Entrepreneurship Matters

It takes undiluted passion, multiple failures, a lot of grit, and a long-term commitment. The art of starting a business requires entrepreneurs to be on their toes most of the time, shuttling between customers – current, prospective, business partners, business operations, and more.

COVID-19 has affected entrepreneurs and their businesses hard and they have to innovate and adjust. In efforts to support the local small business community and empower [new and seasoned] entrepreneurs, the Entrepreneurship Matters series will offer a forum to feature, celebrate and learn of the highs and lows of the business ownership journey.

This week’s conversation

Entrepreneurs Samantha Illes and Kellie Martin

February 18, 2021

Samantha Illes, Co-Founder of Mount Royal Soaps Co.
Facebook: facebook.com/mtroyalsoaps
Instagram: @mtroyalsoaps

Kellie Martin, Founder of Earth Elements Soapworks
Facebook: facebook.com/earthelementssoapworks
Instagram: @earthelementssoapworks

Previous conversations

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Eric Randall Jr. and Andrea Tomlin

February 11, 2021

Eric Randall Jr., Founder of BE-Z Clothing Company
Facebook: facebook.com/MRBEZ4EVER410
Instagram: @mrbez4ever

Andrea Tomlin, Founder of Fly Nerd Apparel
Facebook: facebook.com/flynerdapparel11
Instagram: @flynerdapparel

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Andrea Hysmith and Janelle W. Hughes

February 4, 2021

Andrea Hysmith, founder of ASH Interiors and Design LLC
Facebook: @ ASH Interiors and Design, LLC
Instagram: @ashinteriorsmd

Janelle W. Hughes, co-founder of KJ Design and Mortar Styling, LLC
Facebook: @ KJ Design and Mortar Styling
Instagram: @kjdesignsandmortarstyling

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Aneka Winstead and Sakinah Tillman

January 31, 2021

Aneka Winstead, Founder of Watt Business Solutions
Facebook: facebook.com/WATTBIZSolutions/
Instagram: @wattbiz

Sakinah Tillman, Founder of Tillman LLC
Facebook: @Tillman LLC
Instagram: @tillmanllc

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Jody Davis and Christopher Schafer

January 21, 2021

Jody Davis, Founder of Jody Davis Designs
Facebook: @Jody Davis Designs
Instagram: @Jodydavisjd
Twitter: @Jodydavisjd

Christopher Schafer, Founder of Christopher Schafer Clothier
Facebook: @Christopher Schafer Clothier
Instagram: @Christopherschafer
Twitter: @Christhetailor

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Sean Smeeton and Nicole Foster

January 14, 2021

Sean Smeeton, Founder of Taharka Brothers
Facebook: facebook.com/Taharkabrothers
Instagram: @Taharkabros
Twitter: @Taharkabros

Nicole Foster, Co-Founder of Cajou Creamery
Facebook: facebook.com/CajouCreamery
Instagram: @cajoucreamery

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Aaron McNeil and Amanda Mack

December 17, 2020

Aaron McNeil, Midnite Confections
Facebook: facebook.com/MidniteConfections
Instagram: @midnitecc
Twitter: @MidniteCC

Amanda Mack, Crust by Mack
Facebook: facebook.com/CRUST-by-Mack
Instagram: @crustbymack

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Leslie Rashid and Charles Eddington Jr.

December 10, 2020

Leslie Rashid, D&L Cleanup, LLC
Instagram: @dlcleanup

Charles Eddington Jr., Priority Commercial Cleaning
Instagram: @priority_commercial_cleaning
Facebook: facebook.com/Priority Commercial Cleaning
Twitter: @PCleaning

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Natasha Wainwright and LaQuicha Brown

December 3, 2020

Natasha Brown Wainwright, Natasha’s Just Brittle
Facebook: facebook.com/natashasjustbrittle
Instagram: @natashasbrittle
Twitter: @NatashasBrittle

LaQuicha Brown, Berries by Quicha
Facebook: facebook.com/berriesbyquicha
Instagram: @berriesbyquicha

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Theresa Cangialois and Le’Ayre Horton

November 20, 2020

Theresa Cangialosi, SoBotanical
Facebook: Facebook.com/sobotanical
Instagram: @sobotanical

Leayre Horton, Messy Buddha
Facebook: Facebook.com/messybuddha
Instagram: @messybuddha

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Beverly Winstead and Radiance Harris

November 12, 2020

Beverly Winstead, Esq., The Law Office of Beverly Winstead, Esq
Facebook: Facebook.com/BeverlyWinsteadEsq
Twitter: @irshelpattorney
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/beverly-winstead-1b7a28a

Radiance Harris, Esq., Radiance IP Law
Facebook: Facebook.com/radianceiplaw
Instagram: @radianceharrisesq
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/radianceharris

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Jeff Hargrave and LaQuida Chancey

November 5, 2020

Jeff Hargrave, Mahogany, Inc
Facebook: Facebook.com/pg/mahoganyinc
Twitter: @MahoganyIncorp

LaQuida Chancey, Smalltimore Homes
Instagram: @smalltimorehomes
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/smalltimore-homes

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Jermaine Gibbs and Devan Bryan

October 29, 2020

Jermaine Gibbs, owner of Out of the Box Photography
Facebook: Facebook.com/Outoftheboxphotos
Instagram: @j_uniqueeye

Devan Bryan
YBK Photography
Instagram: @d.b._king

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Kalilah Wright and Demi Armstrong

October 22, 2020

Kalilah Wright, owner of Mess in a Bottle
Facebook: Facebook.com/aMessinaBottle/
Instagram: @messinabottle

Demi Armstrong, owner of Demi&Co
Instagram: @demico_tiedye

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Lindsay Carlo and Dasia Kabia

October 15, 2020

Lindsay Carlo, owner of One Sweet Moment
Facebook: Facebook.com/onesweetmoment
Instagram: @osm_snowballs

Dasia Kabia, owner of Ice Queens
Facebook: Facebook.com/icequeensllc
Instagram: @_icequeens

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs’ Craig Curbean and Steve Williams

October 1, 2020

Craig Curbean, co-founder of Taste This Baltimore
Facebook: Facebook.com/Tastethisbalt
Instagram: @tastethisbalt
Twitter: @TasteThisBalt

Steve Williams, founder of KDW Catering
Facebook: Facebook.com/KDWCatering
Instagram: @kdwcatering

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Tony King and Shaleena Cottrell

September 24, 2020

Tony King, partner of King, King and Associates, PA
LinkedIn: Tony King, MS, CPA, CGMA

Shaleena Cottrell, founder of SCN Accounting and Tax Services
Facebook: Facebook.com/SCNAccounting
Instagram: @scn_accounting_and_tax

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Emma Snyder and Tia Hamilton

September 17, 2020

Emma Snyder, Founder, The Ivy Bookshop
Phone: (410) 377-2966
Email: info@theivybookshop.com
Twitter: @TheIvyBookshop
Facebook: Facebook.com/TheIvyBookshop
Instagram: @TheIvyBookshop

Tia Hamilton, Founder, Urban Reads Bookstore
Phone: (443) 552-1094
Twitter: @urbanreadsbooks
Instagram: @urbanreadsbookstore

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Tracye Turner and Tina Williams-Koroma

September 10, 2020

Tracye Turner, co-Founder of Optimal Solutions Group
Twitter: @OptimalSG
Facebook: facebook.com/optimalsgllc
LinkedIn: @optimal-solutions-group

Tina Williams-Komora, Founder of TCecure LLC
Facebook: facebook.com/TCecure
LinkedIn: @tcecure-llc

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Jamaya Moore and Takia Ross

September 4, 2020

Jamaya Moore, Founder of Pretty Much Beauty
Facebook: facebook.com/prettymuchstore
Instagram: @prettymuchbeauty
Pinterest: @jamayamoore

Takia Ross, Founder of Accessmatized
Facebook: facebook.com/Accessmatized
Instagram: @Accessmatized
Twitter: @Accessmatized
Pinterest: @Accessmatized
YouTube: @Accessmatized

Entrepreneurship Matters: A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Chris Wilson and Alma Roberts

August 27, 2020

Chris Wilson, Artist and Activist
Instagram @chriswilsonbaltimore 

Alma Roberts, Artist and Healthcare Executive
Email: almandme@gmail.com

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Martin Schwartz and Lisa Phillips

August 20, 2020

Martin Schwartz, Founder of Vehicles For Change
Facebook: @vehiclesforchange 
Instagram: @vehiclesforchange

Lisa Phillips, Celeebrate Us Workforce Development and Training
Facebook: @celebrateusworkforcetraining 
Instagram: @celeebrateus

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Jan Desper Peters and Erika Jernigan

August 13, 2020

Jan Desper Peters, Founder of Higher Ground Transportation Services
Facebook: facebook.com/HigherGroundTransportation
Instagram: @ridehigherground

Erika Jernigan, Founder of Lexi’s Lil Bug
Facebook: facebook.com/lexislilbug
Instagram: @lexislilbug

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Lana Brown and Ashley Rock-Wiley

August 6, 2020

Lana Brown, Founder of Fleur De Lis Florist
Facebook: facebook.com/fleurdelisfloristBaltimore
Instagram: @fleurdelisbaltimore
Email: flowers@fleurdelisflorist.net

Ashley Rock-Wiley, Founder of Fleurs d’Ave Floral Boutique
Facebook: facebook.com/fleursdave
Twitter: @AveFleurs
Instagram: @fleursdave
Email: info@fleursdave.com

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Cedric Bobo and Bree Jones

July 30, 2020

Cedric Bobo, Founder of Project Destined
Facebook: facebook.com/projectdestined
Instagram: @projectdestined

Bree Jones, Founder of Parity Homes
Facebook: facebook.com/parityhomes
Instagram: @parityhomes

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Shelonda Stokes and Destiny Brown

July 23, 2020

Shelonda Stoke, Founder of greiBO
Facebook: facebook.com/greibo-Entertainment
Instagram: @greibo

Destiny Brown, Founder of Leilanis Lens / Indulgent Interludes
Instagram: @dleilanibrown

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Tori Soudan and Sade Jackson

July 16, 2020

Tori Soudan, Founder of Tori Soudan Collection
Facebook: facebook.com/ToriSoudan
Instagram: @torisoudan and @torisoudan.designer

Sade Jackson, Founder of Crown Your Inspiration
Facebook: facebook.com/crownyourinspiration
Instagram: @_shaytastic

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Eula McDowell and Kamri Moses

July 9, 2020

Eula McDowell, Founder of The Big Bean Theory
Facebook: facebook.com/Bigbeantheory
Instagram: @Bigbeantheory

Kamri Moses, Founder of KRSmoothies
Instagram: @krsmoothies – Link to order form found on Instagram!

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Cynthia Gooding and Hayley Bartholomew

July 2, 2020

Cynthia Rumph-Gooding, Founder of Fashion Spa House
Facebook: facebook.com/FashionSpaHouseTM
Instagram: @FashionSpaHouse

Hayley Bartholomew-Lowery, Founder of Lee Essentials
Facebook: facebook.com/LeeEssentials
Instagram: @leeessentials_
LinkedIn: Lee Essentials

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