Let These Female Founders Inspire You for National Entrepreneurship Month!

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These women prove that hard work pays off!

November is National Entrepreneurship Month, and to celebrate, we've interviewed a few successful female entrepreneurs who will inspire and enlighten you. Beatrice Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO of The Honey Pot Company, and Samia Gore, Founder and CEO of Body Complete Rx are excellent role models whose success stories are filled with hard-work, dedication, and perseverance. These entrepreneurs have made amazing strides in their respective fields and have overcome various obstacles along their way to success. We had the honor of interviewing them about their entrepreneurial journeys, and are excited to share their advice and words of encouragement with aspiring female entrepreneurs.

Beatrice Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO of The Honey Pot Company

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The Honey Pot Company is the first complete feminine care system powered by herbs. The Honey Pot Co. provides gender, body, and age-inclusive products that are free of chemicals, parabens, carcinogens, and sulfate. Dixon has been committed to educating, advocating, and supporting humans worldwide with the tools and resources that promote health and hopes to end the stigma of menstruation perpetrated by taboos, discrimination, lack of education, silence, and period poverty. Among her accomplishments, Dixon was named Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs of 2020, and Entrepreneur's top 100 groundbreaking women entrepreneurs of 2019. She’s also 1 of the first 40 women of color to raise over $1 million in venture capital.

WDC: What inspired you to start your own company?

Beatrice Dixon: The Honey Pot Company was born out of need and support grounded in ancestral connections. I spent a year suffering from Bacterial Vaginosis - a year spent meeting with every kind of doctor, trying every at-home remedy to antibiotics with no healing in sight. I was exhausted and in tremendous discomfort. One night, I had a dream where my grandmother visited me and gave me the formula for what would be our first product, our vaginal wash. I woke up in a total frenzy and scribbled down the ingredients shared with me. That morning, I crafted the first batch of wash and it worked. No more symptoms, no more searching. I knew that if I was experiencing this, there was a group of humans that needed this formula just as much. The rest is history.

WDC: What hardships have you faced and overcome as a female entrepreneur?

Beatrice Dixon: The biggest obstacle was drumming up access to investors and VC partners. It is a tireless mission for most entrepreneurs but became increasingly more challenging as a womxn-owned, Black-owned brand who was sitting at the table talking about vaginas. Startups led by black women receive less than 1% of venture capital funding. It’s truly a conversation around access and how to generate forums for broader funding for not only diverse humans but diverse business initiatives.

WDC: Is there anything you wish someone had told you before starting a business?

Beatrice Dixon: Take time to breathe. It can feel like everything needs to be done in two minutes and sometimes that is true but you need to take care of yourself in the process of running your company. Burning out and totally depleting yourself doesn’t do you or your team any good. Taking small breaks during the day and also small getaways every so often replenishes you!

WDC: What advice do you have for other aspiring female entrepreneurs?

Beatrice Dixon: Follow your dreams and don’t take no for an answer. No one will ever grind for your business like you do, but know this life is 24/7. You will always be working—even on weekends and vacation. It’s what it takes when you’re a business owner.

Samia Gore of Body Complete Rx

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Samia Gore, Founder and CEO of Body Complete Rx, is paving the way as the first Black female founder to break ground in the male-dominated, nutritional supplement industry. The author and healthy lifestyle advocate founded Body Complete Rx (BCRX) in 2017, a wellness brand of plant-based supplements formulated by a Black woman nutritionist with a complete wellness journey in mind. Samia’s self-funded start-up has successfully grown and garnered over $10 million in sales in just 4 years. In August 2021, Gore is launching her exclusive plant-based, vegan supplements at The Vitamin Shoppe, making BCRX the first Black female-owned brand to launch in the retailer’s weight management category.

WDC: What inspired you to start your own company?

Samia Gore: Body Complete Rx was created as a result of my own wellness journey. After gaining 80 pounds in my last pregnancy (I am a mom of 4) and tipping the scale to over 230 pounds, I was depressed and didn’t feel good about myself—and I wanted my life back. I had struggled with my weight all of my life and lost many family members to diabetes and heart disease. I had no examples of what it looked like to take care of yourself from the inside out. I sought organic alternatives that could provide me with increased energy, boost my metabolism, and curb unwanted hunger but pretty much all of the weight management supplements I tried to support my get-healthy efforts came with unwanted side effects and contained sketchy ingredients.

After struggling to find clean supplements on the market that were effective with quality ingredients, I decided to work with a team of experts and a Black female nutritionist to create my very own line of natural supplements, which was a weight management kit. And that is how Body Complete Rx (BCRX) was born in 2017. With the popularity of this product, we knew we were on to something, and since then have expanded our business from a weight-management company to a brand centered on overall holistic health and wellness.

We also just launched five new product lines that each prioritize a different wellness goal.

WDC: What hardships have you faced and overcome as a female entrepreneur?

Samia Gore: While I have been faced with many challenges as an African American female founder, these challenges have only empowered me to grow into a better entrepreneur. There are so many times where you feel like giving up or you aren’t even paying yourself a salary to keep your business afloat, but you just have to remember that owning a business is a journey and you have to stay on for the ride.

The supplement industry is highly competitive and very male-dominated. So I was working 10 times harder. It was challenging building the right team and understanding that I cannot do it all by myself, but I did find the best team to get me through the challenging times.

Starting a business from the ground up comes with many challenges and hardships. Now imagine starting a business as a mother of 4 children with a full-time job. You work around the clock to build a business while missing mommy moments and having no time for yourself. The great thing is, I have amazing children and a support system. I involved them in the process every step of the way. They learned hard work and dedication. Together, as a family, we packaged orders together in our living room during family time. And today, 5 years later, they're able to see all of their hard work come to fruition.

WDC: Is there anything you wish someone had told you before starting a business?

Samia Gore:

  1. Hire an accountant - I’d say the biggest mistake I made when I was first started out was not hiring an accountant my first year in business. Body Complete Rx’s first year was very successful, grossing several millions in revenue. Not hiring an accountant and filing quarterly taxes cost us a pretty penny, but it was definitely a lesson learned.

  2. Learn to Delegate - I did learn to have trust in my team. There was no reason for me to be handling all aspects of the business on my own. It was a huge challenge accepting that there are people better suited to handle certain aspects of the business than me! I also learned to utilize my employees’ strengths and wasn’t afraid to teach them new skills. To be a great leader, you have to learn how to delegate well.

  3. Check-in with yourself - With busy schedules, never-ending to-do lists and personal obligations, it’s easy to go through your days on autopilot, only to sit in bed at night and not remember how/when you did everything because everything was go-go-go. Make it a point to check in with yourself regularly; it could even be just 5 minutes each day. Set it as a reminder on your phone or even make it an “appointment” on your calendar so you don’t forget. Some simple questions you can ask yourself while checking in:

  • What’s wrong?

  • What’s right or good?

  • What’s unsettling or uncomfortable?

  • What can I do to fix it/change the way I feel about it?

WDC: What advice do you have for other aspiring female entrepreneurs?

Samia Gore: There are so many highs and lows that come with being an entrepreneur and having your own business, and I think what makes me a powerful woman is my resilience and perseverance. It’s important to have these traits! Sometimes it’s hard to feel like there's anything between the highs and lows, but for every low I hit, I always tell myself I will soon reach a high. I would tell an aspiring entrepreneur to do the same! Always keep at it, no matter what life throws your way.

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