Once Homeless, This 26-Year Old is Now the Youngest Black Owner of a Subway Franchise in Atlanta - Bshani Radio App
Chris Williams II is a young 26-year old entrepreneur originally from Chicago that has just officially acquired his own Subway franchise, making him currently the youngest Black person to do so in the Atlanta area! Footage of him signing the contract and finalizing the deal immediately went viral on social media.
How he got started
Chris, who was once homeless, started off as a car salesman at a local dealership in Arizona. After 2 years of saving up his money, he was able to pay for the tuition needed to attend the Automotive Dealership Institute in Phoenix. After completing 4 weeks of training, he then started pursuing career opportunities to become a finance manager.
After searching and searching, he finally landed a job as a finance manager at a car dealership right outside of Miami, Florida. There he gained the confidence and experience that he needed to start thinking about owning his business.
He also learned how to raise capital, and later, was able to raise six figures from his personal savings and investors so that he could buy a franchise.
After doing a lot of research, Chris came to the conclusion that pursuing a franchise with Subway was his best course of action. He says that he likes Subway because it is a universally-recognized brand with stability, and they have the most franchised locations in the world.
After attending Subway's first phase orientation class, Chris was able to connect with a franchise owner in Georgia who was looking to sell. Chris then used his skills as a finance manager to negotiate a reasonable price, and the rest is history! He says he recorded the whole negotiation over the phone and will use that to teach others how they too can negotiate business deals.
Chris is very adamant about helping other entrepreneurs from underserved and disadvantaged communities become franchise owners as well. In fact, he is planning to launch a national tour that will teach a course on how to raise capital and pursue franchise and investment opportunities.
Chris comments, "I have created a course to help my fellow entrepreneurs. Raising capital is one of the most challenging parts of entrepreneurship. My course will teach you how I raised $250,000 for my various startups, how I bought my first franchise, and how to become a successful entrepreneur."
For more details about Chris, follow him on Instagram and on Facebook
Also, be sure to support his Subway franchise located at 3162 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, Georgia 30062.
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Siree and Ayanna Morris, a couple from Newark, New Jersey, have opened a drive-thru movie theater called Newark Moonlight Cinema to bring entertainment to people while considering health precautions in the midst of the pandemic.
The duo of filmmaker and real estate developer thought of the idea from the screening of Ayanna's documentary Why Is We Americans? that was held at an outdoor film festival earlier this year. It is the first drive-thru movie theater that operated in the state since the mid-1960s.
Newark Moonlight Cinema, which is located at the former Newark Bears baseball stadium, can hold up to 350 cars per screening. Moviegoers can enjoy the movies from the comfort of their cars via a 55-foot screen and audio that's available on each car's radio. There are also food and snack options available via the Fanfood app.
Since launching, the new outdoor theater has shown movies such as Just Mercy, Girls Trip, Set It Off, and Creed 2 that highlight Black filmmakers, talents, and arts as well as those that emerged from Newark. It is scheduled to show one movie per night every Friday to Sunday until October 4.
For more information about Newark Moonlight Cinema or to buy tickets, visit www.newarkmoonlight.com
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So many women SAY they want change, but won't actually TAKE ACTION.
If you do what you've always done, you're going to get what you've always got.
My 4 reasons most successful women are stuck:
1. You don't have clarity on where you want to be personally, but have a 10-year vision for your career.
2. You won't admit you're exhausted and going in circles but paint a cracked smile on your face daily.
3. You won't make a DECISION to take care of yourself, but you're secretly resentful that no one will LET YOU take time for yourself.
4. You're waiting for everyone else to change and stop getting on your nerves BEFORE you can have peace.
Let me tell you something.
NO ONE IS GOING TO SAVE YOU! YOU HAVE TO SAVE YOURSELF!
The very same people you let worry you into an early grave WILL NOT come to your funeral.
The friends who let you complain about how your life sucks - They suck too! 😀
Get around some people who won't let you tell a story you should be tired of telling.
Everything you want in life is on the other side of the toughest DECISION you refuse to make.
You already know what you need to do, so DO IT!
Just a friendly reminder to be awesome (not too late)
If you're ready to save yourself from yourself, schedule a call with me HERE
Jay Z and RocNation are partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. Enrollment for students will begin the fall of 2021 and 25% of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships. With the scholarship, hopefully students will graduate without any debt. -
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Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, has picked California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. Biden, and Harris, will formally accept the party's nomination at the Democratic National Convention next week.
"You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President. I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021," Biden wrote in a email to staffers.
Harris is the only Black woman serving in the U.S. Senate. Before being elected in 2016, Harris was California's Attorney General.
The Biden campaign said that they have staffers in place to assist Harris with the rigors of running a national campaign. Karine Jean-Pierre, will be chief of staff, Liz Allen will serve as communications director, and Sheila Nix will be a senior adviser to Harris and her spouse.
Harris is just the third woman to be picked as a vice-presidential candidate for a major party's ticket.
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Zhe Scott Wins Major Contract to Develop California State Funded Web Project
Meet Zhe Scott, founder of the SEO Queen, who recently won a major contract from the state of California to design, develop and launch the state’s official web site for their Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE). The web site, found online at CaliforniaCore.org, can be used as a guide on how to obtain vouchers for low and no emission off road equipment.
Analogous to the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), the new project is intended to encourage California companies to purchase or lease currently commercialized zero-emission off-road freight equipment by providing a streamlined voucher process to offset the higher cost of such technologies.
The website was rolled out late January early February and over half of the $44 million available in this voucher fund have been allocated towards the qualified purchase of clean off road equipment to date.
Zhe, who is known as “the SEO Queen”, comments, “I am so excited that my company won this contract. It feels great to be recognized by the state of California as a woman-owned tech firm that is capable of building complex and unique web solutions.”
Zhe and her team implemented the following features into the CORE project:
* Responsive Design: Optimization for viewing on smart phones, tablets, desktops, or laptops
* Equipment Catalogue: Identifies eligible equipment for discounts
* Approved Dealers: Identifies eligible vendors from which to purchase approved equipment.
* Event Calendar: Organization and display of upcoming information sessions for the public.
* ADA Compliance: Compatibility for the visually-impaired.
For more information about Zhe Scott and/or to learn more about her company’s web development and SEO services, please visit www.theseoqueen.netor call (617) 475-0967.
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Let’s face it; most leaders are one Reese’s Pieces away from a nervous breakdown. The coronavirus may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for most women who are already stressed out and overwhelmed in their professional lives. Those who are maxed out in their personal lives trying to be everything for everyone, doing a litany of household work, and running endless errands. Then, feeling guilty for not being able to show up fully at home, while feeling resentful for being overlooked and underappreciated at work.
Does this sound like you?
The pandemonium surrounding the coronavirus can drive most normal people insane, but for leaders who are already at a tipping point, this may be the one thing that will push you over the edge.
I’ve been working with several international clients where the coronavirus was earlier this year. We immediately increased their self-care regimen to keep them calm and with a clear head. By actively working to manage their stress in these unprecedented times, they have significantly increased their performance.
They’ve made MASSIVE strategic moves to get to the next level because they are working with a clear head and can focus on the priorities of their organizations. Their teams have followed, and while everyone is going in circles, they are being recognized by their organization’s top leaders. They’re rapidly gaining a competitive edge over their peers and are building a strong reputation in their global industry.
There are always opportunities in a crisis, and while I’m not downplaying the magnitude of this moment, where will you be when the smoke clears? Most people will be disoriented and will wait to see where they end up. I encourage you to consider using the insight in this article to make strategic moves to propel yourself higher in your organization and increase your visibility in your industry.
Be A Leader That People Would Love To Follow
Right now, leaders are observing the people on their team. How are you showing up? Not only are your senior leaders watching, but your team and peers are watching too. If you’re operating strategically and with a level head, then your team will likely be doing the same.
If you crumble, how can you expect your team to perform at a high level? Why should they be focused on the bigger goal if you’re stuck in the hysteria of today?
Ten years ago, a memo was released in my organization that affected +60 people on my nearly 160-person team. They were sending them home within three months and replacing them with new people. All H*LL broke loose in the office, and I was at a conference in New Orleans.
My senior leader called and requested that I cut my trip short, citing, “We need you and your level head back at the office to manage this.”
I didn’t know that he noticed my “level head” because he never acknowledged it before, but when the crap hits the fan, senior leaders are looking for leaders that can keep a level head and create calm in the chaos when everyone else has seemingly lost their minds.
During the coronavirus crisis and the countless crises before and after it, you’re building your leadership reputation. Your personnel and leaders are watching and labeling you, whether you know it or not.
Will you be the one that they call to come back home to create calm in the chaos or will you be left out because they know you’ll overreact and make matters worse?
Make Self-Care Your Number One Priority
I know, I know… You already know what to do. You’ve read the books and have the checklist, but ladies, let’s be clear. If you want to stay on top of your game and separate yourself from your peers, you need to take care of yourself.
Self-care should already be a priority, but for many women in leadership, it’s not. While 30 percent of women called their Fitbit, “an enemy,” you shouldn’t have to be pressured into taking care of yourself and you can’t keep blaming the men in your organization for holding you back if you aren’t willing to do what it takes to get your peace back.
To bring peace and calm to the chaos, I recommend six habits to incorporate into your weekly routine. I shared them in a Forbes article last year. Put them on an excel spreadsheet and track them to get on top of your game.
1. Exercise for 30 minutes — three times a week.
2. Meditate three times a week for five minutes using a guided meditation. It’s five minutes!!
3. Get eight hours of sleep — three times a week
4. Go home on time, one day a week.
5. Don’t eat at your desk twice a week.
6. Get two massages a month. I usually recommend one, but in times of high stress, increase them to two or three.
Avoid The News
If you’re caught up in the 24-hour news cycle and constant updates on social media, you’re allowing a heavy load of information to be dumped in your head. A study found that our daily word intake is equivalent to 34 gigabytes of information, which is enough to overload the typical laptop within a week.
How much negative information can you absorb without feeling like crap? Right now, everyone on social media is a coronavirus and handwashing expert. How can you think strategically and see the opportunities in your job if you are overloaded with useless information?
Have the discipline to let go of 60% of the information that you’re watching. Consider refraining from tweeting, posting pictures of empty shelves, and sharing handwashing memes, and focus on the next move that you can make. While everyone else is going in circles, you should have a clear vision.
Careers are a chessboard, and although women don’t like to think they have to play a leadership game, you’re either playing the leadership game, or you’re being played. There’s no way around it. You better believe there are people out there making strategic moves right now. They are looking for ways to be innovative and agile and increasing their emotional intelligence so they can be available for opportunities.
Are you making strategic moves, or are you following the masses?
Finding opportunity in the chaos comes down to simply taking care of yourself. If you can reduce some of the stress and overwhelm that you already have and not get entangled in an added layer, you can make power moves to move your career forward.
Christy Rutherford is a high-level business consultant and advisor to executive leaders. Her work closes the promotion gap for exceptional women. Christy is a Harvard Business School Alumna, certified Executive Leadership Coach from Georgetown University and 6-time best-selling author. In addition, she has been interviewed by and featured in Forbes three times. For more details, visit ChristyRutherford.com