Month: August 2022

Waco community mourns loss of beloved creator and entrepreneur

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – The Waco community is mourning the loss of Jonathan Martin, a teacher, a creator, and a role model.

“I wonder if he knew how many people looked to him as a role model and to the Martin family as an oasis of kindness, hospitality, laughter, love, and a source of support and advice,” Fiona Bond, of Creative Waco, said .

“An incredible example to everyone around him, always had a great positivity to him, and I always felt so comfortable to share anything that was on my mind,” Corey McEntyre, of Milo All Day, said.

Jonathan co-founded Black Oak Art and Gather in Downtown Waco, touching the lives of so many people who now mourn this incredible loss.

“Jonathan is a family man, a man of faith, honor, integrity,” Peter Ellis, a colleague of Martin, said. “I’m honored to be a part of his

PNC Entrepreneur Plaza helping create more opportunities for Black business owners

A $1 million three-year grant from PNC will fund the PNC Entrepreneur Plaza at the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center. “This is a shining example of possibility, of possibility here in Louisville and possibility in West Louisville,” said Kristen Byrd, PNC regional president. The money will provide opportunities for black business owners to market their products and services to guests during events at the Sports and Learning Center, so businesses are able to gain more exposure. The Louisville Urban League and PNC Bank worked together to bring resources to the community.“We are allowing these businesses to have this pop-up space so that people know where they are, who they are. We have seen significant increases in the number of sales businesses have been able to have just because we have located here in the West End, and we have been so intentional about highlighting black businesses,” said Sadiqa Reynolds, …

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12-year-old entrepreneur’s candle business setting up shop at Tysons Corner Center

Alejandro Buxton, 12, is getting ready to light up the Tysons Corner Center mall in Fairfax County, Virginia, on Sept. 1.

Alejandro Buxton, 12, is getting ready to light up the Tysons Corner Center mall in Fairfax County, Virginia, on Sept. 1.

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Alejandro Buxton decided the company’s candles need to be made from “ethically-sourced non-GMO soy wax, luxury coconut wax, and essential oils,” according to Smell of Love Candles’ website.

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Alejandro Buxton’s candle kiosk will be in front of the Victoria’s Secret on the second floor of Tysons Corner Center.

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Alejandro Buxton, 12, is getting ready to light up the Tysons Corner Center mall in Fairfax County, Virginia, on Sept. 1.

The seventh-grader is the founder of Smell of Love Candles. He started selling candles in November 2020. The so-far 26 candle scents include names, such as “Alexa, clean the house,” “Donut Kill My

Side hustle advice from 11 entrepreneurs who’ve been there

Whether the pandemic afforded you more time to focus on a longtime passion, or helped you discover a new interest that sparked a business idea, having a side project seems more popular than ever. Time management remains key, though, to ensure you’re maximizing the hours you put into your side hustle in order to grow the business, while not compromising your performance at your full-time job or feeling like you work 24/7.

Entrepreneurs who have done it offer their tips on how they manage their time and stay motivated.

Stick to a schedule

“Set time aside for your side hustle the way you would any other important appointment,” business and life coach and Let It Be Easy podcast host Susie Moore says. “Don’t prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities.”

Don’t waste time trying to perfect your business

“It’s easy to be like, ‘We’ll do it when we get this figured