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Interview with Patrice Perkins, Founder Lifestyle Zen

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An interview with Patrice Perkins, Founder Lifestyle Zen

www.mylifestylezen.comwww.thelzgroup.com

I worked full time through law school, and was already employed at my almost-dream job. I was perfectly happy at the job, but also had an entrepreneurial spirit that began to tug at me. I’ve always had an interest and passion for everything creative, so that’s who I connect with the most, and who tends to be in my network. Most of the creative entrepreneurs that I knew lacked an attorney for their business. Having an undergraduate degree in economics (and being a bit of a nerd), I fully recognized the full potential, and the significant role that “creative” play in our society. On the same token, there was still this “starving artist” mentality and very old-school perspective that artists and creative people make money by doing. I recognized that the changing digital landscape creates new opportunities for artists to earn passive income. I wanted to serve the community of creative entrepreneurs, by creating a boutique law firm just for them. I developed my business plan and launched a blog to get my brand out there while working. Once I was ready, I took the giant step into full-time self-employment, working to protect the dreams, brands and work of my clients.

So take me in the day of the Life of Owner of Lifestyle Zen LLC?

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Interview with Latoya Porter owner of the L. Renae Porter Group

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Posted by: Sacha Blalock

An interview with LaToya Renae Porter, a lifestyle brand entrepreneur who specializes in small business support.

Q: What is your start up story?

My start-up was quite circumstantial. I had been laid off in 2009/2010 at the height of our modern day “economic depression” I was laid off and subsequently left Chicago for the much cheaper cost of living state of WI. The job market was horrible with more lay-off and companies collapsing than hiring in any state. During my down time, my mentor and “aunt” Emmy award winning Rae Lewis-Thornton recruited my help in planning the 1st ever Chicago HIV/AIDS tweet-up. What started as me simply drafting a few letters, soon turned into me being the lead event marketer designing flyers, securing sponsorships and leading a team in the execution of the event. ALL from my cell phone and laptop.

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Kathy Elliott – Growing Entrepreneurship in the Triad

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Kathy Elliott is currently the Vice President, Entrepreneurship for Greensboro Partnership a merger Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, Action Greensboro, and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. She has been with the Partnership since its 2005 inception, previously working as the Vice President of Entrepreneurship & Small Business for the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce in Greensboro.  With twenty years of experience cultivating entrepreneurs and growing their businesses from the ground up, she is also is a former small business owner and a veteran of the US Navy. Kathy holds a degree in Business Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and a Master’s in Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Elliott as an undergraduate student at Bennett College as she is a professor in Entrepreneurship at numerous Colleges in the Greensboro area. I have built a bond with Kathy over the years and look at her as a mentor; it was a pleasure speaking with her.

Email: KElliott@greensboro.org

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Interview with Brandon Norman

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Posted by: Sacha Blalock

Brandon Norman is a 25-year-old, Charlotte native who is the co-founder of the urban clothing/ lifestyle brand, Sophisticated Genius.

Brandon’s quote to live by: “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity”   - Will Smith

 Q: Tell me a little about yourself?                          

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