Meet Woman in Business Raquel Riley Thomas
Raquel Riley Thomas, ownerÂ An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC/Mrs. DC America Organization
Tell us about your business
The Mrs. DC America Pageant publicly recognizes beautiful married women, living and/or working within a 25-mile radius of Washington, DC, who have obtained personal, professional and community achievements. An official preliminary pageant to Mrs. America and Mrs. World, the Mrs. DC America Pageant welcomes women from all ethnic backgrounds to compete in a yearly pageant for the title of Mrs. DC America.
Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?
I love being a business owner because it gives me the opportunity to link or open doors for those individuals who may have had challenges of doing so in the past. I like to give forward.
What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
My husband has been my greatest influence. He has taught me thatÂ all partiesÂ in a dealÂ should leave a table content and with dignity.
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
I have two, becoming a Captain in the U.S. Army and starting my business.
Whatâs the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
Though you may be in charge of your business, youÂ may not beÂ the subject matter expert on all things in your business. Find people who know their subject andÂ let them take the reins in that area. It will save you time and headaches.
What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business?
Having a photography background, I use visual aides to get my point across. Sometimes a picture can say more than words and get the audiences attention.
What one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the years?
Be cordial to those who support your business, whether they are a big or small business. I make it a point to go to lunch or dinner with my supporters. People do not do business with people they do not trust.
Are there any resources or tools youâd like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business? If yes, please describe (and include links if available). One of my favorite tools is Adobe Echo Sign. It makes signing documents so much easier.
Do you have any new projects coming up?
If so, please tell us about it. Our current titleholder, Meredith Egwuatu competed at Mrs. America in August. She took home the prestigious National Fitness Award. We are nowÂ working with her trainer Stacy Adams of Fitness TogetherÂ on a fitness DVD. I am also working on my first book.
What do you do for fun/relaxation?
I like to DJ! I have been taking classes. I use to play the drums in a R&B band when I was younger, so music has always been a part of my life.
What is Number One Business Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year? To continue to build positive relationships with potential contestants and sponsors.
You want to write a book on Leadership … The military taught me leadership skills that I would like to tell younger generations about. It is a necessity in business. However before you can lead, you must first learn how to follow.
Is there anything else youâd like to share with our readers?
WE magazine rocks!
Whatâs the best way for our readers to connect with you?
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Source: WE Magazine for Women