From National Craft Month to Arts Revolution 

​So, #March is #NationalCraftMonth and I am crafting up some real serious exspeealaDOPEness! I mean that literally and figuratively. I have some jewelry projects I’ve been putting off and I have some interesting things that I am crafting with my business.

Sometimes you just have let the creativity flow and see what you manifest. Many creators of beautiful work stop at tge creating part and don’t take the  time to see how they can monetize their work. At Lady Bizness we always Shout out to all the #Makers #Crafters #Artists #Writers #Producers #Dancers #Musicians and more….But once you create are you planning to make money with it? 

If you want to go from a hobby to a business and be an #Artrepreneur then you should register to attend UNCG’s #ArtsRevolution! Arts Revolution is a celebration of the Triad’s multi-faceted art community. The morning kicks off with business-savvy educational workshops for artists, followed by an afternoon of fun, interactive art experiences with the artists and local community. The evening will feature live performances in a festival atmosphere.

Chisa Pennix-Brown, MBA of Lady Bizness will be teaching a new workshop entitled “Beyond a Hobby: Maximizing Your Time” using the methodology of The 90 Day Focus: Your Action Plan for Success. This workshop will switch on the Inner Entrepreneur inside you allowing you to put a dollar value to your art. 
Now its time for you to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 1, 2017 and meet at Revolution Mill 1200 Revolution Mill Drive, Greensboro, NC 27405. 

Check the Agenda




Making a Sale: Marketing Yourself,  Julene Valitutto

     Learn how to distinguish your personal brand in the art world and make yourself unforgettable.

Nuts n’ Bolts:   Protecting Your Work,  Intellectual Property,  David W. Sar

       Keep your work your own by learning how to copy right, trademark, and patent your creations. this workshop will help you avoid legal obstacles that come with being an artist.

Beyond a Hobby:  Maximize Your Time,  

Chisa D. Pennix-Brown

        Use your time to your advantage and turn your hobby into a business.


Making a Sale:  How to Tell Your Story, Pat B. Freeman

       “How to Tell Your Story” or how artists and entrepreneurs can capture the attention of their audience, whether investors, customers, etc., to effectively reach and connect them with their work.

Nuts n’ Bolts:  How to Write Grants & Where to Find Them, Erika Rauer & Aubrey Turner

      Learn to refine and further develop strategies to submit successful grant proposals.  This workshop will teach entrepreneurs how to find the best grants for their business.

Beyond a Hobby:  Finding Your Collaborators, Joel Bennett, Jennifer Hance, Lou Anne Flanders-Stec, Moderator: Justin Streuli

     Team work makes the dream work!…But only if you have the right people. Know how to find the right people that can help you get your project where it needs to be.

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch and Learn: Your Vision and Purpose; How to Make a Living and Make a Difference,Bill Johnson.


Making a Sale: Diversify Yourself, Willy Minnix

    Get your brand to stand out in a way that people will want to buy from you.  Be innovative and creative with your marketing to distinguish yourself from others.

Nuts n’ Bolts:  All About YOU!: How To Create A Financial Masterpiece, Ja’net Adams

     Learn how to create a project that will make you the best profit. Artists and entrepreneurs will learn the most profitable ways to run their business.

Beyond a Hobby:  Find Your Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula, Dori Staehle

     “Creating momentum, staying power, and a mindset for success.”


Tickets and additional information can be found at

Triad Association of Black Journalists Springs into Action with Free Workshop Featuring Lady Bizness 

The Triad Association of Black Journalists is hosting their Spring Workshop, “Social Media: Working Smarter, Not Harder” on Saturday , April 8 from 10:30-12:30 pm at Bennett College, 900 E. Washington St, Greensboro, NC 27401. This event is focused o  helping attendees understand what it means to have a social media footprint in today’s technologically charged society. 

Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, MBA CEO of Lady Bizness will be one of the expert panelists at the event. She is one of the premier Facilitators for branding and creating value online through her social media presence. She teaches for the NC Small Business Center Network to aid entrepreneurs in starting their businesses, social media accounts, and amplify their marketing. “Social media is a wonderful tool when its used with intention and properly representing the brand you are creating”, stated Pennix-Brown. 

This event will also feature additional print and broadcast journalists from the Triad area. The event is free and open to the public. Register to attend and win a free 30 minute #GetFocused Business Coaching Social Media Assessment with Lady Bizness at

The Triad Association of Black Journalists (TABJ)is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides networking and professional development opportunities for African American journalists, encourages students of color to pursue media-related careers, and creates a dialogue with the Triad community to make sure our stories are being told well.

TABJ, founded in 2010, is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)that represents the interests of black journalists and media-related professionals in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. 

Team Dream Works brings the SBA InnovateHer National Competition to the Triad

Are you ready for a challenge of a lifetime? Do you have an innovative product or service that can serve as a catalyst of change and make an impact on the lives of women and families? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your product or service! $70,000 in prizes.

InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge officially kicks off in winter of 2017 with local competitions to be hosted by universities, accelerators, clusters, scale-up communities, SBA resource partners, and other economic development organizations.  Through the competition, SBA is seeking to amplify products or services that fill a need in the marketplace and have the potential for commercialization.  SBA continues in its efforts to expand the InnovateHER Challenge, focusing on empowering more women in the investment and innovation space.  Additional details on the InnovateHER can be found on the online competition platform

The number of women venture capital partners has dropped from 10 percent in 1999 to just six percent in 2014, a trend directly correlated to women’s access to capital; only about seven percent of venture capital funding in the United States currently goes to women-owned ventures. Gender bias is well documented in this area: a Harvard Business School study asked potential investors to rate a series of pitches, some of which were narrated by women and some by men. Even when the scripts were exactly the same, only 32 percent of people said they would fund the woman, compared to 68 percent who said they would fund the man.

Entrepreneurs selected as winners in local competitions will advance to the semi-final round.  From the pool of semi-finalists, SBA will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to the National InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge to be held in mid-2017.  The finalists will pitch their products and ideas to a panel of expert judges and compete for the top three awards along with $70,000 in prizes.

Over the past two decades, women entrepreneurs have been critical to growing businesses and creating jobs in cutting-edge fields such as precision medicine or cybersecurity, as well as through advances in agriculture and manufacturing.  Women across the nation will benefit from investing in research and inventions that impact their experiences.  A lack of inclusion in the innovation space leads to missed opportunities, especially when women make the majority of the buying decisions.  The SBA is encouraging organizations across the country to participate in this important business challenge.

The Deadline to apply is April 7th. Deadline to submit Business Plans is April 14 and top 5 finalist will present before a panel. Top 3 finalist are submitted to SBA for final competition in Washington D.C. (additional info and contact info at the link below)…

This is a collaboration between Team Dream Works and The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship.


#GetFocused Business Feature with Attorney Micah Huggins


I get the pleasure of meeting a host of talented people in my line of work. I met this young man at one of my Self Publishing Workshops last year, and he has since become a client. I want to introduce you to Attorney Micah E. Huggins.

Attorney Huggins is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, and is authorized to practice law in the State of North Carolina by the North Carolina State Bar.

As a child, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew older, Attorney Huggins confidently stated that he wanted to be a lawyer. As he grew and developed, so did his drive and desire to help other people via the judicial system and due process of law.

In law school, Mr. Huggins’s personal drive translated to a work ethic which aided him in learning skills that help him succeed in and out of the courtroom on a daily basis.Attorney Huggins is dedicated to his clientele and has served in various capacities including, civil rights cases, business law, and Public Defense. Due to his honest and earnest efforts to make a positive impact on his community, Attorney Huggins has become one of the premier criminal defense attorneys in the Piedmont Triad area. His experiences in serving a diverse range of clients make Attorney Huggins worthy of handling your legal matters.

Contact Huggins Law Firm, P.C.

717 Green Valley Road, Suite 200

Greensboro, N.C., 27408

Phone: (336) 544-4832

Fax: (336) 217-8388



NC A&T SU Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partners with Lady Bizness for Monetize Your Ideas Workshop


The NC A&T SU Entrepreneurship & Innovation partner with NC’s #1 Small Business Facilitator Lady Bizness to present MONETIZE YOUR IDEAS, a free workshop that will be open to the public, on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 6-8 pm at The Academic Classroom Building Room 108, 1602 Bluford Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.
The collaboration is an effort to bring more workshops to the campus to expose students to real world ideas that will help them start businesses sooner. It also brings in the public for a variety of courses that are not typically offered but serve to provide immediate action for current and prospective business owners.

This event was proposed by Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, MBA, who will facilitate the workshop.  She is a Money Smart partner and wanted to celebrate Money Smart Week in conjunction with April being Financial Literacy Month.  Pennix-Brown states that, “by learning how to create a business that offers services & products online entrepreneurs can expand their businesses worldwide and aren’t restricted to living in one area.  Many students may have come to attend college in NC, but may want to travel back to their home-state, and allowing them the opportunity to take that business with them will enable a better growth and customer retention rate.”

At the Monetize Your Ideas event attendees can expect to learn about:

  • Ebooks
  • Podcasts
  • Blogs
  • Webinars
  • Magazines
  • T-shirt Lines

There are plenty of ways to increase your bottom line & Monetize Your Ideas. This interactive workshop will help you find the tools, best online practices & marketing options. The GTCC Small Business Center is also a marketing sponsor for this event in an effort to build a more cohesive business community in the Triad.

Register to attend at





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Adam Ricci will be exhibiting at the GCDF Access Networking



Triad let’s welcome Adam Ricci to the area at the GCDF Access Networking event! He is 32 years old and grew up near Buffalo NY.  Adam has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has been married for 4 years.  His wife is from Brazil and they have a 17 month old son who is the center of their lives.  Adam and his wife moved to the Triad area in November and are excited to meet new people and explore the area.

He works for Sentext Solutions, and they are a Text Message marketing company.  Adam wants to make sure that we know there are very strict rules about advertising via text message, federal law requires that ad recipients have to grant permission, and Sentext has an “opt-in” platform that allows business owners to send advertisements directly to customer cell phones.  Forbes did a study and found 20% of promotional emails are opened, and 12% of social media posts get viewed, but 98% of texts are read within 3 minutes of being received.  This text marketing platform allows merchants to get the most bang for their advertising buck.


There are 3 basic plans and a Corporate plan.  The basic plans are:
500 texts @ $39/mo.
1000 texts @ $59/mo.
Unlimited @ $99/mo.
Corporate – Details negotiable depending on size and needs of business

All plans have a $299 sign up fee.  All attendees of the GCDF Access Networking event who sign up will have the sign up fee waived and their first month free!
There is a referral discount, where any Sentext customers who refer new business will earn a free month of service.

Sentext was founded in Milford CT in 2011, has a 98% customer retention rate, and sends out millions of text messages ads each year. Adam is seeking to recruit more sales associates at the event.  Sentext has no joiner fee, membership fee, or monthly quotas.  It does not cost anything to be a sales associate, only a small process to register.  Sales associates get 50% commission on sales and get monthly residuals for as long as their customers stay on the books.

Connect with Adam Ricci on LinkedIn at


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



Camilia Majette of Nailah’s Shea will be Exhibiting at GCDF Access Networking


Camilia Zuleikha Majette is the Founder and CEO of Nailah’s Shea, L.L.C.  Born in Washington, DC and raised in a small town in North Carolina called Ahoskie. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from NC A&T State University in Journalism and Mass Communications and a Master’s in Medical Health Services Administration from Strayer University.

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Nailah’s Shea is an all natural Shea butter-based beauty and body care product line.  Their products are hand-crafted and made with the finest all natural and certified organic ingredients.  Know that when you purchase Nailah’s Shea’s beauty and body care products you are giving back to our global community ethically and sustainably.  The Nailah’s Shea mission is to educate and advocate to the global community that beauty comes naturally by using the natural resources that surround us.

Connect with Nailah’s Shea online at



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


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 or visit her website at

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


#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 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 .

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
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.