BBA Memphis member juggles books and business


The entrepreneur and book author discusses challenging topics in his second publishing endeavor.

BBA member Tony Jackson has released a new book titled "The Fair Shot That Was Never Given." It’s a collection of stories that touch on a few hot subjects we deal with today — from self love to how life can change in an instant. One of his favorite chapters speaks in detail about stereotypes.

Every story in the book leads back to a person not getting their fair shot when it came to their situation, but ending up creating their own path in life or getting their shot in the end. The overall message is: It wasn’t GIVEN, it was EARNED. These are all based on true stories and will make you feel good reading each outcome.

His first book, “Pulling Customers Back To Small Business,” reached much success, and he’s looking forward to inspiring his readership once again. "The Fair Shot That Was Never Given” can be purchased from Jackson directly and at, Barnes and Noble, and other online book outlets. He also plans to have the book for sale in local brick and mortar stores.

Jackson will celebrate the book launch at a signing party on Saturday, February 9 at The Crescent Club from 6pm – 8pm. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP TO ATTEND

Skyn Boudoir: A Black and woman-owned product of protection

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It can happen in the blink of an eye. Leaving your drink open for even the slightest moment, no matter if it’s the club or your friendly neighborhood bar, is long enough for someone with ill intentions to spike it.

This scenario is all too familiar to Rayna Rufus, who created Skyn Boudoir to offer stylish and functional glassware covers to prevent incidents like these from happening and empowering others to protect themselves in public settings. Rufus is one of the newest members of the Black Business Association of Memphis, and she represents a sector of impassioned black proprietors on a mission to serve through her business.

“The rape drug is a very criminal act. It’s severe. The repercussions behind it impacts our lives. This is a very important tool for me,” said Rufus as she talked about her protective coverings’ role in preventing spiking from happening. “And Skyn Boudoir itself came from a place of privacy, from a quiet place. The word Skyn means ‘a covering’ or ‘nurturing’. So Skyn refers to this glass skin.”

Protection and empowerment are huge motivators for Rufus, who is on a quest to make her coverings available to groups most at risk of drink spiking: college students on campuses, nightclub patrons and a growing number of people who may not think drink spiking can actually happen to them. The statistics have shown it certainly can, but Skyn Boudoir is one of a number of businesses oriented in helping to fight this widespread problem.

The fashionable and functional coverings Skyn Boudoir has to offer come in a variety of styles and sizes: from your typical wine or martini glass to tumblers and even beer mugs!

Visit Skyn Boudoir at to see all that Rayna Rufus has to offer, and as always, use this as an opportunity to support another great black-owned business on a mission to protect and empower others!


President's Message: Getting what you need in the new year

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In 2019..

..get past “just enough,” and strive for “growth” in the new year

So many times I have witnessed businesspersons borrow far too little money to be successful.  Often, they borrow just enough to get their doors open. They do not give any consideration to advertising and promotions, working capital and such matters, which are foundational to sustaining the business model for the first many months.  Subsequently, they fail and wonder why.

If you only borrow enough to open your doors and have no plan to develop the "Cash flow" necessary to sustain monthly operations, you are pretty much doomed.  These matters are addressed through a "Sit Down," with professionals like Mark Yates and me.  We will provide an extensive, "Opportunity/Needs Analysis" of/for your business and only ask questions to help you determine exactly how much you need to adequately fund your business  operation. 

In the absence of meeting with us, please review an article from American Express titled “How to Determine How Much Money You Need When Getting a Business Loan,” which discusses a format for determining how much you'll actually need to adequately fund your business operation.  Wishing you much success.

As always, I’m here to help you WIN!

Small businesses: Help make it count!

make an impact on Election Day

It goes without saying the midterm elections is a pretty big deal for our country right now. And according to Business News Daily, small businesses are impacted in the outcomes due to potential for economic growth, tax policies, healthcare policies and more. While things look to be on the up and up for small businesses in general, minority small business owners are especially dependent on local support for quality loan programs, bid opportunities and access to capital.

In the meantime, business owners and supervisors can help others perform their civic duty on election day this Tuesday by providing their employees time to vote. Consider opening a little later, offer some flex time, schedule voting breaks, give them the day off — however you can make it work.

FYI: Uber and Lyft have announced free rides to the polls, making it even easier for people to make their votes count. Join the movement!