Seven African-American Women Who Built Their Businesses From the Ground Up
Boss Women features seven African American women who started their businesses by themselves or as co-founders with family members. Some of the enterprises are relatively new, while others have been established for decades.
The businesswomen profiled in this book are Janice M. Adams (JMA Solutions), Valerie Daniels-Carter (V&J Holding Companies), Bea Dixon (Honey Pot), Janice Bryant Howroyd (The ACT One Group), Garnetta Sanders (Neta Scientific), Janell Stephens (Camille Rose Naturals), and J.C. Sykes (90 Degree Construction).
Boss Women uses poetic phrasing to make it easier for children to read and understand. While reading each poetic profile, children will be able to see themselves in these women’s successes and dream big dreams for the future. The book is also a motivational tool for adults who are seeking encouragement on their entrepreneurial journeys.
1) Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I enjoy providing enlightenment, analysis, and inspiration to readers.
2) Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The day my daughter was born and I saw her face for the first time.
3) What would be your dream vacation?
A cruise around the world.
4) What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Listening to good music, watching a well-produced and written movie or series.
5) What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Always produce your book(s) with excellence in mind. Also, remember: Writing books is a marathon, not a sprint.
6) Tell us about Boss Women
(a brief blurb): Boss Women: Seven African-American Women Who Built Their Businesses From the Ground Up features seven African-American women who started their businesses by themselves or as co-founders with family members. Some of the enterprises are relatively new, while others have been established for decades. While reading each poetic profile, children will be able to see themselves in these women’s successes and dream big dreams for the future.
7) Is there one particular message or “moral of the story” you hope readers walk away with?
My message is that entrepreneurship is possible for just about anyone. All that’s required is a good idea and a willingness to work.
8) How did Boss Women get started?
I had already written a children’s book series called Kid Biz to plant the seed of entrepreneurship in children. I wanted to write a book that included biographies of successful business owners who were still alive today.
9) Where do you like to write?
I have a laptop in our home’s guest room that I use to do all of my work from home. But when ideas come to me, I write them down on designated pads or the notes section of my cell phone. That way I can make sure I capture the idea when it comes; otherwise, it’s possible to forget or lose it—for good.
10) How do you handle distractions?
I try to do my writing late at night when everyone in the household is asleep.
Thank you, Gwen Richardson and WNL Book Tours
About the author
Gwen Richardson has been an author, entrepreneur, and “boss woman” for decades. She is the author of 13 books, including Boss Women, and is a graduate of Georgetown University. She has been twice nominated for NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work, wants to inspire children to seek entrepreneurship as a career path. Richardson resides in Houston with her husband, Willie, and adult daughter, Sylvia.
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