National Black Business Month Spotlight … Margaret Chisolm … Eye Envy Lash Bar … How did you get into the industry? … It all started while playing with my dolls’ hair as a little girl. Then, at 13, I did my friend’s hair. To my surprise, she gave me $20 for my service. It was then I knew I was at the first pivotal point in my newly found career. To actually have the ability to change an individual’s appearance and mental being simultaneously is incredibly awesome. Needless to say, I found my niche. As a result, I’m in my own creative space… Eye Envy!
National Black Business Month Spotlight … Derrick McGary … Derrick McGary State Farm Insurance … Give a brief description of your business. … Derrick McGary State Farm provides insurance and financial services to help customers protect and grow their assets. We offer several insurance products such as auto, home, life, short- and long-term disability, and many more. Altogether, we offer over 100 products and services. … What is your company’s mission? … The State Farm mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.
National Black Business Month Spotlight … Monica Kelley … Snazzy Chics Boutique … Coldwell Banker Elite … Why did you go into business for yourself? … My daddy started his business when he left home at 12 years old. He was self-employed until he passed two years ago. I am a daddy’s girl. I have always wanted to be a full-time entrepreneur like my daddy. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but timing is everything.
National Black Business Month Spotlight … Charkeitha Washington … The Cookie Lady … Give us a brief description of your business and your company’s mission. … To be fully honest, my business is a reflection of who I am as a loving, God fearing woman. Baking has always been my pastime, and to share it with the world is my goal. The mission of my company is simply to put some love and sweetness back into the community and encourage our youth to be young entrepreneurs.
National Black Business Month Spotlight … Sharmonique Johnson … Eden's Professional Cleaning … Give a brief description of your business. … Building and reconstruction projects are dirty work. When the construction is done, well... there’s a lot of dust and dirt and mess.
Kale Magness shares financial advice with Texarkana Monthly. … Right from the start, 2020 picked up right where 2019 left off. It appeared as if we would see a continuation of this unprecedented bull market. All indications pointed towards another good year for equities, maybe not as robust as 2019, but a good market for equities nonetheless. The economy was booming, record low unemployment, maximum employment with more jobs available than workers, a promising trade deal with China, a presidential election year, along with other very positive economic news and no recession in sight.
It’s like nothing business owners and operators have ever faced. … One week, we are amid an unprecedented boom, all cylinders running. The next week, stores and manufacturing plants shuttered and employees laid off. The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world of commerce to its core. … Rallying to help local businesses recover, the Texarkana Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation was created. The Texarkana, USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ritter Communications with other community partners raised $75,000 to assist small businesses in the community.
Texarkana Monthly Columnist Sonja Yates Hubbard shares her opinion. … “I can’t wait to get back to normal,” is a thought I’ve had countless times since mid-March. As restrictions began to loosen recently, I’ve experienced excitement yet trepidation and debated what ‘back to normal’ even is, much less, how and when will we get there. … My opinions on the impact of this pandemic are different today than they were in March. With passing regard to COVID-19, I attended a large conference in Ft.
Jon Sheppard … Owner/Agent … Southern Insurance Group … What are you doing to adapt to this sudden change? … We are not allowing this pandemic to change any of our business practices. We are always mindful of our clients insurance needs and do whatever we can at all times to services those needs to the best of our ability. … How has it impacted your business/industry/workplace? … We at SIG take our clients’ insurance needs personally. We have always and will always do our best for our clientele in good and hard times.
James Bramlett … Texarkana Market President … Farmers Bank & Trust … What are you doing to adapt to this sudden change? … All Farmers Bank & Trust lobbies are available only by appointment for transactions that cannot occur by drive-thru, phone, or online. We have closed 5 smaller branches and numerous employees are working remotely from home. All Farmers employees will continue to receive their regular pay.