Stilettos strut the scene and on the move

What do you get with a room full of women with hustles? A powerful group of successful female entrepreneurs and that is exactly what I received at Stilettos on the Move 4th Annual Women’s Expo. It was very impressing walking into the East Cobb Center this past Sunday and seeing vendors already set up and waiting to share their talents and services that they provide. Listed below are vendors who registered.

  1. Just Fab
  2. Shoedazzle
  3. Girl Let’s Go Travel and Entertainment Company
  4. Drea’s Pure Romance
  5. Delectable Candy Creations
  6. Traci Lynn Jewelry
  7. Felcity- Women’s online Boutique
  8. Beachbody
  9. Mini Waist Club
  10. Thirty-one
  11. Doterra
  12. Passion Parties
  13. Ion Win, Inc.
  14. It Works
  15. Break of Dawn
  16. Ardyss
  17. Pure Sensations
  18. Transition Rehab
  19. D Lawrence
  20. Natural is Beyoutiful
  21. Fifth Avenue Collection
  22. Plexus Worldwide
  23. Price Realty Group & Commercial Advisors

Guests should have felt very welcomed walking in as I noticed white drapes sweeping across the ceiling giving the room a fancy vibe that stated elegance. I think appearance is probably one of the most important qualities of an event. It’s as if you’ve been invited into someone’s home. The first thing you’ll recognize is how well they keep it up and to be honest you wouldn’t want to return to someone’s home who doesn’t keep it welcoming-at least I know I wouldn’t.

I hate that I couldn’t stay for the entire event, which lasted until 7pm, but I can say that I came right on time (1:00pm) and they were definitely prepared for the early birds-meaning they knew how to get the party started on time. However I did briefly catch one of their special guests, Food Network star “Chef Treygaye”, as she shared her story and experience as a Chef. According to their promotion, other special guests included some of Bravo TV’s “Mother Funders”. What a great way to promote the power of women networking with each other.

Being that this is the 4th expo I had to go around and get thoughts from a couple of seasoned participants and beginners as well. One vendor had intentions on connecting with like-minded business women such as herself. “Hopefully I’ll learn a few things,” said Andrea Samale, Ambassador of Pure Romance and owner of Drea’s Pure Romance and Cocktails and Conversations. Andrea was a first time vendor but it wasn’t her first time as a guest. Another vendor not from Atlanta never heard of the organization but had the opportunity to participate by word of mouth. “I was browsing on Facebook on one of the vendor groups,” said Timmesha Rogers, owner of Girl Let’s Go Travel and Entertainment Company. Timmesha is also a mother who teaches the importance of entrepreneurship to her children and their business, Generation Yes.

I was wondering what motivated someone to create such a powerful event and had the opportunity to speak with the creator, Zaina Ihenacho who once owned her own hair salon. “People have always asked me how did I get my business started and I was really doing it just to be doing it and I’ve realized that people really do listen to me. So when I started the organization everyone was like what do I need to do to join, and how can I participate? And I really didn’t think that the expo was going to grow to this capacity,” said Zaina. She also added that beginning in February 2016 she will be taking the expo on a 10 city tour. How amazing!

I’m really glad that women have opportunities such as this event to come together to network and connect, share their business and ideas and most importantly support each other.

To stay updated with Stilettos on the Move please visit their website: http://stilettosonthemove.com

Students going broke and don’t even know it

In college everyonCollege Refunde is talking about having fast cash. It got so serious that recently the trend was “wake up now”, which was a home-based business opportunity allowing individuals to help others find great deals and get paid for doing it according to a review written by Ethan-Vanderbuilt. He added that people would pay less to travel and shop and make money while doing it-if you “shared” the opportunity with others. From the outside looking in it looked like people were just getting money off others because every time someone joined your team you get paid like $100.00. But where is wake up now currently? That was just something that was big just a year ago. Again, fast money.

The fastest cash most college students can get a hold of-if it wasn’t from their parents-comes around once every semester-this is known as a refund. Money students are given back after they’ve used loans to pay for their tuition. Refunds can be anywhere between 30 to thousands of dollars. My freshman year I received about $300.00 and my junior year, as SGA President having free housing, I received around $4,000.00. Yeah, BIG CASH! Now as a recent graduate I have something to say about what students use with that cash. I’ve seen some use it for school supplies and others go all the way by splurging it on clothes, shoes, accessories, going out to eat all the time and electronics such as game systems and TV’s. And I’m not going to lie, I played a part at one point but my junior year I used it to buy a car and to pay for my note-I’m starting to see it as bad decision. If I knew what I know now I definitely would have used that money to save for PAYING BACK THE LOANS (because Sallie Mae will be waiting on you after you walk across the stage), save for life after college (because it just may be a struggle trying to transition into an apartment, etc.), or even an investment for your life. For example, I like to edit and shoot videos, I even enjoy graphic designing. Being that I want to expand Every Woman and become a YouTube blogger it probably would have been helpful if I saved to purchase a MacBook and a good camera. Those choices would have been good decisions on how to spend my refund.

I’m writing this to warn high school students going into college or even if you’re in the middle of your collegiate career. SPEND WISELY! Don’t go crazy with all that money. Don’t stop going to the café because your pockets got a little bigger! The money is not yours…..you have to pay it back! Try dividing it up a bit. Save only a little for pleasure to reward yourself but save A LOT to either pay it back or invest into your future-and honestly getting a car with a note does not fall into that category. Unless you have a good paying job that you can keep even after college you have no business signing up for something you’ll have to owe for yearrrrrrrs. Take it from me. This should be the least of your worries while in school. I would rather catch a ride with my friends when they’re going to Wal-Mart than trying to figure out how I’m going to pay this and that bill-while I’m still balancing school. College is one of the best years of your life, don’t screw it up by trying to grow up too fast.