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

A Conversation with Yasmine Young and Lacy Fields

October 14, 2021

Yasmine Young, Diaspora Salon
Instagram: @diasporasalon Facebook: @diasporasalon

Lacy Fields, Therapeutique Salon & Spa
Facebook: @Therapeutiquesalonspa
Instagram: @therapeutiquesalon_spa

Previous conversations

A Conversation with Dorien Murphy and Candi Dailey

October 7, 2021

Dorien Murphy, Cheffin, LLC
Instagram: @dorienmurphy

Candi Dailey, Potomac Hospitality Group
Facebook: @potomachospitalitygroup
Instagram: @potomachospitality

A Conversation with Bryan Okereke and Darrick Coe

September 30, 2021

Bryan Okereke, Reflection Eternal Barbershop
Facebook: @ReflectionEternal
Instagram: @ReflectionEternalBarbershop

Darrick Coe, 3-D Stylez Barbershop
Facebook: @3-Dstylez
Instagram: @3-dstylez

A Conversation with Candy Schibli and Josh Dew

September 23, 2021

Candy Schibli, Southeastern Roastery
Facebook: @southeasternroastery
Instagram: @southeasternroastery

Josh Dew, Vagrant Coffee
Facebook: @VagrantCoffee
Instagram: @vagrantcoffee

A Conversation with Dana Ash McGinty and Jess Young

September 16, 2021

Brandon Johnson, Consider It Done Construction
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CIDCONSTRUCTION/

Hank Cunningham, The Cunningham Consulting Group, Inc.

A Conversation with London Ward and Kendra Woolridge

September 9, 2021

London Ward, Snob Nails
Facebook: @snobnailsgang
Instagram: @snobnails

Kendra Woolridge, Janet & Jo
Facebook: @janetandjo
Instagram: @janetandjo
Twitter: @janetandjo

A Conversation with Dana Ash McGinty and Jess Young

August 26, 2021

Dana Ash McGinty, Ash McGinty
Facebook: @danaashmcginty
Instagram: @danaashmcginty
Twitter: @danaashmcginty

Jessica Young-Stewart, Jess Young Real Estate Team – RE/MAX Executive
Facebook: @jessyoungrealtor
Instagram: @jessyoungrealestate

A Conversation with Julian Frederick (age 13) and Camyrn Overstreet (10)

August 19, 2021

Camryn Overstreet, C&D Beading Co
Facebook: @C&D Beading Company
Instagram: @cd_beading_co

Julian Frederick, The Step Stool Chef 
Facebook: @stepstoolchef
Instagram: @stepstoolchef

A Conversation with Ashley Mobley and Namia Vance

August 12, 2021

Ashley Mobley, AshMo Jewelry and Accessories
Facebook: @ashmojewelryandaccessories
Instagram: @ashmo_jewelry_and_accessories

Namia Vance, Waist Beads by Reign
Facebook: @WaistBeadsbyReign
Instagram: @namia_g_vance

A Conversation with Elayna Speight and Chante’ Brown

August 9, 2021

Elayna Speight, Owner of Inked Designs
Facebook: @thinkinkeddesigns
Instagram: @thinkinkedart

Chante’ Brown, Owner of Red Bubbles Graphics
Facebook: @redbubblesgraphics
Instagram: @iamredbubbles

The 50th Entrepreneurship Matters: A Conversation with Ezra Allen and Nneka Bilal

July 30, 2021

Ezra Allen, Co-Owner of CAnE Collective
Facebook: @thecanecollective
Instagram: @cane_collective

Nneka Bilal, Owner of Serenity Wine Cafe
Facebook: @serenitywinecafe
Instagram: @serenitywinebar

A Conversation with Angela Kidane and Mallorie Malloy-Coe

July 22, 2021

Angela Kidane, Founder of KidzStuff Childcare Center
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kidzstuff-Child-Care-Center-461538544276652
Instagram: @kidzstuffcc

Mallorie Malloy-Coe, President of Inheritance Academy & Child Development Center
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/4ICCC/
Instagram: @inheritanceacademy

A Conversation with Carmalita March Harris and Brandon M. Wylie

June 24, 2021

Carmalita March Harris, Manager of March Funeral Homes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/March-Funeral-Home-160043757350051
Instagram: @marchfuneralhomes

Brandon M. Wylie, CEO of Wylie Funeral Homes, P.A
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wyliefuneralhomes
Instagram: @wyliefuneralhomes

A Conversation with Dr. Cheryl Burgess and Dr. Chesahna Kindred

June 17, 2021

Dr. Cheryl Burgess, Founder of Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ctr4dermatology/
Instagram: @ctr4dermatology
Twitter: @ctr4dermatology

Dr. Chesahna Kindred, Founder of Kindred Hair & Skin Center
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KindredHairandSkin/
Instagram: @kindrederm
Twitter: @KindredHairSkin

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Tasha Ross and Eddie Wingrat

June 10, 2021

Tasha Lee, Owner of Tasha Flowers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mstashaflowers
Instagram: @mstashaflowers
Twitter: @mstashaflowers

Eddie Wingrat, Owner of Flowers & Fancies
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flowersandfancies
Instagram: @flowersandfancies
Twitter: @FlowersFancies

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Vernon Woodland and Jumoke Jackson

June 3, 2021

Vernon Woodland, Owner of NuVegan Café
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WoodlandsVeganBistro
Instagram: @nuvegancafe
Twitter: @NuVeganCafe

Jumoke Jackson, Co-owner of Everything Legendary
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/golegendaryco
Instagram: @go_legendary
Twitter: @go_legendary_co

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Larry Poncho Brown and Ashley Wilder

May 21, 2021

Larry Poncho Brown, Founder of The Art of Poncho
Facebook: @Larry Poncho Brown
Instagram: @larryponchobrown
Twitter: @theartofponcho

Ashley Wilder, Founder of Creatively Nomadic
Facebook: @Creatively Nomadic
Instagram: @creativelynomadic

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Dea Lott and Dana Smith

May 6, 2021

Dana Smith, Founder of Spiritual Essence Yoga
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spiritualess
Instagram: @se_yoga
Twitter: @SEYoga_Wellness

Dea Lott, Founder of Spiritual Living by Che
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CheYogaLLC​
Instagram: @che_yoga_

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Brenda McChriston and Jody Friend

April 30, 2021

Brenda McChriston, CEO of Spectrum HR Solutions
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpectrumHrSolutions
Instagram: @spectrumhrsolutions
Twitter: @BSpectrumHR

Jody Friend, President and CEO of JLM HR Consulting, LLC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JLMHRConsulting
Twitter: @jlm_hr

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Amina Ahmad and Kendal Brown

April 15, 2021

Amina Ahmad, Founder of Handmade Habitat
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/handmadehabitat
Instagram: @handmadehabitat
Twitter: @handmadehabitat

Kendal Brown, Founder of 228 Grant Street Candle Company
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/228grantstreet
Instagram: @228grantstreet
Twitter: @228grantstreet

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Sunni Gilliam and Brittany Wight

April 8, 2021

Sunni Gilliam, Co-founder of Teavolve Café
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teavolvecafe
Instagram: @teavolvecafe
Twitter: @teavolve

Brittany Wight, Co-founder of Wight Tea Company
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wightteaco
Instagram: @wightteaco
Twitter: @wightteaco

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Darrell Lanier and Renard Gardner

April 1, 2021

Darrell Lanier, Founder of Lanier Electronics Group, Inc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lanier-Electronics-Group-INC-244642479209279

Renard Gardner, President of Vessel Electric, LLC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vessel-Electric-LLC-199868193706452

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Dr. Yvonne Tanner & Dr. Yetunde Patrick

March 29, 2021

Dr. Yvonne Tanner, Highlandtown Dental Group

Dr. Yetunde Patrick, U Street Family Dentistry
Instagram: @ustreetfamilydentistry
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ustreetfamilydentistry/

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Ella Bedell and Nicole Whalen

March 18, 2021

Ella Bedell, Founder of The Ella Bedell Experience
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ella.bedell
Instagram: @ella.bedell

Nicole Whalen, Founder of All Dolled Up Salon
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Nicole422
Instagram: @alldolledup422

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Ana Hester and Jamillah Muhammad

March 11, 2021

Jamillah Muhammad, Founder of Taste This Cake
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tastethiscake
Instagram: @tastethiscake

Ana Hester, Founder of Tere’s Cake Face
Facebook: www.facebook.com/terescakeface
Instagram: @terescakeface

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Agnes Traynor and Liz Vayda

March 4, 2021

Agnes Traynor, Founder of Indigro Plant Design
Facebook: www.facebook.com/indigroplants/
Instagram: @indigroplants

Liz Vayda, Founder of B.Willow
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bwillow.bmore/
Instagram: @bwillowbmo

A Conversation with Entrepreneurs Jason Schwartzberg and Kristal Hansley

February 25, 2021

Jason Schwartzberg, President and Co-founder of MD Energy Advisors
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MD-Energy-Advisors/
Instagram: @mdenergyadvisors

Kristal Hansley, Founder of We Solar
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WeSolarEnergyllc
Instagram: @wesolar_energy
Twitter: @wesolar_energy

A Conversation with 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

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