What inspired you to start your business?
We wanted to start a family-owned business together. We wanted to help erase the stigma that using better-for-you ingredients meant desserts will lack flavor and depth. False! And we love baking and creating, so it came naturally.
What do you love about being a Black Woman Business Owner?
We show people how it's done: how Black women do get along. We're part of a movement that's here to stay.
What are the biggest obstacles you see for Black Women Business Owners?
We need to hand off some of the workload. Stop thinking we have to do it all and let people in to help. Alsooooo, some people act like w'ere SUPPOSED to give discounts, accept late payments, give our services for free- just not really have standards. And to do it with it all with a smile. It's a no from me, dawg.
How do you define success?
Happiness is being comfortable and at peace with yourself. It's doing what you want on your terms and inspiring others to do the same. It's living.
How do you start your day?
Traci: drinking water, stretching and checking the news
Kelley: drinking water, then a book and tea.. maybe a brain game (I'm very slow to rise, but I do rise early!)
If you had reset button to start all over, what would you do differently? Why?
We would have started a business bank account earlier and began building business credit much sooner.
What is a word that describes you?
What's the best advice you've ever received?
Traci: Make sure all of your ducks are in a row before taking on big financial responsibilities. Kelley: When it begins to feel like work, make sure you have other creative outlets in place to stimulate that part of you.
How has, if in anyway, Buy from a Black Woman help you with your business journey?
Nikki (the founder of BFABW) herself has been very encouraging and inspiring since we met her at a The Village Market in 2016. BFABW has also introduced us to many Black woman business owners to support/patronize.
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