Category Archives: Mompreneur

2019 Taxpayer’s Assistance Saturdays #motownmoxiemom @ WCCCD March9th

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#MotownMom: 7 Ways to Turn Your Passion Into a Side Hustle


Becoming an entrepreneur is a dream many people have, but often the fear of leaving a steady salary keeps people from pulling the trigger.

In reality, running a small business doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing. By starting your company as a side hustle while you continue to work your 9-to-5 and earn a paycheck, you take most of the risk out of being an entrepreneur. You also get the opportunity to test out your idea to see if it could sustain you full-time financially.

If you do decide to launch a side hustle, you’re not alone. In fact, 37% of Americans have a side hustle that brings in an extra stream of income. Whether you plan to grow the business over time or simply add money to your wallet, start small and grow as you’re ready.

Black-Owned Firm Launches Unique Backpack Dolls For Young African American Girls VIA @dantelee

African American backpack dolls for girls
African American backpack dolls for girls

Backpack dolls™ for young African American girls

Nationwide — Young Black girls can now enjoy playing with a very unique toy that reflects what they look like. A new collection, called Toys Like Me™, features cute dolls with brown skin, natural hair, and an adjustable strap that allows children to wear it as a backpack doll™. The top of the doll can even be unzipped to store small items in a hidden pouch.

African American backpack dolls for girls

Black Mommy of Three Whips up a Waterless Moisturizer So Good That Stores Can’t Keep it in Stock

Melissa Troupe, founder and CEO of Mocha Whip

Melissa Troupe, founder and CEO of Mocha Whip

West Palm Beach, FL — Nope, it’s not ice cream. Not yogurt… Not. Even. Edible. But it is certainly a treat. Mocha Whip is turning the clean beauty industry on its head, one body at a time. Mocha Whip’s flagship collection of vegan shea butter treats include shea butter whippies, shea butter swirlies, shea butter balls, and shea butter softies. Each of which are scented to perfection with aromatherapy grade essential oil blends that satisfy any sweet tooth.

  • Triple Whipped Shea Butter (vanilla chai, 4 ounces)

    Triple Whipped Shea Butter (vanilla chai, 4 ounces)

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  • Triple Whipped Shea Butter (vanilla chai, 16 ounces (mason jar))

    Triple Whipped Shea Butter (vanilla chai, 16 ounces (mason jar))

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  • Triple Whipped Shea Butter (almond delight, 16 ounces (mason jar))

    Triple Whipped Shea Butter (almond delight, 16 ounces (mason jar))

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  • Triple Whipped Shea Butter (bday!, 8 ounces)

    Triple Whipped Shea Butter (bday!, 8 ounces)

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  • Triple Whipped Shea Butter (vanilla chai, 8 ounces)

    Triple Whipped Shea Butter (vanilla chai, 8 ounces)

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  • Triple Whipped Shea Butter (unsmlavored, 4 ounces)

    Triple Whipped Shea Butter (unsmlavored, 4 ounces)

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  • Triple Whipped Shea Butter (vanilla chai, 16 ounces)

    Triple Whipped Shea Butter (vanilla chai, 16 ounces)

    by mocha whip

  • Triple Whipped Shea Butter (almond delight, 8 ounces)

    Triple Whipped Shea Butter (almond delight, 8 ounces)

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    Melissa Troupe, founder, CEO and long-time mompreneur developed Mocha Whip’s flagship collection of indulgent shea butter moisturizers in her family kitchen. Her mission was to pair purity and simplicity with unapologetic indulgence. From her past, she learned that super simplified body and hair care created amazing results. The issue though, was it was no fun using a single ingredient product day after day just for positive results. Melissa wanted to uphold the simplicity she benefited from while adding the indulgence she longed for. Her three children, each of whom have eczema, also benefited greatly from the vitamin-rich natural formulas she whipped up.Soon after launching, Mocha Whip quickly gained the attention of wellness retailers nationwide including Clean Beauty Mart, Blk + Green, Earth Fare and even Whole Foods. “We are completely devoted to using the highest quality wildcrafted plant-based ingredients to whip up the most indulgent and nourishing vegan body care you can imagine,” says founder and CEO Melissa Troupe.

    Each shea butter product Mocha Whip offers uses as few ingredients as possible to offer users the most beneficial dose of each ingredient. This is all done without sacrificing indulgent appeal. From Vanilla Chai, to Peppermint Mocha, Mocha Whip has created the essence of some of consumers’ favorite indulgent treats to allow users to unapologetically bask in the “me” time experience.

    For Mocha Whip, personal care should be more of an experience and less of a routine.


    About Mocha Whip
    For the first time, Mocha Whip brings indulgent simplicity to the mainstream beauty aisle and beyond. Mocha Whip is truly devoted to making better body & hair care that’s just as enticing and indulgent as it is incredibly nourishing.
    Each jar of mocha whip contains pure ingredients derived from nature, then whipped to perfection to ensure consumers get the most out of each recipe.

    For more details about Mocha Whip, visit or follow them on Instagram at @heymochawhip


    Mocha Whip
    (561) 313-6418


New blog post: Another Reason to Celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month

Another Reason to Celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month
Another Reason to Celebrate National Women’s Small Business MonthIt’s been 18 years since I hung the shingle out and opened the doors of Ministry Marketing Solutions. It’s been an exciting journey – a pure faith walk and God has blessed. This month at the Miz CEO Entrepreneurial Conference, I’ll be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award : Brand Strategist of the Year.  You know […]

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10 Tips to Build Your Self-Confidence so You can Manifest Your Ideal Client and Collect with Confidence
10 Tips to Build Your Self-Confidence so You can Manifest Your Ideal Client and Collect with ConfidenceIt’s all about energy, attitude and consistency. These ten tips will help you magnetically draw clients to you and make you happy in the process: Use Music One of the simplest tricks for helping yourself to both take action and feel more confident: Creating your own inspiring musical playlist, and playing it whenever appropriate. (Athletes […]

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Would You Like To Be Mentored By Pam Perry?
Learn how to build your platform, get your message out to the masses, get maximum exposure, and increase sales with 6 months of mentoring from PR Coach & Branding Specialist, Pam Perry.

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Fans of SAY YES TO THE DRESS will want to know #Detroit via @KeashaBridal

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GM, Detroit chamber launch $150,000 neighborhood nonprofit grant program via @sherriwelch @crainsdetroit

Last year, when General Motors Co. put out a request for proposals for the city of Detroit, it received about 100 grant applications mostly from grassroots community groups with important causes.

The groups had heart and were looking to address critical causes, but they weren’t sharing the metrics and social outcomes the car maker requires of its grantees, said GM Chief Philanthropic Officer Lori Wingerter. As a result, those groups didn’t move through the granting process

However, this left Wingerter thinking about what the company could do to help, and that led to joint development of a new neighborhood grant program with the Detroit Regional Chamber.

GM is granting $150,000 to help the Chamber fund the pilot NeighborhoodHub Community Grant program which would provide $30,000 grants to a community group in each of five Detroit neighborhoods.

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#MotownMom: National Entrepreneurs Association Launch Event: Step Into Your Greatness February 22nd

Join us for the official launch of the National Entrepreneurs Association, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, on Feb 22, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at the Skyline Club in Southfield Michigan. You’ll meet our leadership team, hear a powerful message from our keynote speakers, Award Winning Entrepreneur Jeanette M. Abraham, LLC and Speaker/Author Dr. Lee Meadows, about “Overcoming Adversity to Achieve Greatness” and then enjoy networking and hors d’oeuvres with our members and guests. To learn more about NEA and how you can become involved visit the website at

About the Speakers

Keynote Speaker Jeanette M. Abraham is Founder, President and CEO of JMA Global, LLC, a 100% Minority and Woman owned company, whose expertise is procurement, warehousing, kitting and distribution of fastener components. JMA Global, LLC is a Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry. Jeanette has been honored as an Automotive Trailblazer by Rainbow Push and has repeatedly been named on Crain’s list of top women-owned businesses. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Wayne State and Central Michigan Universities, respectively. Jeanette will share her experiences of successfully transitioning from corporate executive to entrepreneur.

Lee Meadows is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Management. His career portfolio includes serving as Area Director of University Housing Programs at Michigan State University, Supervisor of Human Resources at General Motors, Management Change Consultant for A.T. Kearney, and a Manager of Training and Development for the Kellogg Foundation. He has authored several books as well as several leadership columns.

Tickets for the event are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For additional information or to register call 248-491-3146 or visit


#MotownMom: Detroit Mercy Center for Social Entrepreneurship Applications for Boost (4) Program Due September 22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2017


University of Detroit Mercy

Jyarland Daniels, MBA, JD


UPDATE: Detroit Mercy Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Applications for Boost (4) Program Due September 22

Detroit, Mich., Sept. 1, 2017 – The Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) at University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration is now accepting applications for its fourth cohort of Boost. Applications are due Sept. 22and are available at

Boost is a nine-week program that provides existing business owners who are solving social problems within Detroit with resources to become financially sustainable and through mentoring opportunities.

The CSE will also host an information session for those with questions about the program on Thursday, Sept. 216-8 p.m. Advance registration is necessary. To register, please email with the subject line: BOOST Informational Session. Please include your name and contact number in your email. This informational session will take place at 1917 American Bistro, located at 19416 Livernois Ave., Detroit, 48221.

CSE Boost 4 classes take place on Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.Oct. 5 – Dec. 14, at the Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus, located at 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, 48221.

To date, entrepreneurs in the Boost program have impacted over 16,000 lives and raised nearly $1 million in funding. CSE Co-Director Derrin Leppek said that Boost, “is an excellent opportunity for social entrepreneurs to sharpen their business model and increase the chance of sustainability with experts and access to the nationally ranked business school at Detroit Mercy.” The CSE and programs like Boost are just one of several ways Detroit Mercy promotes the Jesuit and Mercy values and ethics, which represent the core of the institutional and college mission.

Applicant ideas must be well beyond the conceptualization phase and have had generated some revenue in their enterprise. The business must also provide a solution to an economic, social and/or environmental issue within metro Detroit. Applicants from diverse backgrounds should apply. Applications are available online at a reminder, the deadline to complete the online application is Sept. 22, 2017

For more information and/or to schedule an interview with program Co-Director Derrin Leppek contact:

Jyarland Daniels, MBA, JD



About University of Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest and most comprehensive Catholic university, sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Today’s University boasts the heritage of two founding institutions: the University of Detroit, founded in 1877 by the Jesuits, and Mercy College of Detroit, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1941.  The two consolidated as University of Detroit Mercy in 1990. Detroit Mercy offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional academic degrees and programs through seven schools and colleges. For more information, please visit

You’re invited to @BlackGirlsCODE:#Detroit Chapter Launch Meet&Greet Sep12th via @DetroitImpact91 ‏#motownmom


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Michigan Science Center
5020 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48202

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              Join us as we kickoff the official launch of Black Girls CODE Detroit!

We’re excited to return to the city of Detroit to establish an official Black Girls CODE Chapter and invite you to attend our upcoming Meet and Greet:
  • Explore sponsorship and partnership opportunities with Black Girls CODE
  • Sign your tech divas up for our upcoming workshops and explore STEM resources for parentse
  • Mingle, network, and engage in meaningful conversations over llight refreshments
  • Sign up to volunteer at a Detroit Chapter event
Who are we?
  • Black Girls CODE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for girls of color, ages 7-17 to become tech innovators and creators. Through workshops and enrichment events, our tech divas engage in robotics, web design, game development, virtual reality, 3-D printing and more. To date we have educated and introduced computer programming to more than 8,000 girls of color (Black, Latina and Native American) and are on a quest to train one million young women by 2040. In essence we are a MOVEMENT to change the face of technology for women and girls of color!
Can’t attend but want to support Black Girls CODE?
  • Join our Mailing List HERE and/or register to be a volunteer HERE. Follow our event page to signup for our next Detroit event HERE.

                                 JOIN THE MOVEMENT! Together we can #ChangeHerPath

    THANK YOU to our Detroit Chapter platinum sponsor, General Motors!

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