VERSAFI MAGAZINE: TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESSES?
SHONDA ORLICIA: All of my businesses are faith base. I don’t do anything without consulting the most-high God. Inspiration 98.7 is a radio station for the people, a platform for them to speak, unwind, and listen to a great verity of music. Inspiration Events and Travel is a company that goes hand in hand with everything travel and events. If you have a destination in mind for your event or just get away, we will work together to plan that event at your destination of choice and make it memorable. Inspired 2 U Jewels are fashionable Jewelry for the everyday person for a reasonable price.
VERSAFI: IN 2017 YOU LAUNCHED A RADIO NETWORK CALLED INSPIRATION RADIO 98.7. WHAT GAVE YOU THE INSPIRATION TO LAUNCH YOUR OWN RADIO NETWORK?
SHONDA: The inspiration behind the network was to help people, and give the everyday person a chance to be heard. We designed a platform to provide people with a place to have true freedom of speech, as well as having artists to get their music heard.
VERSAFI: WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS IN STARTING YOUR OWN RADIO NETWORK LET ALONE YOUR OWN SHOW?
SHONDA: The Pro of having your own radio network is having a place to come to and be me without having the same thing going over and over again. The Con was living in my head thinking no one was going to listen.
VERSAFI: DID YOU FACE ANY CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY?
SHONDA: Just fear. The fear I was going to fail. Once I stop being afraid doors just started opening.
VERSAFI: I JUST LOVE THE IDEA WHEN I HEAR ABOUT ENTREPRENEURS STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS OR BUSINESSES. TO ACTUALLY GET YOUR BUSINESS OFF THE GROUND, HOW LONG DID THAT TAKE? DID YOU MAP OUT A BUSINESS PLAN?
SHONDA: It’s funny you ask that because I don’t consider myself to be a good planner for my things. Once an idea comes to me, I see what I can do to start it and run with it.
VERSAFI: AFTER LAUNCHING YOUR OWN RADIO SHOW CALLED INSPIRED BY GOD, INC, WHAT WERE THE AFTERTHOUGHTS YOU WERE HAVING?
SHONDA: Well, Inspired By God Inc. Is the Headquarters for all of the businesses under the inspiration umbrella. Now I just sit back and say Thank you God for what you have blessed me with for my family.
VERSAFI: ON YOUR SHOW, DO YOU HAVE A LIST OF TOPICS YOU DISCUSS?
SHONDA: Not Really! Our discussion pretty much is just regular conversation, like friends sitting around hanging out.
VERSAFI: DO YOU FEEL THAT WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS THAT WANTS TO PURSUE A CAREER IN MEDIA HAS THE MOST CHALLENGES THAN OTHER WOMEN?
SHONDA: It depends on how you are looking at the situation. You just have to focus and plan your timing but it’s not hard at all.
VERSAFI: WHAT IS NEXT FOR INSPIRED BY GOD, INC?
SHONDA: We are working on the Nonprofit organization and Thrift store, that we are putting in place for family vets and Domestic violence survivors.
VERSAFI: HOW CAN READERS CONNECT WITH YOU? DO YOU HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS AND A WEBSITE TO PROVIDE?
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