This morning I jumped in the car so the boys and I could grab the November 2011 issue of Ebony Magazine. Why? My family and I are featured in the article by Denene Millner on the “Great Reverse Migration” – why many African Americans are moving back to the south in record numbers. For many reasons about four years ago we chose to move from Brooklyn New York to Greenville NC and our lives have changed in so many ways.
To be honest, some parts of my story are difficult to share publicly and read in print as it takes me back to a very difficult/emotional time in my life. But as my hubby reminds me, good or bad, this is my story. Every testimony begins with a test. We had to go through those hard times, push through the battles, so that we could see why moving to North Carolina and leaving the big city hustle behind made sense.
In most “how did you start your business” conversations I always say, a big part of my success came from moving to NC where I could realistically work at home because the cost of living here is significantly lower than in NY. The other side of the story is honestly having gone through all that I went through emotionally in New York, being in my friendly, warm, Greenville was exactly what I needed. These past 4 years here have been life transforming, therapeutic, and challenging all in one. I made $500 my first month working at home, grinding it out I was able to turn that into a growing business. I’m still setting new goals and breaking my own records, but it honestly all started with the courage to know when to make moves.
Change is hard. At one point I didn’t even know this “work at home mom” life was possible for me and now I am so comfortable I have to fight this comfort so that I can seek out new levels of success and challenge myself to build a business that is not simply working for my family but scalable enough to sustain employees and further expansion. Point being, my great migration to NC is the current chapter in my journey to success, but it’s not the end. What is your journey looking like right now? Where are you? Are there people, circumstances, locations, situations that you need to move away from so that you can get to where you want to be? Every big move starts with the first step. Where do you plan on going from here?
1ST Annual Blacks in Technology Entrepreneurship Week, Durham NC
November 6 – 13, 2011 Durham, NC – The 1st Annual Blacks in Technology Entrepreneurship Week holds promise like no other. The theme for this year’s event is “Changing the Face of Technology” and focus’ on NC natives and residents who are indeed changing the face and landscape of technology entrepreneurship. Katrina M Harrell in connection with 100 Urban Entrepreneurs of NC will honor six extraordinary minority innovators in technology and entrepreneurship:
- Wayne Sutton and Angela Benton co-founders of NewMe Accelerator,
- Tiffani Bell founder of Pencilyou.in and part of NewMe Accelerator project who are each subjects of CNN: “Black in America 4”;
- Stephanie Harris and Roderick Frizzelle cofounders of ibuzzn.com, and
- LaShanda Henry, founder of Black Business Women Online.
This year’s kick-off event on Sunday, November 6, 2011 will be held at the spectacular and historic Bay 7 in the American Tobacco District, Durham NC, as a networking and celebration event not only celebrating the accomplishments of the honorees but also providing unsurpassed networking opportunity among Top entrepreneurs throughout the state. Networking begins at 6:00pm with the honoree event & program beginning promptly at 6:30pm. November 13, 2011 viewing party of the CNN show to be announced.
An array of sponsorship and vendor opportunities is also available. Any questions regarding sponsorship should be directed to the contact information below. The event founder seeks a goal to raise $10,000 to help fund an Entrepreneurship program at a Historically Black College or University within the state of North Carolina.
Registration for the event can be completed online by visiting
BLACKSINTECHNOLOGYENTREPRENEURSHIPWEEK.YOLASITE.COM or by contacting Katrina Harrell at 919-438-BITE (2483) or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About 100 Urban Entrepreneurs – 100 Urban Entrepreneurs is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping provide a long-term economic boost to urban communities throughout the United States by supporting entrepreneurship at its earliest stages. 100 Urban Entrepreneurs seeks to identify, fund and mentor 100 of the most promising young businesspeople from economically disadvantaged communities who might otherwise lack access to startup capital and a professional network. Our goal is to provide the tools to help talented young dreamers create viable, profitable companies and create jobs within urban America. For more information, visit www.100UrbanEntrepreneurs.org.
About Katrina M Harrell – North Carolina resident and Businessperson,Katrina is the founding CEO of Your Simple Bookkeeper, Inc. which was the recipient of 100 Urban Entrepreneur funding grant in 2010. As founder of BITE week, Katrina Harrell is an advocate for entrepreneurship as a wealth builder for people of color and women. Ms. Harrell is also the President of the KM Harrell Group, LLC a strategic business development & consulting firm offering business strategy solutions to create profitable business models. She has been featured in blackenterprise.com, Top 200 Leading Moms in business by Start-upNation.com and a host of other media outlets. For more information, visit www.katrinamharrell.com.
Event Title Sponsors: American Tobacco District, Your Simple Bookkeeper, Inc., ibuzzn.com, Opulent Suites Media & PR, Selections entertainment.
Thanks Pam Perry for this great pic of the 1st three issues of SistaSense Magazine. I remember when this was just an idea in my head, so to see how quickly its developing into something more is a dream come true! Anything is possible ladies, never forget that!
Look out for my upcoming video on the 1st three issues. Until then you can find them at http://mag.sistasense.com.
It is both an honor and a pleasant surprise to see my social network, Black Business Women Online featured as one of 7 Websites & Platforms for Black Entrepreneurs recommended by GrindAndThrive.com. Other web sites mentioned include Black Enterprise, The CashFlow, and Black Founders. For the complete list review 7 Websites and Platforms for Black Entrepreneurs.
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