Entrepreneurship is in Monique Greenwood‘s blood. Her grandfather owned one of Washington, D.C.’s first successful black-owned businesses — Greenwood Moving and Transfer company — that was birthed as a result of his innovation when racial segregation threatened his grocery business. After hearing about the story of her grandfather, and later about her aunt who took over the business, Monique knew that ownership and building a family business was going to be a part of her destiny. Now, as the owner of her very own empire — Akwaaba Inns, which includes four extraordinary bed and breakfast locations along the East Coast — Monique also wants her businesses to be a part of her family legacy. 

 

 

This Tuesday, November 21st on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), we get to see how Monique, her family and her teams operate these bustling inns and cater to a wide variety of guests, from couples, to celebrities to girlfriend trying to get away, on her new docu-series, Checked Inn. On this episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Monique, who was a longtime journalist, former Essence magazine editor-in-chief and one of the coolest bosses I’ve ever had, shares the importance of having your own, how to build a successful business (or be an intrapreneur), how to have a both-and possibility and why creating generational wealth is more important than ever.

 

 

On this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to know when a step back is worth the risk.
  • The importance of being an intrapreneur in your day job.
  • The moment you have to make a decision between the dream job or dream business.
  • The importance of creating generational wealth.
  • Why game changers must be willing to accept change.
  • The key ingredient for creating any successful business.
  • How to qualify your customers.
  • The value of legacy.

 

 

VISIT AKWAABA INNS AT Akwaaba.com

 

 

FOLLOW AKWAABA INSS AT

Facebook: @Akwaaba-Bed-Breakfast-Inns-NY-NJ-DC

Instagram: @AkwaabaInns

Twitter: @MoniqueAkwaaba

 

 

WATCH CHECKED INN ON Tuesday, Nov 21st 10pm EST and every Saturday after at 10pm EST on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) 

 

 

REFERENCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Essence Magazine

Susan L. Taylor

Having What Matters: The Black Woman’s Guide to Creating the Life You Really Want by Monique Greenwood (William Morrow, 2001)

Fantasy Island

Howard University

 

 

 

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[Music: “Easy” by SPCZ, 2016]