Women of Color and Culture Need To Start Businesses
by William Jackson
Social Media Visionary “My Quest To Teach”
“Xplosion 2017 A Break Through to a New You”
“There has never been a quiet Xplosion – live life!!!”
Terri Drummond, Community Activist and Entrepreneur
The ability to make significant changes in homes, communities,
or even in cities must be accomplished through education and
business involvement. Being an entrepreneur offers the
opportunity to create not just financial stability, it creates
opportunities for generational financial stability and continued
The recent “Xplosion 2017: A Breakthrough to a New You”
summit has shown that women of color and culture can be
successful in business and being entrepreneurs.
To have progress people must have control of their finances,
they must be able to determine where their monies are going
and what to invest in to make qualitative and quantitative
Present at the summit where over 50 women that earned
higher educational degrees and involved in some form of
business and entrepreneurialism. Attending also where
young women with dreams of owning their own business,
not just working for someone else.
The Keynote speaker Dr. Monekka Munroe, Virginia Union
University, TEDx Speaker, and CEO of Great Minds Publishing
shared her educational and professional journey.
Achieving educational success and business success are only
accessible through determination, having a plan and the under-
standing that you must set goals, monitor your associations,
value education and learning. Life is a life-long journey of living
The “Xplosion 2017: A Breakthrough to a New You” allowed
women to share their testimonies of having to overcome
challenges from family issues, educational challenges and
even medical challenges that may strike unexpectedly.
The importance of a strong prayer life and walking with a
purpose are fundamental keys to remaining mentally and
The summit encouraged the opportunity of unity and
collaboration of future projects and initiatives that will
benefit more families in their respective communities.
Business cards were readily shared to provide a platform
of community resources that showed economic strength
and the influence of commerce.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every
experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”
Eleanor Roosevelt #WomenInBusiness #BlackGirlsRock
Women have historically been denied access to the resources
to build their dreams, education provides the necessary
mental materials to understand the process and purpose of
how to start, manage and expand a business. Stated several
times that women are already great managers because they
understand how to balance a family, organization and planning
are key, long range goals and the implementation of strategies
to move from week to week or month to month are required.
A successful home is only accomplished from proper
planning and scheduling, women are trained already
by their mothers, grandmothers and even aunties that
inherently pass this knowledge down through the
generations. Transferring these skills into a business is
The workshops provided by veteran entrepreneurs
and business leaders ranged from how to start a
business, to the passion needed to sustain a business,
to personal challenges of finance, investment, family
contributions and hindrances.
Presented was a fashion show by Yvonne Cooney, feat.
Traci Lynn Jewelry. Vendors styled and profiled their
products and services to those attending. Events like
this are not just a quick hit, they are expanding the
opportunities for women to grow because they provide
a professional learning network of women that are
like minded and passion driven. The access to pro-
fessional learning communities that offer mentorship
and role models.
“Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble
making individual.” – Natalie Clifford Barney
One of the embers to spark the fire of discussion of why
women should go into business and to become entre-
preneurs is that fear can keep you from working towards
your dreams. Stated several times, “Your past can paralyze
you or propel you,” women should not allow their past
mistakes in relationships, finances and other business
ventures to stop them from working towards their goals.
They are the engineers of their future successes and
accomplishments. No one can share their passion and
excitement because it is within them like birthing a child.
The pain is worth the outcome……
Wyatt Reid – Edward Waters College Student
“Trust- trust in your brand as well as trust through
the community. With trust you can build a successful
organization and team. Trust takes time and you need
to define who you are. Develop your culture and allow
you to take off…”
The relationships formed and the trusts gained that
each person is a support system could be seen and
felt. There are increasing women businesses that are
influencing communities and generations.
Xplosion 2017 Photos via William Jackson
Why Blacks Have To Start Businesses
a serious discussion on why Blacks need to
have businesses to influence commerce and
build generational stability.