National Dashiki Day takes place on Oct. 30, 2015, where it is referenced across the internet, including 1000’s of mentions on Twitter & Instagram.
National Dashiki Day. (Rally)
Muslim, Christian, Jew, black, white, red, brown or blue. Whatever or Whoever you are-Stand-Up and Stand-Out against hatred, racism and spiritual persecution! Gather your neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers and participate in the National Dashiki Day. Wear yours to work, shopping or school. Anywhere and everywhere! Get creative! Host the˜best dashikiâ€™ contest. Get the kids involved! Then post your pics on all over social media and on the net.
More info on Dashiki Day can be found on the Wiki page for Dashiki, or on social media ‘About National Dashiki Day’ , via twitter & Instagram, use ‘#DashikiDay’.
JUST IN TIME FOR ‘DASHIKI DAY’, BRIDGING CULTURAL BARRIERS
Check out BBNomics Interview with KemiPosh, based out of Columbus, OH.
Why are you in business? I am in business to earn additional income other than the typical 9-5 jobs.
How did you choose your business name? My first name is Kemi and since I consider myself to be Posh, I added that to it.
Why are in this type of business? I have always loved the idea of buying and selling. It’s a thrill each time you’re able to multiply a dollar and being in retail allows you to do just that.
What is your background? Education, Work Experience.. I was born and raised in West Africa, Nigeria to be precise. I’ve a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and I’m currently working as a Business Developer.
Can you provide me with a description of your business? How long have you been in business? My business consist of selling the popular materials called Dashikis in different beautiful styles and colors. I’ve been in business since April of 2012 but began selling dashikis earlier this year.
In this business? In other businesses? This is my only business, for now.
What type of business form do you have, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation? Sole Proprietorship
What are the advantages of this form of business ownership? The advantage of being in business on your own is that you can be yourself. You get to make the decisions and be your own boss.
How did you get started in this business? I started back in 2012 by selling vintage items online under the name KemisKloset. I would shop in different hidden boutiques for rare pieces and resell them online. Then gradually, I started selling Brand New items such as clothes, purses, jewelries, shoes and so on. I stopped selling when I entered my senior year in college because school got busy and I was working a full time job at the same time. Earlier this year, I opened my business back up under Kemi Posh.
How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business? Other than the fact that I studied business in school, I have always been interested in the act of making a living through commerce.
How do the social, economic, environmental, technological, legal and political environments impact your business? Oh my! I can’t imagine owning a business without these tools. My business is impacted by the use of social media, technology and so forth. It helps in reaching out to people worldwide and spreading the word everyday.
Do you know who your competitors are? Of’course I do. If you do not learn who your competitors are, then you’re not really in business.
How do you market your business? As I mentioned earlier, I use social media to my advantage. I’m constantly spreading the word on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
How are people aware of your business? Majority of my customers are aware of my business through my active use of the social media and my business cards.
Please explain what ways do you give back to the community, how & why you choose this particular method? I give back to the community by involving myself in programs that enables me to share my experience in the retail world. I’m constantly encouraging people to think beyond their 9-5’s. I choose this method because it is important to show people how to invest instead of spending.
Where do you see your business in the next year? God willing, I see my business tripling.
In the next five years? The next ten years?… In the next five to ten years.. Oh my! I’ll let God handle that one.
How has technology, such as computers and the internet, impacted on how you conduct business? I operate an e-boutique business so the internet is where I spend most of my time.I use the internet to run my business, advertise and to constantly promote my store website in whichever way I can.
Why is your business located at this site? I run my business online because operating a brick and mortar store is far more expensive.
Whom do you seek advice from for your business? God, no seriously.
What do you do with your profits? I put all my profits back into the business.
Does your business have a stated mission statement, the reason that this business exists? I’m still working on that.
Can you describe your customers? My customers are people who love to look unique. They are excited about new pieces and love to show them off. My customers are awesome!
Why do your customers select you over your competitors? I believe they select my store because my pricing is lower than some of my competitors and also because I always deliver on time.
What is your management style? I’m hard on myself. I don’t do things any way because I no one to report to. Things have to get done regardless of what is going on in my personal life because there are people out there counting on me to deliver.
What are the biggest issues for running this business? There are fast and slow days in running a business and these are issues one has to familiarize themselves with. The biggest issues for me are slow days and making sure tomorrow is not slower.
If something happens to you, what will happen to your business? The business will most likely die seeing that I am the only one running it, unless someone decides to pick it up, but I am working on that.
What did you learn from this interview? I learned to reinforce my future goals.
Order your Dashiki for, ‘National Dashiki Day’, October 30th, 2015 from KemiPosh. Use Code #BBE during your purchase.
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