UBR Spotlight: Interior Designer Robin Wilson

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR contributor Samantha Pass speaks with Robin Wilson, the founder and CEO of Robin Wilson Home, a New York-based interior design firm. Wilson has established a unique brand presence as a leading eco-friendly designer and promoter of healthy spaces since launching her firm in 2000. Wilson has shared her expertise and passion via outlets ranging from the Architectural Digest Home Show to Conservation International.

In 2011, Wilson appeared on HGTV’s Selling New York and became an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Her advocacy of clean construction methods has garnered assignments including the Harlem office of former President Bill Clinton, the office of the White House Fellows, as well as private homes. Kennedy  chronicled the gut renovation and redesign of the home of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in the her book, “Kennedy Green House: Designing an Eco-Healthy Home From the Foundation to the Furniture” (Greenleaf Book Group Press). Wilson joins the Roundtable to share how she runs her business with a sense of both style and purpose.

Also, UBR contributor Renita D. Young speaks with wealth expert and financial planner Gerald Grant, Jr., director of financial planning for the South Florida Branch of AXA Advisors and the author of Bold Moves for Creating Financial Wealth (G & G Enterprise of Miami Inc.). Grant joins the Roundtable to share wealth-building strategies for entrepreneurs.

My “Alfred’s Notepad” segment focuses on the all-new Small Business University (SBU), a free, eight-week online video course at BlackEnterprise.com offering expert advice to entrepreneurs looking to start and grow profitable small businesses. Black Enterprise SBU, powered by Dell, also includes custom gamification features that allow registrants to compete for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a grand prize package that includes $5,000 in cash, a $10,000 Dell Office Setup, a free one-on-one consultation with a small business expert, and a profile in Black Enterprise magazine. SBU free enrollment period is now open. Go to https://blackenterprise.com/sbu to register and learn more.

And finally, every week on UBR, you’ll get motivation and inspiration from author and entrepreneurial icon Farrah Gray, a weekly wrap-up of business news from USA Today business correspondent Charisse Jones, our Patient Investor Report from Ariel Investments and key economic intelligence for small business owners from our UBR economists Derrick Collins and Rasheed Carter.

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Alfred Edmond Jr. is the senior VP/editor-at-large of Black Enterprise and the host of the Urban Business Roundtable, a weekly radio show, sponsored by Ariel Investments, airing CST Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. on WVON-AM 1690, the Talk of Chicago. You can also listen live online at WVON.com. Check back each week for UBR Spotlight, which features additional resources, advice and information from and about the topics, entrepreneurs and experts featured on the show.

Small business is BIG BUSINESS at the 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide, May 23-26, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel in Chicago, IL. Expect innovative sessions, high-powered speakers, and an early peek at the products, trends, and services you’ll need to stay ahead of the curve. To register and find out more, visit www.blackenterprise.com/ec/