In tribute to National Small Business Week, Empower Magazine salutes the following five business owners for their entrepreneurial grit and determination to achieve excellence in spite of the innumerable challenges that often beset all start-up and mature business enterprises. Each honoree is listed in no particular order of preference.
“Whether cooking for restaurant patrons or stars like Tracy McGrady, Beyonce, Jennifer Holliday or Brian Courtney Wilson, one thing remains a constant for Chef Rey—serving great food and touching the palette with passion and class.” Chef Rey is a brightly burning and rising star amongst his peers in the culinary industry. His recent strategic partnership with McDonald’s Corporation while serving as executive chef for the Houston Astros makes him an obvious EM Editor’s pick.
Vera Moore is the owner of Vera Moore Cosmetics, and recognized as a beauty, makeup and cosmetics pioneer. She is without question a bona fide cosmetic industry trailblazer having created her own line of cosmetics and skincare products. Her wealth of experience in the industry makes her featured story on EM-online a great read where she shares her “7 Tips for business success.” Vera Moore cosmetics can make even the beautiful “Moore” beautiful. She is a most beautiful EM Editor’s pick.
Johnnie V. Moutra
Johnnie Moutra, owner of All Star Recording Parties, is the creator of a unique business model; become the STAR of your own party. His one-of-a-kind business not only entertains and brings families together but aims to provide a training ground for individuals with disabilities. His ability to bounce back from seemingly insurmountable odds is a testament to his faith in God and an indomitable spirit and determination that makes him a natural 2014 NSBW Editor’s pick.
Chef DeeDee Coleman
Chef DeeDee, owner of DEElicious Southern Cuisine and Catering, is gaining prominence in the culinary arena. Known as the Southern Cooking Girl, the professional caterer and personal chef has brought her southern-inspired cuisine to life as host of her own cooking show featured on UNATION. Her recent five-category sweep of the Top Chef Competition at the recent Nzuri Natural Hair, Beauty and Health Festival wowed attendees who flocked to her culinary booth. And don’t be surprised of more exciting things to come for this outstanding Editor’s pick.
Leola Anifowoshe, founder of the Nzuri Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Festival, is enjoying growing success as her brand of hair care products develop a growing following of natural hair enthusiasts across the country. She recently entered a partnership with H-E-B Grocers to create a Healthy Hair Hub to display her array of natural hair products which makes her a “natural” EM Editor’s choice for Top 5 honors.