Nails done, hair done, everything did!
Syracuse own Nina Haji Amin, is a Somalian-African American on the rise and she has beauty, brains and more. The Beauty Boutique Make Up Artist is more than a treat for you when it comes to beautifying your natural born beauty.
Something you might like to add to your Easter dinner or any family meal.
Kids will love preparing this dish with your assistance even if they don’t like vegetables they may taste them while preparing the meal
Shared from Cooking With Soul's Family Activity Cookbook...
Are you the supportive type? Here we don't believe the hype, we believe the action. Especially when it comes to supporting local businesses. We all know how important buying power is. Supporting small businesses builds and sustains a local economy. More so, it helps emerging entrepreneurs; candle makers, bakers, jewelry designers, caterer
Are you the supportive type? Here we don't believe the hype, we believe the action. Especially when it comes to supporting local businesses. We all know how important buying power is. Supporting small businesses builds and sustains a local economy. More so, it helps emerging entrepreneurs; candle makers, bakers, jewelry designers, caterers,
boutiques... build capacity. These businesses are building a brand that is unique to their community. We hope when you visit their sites you purchase products, offer feedback, and or sow a seed to these highlighted business owners.
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This month we get to know the women of KABOD. With April representing full emergence and growth, who better to have as our Top Story other than one of the nations top consultation experts in organizational development. They have serviced clients ranging from emerging small business owners to some of the largest fortune 500 companies in the nation. Professionally the two present a well balanced venture to be entrusted by any entrepreneur. Personally, we'll find that connection to be rooted in something far greater.
Tamika Otis and Summer Fitch have been friends for over 26 years. Both are philanthropists and believe in the power of sisterhood. When we talk about Sisterhood beyond the bloodline, they are a prime example of what that journey looks like. Their mutual interest and passion to serve and align businesses with the people behind them has positioned the "Fixers" duo to unleash, take the lead and move in alignment in this new emerging era of emergence.
KABOD Consulting recently launched their www.Kabodconsults.com website and have made a complete commitment to both their existing and prospective clients enabling them to be resourced fully through their platform. Whether a business utilizes their Entrepreneurial Alignment services, the trainings and webinars within KABOD University or hires KABOD for a Grant Writing project, their approach is 3 dimensional. The The 3D Execution Method™ ensures each client is serviced holistically.
What I admire about these two strong, powerful women is their down to earth nature and ability to meet people where they are yet stand firm in their mission. Take a deep dive into the minds and mission of the Women of KABOD, learn more about their Goal Alignment & Intentionality Series and their Black Women Give Foundation.
Grab you a cup, plug in your air pods, turn up your volume on that drive home
Be Inspired - Interview with Syracuse Local Nina Haji Amin
Nina, 31 is a whole vibe for the culture. Leaving Somalia and her immediate family behind at the young age of 6 years old to live with her aunt in America led her on a journey to owning her own Eyelash brand ManaMink3D, a lash vending machine, and a kiosk in one of Central New Yorks largest mall's, Destiny USA. However, that journey wasn't easy.
She attended Syracuse City Public Schools until the 11th grade when a life-altering experience led to her aunt telling her she had to leave and practically disowning her. She was pregnant with her firstborn son. This subjected Nina to relocate to Canandaigua, NY. She graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 2009. Nina identifies as Somalian, African American. She loves her culture and everything she does is for it! At an early age, she was faced with great responsibility. Her ambitious nature to start a business changed her life. We appreciate our fellow sister for sharing this inspiring story with us.
Congratulations on your opening at Destiny Mall. I think it’s so awesome you have your own vendor space in Syracuse’s largest mall. I see a lot of your clients on social media looking A-Maz-Ing and bigging you up.
1.) Why did you get into cosmotology?
Honestly, it just runs in my blood. My family used to own a small salon in Somalia before the War. I just never knew that God would also have plans for me in the same field.
2.) What inspired you to set out on your own and start your business?
My mother is my biggest inspiration. My mom is one of the strongest women I know. She has always taken care of our family. Even through the war she made sure she took good care of us. Coming to America when I was 6 years old without my family, I didn’t realize that one day taking care of my family would be my responsibility. When I got my first job, I became the sole provider for my family back home in Somalia.
It was a challenge providing for my children and also my family in Somalia. I used to work doubles and overnights just to make ends meet. I started to think of other ways to bring in more income. That is when I came up with Manamink3D (My very own EyeLash brand). “Mana” is my mother’s name and this brand was dedicated to her.
3.) Whenever entrepreneurs are going through the process of venturing and establishing their business we go through these phases of discovery and try different things until we find the one fit to invest 100% of time.
When did you decide okay, this is what I’m going to do? I’m going to buy a lash vending machine for my business and set up a vendor space in the mall?
In 2016 I lost my job. Selling lashes out of my car became a full job for me. This was the only way to provide for my family here in America and also in Africa. I had to turn it up a notch! I was dedicated! When I traveled to Atlanta I seen that there was a hair vending machine and a lash vending machine inside their mall. I though that was the coolest thing ever! So I started doing my research. A year later, I found a great company that was able to customize my very own eye lash vending machine. Now I’m working on my Hair Extensions vending machine. My goal was for Manamink3D lashes and Vitabella Hair extensions to be available for my customers at all times. Their support is what made all of this possible!
4.)We talked about culture. You are Somalian and African American.
How has this impacted your journey in life and business? Particularly in getting to where you are today. (Suggestion: think of 2 or 3 barriers you had to overcome and how you did it)
I actually embrace my culture, I know people may think it’s “ghetto” to have an Eyelash vending machine. From a negative comment, I have seen on Facebook. How can anyone stereotype LASHES lol. Everyone loves lashes. The logo on the back of the lash box is actually a few of my customers, who are all different races. Even my two sisters are on there with their hijabs. I want to show Unity when it came to my brand. These lashes are for Everyone. I also used a local entrepreneur (FlyandGifted) from Facebook to create my logo so I can support my local entrepreneur. We can all win!
5.) You clearly love your community and you mentioned when we talked that you wanted to be an example for girls and women.
What are 3 things you’re doing or you’ve done in contribution to the welfare of girls and women?
I want to show all girls and women that no matter what obstacles get in your way, push through! Life may not deal you the cards you want but you have to use those cards and learn from them. Don’t let hurt from your past break you down. Forgive and give yourself a chance at a great life! Work hard, be kind, stay humble, and focus on the prize! We as women need to come together, support, and love each other. You may never know what the next sister is going through. Anytime anyone reaches out to me for business advice, I give it to them. I help them find the same resources that were available for me. I have also attended a few “Fearless Queens” workshops that were hosted by the owner of Fearless Queens Tommi Billingsley. Those workshops were so empowering! Just to see all these women from different walks of life so successful was so inspiring! Every little girl needs a queen to look up to. I want to be that role model for my little Princess as well as many little girls. I want to also teach my boys to work hard and be their own boss. My kids are my future and I want to leave them a legacy.
6) what advice do you have for anyone that is on a 3Es Journey of positive productive live that will help them maintain that lifestyle?
My advice is to follow your path. Remain kind, humble, and genuine! All the blessings will over pour into your life. You are a powerful Queen and the world is in your hands. Stay focused, don’t let anyone or anything distract you from your goals!
Nina On the Beat
When you first visit the Vera Roots website the headline read contains 92 0f the 102 minerals that make up the human body.
Vera Roots is based in Philadelphia, PA. It was founded by James Moore and his friend Hykeam Burden. The two have been friends since the age of five years old. When James had the idea of creating a healthy smoothie beverage using Seamoss, naturally Hykeam was a number 1 go to for this brother. Using his friends as taste testers he final came up with two flavors that not only taste great and has benefits but for some it's acted as a great weight loss supplement. Who doesn't want to lose inches in all the right places with summer right around the corner. So how did this unfold?
Just towards the end of 2020 while some businesses were closing, others were pivoting and applying for loans, some decided to merge others decided to sell. James, a serial entrepreneur, musician and fitness enthusiast did what most serial-preneurs do, he had an ah ha moment about his favorite go to Super-food that is known to help with everything from skin, nails, hair to a healthy immune system and jumped. Jumping is a trait of some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. This go to Super-food, SEAMOSS! Seamoss particularly became popular within the black community in 2019. Tho most black nutritionist and Dr. Sebi followers had been privileged to the beneficial factors of algae for more than a quarter Century. it wasn't until 2019 some experts say it had pretty much connected with black household all across the country as a sought after source of minerals. The point is that healthy living is in and Vera Roots has found a way to make it taste delicious.
January 2021 James and Hykeam launched out within their community with their venture. Being part of a former local band Metal Hill, the network was there for a good start. Soon friends started sharing testimonials and sales began to pick up. The duo balances out with James doing most of the creative concoctions and promotions while Hykeam is on the back end and leading the fitness workout portion of the brand. You can find a constant flow of videos on the social playforms and even sponsored ads. This to has contributed to a decent first quarter however based on the deliciousness of it all we think that would be the #1, Who doesn't appreciate a quality product with quality service.