Local African-American entrepreneurs honored

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 01:34 PM

Mu Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., held its sixth entrepreneurial program recognizing African-American female entrepreneurs in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. These trailblazing business women identified a need in the community and responded by establishing their respective businesses.

Honoree Marilyn Chaplin, owner of Legacy Cuts, shows her passion in every part of her business from her team of dedicated staff to the positive experience she aims to provide her clients. Chaplin’s personal goal is to ensure the legacy of her parents and their good work will live on in her business. Professional hair stylist Sophia Chavis is owner of B’Unique Hair Studio. B’Unique Hair Studio has experienced great success due to the support of many people throughout the years. Chavis has taken that success as an opportunity to mentor young stylists by encouraging them to purse their passions. Beverly Yarborough founded Kids’ Klubhouse formerly Beverly’s Home Daycare which is a drop-in child-care center in downtown Chapel Hill. Kid’s Klubhouse with its open-door policy with flexible weekday hours is a service providing families child-care services that fit their lives and schedules.

Sen. Valerie Foushee in her greetings noted the honorees are fearless leaders who did not allow obstacles to get in their way. Autrice Campbell Long, vice president and community development manager at SunTrust Bank, addressed the importance for business owners to understand their needs versus their wants when it comes to business, and Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt expressed his appreciation for their community contribution in a letter to each entrepreneur.

This program is part of the sorority’s national economic initiative.