Naturals In Business

Our visionary and workshop facilitator Tonya Cross has had the pleasure of interviewing two amazing Black women entrepreneurs and they both rock locs! The conversations are posted on our sister blog Accessory Diva.

Camille Brown of Hazel’s Soapery

She got a chance to meet and chat with fellow woman entrepreneur Camille Brown of Hazel’s Soapery. Check out their conversation at Accessory Diva to learn more about Camille, her brand story, and natural products she create. 

Kimmie Jean Boutique

She also had a sit down with Kimberly Watson of Kimmie Jean. During the exchange Kimberly shares about her entrepreneurial journey and gives advice on launching an online boutique. Click chat to read more! 

Do you know any amazing naturals in business? If so, mention their names in comments.

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Are You Really Living Your Best Life?

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Let’s get and be real my peeps. Are you really living your best life? Are you experiencing a life of abundance? If you answered NO to either of these questions, no worries and I got you. I’m here to drop some gems on how to live abundantly!

Click Are You Really Living Your Best Life to finish reading my gems on Medium.

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Three Secrets to Making Better Choices

We all have been at the crossroads of making a decision. Having to choose which direction to go in and being stagnated by the inability to make a decision. What holds us back from making the choice? Nine times out of ten, it’s fear of making the wrong choice. So, we take comfort in indecision and don’t make a choice at all. No decision is better than the wrong decision…Right?

Click Three Secrets to Making Better Choices to finish reading on Medium!

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Our Stories, His Glory Book Release

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Tonya Cross – Co-Author

My new book has pre-launched! Our Stories, His Glory book anthology contain stories of victory from very transparent contributing authors including myself. This awesome project is led by Visionary Author Laticia Nicole Beatty. The ladies and gentleman in this book compilation have powerful stories that will bless you!

The title of my chapter is “Choose Life”. I share how I overcame various obstacles and is now living an abundant life. Purchase the book and learn how you can experience abundance as well!

To purchase #OSHS during the pre-sale visit sheropublishing.com/compilation-authors/ and click on my name Tonya Miller Cross to order. Books will be available May 23rd! Cost is $24.95 and includes shipping. 

Tonya Cross – Co-Author, Our Stories, His Glory

P.S. WOW…The BIG 5-0 is just around the corner! In honor of my birthday, I’ve decided to giveaway one of Our Stories, His Glory books. Click Birthday Giveaway for details on how to enter to WIN. Giveaway will take place May 2nd!

#StoriesOfVictory #AuthorLife #BookLover #WordSmith #SpiritualJourney #InspirationalBook #BlackAuthors 

Surviving Covid-19: Virtual Pop-Up Shop

Don’t let Covid-19 slow you or your business down! For my creatives that normally sale your products at vending events, social distancing due to Coronavirus has currently shut down in-person sales. However, you can still reach your target audience other ways. One avenue is hosting a virtual pop-up shop! Let’s discuss the steps you need to take to make this happen.

  1. Select an online platform. When selecting a platform, especially “free” ones, research and make sure you’re not violating any platform guidelines by selling on platform.
  2. Create a script. In the script you need to highlight your product’s sweet spots. A sweet spot is what makes your brand unique and stand out from the rest. Be sure to share how your product solves or relieves problems for your potential customer.
  3. Partner with someone. If possible, collaborate with another business that serves your niche! Working with someone will broaden your audience. You both can tag team potential customers and offer bundles. Click Love Duo for example of an online collaboration.
  4. Set up a system. Make it easy for customers to order your products and make payments. If you’re not directing folks to an online shop for purchases, be sure to collect mailing addresses so you’ll know where to send orders.

I hope these steps are helpful and inspire you to go virtual! During this season we have to be innovative and think outside the box. Be encouraged; you can still get those coins during The Rona!

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Host A Virtual Pop Up Shop!

Virtual Vision Board Party

The Vine Events’ visionary Tonya Cross is partnering with TheOper8tor and LaDonna Bracy for a Virtual Vision Board Party on Saturday, November 9th at 10am CST! This is an online event for women entrepreneurs who are interested in mapping out their personal or brand vision for the coming weeks, months, or year. Visit the Facebook Event Page to sign up for this event!

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Trust Black Women

“Trust Black Women” is intentionally captured in a black and white photography technique to fortify the audiences encounter; an unapologetic display of black womanhood, unimaginably transforming hearts, minds and energy. Without the distraction of color, beholding a raw conduit to the soul of black folks. – Ash Love of Love.LocalArt

I was a featured model for the Trust Black Women Photos Exhibition! This was an amazing experience created by renowned photographer Ash Love of Love.LocalArt. On day of the photo shoot, I assisted with checking in, interviewing, and coaching the models during their photo session. The interview question the models were asked is “Why should you trust black women?”. Their responses were phenomenal!

During the photo shoot, healing and restoration took place. We laughed, cried, and celebrated. By the end of the day, twenty models total were photographed. I was tired but refreshed at the same time; the love I felt and experienced throughout the day was good for my soul. Below are my photos that were featured in exhibition. Also click Trust Black Women Soundtrack to listen to some of the responses on SoundCloud.

To trust Black Women, you must embrace their innate ability to create, nurture, and transform. Embrace black women’s divine parallel to establish covenant relationships. In trusting black women, one must understand the power of covenant and her position as a conduit of knowledge. So, when you empower a black woman you empower a community. – Tonya Cross

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Tonya Cross - Trust Black Women

Tonya Cross – Trust Black Women

Tonya Cross - Trust Black Women

Tonya Cross – Trust Black Women

Vision Board Workshop

Our visionary Tonya Cross is facilitating another Vision Board Workshop! We organize events that empower people with knowledge. Our goal is to provide an enriching experience that encourages positive change.

What do you foresee for yourself in 2018? What would make 2018 an epic year for you personally or your brand/business?

If you’re local (Salisbury, NC/Rowan County) you’re invited to join us and begin answering the above questions at the Vision Board Workshop! What’s a vision board? A vision board is an amazing tool used to help you establish your intentions, clarify your goals, and create a plan of action.

All you have to bring to the workshop is a few of your favorite magazines! We’ll furnish all the other supplies you’ll need to create your vision board. RSVP by purchasing your ticket before Thursday, January 11th. Invest in yourself and your vision, because YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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Cost: $10 – Click HERE to purchase your ticket(s) via PayPal! Note: The Vine Events is a subsidiary of Women’s Fellowship Ministry. Your payment receipt will show Women’s Fellowship Ministry.

**Limited space is available! Purchase your ticket(s) ASAP.**

DMOB – Facebook Live

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Facebook Live was July’s topic of discussion for The Vine Events’ Digital Market On A Budget (DMOB) Facebook group! We learned how to utilize Facebook Live as a marketing tool for our brands and businesses. Live streaming is a creative way to engage with you niche community. More importantly Facebook Live is FREE and don’t put a dent in your budget.

To kick off the month, group members were encouraged to create an “elevator pitch”. An elevator pitch is a quick introduction/description of your brand or business in three to four sentences. Once their pitch was completed, some members chose to practice their pitch via Facebook Live within the group!

We’ll start our August’s topic of discussion on Monday! Our group members are currently voting on what our topic will be. Feel free to join us at DMOB and become a part of our online entrepreneur support group for the not so tech savvy.

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A Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’

Our visionary Tonya Cross is the organizer of local community conversation “Peace Circle” that launched in July 2015.  The Peace Circle creates a safe space for open and honest dialogue about social issues that impact the local community. The conversations are held the first Tuesday of every month at Mean Mug Coffee Company, 1024 S. Fulton Street, Salisbury NC.

Peace Circle hosted their first parent/child workshop sessions “What’s Your Role In The Village?” in September 2015 which addressed how systemic racism, discrimination, and stereotypes impacts the local community. A Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’ photo series was inspiration for artwork and poetry created by local youth who attended the workshops. Mrs. Carla Marlin Smith a parent engagement specialist at Parent University of Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools was the workshop facilitator. Ms. Anneca Raines of Uhkneeka Rainz Photography is the photographer of the photo series.

Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin'

Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’ Photo Source: Carla Smith

A Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’ is currently being featured at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty Street, Salisbury NC. The photo exhibit includes art and poems created by the local youth who attended Peace Circle’s workshop! The young men in the photo series also have Salisbury NC/Rowan County ties. The exhibit will be up till September and we would like to encourage everyone in Salisbury, NC and surrounding areas to visit the exhibit. Thanks for your continued support!

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