Fort Wayne's Very Own

Turning What Was into What Is” Are Her Words: Gwendolyn Walker, Total Turnaround Cleaning Service

long the way from business idea to complete business plan, Gwendolyn Walker, owner/operator of Total Turnaround Cleaning Service, has taken advice and direction (in the form of a turn of phrase) wherever she could find it. Seeking informed opinions about Total Turnaround is part of her current business upgrading that she’s presently in the middle of. That involves one of the best bits of advice she’s received, Walker said, from Apostle, Dr. Oscar J. Dowdell-Underwood of the Destiny Dome Embassy at Cathedral of Praise Ministries. “Do your due diligence,” she recalled her pastor saying. That meant researching, inquiring about what’s out there.

Turning What Was into What Is” Are Her Words: Gwendolyn Walker, Total Turnaround Cleaning Service

Her Biggest Seller? Everything: Jaynila Allen & Tiinks Fashiions Products

There have always been lemonade stands, CEO-ed by children who operated their business however they wanted, sometimes hiring “employees” in the form of a parent, a sibling, or a friend. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Fort Wayne native Jaynila “Tink” Allen, eight-year-old business owner, would have three folks who work for her, supplying her products: Katrina Tucker and Jamela Porter of Fort Wayne and Shirika Flowers, who lives in Mississippi.

Her Biggest Seller? Everything: Jaynila Allen & Tiinks Fashiions Products

Grandmother Inspired a Children’s Book: Carol Butler & her “Mama Joe’s Kitchen”

It’s 2010 and Navy Veteran Carol Butler is walking out of VA Medical Center when a voice from behind her caught her. A young woman named Joan had remembered Butler when she spoke about the armed services at her school Memorial Park…back in 1968. The 13-year-old was so impressed with Butler she decided, at that moment, to join the military. “And that really shook me,” Butler said, about her random bout of unintended influence. That would lead to her first book.

Grandmother Inspired a Children’s Book: Carol Butler & her “Mama Joe’s Kitchen”

Southeast Side (Focused) Real Estate & Construction: Linda Golden and Legacy One, Inc.

If you visit the Legacy One website, the virtual home of entrepreneur Linda Golden, you are hit with the label that it belongs to a licensed real estate and construction company. Golden’s son, Matthew, is a general contractor and it made sense, she said, three years ago to include residential and commercial construction to her already active (licensed for eight years) real estate business.

Southeast Side (Focused) Real Estate & Construction: Linda Golden and Legacy One, Inc.

Catching Visions When They Come Michael Johnson & Concept•Seven Art Lounge

The topic of writing a business plan came up with Michael Johnson, the full-time artist who’s dovetailed and worked as a photographer, graphic designer, videographer, a woodworker, a deejay (DJ PupLuv), and as fine artist. “I don’t color in the lines,” Johnson said.

Catching Visions When They Come Michael Johnson & Concept•Seven Art Lounge

BET and VH1 Are on Her Resume: Virginia Richardson, Tilde Multimedia Firm 

Virginia Richardson grew up here, is a Snider High School graduate who made it all the way to Washington D.C. to help launch the first BET Soul Train Awards, to run the marketing and sales promotions for VHI, and to help create another Viacom channel, Centric, before slingshotting back to Fort Wayne, with some other resume-lengthening stops in between. 

BET and VH1 Are on Her Resume:  Virginia Richardson, Tilde Multimedia Firm 

Out Here Making His World Smile: Dazhon Ware and Momma’s Boy Creations, Scented Candles

Dazhon Ware has his sales talk down, in a way to suggest this young man of 13 has not only rehearsed his words for solicitation in front of a mirror but has spoken them in front of a total stranger many, many times and closed the deal.  Ware makes and sells his own scented candles for $10 each, through his company Momma’s Boy Creations.  “The candle business has been a blessing to me in several ways gave me great opportunities meeting new people,” Ware said of his seven-month-old company.

Out Here Making His World Smile: Dazhon Ware and Momma’s Boy Creations, Scented Candles