Before becoming a business owner Ms. Jymi worked in the post office for 8 years in her community. We were curious as to why she wanted to pursue a career in entrepreneurship.
Ms. Jymi explained that she was inspired to start the business after deciding that she’d need a product based side hustle. She invented a personal remedy for her own hair issues that appealed to to others so she began to sell custom Satin Lined Baseball Caps. While participating in a Entrepreneurship Program through her local Ivy Tech, H&H was given resources to enable further growth. Within 6 months she developed a business plan around her side hustle then began to execute multiple strategies to build more revenue for her company.
HBCUs are critical in some communities and contribute heavily to their local economies. I asked Ms. Jymi why was it important for students, alumni, professors, faculty, and HBCU advocates to support her business.
“The support of HBCUs will increase demand which in turn, will enable H&H to expand by training and hiring additional impoverished girls to handcraft more Satin Lined products,” Jymi said. “Our girls learn the skill of sewing, gain work experience, and create a source of income for their households while receiving mentorships.” The support also helps the staff of H&H to inform our high school seamstresses about the many HBCUs across the country.
One review that touched Jymi was one of her first reviews. “A cancer survivor wrote me to tell me how much better her scalp felt while wearing my hat due to the softness of the satin lining,” she said. She informed her that she was experiencing some hair growth because of the way the hat improved her haircare regimen.
Ms. Jymi plans to impact the world by empowering families in underserved areas by helping teen girls with sewing skills, job opportunities, and mentorship.
I asked Ms. Jymi to tell me something interesting about herself and here is her statement below.
One thing I found really interesting about myself is the fact that I didn’t have a mentor until I was 28 years old. After my first mentorship I realized how pivotal having a mentor during those crucial adolescent years really was, especially as a young black girl growing up in poverty. “I knew that every young girl needed that experience and I wanted to be a part of making sure it happened for them,” Jymi said.
This is what inspired her to create the social impact aspect of her business.
I find this business to be a great way to get young talent active in their community that want to sew. Another thing she shared with me is that she has even taught students how to sew at a JoAnn’s Fabric to create pillows. That’s great I wish I knew how to sew my own custom pillows. The students even got to keep them as a token for their performance and support in their local community.
LaPorsche Jymi is a great example of taking what you were given with in life and creating more not only for herself plus those within her network.
You can checkout some of her products on The HBCU Marketplace at https://hbcustartups.com/https-hbcustartups-com-store-seller-name/headwearhaircare/
Her main website is https://hhheadwear.com
You can find her products on social media @HeadwearHaircare & #HeadwearHeiress
I’m wishing this business much success in 2020 and I encourage students/parents that are interested in learning how to sew to reach out to her. She’s planning on scaling her youth program across the nation. Education professionals please support this business, plus sewing is a handy trade skill that students can use for life.