We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariel Ewell, MBA and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ariel, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
You’re In Black Women’s Business came about by enduring our own battles of entrepreneurship and professional career. We wanted to develop a resource for black women, men, and young adults that would like to develop their career and entrepreneurship. We are just starting out and will steadily gather resources that helped us and also provide resources that others inquired about. It is important to have these resources for our community for those that do not know where to begin or how to begin or are struggling in their journey.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am most proud of just beginning. Sometimes it is act of starting and faith in yourself that fuels the fire behind you. It helps you through the failures and breeds success because if you never start you will never know if you are meant to succeed. I believe there is nothing unique that sets me apart from others we all have drive and passion somewhere you just have to find it and start. And when you do begin and believe, there is nothing that can stop you from succeeding and the feeling you get of knowing this is my purpose is unmatched. Moving forward I am excited to see where life takes me on this journey of entrepreneurship. I believe one day I will only have to clock in for myself, and be able to control my own destiny. Until then I live one day at a time and prepare myself for that day to come.

My professional career was a blessing in disguise. I was struggling after undergrad trying to find away to make money to live without relying on my family. I did not have the corporate job immediately after school. It took a year after i graduated to get my first corporate job. I was proud to finally make over $15 an hour and enough to finally invest in myself to get my own place and car, even though those things didn’t come until years later. It was just the beginning. It was never easy. Life is never just easy. It can become easier with resources and people, but it is never just easy. I believe sometimes we are our worst enemy. I struggle a lot with an internal battle, and i think it is important that we know what our mental stability is. We all need therapy to help overcome the trauma of our past to build a better future for ourselves and future family. Youre only as good as your mind. If you’re not feeding your mind and helping yourself be better and feel better it is almost impossible to be better for those around you. You’re not who you are just because, you are who you choose to be. So choose to be better than the person you were yesterday. It is better to get help than to drown in it. Most of my challenges i overcame by getting help or resources, creating boundaries, and setting goals.

I want the world to know that my brands, You’re In Black Women’s Business and KAAS Luxury Skincare are for my community. It is here to provide resources and educate our community entrepreneurship, professional careers, and skincare. Helping my community is important to me. I want to see us do better as a whole and not gatekeep information that can set up our people for generations.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well a week long trip…I have no idea. I am more of here are options you tell me what you would like to do. Also, most of the time we only do one or two things a day on a trip depending on how much fun we are having. I just moved to the DFW area so i am not too familiar with the hot spots. But i would definitely explore in Deep Ellum, Bishop Arts, Addison, or Frisco areas. Take them to drink and eat. We like to eat. Maybe to the Southern Classic Daiquiri Factory, we love some good catfish. or to Kitchen & Kocktails for some brunch food. Also, walk around downtown just to explore or go to Food Truck park or any park for that matter. And if it is warm/hot outside go to a pool.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize that my success came from those around me and the connections i made. You’re in Black Women’s Business would not have came about without the assistance of my cohost and friend Stephanie. She provides information and resources from her experiences in her professional career and entrepreneurship that i can not provide. KAAS Luxury Skincare would not be where it is at 2 years later without my family and friends helping push our brand to the masses, and providing services and resources that we needed to begin and grow.

Website: https://linktr.ee/youreinbwb

Instagram: youreinbwb

Facebook: You’re In Black Womens Business

Other: getkaas.com hairbyakoni.com

Image Credits
Christa Egusquiza

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