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Dallas entrepreneur JerTerria Dawson’s VySion Events comes full circle, just as her late mother said


And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run that reads it. (Habakkuk 2:2 KJV)


VYSION UNFOLDING 

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman JerTerria Dawson is owner and chief executive officer of VySion Events. Located at 360 E. Beltline Road in the heart of Desoto, Texas. VySion (pronounced Vision) is a 6,000 square feet venue that is suitable for hosting an array of events

DESOTO, Texas — As a longtime Texas entrepreneur, amongst JerTerria Dawson’s strategic objectives is striving to view virtually every business-related transaction from a broader perspective — to steadfastly devise ways to demonstrate a team-oriented concept, if you will.

“I honestly believe that everyone can win if we work together,” Dawson, 37, told Making Headline News this week. “There is enough business and clients in DFW that everyone can be successful. With that being said, I believe in assisting others and referring my potential clients to other venues if I am booked and other business owners have done the same.”

SEE THE VYSION : https://www.vysionevents.com/

It is due in large part to Dawson’s passion for displaying a heart for people that has contributed mightily to her sustaining entrepreneurship success as owner and chief executive officer of VySion Events.

Located at 360 East Beltline Road in the heart of Desoto, Texas, VySion (pronounced Vision) is a 6,000 square feet venue that is suitable for hosting an array of events, most notably (but not limited to:

  • Weddings and Receptions

  • Parties

  • Celebrations

  • Social Dances

  • Quinceaneras

  • Baby Showers

  • Video Shoots

  • Photo Shoots

  • ​Repass (Funeral Reception)

  • Sweet 16

  • Banquets

  • Reunions

  • Graduations

  • Corporate Events

  • Fashion Shows and,

  • Art Galleries

CATCH THE VYSION 

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — Because this venue has emerged as one of the finest of its kind, particularly in North Texas, Dawson is convinced that her latest endeavor’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

In essence, this spaciously luxurious establishment is widely deemed a fixture throughout Dallas/Fort Worth’s Metroplex, in large part because its staff specializes in providing elegant social and corporate events to residents throughout the area.

“One major difference between VySion Events and other event facilities is that we not only provide our clients with a rental facility for their events, but we provide exceptional customer service while offering decor, linens, and vendor packages,” Dawson, a native of Dallas,  said.

Having credited her mother for fueling her desire to delve off into entrepreneurship, Dawson’s quest to owning an event venue essentially commenced during her undergraduate days.

A business that is nearly its first full of year of existence, Dawson and her staff are overwhelmingly appreciative of the instant — and continuous — success  VySion Events has enjoyed since its inception.

Most importantly, because this venue has emerged as one of the finest of its kind, particularly in North Texas, Dawson is convinced that her latest endeavor’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

“I like how my staff and I make my clients feel from start to finish,” Dawson said. “I believe in delivering exceptional service to my clients and that is what we strive to do with each event. We just love making each event a memorable one.”

Interestingly, when it comes to going above and beyond to ensure that each event is indeed an unforgettable one, there is virtually no limit on ages of individuals and groups to whom Dawson and Co. cater.

In other words, when pitching a call to VySion Events, rest assured that Dawson and staff will accommodate your every need and will provide the kind of service that undoubtedly will be nothing short of remarkable.

For Dawson, it wasn’t until after she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (with a minor in Film Studies) from the University of Houston that she began to become more diligent in the purpose for which she was created.

“We do not have a particular age group that we cater to,” Dawson emphasized. “Our youngest client has been one years old and our most seasoned client has been 70 years young. We welcome and cater to all age groups.”

Having credited her mother for fueling her fervent desire to delve off into entrepreneurship, Dawson’s quest to owning an event venue essentially commenced during her undergraduate days.

“While in college I would help people and different organizations plan events,” Dawson said. “However, the love for planning and having nice events grew when I became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.”

A business that is nearly its first full of year of existence, Dawson and her staff are overwhelmingly appreciative of the instant — and continuous — success  VySion Events has enjoyed since its inception.

For Dawson, it wasn’t until after she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (with a minor in Film Studies) from the University of Houston that she began to become more diligent in the purpose for which she was created.

Much to her delight, that is when the concept that is entrepreneurship had become more and more inevitable.

“After graduation I knew that I wanted to have my own event venue,” said Dawson, who also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. “I would often talk to my mom about my desire to pursue this business venture.”

MOM CALLED IT — Interestingly, it wasn’t until after the sudden passing of Dawson’s mother on May 7, 2016 that such a prophesy had come full circle.

Without question, mom knew best, as Dawson had ultimately found out for probably the umpteenth time.

“She would always say, ‘You are going to open up your own event facility, just wait and see,’” Dawson recalled. “I always believed in my mom’s words, but fear, procrastination, doubt, and the No. 1 deterrent of not having money got in the way.”

Interestingly, it wasn’t until after the sudden passing of Dawson’s mother on May 7, 2016 that such a prophesy had come full circle.

“One major difference between VySion Events and other event facilities is that we not only provide our clients with a rental facility for their events, but we provide exceptional customer service while offering decor, linens, and vendor packages,” Dawson, a native of Dallas,  said.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

“We talked for about an hour and she imparted all of her knowledge about the business and, because of her and my mom pushing and guiding me, that is how VySion Events is her today.”

Talk about writing the VySion down and making it plain only to run with it.

 


In a related development:

 

Dawson announced that VySion Events will be hosting its inaugural Entrepreneur Pop-Up Shop/Back To School Bash on August 3 from 2 to 7 p.m., an event during which vendors and attendees will be able to donate school supplies.

There is a $100 vendor fee and the deadline to lock in an allotted space is May 24, Dawson said.

For vendor information or to make a donation, call 469.920.1363, or send email to: vysion.events@ gmail.com.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman JerTerria Dawson of VySion Events, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/VySion-Events-1819333784945429/. Also, send email to: jerterria.rodney@yahoo.com.


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Allen Dave Funeral Homes & Crematorium amongst Texas’ finest amid Jackson Family Massacre in 2015

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES MR. AND MRS. ALLEN L. DAVE


EDITOR’S NOTE: This the first of a two-part Making Headline News series about Houston-area entrepreneur Allen L. Dave, Jr. 


DALLAS — Allen L. Dave, Jr. fielded the question as if he expected it.

“(That was a) proud moment in our company history to be positioned to help,” Dave, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, explaining in great detail the devastating and disheartening events amid the Jackson Family Massacre that transpired in Houston in August 2015.

On August 8 of that year, then-48-year-old David Ray Conley allegedly broke into his former home and held hostage Valerie and Dewayne Jackson, along with six children, including his own 13-year-old son.

HEARTS OF GOLD — For Dave, 56, that he and his family deemed it essential to offer valiant support for the Jackson family during a horrific and terrifying tragedy that attracted an international media presence and was aired on more than 35 news stations nationwide has been dubbed arguably one of the favorable highlights for a progressive, thriving entrepreneur, whose presence in the death care industry spans more than 15 years. Pictured with Dave is his wife, Micca. 

Over the course of nine hours, Conley reportedly shot and killed the entire family. He then engaged in a shootout with responding police before surrendering.

A week and a half or so later, eight white caskets were erected in front of the altar inside the 2,500-seat sanctuary at Houston’s Fallbrook Church, a commendable yet emotionally-driven deed that was spearheaded by Dave and his wife, Micca, who stepped up and donated $35,000 to provide professional funeral and burial services to the Jackson family.

“We developed a new company policy to never turn a family away and give them every option available,” Allen Dave told MHN. “Every Family, Every Option, Every Time.”


CONNECT WITH ALLEN DAVE: http://www.allendave.com/

DOING THINGS IN EXCELLENCE — The President and owner of Allen Dave Funeral Directors And Cremation Tribute Centers, Dave is widely regarded as a National Board Certified Funeral Director and Cremation Specialist.

For Dave, 56, that he and his family deemed it essential to offer valiant support for the Jackson family during a horrific and terrifying tragedy that attracted an international media presence and was aired on more than 35 news stations nationwide has been dubbed arguably one of the favorable highlights for a progressive, thriving entrepreneur, whose presence in the death care industry spans more than 15 years.

The president and owner of Allen Dave Funeral Directors And Cremation Tribute Centers, Dave is widely regarded as a National Board Certified Funeral Director and Cremation Specialist.

WAVES OF LOVE AND KINDNESS — “We developed a new company policy to never turn a family away and give them every option available,” Allen Dave told MHN. “Every Family, Every Option, Every Time.”

Interestingly, Dave in 2010 established Death Care Management & Financial Group, LLC, which subsequently had given way to his being allowed to manage funeral homes in Texas.

Having retired from the Houston Chronicle Publishing Company after a 28-year stint in the circulation and distribution department, Dave is Southeast Texas’ only black owner and operator of crematorium services. 

Owner of four funeral homes, one cemetery, and a crematorium, Dave currently manages six other funeral homes and a second crematorium in Texas and Louisiana. Interestingly, Allen Dave Funeral Homes and Cremation’s mission includes, among other things, providing what company officials describes as “paramount services to the families we serve with dignity, honor, and trust.”

A RELATED STORY: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2015/08/17/120788/funeral-service-held-for-houston-area-family-of-eight-killed-in-domestic-tragedy/

THE PROVERBS 2:3 FACTOR — While the Jackson Massacre undoubtedly was a painful encounter for those affected by the tragedies, Dave doesn’t shy away from the notion that his company went to great lengths to meet a massive and dire need — with God, its Helper, leading the way.

“As a leader in the death industry, we enhance the experience of laying a loved one to rest through a personalized and caring process of education and full disclosure,” said a spokesperson for Allen Dave Funeral Homes and Cremation in a detailed synopsis of the company at http://www.allendave.com. “We are keenly aware of the financial impact death has on a family and will maintain systems and services that minimize cost while maximizing the experience.

“We are committed to the communities we serve through charitable endeavors and educational programs. We will maintain a reputation of quality and trust that will allow us to be the company of choice for insurance, burial, and cremation services. We shall continue rolling out our benchmark red carpet and white gloves services which are second to none.”


CONNECT WITH ALLEN DAVE: http://www.allendave.com/

ALL-PRO TEAM — Owner of four funeral homes, one cemetery, and a crematorium, Dave currently manages six other funeral homes and a second crematorium in Texas and Louisiana. Interestingly, Allen Dave Funeral Homes and Cremation’s mission includes, among other things, providing what company officials describes as “paramount services to the families we serve with dignity, honor, and trust.”

While the Jackson Massacre undoubtedly was a painful encounter for those affected by the tragedies, Dave doesn’t shy away from the notion that his company went to great lengths to meet a massive and dire need — with God, its Helper, leading the way.

“My greatest contribution was to take care of the funerals of eight (individuals) killed in Houston,” Dave said.

Fielding the question as if he expected it.


For more information about Houston-based entrepreneur Allen Dave of Allen Dave Funeral Directors And Cremation, call (713) 480-2966 or 713-634-2707, or log on to: http://www.allendave.com. Also, join the mailing list by writing to:  Allen Dave Funeral Directors And Cremation Tribute Centers at 2103 Cypress Landing Drive, Houston, Texas 77090, or by sending email to: allendaveusa@yahoo.com.


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Texas entrepreneur Derrell Noris creates a credible app for Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES DERRELL NORIS


Another notable milestone, another step in the right direction for Texas businessman Derrell Noris.

The Co-Founder of Fresh Tech Solutionz, a Houston-based company that Noris witness go into full operations in December 2016 along with fellow businessman Bardiya Shadmehr, Noris announced that his venture has formed a rather intriguing partnership with the historic Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce.

According Noris, a former Corporate America professional, Fresh Tech Solutionz on August 13 assembled what is known as the ‘GHBC Mobile App,’ a development that had ultimately given way to the app being officially published at the beginning of October.

TEXAS SIZE DEVELOPMENTAccording Houston businessman Derrell Noris, a former Corporate America professional, Fresh Tech Solutionz on August 13 assembled what is known as the ‘GHBC Mobile App,’ a development that had ultimately given way to the app being officially published at the beginning of October.
“We would love to create similar mobile apps for other Chambers of Commerce around the world,” Noris told Making Headline News this week, adding that consumers can now download the ‘GHBC Mobile App’ from their Apple App store or at Google Playstore. Amongst the reasons Noris’ partnership with GHBC is especially vital is that GHBC officials requested that the mobile app be assembled so that it could be available for Apple and Android, a trend that will allow users to join the chamber, view the GHBC’s up-to-date events, search the GHBC business directory, view current job openings, connect with GHBC social media pages, view business opportunities, and even donate to the GHBC.

MORE ON FRESH TECH SOLUTIONZ:  www.freshtechsolutionz.com

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Formed in September 1935, several prominent community leaders organized the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce (or HNCC at the time) to empower and promote African-American businesses in the city. By and large, they focused on encouraging business within the African-American community. However, in 1964, under the leadership of Mack H. Hannah, Jr., the chamber changed its name to the Houston Citizens Chamber Of Commerce (or HCCC). Interestingly, even as the Chamber membership expanded mightily, it wasn’t until 2013 that the chamber rebranded its look, thus naming its institution the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (or GHBC).
Formed in September 1935, several prominent community leaders organized the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce (or HNCC at the time) to empower and promote African-American businesses in the city. By and large, they focused on encouraging business within the African-American community. However, in 1964, under the leadership of Mack H. Hannah, Jr., the chamber changed its name to the Houston Citizens Chamber Of Commerce (or HCCC).

CONNECT WITH THE GHBC: https://ghbcc.com/

Interestingly, even as the Chamber membership expanded mightily, it wasn’t until 2013 that the chamber rebranded its look, thus naming its institution the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (or GHBC). As for the newly-established GHBC app, Noris and his team are confident that it will benefit this organization for years to come. “This will be a better way to connect to members,” Noris explained. “They will be able to send push notifications instead of sending emails to notify users of important announcements and upcoming events.”
CHECK THIS OUT —“The app will also make black businesses, job openings, and business opportunities more accessible and easier to locate,” Noris said. “The app can also be used to showcase major events like the Pinnacle Awards. There is a section added in to highlight pictures and business links for all of the finalists for these prestigious awards being given out at the ceremony.”
Wait. There are a few other added perks and features offered through the GHBC Mobile App, Noris acknowledged. “The app will also make black businesses, job openings, and business opportunities more accessible and easier to locate,” Noris said. “The app can also be used to showcase major events like the Pinnacle Awards. There is a section added in to highlight pictures and business links for all of the finalists for these prestigious awards being given out at the ceremony.”
SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — As for the newly-established GHBC app, Noris and his team are confident that it will benefit this organization for years to come.
Located at 1301 Fannin Street, Suite 2440 in the greater Houston Metroplex, Fresh Tech Solutionz is widely known for developing affordable mobile apps and websites for businesses as a unique way to enable companies mobilize business processes and, most importantly, increase customer engagement. “I created Fresh Tech Solutionz, because I was doing mobile development in Corporate America and figured that I could do this for myself,” Noris said during a March 2016 interview with Making Headline News. That he has managed once again to prove to be nothing short of impressive through his venture has benefited him mightily. Talk about doing things big in Texas.

“I have been a proud member of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce since January 2018, but have been attending their events since I started Fresh Tech Solutionz 2 years ago. The events that the GHBC have are phenomenal and really showcase the excellence and necessity of black business in Houston, and I’m blessed to be a part of that.” — Houston businessman Derrell Noris 


Another notable milestone, another step in the right direction for this accomplished Texas businessman.

For more information about Houston Businessman Derell Noris and Fresh Tech Solutionz, call 713.893.8125, or connect with Noris via social media at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/freshtechsolutionz; Instagram: www.instagram.com/freshtechsolutionz. Also, he can be reached via email at: apps@freshtechsolutionz.com.


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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 award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Texas 5-star entrepreneur Shelia Henry is a radiant go-getter as owner and CEO of multiple business ventures

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES BUSINESSWOMAN SHELIA HENRY

 

 

Shelia Henry can be appropriately described as a number of superlatives.

A true go-getter undoubtedly would be one of them.

FULFILLING HER PURPOSE — Aside from being dubbed a go-getter, longtime entrepreneur Shelia Henry is one who could be appropriately labeled a serial entrepreneur, considering the Houston native owns multiple business ventures, most notably Hazel Maid Service, her featured one that has been in operations for the past 15-plus years.

“I love helping and seeing people grow and elevate to the next level,” Henry, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said when asked why is it imperative that she esteems others daily highly than herself.

For what it’s worth, Henry has surely stayed true to herself, particularly as it relates to aiding others mightily to progress to the next level.

Credit her immeasurable resume as a longtime Houston-area businesswoman as arguably the biggest reason why.

Aside from being dubbed a go-getter, Henry, is one who could be appropriately labeled a serial entrepreneur, considering the Houston native owns multiple business ventures, most notably Hazel Maid Service, her featured one that has been in operations for the past 15-plus years.

MORE ON HAZEL MAIDS: http://www.hazelmaidservices.com/

Located at 2600 South Loop West, Suite 630 in Houston, Henry’s Hazel Maid Service is widely known for providing efficient and quality cleaning at an affordable price, according to a detailed breakdown of this venture at http://www.hazelmaidservices.com/.

Not only that, Hazel Maid Services offer a wide range of residential and commercial cleaning experiences, as well as specialize in cleaning homes to meet its clients’ everyday needs.

“Finding the time to conduct a thorough house cleaning is difficult, especially with all the pressures and demands already placed on you,” said a spokesperson for Hazel Maid Service on the company’s website.

“We clean your home the way you want,” said a Hazel Maid Services spokesperson. “That means our professional maid service will provide a quality, professional staff to assist you.”

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A graduated Houston’s Ross Shaw Sterling High School, Henry attended Houston Community College, where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.

Besides her longstanding home-cleaning service, which has enjoyed a considerable amount of success since its inception, Henry is owner of She Shic Virgin Hair, a business venture that is currently in the works and is expected to go into full operations sometime in the foreseeable future.

Also, Henry is founder and director of Right Step Right Direction and Girl Chat Alumni non-profit organizations, both of which are designed in large part to cater to downtrodden females in various communities.

These organizations, by all accounts, are widely known for aiding ladies, particularly those who have endured domestic violence and other forms of hardships get back on their feet, thus helping them make a smooth and favorable transition back in the community.

MORE ON RIGHT STEP RIGHT DIRECTION: https://www.rightsteprightdirection.org/

IMPACTING LIVES — Henry is also founder and CEO of Powerful Minds Of A Business Woman, a community-based organization that caters mostly to what Henry deems “our everyday woman that has the drive, strive and ambition to be an entrepreneur.”

“Throughout life difficulties and struggles, I am a survivor of many things,” Henry said. “I am an advocate for domestic violence, and I believe in being a streamline to help one another.”

As for Girl Chat Alumni, which customarily holds a monthly forum for open group discussions that support life struggles and difficulties, Henry said her organization is especially involved in serving the community, during which it volunteers when needed.

MORE ON GIRL CHAT ALUMNI: https://www.girlchatalumni.org/

“We participate in outside events, traveling, outreach, and educating ladies,” Henry said.

Wait. That’s not all this notable businesswoman does.

SERVANT’S HEART — Henry’s Hazel Maid Services offer a wide range of residential and commercial cleaning experiences, as well as specialize in cleaning homes to meet its clients’ everyday needs.

She’s also founder and CEO of Powerful Minds Of A Business Woman, a community-based organization that caters mostly to what Henry deems “our everyday woman that has the drive, strive and ambition to be an entrepreneur.”

The primary objective for Powerful Minds Of A Business Woman, Henry emphasized, is to provide clients with concrete resources, thus provide them with pertinent information on how to start their own business and to be successful in the process.

“My personal mission is to be able to give away what God gave to me and to be a great service of society — when and wherever that may be — in a professional setting,” Henry said.

A graduate of Houston’s Ross Shaw Sterling High School, Henry attended Houston Community College, where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.  Consequently, she enrolled at North Star Institute, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology Biblical Studies.

BUSY BODY — Besides her longstanding home-cleaning service, which has enjoyed a considerable amount of success since its inception, Henry is owner of She Shic Virgin Hair, a business venture that is currently in the works and is expected to go into full operations sometime in the foreseeable future. Also, Henry is founder and director of Right Step Right Direction and Girl Chat Alumni non-profit organizations, both of which are designed in large part to cater to downtrodden females in various communities.

As for her featured business venture, Henry knows full well that her labor isn’t merely in vain, considering she has been the beneficiary of a notable honor for her valiant efforts.

Henry came away with consecutive City Beats News Customer Services Awards for 2017 and 2018.

GOD’S PLAN — Henry enrolled at North Star Institute, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology Biblical Studies.

“We are proud,” Henry said of having been honored for her body of work through Hazel Maids. “We take pride in being a part of helping families upkeep their homes due to a busy lifestyle and busy schedules. We take pride in what we do and we strive to make our customers happy.

“We love building relationships and we love being a part of history with families that we clean for.”

All of which explains why she can be appropriately described as a number of superlatives.

A true go-getter undoubtedly would be one of them.

For more information about Houston, Texas Businesswoman Shelia Henry or to inquire about her assortment of business ventures, call 832.901.3664 , or connect with her via social media under: Shelia Henry. Also, send email to: hazelmaids@yahoo.com.


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 award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

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Notable authors Dr. Shantuan Coleman Taylor and Dr. Delmar Lee’s new book providing ‘crucial information’ for those pursuing doctoral degrees

DALLAS — First, there was Judy Blume.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX — To her credit, Dr. Shantuan Coleman Taylor had ultimately found her niche as a writer, a development that eventually gave way to her assembling an informative, compelling book entitled, “I Have A PhD; Now What?”

Then there was Paula Danziger.

Then Zane. Then E. Lynn Harris. And Eric Jerome Dickey and Victoria Christopher Murray.

Oh, and let’s not forget Leroy Coleman and Doris Coleman Micheaux.

As it pertains to the competitive world of authorship, these are the notable individuals who have had a monumental impact on Dr. Shantuan Coleman Taylor, an accomplished and gifted Dallas/Fort Worth-area author.

“I have always wanted to be an author since reading the Judy Blume’s book, ‘Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret,’” Dr. Taylor, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said, referring to Blume’s classic books of the 1970s.

MORE ON DR. SHANTUAN COLEMAN TAYLOR:  www.drshantuanspeaks.com

To her credit, Dr. Taylor had ultimately found her niche as a writer, a development that eventually gave way to her assembling an informative, compelling book entitled, “I Have A PhD; Now What?”

An independent published written document that officially hit the market in June 2018, Dr. Taylor co-authored this 53-page project with Dr. Delmar Lee, whom she appropriately refers to as a her “PhD buddy.”

In these authors’ “I Have A PhD; Now What?,” amongst the pivotal observations they eloquently address is devising strategic ways to embrace the next notable faze of her life now that she has acquired a doctorate degree.

“I have completed the PhD (phase) and I am ready for the next step,” these writers ask, according to thorough description of her book at Amazon.com. “What is it? Many people begin and complete the PhD program and, at the completion of the program, stand dazed with a wealth of time on their hands, because they do not know what to do next.”

An independent published written document that officially hit the market in June 2018, Dr. Taylor co-authored this 53-page project with Dr. Delmar Lee, whom she appropriately refers to as a her “PhD buddy.”

In a nutshell, this practically explains, Drs. Taylor and  Lee acknowledge, why their book is so prevalent — and needed — for such a time as now.

“In most countries around the world, the PhD is the ticket into academia,” they said. In the United States, there are more PhD’s than any other country in the world. However, possessing a PhD is not a guarantee to become a professor. (And), according to the economist, the amount of jobs available for the PhD is not commensurate with the amount of people who are getting the degree. Are there exceptions to this phenomenon? Do I really need a PhD? This is the question that most interested PhD learners should ask themselves before they begin the PhD journey.”

PURCHASE DR. TAYLOR/LEE’S BOOK HERE:https://www.amazon.com/I-Have-PhD-Now-What/dp/1980794340

A native of nearby Fort Worth who is widely known also as an engineer, professor, entrepreneur, and an interior designer with who writing focus is primarily on non-fiction projects, Dr. Taylor’s book addresses, among other things, a host of key issues and subjects people would want to know before, during, and after having earned their PhD.

Dr. Taylor’s professional resume includes having worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center for 10 years as an engineer, as well as having assumed a position in Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering as an Associate Director.
In addition, she served as Director of the Center for Computational Sciences on the University of Houston’s Downtown campus, was as Adjunct Professor for Houston’s Lone Star College and Houston Community College, and an online professor at  Grand Canyon and Argosy Universities.

 

“I just want to see others be culturally responsible and excel to the PhD level and glean some personal power to have a community impact,” said Dr. Taylor, whose desire to compose her new book was fueled by several colleagues, her mental life coach, Pastor Darolyn Brock, not to mention her sorority sister, Dr. Deana Irvin, who recently joined her in the illustrious ranks of PhD. “Most importantly, I want (PhD holders) to believe in themselves and their God-given talents.”

A book that provides successful candidates what Dr. Taylor describes as “crucial information” needed before enrolling in a doctoral program, “I Have A PhD; Now What?” is available for purchase as Amazon.com, several bookstores, or by visiting www.drshantuanspeaks.com.

For more information about Author Dr. Shantuan Coleman Taylor, Dr. Delmar Lee, or to schedule them for a public appearance or speaking engagement, log on to: www.drshantuanspeaks.com or email her at: askme@DrShantuanSpeaks.com. Also, connect with her via social media at: Facebook: @DrShantuan or Shantuan Coleman Taylor; Twitter: @DrShantuan; Instagram: @DrShantuan.

 

 

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Houston entrepreneur Nicole Peele survives domestic violence, starts a resourceful online wellness company

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Just after 9 o’clock Wednesday morning, Nicole Peele was met by a wave of emotions.

For all the right reasons, too.

LIVING HER BEST LIFE NOW — Nicole Peele, a 49-year-old resourceful Houston businesswoman, is the owner and CEO of Nicole Peele Wellness.

“I’m excited and happy and I don’t know if I want to cry,” Peele told Making Headline News during a phone conversation from Houston.

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Peele, a 49-year-old resourceful businesswoman who’s the owner and CEO of Nicole Peele Wellness, was harboring a rather spirited countenance hours after sunrise Wednesday, look no further than the assortment of hurdles about which she’s had to clear in recent years.

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Looking back, no one should deem it a surprise to know why she’s admittedly excited and happy and, well, doesn’t know if she just might settle for unleashing a few tears.

For all the right reasons, mind you.

“I’m a domestic violence survivor,” Peele said.

To be more technical, Peele is a once battered woman whom, not too long ago, had become the subject of death threats by her ex-husband.

She recalls like yesterday how in 2016 on New Year’s Eve, she and her two teenage daughters had vacated their home after her abusive husband had left for the gym. 

“We left with the clothes on our back,” Peele recalled.

As if that wasn’t enough to shake the spirits of this former military solider, Peele and her daughters were essentially homeless for approximately three months, having established a residence in her car, not to mention having staked out in different hotels, all the while hiding from her former husband whom, according to Peele, had “promised to kill me.”

“He put a gun to our youngest daughter’s head three months before we left,” Peele explained. “My girls have PTSD because of the abuse and gun incident. God kept us. Reiki was a great tool to help us heal emotionally, which is why I was drawn to it.”

Thanks in large part to reiki — which is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being — Peele managed to not just recover mightily from domestic abuse.

Most importantly, she managed to connect with the divine purpose for which she was created.

A United States Army veteran, Peele is a certified Holistic Health Coach and a Naturopathic Rieki Master, whose Lifestyle and Wellness Company customarily provides online wellness coaching and mobile reiki therapy.

A HEARTY SALUTE — A United States Army veteran, Peele is a certified Holistic Health Coach and a Naturopathic Rieki Master, whose lifestyle and Wellness Company customarily provides online wellness coaching and mobile reiki therapy.

“My mission as you start your wellness journey is to meet you where you are,” Peele said. “I make you smarter about food and your relationship with food.  I teach my clients about primary foods…these are things that feed you off the plate.”

As Peele explained, her online wellness venture is grouped into four distinct categories: healthy relationships, desired career, regular physical activity, and a spiritual practice (“not religion,” she emphasized).

“As a Reiki Master, I provide energy healing to clients who suffer from physical, emotional, and spiritual traumas,” Peele said.

A native of Mount Olive, North Carolina, Peele’s desire to start her online wellness company was fueled amid freak back and hip injuries, during which she was on active duty.

“I had four surgeries in two years,” Peele recalled. “I was walking with a walker and crutches. I was 210 pounds and so unhappy.”

Interestingly and much to her delight, she took the initiative to implement the essential changes that would greatly alter the overall landscape of her life.

“I started reading healthy blogs, changing how I age, and started to feel better inside and out…sleeping better, more energy and happy again,” Peele said. “I lost 45 pounds and have kept it off for five years.”

An online wellness company that went into full operations in 2012, Peele has become greatly inspired to aid other women achieve their health-related goals and objectives.

“My competitive drive is to help women who are in the same place that I was find health and happiness,” Peele said.

GIVEN THEM THEIR PROPS — As for those who inspired her to broaden her horizon by starting her business, Peele credits childhood friend Edwina Moore, who she recalled having purchased a NutriBullet and posted it on Facebook some five years ago, thus giving way to favorable results.

As for those who inspired her to broaden her horizon by starting her business, Peele credits childhood friend Edwina Moore, whom she recalled had purchased a NutriBullet and posted it on Facebook some five years ago, thus giving way to favorable results.

“I bought one and haven’t look back,” said Peele, adding that she’s appreciative to Sharetha Simpson, her Reiki Master, whom she credits for having inspired her to become an energy healer.

Arguably one of Peele’s grandest supporters is Chandra Williams, the founder of Amazing Soldiers, Inc. in nearby Katy, Texas, where Peele presently serves as Program Director.

“Chandra has been one of my biggest supporters and encouragers,” Peele said.

This, to her credit, is a far cry from the past.

GIVING BACK IN A BIG WAY — An online wellness company that went into full operations in 2012, Peele has become greatly inspired to aid other women achieve their health-related goals and objectives.

This, to her credit, also sums up why no one should deem it a surprise to know why she’s admittedly excited and happy and, well, doesn’t know if she just might settle for releasing a few tears.

For all the right reasons, too.

“When I was going through my wellness journey, I had nobody to support me,” Peele said. “Edwina lives in Florida. I was in Maryland.  I wasn’t able to explain to my family the reason I wanted to change our lifestyle, so they were not on board.  It is so important that we take back our health and wellness. If I can inspire one person to make healthier choices, then my work is done.”

For more information about Houston Businesswoman Nicole Peele of Nicole Peele Wellness, log on to http://nicolepeelewellness.com. Also, email her at: mspeele32@gmail.com.

 

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Houston entrepreneur DeKosha Robinson ‘steps out on faith,’ emerges as a flourishing salon owner

DeKosha Robinson had just about had enough and sensed that an immediate change was in order.

“After working in a call center for 6 ½  years and had not received a pay increase in over four years , I decided it was time to step out on faith and go full-time as a stylist,” Robinson told Making Headline News this week.

That Robinson essentially thought it necessary to get out of her own way and step out on faith through the purpose for which God created her has benefited her mightily in recent years.

IT’S ALL KOSHA — Showing virtually no signs of one who was about to become a product of her environment, Houston’s DeKosha Robinson not only pursued that about which she had become aspired to do in life but, most importantly, she’s pursuing it in flying colors. Today, unlike never before, Robinson can boldly profess that she is walking diligently in her calling as owner and chief executive officer of Blessed Hands By Kosha.

Showing virtually no signs of one who was about to become a product of her environment, Robinson not only pursued that about which she had become aspired to do in life but, most importantly, she’s pursuing it in flying colors.

Today, unlike never before, Robinson can boldly profess that she is walking diligently in her calling as owner and chief executive officer of Blessed Hands By Kosha.

Located at 8240 Antoine Drive, Suite 103 B, Blessed Hands By Kosha is a credible beauty salon that has become a fixture for servicing clients throughout Houston’s populous Metroplex.

Armed with more than 15 years of experience in this ever-so-competitive cosmetology industry, Robinson’s Blessed Hands By Kosha is committed to creating a variety of hairstyles that “make you smile,” she emphasized.


Located at 8240 Antoine Drive, Suite 103 B, Blessed Hands By Kosha is a credible beauty salon that has become a fixture for servicing clients throughout Houston’s populous Metroplex.

In a nutshell, Blessed Hands By Kosha has enjoyed sustained success since its inception largely because of its commitment to enhancing clients’ beauty with natural looks, Robinson acknowledged.

That trend alone, she said, is amongst the key factors that proves why stepping out on faith has given way to her witnessing her gifts make room for her.

“I bounced back and forth, living with my grandmother and mother,” Robinson said.

As if stressing out over what were seemingly unstable living arrangements, Robinson had become pregnant at the tender age of 18, a development that unfortunately had ended in a miscarriage.

Still, despite an assortment of obstacles and hurdles about which she had the clear, Robinson sensed all along there was more to life than just getting pregnant at an early age and working for years as an underappreciated and underpaid call center supervisor.

To her credit, that is when she decided to appropriately take a thorough self-assessment of the overall landscape of her life, a much-needed evaluation that fueled her desire to better herself — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

CELEBRATORY SEASON— Still, despite an assortment of obstacles and hurdles about which she had the clear, Robinson sensed all along there was more to life than just getting pregnant at an early age and working for years as an underappreciated and underpaid call center supervisor.

“I began to live a fast night life and quit two months before my internship,” said Robinson, recalling the challenging events that transpired after she had become a medical assistant shortly after earning her diploma from Houston’s M.B. Smiley High School. “Later, I decided I wanted something more out of life and be a great role model for my sisters.”

Much to her delight, Robinson made good on her personal pledge sometime in 2009, during which she enrolled at Behold Beauty Academy in Northeast Houston.

That, by all accounts, is when she had effectively discovered her divine calling.

She hasn’t looked back since, all the while her witnessing and savoring a significant increase in her faith in the process.

“I love boosting women’s confidence and to seeing their beauty shine inside and out when they look in the mirror,” said Robinson, whose business services clients of all ages, but especially career driving women between ages of 30 and up, she emphasized.

For the record, there is a reason why Robinson has become ever so passionate about the industry to which God introduced her.

For the record, no one can tell her testimony the way she can.

So peep this.

“Growing up as a young girl, I suffered with identity issues, cystic acne, and acne scarring,” Robinson explained. “It wasn’t until about four years ago, I fell in love with myself. It’s important to me to stay positive and give as many compliments to my clients as I can…crack jokes, and acknowledge all clients’ concerns. With that combination, however, they felt before walking in the door (discouraged) is long gone when they take a look in the mirror.”

As Robinson said without hesitation, she credits God, her mother, grandmother, and her late great aunt, Earlene Williams, for having paved the way for her to exercise her faith in ways unimaginable, a trend that, fortunately for her, has blossomed into favorable results.

Today, unlike never before, Robinson can boldly profess that she is walking diligently in her calling.

“I thank God every day for His listening ear and changing my path in life and for placing the most amazing people for support,” said Robinson whom, to her credit, had just about had enough and sensed that an immediate change was in order.

Look at her today, basking in the glory of her element for such a time as now.

Look at her today, haven’t merely looked back since, all the while witnessing and savoring a significant increase in her faith in the process.

 

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Houston entrepreneur Stefany Rucker is nothing short of impressive as one of Texas’ finest professional styling experts

HOUSTON — “Not even a year.”

That was Stefany Rucker’s immediate response when the rising Houston-based entrepreneur as asked how long has her latest business venture been in full operations.

AS GOOD AS ADVERTISED — Much to her delight, though, Stefany Rucker has made some remarkably brilliant strides as the proud owner and chief executive officer of Charmed by Rucker, an up-and-coming professional styling services that is starting to become a fixture through Houston’s massive Metroplex.

Much to her delight, though, Rucker has made some remarkably brilliant strides as the proud owner and chief executive officer of Charmed by Rucker, an up-and-coming professional styling service that is starting to become a fixture throughout Houston’s massive Metroplex.

“I already was styling and, of course, I’d get compliments on what I wear,” Rucker, a native of Houma, Louisiana, told Making Headline News during an exclusive interview.

A unique and credible business she started in June 2017, Charmed by Rucker initially began as a hobby, of sorts, for Rucker, a alumna of the University of Houston. Consequently, the favorable feedback she garnered had eventually prompted a gallery of friends and family members to compile referrals on behalf of Rucker, whose hobby had quickly blossomed into a full-blown styling and image consulting business.

What a difference a little less than a year has made.

“I believe the compassion and patience I have are good,” Rucker said. “People say they love my business because they are able to afford the services.”

MORE ON CHARMED BY RUCKER: https://charmedbyrucker.com

For Rucker, efficient and reliable customer service have undoubtedly proven beneficial to the sustained success of Charmed by Rucker, a business that, according to a detailed description at https://charmedbyrucker.com, greatly believes in unlocking people’s potential by helping them be more confident and giving them what Rucker deems that “extra push” to go after the things they want in life.

Not only that, Charmed by Rucker is widely known for specializing in fashion shoots styling, whereby it aims diligently to be a household name in the fashion and style industry.

“The team is focused on personal and tailor-fit styling services that will bring out the best in every client,” said a spokesperson for Rucker’s company in a description at https://charmedbyrucker.com.

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — Given the immeasurable progress Rucker has enjoyed since her company’s inception, her notable list of demographics will surely increase much sooner than later.

“I think in styling, many say it’s the presence that we give and (through Charmed by Rucker) it’s a smooth transition,” Rucker said. “They’re kind of like, ‘Let’s go for it.’”

A business that caters to individuals from newborns and up, Charmed by Rucker has serviced mostly models for on-set photo shoots, entrepreneurs, children, and educators, just to name a few.

Given the immeasurable progress Rucker has enjoyed since her company’s inception, her notable list of demographics will surely increase much sooner than later.

Yep, what a difference a little less than a year has made.

In looking ahead to what figures to be a successful year for her venture, Rucker said that while amongst her key objectives is to devise to attract more clients, she also plans to tweak a few things, particularly as it relates to aiding consumers to buy into her notable mission as a young, thriving businesswoman.

“I’m going to reconstruct the online consultation part,” Rucker said. “It’ll give all the details on how to service you. “It’s more time efficient, but I think what we’ll do is not ask for so much information from people to scare them off.”

ALL GOD’S DOING — For Rucker, efficient and reliable customer service have undoubtedly proven beneficial to the sustained success of Charmed by Rucker, a business that, according to a detailed description at https://charmedbyrucker.com, greatly believes in unlocking people’s potential by helping them be more confident and giving them what Rucker deems that “extra push” to go after the things they want in life.

For what it’s worth, Charmed by Rucker’s first full year of operations has been nothing short of impressive, Rucker acknowledged, adding that her company’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

“Oh, I love it,” Rucker said of Year No. 1. “I couldn’t have done any of this without God. “We haven’t officially launched and I think it’s amazing that we’re planning a pre-launch and dinner at the same time.”

As Rucker is quick to acknowledge, it all started with a seed, one that is yet blossoming and flourishing right before her eyes, one that, given the dramatic sequence of events that have unfolded in recent months, has changed the overall landscape of her life.

“I am a tither,” Rucker said. “I sowed a seed and took it to my spiritual leaders and they prayed over it.

The rest, as they say, was history.

Rucker steadfastly exercised her faith in ways unimaginable.

She then sowed a seed. Never mind the size of it.

Most importantly, she stepped aside and let God be God, all the while trusting the process — in the process.

“It comes with a sense of loyalty, said Rucker, explaining what’s so special about the sustained success she’s acquired since the startup of her business. “Once some people get a stylist, that’s kind of who they stick with.”

Yep, what a difference a little less than a year has made for Charmed by Rucker, which has been nothing short of impressive.

 

For more information on Stefany Rucker’s Charmed by Rucker, call 832.338.4257, or send email to: charmedbyrucker@gmail.com.

 

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Houston-based author Thelma Sample’s ‘Ignite Your Life’ book impacting lives, changing a generation in the process

Just after midday on Thursday, Thelma Sample took to her Facebook page.

SAMPLE OF SUCCESS — Aside from being a popular Houston-area businesswoman as owner and of Success Tax Relief, Houston native Thelma Sample is widely known as an Amazon Bestselling Author, courtesy of her work through “Ignite Your Life,” a book she co-authored with renowned Public Speaker and Sales Trainer and International Bestselling Author, Brian Tracy.

As usual, the Houston-area businesswoman wasted little time taking inventory of her life, all while encouraging the masses in the process.

Said Sample in an awe-inspiring, thought-provoking post:

I SURVIVED because the fire inside of me was greater than the fire around me! I was built from the flames. I beat the statistics because I BELIEVED IN ME.

All things considered and much to her delight, if, by chance, Sample was bragging about what undoubtedly has become sustained success for this accomplished entrepreneur, her immeasurable work ethic is such that she’s certainly earned the right to.

Aside from being a popular Texas businesswoman as owner and of Success Tax Relief, Sample is widely known as an Amazon Bestselling Author, courtesy of her work through “Ignite Your Life,” a book she co-authored with renowned Public Speaker and Sales Trainer and International Bestselling Author, Brian Tracy.

PURCHASE THELMA SAMPLE’S BOOK HERE: authorthelmasample.com

DREAM TEAM — As a result to what has emerged as one of the most sought-after entrepreneurship books of this area, Tracy eventually witnessed his name be thrust on the  Amazon Bestseller’s list, while Sample wound up being inducted into the National Academy of Bestselling Authors.

A book that made its much-anticipated presence on the market in 2016, Sample’s “Ignite Your Life” is an effective, informative written document exclusively for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners, as well as for business-minded individuals who are ready to set high achieving goals, dream bigger, and dig deeper to reach them today, she emphasized.

“It is about developing a plan of action and taking massive action today,” Sample, 42, told Making Headline News during an exclusive interview this week. I wrote the book in 2016 along with other leading expert entrepreneurs.”

As a result to what has emerged as one of the most sought-after entrepreneurship books of this area, Tracy eventually witnessed his name be thrust on the  Amazon Bestseller’s list, while both he and Sample wound up being inducted to the National Academy of Bestselling Authors.

In addition, she was the beneficiary of a Quilly Award the same year of the release of “Ignite Your Life,” which can be purchased at authorthelmasample.com. More than anything, that her mother had recently passed away following her battle with cancer was arguably the biggest reason Sample deemed it essential to compose such a compelling book for the ages.

Given the overwhelming reaction to “Ignite Your Life,” surely, it’s safe to assume that her beloved mom is peeping through the clouds above and gazing down at her giftedly talented daughter, all while nodding her head in approval in the process.

Given the overwhelming reaction to “Ignite Your Life,” surely, it’s safe to assume that her beloved mom is peeping through the clouds above and gazing down at her gifted and  talented daughter, all while nodding her head in approval in the process.

Interestingly, Sample’s immeasurable body of work, particularly by way of her relatively new book, has grasped the attention of her reading audience, as evidenced by one of her social media followers earlier this week.

Said Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Brian Stennett of Brian Stennett Insurance Agency And SNS Rentals LLC in a Facebook post on Sample’s timeline:

If you are not following my friend and fellow bestselling author Thelma Sample, then you need to re-evaluate your goals for 2018 and beyond!

To her distinctly unique credit, that has practically been the sentiments echoed by countless of individuals across the country, particularly when Sample emerges as the center of conversation.

Described by her peers as a humble servant of God, this proud graduate of La Porte High School — housed on the Sunnyside South Side of Houston, she points out — is a devoted and proud mother and a well-established business owner, whose best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

So you might as well get used to hearing her name.

Looking ahead, Sample will be afforded the golden opportunities to promote her book during several upcoming events.

From June 7-10, she will be a sponsor at the Texas Black Expo.

HERE IS A WRITING SAMPLE — A book that made its much-anticipated presence on the market in 2016, Sample’s “Ignite Your Life” is an effective, informative written documents that exclusively for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners, as well as for business-minded individuals who are ready to set high achieving goals, dream bigger, and dig deeper to reach them today.

The following month, she will host what is known as an Author’s Showcase at Essence Festival  in New Orleans. Interestingly, she will be a speaker at Harvard University later that month during its the Million Dollar Business Accelerator Forum, during which she will speak from the subject, “Working The Journey.”

“We cannot control the storms of life, just how we respond to them. That’s where your strength lies…in your struggles.” Sample said.

Also, in September, Sample will be speaking at the Texas Black Women Expo in Houston.

Besides being an author and businesswoman, Sample is a spoken word artist, having begun writing poetry at the age of six, a trend that had ultimately given way to her performing on stage for the first time when she was 12.

“Follow me on (Facebook) and (Instagram), where each day, I inspire you to remember the dreams you had at six years old, and write your goals out, and stare at them for five minutes a day, and live your best life out loud,” Sample said.

Sounding very much like the true inspiration — and survivor — for which she is widely known.

 

 

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Houston-area businesswoman Valerie Barrett bolts Corporate America, starts a ‘hidden gem’ that is Massage By Design

DALLAS — Did you know there is a hidden gem housed in the suburbs of Houston’s Metroplex that’s centered largely on increasing relaxation, alleviating pain, and managing the hustle and bustle of everyday life?

DESTINY STEPS — Alabama native Valerie Barrett is the mastermind behind Massage By Design at 25132 Oakhurst Rd, Suite 125, a Spring, Texas-based establishment where customers can savor luxurious massages at an affordable rate, as owner and CEO Valerie Barrett told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s called Massage By Design at 25132 Oakhurst Rd, Suite 125, a Spring, Texas-based establishment where customers can savor luxurious massages at an affordable rate, as owner and CEO Valerie Barrett told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

An accomplished licensed massage therapist who comes to the Houston area by way of Boligee, Alabama — a rural town in the historic Greene County near Tuscaloosa that’s comprised of roughly 328 residents, according to the latest U. S. census — Massage By Design is where Barrett routinely “practices my passion,” she often says.

To her credit, the prelude to practicing her passion, coupled with basking in her element began after Barrett bolted the Corporate America sector and was destined to step out on faith by delving off into this ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship.

Having officially become a licensed massage therapist in 2013, Barrett wasted little time starting her own business, one that’s geared toward aiding consumers to improve and maintain their overall physical and spiritual wellness.

Interestingly, Massage By Design is widely known as a multi-modality massage practice, where Barrett provides therapeutic massage for relaxation and pain management.

“She brings years of experience and a lifetime of compassion to her practice,” said a spokesperson in a detailed description of Barrett’s business at http://valsmassagebydesign.com/.

IT IS WELL — Having officially become a licensed massage therapist in 2013, Barrett wasted little time starting her own business, one that geared toward aiding consumers to improve and maintain their overall physical and spiritual wellness.

Moreover, since the startup of Massage By Design, Barrett has been afforded the golden opportunity to contract with a local retirement community, whereby she customarily provides massage therapy to its residents.

In addition, she routinely provides massage therapy to riders of the MS150, and has been a guest massage therapist for ZaSpa (Hotel ZaZa) which, to her credit, has given way to her being dubbed a “highly sought after and requested massage therapist” at the Spa at the Waterway (widely known as the Woodlands Marriott Hotel).

MORE ON MASSAGE BY DESIGN: http://valsmassagebydesign.com/

TEAM BARRETT — By and large, Barrett attributes the sustained success of Massage By Design to the unyielding support of her husband, Jimmie Barrett Jr., who, she acknowledges has always been one of her strongest supporters, coupled with the support of her “amazing children.”

“I want to be the change, a difference maker, and an influencer of change by providing a quality therapeutic massage at an affordable price,” said Barrett, explaining her primary mission for functioning in her divine purpose while alluding to  Deuteronomy 28:12. “My belief is that our bodies were designed to heal itself with proper care, nutrition, exercise, plus rest and relaxation through massage.”

By and large, Barrett attributes much of her sustained entrepreneurship success to the unyielding support of her husband, Jimmie Barrett Jr., whom she acknowledges has always been one of her strongest supporters, coupled with the support of her “amazing children.”

Today, unlike never before, Barrett can truly profess that she’s walking in the purpose for which God created her.

“Naturally, I was inspired by my parents but especially my mother, who is still a small business owner,” said Valerie Barrett, adding that her business is presently booking clients for her annual Valentines Couples Massage Package as well as her newly-implemented Rewards Program, its Design Your Own Massage Package, and its Cellulitis Destroyer. “I was also inspired by my oldest daughter and several close friends who are also small business owners and my son, whom I respect deeply because of his kind heart and his strength to persevere.”

Interestingly, Barrett certainly boasts the credentials needed to dwell and function in her element as one of Houston’s most efficient licensed massage therapists.

For starters, the Houston Klein Forest High alum is a product of Phoenix Massage School in the greater Houston metropolitan area as well as studied at nearby LoneStar Community College.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Interestingly, Barrett certainly boasts the credentials needed to dwell and function in her element as one of Houston’s most efficient licensed massage therapists. For starters, the Houston Klein Forest High alum is a product of Phoenix Massage School in the greater Houston metropolitan area as well as studied at nearby LoneStar Community College.

With close ties to Memphis, where she attended a few years of high school before relocating to Texas, Barrett studied in Seminary School at Houston’s Immanuel Temple School Of The Bible, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Divinity.

All things considered, her continuous success as an accomplished, progressive businesswoman has come full circle, in large part because she was compelled to step out on faith by vacating Corporate America.

The rest, as they say, was history.

“I was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and influenced by my parents,” Barrett said. “My mom and dad owned a small cafe back home in Alabama, and the burgers were the talk of the town. Also, like many others, my job was being eliminated in Corporate America, so I decided to make a career change. I wanted to move into a field that allowed me to make a tangible difference and massage was the catalyst.”

Today, unlike never before, Barrett can truly profess that she’s walking in the purpose for which God created her.

ALL GOD’S DOING — All things considered, Barrett’s continuous success as an accomplished, progressive businesswoman has come full circle, in large part because she was compelled to step out on faith by vacating Corporate America. The rest, as they say, was history.

Which, of course, like her successful business venture, was all by design from the outset.

“I want all — especially teen parents — to know that you don’t have to be a victim of your circumstances,” Barrett said. “There is a winner within. I believe Rudy T (Former Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich) once said, ‘Never underestimate the heart of a champion.’ Those are words to live by.

“I had the greatest parents and they were the village that helped to rear my daughter,” Barrett added. “Over 32 years ago, I was a teen mom and today, I am a successful business owner and so is my daughter. My ultimate goal is to start a nonprofit to help teen parents in the near future.”

Talk about a true, big-hearted hidden gem, one who has gone to great lengths to make her dreams a reality.

 

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