Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Footwear Entrepreneur Candra Palmer

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, Dywaine Betts Jr., speaks with entrepreneur Candra Palmer, founder of Artyce Designs, a company that lets shoppers create and design their own footwear. Motivated by a personal passion for distinctively designed shoes, Palmer launched Artyce in 2004.

Palmer has been recognized as a true innovator in the footwear industry, with her company being featured in Black Enterprise magazine and on the Black Enterprise Business Report television show, as well as on BET, ABC, NBC and WeTV. Her visionary footwear concept also led to her company being named one of the top breakout ideas by Smart Money magazine. Artyce Designs was also a 2008 Black Enterprise Small Business Awards finalist. Palmer joins the Roundtable with tips for entrepreneurs and to share how following her imagination helped to fuel her business dreams and bring her unique enterprise to fruition.

Then, UBR Contributor Samantha Pass chats with Kyama Kitavi on securing microloans. Kitavi is the senior loan officer for small business lender Accion Chicago. Kitavi assists businesses through the lending process; providing financing for those unable to receive it from traditional institutions.

And finally, every week on UBR, you’ll hear Pepper Miller’s Y.O.U.-TURN segment, get motivation and inspiration from author and educator Dennis Kimbro, a weekly wrap-up of business news from USA Today business correspondent Charisse Jones, and our Patient Investor Report from Ariel Investments.

Pepper Miller is the Founder and President of The Hunter Miller Group 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. If you have a question you want answered or a topic you want addressed on The Urban Business Roundtable, connect with us on Twitter @UBR1690.