Rhonda Carson of Girlz on F.I.R.E. LLC will be Exhibiting at GCDF Access Networking


Rhonda L. Carson is a certified NRA Basic/First Steps Pistol Instructor and Certified North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Management and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems. As the owner of GIRLZ on F.I.R.E., a #FirearmSafetyTraining company, she has over 25 years of experience in the safe use and operation of handguns.


Although men are welcome, GIRLZ on F.I.R.E. specializes in helping women eliminate their fear of firearms by teaching safety, fundamentals of marksmanship and laws related to the State of North Carolina. Both classroom instruction and on range training provides you with the peace of mind needed to protect yourself and your family, leaving you Empowered, Armed, and Aware.


In giving back to her community, Rhonda has served as a dedicated volunteer as an Ambassador, Career Consultant, and Image Consultant and is a former Board Member of The Power of T.E.E.N.S. Rhonda supports a variety of charitable organizations and takes pride in receiving awards for exceptional customer service while working in the Information Technology industry.

Rhonda can be contacted via wmail at  rlcarson@girlzonfirellc.com or visit her website at http://www.girlzonfirellc.com.

The GCDF Access Networking event is an evening information exchange with an educational component, coupled with curated communal networking for the movers and shakers in the Triad.

Access is defined as the freedom or ability to obtain or make use of something. The Access Networking Series is here to provide tangible learning, connections, and economic development to new and existing businesses in the Piedmont Triad area. Our goal is to coalesce resource partners, consultants, for profit and nonprofit organizations in the Triad.

Come out and celebrate Women’s History Month and learn about the convergence of For Profit and Nonprofits in NC. Meet us Monday, March 13, 2017 from 6-8 pm at the Holiday Inn 6426 Burnt Poplar Road, Greensboro, NC 27409. Register at www.GCDFANMAR.eventbrite.com.


#GetFocused Business Spotlight with Bill Hier of Red Dog Woodworks

Bill Heir Red Dog Wood Works Photo By: Tee Dubose of Wizkid Gx

Bill Hier has attended a number of classes with the GTCC Small Business Center. He was referred to the SBC by SCORE, a nonprofit organization funded by the Small Business Administration, which helps to mentor entrepreneurs and business owners. He participated in the GCDF Access Networking Event in February and is a great success story for anyone seeking help with their business development and marketing. Keep reading to meet Bill and find out about his story in his own words and how his business can help you.

I have been a small business owner since 1991, however in November 2015 my wife and I relocated to the Greensboro area and everything basically has started over from scratch. Early last year I built a workshop on our property and began the process of starting a completely new business in a field that I have always loved which is woodworking. Until then woodworking has always been a hobby of mine making small gifts and things for friends. And once I learned about how supportive this area is to handmade items and entrepreneurialism I knew that I wanted to make woodworking my full time career.


So with the workshop completed and all of my paperwork and social media up and running thanks in no small part to Lady Bizness I have been traveling throughout the Triad pitching product ideas and getting ideas from retail stores and customers alike.

I particularly love that everyone knows everyone else and many times have been sent to one place or another to show my products and more often than not leads to a sale or at the very least leads to a great idea for new product. Although I spend a lot of time on the computer updating my social media sites I am truly most happy in the shop with the Red Dog “Watson” and his best friend “Nina”, hand crafting items and making sawdust.


Connect with Bill and RED DOG- Woodworks  for Corporate Gifts and Business Branding Items via Email at  reddogwoodwork@gmail.com or visit one of his Social Media Outlets:

Bill currently has products in these local establishments
Retail stores that you can see product locally:
Hudson’s Hill- S. Elm St., Greensboro
Dolce Demora- Lawndale Dr. Greensboro
All Pets Considered- Battleground Ave. Greensboro
Irving Park Art and Frame- Battleground Ave. Greensboro
Scuppernong Books- Elm St. Greensboro
Coming soon to:
Tessa Farm to Fork- Hwy. 220 Greensboro
PBJ’s Boutique- E. Murphy St. Madison
The Mad Bean- S. Market St. Madison

Join us for this month’s GCDF Access Networking on Monday, March 13, 2017 6-8 pm.

Registration is free & Open to the Public at www.GCDFANMAR.eventbrite.com .

Lady Bizness Brings The Lead Your Business Series Comes to the ACC Small Business Center


Spring brings a renewal of the spirit and that is exactly what is happening with the LEADS Group from the Alamance County Chamber of Commerce.  The group partners with the Alamance Community College Small Business Center to host networking events for its members, but this Spring they are renewing their energy with a host of workshops that will be Powered by NC’S #1 Small Business Facilitator, Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, MBA of Lady Bizness.

Pennix-Brown has been teaching for the #AlamanceSBC for almost two years and was selected to bring a fresh program to the morning LEADS group to help existing business owners recharge their mojo in relation to marketing and enhancing individual skillsets.  This particular Lead Your Business Series is monumental because this will be the first time the event has been open to the public.  In an effort to increase membership for the Chamber and bring in entrepreneurs who may need mentors, referrals, and networking opportunities this event serves at a catalyst for change in the county.
All sessions are free to attend and registration can be found https://www.ncsbc.net/center.aspx?center=75010.
Class dates, times, and descriptions are listed below.
Monday, March 27, 2017 8:30-10 am
Building Brand Advocates for Business
Customer Service means different things to different people. Expressing the need for an increase in soft skills that go beyond the basic understanding of how to do a job and understanding customer needs, wants, and likes can increase the value of your company. In this hands-on session with Lady Bizness, learn some tips for soft skills enhancement, creating memorable experiences, and increasing customer retention.
Monday, April 10, 2017 8:30-10 am
Social Graphics for Business
If you are on social media you know that graphics and the message are important. But, how do you create your own branded graphics?  This course will teach basic techniques with multiple platforms to help you brand your business with graphics.  Learning objectives:
How to create branded social media accounts
Listing of free stock photo sites and ideas for content creation for your brand
Monday, April 17, 2017 8:30-10 am
Event Planning for Business
All businesses should host events, but how do you get people to notice them?  This lively presentation will provide a blueprint with a variety on online sites that can enhance the look of your event, make registration easier, and aid you in enhancing your email list.  Using the 90 Day Focus methodology you will find event planning much easier after this course and see what type of events are best for your business.
Monday, May 1, 2017 8:30-10 am
Event Marketing for Business 
Marketing can be a challenge for  small businesses.  Discover how to most effectively and efficiently market your business and events. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques to create a tangible plan.
For each event list this:
Attendees are welcome to bring their laptops or tablets, but its not required.
For more information contact Ervin L. Allen, Jr., #AlamanceSBC Director (336) 506-4312
or call Thomasine Lewis, Administrative Assistant (336) 506-4311.

International Civil Rights Museum Partners with Lady Bizness to present the Amplified Women’s Conference


The International Civil Rights Center & Museum celebrates “Women’s History” Month with the #Amplifed Women’s Conference for women of all ages, with Mrs. Chisa Pennix-Brown, MBA, Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11:00am-4:00pm.

This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. Lunch is included and opportunities to win raffle and door prizes!

Conference Includes:

10:30am Registration

11:00am-1:00pm 90 Day Focus Seminar with Mrs. Chisa Pennix-Brown, MBA is set to be a phenomenal exploration of self-worth with her presentation of “The Glow Up is Real!” We all need to have our time to shine! Having a plan for your personal, professional, and business life is the key to create your #GlowUp! Using key elements in the 90 Day Focus: Your Action Plan for Success you can develop a plan to create a life that you love. The book will be sold during the session and you are more than welcome to purchase your signed copy.

1:00pm-1:45pm Lunch

2:00pm-3:30pm Sisterhood Panel Discussion

The Sisterhood Panel Discussion will consist of a diverse group of representatives from different professional, social, and community-based women organizations. The panel will give women an opportunity to gain knowledge on networking/ support groups available to them, her from those who are active in those groups, and gain an understanding of what such groups are beneficial to helping one reach their full potential.

3:30-4:00pm Networking Opportunity

*There will be an opportunity to purchase Mrs. Pennix-Brown’s 90 Day Focus:Your Action Plan for Success book!

*Vendors are welcomed, one first come, first serve basis. Please see Vendor’s Registration!

Register to attend at https://womanamplified.eventbrite.com.

How The City of Greensboro is helping your business “Get on the Map” with Google!


Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map is an initiative to help local businesses increase their presence online. We’re working with business owners, city officials, and lovers of all things local to spread the word about the importance of getting local business information on Google Search and Maps. To get started, businesses just need to create an online listing and verify their business for free with Google My Business. Local businesses are vital to America’s economic future an fact, small businesses comprise half of the US GDP and create two thirds of all new jobs. And a though nearly all consumers look online for products and services, many small businesses do not have any web presence at all. We believe every small business should be found online and we offer the ability to do this through Google products like Google Maps-for free.



  1. Your business MUST have Gmail (email) account and be verified with Google
  1. To check if your business is verified or need assistance with verification –please contact Vonda Wingate – City of Greensboro Economic Development & Business Support @ 336-373-2995 via email at Vonda.wingate@greensboro-nc.gov.




This workshop will explain how to setup Google My Business–your one-stop-shop for managing business info as it appears across Google Search and Maps, and helping potential customers find important info, like your phone numbers, hours of operation, and driving directions. The workshop focuses on setting up a Local business listing in Google My Business. This type of listing can appear on both Search and Maps. Businesses with storefronts open to customers —and those that meet with customers in local service areas— can appear on Google Maps.



Build a business website with Start Logic, free for one year. This workshop walks you through the process of selecting a design, customizing web pages, and choosing a domain name (your website address).



This Workshop covers three things you can do right now to grow your business online. This workshop will cover how to be found by local customers, how to connect with local searchers using Google My Business, how you can be found everywhere, on all devices and how to be found with online advertising. This workshop will also show you how to promote your products and services on Google and partner websites.



An introduction to Google Analytics and Analytics Goals

A discussion of what you can track as a goal

A step-by-step demonstration for setting up goals in your Google Analytics account.

NC’s #1 Small Business Facilitator Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, MBA will facilitate this course.


The City of Greensboro Business Support Office works to ensure local for-profit businesses are aware of the resources available both at the City and within the community that most effectively match their specific business needs.   The Business Support Office also refers businesses to other City departments and outside strategic partners.

Download your copy of the flyer and share it with others. 2017-gybo-workshops-flyer-3

Register for these free courses at SBC.GTCC.edu.

Lady Bizness brings the Self Publishing Made Easy Workshop to Durham


Have you dreamed about becoming a successful Published Author?  Well, make 2017 the year that you learn what you need to self-publish and become an author. Technology has made it very easy and cost effective for creatives that want to have their voices heard.  Self publishing has changed the way people share their stories.

Attending the Self-Publishing Made Easy workshop will enable people to gain insight about the cost of self-publishing.  The workshop will outline how to obtain ISBN numbers, discuss formatting, Illustrators, editing and much more.

fb_img_1463182052398.jpgThere will also be options for attendees who are interested in creating ebooks and tips for making money with your book.

This workshop will be facilitated by Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, MBA CEO of Lady Bizness,  who will give you helpful tips & strategies to assist with the writing process.   She will have copies of her own self published and Amazon Best Selling book, The 90 Day Focus: Your Action Plan for Success for sale during the event .

This event is free and open to the public. Join us on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 3-4:30 pm at the South Regional Library located at 4505 South Alston Avenue Durham, NC 27713

Register to attend at


Library Contact Placedia Nance (919) 560 – 7429 pnance@dconc.gov.

GCDF Access Networking Welcomes Board Chair Gerry McCants as a Speaker

The first GCDF Access Networking event of 2017 happens on Monday, February 13, from 6-8 pm at the Holiday Inn located at 6426 Burnt Poplar Road, Greensboro, NC 27409.  One of our speakers for the evening is Mr. Gerry McCants, President and CEO of McCants Communication Group and Board Chair – Greensboro Community Development Fund.
Gerry McCants, has always been an advocate for minority business ownership, consumerism and its subsequent purchasing power.  It has been an overriding theme throughout his career.  A native of Columbia, South Carolina, McCants is the president and owner of McCants Communications Group, Inc.  The media executive holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Urban Studies from Virginia Union University as well as numerous prestigious certifications and programs, most notably; his completion of the Dartmouth University Tuck School of Business Minority Business Development Agency Executive Program.
A true businessman and leader, McCants is the former statewide president of the.  North Carolina Black Chamber of Commerce.  He currently serves on various boards, committees and organizations, including, but not limited to North Carolina A&T State University Interdisciplinary Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business Advisory Committee and the Wells Fargo Bank Advisory Board-Greensboro, North Carolina.  He has been an integral consultant and board member for countless councils, committees, and boards throughout the southeastern United States.
Appointed by the Greensboro City Manager, McCants currently serves as the chairman of the City of Greensboro MWBE Community Relations Steering Committee.  McCants has been self-employed for more than 26 years, his desire to see more diversified business and consumer interaction, especially within minority communities, is the driving force behind his strong and continuous work effort. It is also what compels McCants to devote countless hours traveling nationally and internationally engaging other business owners and educating them on the importance of strategically marketing to the ever-changing and diverse consumer and business audience.  McCants is extremely involved and invested in all his projects and endeavors.  Many of his business relationships and consultations require a great deal of hands on, direct involvement, which provides for greater outreach opportunities and relationship development.  Consequently, McCants has a first-hand understanding of real-world communication tactics and networking.  It is that very understanding that enables him to successfully steer the machine that is McCants.
Please share this information and Register to attend the February 13, 2017 Event www.GCDFANFEB.eventbrite.com.

NuSol Natural Hair Expo Announces Winning Lineup of Speakers

​Introducing…. Your Awesome event speakers for NuSol Natural Hair Expo!!!  And Chisa Pennix-Brown of Lady Bizness is going to #GiveItToThePeople with my new presentation “The #GlowUp Is Real!” She is bringing, selling, and signing copies of The 90 Day Focus: Your Action Plan for Success 

Your expo experience will be AWESOME! Get your tickets today! 

VIP is almost sold out!! SO HURRY! Here is what you get with your VIP experience:
-First Priority to Special Seating Area

-VIP Breakfast Buffet with a special guest speaker and access to special relaxation lounge throughout the day!

-Access to meet and greets for Artist
Breakfast Buffet Menu


Fresh Fruit | Butter Cream Grits | Southern Biscuits | Scrambled Eggs | Fried Chicken and Waffles  |Applewood Bacon | Beverage Station including coffee, tea, orange juice and apple juice
#Speaker #SpeakerLife #ISpeak #IGetPaidToSpeak #GlowGetters #ProSpeaker #professionalwoman #styleinfluencer #browngirlblogger #Blogger #Vlogger #Prpro #marketing #socialmedia #pr #BusinessCoach #StartUp #Jump #SmallBusiness #Entrepreneurs #Networking #90DayFocus #LadyBizness approved 

Dr. Kathryn J. Addo to Share Nonprofit Development Opportunities at the GCDF ACCESS NETWORKING


Dr. Kathryn Addo holds a Juris Doctorate degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, NC.  Additionally, she holds a Master of Divinity degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University and a Master of Theology (Missions) from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA.   Dr. Addo has been a licensed minister for 20 years.
Dr. Addo served as Executive Director of Sankofa Ministries, Inc. a mission outreach to Ghana, West Africa for 7 years.  She spent 14 years as a Special Educator in Title I schools in Richmond, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina serving socially disadvantaged youth and their families.  She has also served denominational and independent churches (nationally and internationally) as a community development and outreach leader.
Dr. Addo received training from the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) while attending seminary.  Her work focuses on using practical principles to create long-term solutions to the problems of the poor found in grassroots and church-based efforts.

Throughout her career, she has helped numerous churches, faith-based organizations, schools and nonprofit organizations improve the quality of their community-focused programs.  Dr. Addo is currently scheduled to teach a 3-part series, “Thinking of Starting a Nonprofit Organization?” through the Small Business Center Network at the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in March 2017.
Dr. Addo has consistently been involved in the communities she lives in.  Her current community participation includes:
-Consultant’s Group, Guilford Nonprofit Consortium, Greensboro, NC, Facilitator
-Institute for Missions, Ministry & Music, Richmond, VA, Board Member
-Seven Homes, Inc., High Point, NC, Board Member
-C.L.O.U.D., INC., Greensboro, NC, Board Member                                                                               -Christian Women Leader’s Roundtable, Richmond, VA & Charlotte, NC, Member

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Listen to our interview about the GCDF Access Networking event on Dr. Addo’s Radio Show “Community Inspirations with Dr. K” https://soundcloud.com/ladybizness/community-inspirations-with-dr-k-ladybizness. Please share this information and Register to attend the February 13, 2017 Event www.GCDFANFEB.eventbrite.com.


The Triad Welcomes the International Women’s Day Luncheon

Lady Bizness is happy to announce the creation of the 1st Annual Triad
International Women’s Day Luncheon!

For International Women’s Day 2017, we’re asking you to #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. We are planning an interactive International Women’s Day Luncheon to express our concerns in the #Triad area of North Carolina.


chisa17redLady Bizness CEO, Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, MBA states, “In an effort to continue the energy from the #WomensMarchOn Washington, our local community forum #AfterTheMarch, and our online group #Amplify The Movement; we want to give women information that will be personally beneficial.”

This event will provide #women with tools that they need to make changes right here in our local #community. All attendees will get a copy of The 90 Day Focus: Your Action Plan for Success and work on their own #90DayFocus Activist Canvas to help develop activities that can be executed for the #Spring!


***Investment of $20 includes book & Materials

***FYI: #Lunch is not included & Attendees will be responsible for their individual lunch purchase & gratuity!

***There will be limited seats so please get your tickets early at www.IWDayLunch.Eventbrite.com.

Know that your dollars will also support a #ShopLocal #ShopSmall effort with our host location, The Travelled Farmer!

#InternationalWomensDay #womenofpower #WomenofNC #Sisterhood#Entrepreneurs #WomenMatter #womens #womensrightsarehumanrights