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5 Things I Learned About Entrepreneurship At The 2019 #ByobRetreat

Atlanta was the place to be this past weekend because of the second annual Build Your Own Brand Retreat ( #ByobRetreat ). The 2.5 day conference was a chance for entrepreneurs to network, connect and learn from branding professionals, influencers and experts. The retreat took place at the Hilton in Atlanta and was perfect to accommodate 2,000+ attendees. 


Here’s 5 things I learned from the #ByobRetreat for entrepreneurs: 

 1. Community over Competition 

Before attending the conference you have to be ready to network and have an open mind. If you do so, then you will have the opportunity to connect with your next potential client, business partner or friend. Everyone there understood that no one is in competition. So it kept the energy in the room on a High.  

2.  Give yourself permission to be great 

You have to believe in your brand and stay consistent. Even though there are people who may seem like their success came overnight, don’t get caught in the spiral of moving too fast. Focus less on the competition and more on what makes your business the greatest and stay consistent.

3.  Champions never stop practicing 

Dia Simmons of Commbs Enterprises mentioned during her talk, even when you are good at something, never stop practicing. Never get comfortable with the work you’re doing and challenge yourself to think outside of the box and beyond your imagination.  

4.  It’s not about the bag, it’s about the purpose

Karen Civil mentioned that, at the beginning of entrepreneurship, when money starts coming in, it can be easy to go after the money. But as you grow and get closer to your purpose, it will no longer be about the bag.  


5.   Zone in and focus on yourself

Have you ever heard that, at the top it can be lonely? I can agree that It can be lonely for a moment where you’re working on yourself. However, In your entrepreneurship journey you should have a circle of five friends that can hold you accountable, and connect you with new resources, or provide you advice.  

Want to see more from the retreat? Scroll through the slideshow below to see someone of my favorite moments. Enjoyed this blog post? Share on your social platforms and follow @bombandbossy for more. 


Event Recap: Media Girls On Tour Chicago

It's always fun to attend networking events to meet new industry professionals, sip cocktails network. This past weekend the Bomb and Bossy team went to Media Girls On Tour, Chicago edition and it was AMAZING!


The event was held at Salon Lokei and featured vendors and a panel of media professionals including Charmaine Johnise of Black Ink Crew Chicago and Power 92, Bree Specific, Candid Candace of Chicago Tribune, Jade Lucas of 106.3, Samantha Calendar of Essence Magazine, Maha Gorgi of Power 92, Mika Stambaugh of The Mas Ink , and Bria Fachon of Power 92.  


Conversations ranged from what to expect while working in the media industry, balancing family, social media overload, and how to know when to take a break. Each panelist was able to speak to each question based on their level of experience but they all had one thing in common, knowledge and insight to give to attendees.

It was amazing being in a room filled with so many talented media professionals and we wanted to share some of our key takeaways from the panel. When asked about what to expect when working in media, most of them mentioned to know when to turn your emotions off. In some industries it can be easy to hide your emotions but when you're interacting with an audience who either see your face or hear your voice your must leave your problems at the door.

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Another good point mentioned was knowing when to allow time for yourself. This can mean adding self care practices into your daily routine which can include, meditation, social media breaks, or taking moments to simply be present to enjoy what's going on around you. 

If you're new to the industry and wanted to learn from a professional it was suggested to seek out a mentor. If you can't physically find a mentor near you, follow them on social media, mimic the things they do, attend the same events as them, or simply contact them to let them know you're in interested having him/her as your mentor. 

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Overall there was loads of great advice, tips, and suggestions for how to make in the media industry. We would like to thank Blogging Beauties Networking for having the Bomb and Bossy team apart of your event. If you are interested in Media Girls On Tour and would like to know if they are coming to a city near year keep up them on social media here. 

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Business Bestie Speed Networking at Studio G Chicago

This Past weekend our founder Covania Washington produced a networking event alongside fashion stylist, Danielle Vonkeller titled 'Business Bestie Speed Networking' at Studio G Chicago. We also had the pleasure of having an amazing panel of entrepreneurs from Chicago including Resa B. Luster of Luster Products and founders of Rare Vodka Kim and Tonesha.


The event was filled with food, cocktails, conversation and endless connections. This was truly a moment for women entrepreneurs from Chicago to learn how to start a business, grow their business and the importance of having a "Business Bestie" or business partner.


When guest arrived each person had to sign in and everyone was encouraged to mingle before the start of our panel discussion. After the informative and motivating panel was an hour session of speed networking. Each participant had three minutes to get the know the person in front of them before switching to a new Business Bestie. Following the end of the fun and interactive networking session, everyone had the chance to follow up with who they enjoyed speaking with the most. This was done in the form of exchanging business cards, contact information etc.


The goal of the event was to create an opportunity for everyone in attendance to be inspired to boss up and make new connections, and the response we had was off the charts!


Thanks so much for everyone who attended and a special thanks to our sponsors: Luster Products, Rare Vodka, Cakes of Praise, and Studio G Chicago.


We are thinking about making this an event a series so if you will be interested in updates, sign up for our newsletter or let us know in the comments!


Until then, remember to create the life your love and live Bomb and Bossy!

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Bomb and Bossy Business: Studio G is a Women only Coworking Space Providing Resources for Chicago Girl Bosses

Coworking spaces are becoming increasingly popular. The main goal is typically to provide a space for start up entrepreneurs to get work done without the hustle and bustle of a cafe. That's also apart of the mission for Studio G, a women only coworking space on the south side of Chicago. 

This past weekend Bomb and Bossy had the pleasure of attending Studio G's press party during their free coworking week where ZhaZha Cassanova is the founder.

In an Interview with CBS Local Cassanova stated " We are ready to speak up for ourselves, we are being unapologetically ourselves." CBS Local also called it a "Boys club of business." After spending the day there we can definitely agree with both statements.


There was plenty of networking going on between Girl Bosses who own businesses or who are inspiring to own a business.

This event provided women across the city of Chicago the opportunity to mingle and make new connections. There was also a very inspiring panel discussion where speakers spoke on business, finances, and dealing with work life balance as an entrepreneur.


From left to right, we heard from Gabriela Garcia founder of Modern Brown Girl, Makeda Smith of CEO Chicks, Kristin Anderson of Merrill Lynch, and ZhaZha Casanova founder of Studio G and moderator of the event. 


We can most certainly see Studio G disrupting the coworking industry in the coming years! At a time where entrepreneurship is on the rise Casanova saw there was a need for this space in Chicago.

Bomb and Bossy will like to salute the Studio G team for creating a space for women to get work done while also having support from other women. 


This is something that is most certainly needed within our communities and we encourage our readers to become a member.

The benefits are having a personal workspace, support from fellow girl bosses, bomb ass wifi, happy hour on Friday's plus more. Who doesn't love all of that?

If you're interested visit their website for more details!

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Bomb and Bossy BUSINESS: The L.E.G.A.C.Y Awards Gala Aims to Celebrate Black Entrepreneur's

This past weekend Bomb and Bossy was invited to The L.E.G.A.C.Y Awards Gala. Both WDB Marketing and BLUE1647 partnered to bring change by celebrating the Black business community. This was an inspiring night filled with networking, food, music, cocktails and total empowerment if you let it take you there. 

Meet the girl boss in charge of the event,Keeana Barber, CEO of WDB Marketing and Founder of the LEGACY Awards, orchestrated the Gala to support Black entrepreneurs in Chicago. Barber felt it was a strong need to celebrate others after ten years of working with more than 2,000 business owners. Continue reading to see how she's using the event to fill a void in the African American business community.



The event was used as the perfect platform to bring together African American entrepreneurs. Here I am photoed with Author and Co-Founder of Miss Jessie's, Miko Branch, who was also the Featured Keynote Speaker. 


It was truly an honor to experience the rush of connecting with as many people as possible, snagging interviews, and capturing exclusive moments all while celebrating the Honorees, and voting for the Emerging Youth $5,000 Awards. All of which salutes to L.E.G.A.C.Y. (Leadership – Education – Growth – Achievement – Community – Youth). 


Throughout the hustle and bustle of networking, I had the chance to catch up with Dr. Jeffery Sterling for an EXCLUSIVE interview. He spoke on entrepreneurship and how these type of events make an impact on Black entrepreneurs. This was his response:

"Recognition of additional individuals who have already made it and paved the way really can serve as inspiration to individuals who may won't know that such things are possible."

See our full video interview here.


Attending this event also allowed me to discover the true importance of networking and making an impact in your community. Within four hours I managed to connect with over 30+ Black business owners who are all doing BIG things! Cheers to connections!


Everyone was in the building serving black excellence and I loved it! Bomb and Bossy will most certainly be at next year's event! Want to see more behind the scenes images?

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My gown was sponsored by Closet Diva Chicago. For any glamours occasion you're attending choose them to help you find the perfect look. 


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