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Op-Ed: The Words Of Encouragement From President Obama That Transformed My Outlook On Business And Life

Editorial Note: Opinions and thoughts are the writer’s own and not those of AfroTech. Five years ago, I started my business, Beaux & Paws, making bow ties, which are in my personal opinion – the perfect complement to any formal outfit. When I launched the business, I knew I wanted to do more than just sell a product. I wanted to make a difference. My idea sparked when I saw all of the displaced pets following Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. Some of these animals were understandably not looking their best given what they’d been through. And while we know we shouldn’t, many of us judge books by their covers. I’ve always gotten compliments on how I present myself — my signature bow tie and dapper look is even how I got the nickname “Sir Darius.” That’s when I had the thought: what if, by wearing my bow ties, these dogs could find their “furever” homes faster? After all, who can resist a puppy in a bow tie!? I started by donating some bow ties to the ASPCA in New York City. Soon, I...

Darius Brown

Jun 6, 2023