Women’s History Month

Lady in the Spotlight:

Sandra D. Stander🥰

Let me start off by saying this. It is because of this woman why I don’t accept the words, “I’m too old, or “I can’t hang with the young folks,” from anyone ever in life. I used to get so tired of hearing this from close friends and family members, but being around her has really opened up my eyes to see that you can still keep up and make things happen for yourself no matter what age you are. My beautiful mother in love is over 50 and Fabolous and still can run circles around your average 25 year old any day of the week. This is one of the many reasons I wanted to take out the time and spotlight her first.

I am truly inspired by how she was able to take a talent that she was blessed with and make it her own business far before many of us knew what it was to own a business, but she is also constantly growing and keeping up with the newest trends. I remember her once saying that she wanted to stay up on the latest technology because that is the way the world is going and she isn’t going to get left behind. I don’t know if she even remembers saying that, but I do. It was the first time I could honestly say that besides the typical shaking and moving my grandma used to do, that I could really say that I couldn’t believe someone twice my age acts even more youthful than myself and pretty much everyone I’ve come in contact with. That is an astounding trait to have and she has been a true blessing to her friends, family, and clients, so I wanted to put her on spotlight for more of you to know a little more about her.

About Sandra D. Stander

Sandra is a Hair Stylist, Salon Owner, Beauty Educator, Personal Beauty Consultant, Interior Designer, and a Film Hair Stylist.   A woman of many skills & talents.  A master of her craft. Sandra recognizes that Jesus is the center and circumference, the balance and beauty, and the sum and substance of what her life is all about. Sandra has 3 adult children: Davion (Conniea), Devin (Otavia), and Ana. She has two beautiful grandchildren:  Skyla and Dylan. Sandra is a graduate of Jefferson County High school in Fayette, Mississippi, also a graduated of Alcorn State University. Every year in May, Sandra gives back to her high school by blessing a deserving high school senior from JCHS with the Unisex Style Spectrum Scholarship.   What distinguishes her from others in her field of expertise is her style, her unique ability to look the part and sell herself as an advertisement for her business.  Sandra’s wish is to combine her knowledge and experiences to deliver the best creativity and style to many and to share with young ladies the importance of being a lady and no matter how you feel, get up dress up, show up and never give up! 

Here is a list of questions that I asked all of my Ladies in the Spotlight so you are able to see the unique difference in each selection:

How long have you been in business?   A:  In May of this year, it will be exactly 36 years.  

Describe the process of realizing you wanted to work for yourself?
A: I’ve always known I wanted to open my own salon.  After working for another salon and seeing that the owners were making a big profit off of my skills and expertise.  I knew I had to change the trajectory of my life.  I did all the work, but the funds went in their pockets.  I made them thousands of dollars while I received a few hundreds. I knew if I worked that hard I needed to get paid fairly.  

Would you consider yourself self-made, or did you have an army of support to lean on when deciding to start your business?
A:  I don’t consider myself self-made.  My Mom (Annie R. Stander), who is also a licensed hair stylist, inspired me.  My Mom came from a family of entrepreneurs. My grandparents were big fans of working for yourself.  We knew we wanted to open a Salon, but we didn’t know that we would open a salon so soon after graduating from cosmetology school.  We wanted to experience working for someone else to learn and grow in the business.  My Mom and I both worked for other salons in the beginning, and we both experienced the same issues with our money. (Smile) We knew we had to open a salon due to the clientele we had established.  With Mama’s expertise and knowledge in the business area, we built Unisex Style Spectrum from the ground. By  God’s grace and mercy we are still standing after almost 36 years.


What is one thing you did in the beginning that you would do over if you could? 
A:  I have to name 2 things.  Pay taxes and save money. 

What is one piece of advice that you would like to give anyone that is afraid to take that leap of faith and invest in themselves?
A:  Have passion because it’s the foundation of a successful entrepreneur.  Live on Proverbs 3;5-6 and Philippians 4:13.

Stay on the look out to see who will be the Lady in the Spotlight next week
🥰

~Conniea P

Lady in the Spotlight: Week Two

Sakinah King

This Lady Boss is so inspiring for so many reasons and a great example of how to “Boss Up” the new school way. What I love most about Sakinah is that she didn’t allow her tough upbringing to make her out of a victim. Instead she used that hurt as fuel to her fire to become more innovative and beat the odds by any means necessary.

Sakinah knew that in this new world of technology and social media that she had to build a genuine following first in order to meet the needs of her clients all over the world. So she did what any great student would do and studied different techniques and worked on it and now she has over 60,000 followers on social media from being an influencer. With that drive and determination, she now owns several successful businesses that all meets personal passions that she holds dear to her heart. She is a true example of how you can accomplish anything as long as you have faith that God will see you through, put in the work, and build something that you truly believe in.

About Sakinah King

Sakinah King is a mother of 3 from Newark, NJ. For Sakinah, life hasn’t always been the best circumstances for any child to have to endure, but she was able to stare adversity in the face until eventually she came out on top. Sakinah always wanted to become an entrepreneur and run her own business. In 2014, she launched Lux&West Boutique and fast forward 6 years later came K2C Fit, K2C Cosmetics, Kopula (Adult toy line) K2C Podcast and K2C Classic. Sakinah believes if you have a million ideas one of them will make you a million dollars.

Sakinah answered a few questions to give us more insight on her as a Business Owner. Below are her responses:

How long have you been in business?


I’ve been in business for six years. I have 5 businesses that I currently run by myself Lux&WesT, K2C Cosmetics, K2C Fit, Kopula & K2C Classic which launches this spring. I also have a podcast that I just started.

Describe the process of realizing you wanted to work for yourself?

I always knew that I would be an entrepreneur. Even as a kid I shoveled snow, baby sit and tutored kids. I would always find a way to keep money in my pocket so that I would never have to ask anyone for anything. As an adult raising three kids on your own, you find ways to make ends meet. You think, plan, then execute.

Would you consider yourself self-made, or did you have an army of support to lean on when deciding to start your business?
I would definitely consider myself as self-made. I don’t come from a family nor a community where people support each other’s dreams. When I first told people that I wanted to start a business they laughed and criticized everything. I asked family and friends to become investors and it went on deaf ears. I said “Kena if you’re going to do this, you better go hard” I took a leap of faith and the rest is HERstory.

What is one thing you did in the beginning that you would do over if you could?
I wouldn’t do anything I did in the beginning. In the beginning, I gave a lot of free stuff away that I pretty much never saw a profit. I was too busy trying to keep people happy that my business was failing. I had to make a new plan and stick with it even if it cost me friends. My kids depend on me and I can’t feed them friendship.

What is one piece of advice that you would like to give anyone that is afraid to take that leap of faith and invest in themselves?

One piece of advice I would give someone is to just Do it! Always think realistically and don’t put yourself in a box. Network with positive people and be your biggest supporter.

I hope you all learned a thing or two because I definitely was able to learn a few things throughout my interactions with Sakinah. If you like to follow her new and upcoming ventures please follow her at Kena2cakey.

Stay tuned and on the look out for the next Lady in the Spotlight next week🥰
~Conniea P

Lady in the Spotlight Week 3: Michelle Harris ✨

Michelle better known as Chelly Chelle is a great friend of mine that I have watched blossomed in front of my very eyes. I have always admired her strength, determination, and her one of a kind personality, and it has been a great pleasure to watch her transform into everything that God has designed her to be. I know that without a doubt there is so much more in store for Chelle and her business endeavors. There are a lot of great things I can say about this Lady Boss, but the things that set her apart from others is her ability to serve her customers like no other, and the fact that she is genuinely everyone’s biggest cheerleader. She understands that there is no way to continue to prosper without supporting others and she can really write a book on support for her fellow entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners and I love her for that. My girl has a heart of gold and an unmatched spirit that has blessed everyone that she comes in contact with. I am so honored to have her as a dear friend and fellow Lady Boss.

About Michelle Harris

Michelle Harris is my name, but I am also very well-known as Chelly Chelle.  I am a 37 year old native of Mississippi. I am an Aspiring Business Owner/Entrepreneur pursuing my passion as a Chef/Caterer. I desire to one day own my own restaurant with multiple locations. I have been cooking with “Love” since the tender age of 12. Cooking is my escape and my happy place. Time has only perfected my craft. When I think Love and Passion, I think “Chelle’s Kitchen” ❤️ 

Michelle answered a few questions to give us more insight on her as a Business Owner. Below are her responses:

How long have you been in business? Honestly I have been pursuing my passion for 3 years, however, January of 2020 made a year full time as an Entrepreneur. 

Describe the process of realizing you wanted to work for yourself? To be completely honest, I’ve always felt as if I needed to be helping make someone else’s life easier while they live their dream and simply pursue mine whenever I had some free time. Yes, that is the selfless me. In Sept of 2018, immediately after losing a really good job, that I truly loved, I prayed and decided that it was time to do what I loved and was most passionate about, cooking and serving. If I had to be honest, it’s the hardest I have ever worked in my life, but the rewards of doing what you were born to do are absolutely amazing. Nothing compares to the joy of doing what you love. The feeling is so overwhelming. 

Would you consider yourself self-made, or did you have an army of support to lean on when deciding to start your business? I consider myself God-made, not Self-made, because none of this I can do in my own strength, but with him, much prayer, and following his blue print and plan for my life, I can be and do anything I desire. My support system is great,  but he is the one who gives the increase, because people can support you all day, but when God supports you, he sends the people. Divine connections opens doors that no amount of money ever could. 

What is one thing you did in the beginning that you would do over if you could? The one thing I did in the beginning that I would do over is not allow my plan to work me, but to work my plan and prioritize. Research, study, etc. Sometimes we procrastinate, when we should be simply just doing. Time is money and we can’t get that back. 

What is one piece of advice that you would like to give anyone that is afraid to take that leap of faith and invest in themselves? My antidote for anyone who’s afraid to JUMP is simple. Just Do It. You have exactly what it takes to be anything you desire to be. Everything you desire is on the other side of fear, but if you don’t go over there, you will always be left wondering. Simply spread your wings, you’d be amazed at how far you could soar. Listen, so what if you fail, just don’t quit. The only Plan B you need is to try again. You have got to believe in yourself more than you want others to believe in you. Invest in you, and know that you are your greatest project. Do not forget to promote yourself daily✨

You can reach Michelle at Chelle’s Kitchen on Facebook and chelles_kitchen1 on Instagram.

Stay tuned and on the look out for the next Lady in the Spotlight next week🥰
~Conniea P