Business & Politics

Margaret Chisolm

National Black Business Month SpotlightMargaret Chisolm … Eye Envy Lash Bar … How did you get into the industry? … It all started while playing with my dolls’ hair as a little girl. Then, at 13, I did my friend’s hair. To my surprise, she gave me $20 for my service. It was then I knew I was at the first pivotal point in my newly found career. To actually have the ability to change an individual’s appearance and mental being simultaneously is incredibly awesome. Needless to say, I found my niche. As a result, I’m in my own creative space… Eye Envy!

Derrick McGary

National Black Business Month SpotlightDerrick McGary … Derrick McGary State Farm Insurance … Give a brief description of your business. … Derrick McGary State Farm provides insurance and financial services to help customers protect and grow their assets. We offer several insurance products such as auto, home, life, short- and long-term disability, and many more. Altogether, we offer over 100 products and services. … What is your company’s mission? … The State Farm mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.

Monica Kelley

National Black Business Month SpotlightMonica 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.

Charkeitha Washington

National Black Business Month SpotlightCharkeitha Washington … The Cookie Lady … Give us a brief description of your business and your company’s mission. … To be fully honest, my business is a reflection of who I am as a loving, God fearing woman. Baking has always been my pastime, and to share it with the world is my goal. The mission of my company is simply to put some love and sweetness back into the community and encourage our youth to be young entrepreneurs.

Sharmonique Johnson

National Black Business Month SpotlightSharmonique Johnson … Eden's Professional Cleaning … Give a brief description of your business. … Building and reconstruction projects are dirty work. When the construction is done, well... there’s a lot of dust and dirt and mess.

Community Relief

It’s like nothing business owners and operators have ever faced. … One week, we are amid an unprecedented boom, all cylinders running. The next week, stores and manufacturing plants shuttered and employees laid off. The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world of commerce to its core. … Rallying to help local businesses recover, the Texarkana Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation was created. The Texarkana, USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ritter Communications with other community partners raised $75,000 to assist small businesses in the community.

When The Markets Go Crazy

Kale Magness shares financial advice with Texarkana Monthly. … Right from the start, 2020 picked up right where 2019 left off. It appeared as if we would see a continuation of this unprecedented bull market. All indications pointed towards another good year for equities, maybe not as robust as 2019, but a good market for equities nonetheless. The economy was booming, record low unemployment, maximum employment with more jobs available than workers, a promising trade deal with China, a presidential election year, along with other very positive economic news and no recession in sight.

How Do We Reopen... with Patience, Adaptability and Resilience

Texarkana Monthly Columnist Sonja Yates Hubbard shares her opinion. … “I can’t wait to get back to normal,” is a thought I’ve had countless times since mid-March. As restrictions began to loosen recently, I’ve experienced excitement yet trepidation and debated what ‘back to normal’ even is, much less, how and when will we get there. … My opinions on the impact of this pandemic are different today than they were in March. With passing regard to COVID-19, I attended a large conference in Ft.

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