Business Spotlight: Luxurii Nails Salon

This month’s business spotlight shines on Luxurii Nails Salon! Built by a female entrepreneur and her team who provides top-notch, quality service to their customers. We asked them a few questions about their business and here is what they had to say:

What is your primary product or service? 

Thank you for the opportunity to showcase our business AACCF! We are a full service nail salon staffed with expertly trained technicians to service you. We also offer Waxing, Threading, Eyelash Extensions, Eyebrow Tinting and more!

What do you think makes Central Florida a special place to do business? 

I think Central Florida is wonderful for its great sunny weather, diverse and vibrant population and a friendly business climate that is second to none. 

Who is your target market/audience? 

We believe that the beneficial effects of getting a Nail Salon Spa Treatment span both sexes and expand to children as well. Pampering and stress relief is a must to get a break from the nuances of everyday life. Other benefits include improvement of blood circulation, a positive effect on self-esteem, improvement of your overall appearance and an outlet for different styles and creativity!

In your opinion, what makes Central Florida’s business community special?

What makes the business community special is the fact that everyone is eager to network and collaborate in a positive way to advance the business community as a whole. 

What is the most exciting thing you see happening in your industry? 

The nail community is expanding greatly to include so many people and the creativity that is emerging is just astounding. 

What is the biggest benefit of joining the AACCCF? 

Being a part of a community looking to support African-American commerce locally will always be something I fully support. The biggest benefit of joining the chamber is the relationships and support we have received from the leadership and the members. The leaders and the members truly want every business to succeed. We have been introduced to numerous photography and production companies through the chamber. Instead of competing against each other, we have actually supported each other and referred business to one another. 

Do you have any current promotions, upcoming events, or recent accolades that we can promote? 

Bring us three clients and you get a free set! 

 

Learn more about Luxurii Nails Salon

Facebook: Luxurii Nails Salon

Instagram: LuxuriiNailsSalon

Website: www.LuxuriiNails.com

Email:  luxuriinails@gmail.com


Business Spotlight: RTW Photography

This month's business spotlight shines on Ride The Wave (RTW) Photography! Built by a trio of young entrepreneurs who are making waves in Central Florida's business landscape, RTW is turning heads all around town. We asked them a few questions about their business and here is what they had to say:

What is your primary product or service? 

We offer a wide array of services. Our primary services include photography, videography, and live-stream services for any occasion or event. Our complete list of services include: 

  • Wedding Photography and Videography 
  • Portrait Photography - For any occasion: Birthdays, Graduations, Engagements, Maternity, and so much more 
  • Commercial Services: Branding and Style Shoots, Kickerstarts, and Commercials advertising 
  • Small Events: Baby showers, anniversary parties, holiday parties, christening, and baptisms, much more. 
  • Photo Booth Rental 
  • Live Stream

What do you think makes Central Florida a special place to do business? 

Central Florida is a special place to do business because of the diversity and world-class hospitality and entertainment industries. Furthermore, the mix of small businesses and large multinational corporations make Central Florida a unique place to do business. We have been blessed to work with start-ups and well-established multinational corporations. Central Florida is also a great hub for identifying and recruiting new talent entering the workforce. The schools and universities located in the area provide opportunities for recruiting some amazing local talent. 

Who is your target market/audience? 

Our target client is anyone in need of photography, videography, or live-stream services. We have two target audiences: Business clients and individual clients. 

For our business clients, we understand the impact visual media has on their brand perception, as well as, their bottom line. We work with our business clients to determine the right investment to fit their needs. 

For our individual clients, whether it’s a wedding, graduation or anniversary gala, we take the time to understand the vision for their big day. We partner with our clients to make sure their personality and confidence radiate as they memorialize one of life’s greeted achievements. 

In your opinion, what makes Central Florida's business community special?

What makes the business community special is the fact that everyone is very welcoming and wants to see everyone succeed. We had no idea how to grow our business but heard the relationships built through the chamber could really accelerate our growth. We have been able to partner with local businesses, as well as provide services to those in need. COVID-19 impacted many local businesses in the central Florida area, and we were able to provide free promotional videos for small businesses to help get them back on their feet once businesses started to re-open. 

What is the most exciting thing you see happening in your industry? 

Companies and individuals are all competing for our attention. Every ad, photography, commercial has been well thought out and is intended to grab your attention (and money). We are in the space of assisting clients in making sure they are able to accurately communicate their brand and products to the targeted audience and the general public. 

What is the biggest benefit of joining the AACCCF? 

The biggest benefit of joining the chamber is the relationships and support we have received from the leadership and the members. The leaders and the members truly want every business to succeed. We have been introduced to numerous photography and production companies through the chamber. Instead of competing against each other, we have actually supported each other and referred business to one another. 

Additionally, the AACCCF does an amazing job of making sure its members stay informed on current events and resources that are available. When COVID-19 impacted the Central Florida Community, the AACCCF adjusted and prioritized the concerns and needs of its members. 

Do you have any current promotions, upcoming events, or recent accolades that we can promote? 

We offer a variety of services and are committed to finding a mutual price that is fair for both us and our future clients. Most of our pricing is available on our website. We also provide customized quotes for weddings, small events, and productions after the completion of a complimentary consultation. 

For the upcoming holidays, we are offering a promotion on our studio sessions. Individuals and families can reserve a 45-minute session. The price is $150 and includes 7 edits. 

We recently opened Our studio is located in downtown Orlando, FL in the historical neighborhood of Parramore. Our studio space is now available for rent.

Email:  bookings@ridethewave.co

 


Business Spotlight: Cakes Beyond the Realm

This month's business spotlight shines on Cakes Beyond the Realm. We sat down with owner Alicia Garland to learn all about her unique business!

What is your primary product or service?
My primary products are “faux” cakes for any occasion! 

"They are covered with real icing, real gumpaste sugar flowers, smell delicious, and are less expensive than real cakes" - Cakes Beyond the Realm Facebook

What do you think makes Central Florida a special place to do business?
By Central Florida being the home of Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, and a host of major hotel chains, it is one of the event meccas of the US. This affords businesses an awesome opportunity to be innovative and creative while prospering in the special event/hospitality arena.

 

Who is your target market?
My target market includes individuals and organizations seeking beautiful cakes that are beyond the ordinary. Creations that exceed the creative boundaries of traditional cakes, while saving money at the same time.

 

In your opinion, what makes Central Florida’s business community special?
Central Florida’s business community has a unique opportunity to take advantage of an event-driven industry that has a host of opportunities for businesses to provide products and services many other communities aren’t privy to. Also, there is a strong Chamber presence in the Central Florida area (such as the African American Chamber), thus allowing great networking experiences (within your chamber, others outside of the chamber, and between chambers).

 

What is the most exciting thing you see happening in your industry?
I see an immense opportunity for the “faux” cake industry to expand for several reasons:
  • The ability to use decorations that are prohibited on traditional cakes (ex, crystals, metals, & other organic materials which can illuminate and heighten the cakes)
  • The ability to see the final product far in advance of your event to assure satisfaction
  • The structural integrity makes the cakes stronger and less susceptible to cracking or falling providing sustainability in inclement weather
  • Average of 40% in savings to the customer
  • Gift as a keepsake or sell your cake (as opposed to walking away from the investment in a traditional cake which is rarely consumed entirely).

 

What is the biggest benefit of joining the AACCCF?
The biggest benefit derived from joining the AACCCF has been the ability to meet so many kinds of considerate and truly caring individuals who show a sincere interest in your success by introducing you to others and providing resources to help you advance.

 

Do you have any current promotions, upcoming events, or recent accolades that we can promote?
I was recently featured in Mr. Russell Drake’s #BHMUpgrade (October 2, 2020), and I have taken advanced cake decorating certification courses from the world-renowned pastry chef and artist Nicholas Lodge.

 

 

 


Business Spotlight: Heidi Haye

This month's business spotlight shines on the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida's very own CPA Heidi Haye! We had a chat with Heidi about the accounting services that she offers.

What is your primary product or service?

Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Bookkeeping, Tax preparation, payroll, and business advice.

What do you think makes Central Florida a special place to do business?

Central Florida is a large metropolitan area with so many opportunities for different industries. We have the population to support so many 
different businesses!

Who is your target market/ audience?

After spending several years assisting large businesses with a national firm, I'm honored to concentrate on small businesses and help them grow and operate like any other large corporation.

In your opinion, what makes Central Florida’s Business community special?

It is amazing to see how many businesses in Central Florida do charitable work. It is not just donating money, but also getting out
and donating time. It speaks to character of the business owners that make up our landscape.

What is the most exciting thing you see happening in your industry?
The accounting industry is embracing leveraging technology to be more efficient and service our clients in more ways than ever before. Small business owners should be able to focus on running the business. I love using these tools and technological advancements to keep their finances in order.

What is the biggest benefit to joining the AACCCF?

Obviously, the referrals. The membership pays for itself. My client base is primarily direct referrals from the Chamber or clients finding me through the Chamber’s website.

Do you have any current promotions that we can promote?

For any parents with children under 22, I am preparing the child’s tax return for $50 when the parent files
their tax return with my office. 

 

Email: heidi@hayecpa.com
Phone: (407) 637-2194

Address: 597 Maitland Avenue | Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

 


Business Spotlight: Secily Wilson

This month's business spotlight shines on Veteran Broadcast Journalist turned Author and Public Speaker, Secily Wilson. We asked her our favorite questions to learn more about who she is and why she joined the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida. She provided the insight below:

What is your primary product or service?

I am a Public Speaker, Host, and Moderator. I also recently released my new book: "She Said the P Word", Amazon's #1 Best Seller in 4 categories.(Biographies & Memoirs of Women, Women's Health, Family Relationship and Non-Formal Education). Learn more about my book: https://www.thesecilywilson.com/products/she-said-the-p-word.

 

What do you think makes Central Florida a special place to do business?

Central Florida has always been a transient community, and in recent years we are seeing population growth, specifically for families. That means that people are choosing Central Florida as a community that they want to be in. Population growth creates diverse needs and along with it multiple opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs to fill those needs. 

Who is your target market/ audience?

My target market is Women between the ages of 30 and 60, but the book is for so many more. Individuals, organizations, or companies, looking to improve and to be inspired, will all benefit from the book. 

In your opinion, what makes Central Florida’s Business community special?

It is a diverse business landscape with an expansive audience. It is basically an open canvas to paint whatever picture you want.

What is the most exciting thing you see happening in your industry?
The most exciting thing is the increase in recognition of black businesses. Now more than ever, we are experiencing a surge of support for black businesses/entrepreneurs! 

What is the biggest benefit to joining the AACCCF?

The biggest benefit is the ability to do business with a large body of individuals with like minds. 

Do you have any current promotions that we can promote?

I'm offering AACCCF members $5.00 off the $14.95(unsigned) and $17.95(signed) book price. Email secily.wilson@yahoo.com to claim your offer.

Learn more about the book: https://www.thesecilywilson.com/products/she-said-the-p-word.

 

Email: secily.wilson@yahoo.com

 


Business Spotlight: Proficiency Background Service

This month we asked AACCCF Member, Adrian Thacker, owner of Proficiency Background Services, our usual questions to learn more about their business and why they joined the African American Chamber of Central Florida. They provided the insights below:

What is your primary product or service?
Proficiency Background Services offers criminal background screenings, for both Level 1 screenings and Level 2 Fingerprinting/ Livescans. We also provide drug screenings. We provide these services for a number or reasons from the hiring process, Level 2 Fingerprinting/ Livescans for nursing schools, even for Carrying Concealed Weapons Licenses and more.

What do you think makes Central Florida a special place to do business?
Central Florida has a great local business community that are very engaged and help each other thrive. Referrals are key to business success and there is an abundance of that!

Who is your target market/ audience?
Our target is anyone who is needing of criminal background screenings and fingerprinting! We service small companies to large companies.

In your opinion, what makes Central Florida’s Business community special?
I believe that Central Florida’s business community is great at helping small companies move to the next level by providing guidance, making those most beneficial referrals, which are huge impacts to businesses in this community.

What is the most exciting thing you see happening in your industry?
The most exciting thing for me are the changes happening from changes to laws regarding criminal background screenings to new technology used to make the screening process faster and more efficient.

What is the biggest benefit to joining the AACCCF?
The biggest benefit for me is that the AACCCF gives a platform for all the Black Owned Businesses to excel, support each other, and help maneuver through the business community while making lasting connections.

Do you have any current promotions, upcoming events, or recent accolades that we can promote?
Now offering Level 2 Fingerprinting/ Livescan services for Carrying Concealed Weapons License, currently the Sheriff’s office may have limited appointments, we are offering these services by appointment, Monday- Friday and by appointment on Saturday or walk-in during our hours 11am - 2pm. Please give us a call Friday for Saturday appointments or walk-in schedule!

 

Phone: 407.687.0100

 


Business Spotlight: Rasmussen College, closing the gap on the Central Florida Nursing shortage.

This month, as one of our featured “Member on the Move” social media spotlights, we recognized Rasmussen College. They had so much valuable information that we decided to highlight them as this month's Business Spotlight as well! Based in Bloomington, Minnesota, Rasmussen College has campuses in multiple states and several here in Florida, including the Orlando campus! ⠀

Thinking of going back to school? Explore career-focused degrees in business, design, education, and nursing...all at Rasmussen!

We spoke with Sharon Richardson, Director at the Orlando campus on why student's should look to gaining an education from Rasmussen, especially in the these times of Covid-19 social distancing.

"My heart goes out to the Senior class of 2020; as our previous way of life has shuttered and we work to configure a new normal", says Richardson. She explains that Rasmussen College is an option for students who want to continue their education online and/or go into the healthcare field.

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college that is dedicated to changing lives and the communities it serves through high-demand and flexible educational programs. Since 1900, the College has been committed to academic innovation and providing the highest standard of education. Rasmussen College offers certificate and diploma programs through associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online and across its 23 Midwest and Florida campuses.

"There were already predicted shortages of nurses in the central Florida area, Covid-19 has increased that need", Richardson told us. In fact we did our own research and found that the nationwide, experts predict nursing shortages in the upcoming years. Luckly Rasmussen has programs to train students and get them into the field as quickly as possible.

Students can a Professional Nursing degree at Rasmussen in as little as 18 months; Bachelors in Nursing in as few as 33 months, or the Medical Assistant program in as little as 12 months.

Nursing information Session

  • The first step to attending Rasmussen College’s Nursing program is attending a Nursing Information Session.
  • This Information session is held virtually. You can log in via laptop/desktop or mobile device.
  • There are several times and days available for your convenience.

Click here to Register for a day and time
Once you are registered we will send you a link for the WEBEX to join us.

During the Information Session we will cover:

  • A Career in Nursing
  • Why Rasmussen College is a great fit
  • Deep level program information including course lists and schedules
  • Investment in your education
  • Admissions Process
  • Next steps

Right now, Florida students can qualify for $5,000 on program costs for a CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree!⠀
Learn more at: www.Rasmussen.edu/NursesFL⠀