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What do you know right now that you wish you knew when first starting out to create your cookbook?
Randall: One of the things we have loved the most and found the most demand is cooking in churches and in the street, across the country. If we had known how much people loved to have us just come out and cook for them in the real world I think we would have pushed to have our own Soul Food Love food truck to take across the country and cook from there.
Randall-Williams:Â I would have made a kid section. Looking to the future at the strong women that we’re building, that are coming after us, has been the most exciting part for me.
What do you think are the priorities to take into consideration when starting a new business venture?
Randall: The two main things are time and money—and be sure to have an excellent product.
Randall-Williams:Â Be sure to have a reliable team.
What are 3 Tips for cultivating success in your professional or personal lives?
Randall: 1. Get a great lawyer and accountant. 2. Understand you are a business and run your cyber communications accordingly; public and private. 3. Make a plan and work your plan until it gets done or you understand that it can’t be done. Bonus: Know your numbers.
Randall-Williams:Â 1. Find a mentor you trust and follow your mentor’s instruction; not listening to a mentor you trust can be a huge rookie mistake. 2. Learn to say no to things that will take you from your plan. 3. Give everything you’re doing 100% because you do have that in you. Bonus: My mother’s grandfather, Will Randall a.k.aÂ Paw Paw, used to say, “Work twice as hard to get what you want.â€
What are you looking forward to with your Organic Soul Food Cooking and Conversations session at the 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit?
Randall: We’re looking forward to sharing healthy recipes that will encourage these powerful women to put themselves on their own agenda.
Join Alice Randall and Caroline Randall-Williams for Organic Soul Food Cooking and Conversations at the 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. Enjoy a candid conversation on the challenges and importance of healthy habits, passing down recipes, and cultivating success from one generation to the next.
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