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Houston businesswoman Toronda Lewis Copeland has become a constant fixture in the financial services industry


As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17 NIV)


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HOLDING IT DOWN — Armed with more than three decades of experience in her selected industry, Houston businesswoman Toronda Copeland’s The Iron Network Tax and Business Consulting is a Christian-based company that’s based largely on the Biblical premise that’s housed in Proverbs 27:17.

DALLAS — If you ever find yourself conversing with Toronda Lewis Copeland long enough, chances are the notable subject pertaining to the Biblical fellowship known as “iron sharpens iron” will likely come up.

And for all the right reasons.
“I love working with people and helping them make their situation better,” Copeland, an accomplished Houston-area entrepreneur, told Making Headline News this week. “I also love numbers. Serving as a business in the financial services industry continues to allow me to satisfy both passions.”
To her credit, Copeland — a remarkably brilliant financial specialist in her own right — has become a constant fixture throughout the Houston metropolitan area as owner and chief executive officer of The Iron Network Tax and Business Consulting.
Armed with more than three decades of experience in her selected industry, Copeland’s The Iron Network Tax and Business Consulting is a Christian-based company that’s based largely on the Biblical premise that’s housed in Proverbs 27:17.

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“I have a passion for helping people and I have a passion for business…period,” Copeland, 50, said in a detailed introduction of her venture at https://www.theironnetwork.com/about-us/. “Our team of tax professionals has over twenty years combined experience.  Additionally, we have served in the financial services industry for even longer. We are equipped to handle your business needs.”

As Copeland emphasized, her vision for The Iron Network includes — but isn’t limited to — assisting entrepreneurs in developing their visions into thriving businesses, a trend that would ultimately aid entrepreneurs mightily in moving ever-so-closely toward what she describes as self-actualization.


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Such a development, in turn, could greatly give way to these business professionals impacting their respective community, Copeland said.

What it practically boils down to, Copeland acknowledged, is strategically executing her personal mission, which is centered largely on promoting financial literacy, particularly by educating women and youth.

“Additionally, I have a mission to build a network of women business owners that connect to support and build up one another in various areas based on the biblical premise found in Proverbs 27:17,” said Copeland, adding that her networking adventure is presently in the works and will launch at a time that has yet to be determined.

A native of Nashville, Copeland grew up in nearby Franklin, a rural establishment that’s roughly 20 miles south of Tennessee’s state capital.


MORE ON COPELAND’S ENDEAVOR: https://www.theironnetwork.com/

A graduate of Whites Creek Comprehensive High School, Copeland advanced her education when she enrolled at University of Phoenix, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

For what it’s worth, she certainly boasts the educational and professional credentials which, much to her delight, have allowed her to reap sustained success in her chosen industry.

An endeavor that is steadily generating more a national presence — most notably in Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, Alabama and Illinois — Copeland stressed that as it relates to working with businesses, her primary focus remains in large part on the small business per se, and that age is not a factor.


“When it comes to my life insurance clients, I have a passion for helping young families solidify their financial foundation at a time when the cost to do so is a whole lot less than if they choose to wait until later on life,” Copeland explained. “At the same time, I find great pleasure in assisting clients of all ages to minimize their tax liability and to maximize their tax refunds.”


Speaking of the term, “maximize,” credit Copeland’s parents for having instilled in her at a young  age the benefits of delving the mindset of an entrepreneur, thus maximizing her potential.

“My mother definitely encouraged me to follow my dreams and made me believe that I could do anything and be whatever I wanted to be in life,” Copeland said. “My dad was an entrepreneur and business owner and also instilled work ethic in me. “My dad has always worked for himself. His work ethic was instilled in me. I’ve always had an interest in business.”

So far, so good for this thriving and progressive Texas-based businesswoman, whose best and brightest days undoubtedly are well ahead of her.

Yep. That goes to show that only what you do for Christ will last.

HERE’S THE 411 — What it practically boils down to, Copeland, acknowledged, is strategically executing her personal mission, which is centered largely on promoting financial literacy, particularly by educating women and youth.

“I love sharing the knowledge that I have,” said Copeland, who became knowledgeable of the tax industry in the late eighties, then formed featured business two years ago, a venture that has since allowed her to engage in bookkeeping, tax resolution, and credit repair.

Interestingly, Copeland earned her insurance license in 2009.

As for her itinerary, she’s currently working on an event in Nashville during which she will bring a broader awareness about financial literacy, as well as the importance of credit.

Also, she announced that plans are currently in the works to hold an event in Houston with two other agencies during which the focus will be geared toward women in what she deems four vital areas: spirituality, self-awareness, business, and finances.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A graduate of Whites Creek Comprehensive High School, Copeland advanced her education when she enrolled at University of Phoenix, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

In addition, Copeland will appear on a Dallas/Fort Worth-area radio show for a scheduled interview sometime in late October.

“I believe it is important to transfer knowledge, help others grow, and create a legacy for future generations,” Copeland said.

Sounding very much like the remarkably brilliant financial mastermind for whom she is widely known.


For more information on Houston-area Businesswoman Toronda Copeland, to inquire about business-related opportunities, or to inquire about speaking engagements, call 832.301.8601, or connect with her via (Facebook):  https://www.facebook.com/TLCTheIronNetwork/; (Twitter): https://twitter.com/tax_tin; (Instagram): https://www.instagram.com/theironnetwork/. Also, send email to: Toronda@theironnetwork.com.


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Memphian Yolanda R. Kight exemplifies a ‘servant’s heart’ approach as she lobbies for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge post

DECISION 2018: MAKING HEADLINE NEWS IN-DEPTH FEATURE ON YOLANDA ROCHELLE KIGHT

 

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV)

 

To grasp a thorough concept of Yolanda R. Kight is one who can be appropriately described as a true survivor of arguably some of life’s greatest hurdles, pause for a moment, if you will, and become enlighten about her assortment of personal testimonies.

“There have been many forces working against me to undermine where God has been taking me,” Kight said during an exclusive weekend interview with Making Headline News.

For the record, it all started somewhere in inner city Memphis — North Memphis to technical — where Kight was born to an unwed teenage mother and resided with her grandmother.

“We called her ‘mama’ because most of our mothers in my family were young and our grandmother was like our mama,” Kight recalled.

LEADING BY AN EXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE — If things go her way on the campaign trail in the coming months, Yolanda R. Kight, a native Memphian will assume yet another commendable label to go along with the true survivor one. A proud graduate of Memphis Hamilton High, Kight, 47, is a candidate for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge, Division 9, a political post she’s hoping to win following her previous unsuccessful, nail-biting loss in her quest for Shelby County Clerk. Pictured with Kight are her three daughters: Ariyana, Arielle, and Ania.

All things considered, Kight, like many of her peers, was a typical youngster who was destined to make the most out of life in the inner city, often jumping a fence during the summer months for free lunch at nearby Lester Community Center, routinely engaging in a variety of childhood neighborhood activities before the street lights caught her.

Still, even while diligently staying in a child’s place while being raised in a Christian environment where attending church was mandatory, it seemed that various forms of challenges had arose and thrust Kight in harm’s way, a trend by which she didn’t merely deserve, much less warrant.

So how to explain and make sense of why Kight was victimized by sexual assault and molestation as a minor by multiple men, not to mention having endured an abusive relationship, all while functioning as a single parent to three young girls as a law school student who was armed with so much promise?

ON ONE AKA ACCORD — After enrolling at the historic Clark Atlanta University, where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in Fall 1989, Kight transferred to LeMoyne-Owen College, where she eventually earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

To acquire a somewhat full understanding, try becoming empowered of how she has managed to blossom into the true survivor for which she is widely known.

“I didn’t come from a family of people who had gone to college or had obtained great fortune or success,” Kight explained. “But I was blessed to have friend who I met in junior high school whose family instilled in her to seek higher education and so I basically followed what she did.”

Much to her delight, Kight steadfastly stuck with that junior high school confidant in such a way that, to her credit, she not only has enjoyed sustained success through education, but she’s made a name for herself in the process.

REMEMBER HER NAME — Much to her delight, Kight steadfastly stuck with that junior high school friend in such a way that, to her credit, she not only has enjoyed sustained success through education, but she’s made a name for herself in the process.

And, if things go her way on the campaign trail in the coming months, Kight, a native Memphian will ceremoniously assume yet another commendable label to go along with the true survivor one.

A proud graduate of Memphis Hamilton High, Kight, 47, is a candidate for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge, Division 9, a political post she’s hoping to win following her previous unsuccessful, nail-biting loss in her quest for Shelby County Clerk.

Early voting begins July 13 and ends July 28. The general election is August 2.

THROWBACK MEMPHIS — All things considered Kight, like many of her peers, was a typical youngster who was destined to make the most of life in the inner city, often jumping a neighborhood fence during the summer months for free lunch at nearby Lester Community Center.

For Kight, that she is vying for Circuit Court Judge is especially ideal for a time such as now, in large part because of the wealth of experience she’s garnered in her current position as a Magistrate Judge.

Amongst Kight’s notable responsibilities is overseeing cases centered on dealing mostly with domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking, drugs, and other criminal matters.

“In this position, it has become even more transparent than before that we have issues with justice in our legal system,” Kight said.

Interestingly, Kight said long before she sensed she would delve off into the political arena, she was birthed with the notable vision of becoming a driving force in the community as a way to make it a better place for “my children and grandson.” she emphasized.

“Even before running for office, I began doing things in my practice to restore hope and reconciliation to those persons I touched in my practice,” Kight said.

Now, she stressed, is the appropriate time to take her servant’s heart approach outside of her credible practice.

What better place to take it than to Shelby County Circuit Court, Division 9?

“I never had the sense that I wanted to necessarily run for office, though I had one person to tell me that God told them that my grace was in politics, and other persons prophesied that I would hold certain political positions,” Kight said.

For what it’s worth, she certainly possesses the educational credentials to run for such a commendable political seat.

Kight was raised in a single-parent home in the inner city by her mother, June Kight.

After enrolling at the historic Clark Atlanta University, where she became a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in Fall 1989, Kight transferred to LeMoyne-Owen College, where she eventually earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

In addition, she acquired a Legal Assistant Certificate in Paralegal Studies from University College at the University of Memphis, during which she was named Most Outstanding Paralegal.

Interesting, in 1998, Kight had the opportunity to meet prominent Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, who presently serves as a Federal Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

According to Kight, it was Donald who encouraged her mightily to broaden her horizon in the judicial industry, a development that had ultimately inspired her to earn a law degree from University of Memphis’ historic Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law just four years later.

The rest, as they say, was history.

BUILDING A LASTING LEGACY — Interestingly, in 1998, Kight had the opportunity to meet prominent Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, who presently serves as a Federal Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. According to Kight, it was Donald who encouraged her to broaden her horizon in the law/judicial industry, a development that had ultimately inspired her to earn a law degree from University of Memphis’ historic Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law just four years later. Pictured with Kight is her grandson, Micah-Donovan, whom she customarily deems her “Pooh Bear.”

“It wasn’t until I had my children and the idea that (other lives) now relied on me to make everything okay that the notion that ‘Failure was not an option’ took hold and I was determined to make life better for them,” Kight, who’s currently pursing a degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. “That determination to make life better for them, undergirded with the faith I learned through my mother who found God and made sure that we got to know God by attending church, Sunday school, vacation bible school, etc., is what helped me to keep going despite feeling like giving up sometimes feeling overwhelmed.”

Given the immeasurable strides she’s made — particularly from those days of growing up in the inner city, to jumping fences for free lunch, to conquering being molested and physically abused, to achieving educational excellence — Kight is especially hopeful that the citizens of Shelby County will take into account her servant’s heart approach when they take to the polls in the foreseeable future.

“A win for Yolanda Rochelle Kight is a win for the citizens of Shelby County,” Kight said. “And it will represent a shift in this community toward a community that is concerned about the needs of all members of this community by ensuring that all members of our community are afforded justice that is not based on race, socio-economic background, or status.”

 

A MAKING HEADLINE NEWS “DID YOU KNOW?”

Did you know that Memphian Yolanda R. Kight is involved in a variety of community-based organizations, most notably:

The Northwest Shelby County Rotary Club

A lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women and,

The Co-Program Chair of Precious Pearls of Frayser?

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is the Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or makingheadlinenews@gmail.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.