EXTRA CREDIT - “Business Owners…If you’re scared…get a dog”

Instructor: Professor Munn
July 22, 2009


There is not a day that goes by that I’m not approached about a business, asked about owning a business or something pertaining to helping my business.  The reality is that in these harsh economic times, people are losing their jobs and or losing faith that the job/company will not be around.  For those that have lost their jobs, they are considering trying something different or owning there own.  For those losing faith, they are looking for ways to bridge their eminent dismissal or company collapsing.

So here we are, with tons of people becoming or trying to become business owners.  I think its absolutely fabulous but it’s not easy to do nor easy to maintain.  Owning your own business has its burdens as well.  The things you take for granted while working for someone is now your responsibility.  From ordering supplies to cleaning the toilets.  Now I can hear you now, “I’m going to hire someone to do that”.  LOL…yeah that’s what I did and thought as well.  Now let me remind you why you went into owning your business. “The economy sucks!”  So spending money and your overhead becomes your number one priority.  Renting or leasing the space, which banks has the best benefits for small business owners and your vendors are all tough choices that will keep you up at night if you don’t do the proper due dillegents.


Scared yet?  Here’s the deal, it can and will work.  Rely on the things that has made you successful up until this point.  Please don’t be afraid to talk with other business owners or networks so that you don’t need to re-create the wheel.  Constantly make sure that you monitored the market and request relief from the bank and your landlord.  It’s happening.  Remember the hell-hole situation that you left and that should be motivation to work smarter, not necessarily harder.  Lastly, don’t be afraid to make tough decisions when it comes to the business or you will not have a business to run.  My partner is my wife. Not so much because of what she does at the company, but because she is a great sounding board for the issues that occur from day to day.  Find that person who will tell you that you were wrong.  You don’t need a “yes person”.


Trust and believe in yourself.  Sacrificing your beliefs and being afraid to make tough decisions or ask for relief is a plan to fail.  The road has been paved before us and we are strong and resilient.  Focus on the things that you can do to create a business that your patrons love to frequently talk about.  Let your passion for your business show and be visible by everything that you do.  There is not a day that goes by that I’m not wearing my company logo with few exceptions.  You can do this it!!!!  “If your scared…get a dog!


“It takes a village to raise a child”

Instructor: Professor Harvey
July 22, 2009


“Family unity is crucial to the upbringing and development of our youth”....Mary B. Morrison, author.

Where have we gone wrong as a people?  I ask myself that question every time I hear some young girls and boys talking about what some boy or girl did to them last night and the language they use is unbelievable!  Babies are out here still having babies themselves.  Our sons are still out here shooting each other over nothing! They have no self-respect….so they can’t possibly have any respect for you.

Should we blame it on programs like MTV, BET and VH1?  We had all of that when we were growing up and didn’t “act a fool” like the young kids’ today do. Maybe it is something more close to home - parent (s) that are so busy getting high, getting their groove on or just working so hard to make ends meet they don’t have the time?  Or is it the teachers that are only in the classrooms for a paycheck?  Is the government at fault for not creating a better economy or maybe its former President Bush’s fault?


I don’t know what the answers are -  but I know that I am scared for these babies.  They need us to be there for them even if they say they don’t want us there.  A lot of us have given up on them.  That is the last thing we need to do.  I applaud Senyah for what she is trying to do.  It indeed “takes a village to raise a child” especially now.  There are no excuses for us not to be out there helping all children (because they are all of our children whether we birth them or not).  We have an African-American President now.  There are NO MORE EXCUSES!


Are there any questions? Please raise your hand.



“God’s Time Is the Right Time”

Instructor: Professor Spencer
July 21, 2009


“God’s Delay is not His Denial”

Thanks for joining this class.  I hope you find this lecture on God’s Time Is the Right Time Insightful. 

Have you asked God for something that you feel must be falling on deaf ears?  Or maybe you’re a bit frustrated in hearing “everything in due time”.  I want you to know that He does hear and He is eager to answer our requests.  “If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking him! ” Matthew 7:11 AMP.  He delights when we come to him with our requests.

He is completely attentive and totally in tuned with our growth or lack of.  It may seem like He is not answering, but God’s delay is NOT His denial.  God is able to see the beginning from the end.  His vision is so far beyond ours, while our own is short sighted.  While He wants to help us in our journey towards our goal, he is ultimately concerned with refining our character along the way.  He will take his time to ensure our character is developing, and character is developed through time spent with Him. 

Do you know parents who feed their infants steak? No. Their system has not developed to a point where they can digest steak.  This isn’t denial; this is an act of love knowing that this food would ultimately be detrimental to a baby’s digestive system.  It is not until the infant reaches a stage of maturity in adolescence that its digestive system can handle steak.  Out of love, that is what God does with us. 

He says:
“I know what I’m doing, I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not -abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me,  you"ll find me.  Yes when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else,  I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” Jeremiah 29:11-14 MSG -  I get excited about that.


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