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Black History Month | Speaking at my Alma Mater Fairleigh Dickinson University

This week I sat on the panel for the second annual Black History Month event at my Alma Mater Fairleigh Dickinson University. This was my second time takin part in the event and I was happy to be back and offer some of the knowledge that I gained since graduating and becoming an entrepreneur. I has excited to learn that Elaine Meryl Brown would be on the panel as well. She is the co-author of the book The Little Black Book of Success Laws of Leadership for Black Women. As you remember I did a review of the book many months ago.

The panelist



The event was put together by the Student Programming Board, so kudos to them for thinking of a way to further inform and engage the student population at FDU.


The students were able to ask us questions and learn the back story of how we got to where we are today. Though I will say and did say I am still a work in progress, there is still work to be done and much to accomplish.

One of the preselected questions that we were asked that stuck out to me was “what is the single thing that you have learned that’s helped you to this point?” No one on the panel including myself could pin point a single thing but a series of experiences that lead us to where we are. But one thing that is a recurring theme for me is patience. Patience is not a virtue of mine but it’s something that I am learning and will in turn help me in business and in life.

I hope someone took away some good insight from what I had to say. Even though I was there to speak I took away some good advice from the panelist and students. Learning never stops.

Happy Flying,
~Solo Dove~

Sole Proprietor vs LCC which is right for me

While having a few days off from my 9-5 it allowed me to do some much needing reading and research. I really took the time to outline somethings that I want to tackle as far as a publicist. I want to build my brand, build my clientele, build my company, make more of a profit.

Between figuring out if I wanted to be a Sole proprietor or LLC. Being a freelancer is good but its time to make the official step towards being a more official business.

Sole proprietorships. Sole proprietorships are presumed to operate under their owner’s name. If the business will operate under a different name, most jurisdictions require that a fictitious owner affidavit be filed. A fictitious owner affidavit, or a “doing business as” (DBA) filing, informs the local government and the public that the business is operating under an assumed name and indicates who the owner is. The fictitious owner affidavit usually has to be filed with the county recorder of deeds’ office rather than the secretary of state’s office.

I am leaning more towards the sole proprietorship for now as I feel it will be the best fit. In essence I am already a solo proprietor its just getting the paper work together. I’ve also been reading up on small business plans, small business resources, industry income, etc. These are some of the things that I usually just skim through during the week but during my break I was able to fully emerge myself. The state that I am in now I have two task that I need to accomplish. I have to get the business aspect of Solo Dove Public Relations together and work on becoming an even better publicist.

I’m not much of a business person, it was never really my thing so the “business part” is the part I am not to find of and that I must find a way to work out. As far as becoming a better publicist it’s all about learning and growing. It’s going to be trail by error this I know.  What I must do is continue this journey of business women and publicist.  I’m going to do what works best for me, that’s the only way to live.

Happy Flying.

~Solo Dove~


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