Featured Entrepreneurs

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LeChisa bailey, ceo of all tressed up beauty salon

Shay Baker, CEO of Mind, Body, and Soul Behavioral Health and Wellness, LLC

Shay Baker, CEO of Mind, Body, and Soul Behavioral Health and Wellness, LLC

LeChisa The Master Hair Stylist Bailey is the CEO and Founder of All Tressed UP Beauty Salon where they tame and train your tresses. LeChisa has been an expert in the field of hair and hair care since 2007 when she received her cosmetology license from Empire School of Cosmetology. She was awarded Charlotte’s up and coming stylist of the year in 2012. Through her extensive training in the area of cosmetology LeChisa has also become a waxing specialist with a very simple motto, “If it’s hair, I go there.” LeChisa is married with three amazing children.

LeChisa is a Charlotte native who believes in giving back to local programs within her community that helps women and children. She is passionate about empowering women to live their dreams and showing them by example that they can live their dreams while being an amazing wife, mother, and a boss woman.

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Shay Baker, CEO of Mind, Body, and Soul Behavioral Health and Wellness, LLC

Shay Baker, CEO of Mind, Body, and Soul Behavioral Health and Wellness, LLC

Shay Baker, CEO of Mind, Body, and Soul Behavioral Health and Wellness, LLC

 Shay Baker is a wife, mother of 4, bonus mother of 3 and the Founder and CEO of Mind, Body and Soul (MBS) Behavioral Health & Wellness, LLC. Shay is a dual licensed Clinical Therapist in the fields of Clinical Social Work and Substance Abuse and is licensed to practice in NC, SC, VA, TX, and TN. After working in Child Protective Services for 5 years, for other mental health agencies for 8 years, and as a Special Education Teacher for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for 3 years, Shay realized there were a lot of unmet mental, social, wellness, and emotional health needs in the homes of African-American families, and thus began her journey to what has become MBS. Shay obtained her Bachelors degrees in Criminology and Psychology from North Carolina State University and her Master of Social Work from University of Texas At Arlington. Shay was recently accepted to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s online Doctor of Clinical Social Work Program which she will begin fall 2020. At MBS, every client is provided with the tools necessary to successfully complete their path to optimal wellness. Shay believes and has designed her agency around the premise that wellness is not a 'medical fix' but a way of living - a lifestyle sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body, mind, and soul, an approach to life we each design to achieve our highest potential for well-being now and forever. Shay also owns a DWI/ADETS facility in Asheboro, NC where she assists DUI offenders in restoring their driving privileges. Shay is passionate about the health and wellness industry and is a Bariatric counselor and assists those who would like to consider weight loss surgery with understanding the processing by psychologically assessing their readiness for the procedure. When she isn’t working, Shay is involved with extra-curricular activities with her children who are heavily involved in sports or traveling with her husband.  

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Laron Brown, CEO of Goddess of Beauty, Celebrity Makeup Artist

Shay Baker, CEO of Mind, Body, and Soul Behavioral Health and Wellness, LLC

Brandy Byers, NC Realtor®, Wedding and Special Events Coordinator

  

LaRon Brown is a Celebrity Beauty influencer with 20 years’ Experience in the Beauty Industry. She is the Ceo of the Goddess of Beauty LLC. She is a Pioneer in the Beauty and Fashion Industry, Working with Luxury Brands as Chanel, YSL and Tom Ford. Laron aka Miss Elle has been known for an unmatched sense of style, and flawless work as a celebrity MUA. She has worked with Clients from Vh1 Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and New York, Atlanta Housewives cast, as well as Grammy Award winning singers. Being a self-taught Beauty Influencer, Key makeup Artist for charlottes first reality series on We TV’s Love thy Sister. Miss Elle is no stranger to Hard work. She has always inspired, and provided quality Beauty Experiences for everyone she has touched. She facilitates Makeup workshops that empower women and educate about skincare and makeup application. Miss Elle's Beauty expertise has also landed the Covers of Carolina Bride, Creative Loafing, and features in The Charlotte Observer Sophisticates Black Hair Magazine. Miss Elle is passionate about Beauty and Fashion and makes every client she touches feel Beautiful. The joy in someone’s eyes after a makeover is something you can’t out a price tag on. from making a Bride beautiful on her special day, to styling Miss Elle has also been a business owner of Missunderstood boutique, Blessing people with her gift of style. Miss Elle is also a certified lash tech and will be opening Minks by Miss Elle this spring, as well as launching her products that will be sold there, Miss Elle is the true definition of a hustler, she has the favor of God and the anointing and she always blesses everything she touches. 

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Brandy Byers, NC Realtor®, Wedding and Special Events Coordinator

SHAWON MCCLURE, CEO AND FOUNDER OF SDS EVENTS AND THE HOUSEKEEPING NETWORK

Brandy Byers, NC Realtor®, Wedding and Special Events Coordinator

Brandy Byers is a Charlotte native, a mother, wife, and a proud alumni of Winston-Salem State University. Professionally she’s a licensed NC Realtor/ Broker, specializing in first time home buyers & investment properties powered by Costello Real Estate & Investments. 
She’s a young thriving Real Estate Agent who uses “Creative Solutions” to serve the needs of every client. She is an exceedingly ambitious Agent, who’s love and passion for people aids as the foundation to always providing excellence. 
Her background and degree make her prowess as a negotiator, communicator and savvy marketer. 
As a Charlotte native, Brandy has a vast understanding of the greater Charlotte area. 
 To remain educated in our fast pace growing city Brandy is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Charlotte Regional Realtor's Association, the Carolina MLS and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. 
This coupled with her professional experiences allows Brandy to go above and beyond in helping her real estate clients as a trusted advisor they can depend on and trust.
Knowledge, Communication & Care is what she provides to each of her clients. Thats why she’s  “Your favorite neighborhood Realtor”

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Ashley Cross, Serial Entrepreneur & Founder of Beauty Brains and Business

SHAWON MCCLURE, CEO AND FOUNDER OF SDS EVENTS AND THE HOUSEKEEPING NETWORK

SHAWON MCCLURE, CEO AND FOUNDER OF SDS EVENTS AND THE HOUSEKEEPING NETWORK

Ashley Cross began her career in child protective services investigations and adolescent therapy by treating patients, clients, and those in need in both public health and private practice before starting her business ventures Figure 8 Entertainment, ASAP Tax Express, ASAP Management Group, Flawless Hair and Odyssey Health Group. Ashley is also the founder of the Beauty, Brains and Business Brunch and Seminar Series. A native of Charlotte, NC, she has an affinity for her hometown of Charlotte, NC and is committed to servicing her community. Her first strides toward becoming a Social Services professional were at NC A&T University in Greensboro, NC, where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work and kept momentum by promptly pursuing her Masters of Social Work from University of South Carolina, in Columbia, SC. Currently she is working on her Doctor of Social Work at Walden University. Ashley currently holds her clinical license in the States of NC, SC, VA, and FL. Ashley enjoys traveling the world, online shopping, reading editorials and frequenting various social, political and fundraising events.  In her spare time, she spends time with her beloved twin niece and nephew and enjoys relaxing with extended family and close friends. A member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women- Queen City Metropolitan Chapter, she has been afforded an opportunity to network with other strong professional women which inspired her to advance her community involvement with Ashley Arm’s, a non-profit charity group that supports and facilitates the mentoring efforts of young children and women. She believes in being resilient, creative, innovative and an “out of the box” thinker. Ashley also holds membership in the National Association of Professional Women, the Charlotte Minority Business Chamber and recently began volunteering for the Joel Ford for Mayor Campaign.  Ashley believes that “Success isn’t about starting a business, it’s about staying in business

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SHAWON MCCLURE, CEO AND FOUNDER OF SDS EVENTS AND THE HOUSEKEEPING NETWORK

SHAWON MCCLURE, CEO AND FOUNDER OF SDS EVENTS AND THE HOUSEKEEPING NETWORK

SHAWON MCCLURE, CEO AND FOUNDER OF SDS EVENTS AND THE HOUSEKEEPING NETWORK

 

Shawon McClure is the CEO and Founder of SDS Events (Since 2009) and the Housekeeping Network (Since 2015). With having a strong entrepreneurial spirit and keen eye for Planning and Design, she is no stranger to hard work and dedication. Having traveled to several States around the Country for Brides and doing what she loves most, Shawon has seamlessly executed the dream that every woman wants for her special day, Perfection. Her expertise of visualizing,organization and producing meaningful events has even secured her prominent publication features within Carolina Brides and the

Charlotte Observer, just to name a few. Shawon states that she, “Loves the whole planning process, hearing and implementing their vision on their wedding…..making each couple’s day magical.”

As a strong single Mother of 2 young adults and YaYa to a beautiful grandson; Shawon enjoys completely dedicating her time to her familyand close friends. She receives great joy within mentoring young ladies as well as shopping, traveling and laughing over champagne. She is truly a Woman of Distinction and ready to take on what God has truly Blessed her to do. You can find Shawon and review her amazing portfolio on Social Media @SDSEvents visit online:www.sdsweddingevents.com & www.housekeepingnetwork.com

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Lakeshia Rorie, Masterstylist & Entrepreneur

KATHY WIGGINS, OWNER JW SERVICES & CEO OF TRUTH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES, LLC

KATHY WIGGINS, OWNER JW SERVICES & CEO OF TRUTH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES, LLC

Lakeshia Rorie is a masterstylist with 21 years of entrepreneurship and work experience. She’s a salon owner, educator, interior design consultant, S.W.A.K( sealed with a kiss)Events LLC founder and public figure.  She is a mother and devoted wife yet still serve diligently and faithfully and has strong tithes to the community. Part of my destiny has allowed me to serve the people with honorable service as an award- winning stylists. As a stylists, I have provided high quality, loyal and dedicated services that have come to be known and respected for many generations. Personal life experiences have kept me in touch with the reality of today’s society, yet kept me humble.I’ve prided myself on providing the vision in a professional modest way by sowing seeds and being a blessing to others. I have acquired gifts, talents, and skills that will be an asset to the greater good. 

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KATHY WIGGINS, OWNER JW SERVICES & CEO OF TRUTH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES, LLC

KATHY WIGGINS, OWNER JW SERVICES & CEO OF TRUTH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES, LLC

KATHY WIGGINS, OWNER JW SERVICES & CEO OF TRUTH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES, LLC

 Kathy Wiggins is a mother, an entrepreneur and motivator.  Kathy came to battles with herself for many years that her story had LIFE and it needed to be told and that someone could grab something from her ups and downs and have more inner stability and less self- sabotage… recognize, relate then conquer. Kathy understood in life that everyone from the universe deserve to feel worthy, self- loved, be successful and AMAZING.  What lies behind us and what lies before us is tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Kathy Wiggins is the C.E.O. of Truth Behavioral Health Services, LLC. Kathy’s agency offers outpatient therapeutic services to the state of South Carolina. Truth Behavioral Health Services uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational interviewing, Solution Focused, Reality Based and psycho-education to individuals age 5 and up.   Kathy is dedicated to ensure her agency provide and explore every avenue to perform a tailored treatment plan that can be integrated into their daily lives. Kathy is invested in an approach to emphasizing a more integrative, dynamic and holistic approach to mental health.

Outside of Kathy owning her own private practice, Kathy also has a non-profit organization,  Empowering S. T. A. R. S. which is the acronym for Self- Esteem Toward Achieving Respect & Self- Worth.  Kathy is extremely dedicated to helping young teenagers, homelessness and under privilege in the community.  Empowering S. T. A. R. S. has had several successful events targeting teenage pregnancy, self-esteem, self-love, confidence and hunger. In addition to her non-profit, Kathy owns and operator a mentorship program in Danville, Va . 

Kathy have her certification in energy efficiency {B.P.I), Kathy worked in this career which was known to be more of a man’s career.  Kathy came, saw and conquered.  Kathy finished in the top 10 in her class. Kathy used her skills to own and operate her property preservation company JW Services.

Kathy’s goal is to make a mark in this hideous world and to spread knowledge and self- discipline to Decide, Commit & Succeed.  Aspire to inspire before we expire.  Kathy reminds herself and others that no condition is permanent. It’s about embracing change, reinvention, perseverance and renewing of the mind. Change your mind set change your life.

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Kim Wu, Serial Entrepreneur

KATHY WIGGINS, OWNER JW SERVICES & CEO OF TRUTH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES, LLC

Kim Wu, Serial Entrepreneur

At the core, she’s an entrepreneur. With a love for travel, entertainment, and the written word, Kim Wu has been able to capitalize on her passion. Kim Wu, born in Detroit, MI, was raised in a militant environment, Fayetteville, NC. Graduating from UNC Charlotte earning a BA in Psychology, a BA in Criminal Justice, and an MBA concentrating on HR Management; this savvy street-smart young lady made a surprisingly generous living, selling hats, clothes, shoes, etc., etc., for 12 years in Charlotte’s streets working out of her trunk.

In 2004, South Korea called, offering international experience. Teaching adults abroad was an invaluable learning experience that changed her way of thinking forever. As the founder of the Metro Proponent (2008), a brand representing the community she serves, Kim shares her voice as an active philanthropist aimed at empowering the talented young professionals, entrepreneurs, and “minorities” of all races of Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas. Major emphasis of the Metro Proponent includes Politics, the Economy, Social issues, Culture, Education, Health, and Entertainment. Kim, a self-proclaimed “creative mind”, currently publishes her poems and short stories each month as a hobby. The alternative newspaper has become a staple for its audience as it touches on several areas of interest, including: entertainment, local, national, and international. Through her work with Metro Proponent, she has been able to keep her finger on the pulse of the city.

Philanthropy has been intertwined in each of her business ventures as she has spearheaded various campaigns to assist the community and its residents. Metro Proponent strives to partner with local and national business entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, community volunteers, and government representatives to better serve the growth of Charlotte as a whole. Among numerous other projects, Kim is a huge advocate for youth affected by domestic violence. Utilizing Metro Proponent’s marketing reach, she partners with non-profits to raise awareness and funds to accommodate the women, children, and families in need.

A self-proclaimed creative soul, Kim has been able to intricately incorporate her life experiences into each and every move. Through her career and personal travels, she has spent a great deal of time both within the U.S. and overseas; a lifestyle which has caused her to become culturally aware and diverse.

Fast forward to today, Network Marketing has changed the course of her life. Now realizing direct sales as a vessel God has used to help her help others. Kim Wu has created her “WHY”. Her new-found goal is to empower 50 women to 5-figure monthly incomes to gain financial freedom leaving a legacy.

Kim is also venturing into the arena of television next as she prepares for the launch of Metro P TV—the visual component to her brand.