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22 Inspiring Business Quotes from Real, Successful Entrepreneurs.

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It requires a lot to be successful in business: a good product or service, financial acumen, the right connections and capital to keep things running are just a few of the tangible requirements.

But the soft-skills required to maintain resilience in the face of overwhelming odds, overcome adversity and recover from failure cannot be discounted.

What are the mindsets that keep entrepreneurs going against all odds?

We reached out to the wide-world of business owners for their mantras, inspirational quotes and advice about how to do what they do.

The Power of Passion, Purpose and Creativity
Entrepreneurs and business owners have the rare opportunity to do something they truly love – the opportunity to be a force for good in the world instead of a cog in the machine.

Keep this in mind when the journey inevitably gets tough.

  1. “Everyone has their own reasons for starting their own business. But don’t choose other people’s reasons; choose your own.”

Simon Dlugowski, Founder of MySocialNerd.com

2. If you do what you love, you are more likely to be better at what you do. Don’t choose your career path based on other people’s expectations. Have faith in yourself and your judgement. Work hard and do what you enjoy. If not, you will have to live with the lingering feeling of wondering what could have been.”

Charles Dugan, Founder of American Image Displays

3. “The passion and desire you have to bring something into this world was given to you for a reason. You were meant to do the work that drives you and compels you to create. Never forget that the world needs exactly what you have to give, and it won’t be complete without it.”

Jessica Kinsey, Founder of Prodigy & Co

4. “Let your mind wander at the right time. Daydreaming makes people more productive because it taps into the subconscious and encourages creativity. You just have to learn how to do it well. Think of as many things as you can for an hour, when you do that, you find solutions to problems.”

Stephen Constantine, Founder of YouMap

5. “Go out into the world. Go into the homes and workplaces and quiet places of real people with real challenges. Watch and listen. There we will learn what the actual challenges are we as founders can help solve.”

Matthew Cooper, Co-Founder and CEO of EarnUp

6. “When you start a business, the goal is not to make money. That should be the last goal on your mind actually. Instead, you should start a business because you love what you do.”

AJ Saleem, Academic Director at Suprex Tutors Houston

7. “You are never too small and ordinary to make a difference. A seamstress named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and move to the back of the bus. A shipyard electrician named Lech Walesa led the movement that threw the Russians out of Poland and later became its president. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield knew nothing about ice cream or business and they started a company that showed it was possible for businesses to change the world. I own a one-person social entrepreneurship consulting business based in a farmhouse, and I personally started the movement that saved a mountain. If you think you’re too small to have impact, hang out with a mosquito. Step into your greatness—it’s waiting for you!”

Shel Horowitz, Going Beyond Sustainability

The Power of Your Mindset

Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right!” The power of your mindset when it comes to your success cannot be dismissed. Keep these quotes in mind:

8. “Entrepreneurs face obstacles from all sides, day in and day out, but the greatest battle entrepreneurs fight is over mindset. No competitor is as dangerous as your own doubts or complacency. Make positivity and enthusiasm your highest priority, and you’ll find ways to take care of all the rest. I can tell you with 100% certainty that the days I’ve gotten up and attacked my work with a positive attitude, I’ve made progress. On the days when I’m feeling low, letting the doubts and frustrations eat away at my mindset, I see only a fraction of the results. Entrepreneurship is a battle waged in the mind.”

Brian Davis, Director of Education, SparkRental

9. “The only difference between fear and excitement is the story that you tell yourself. Tell yourself a story that will move you forward.”

Laura Huckabee-Jennings, Owner of Transcend

10. “I’m a true believer in the Laws of Attraction. What you think about, you bring about. Say to yourself, ‘In 2018, I will…’ and write it in a notebook or somewhere you’ll see it often. Remind yourself that running a small business is something that you want.”

Denise Marcelin Pringle of Denmar Consulting LLC

The Power of Your People
The reason many entrepreneurs start a business is because they have a natural inclination to go it alone. This quote is a reminder not to let that be your downfall.

11. “Don’t let your doubts get in the way of your success. As a business owner, it’s important to utilize a support group who shares the same vision as you. This network is what will help you get through the difficult times, and help you celebrate your wins.”

Katie Krawcyzk, Founder of 19 IDEAS

Prepare to Persevere
No matter how lucky you are, no matter how talented you are, your business will not succeed unless you keep going.

12. “A small boy or girl selling lemonade has a business. A creative entrepreneur with a business plan only has a paper.”

Katie Smith, CEO of Skip Hire Isleworth

13. “Many refuse to step up to life’s plate for fear of striking out. However only those willing to risk a strike out are given the opportunity to hit a home run. Whatever you do, just keep swinging.”

Kelly Bertog, Founder of Six-Figure Sponsorships

14. “No matter how hard it gets, continue providing value upfront and continue delivering on your promises, and eventually you will be successful.”

Simon Dlugowski, Founder of MySocialNerd.com

15. “Entrepreneurship is being on a mission where nothing can stop you. It will take twice as long as you’d hoped, cost exceedingly more than you’d ever budgeted and will be more challenging than anything you’ll ever try but if you give it your all and refuse to give up, you can trust it will be the ride of a lifetime.”

Lori Cheek, Founder/ CEO of Cheekd

16. “Persistence and ambition almost always beat out talent. Many startups and companies fail simply because they give up too early. Success isn’t achieved by avoiding failure, but instead finding the determination to work past it.”

Sophie Knowles, Founder & CEO of PDF Pro

The Power of Failure
You are going to fail before you truly succeed. Your perspective, and understanding failure’s role in success, is paramount to overcoming it.

17. “You don’t know how far you can rise until you are knocked to the ground.”

Ted Jenkin, Co-CEO and Founder oXYGen Financial

18. “Failure happens not when you don’t succeed the first time but when you stop trying the last time.”

David Burckhard, PicturePoint On-line

19. “Fear of failure is something as an entrepreneur I am constantly battling against. As an entrepreneur, you are constantly trying new things and pushing the envelope. If you are not failing, you aren’t trying hard enough. Often when my team is hesitant to take action in fear of failure, I am known to say ‘It might not work. You might fail. But I rather fail at something that has potential than succeed as something with none.’”

Warren Struhl, Owner of Successories

20. “The best way I know to recover from entrepreneurial failures is to rely on your support group. This could be any combination of friends or family. They might not be able to give you any game-changing solution to your problem, but as long as they aren’t there to question or criticize you, they should help you at a personal level with their love and support. Simply getting away from your problem for a day or even a few hours could prove invaluable.”

Peter Carson, President, Extranet User Manager

21. “Let rejection be the fuel for your motivation because on the road to your dreams, nothing should stop you.”

Dale Noelle, Founder & CEO of TRUE Model Management

Enjoy the Journey
As a business-owner, it’s only natural for you to focus on results. But focusing only on the results is one of the fastest ways to burn out.

22. “Entrepreneurship is like a bike ride. Some paths are familiar, others take you through new or rocky terrain. Some people seem to travel very far quickly, while others struggle to make it up the first hill. Each journey is different, sometimes by choice (like where to ride) and sometimes by chance (like inclement weather). Every rider has a different set up uphill climbs and downhill cruises ahead of them. Sometimes you’ll ride uphill and into the wind and it’ll feel like the world is fighting against you. Every forward motion will be hard fought and difficult to achieve. But that only makes the crest of the mountain that much more sweet of a victory when you get there. Other times you’ll be pedaling downhill and feel invincible, like you own the streets and nothing can stop you. These are the times to stay humble and keep pedaling. Realize that you’ve worked hard to get here, but just because the path is working in your favor right now doesn’t mean it will always stay that way. Keep your head down and pedal because you could be riding into another uphill battle and need to keep your momentum.

We all have different paths and some of us will go a lot farther than others. It’s not always fair that some people have better bikes than others, but that’s how the world works. Keep your eyes focused on the riders going faster than you and learn from them. But remember that no matter how fast you go, there will always be someone out there passing you, don’t let that discourage you. And lastly remember, while it’s important to travel far, at the end of the road it’s more important to enjoy the path that got you there.”

Matt Ham, President / Owner of Computer Repair Doctor

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Meet 21-Year-Old Ghanaian Female Enterpreneur Who Runs A Leading Real Estate And Technology Company: Stephanie Ode Wilson

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Stephanie Ode Wilson sees the potential in everything and everyone and possesses the audacity to pursue against all odds. For her, there is latent possibility everywhere. Possessing a unique ability to see beyond the surface, she finds the extraordinary in the seemingly simple. Not yet 22-years old Stephanie is one of Ghana’s leading silent entrepreneurs, who is making a huge dent in two heavily male dominated Industries across the Region.

Stephanie saved for her first land from running errands and doing follow ups on building materials from vendors on behalf of her boss who owns and runs one of the biggest Real Estate Firms in Ghana. She built a 3-Bedroom Apartment on a 100 x 70 Plot and completed her fist sale in November 2017 at age 20.

An alumni of Kumasi Girls Senior High School and currently in her 3rd Semester at Bluecrest University, the ever industrious visionary worked for Shieldsoft Consult as Accounts Manager from 2016.

After picking interest in Construction as a child and having her ambitions shattered by a JHS tutor, the inexperienced 17-year-old at the time committed to learning by any means necessary and surrounded herself with constructors and architects at any given time during her days in High School. With support from her family, she started importing building interior materials such as tiles, wall coverings and security doors. She also launched a Clothing Line in 2016.

After 3 years of gaining knowledge, expertise and a strong network, she coordinated and built a team of constructors with over 25 years of experience. She thus led the client acquisition campaigns, brought in the contracts under her company name and executed with her team. In 2017, she proceeded to sell 3 more houses for clients abroad.

She officially launched her Company Scown Properties Ghana in October of 2017 after clearly displaying an unparalleled knack for the Real Estate business. She is currently completing Phase One of Scown Court; a 12-Unit Gated Community at Dawhenya. Her plan is to have SCOWN Courts all across the country.

Stephanie’s love for Technology came naturally to her as a child fueled by an intense passion to break and fix electronics. During her time at Shieldsoft Consult, a leading IT Firm in Ghana owned by her uncle she took the opportunity to learn basic programming, networking and hardware.

Her technology Business, SCOWN TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS helps customers use technology to slash the time it takes to turn ideas into value. They offer services in Cabling and Fibre Optics, Data and Network Security Infrastructure, Home Automation and Security System Installation.

How a 21-year-old juggles her education with an overly demanding field such as Real Estate and a supper immersive field as Technology will always be a wonder, but this young industrious daughter of the Mother land is breaking the glass ceiling and defying all odds.

She is set to launch her GIRL CODE AFRICA Initiative later this year aimed at teaching 100,000 girls across the continent basic Coding, Web and App Development and equip them with Digital Skills across a 10-year period. The Project is set to launch June of this year.

Stephanie embodies elegance and the spirit of a new breed of Young Female Leaders rising across the continent. She runs all her three companies with a culture of intangibles, a unique leadership style that she understands is necessary to ignite others.

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Kasapreko Donates F!re Station Worth GH¢400,000 To GNFS

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Kasapreko Company Limited (KCL), the only indigenous beverage manufacturing company with ISO Certification in Ghana, has donated a fully-equipped fire station worth GH¢400,000 to the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS).

The new Kasapreko Fire Station, which is located close to the Kasapreko factory premises, is to serve the people of Spintex Road and the industrial enclave in Tema West Municipal Assembly.

The Chief Fire Officer, Edwin Ekow Blankson, indicated that the facility’s siting quite strategic, since for a long time the Ledzokuku Municipal Fire Station has had the arduous task of travelling a very long distance to attend to fire calls and accidents on the Spintex Road and its environs.

“I commend highly the efforts of management at Kasapreko Company Limited for the high level of investment put into the opening of this station.

“Government has committed support to the GNFS through the provision of two hydraulic platforms which can facilitate fire-fighting up to fifteen (15) floors. Other fire engines and Rapid Intervention Vehicles (RIV) will also be procured in the course of the year to boost our fleet,” he said.

The Deputy Interior Minister, Henry Quartey, speaking on behalf of his Minister, Ambrose Dery, at the official opening ceremony expressed satisfaction with the wonderful edifice that Kasapreko has donated to the Fire Service to aid in controlling accidental fires.

“Undesired fires continue to cause significant loss of lives and properties in the country. This situation negatively impacts gross domestic product (GDP) and therefore needs to be given serious emergency attention.

“From January 2019 to date, Ghana have recorded a total of one thousand four hundred and twelve (1,400,12) fire outbreaks - representing an about-28.5 percent increase compared to same time last year, 2018.

“Therefore, the need to provide effective fire cover for communities across the country and intensify fire prevention within communities, markets, and shops and offices cannot be overemphasized,” he said.

He further charged the fire officers of GNFS, Tema Regional Command - who will be posted to the office, to be relentless in their efforts to satisfy the communities of Spintex Road with their fire measures.

“Fire safety is a shared responsibility, and without the necessary cooperation from the public, desired results cannot be achieved. I would therefore like to use this opportunity to call on the district assemblies, traditional rulers, and religious bodies to partner GNFS and help inculcate a strict fire safety culture into the citizenry,” he emphasized.

The Chief Executive Officer, KCL, Richard Adjei said: “The Kasapreko Fire Station is a project anchored under our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), initiative.

“This GH¢400,000 fire facility was sponsored fully by Kasapreko and made possible in partnership with the Fire Department of Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA).”

Also present at the official opening ceremony were the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah; the MCE of Tema West Municipal Assembly (TWMA); Traditional Council members of Nungua; and members from corporate organizations within the TWMA.

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European Commission Appoints Roberta Annan On High Level Steering Committee On Culture And Creativity.

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Roberta Annan has been selected by the European Commission to join a High Level Steering Committee in an International Colloquium on Culture and Creativity.

The conference which comes off on June 16-17 is a key path of inclusive development, innovation and peace. It is scheduled to take place at the Palias des Beaux Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels in partnership with the EEAS, EU member states and the association of their national intitutues for culture (EUNIC) UNESCO and cultural professional associations from all over the world.

The Committee of experts is being set up in order to discuss, inspire and endorse the content and main outcomes of the Colloquium.

“We are aware of your experience and knowledge in this sector, I would be honoured to welcome you as a member of a selected group of thinkers, academics, artists, writers and culture operators who will take an active part in the Steering Committee.

“I believe your presence would provide an invaluable contribution to a successful outcome of this international event,” a letter from the Commission signed by Stefano Manservisi said.

Roberta Annan is an award-winning business woman with several leadership awards such as ‘20 under 40 Influential Business Leaders in Ghana’, ‘Feminine Ghana Achievement Award’, ‘Woman 2.1 Summit Award’ 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians and”40 under 40” business leaders in Ghana. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Vogue, Huffington Post and many other media outlets.

She was the youngest African to be inducted into the African Leadership Hall of Fame and is part of the Young Leaders Circle for Milken Institute as well as a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Roberta has lived and worked on four continents. Studying at Georgetown University, Annan holds a Masters degree in Biotechnology.
Roberta is the Managing Partner of Roberta Annan Capital Partners (RACP), a sector agnostic specialized boutique investment company in Sub-Saharan Africa with a portfolio of assets in hospitality, agribusiness, and sustainable luxury.

Alongside this company Roberta founded RAC a subsidiary of RACP, which focuses on advisory and business development.

She is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Impact Fund For African Creatives (IFFAC) - a 100 million Euro fund that invests in creative businesses across Africa, in partnership with UN- ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.

Roberta has worked with the United Nations as a consultant in resource mobilization, where she mobilized funds that created fund raising strategies to expedite the implementation of UN projects across the world.
Roberta is well recognized in her field and is a Senior Market Liaison for Fieldstone.

During her career Roberta has formed partnerships with LJ Partnership a ‘Multi Family’ office with $13 billion assets under its management.
Roberta is an avid philanthropist and is passionate about women’s development opportunities’ across Africa, starting the African Fashion Fund (AFF) in 2014. The Fund is an incubator to support talented designers from Africa.

This year’s event follows on the results of the first International Colloquium of 2009 and aims to mobilise professionals, artists and private sector from Europe and its partner countries.

This gave them the opportunity to discuss promote the role of culture and creative industries as enablers of social innovation and engine for sustainable and inclusive development.

The Committee will meet twice, first Meeting was on March 13-14 and the second will be during the Colloquium itself in June.

The event will precede The European Development Days, giving the High Level Steering Committee the opportunity to present a manifesto of recommendations to be included in the EU’s External Policy and to position culture and creativity as an important player in the economic development discussions.

Ms. Annan’s role will be to define and recommend innovative finance strategies that can be adopted and key partners and players that can be implementers.

Source: Prince Akpah

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Balance For Better: 5 Most Inspiring Ghanaian Female Business Leaders.

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As we celebrate women from across the world for their individual and collective contributions and accomplishments, one thing that stands tall is the emergence of women leaders in various sectors such as business, governance, politics, entertainment and media across Africa.
With the global theme for 2019 as Balance for Better, it is prudent we get to celebrate & learn from the lives of African women who have achieved outstanding milestones in their careers and have become a beacon of hope and role models for the next generation.
From humble beginnings in the Banking, Technology, Mining & Taxation sectors, these women have established a sterling career which affords them the opportunity to lead various multinational organisations in discharging exceptional results with a remarkable combined working experience which sums up to about 100 years.
In celebration of these Ghanaian women, I am delighted to write about these 5 game changers and change agents who beyond their official duties also commit their time, energy and personal resources in supporting individuals & communities through various mentoring programmes & foundations.
For young people looking for role models to look up to and help advance their careers, here are 5 Inspiring Ghanaian Female Business Leaders inspiring the next generation of women in Ghana and Africa.

Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh
Country General Manager, IBM Ghana

As the first female Country General Manager of IBM in Africa, Angela has distinguished herself among business leaders who have led Fortune 100 companies across the African continent to an incredible performance in business amidst competition.
As a seasoned marketer with over 18 years’ experience in marketing and sales, she is noted to have pioneered some of the largest deals in both West and East Africa for IBM.
Before joining IBM, Angela started her career in London at GL Trade, later moved to ABN AMRO Futures and Options, UBS Investment Bank before returning to Africa to work with UBA Bank Ghana and GT Bank Ghana.
With multiple renowned international awards to her credit, Angela is noted as one of the top corporate women leaders in Ghana.
As a philanthropist, Angela adopted Siti, a remote community in the Eastern Region in Ghana where she has built a borehole, currently working on a solar-enabled electricity project and has plans to build a nursery school.
As a thought leader and mentor to several university students, Angela serves as a keynote speaker at various events across Ghana and also runs a special weekly coding class for young girls from the Nima community in Accra.
Angela is a graduate of Harvard Business School in Leadership Development, holds an MSc in International Business, BA in Marketing and French and a product of Achimota College and Wesley Girls High School in Ghana.

Abiola Bawuah
Regional CEO, UBA West Africa 1

Adjudged as the 2016 CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year, Mrs. Bawuah is the Regional CEO, West Africa 1 for the United Bank of Africa (UBA)
With enormous experience in retail banking and marketing, Mrs Bawuah had previously worked as an Executive Director at Zenith Bank as well as a Business Financial Manager at Standard Chartered Bank, Deputy MD and later MD/CEO of UBA Ghana.
As an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Columbia, University of New York, INSEAD and Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Switzerland, Mrs Bawuah also holds a BSc in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, an LLB with honors from the University of London, a diploma in Marketing from GIMPA and an EMBA (Finance) from the University of Ghana.
As a regular speaker at mentoring events, Mrs Bawuah is also the founder of the Abiola Bawuah Foundation through which she supports girls under the 100 Girls Support Project. She has also committed a 100,000 Cedis fund towards the publication of books under the foundation.

Adiki Ofeibea Ayitevie
Vice President, Sustainability & External Relations at Newmont Mining Corporation

Adjudged as the PR Personality of the year 2017, Adiki Ofeibea Ayitevie is the Vice President in charge of Sustainability and External Relations at Newmont Africa.
With more than 22 years of combined experience in the public relations and journalism fields, Ms. Ayitevie is an accomplished and well-respected communications professional. Her current role makes her an overseer of Communications and External Relations of Newmont Mining’s Africa operations.
Prior to joining Newmont, she has worked with the Public Agenda, SGSSB Limited, Volta River Authority and as a private consultant to a range of non-government and private organizations in Ghana.
Adiki is also a mentor to a lot of PR professionals and as a thought leader, is a keynote speaker and resource person at diverse programmes across the continent.

Ayesha Bedwei
Partner, PwC Ghana

Ayesha Bedwei is a Partner in PwC Ghana with specialisation in Tax advisory services. Her role in PwC extends to the areas of Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion, Energy and Learning & Education.
With over 18 years’ experience in the finance and accounting field, Ayesha has been involved in a wide array of projects and has built up a network of influential clients and associates during her professional career.
Ayesha is a regular keynote speaker at various tax and regulatory focused forums covering several African territories and is also passionate about topics of leadership and career development. As a passionate change agent, she founded a career advisory blog, careers1825.com which is targeted at people between the ages of 18 and 25 and 5taxminutes.com, which discusses tax matters in an easy-to-understand format.
With multiple awards to her credit, Ayesha is a member of the prestigious African Leadership Network (ALN) and has been on the judging panel for ALN’s Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship.

Mansa Nettey
CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Ghana

As the first female CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in Ghana, Mansa Nettey graduated as a pharmacist from KNUST before furthering her studies at the Manchester Business School.
With over 20 years’ experience in the Banking Sector, Mansa sits on the Board of Directors at Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited and the Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited.
Mansa started her career at Standard Chartered, as a Relationship Manager and later became head of foreign exchange sales in Ghana and across West Africa and was also the head of the Financial Markets in Ghana
Notable among her philanthropic commitments is the founding of the Leukemia Project Foundation, an initiative she started after battling with leukemia. Through her foundation, she has organised various activities which have created public awareness and has been used as an avenue to raise funds.
Authored by Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media & Founder of Be A Girl initiative.

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