In this episode of Support is Sexy, Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon of The Village Market ATL shares it all, from the inspiration of her entrepreneurial grandmother and Mississippian roots to the current “amazingness” of her work in amplifying Black businesses and making an economic impact. Dr. Hallmon emphasizes the power of non-competitive spaces for Black entrepreneurs and the “camaraderie of excellence.” Do not miss these gems of business know-how in this episode of Support is Sexy



Elayne Fluker

Elayne Fluker is author of the new book, Get Over ‘I Got It’: How to Stop Playing Superwoman, Get Support and Remember that Having It All Doesn’t Mean Doing It All Alone.As host of the SUPPORT IS SEXY podcast, she interviews more than 500 successful women entrepreneurs around the world, who share inspiring, true stories of the ups and the downs of their entrepreneurial journeys. Elayne is also founder of SiS.Academy, an online learning platform for women entrepreneurs. For more information about Elayne Fluker, please visit Thank you for listening!



About our Guest:

Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon is a transformational speaker as well as CEO of The Village Market ATL, which she founded in 2016. She meshes her 15+ years experience in education with her entrepreneurial skills at The Village Market, which has been a catalyst in bringing national exposure to Black-owned businesses. Since its inception, their quarterly markets have hosted 70+ vendors, 3,000+ patrons, and circulated $150,000. Dr. Hallmon has been featured in Forbes, Essence, Black Enterprise, CNN, the Source, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and now Support is Sexy!



Insight from this episode:

  • 4 things Black women business owners must do to be successful. 
  • How to exist meaningfully in the online space during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • 3 reasons why using our economic power more intentionally is important for our communities today. 
  • Strategies to resist convenience in order to think about impact and value. 



Quotes from the show:

  • “[Entrepreneurship] is an ongoing love story, even the ups and downs of it. But it’s a present love.” –Lakeysha Hallmon Support is Sexy Ep. #738
  • “I walk in and it is my job to make sure that space shifts because I’m there.” –Lakeysha Hallmon Support is Sexy Ep. #738
  • “I don’t think we know time management until all the time is yours.” –Lakeysha Hallmon Support is Sexy Ep. #738
  • “My goal was to create a model of how I believe ancestrally our village functions… If they buy from you, they bought from me symbolically. We’re one working vessel.” –Lakeysha Hallmon Support is Sexy Ep. #738
  • “The skeleton of our country is built on small businesses, so why aren’t they celebrated as they should be?” –Lakeysha Hallmon Support is Sexy Ep. #738
  • “What have people worked so deeply to take from us? That’s what we now should be running to.” –Lakeysha Hallmon Support is Sexy Ep.#738
  • “It almost depletes your spirit to continue to work in spaces that are not fully able to uplift all of your magic.” –Lakeysha Hallmon Support is Sexy Ep. #738
  • On intellectual property: “As you build, protect. As you scale, protect. As you bring people on to help you grow, protect yourself.” –Lakeysha Hallmon Support is Sexy Ep. #738



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