30 May 2013
- Written by Yolanda Gates/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
This summer, Successful Single Moms Memphis, Inc. plans to take another step in its mission of "advocating for fair wages, opportunities to return to school, homeownership and entrepreneurship" for single moms.
Single Moms University (SMU) – in concert with its collaborative partners – will provide an avenue for their single moms to participate in classes designed to foster continuing education opportunities.
"We are excited to announce our Mogul Mom™ Business Bootcamp as the first set of classes under our Single Moms University," said Nicole Gates, director of Successful Single Moms Memphis, Inc. "(This) is a collaboration of the Home Based Business Chamber of Commerce (HBBCC), National College of Business and Successful Single Moms Memphis. Completion of the training sets the women up to become Mogul Mom™ Certified business enterprises."
The Mogul Mom™ Business Bootcamp will consist of six, two-hour classes. HBCC CEO Beverly Anderson will teach topics on Starting a Micro-Business, Recordkeeping, Bookkeeping & Taxes, Tools of Advertising, Art of Networking, Financing Your Business and Basic Business Plan Writing.
"My grandfather taught us growing up, 'If you can't find a job, make one,'" said Anderson. "his statement is the basis of my commitment to not only owning and operating my own home-based business and teaching my children to do the same, but empowering others to do so."
Even those who have jobs need to have some type of business they operate, even if part-time, Anderson said.
"For single mothers, home-based business ownership may just be the opportunity they need. Not only does owning a home-based business provide income, it also offers flexibility, pride, and an example to their children."
Ashley Grayson, director of programs for Successful Single Moms Memphis, said, "With the current unemployment rates and single mothers facing poverty daily, the Mogul Mom™ Business Bootcamp offers a ray of hope for single moms, helps to build confidence that they can shape their future and it surely has the potential to strengthen the Memphis economy."
Upon completion of the Mogul Mom™ Business Bootcamp, participants will have the opportunity to become a Mogul Mom™ Certified Business Enterprise, with their business promoted as a minority- or women-owned business and as a single mom owned business.
Doris Lee, owner of All Occasion Florist, has already signed up.
"Just imagine the impact this could have in the reduction of social services required by the single moms who own their own business and are equipped with the tools to effectively run their own business and the potential to increase their household income and in turn enhance their family life," said Lee.
"All we want is an opportunity. I'm excited about this opportunity and didn't hesitate to get registered."
(Registration for the Mogul Mom™ Business Bootcamp will remain open until June 1 for single moms wanting to start a business or improve their current business. For more information, contact Successful Single Moms Memphis, Inc. at 901-213-6861.)