After 5 years of serving more than 250 entrepreneurs and philanthropic executives, Lake View native, Tabitha D. James, earned the distinction of being the 2021 recipient of a $10,000 business grant from the South Carolina Community Loan Fund’s Local Entrepreneur Acceleration Program (LEAP).
Following completion of an intensive ten-week course, in which business owners expand their business knowledge and create a refined business plan with an accompanying presentation, the three strongest business plans receive $5,000, $10,000, or $30,000. James’ stellar business plan and presentation earned her the 2nd largest capital grant as the proprietor of SHEAM Strategic Consulting Group. SHEM is a boutique firm on a mission to create strategic marketing plans and solutions for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs, thought leaders and those that serve them. Tabitha humbly boasts an undeniable track record of consistent wins, not only for herself but for scores of others she’s been trusted to lead.
With that in mind, she has a well-developed plan underway to leverage the grant funding provided through LEAP to support the official expansion of SHEAM. Through countless speaking engagements, publications, and presentations she has helped hundreds secure funding, streamline business practices, and skyrocket profitability, a trend she intends to continue through SHEAM’s expansion. The seed funding for LEAP was made possible through support of Wells Fargo’s Diverse Community Capital program, TD Bank, and Truist. LEAP aims to support diversity in small business ownership across South Carolina by providing minority and women entrepreneurs with business plan development support, technical skills, and the chance to compete for a startup capital award.
As a highly accomplished strategic powerhouse, international speaker, and 5-time published author, James has touched the lives of over 50,000 men, women, and teenagers through national engagements, training, virtual events, and mentorship. Her name is synonymous with unapologetic advocacy for long-term empowerment of black/brown women and young girls across the deep South, where the positive voices of African Americans are stifled or non-existent. Her philanthropic efforts are most evident through her impact-driven non-profit organization, SHE is Me, where she’s raised closed to $80K in grant funding and individual donations in a few short years. With the additional funding provided through LEAP, James will have the backing to not only build a more diverse small business in her home state of South Carolina but also provide proven resources to a rising community of BIPOC generational business leaders.
For more information on booking Tabitha for an interview, engagement or speaking event, please visit https://www.tabithadjames.com.
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Motivation Takes a Backseat to Action During an Insightful & Engaging Virtual Experience
Unleash – a verb, meaning to cause a strong or violent force to be released or become unrestrained.
When the UNLEASH Collaborative was curated by Tabitha D. James several years ago, there was but one word to describe the awe-inspiring, action-driven sentiments of each and every participant – unleashed! After attending this innovative event, attendees could readily attest to the untethering of self-doubt, unshackling of indecision, unloosing of stagnation and unleash of action needed to propel and sustain their new businesses.
African American women remain at the forefront of business startups and make up 36% of employer-owned businesses. Yet, this very same demographic is also the most underfunded and overlooked for support & capital. Realizing a need for both communal support, empowerment, and business strategy education to surmount these obstacles, UNLEASH was born.
Authentically designed to guide female creative entrepreneurs during the early stages of business ownership, UNLEASH provides participants with results-driven business strategies, tips, and tools that drive action. Over the years, UNLEASH has grown into a movement – unlike any other motivational seminar or self-help conference for women looking to take immediate action and control of their business dreams. Despite new challenges presented by the unprecedented pandemic, UNLEASH NEXT LEVEL 2020 has not faltered in its commitment to provide an online experience for aspiring and entry-level entrepreneurs focusing on mindset, money and mastering strategy. If you are new entrepreneur or seeking to successfully transition your professional trajectory into a lucrative business, making at least 10K a month, you do not want to miss out on this event!
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In a world saturated with division, uncertainty, and fear, one woman refused to allow another day to go by without giving black women and girls a tangible reminder of their individual & collective greatness. Self-publishing powerhouse Tabitha D. James, M.Ed., recently released her latest body of work “Dear Black Girl: Timeless Gems for Brown Girls Bound to Win” to unite an entire culture. Pouring nearly three decades of mementos and meaningful encounters with beautifully unique, vastly talented, and amazingly intelligent queens into a highly relatable and inspirational memoir, Ms. Tab explores the complexities and similarities of everyday women & girls – demonstrating that we all have our own stories.
In sharing these timeless gems to help black girls and women who want to WIN, Ms. Tab has managed to pre-sell books in over 95 US cities and two countries, only 15 days prior to the book’s official launch. The buzz over “Dear Black Girl: Timeless Gems for Brown Girls Bound to Win” is undeniable and the author and her team are stopping at nothing to ensure it reaches the hands and hearts of at least 2,900 brown & black girls by January 2021! Unlike any other devotion and inspirational collection, “Dear Black Girl” finds the relatable threads of life’s journeys to connect a community of often forgotten women into a beautiful tapestry of hope and empowerment.
A perfect blend of mementos and life-long lessons from women and girls of the inner-city, suburbs and even a few international communities, “Dear Black Girl: Timeless Gems for Brown Girls Bound to Win” is an excellent read for sororities, mentorship programs, reading clubs, collegiate groups and individuals dedicated to obtaining practical steps for enhancing and “leveling up” the lives of women of color worldwide.
by: Tabitha D. James
Affirm over your life that you are enough, you are the magic and you deserve happiness, prosperity and more!
YOU ARE THE MAGIC!
Hello my magical friend, I want you to take just a few minutes to remind yourself how awesome you are. I know it's easy to get bogged down in self-doubt and defeat especially during these times when many of us are spending more time with self than we did in the "old normal".
Let this short message be the confirmation you need to JUST BE YOU and LOVE YOU while doing so. You're the magic, you're the unique selling proposition and you're the ONLY you that the world has!
Recently I had a birthday, and on that special day, I spent a few minutes grieving that I wasn't in the mountains of Denver, Colorado (Rona is STILL here and REAL) however I did not let that grief stay long. I quickly remembered how generous life is EVEN during these uncertain times. The beautiful messages that hundreds shared reminded me that even in my imperfections, God has a plan for my life. I am sharing this with you as a piece of transparency, even in all I do, the feeling of "not being enough" creeps up . . . and I allow it to visit, however it CANNOT live here!
I’m Tabitha, a Carolina business powerhouse who enjoys positivity, opportunity and good coffee. Through my speaking, writing, products and services, I simply aspire to inspire. We all have the power to UNLEASH greatness in our corner of the world :) Let's stay connected!
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