Monica Kelley

National Black Business Month Spotlight

Monica Kelley

Snazzy Chics Boutique
Coldwell Banker Elite

Why did you go into business for yourself?

My daddy started his business when he left home at 12 years old. He was self-employed until he passed two years ago. I am a daddy’s girl. I have always wanted to be a full-time entrepreneur like my daddy. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but timing is everything. (Now), I own a women’s (clothing) boutique and gift shop,” Snazzy Chics Boutique, at 3211 Texas Boulevard, “where I try to deliver a forever changing, contemporary yet stylish, fashion trend to women. Through lots of prayers, I am where I am today with #SCB and hope to keep growing. Ninety-nine percent of the time I’ll be the one to answer your questions, pack your orders, and pick out your clothes. My number one goal and priority for the clothes that I pick is to be a reflection of a virtuous woman, who reflects a Godly life and faith in Jesus Christ.

You’re also a realtor for Coldwell Banker Elite. What are your goals for that career?

(I want) to make the experience of buying and selling real estate as smooth as possible by cultivating relationship, a spirit of collaboration, innovation, and integrity. My client’s interests are very important to me and I pledge to make it my top priority, even after the transaction has concluded.

How did you get into this industry or niche?

By Faith! When I finished high school, I said I would never go to college. Well, I have a Masters in Management now. I always knew I wanted to work for myself, it just took me 20 years. My boutique was started in a spare bedroom and online only. I love clothes, shoes, and accessories. I asked my husband for years for a shop and finally got the “yes.” As far as real estate, I’ve wanted to sell real estate since we purchased our first home 14 years ago. I love people! I love houses! I love real estate! 


National Black Business Month, celebrated in August, brings awareness to the important contributions of black-owned businesses. According to blackdemographics.com, “Black-owned businesses in the United States increased 34.5% between 2007 and 2012, totaling 2.6 million,” and “employed 975,052 people,” with “payrolls that totaled $27.7 billion.” Texarkana is no exception to that growth trend. “The Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce has seen some outstanding businesses become members of our organization, looking to network and grow.” said Executive Director, Mike Malone.

Texarkana Monthly is highlighting some of the incredible black-owned businesses in the community to encourage your support of these locally owned establishments. Shopping local is important every month of the year, as it nurtures job creation and keeps the local economy healthy. The black-owned businesses of Texarkana provide quality goods and services from trusted friends and neighbors. Support them, not just in August during National Black Business Month, but all year long!


 

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