Meet Small Business Owner, Charisse Glenn-Harris

Charisse Glenn-Harris offers a product that helps support others in their weight loss journey.

Question: Tell me about yourself? 

Answer: I am a 55 yr young married mother of two adults, grandmother of 7 who is a Native New Yorker, moved to Maryland at 14.  I raised my children in Baltimore and Baltimore County.  I worked for the USPS until 9/11 and resigned.  I worked for MTA for 10 years and resigned in 1/2016.  I received my Associates and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  I received my Masters of Science in Management with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change in 2014 from Colorado Tech University Online.  I began my business (created the LLC) in 2012.  Due to circumstances beyond my control I was not able to pursue it as I would have liked.  I moved to Florida in 2017 and fought for disability as I have been in 12 motor vehicle accidents, 2 of which were my fault.  I have degenerative disease in my neck and lower back and carpal tunnel in both hands.  Still I Rise.

Question: How long have you been in business?

Answer: I began with Bye, Bye Belly in May of this year because I was not healthy in my mind, body or spirit.  As of today, I am healthier, happier and know who I am and whose I am.  

Question: How do you manage your children, full time job, and entrepreneurial business?

Answer: The blessing is that I am currently a resident of North Carolina and I am in business for myself full-time.  No small children, grandchildren live in Maryland with both my children.  I am on disability, I haven’t worked for anyone since I left the MTA in 2016.

Question: What are some challenges you have faced?

Answer: I face physical challenges everyday, but knowing that Everything is working for my Good, keeps me moving on and forward in the NOW.

Question: Do you see yourself expanding in the future?

Answer: I absolutely will be expanding in the future to help others achieve their personal and business goals of Success.  The Kingdom of God first and foremost.

Question: What advice do you have for other female business owners?

Answer: My advice to other female business owners is to make sure you love what you are doing and that it is aligned with who you were meant to be for the Glory of God.  Don’t give up on your Dreams or Passions, if it does not feel good on the inside, pivot and do something else.  Everyday is a new day.  I am a Lifelong Learner and I am always learning something new everyday.  Never think you got it all or know it all, because WE do not, only God.  Let God be God.

Question: What would you like to add?

Answer: Appreciate the Journey of this thing called LIFE!  It is a process, nothing happens overnight as well as, To Thine Own self BE TRUE!!

Contact information:

Facebook: Charisse Glenn-Harris


Phone: 336-929-3240

Meet the Owner of Kahshonti Naturals LLC, Kema Bass

Kashonti Naturals LLC, is a Florida based company who takes pride in the word Natural! All products are handmade from plant and food-based ingredients. All food products are 100% organic and homegrown.

Kema Bass

Question: Tell me about yourself? 

Answer: I’m 41 years old, married, a college graduate, and battling lupus. 

Question: How long have you been in business?

Answer: Two years.

Question: How do you manage your children, full time job, and entrepreneurial business?

Answer: I’m disabled and don’t have a job. My boys are 21 & 25 off in college. I am a housewife with 13 chickens, a garden, and 2 dogs. I manage by having a strict schedule. 

Question: What are some challenges you have faced? 

Answer: Social media content and getting followers to engage with my posts, capital to build my brand, and my health. Sometimes I push myself way to far. 

Question: Do you see yourself expanding in the future?

Answer: Most definitely. I want to one day open a retail location with a coffee shop. 

Question: What advice do you have for other female business owners?

Answer: Go for it. No matter what, bring your vision to life. You have to start somewhere. We as women have to work extra hard. You will get discouraged and overlooked but your time is coming. 

Question: What would you like to add?

Answer: Be ambitious, make time for self care, and always have goals. 

Contact/Social Media Information:

Kahshonti Naturals, LLC   Sanford, FL

Facebook @kahshonti

Instagram @kahshonti

Meet Elizabeth Adams, Owner of Elizabeth’s Accessories

Question: Tell me about yourself.

Answer: I’m Owner/CEO of Elizabeth’s Accessories where I sell inspired and fashion accessories specifically for women all Fit For A Queen. I am a Customer Service Rep for an Ambulette company, Born & Raised in Queens, New York.

Question: How long have you been in business?

Answer: Since February 2021 with little expectation of success but once I created and put out my first product the positive feedback was humbly rewarding. Starting off purchasing for myself and then falling in love with the versatility of accessorizing was my main spark of interest.

Question: How do you manage your children, full time job and entrepreneurial business?

Answer: No children. With the responsibility of opening an office at 5am I do have a small window to work my business, thank goodness for social media and CWOC group, it makes my marketing much easier. After work once I get home I dedicate myself to invoicing and packaging for next day shipping.

Question: What are some challenges you have faced?

Answer: Competition!…I often come across several small business owners with similar products so I have to constantly think of ways and ideas to stand apart from the rest. I also find challenging, practicing customer service follow up skills (go figure lol). I am definitely mindful of it and have improved significantly.

Question: Do you see yourself expanding in the future?

Answer: Absolutely. My original love interest is creating baskets where my goal is to target nursing homes/hospitals/gift shops. While I am currently a one woman show I will be looking to create an awesome staff team to take Elizabeth’s Accessories to the next level.

Question: What advice do you have for other female business owners?

Answer: Map out a plan, don’t think too hard, and go for it! Start small, expect mistakes (comes with territory). Surround yourself with positive energy. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it’s all a learning process.  Support other entrepreneurs and the blessings will come back tenfold. Whatever you do, stay creative, don’t compare yourself to others and always stay encouraged! I promise you will find your way!

Question: What would you like to add?

Answer: My short term goal is to obtain my LLC before this year is over. I will need as much information and tips as I can get. Speak it into existence. Stay tuned!

For more information and to follow Elizabeth on Facebook and Instagram see her contact links below:

Meet Shericka Henderson Owner of Get Going Travel

Shericka Henderson: Grateful Mother, Wife, Bonus Mom, Grandma, & God’s Daughter

Tell me about yourself.

I am a 46 year old wife, mother of 4, bonus mother of 2, and a grandmother of one. I grew up with just my mom and my brother. At 18, I joined the US Navy and served 5 years. I returned back home to Parkton, NC. I am a God fearing person who puts God 1st in my life.

How long have you been in business?

I am a professional travel advisor. I have been in this business for a year and a half. My passion for travel began in 1996 while I was serving in San Diego, CA.

How did you get into your business?

The naval base that I was assigned to needed to replace the civilian that was booking the travel because she was promoted. She trained me on how to book personnel (civilians & military) flights, hotels, and their per diem for their trip. I fell in love with the travel business that day. But once I was honorably discharged and went back home, of course, life happens. I had two babies by then and had to get a job. I’ve done housekeeping, factory jobs, and a daycare provider. Seven years ago, my family was in a horrific house fire and my 8 year old son, at the time, was left in the house. The fire chief called the firemen out and said that it was too late for him. But by God’s Grace, they went back anyway and saved my baby. He suffered burns over 65% of his body and his right leg was amputated at 8 years old. And my son is about to be 15 in November and has never quite, never cried, never felt like he couldn’t do anything. So that’s where I got my perseverance.  From that day forward, I vowed that I would do anything to make sure my kids have more and better than me. Once covid came, it was a blessing and a curse. I couldn’t return to work. I was on fb strolling looking for at home jobs and I came across a travel professional posting about her I reached out to her and I jumped in, feet first. Unfortunately I wasn’t getting the support from the company. So I went back to looking on fb for a home based business that better fits me and I found the most amazing business opportunity with my current business owners. I can truly say that I have grown so much as a travel professional since joining my business partners.

What are some challenges you have faced?

Some of the challenges that I have faced have been lack of leadership from my 1st company, lack of family and friend’s support is the most challenging. I had to learn not to depend on anyone to support you, but you. 

What do you love most about your business?

I love everything about my business. I get to travel whenever I want now. I love assisting my clients and creating their dream vacations and under their budgets. That was always the best thing about what I do until I had people reaching out to me because they see how my life has changed, and they want to change their lives, receive residual income and leave their family a legacy. So the best part for me is helping them get their business started and living their best lives alongside me.

Do you see yourself expanding in the future?

I definitely see my business expanding to millionaire status along with everyone that I helped start their business also.

What advice do you have for other female business owners?

Advice that I would give to my fellow business owners is to STAY PERSISTENT, CONSISTENT, WILLING TO LEARN FROM OTHERS. Surround yourself with like minded people. If you want to become a millionaire, surround yourself with millionaires. DO NOT QUIT!!! If you fail, start again! 

What would you like to add?

In closing, I would just like to add that you will get out of your business what you put in your business. The opportunity is always there, you just have to have a made up mind that you’re going to get it no matter what.

Contact information for Shericka Henderson


Website: Book Travel (

Facebook Page: (1) Get Going Travel | Facebook

Facebook Groups: Tropic Like It’s Hot Travel Club | Facebook &  Sea You Soon Cruisers | Facebook

Meet Tamara Bodenhamer…Your #1 Scentsy Consultant

We had the pleasure of getting to know a little more about this beautiful lady, mother, Scentsy Consultant, and much more. Please read more about her and reach out to her directly for your smell good needs….

Question: Tell me about yourself.

Tamara: My name is Tamara Bodenhamer. I am a military brat, so I’ve lived in a lot of different states. I was born in Florida. I attended Palm Beach Atlantic University and I do not plan to finish at the moment. I love gaming, football, basketball, and anime.

Question: How long have you been an entrepreneur business?

Tamara: I’ve been with Scentsy for two months. 

Question: How did you get into your business?

Tamara: Well, I decided to join for extra money at first but then I realized that I wanted more than just extra funds. I love to work and still go out to the beach or doing something fun with my family. But I know I will be able to get there one day. 

Question: Is this your full time occupation? If not, how do you make time for both?

Tamara: I’m a full time health insurance examiner. I will do my business after I clock out from my main job. Can’t work both while on the clock. So, I will try to manage after work.  

Question: What are some challenges you have faced?

Tamara: Oh gosh, it is when I don’t have time to cook dinner. I got off the crockpot train for a bit and I might hop back on because I really don’t want to order out anymore lol. 

Question: What do you love most about your business?

Tamara: I just love the fact that I will get the products that I love and share with my friends and family. 

Question: Do you see yourself expanding in the future?

Tamara: I do. I would love to see myself with my family day and night and out having fun. And have my dream beach house on the Gulf in Florida. 

Question: What advise do you have for other female business owners?

Answer: I will say don’t over do yourself and also be strong. You got this. It’s something I will tell myself every day. 

Contact information for Tamara

Follow my Facebook group – Heaven Scent (

Sip and Social Success

I am happy to say that our first event for Collaborative Women of Color LLC was a success. Amanda and I were excited to have so many ladies come out to network and show support for one another.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances our guest speaker was not able to attend to discuss her book. With that being said, when there is a will there is a way and we were able to still have a great time and conversation regarding healing our past traumas so that we can be successful in our future endeavors. We were fortunate enough to have Life Coach, Esteria Woods, give us insight on some steps that we need to take to heal past traumas and be successful.

Food, wine, desserts, and a good time is what we had. We will continue to produce events and hope to have more ladies join us in the future. The next event is scheduled for June 2021!

Say Hello to Financial Consultant and Author Yolanda G. Mukombe

I had the pleasure of speaking with a kind hearted woman name Yolanda. She not only is a mother, wife, financial consultant, and author, but most of all a child of God. I enjoyed speaking with her and hope you will enjoy reading about her business ventures as well.

Yolanda G. Mukombe

Question: Tell me about yourself.

Yolanda: My name is Yolanda G. Mukombe, I am the owner of YGM Consulting LLC and I provide financial services to individuals enhance their financial situation from birth to death. I also do business coaching and consulting to help individuals build entrepreneurship and expand their streams of income. I am a wife, mom of a toddler, and I am always looking to help people live their life on their terms.

Question: How did you determine that financial consulting was what you wanted to do?

Yolonda: I have been in the financial services industry for over 8 years. I realized that we are substantially under resourced and served as black women in the financial field. As time has gone by I have developed relationships with other women by helping them get their credit together, purchase homes, and become investors. I realized that I can cast my net wider across the US and Internationally to help more women by providing these services to help them with healing from past financial trauma. This would include having to depend on safety net programs, wage pay gap, trying to navigate around getting affordable health care and child care as well. I just want to be able to empower women to know that they can change their financial situation for the better. I want to serve as a resource through financial coaching to help women build their businesses with additional streams of income to generate wealth.

Question: How long has it been since you branched out on your own?

Yolonda: I branched out on my own recently but I have been offering services for about 8 years.

Question: Tell about an experience of when you helped someone?

Yolanda: About 8 years ago, I met a lady who was a young adult. She had the dream of wanting to become a homeowner but she did not feel as though she could because of her credit situation due to a past abusive relationship. I counseled her through the process in regards to what and when to pay off those negative items on her credit. She was able to get her credit score up and qualify to buy a home within a year of starting the process. We made a plan to make sure she purchased a home that would appreciate in value so that later the home could be sold for a profit. Low and behold the time came and she did not forget. She reached out to me about the plan and stated she was ready to execute the plan. She did have another financial transition but I reminded her of the plan and to remove the emotion out of it. Her home had appreciated by about $100,000 in five years. She put the home on the market and was able to make plans to save for her son, save for her retirement, and put a down payment on her next home. I was able to build her trust because she knew that I had the knowledge and I was working in her best interest. One of my biggest joys is being able to see a women overcome their financial trauma and enhance their situation.

Question: Where are you going to be working?

Yolanda: I have an office and will also be working from home in Greensboro, NC. I will be hybrid.

Question: Do plan on writing a book for financial services?

Yolanda: How did you know? I am an author. I have a devotional called “Don’t Forget Who God Is”. The devotional was birthed out of my own journey of financial transition. I am planning to write a financial devotional for black women and also a book on overcoming the financial traumas that we experience as black mothers.

Question: Tell me about “Don’t Forget Who God Is”.

Yolanda: My book is a 52 week devotional. I did not mention my own experience of having financial transition. In 2018, I became a mom and all of a sudden there were different transitions when the baby was six weeks old. My husband started a business, a year later my husband became sick, and after that he was in a really bad car accident. All of that was going on, and I felt like I was crushed under so much pressure and stress. One day it dawned on me that the reason I was struggling so much over the past year and a half was because I forgot who God was. God had taken care of us that entire time and I was worrying and trying to control things. I had really forgotten who God was in my life and knowing that he always takes care of us and shows up for us no matter what we are going through he is always there. If we ever feel disconnected from him it is because we disconnected from him, he did not disconnect from us. So I wrote the devotional to help other people who may be in a transition and feel disconnected from God. It is an opportunity to have a self reflection, heal from trauma, and reconnect with God.

Question: Where can we go to get your devotional?

Yolanda: The devotional can be purchased at It is also available on Amazon. If you purchase through my website you will get a signed copy, a pen, and a bookmark.

Follow me Facebook and Instagram. I post bible verses daily. As a word of advice, if there is something that is tugging on your heart for you to do, do not let fear be greater than your faith. If there is a passion that you want to pursue trust God, because you never know what is waiting on the other side, or who’s life you will unlock from pursuing what God has asked you to do. Live out your purpose. Don’t think so hard about it, just do it!

Yolanda G. Mukombe

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Instagram: yolandagmukombe_

Creating a Blog Page For Your Business Website

Has anyone thought about creating a blog page for their business website? Apparently doing so can help bring more traffic to your business. Most of us ‘start from the bottom’ business owners are aware that it can take years before you actually see a profit from your business. Years of blood, sweat, and tears. My research has concluded that a blog page could help.

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The purpose of blogging is to connect with a particular audience. Once you do that you can boost traffic to your website, which will in turn send leads, and sells. The more you post, the higher your chances will be to be discovered by others. Sound easy right? Now, all you have to do is find something to blog about. You can make it personal, business, or both.

Having a bad day? Blog about it. Creating a new product? Blog about it? Your blog is your blog. It could also just be a outlet for yourself. Believe me…someone is reading it even if you do not realize it.

I am taking my own advice. Click the link to see my new blog page for my business Embrace Me Beads LLC. Embrace Me Beads – Embrace Me Beads LLC & Novelties of Hue

Reasons for a small business owner to blog

Boost Search Engine Visibility

Develop Relationships

Establish Your Business

Sharing is Caring

Introducing Mother, Wife, Teacher, Author, Publisher D.M. Whitaker

I had the great pleasure of speaking with D.M. Whitaker, a lady who wears many hats. She is passionate about them all and wears them proudly.
Meet D.M. Whitaker!

D.M. Whitaker

Question: Tell me about yourself.

D.M. Whitaker: I am a published author, a stay at home mom, and a homeschooler. I homeschool my four year old and eager one year old during the week. On the weekends, I am an ESO online teacher. I teach English to Chinese children in China through a company called VIP Kids. I am an educator by heart. Before I became a stay at home mom four years ago, I was a middle school reading teacher. This gives me an awesome opportunity to still be a teacher and work with different students to help them blossom in reading and writing, as well as still love on my boys and not miss their milestones.

Question: What does D.M. Whitaker stand for?

D.M. Whitaker: D.M. Whitaker my author name, short for Daquisha Whitaker.

Question: What kind of books do you write?

D.M. Whitaker: I write children’s books for an audience as young as six months old to eight years old. My books focus on teaching children social and functional skills. All of my books are catered towards parents, teaches, educators, and caregivers who want to help their children learn these skills. For example, brushing teeth and potty-training for functional skills, and learning how to apologize and share for social skills.

Question: How many books have you written?

D.M. Whitaker: So far I have written two books. One is a functional skills book that teaches children how to brush their teeth. It is called ‘Brush Your Teeth! Brush Your Teeth! Brandon’s Song for Healthy Teeth’. I have also published Part One of a three part book. It is called ‘The Scary Dinosaur and the Stinky Skunk’, a fable on accepting differences and accepting new friends. That one I wrote with my then three year old son, so that was really fun to write.

Question: When did you start publishing books?

D.M. Whitaker: I did not starting publishing books until after I started having children but I have been writing for many years. I have a degree in Creative Writing and then I have a Masters in Education focusing on Curriculum Instruction. I have been writing for a long time but now I have the opportunity to publish, take it seriously, and make it a business.

Question: How would someone purchase your books?

D.M. Whitaker: All of my books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books Amillion. If you’d like to get a book signed or purchase bulk orders you can go to my website

Question: Tell me a little about what you do for the children overseas?

D.M. Whitaker: It has been about fours years I have been an online teacher with VIP Kids. I get to teach Chinese children how to speak English. They come to me as a teacher to repeat, listen, and learn how to read and speak English. I work with kids as young as 3-15 years old. At this time I do it on the weekends. It is pretty awesome and fully emerged. You really see the kids blossom and do amazing things. Great kids and great families.

Question: How did you get into that program?

D.M. Whitaker: My sister-in-law had been teaching with the program during her maternity leave and she told me to check it out. I tried it as something to do until I went back to the classroom from my maternity leave and I have been doing it every since.

Question: Do you want to turn your book writing into a career?

D.M. Whitaker: Absolutely. I have four books that I am preparing to release through out this year. I am also helping others along the way. I not only want to publish my own books but publish others books as well.

Question: How do you help others who are interested in publishing a book?

D.M. Whitaker: Right now I do consultations. If someone is interested in the self publishing process and they have questions, I do a 30 minute consultation for $22.00. I also offer packages that help with identifying where they are in the process, what they want to write, and what they need. I help with the legalities and getting the book published on websites. Anyone can contact me and set up a consultation on my website at

Question: How long do you think it takes to get a children’s book published?

D.M. Whitaker: From start to finish it could take from 2-3 months, and most of that time is illustrator time.

Question: How do juggle all of your responsibilities?

D.M. Whitaker: I know that my kids are my first priority. I do my business and entrepreneurial things during their nap time and before they wake up in the morning. My husband is really good about giving me time to teach on the weekends.

It takes a lot of structure but it works out really well. When you are driven and passionate about your work it is never burdensome you just make time for it.


D.M. Whitaker Added: Go to my website to check out my blog and podcast called ‘The Mommy Chronicles’. On my podcast I discuss my experiences of being a black mom in this century and learning the ins and outs of parenting.

Facebook: Author D.M. Whitaker

Instagram: @dmwhitaker_writes