I just love to read stories like these. There is so much information out there to help you start a business. Starting a McDonald's seems way out of reach for most, but not for the young lady you are about to read about. 28-year old Jade Colin from New Orleans has made history as the youngest Black woman to ever become a McDonald's franchise owner. While in college, she started her career as an employee working the night shift at a local McDonald's, and after years of earning promotions and awards, she decided to purchase her very own franchise.
For as long as she can remember, Jade has been an independent spirit. She also had a good example to follow from her entrepreneurial parents who purchased their first McDonald’s franchise in 2010.
After graduating from the University of Louisiana in 2012 with a degree in business management, Jade decided to apply for the Next Generation program for children of McDonald’s owners.
After finishing that intensive two-year training program, she became a manager of her parent's franchise... and immediately began planning to open a franchise of her own.
During a recent interview with TheBlackProfessional.com, Jade shared some valuable points, "Take the risk and know that it will be a lot of hard work."
"Network and have a core team of genuine mentors. You need people who are in your corner that will positively motivate you. I say 'genuine' because not everyone will have your best interest at heart," she added.
She also firmly believes in helping others, and she gives back to her community whenever she can. She even mentors her employees to finish high school and pursue entrepreneurship.
Jade concluded, "As an African American community, we need more men and women to know that it’s not just about right now, but it’s about the generations to come.”
Jade is living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to. I don't even know her, but I am so proud of what she has accomplished at such young age. I will keep following her, because this is only the beginning for this dynamic young woman.
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I recently got braces because I was so self-conscious about my teeth. So much so that I used to do a video almost every day and I stopped because in my mind people would not hear my message, but instead pay attention to the spaces in my teeth. Video is powerful, but because I had this thing with my teeth, I haven't done a video in a while even though I know video is such a great marketing tool. I let my thoughts about my teeth become a block for what I was trying to create and make happen. I new that I had to find a solution to this problem if I intended to use video to continue to help me grow my business. I got the braces and although they hurt like hell because my teeth are moving, I will start to use video again to help market my business. You will see more video blog posts here from me, because I like doing videos, I was just worried about how my teeth were affecting my brand. In reality it might not have affected it at all, but that is the crazy story that I was telling myself and that was keeping me from moving forward.
So I have a question for you today. What's blocking you from moving forward in your business, your life or your career? Leave me a comment below.
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I've had a very interesting year so far. I started a magazine, then shut it down. I thought about selling my TV network, but decided to keep it. I was just going through a moment of confusion about what I wanted to do next. I really didn't feel like starting another venture only to discover I really did not want to do it. Then I thought back to what I loved doing even if I didn't get paid and that was radio and podcasting. I started on radio back in 2003. I did a Saturday morning show every Saturday at 7:30 am and the crazy thing is I didn't make a dime, but I loved doing it. Then in 2004 I started podcasting. Every Tuesday morning at 9am I would go live on Blog Talk Radio and interview entrepreneurs and authors. While I was doing that I started doing another show on local radio which I did for two years. When I stopped doing BlogTalk Radio I had done over 200 episodes. I started back doing podcasting in 2015, but I could not figure out how to make a living doing it, so I stopped to focus on my other businesses, so I could earn some money. The funny thing is that none of what I was doing brought me joy the way that podcasting did.
After some careful thought and reflection, I've decided that once and for all I'm going to do what I love and stop chasing money. I will let God figure out the money part and I will do my part and line up some great guest and have them share their stories of inspiration, trials, tribulation and success. That being said I will be back on the air in August, so stay tuned. If you don't want to miss an episode be sure to sign up for my newsletter below to get my weekly updates.
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