Founders Get Funds (FGF), an online community that inspires founders to scale their businesses together in order to build stronger communities. We share stories from founders building businesses from the ground up to solve problems impacting their communities.
These founders solve problems differently and provide value by leaving their supporters more informed, healthy, ethical, sustainable...
This podcast amplifies their message to connect them with supporters like you. Every week, we share what keeps founders motivated, how they fund their business and their plans to scale.
Hailing from Atlanta, she entered the world of tech in Silicon Valley & L.A. Marjai Roberts lives at the intersection of entertainment and business development. After graduating with degrees in business management and journalism from the University of Georgia, her trail to tech began at Google. She continued her journey by working at social video apps such as musical.ly and joining the founding team at ZigZag. Now, she is ready to launch her her own venture. Marjai founded NuNotions, a central destination & social community for inclusive beauty & personal care product reviews. In this conversation, I catch her as she is developing her product and designing a go-to market strategy. Listen to Marjai’s story of building from the ground up in the world of thech right after this sponsored ad.
From ice cream to vaccines, LAMAR IoT Inc. is developing a smart container to track items as they make their way to the customer. The duo, CTO Michael Cutrer and CEO Brantly Fulton, are both Morehouse graduates that bonded over their passion for Internet Of Things (IoT) devices. Brantly has a background and interest in sustainable materials chemistry, flexible electronics, sustainability, and climate change. Michael has a background and interest in full stack software development, Arduino microcontroller systems, internet of things design, and machine learning.
In this episode, we discover what led them to developing a product that providse alerts and analytics on damages throughout the supply chain with IoT devices.
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Enjoy the last episode of 2020 with a baby that is more resilient than us all and an entrepreneurial dad! Su Sanni is a passionate social entrepreneur and tech executive from Brooklyn, New York. Most recently, he is known for founding Dollaride, a new mobility company for communities that are underserved by public transit. Dollaride's crowdfunding campaign on Republic raised over $400,000 from 1,500+ investors. Learn how to leverage and support your community in this episode.
Republic Campaign: https://republic.co/dollaride
The days of headaches and mistreating our hair are OVER. PuffCuff was founded by Ceata Lash. After embarking on her natural hair journey, she was unable to find an existing product. So, she invented and manufactured. Puff Cuff was imagined as a styling tool that would be sanitary, wouldn’t put stress on our hair, and that would both be durable and affordable. Today we have a variety of products suitable for men and women of all ethnicities and textures.
Get inspired by Ceata’s journey in entrepreneurship. Check out the PuffCuff here: https://thepuffcuff.com/
Republic Campaign: https://republic.co/puffcuff
Let’s get healthy and happy! Listen to Isoke Luqman to unpack the mindset needed to start your own garden.
As an educational consultant at Garden for Life. She provides raised bed garden installation services and garden education to create sustainable food networks serving food deserts. She continues to support health and wellness through an e-commerce shop, Garden VarieTEA, offering simple to complex blends for you to immerse yourself in a tea experience.
Let’s hear what keeps Isoke inspired to heal and educate her community now.
Visit her site: http://www.gardenvarietea.com/
Ras Asan is a Morehouse brother or should I say BREAUX. He is a 30 Under 30 founder, award winning copywriter and the founder of BREAUX Capital. BREAUX Capital is the world's first fintech startup and financial health platform for Black Men. It is inspired in reverence by organizations that empower women of color to build wealth & culture.
BREAUX Capital leverages a combination of software, research from UPenn, MIT, Harvard and Stanford, and a membership community to enhance the short and long-term financial health of its members. This is an innovative solution to creating a better relationship between finance and the Black community. Get the full story in this very powerful conversation right now.
The Carmen J. is a media mogul, designer and founder. She leads Of A Higher Frequency to create custom apparel and impactful initiatives in the Atlanta community. Get the details on the Higher Purpose 2020 initiative, a new fall collection and other creative projects coming from the multi-talented entrepreneur in this episode. She shares her inspiring journey to starting a business that followed a period of unemployment after college, trying jobs to see what she liked and finally letting go of fear.
Listen to the full episode here. For more from Of A Higher Frequency watch The Carmen J.’s Founders Get Fresh episode here —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gevQUM7to64&t=7s
What does food mean to you and your community? Pat Bennett is the creator of real food that tastes good, has health giving ingredients and is convenient to consume. She is passionate about creating the next generation of healthy eaters! She launched her business in Cleveland after working in financial services, information technology, sales, non profits and education in New York. In this episode, we discuss the value fueling our community intentionally while building a scalable business.
This could be the one... Catch up with the FGF Community and TheTagan for a juicy episode of Founders Get Funds the podcast.
The uber for “that time when you didn’t get enough packs of braiding hair” is here sis 🥰 InstaBeauty got you! Two tech founders started with a service at the University of Maryland and are growing a brand that is reliable and friendly. InstaBeauty provides same day delivery of beauty supply store products. This service offers pick-up, delivery and shipping.
The duo, Abisola Adeyale and Miracle Agyapong, have completed accelerators, pitch competitions and grants. This year old company has scaled to a site and is ready to see what’s next.
Get the full story on how Insta Beauty is making the industry more inclusive and accessible from Abisola in this week’s podcast
Visit the site for InstaBeauty here --> https://instabeautyinc.com/
This week’s guest is in one of the hottest cities for beauty entrepreneurs, the ATL. You may know the city for hair. But beauty professionals are specializing in niche services and products to cater to a market where eBlack consumers spend $1.2 trillion each year.
Hanieya Ross is the founder of Billionaire Beauté, a company providing ATL’s beauties with lash extension services and strip lashes. She offers full lash sets and removals plus she offers a subscription so you can get your lashes done as much as you want.
Get the full story on how Hanieya plans to make a million off of beauty right now in this episode of Founders Get Funds the podcast.
This week’s guest started a company that will inspire and motivate Black tech moguls for generations.
Brittani Hunter is the CEO and Founder of Mogul Millennial, the digital media platform for Black millennial entrepreneurs and corporate bosses. She is also a LinkedIn Top Voice and millennial expert whose work has been featured in Black Enterprise and JetMagazine. She is passionate about influencing and empowering millennials to dream big and hustle smart.
Mogul Millennial is her first company and she is still a solo founder despite building a growing team. Now, she is preparing for fundraising. In this episode, you will learn about Brittani’s journey and see what she is working on now to scale her business.
Linked In --> https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittanihunter/
Want to know what it is like to be an entrepreneur on a HBCU campus?
Spelman College may need more resources for entering the start-up and venture capitalists ecosystem but there is something special about The Spelman Venture. In this episode, 2 Spelman alumnae and a current student at Spelman College discuss entrepreneurship at HBCUs now and beyond. This includes guests Jade Lockhard, the Program Manager for the HBCU Founders Program at Nex3 and Trea’jure Dahl, the 1st HBCUvc fellow from Spelman. Get an inside look on what shaped their entrepreneurial journeys at Spelman and how they plan to make a change for the next generation.
#HIREME! TheTagan starts this episode with a shameless plug asking everyone to help her get a job. Then, she shares the lovely story that brought here to Cleveland and why being unemployed didn't make her leave. Plus you'll get a special snippet from a Get Funds Session with FGF Members that will leave you motivated and inspired. Want to join a community that makes you feel this great every week? Join a FGF Club today!
Running a business on your own can be overwhelming. Planning to hire and scale your business can be even more daunting. In this conversation, Shondra Washington gives steps to review your finances and determine who you should hire for your business. Washington has worked in financial services since 2013. She was first introduced to corporate finance and strategy while working as a technology investment banker at one of the fastest growing investment banks in the world. In 2018, Shondra co-founded TBC-Capital, an education-first advisory and consulting firm, offering on-demand CFO, business development and strategy services for early-stage companies. Want to learn from experts like Shondra Washington? Become a member of a FGF Club for weekly Get Funds Sessions on topics like this!
Kimberley Spates is a first generation college graduate and finance professional. She decided to increase financial literacy in her family early by doing her parents taxes in high school. She would go on to get her MBA from Cleveland State University. After gaining experience in accounting, budgeting, cashflow and process improvement she decided to start a legacy for her family. In May of 2020, she left her job to become a full-time founder. Through her LLC, she prepares taxes for individuals and businesses. In this conversation Kimberley and TheTagan dive deeper into why you need a CPA to scale your business.
Walter is no stranger to hard work. From 5 to 13 Walter picked cotton. He also spent 20 years in the Marines. The discipline from his life experiences led him to finance. Now, Walter is the President & CEO McKinney Group Wealth Management. Since 2010, he has worked to manage of $30M in assets. He has worked as a Financial Advisor at. AG Edwards and Sons. Additionally he was Managing Director & Portfolio Manager, at Tacatical Investment Strategies. Get #fgftips on how you can overcome generational curses in this episode!
Have you ever been the only one in the room? Black and Latinx finance experts experience this at disproportionate rates. Dana Wilson experienced this problem for 10 years in the finance industry. Now, as Forbes put it, she is “one former Wall Street investment advisor [...] disrupting the finance industry with her new platform” as the founder of CHIP (Changing How Individuals Prosper). Listen to this episode to learn how bringing a financial advisor can help your recalibrate your life and your business.
We're back for Season 2! In order to help you scale your business, we have a new sound and flow to present #fgftips that optimize your time and resources. Founders Get Funds or (FGF) wants you to achieve financial freedom through entrepreneurship. In this episode, you will get a recap of what FGF has done to date plus exclusive details on what is to come.
Learn more: https://www.foundersgetfunds.com/
Music produced by Outlaw Jonez
...And that's a wrap! This is the final episode of Season 1 for Founders Get Funds. Please enjoy Part 2 of the live podcast recorded during which our 1st E-commerce Extravaganza.
Len Ellis | Co-Founder, Everlasting Love Fulfillment
Derek Gauthier | Co-Founder, RE:LINK Global Solutions LLC
Mamadou Ndiaye | Co-Founder, RE:LINK Global Solutions LLC
Our 1st event featured over 20 guests and a total of 80+ attendees. We all gathered to discuss the importance of moving your business online and how to do it. Our conversations were centered around the struggle for freedom that Black people face globally and utilizing entrepreneurship as a solution. In this episode, you will hear from finance experts and e-commerce founders to learn how you can #getfunds. Make sure you don’t miss our next event, sign up to our e-mail list at www.foundersgetfunds.com.
**DISCLAIMER THIS IS A LIVE RECORDED EVENT.**
This week’s guest is Founders Get Funds’ founder, TheTagan. On this episode, she answers the top 3 questions she gets the most: 1. )What is a savings club? 2.) Where did you get the idea for Founders Get Funds? 3.) What is Founders Get Funds?
Did you like what you heard? Apply to our savings club now to gain all the perks of being an FGF Member.
Check cashing and payday lenders can be found in Black communities throughout the nation. Travis Holoway noticed these unaffordable financial options and decided to make a change. Today, he is the Co-Founder and CEO of SoLo Funds, a mobile lending exchange that connects lenders and borrowers for the purpose of providing more affordable access to loans under $1,000. Borrowers can choose a loan amount and set an appreciation tip for their lender. Lenders can use the platform to find an investment they can afford. Community-led microfnance solutions like SoLo funds, represent the values of Founders Get Funds. Learn about more solutions like these in this blog.
Brian Mays is the Founder and CEO of Smile Natural Products and The Smile Space. His background in marketing and keen eye for trends led him to start his brand online. After launching and receiving support from the Black communities, he used his business as a catalyst for change by giving back. Today, Brian continues to create opportunities through The Smile Space--a retail concept store and community place created for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, creatives, designers and educators. Get #fgftips on growing your e-commerce store in this week's episode. Are you trying to grow an e-commerce store? Register for our E-Commerce Extravaganza today!
Kim Roxie sold makeup for years before she realized the harmful products within the bottles. She decided to make a clean makeup brand that serviced women of color. She struggled to get her products made because people just did not get it. Then, she met a chemist at a trade show. He had just retired and decided to join her team. From there, Lamik Beauty was born. Throughout the interview she highlights that building relationships is a tool for gaining greater access to resources. Also, she shares how makeup is engaging with the digital age. Listen for more!
Ashton Keys started his entrepreneurial career at a young age. By college, he was winning his first pitch competition. Today, he is the founder of Ninety6. A brand that is defining culture with original and trendy styles for apparel and shoes. In our interview, Ashton shares how he grew within Detroit's entrepreneurial ecosystem. He also shares #fgftips on what it takes to get your brand the exposure it needs. If you want more tips to grow your online store, sign up for our email list to get a FREE #fgfecommerceguide!
Terrance Williams is a true creator from clothes & accessories to stunning photos. Terrance is the founder of Clutch89 an E-Commerce boutique for handmade wallets, clutches, and accessories. In this interview, we follow his journey that starts with him teaching himself to sew. Then, we follow the lessons he has learned while growing his shop from a couple a sells a week to daily sales. The E-Commerce Edge grows stronger as the world continues to shift, listen for #FGFTips to get your products online and selling! Take the next step to growing your digital brand by applying to our savings club. You'll get a FREE E-Commerce Guide plus exclusive webinars with Digital Marketing experts. Apply today!
Gloria Ware is an advocate for Black women entrepreneurs. In Cleveland, she has helped curate spaces for Black women founders like "The Gathering". Now, she has launched a new venture with the same mission. Gloria is the founder of Get The Bag, a subscription service for black women looking to launch and grow a thriving business. Gloria was inspired to start this resource hub after she realized that VC Funding is not for everyone. She is also writing a book on alternative funding strategies for Black women because our businesses are often underfunded. For more business resources, check out Get The Bag online!
Danie Spikes is a professionally certified coach with a background in Psychology and the founding CEO of BeLoved Box. This subscription service promotes healing through sets like "Be Relaxed" or "Be Calm". Danie discusses how she uses her business to generate multiple streams of revenue for herself. Also, she explains the importance of having multiple streams of revenue within your business as well. For #FGFTips on how to get funds and land an international distribution deal, listen to this interview. If you want to build wealth through your business, apply for our savings club today!
The CARES Act made history, by being the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history. Yet, many small business were left disappointed when the Payroll Protection Program ran out of funding in just 14 days. With new funding for the PPP dropping tomorrow, I interviewed Trevor Nelson to discuss what it will take for Black businesses to succeed during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Trevor is an HBCU advocate and business designer working on the Entrepreneurship team at Rock Ventures. In our interview, he talks about the real experiences of small businesses today and highlights opportunities for growth in the future. For more COVID-19 Resources, check out our hub. If you are looking for resources and connections to grow your business, apply for our savings club today!
This Cleveland based couple has committed their entrepreneurial journeys to solving problems with a focus on people. Leopoldo Peña is the Co-Founder and Head of Product at Opportunity Exchange. Julia Wang just took on a role as the Entrepreneurship Programs Manager for Venture For America and recently participated in CLC's pitch competition, Accelerate. Both have developed intricate networks in the CLE and discuss how you can get connected. Then, we dove into a discussion on how to build communities that present opportunities to groups that are often disproportionately allocated resources. Do you want to use community focused solutions for your business? Apply for our online savings club today!
Breonna Massey started Slay Naturals while in college because she wanted all-natural skincare products that matched her chic style. She has grown her Baltimore-based solo venture through word of mouth and in-person sales. Now, she is ready to grow her brand online and expand her inventory. This hasn’t come with out obstacles such as copy-cat brands and learning about insurance. In this interview, you will gain #FGFTIPS from a beauty founder looking to turn her side hustle into a wealth generating asset. If you want to do the same for your business, apply for our online savings club today!
Betsy Banks started her natural soap company just after filing for bankruptcy. After an investment from a close friend, she took a leap towards entrepreneurship. Now, she is a soap manufacturer and esthetician through her business, Simply Betsy Company. In our interview, Betsy shares her journey that includes intermittent homelessness, managing relationships with Limited Partners, and raising a family. Yet she declares that entrepreneurship is not hard, and it is the only job for a creator such as herself. FGF is a community to support founders through financial hardship. Apply today to save more money in less time and for access to emergency loans!
Edward Long III is the President and CEO of 34 and York Financial Group and the Managing General Agent at Senior Life Insurance Company. After leaving his job as a broker, Ed worked with his mentor to become an Insurance Agent. He gained the skills and contacts to start his on insurance company. His business is self funded without use a loan. Ed admits that money shortages can be a conflict in this industry but explains the steps you need to keep cash flowing. As he works to build his new company, he is relying on saving. If you want to save more money for your business apply the Founders Get Funds Savings Club.
Errol Porter was at the forefront of the digital marketing wave. He has seen the world of technology go from a free resource to recurring expenses for businesses. Today his online radio station, VoiceItRadio, has prominent names in Cleveland like Lynn Tolliver Jr. and Harry Boomer on their lineup. Listen now to learn more about funding businesses online.
Want to throw events with celebrities like Megan Thee Stallion and Da Baby? Dream Marketing Group is known for hosting parties with these celebrities in cities like Miami, New York, and Tallahassee. Learn from the founder, Jared Eummer, how he brought out 5,000 people to FamexFest. In this conversation with TheTagan, she uncovers the story of his success leads back to relationships and saving-- essentials for a business. If you want to connect with other founders and grow your savings join our Savings Club!
When David Pritchet came home from college his childhood classmate, Ethan Holmes, had moved back into his old neighborhood. Today, David is the COO of Ethan’s company, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce. This Cleveland-based tasty treat can now be found in grocery stores all over Ohio. This did not happen overnight! When David joined the company they were still looking for seed-funding. So, what does it take to get your food product in a grocery store?
Learn the decisions that led Angel Washington to become a founder after 20 years in the health industry. Angel’s company, Consult2Code. was founded 5 years ago and works with companies of all sizes to provide fast and accurate medical billing, coding and practice management services. In these 5 years, Angel has worked to secure funding for her business here in Cleveland. Last year she won Collinwood’s Chain Reaction competition and has big plans for growing her business this year.
The FIRST episode of Founders Get Funds hosted by TheTagan. You will hear the hosts journey to becoming advocate for entrepreneurs and learn more about the financial risk, debt, and burden experienced by business owners that inspired this show.