So what I'd like to do bit by bit is to reveal some concrete steps for someone contemplating getting into the t-shirt game. I will offer suggestions only. Obviously, you will have to ultimately research all options and the internet makes that infinitely easier nowadays. I will also be giving some basic overviews of the different printing options. The one I chose and why I chose it. So first things first: Why t-shirts and not something else? Well, look around you or note it the next time you are walking around---everybody and I do mean everybody and their mother's mother wears t-shirts. There is not one demographic that doesn't. Nowadays you can even purchase t-shirts for your pets. So the market is wide open. And I don't think the appeal of t-shirts is going anywhere anytime soon. Now the 2nd thing I would recommend is that you decide what market or demographic you are going to target and the simplest way I can suggest to do that is to think about what you are passionate about? What are your hobbies? Your Interests? What causes get you hyped and amped up? The adage about doing what you love may sound trite, but I've found it to be oh so true. If you do what you love and what you are passionate about, I believe all else will fall into place. Overnight? Probably not. But if you are doing what you love, it won't feel like work and the time will be well spent. I am a firm believer in: do what you love and the money will follow. So back to what demographic or target market you should choose---think long and hard about that and whatever comes to mind once you think about the question; then I think the next step is to acknowledge that on a planet of billions, you are very unlikely to be the ONLY person who has that particular interest. So that is how you can decide on your target market---people who share that very same interest/cause/opinion etc. Think about what kind of t-shirt slogans and/or designs would possibly appeal to this group.
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History of Black Beauty Supplies and Innovators History of Black Hair Care Product Innovators
Terry Akins PR, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Jul 5, 2013
Annie Malone developed and popularized the pressing comb in the early 1920's. She owned a Beauty School Chain called Poro College (Poro: a West African word meaning organization dedication and discipline) in Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. She was the mentor and the inspiration for Madam C.J. Walker primarily known for her early 20th century hair treatments. The pair started the first Black Owned Beauty Supply Business. Black beauty supply stores started in black beauty and barber shops that were located in black communities across America in the early 20th century. Affluent blacks traveled to those community beauty salons and barber shops to have their hair done and bought products that were specifically made for their hair type by black hair care innovators.
Garret Morgan invented the first chemical hair relaxer in 1909 and named it the GA Morgan Hair Refining Crème. The crème allowed black hair to have a more European look and became an instant success.
In 1929, Samuel B. Fuller started a line of hair care products which were sold door to door on the south side of Chicago. He quickly became one of the most prominent Black businessmen in the city.
George E. Johnson was a production chemist for the S.B. Fuller Company and decided to strike on his own in the 1950's creating a men's product called Ultra Wave. In 1957, he started a professional salon line called for women called Ultra Sheen. Johnson products research laboratory became the largest laboratory devoted exclusively to black hair care products.
Black Hair care and cosmetics sales growth has proven to be stable and recession-resistant. A group of Korean immigrants in America discovered the market and began to start black beauty supply stores in areas that were predominantly African American. The near monopoly of Korean owned black beauty supplies began to frustrate African American in the hair care and cosmetics trade merchants in the early 1990's.
A 1993 study conducted by ViewPoint, Inc., a Chicago-based market research firm, revealed that many African-Americans were unaware and surprised that some of the hair care products they have been buying were not manufactured by African-American companies. Seventy-nine percent of the African-American consumers said it is important that they purchase hair care products which are made by African-American manufacturers and 77 percent of these consumers said that if they knew which brand were African-American, they would show a preference for these brands in their future purchases.
The subject of Black Owned Beauty Supply Stores became a hot-button issue in the black hair care industry as documented in the 2006 film entitled "Black Hair," by filmmaker Aron Ranen. In 2004, Sam Ennon founded the Black Owned Beauty Supply Association also known as B.O.B.S.A to address the concerns that many black community members expressed worldwide over not being able to buy and sell products in local black beauty supply stores.
Links and references
Black Manufactured Products
1.) By Nature’s Protein Products, Doo Gro
2). By Straight Arrow, Mane n’ Tail Shampoo, Conditioner Herbal-Gro
3). By Jinny’s Beauty Supply of Chicago, IL Max Products, Jamaican Dream
4). By M & M Products Company, Sofn’ Free, Bump Patrol, Easy Wave
5). By Universals Dist Supply, African Essence, Relaxer,
6). By Fantasia Products, IC Products Shine Styling Gel, Shear Butter Sheen Spray
7). By Scientific Research Products, Le Kair product
8). By Avlon Industries, KeraCare, Affirm Relaxer
9). By Imperial Dax, Dax Relaxer Kit
10). By Ampro Industries, Styling Gel Memphis, TN
11). By Spartan Brands, Black Sassy, Duke Products
12). By Division of Matador Styling Products Industries Inc, Organics African Best
13). By Murray’s, Wella, Posner Cosmetics, Black Radiance Cosmetics
Products Manufactured By NON Black Companies
1). By Revlon, Realistic No-Lye Relaxer, African Pride, Crème of Nature
2). By L’oreal, Johnson Products, Ultra Sheen, Soft Sheen, Care Free Curl, Optimum, Wave Nouveau, Carson, Dark & Lovely Naturally, Breakthru,
3). By Alberto Culver, Motions Tcb, Soft & Beautiful Just For Me, Comb thru (Sally Beauty) Proc Aim, Silk Elements Relaxer, Pro-Line, Botanicals
4). By J. F. Labs, Of Chicago IL, Leisure Curl, Vitale, Hawaiian Silky,
5). By Smooth’n Shine
6). By Keystone Lab, Ultra Glow, Long Aid Gel, Better Braids
7). By J. Strickland & Co, Worlds of Curls, Royal Crown, Nadinola Skin, Blue Magic
8). Black and White, Artra Plus, African Gold Relaxer, Suifur8 Loc Twist & Braid, Zuri Cosmetic
9). By Queen Helene Beauty Products,
10). By Golden Supreme Styling Tools
11). By Walbert Lab, Black Thang Fantastix, Short n’ Easy, Real Soft Fro
12). By Lustrasilk, Cholesterol, Tea Tree, Herbal, Crème Conditioner, Moisture
Ok, so I kind of explained why the new name or more pointedly...why the variation or altering of the old one...I didn't go into detail on the landing page but another reason is because there is another t shirt design/company that has a name very similar to the old one and I thought it would be best to differentiate with something a little new but not so new that I'd have to change everythang....so new (er) name...same game...
I also want to congratulate our very 1st give away winner again, Ms. Jackie Davis of the Motor City--she chose the Divine Spirals T Shirt as her prize! Remember to sign up for our mailing list to enter your name into our next week's drawing! We'll choose
1 winner each week for the rest of July...
Angela Samuels Company: Voluptuous Clothing Position: Founder/CEO
Industry: Fashion, Retail
Angela Samuels is the Founder and CEO of the Toronto based retail chain Voluptuous Clothing, a store that caters to women sizes 14 to 24. The first Voluptuous was opened at North York Sheridan Mall in May 2001, followed by Dufferin Mall in May 2002, Scarborough Town Centre in June 2003 and the Vaughan Mills was launched on November 4, 2004.
Growing up as a minority and one of six children in the rough Toronto neighbourhood of Jane and Finch, Samuels felt acutely unsure about her chances of succeeding in life. But as a young woman, the drive to survive which had served her growing up kicked in. She would eventually use what she learned from her childhood challenges to improve both her life and the lives of many others.
Angela work as a plus-sized model for three years doing runway shows for designers such as Brian Bailey as well as catalogue and flyer work for stores such as Sears, Wal-Mart and Zellers.She then pursued her studies in the Child and Youth Care Worker program first at Centennial College and then George Brown College. Working with young offenders, Angela observed how, with women, much of their low self-esteem was tied to their appearance. If they couldnâ€™t find ways to look good, she reasoned, then how could they feel better about themselves?
"I saw a lot of younger girls who were bigger and I realized that they grow up thinking they're different than everyone else, that theyâ€™re not a part of society because they're not a size three," Samuels says. "I thought that if I could empower them with the self-esteem they need, maybe they would look at life differently and have a better chance to become successful."
She said she chose the name Voluptuous for her company because, "I wanted something that said "positive," and something that said "sexy." And I figured, okay, there's a word for small, which is "petite." And it sounds proper. It sounds nice. And I thought, there has got to be some other word for "full-figured," "big." Thereâ€™s got to be some other word. And I searched, and we came up with "voluptuous." It said all the things we wanted to say; furthermore, it implied that we are sexy. And that was important to me. And that became the name.
Voluptuous had sales of over $5 millions in 2004 and plans to expand across Canada over the next few years. Voluptuous will open a new store in a trendy upscale Mississauga shopping mall with an expected spring 2005 grand opening. Plans are also in the works for a location in Montreal later this year and the West Edmonton Mall in 2006.
Note: I had never heard of this sistah before today so it's ironic she chose the adjective "Voluptuous" to instill a sense of pride in full figured women and that is also my intent with my full-figured tee designs. I LOVE to see black women living their dreams!!
This is another little nugget of information I found online. Ok, It may seem as If I'm all over the place..lol..but trust me, there is a method to the madness...this blog is not only about my biz aims; but hopefully, it's also about providing uplifting information. Since I am more of a recent student of metaphysics and by extension, yoga--I thought this below fact (http://www.silenthealingcenter.com/site/section/healing_practices/kemetian_egyptian_yoga.php) was interesting...so it seems once again, that we as a people, are busy adopting thoughts, practices & behaviors, that if you investigate far enough back--came from us in the 1st place...Ironic, isn't it? So as I love to ask: Black People, do you know who you are and what power you possess? Maybe YOU don't, but others most certainly do.
Most students of yoga are familiar with the yogic traditions of India consider that hte Indin texts sucha s Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, etc. are the primary and original source of Yogic philosophy and teaching. However, upon examination, the teachings currently espoused in all of the major forms of Indian Yoga can be found in Ancient Egyptian scriptures. Yoga in all of its forms were practiced in Egypt earlier than anywhere else in our history. This point of view as mentioned previously is supported by the fact that there is documented scriptural and iconographical evidence of the disciplines of virtuos living, dietary purification, study of the wisdom teachings and their practice in daily life, psycholphical and psycho-spiritual exercises and meditation being practiced in Ancient Egypt, long before the evidence of its existence is detected in India (including the Indus Valley Civilization) or any other early civilization (Sumer, Greece, China, etc.).
Yoga is the practice of mental, physical and spiritual discplines which lead to sef-control and self-discovery by purifying the mind, body and spirit, so as to discover the deeper spiritual essence which lies within every human being and object in the universe. In essence, the goal of Yogqa practice is to unite or yoke one's indiviudal consciusness with Universal or Cosmic and other practices of the Ancient Egyptian Temple system known as Shetaut Neter (the way of the hidden Supreme Being), also known in Ancient Times as Smai Tawi "Egyptian Yoga," should as well be considered as universal streams of self-knowledge philosophy which influenced and inspired the great religions and philosophers to this day. In this sense, religion, in its purest form is also a Yoga system, as it seeks to reunite the soul with tis true and original source, God. In broad terms, any spiritual movement or discipline that brings one closer to self-knowledge is a "Yogic" movement. The main recognized forms of Yoga discipline are:
Dr. SuZar Epps--Check out her videos & books (it is her quote I used on my 'divine spirals' design)...
10 black child geniuses you should know
If you only watched the evening news or depended on pop culture to paint a picture of young blacks, you would probably think that the majority of black youngsters were only ambitious about sports and music, or caught up in crime and debauchery.
However, the face of black success isn’t limited to the fields that are occupied by Jay-Z, Beyonce and LeBron James. There are a multitude of young blacks who are achieving at a high level in science, math, classical music, chess and other knowledge-based areas and preparing to change society.
Stephen R. Stafford II
Stephen entered Morehouse College at the age of 11 and picked up three majors. Now 16, he is currently studying computer science and mathematics. He will likely graduate at 17.
By the age of 7, Loiseau spoke French, Creole, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and Russian. She also plays the harp, clarinet, violin, drums, guitar and piano.
Andrew is a master violinist based out of Atlanta. He was named Concertmaster of the Georgia Music Association’s All-State Middle School Orchestra. The title goes to the most skilled musician in the section.
Raised by a single father, Autum was ridiculed by highly regarded conservatives at the age of 7 for writing a poem that highlighted the travesty of slavery. Autum never wavered and mastered languages such as Arabic, Swahili and Spanish. She scored 149 on the standard IQ test. At age 13, she was accepted into the University of Connecticut.
The Imafidon family is known as the smartest family in the U.K. The youngest siblings, Peter and Paula, made history by becoming the youngest students to enroll at secondary school. Their older sister, Anne-Marie, was the youngest student to pass A-level computing at the age of 13.
At 17, Rochelle Ballantyne is one of the top chess players in the world. She is currently on the verge of becoming the first black American female to earn the title of chess master.
Ginger Howard is the youngest black American woman to become a pro golfer. Howard is competing to become the fifth black American woman to join the LPGA Tour.
Tony Hansberry II
Tony used failure as inspiration. After he didn’t place in the eighth grade science fair, Tony interned at Shands Hospital and developed a method of reducing the amount of time it takes to perform hysterectomies and potentially reducing the risk of complications after the procedure. He was honored for his contributions.
Chelsea has been an accomplished pianist since the age of 5. Now 13, Chelsea has performed at Madison Square Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Steinway Hall. She’s also an artist and straight A student.
Daquan created a walkie-talkie, bulletproof helmet at the age of 12. He’s currently working with Johns Hopkins University to gather funding to patent the idea.
I'm late..but I was sent this poem and I thought it was sooo moving that I wanted to post it, tho it's well after Mama's Day...Big Ups to the writer J.N. Salters...I'm sure her mother must be brimming with pride....
A Love Note to Black Mothers on Mother’s DayMay 12, 2013 By Guest Contributor30By j.n. salters
This letter is for my mother. Our mothers. Grandmothers. Aunts. Sisters. All of the other black women who continue to raise black and brown warriors in this battlefield we call America. Who constantly find ways to make ends meet–in a world that continually fails to acknowledge your worth and beauty–just to keep smiles on our faces. To the only women who can grow roses from concrete. Turn scraps into Thanksgiving feasts. Who continue to love hard and wholeheartedly even when the world attempts to steal your joy. Still you rise.
I just want to say thank you. And that you are appreciated. Loved. Beautiful. Needed. I need you. WE NEED YOU. You deserve so much more than the words on this page. Than your lived realities. Than the media portrayals that negate your wonder. And caricature your splendor. Than the statistics that mock your circumstance. Ignoring your God-like abilities to raise invisible toy soldiers into Gabby Douglases and Quvenzhané Wallises. Turning forgotten flesh into souls on fire.
You deserve to have your faces carved into mountains. Plastered on dollar bills covering the faces of presidents who have stolen from you. Used your image against you. Lied to you. Made your plight invisible. You deserve to have your brown skin on every milk carton and news segment that privilege missing bodies that do not look like yours or your children’s. On the cover of every newspaper that fills its pages with stories of your fabricated inferiority. Leaving your existence in the margins. Near the end. At the back. We are Rosa Parks.
I wish everyone could see you from my eyes. Read the deep history embedded in your rich skin. The pigment of your imagination. The secrets that you hold in the arch of your back. How the sway of your hips creates masterpieces out of thin air. Reclaiming the fetishized movements of Sarah Baartman. How your thick-lipped words echo the endurance of Sojourner Truth. Ida B. Wells. Wilma Rudolph. Harriet Tubman. The everlasting effervescence of your soul that refuses to be broken. The miniature North Stars shining from your crescent-like eyes, leading us lost ones to freedom. Giving us the ability to dodge stray bullets. Dreams deferred. Project hallways turned Middle Passages.
I pray that they will someday see you. In me. In US.
One of your daughters
I wanted to post the below (written by Cartess Ross of www.Tshirtriches.com) who offers great advice for anyone considering starting a business--whatever the field.
The Cold Blooded Truth About Being Successful in Any Business!
May 9, 2013 By Cartess Ross
One of our TshirtRiches members had to do a college project where they had to interview someone that is currently in the field they eventually wanted to work in.
This individual reached out and sent me a series of questions for me to answer… There were some great questions and it really got me to thinking — are people really willing to do what’s necessary to become successful? Or are they just talking…
Would I be willing to go through everything I’ve gone through again to get to the point where I’m at now?
Check out the questions and answers below — the parts highlighted in red were added on by me AFTER they handed in their assignment.. I just wanted to add a little more emphasis after having more time to think on it.
What would say are the five key elements for starting and running a successful business? To what do you most attribute your success?
What is the least favorite part of being self-employed? It gets lonely most times. There aren’t many people in your personal life that you can talk to. Most of your friends aren’t entrepreneurs and they don’t understand you. You can’t talk to them about your troubles or successes because they don’t get it. Heck… It’s difficult trying to have business conversations with your spouse. They don’t get what’s happening and that can get very frustrating.
How does your company differ from its competitors? I spend a lot more time teaching and educating my prospects and clients. Web video gives us an advantage because while most people just sell their products and services, we use the Internet and video to teach and educate. I believe the more informed a prospect/customer is, the more likely they’ll buy from you. That’s how we differ – 80% of our efforts are in educating the visitors/customers coming to our website.
How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life? Both good and bad. In the beginning, I put in a LOT of hours… It was hard for me to set business time and family time in the beginning. I missed out on a lot of things with my children when they were younger. We have 5 children – the first three are much older, but our last 2 younger ones have benefited more from me being home and spending more time since the business has improved in my latter years compared to the start-up phases. My marriage took a hit and we’re trying to mend that and make it better. So there was a price to pay – some of us entrepreneur types just can’t juggle the family and business life. I admit it’s challenging and if you have a spouse that doesn’t understand, it can make things even more difficult. Mine didn’t understand and even now, it’s still a struggle for her to ‘get it’. But it is what it is…
I wanted to add… Sacrifice is required if you wish to be successful. When you say YES to something, you say NO to something else. I made a lot of decisions in my effort to become a business-owner. Some of my decisions were good ones. Some were bad. Some… just needed to be done. I have no regrets. As I mentioned earlier — I missed out on a lot of things with my 3 older children. Even though I worked from home most of the time, I mentally was NOT there.
In retrospect, there were more things I could have done better — but hindsight is always 20-20. My advice moving forward… Schedule family time into the equation. Get the kids involved in the business with you. Set aside time outside of work to share time together — even if it’s only taking the kids to the park.
If you’re married — set aside time with your spouse as well… Even if it’s going out to dinner and a movie once a month. If they don’t want to participate in the business, don’t make them feel bad for not doing so. Each of us have our own goals and dreams… In fact, go out of your way to help them achieve theirs if you can.
What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them? Trying to do everything on my own. That has been my biggest failure. It’s impossible to do everything. And it’s impossible for the business to grow if you’re doing everything. There’s only so much you can do as an individual. At some point, you must set systems in place so the business runs with or without you. It took me many years before I finally submitted to this concept.
I’ll also add that I’ve had many FAILURES… Yes… MANY!!! I’ve been evicted out of my apartment. I had cars repossessed. I was thrown out of my offices because I didn’t have the money — and the very first employee I hired had to be laid off after only working for me for only a few months — I was paying her out of my pocket even though the business wasn’t bringing in enough funds. It was embarrassing and I felt bad about that for many, many months. This young lady had quit her job to come work for me — and I let her down!
You WILL have some failures in your life — but it’s how you handle the failures and obstacles that’ll determine whether or not you’ll make it. Each failure was a lesson for me. I learned from them.
If I’m ever on a ship that’s sailing through some treacherous waters — I want a captain whose been through some rough seas navigating that ship. I don’t want anybody whose never had to deal with the rough winds and high seas manning that boat — NO… I need somebody whose been through it all — they have the experience to navigate us to the other side.
What is the best way to organize your products and customer information? Our products/services are sold online via a website. We use software to manage inventory and we use software to manage our customers. We’re able to send out regular promotions via online newsletters and we also send out promos via postcards as well. Keeping in touch with our customers is a priority and periodically sending out special offers and promos to existing customers is what makes us successful. You’d be surprised at how many businesses won’t send out regular promos and special offers. Once they make that first sale, most business owners never market back to those customers – that’s completely absurd.
How long after you started your business did you turn a profit? I actually made a profit my first year. Building my business around the Internet kept our start-up costs low and gave us access to a worldwide network of potential customers. Making a profit happened very quickly and we were able to reinvest those profits back into the business – although in the beginning, we spent the profits and had some difficult times ahead – but we learned the hard way not to do that again.
How does the company make use of technology for internal communication and outside marketing? (Use of e-mail, Internet, intranets, social media, Web page, etc.) E-mail marketing is a big thing for us. A big part of our marketing efforts consist of building a list of interested prospects. We use web video to educate those prospects by sending videos via e-mail and social media sites like Facebook and YouTube. Once we educate them, we send additional offers for them to learn more by purchasing our courses that go more in-depth.
Do you have any special words of warning or encouragement as a result of your experience? Don’t do it for the money. Make sure you have a passion for what you’re doing. You’ll need this passion to get you through the tough times. And there will be many ups and downs. Get yourself around some like-minded folks. Form a mastermind where you all can learn from each other and build each other up. Keep listening to motivational CDs/MP3s and continue to learn and improve. I don’t mind spending a ton of money on education. I believe it’s one of the main reasons I’m successful now – I’m always learning.
In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur. Organized-chaos.
If you were conducting this interview, would there be another question you would ask that I have missed? Knowing what you know now about being an entrepreneur – would you do it all again, with all of the positives and negatives you discussed.
I absolutely would… I don’t think I could live any other way!
Fear keeps most of us from taking any sort of action. And for most stuff I get myself into, I jump in head-first and ask questions later… For me, the FASTER I fail, the FASTER I’ll see success. That’s literally how I look at life. That formula has served me well over the years. Yes — some of the projects and ventures I jumped into was an outright failure. But I’ve had many more successes than failure.
I didn’t want to wait till I was 65 to enjoy living life — I wanted to live life TODAY and on my own terms. I didn’t like the idea of someone telling me when I can take time off work. I didn’t like the fact of having very little money and not being able to travel when I wanted — that was more scarier for me than starting a business.
I knew if I did nothing — I’d make no progress and will have to live like that the rest of my life.
My advice to you — if you’re passionate about something — do it! If you don’t, you’re going to be miserable doing what you’re doing for the rest of your life.