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MOGUL: Making Our Goals Unite Lives

November 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST


A live virtual fireside chat featuring famous comedian and entrepreneur Loni Love, Co-Host of The Real and Owner of True Love, Inc.

Oftentimes, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs experience barriers with accessing capital and resources needed to start or sustain their businesses. Lately, COVID-19 has exacerbated those challenges, especially for women. However, when BIPOC entrepreneurs break through that glass ceiling they are unstoppable in their respective industries. Unfortunately, people in underserved communities don’t get first person accounts and the opportunity to connect with popular business tycoons who they identify with.

On November 19th (Women’s Entrepreneurship Day), the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance presents MOGUL (Making Our Goals Unite Lives). MOGUL is a first of its kind, for us-by-us style, live virtual fireside chat featuring famous comedian and entrepreneur Loni Love, Co-host of The Real and Owner of True Love, Inc. production company. The Michigan native will reconnect with her roots through an intimate conversation with Afiya Latham, Co-owner of Express Employment Professionals of Southwest Michigan.
Loni will share how she went from being an electrical engineer in the automobile industry, to launching a successful entertainment career and owning a Hollywood production company. Attendees will learn how Loni seized opportunities to help establish herself as a force in business, unite groups and impact lives, and how they can also, if they start now. Guests will be able to participate in a Q&A with Loni Love.

In-Person Watch Party Locations

  • Benton Harbor—The GhostLight Theatre; 101 Hinkley Street; Benton Harbor MI 49022 NOTE: Food and drinks provided. Face masks are required.
  • Niles—Niles District Library; 620 E. Main St. Niles MI 49120 NOTE: No food and drinks allowed. Face masks are optional.
  • South Haven—Lake Michigan College at South Haven Campus; 125 Veterans Blvd.; South Haven, MI 49090. Food and drinks provided. Face masks are required.
  • South Haven—ThinkBar Coworking Space; 610 Phoenix St.; South Haven, MI 49090. Food and drinks provided. Face masks are optional.


November 19, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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Congratulations to Gregory Shelton of Grand Unique Laundry for receiving his first loan through Northern Initiatives. With help from his SCORE mentor, Cheri Bales, Gregory did a fantastic job on developing his business plan and showing real entrepreneurial spirit. We wish you much success, and look forward to your upward movement. You are a wonderful role model.

—Gregory Shelton of Grand Unique Laundry

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—Peter Shutt

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