All the lessons learned on starting your own business.

Usually around February (aka Black History Month) when we’re stumbling over the third verse of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and quoting MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech with so much vigor, at least one person will pay homage to badass female millionaire #1: Madam CJ Walker. Walker wasn’t just a trailblazing businesswoman, she also was the first black person own a patent for a hair straightening product. A lifetime later, enter Gwen Jimmere, CEO and founder of natural hair care products company Naturalicious. Gwen launched a hair product company that helps natural folks get their hair on point in record timing. She stopped by Madam Noire to talk about her journey. Our favorite highlights are below:

At the time, I didn’t know I was going to be the first Black woman to hold a patent for a natural hair product. To be the first Black woman to do anything is truly an honor.

I figured I could either cry about my situation, or I could make something happen because there was absolutely no Plan B.

I am my customer; if it’s not something I would use on my own head, I’m definitely not going to be selling it.

But all money is not smart money.

There will rarely ever be a “right” time, or “right” circumstance, for you to pursue your dreams and live your best life. So just do it because none of us are getting any younger.

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