them easy to locate and accessible M-F and after normal business hours.  Organization started out of a need that wasn’t being addressed in my community.  A centralized location for all cancer support services making them easy to locate and accessible M-F and after normal business hours.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Starting the nonprofit organization with limited funding and support from the community. No available model in the USA that I could use as a model, lead me to use my own experiences and needs identified during my cancer journey.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I have become much more of an advocate for cancer awareness and education at the community level. Providing educational classes that make you more informed so that you can be an active participant in your treatment plan.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
I live the life of gratitude, daily, so to define what it means to me is just like asking, “why do you breathe…”

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate the oneness of my relationship with God, unwavering faith and devotion.

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Martica Sherman | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Martica Sherman offers Private College Planning through her business Trailblazers In Motion AKA “MsCashforCollege”.  Her passion for helping students see the vision and purpose in continuing their education inspired her to start a GoFundMe to be able to give back to a deserving student(s) who wishes to further their education.

Describe your business (work, passion) in 3 to 5 sentences.
Empowering students and parents through college awareness and preparation. Allowing them to get the most out of their education through funding, research and application.

How did you get started in your business?
Through a personal experience in 2009 and not wanting to see another family go through what I did sending a child off to college.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Getting out of my own way in thinking, as well as, understanding. Knowing to give is my choice and not to be taken advantage of because I provided a service.

How has this hurdle made you better?
It made me rethink about my cycle of people who saw the need for my service but didn’t see the vision and the purpose. I had to realize just like any other business owners who provides a service I deserve to be paid and not taken for a ride because you didn’t see overnight results.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?
The Bible, Act Like a Success, Think Like A Success by Steve Harvey (affiliate link), and my journal. Why my journal is because as I write how my business day went and I’m truthful to myself I’ll know how to handle the next day.

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude to means is going outside of myself to help others in ways I’ve never been helped. I always want to do things and help a cause greater than myself. If that’s helping someone promote their business if I can’t do it financially then I’ll volunteer my time. It’s also means gratefulness to me. Grateful they followed their dream so how can I help.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
It is more of what do I appreciate for me. I appreciate my past and my past failures. My past because of what I’ve gone through in life with people has only made me realize how a persons mouth can say a lot but there actions tells their truths. My past failure is simply because those people have shown me what I don’t want to be like as a person or even a business owner. (Just speaking my truth) We all have to live let’s not live off of another’s persons kindness by being selfish yet more selfless.

Kandas Rodarte and Martica Sherman at Conroe Coffee

Kandas Rodarte and Martica Sherman at Conroe Coffee

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If you are a parent, what is the number one thing your want to know (or wish you’d known) before sending your child off to college?  Leave a comment below.

Chemo Did Not Work | Battling Bertha #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

Please, don’t be sad, or angry, for me.  This is just another chapter in my story.

On my last PET scan, a small nodule in my lung, that has been there for over a year, showed up bigger and “hotter.”  Even though it is very small, less than half a centimeter, we opted to have it biopsied based on the aggressiveness of the type of breast cancer (70% HER2+, 99% ER+, PR-).

The lung biopsy experience deserves a video, or at least its’ own blog post, so I will save those details for later.

Turns out 16 months of surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, and chemo did not work.

Bertha left some trash in the upper left lobe of my lungs.  There is also a smaller node in my right lung that could not be biopsied.  Yes, this means it is now stage 4 breast cancer.

Determined to win this round with style, grace and a positive attitude, I visited Aphrodite Salon and Spa, a patient perk at Apollo Hospital.  Lauren preemptively shaved my head, and Shenita pampered my feet.

Pedicure from Aphrodite Salon and Spa at Apollo Hospital

Pedicure from Aphrodite Salon and Spa at Apollo Hospital

With my sassy blue toes and a smile on my face, I began a more aggressive chemotherapy protocol on September 18th. This protocol includes Abraxane, Perjeta and Herceptin, every three weeks, until the nodules are gone.

I will share more when I am ready.

Again, this is just another chapter in my story.  Don’t be sad, or angry.  I am a fighter and I am winning this battle.

All is well,
Kandas

PS – I came across a very interesting article in Time Magazine about rethinking current breast cancer treatment protocols.  While the alternatives discussed do not apply to me because of the aggressive nature of Bertha, there is much thought provoking information. Take a look