That three week gap…too busy to write


It dawned on me today that I had not written about anything the last three weeks. And it made me a smile because this is how the life of a entrepreneur sometimes plays out. I am not sad or unhappy about it – I just know this was at the bottom of the “must do” pile.Continue reading “That three week gap…too busy to write”

Ownership as a Concept – Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports


Week Three – The Holiday Season is fast approaching: This week was a mixed one. The first lesson was having a staff take ownership of a store that needed ownership. Sometimes it takes a person a while to get there – I typically see it in less than three months, and it happened this week inContinue reading “Ownership as a Concept – Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports”

That Week of Ginger Tea – Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports


Last week, I began Chronicles of My Retail Life, a weekly series of blogs about what’s happening with me at Calabar Imports. It’s a short synopsis of the life of a retailer in Brooklyn and Harlem from day to day events, insights on what happens in the store and what ideas are implemented and dropped.Continue reading “That Week of Ginger Tea – Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports”

Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports


This week, I launch, Chronicles of My Retail Life, a weekly series of blogs about what’s happening with me at Calabar Imports. It’s a short synopsis of the life of a retailer in Brooklyn and Harlem from day to day events, insights on what happens in the store and what ideas are implemented and dropped. ThisContinue reading “Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports”

African Dress Up Game – will you play with me?


I loved paper dolls when I was a child and I know most girls did. When I found this online, I thought it was the beginning of an idea I was working on so, I decided to add it to my blog for others to play with dolls – except – digitally. Enjoy! Click below:Continue reading “African Dress Up Game – will you play with me?”

How to Land New Clients: the Basics to the Complex


by Atim Annette Oton The secrets to landing new clients is not really a secret; it is really what you should be doing to stand out from other businesses. Clients are everywhere but most times, they do not know what you do or you are barking up the wrong tree or in the wrong placeContinue reading “How to Land New Clients: the Basics to the Complex”

Technology as a Business Paradigm Shift


by Atim Annette Oton As Calabar Imports became 10 years old, I sat back and imagined what it would be 5 years later and made a strategic decision to embrace technology in more ways that I could imagined. To do this, I look at what areas we were using technology and what areas we couldContinue reading “Technology as a Business Paradigm Shift”

The Silence Factory: It is a fun place.


by Atim Annette Oton First published in Calabar Magazine. Every other day, I have the same discussion with someone: an African, a Caribbean or an African-American person. It goes like this: When will we get it together? They complain about how little progress has been made and how we as black people are not ready andContinue reading “The Silence Factory: It is a fun place.”

Re-building a Brand: Moving Beyond Disasters and seeing Opportunities


by Atim Annette Oton This article was written for Calabar Magazine, see here. Some people experience a disaster and it ends their businesses; I see it as an opportunity. So, in June of this year, when a fire destroyed our store, Calabar Imports on Washington Avenue. My business partner and I took time off –Continue reading “Re-building a Brand: Moving Beyond Disasters and seeing Opportunities”

Small Business Tuesday Tidbits: the September Series


Some days, posting what I think is hard but I know it is important. Three Lessons today to read: Time, Lists and Numbers Time waits for no man/woman. That sure is the statement of the century. I have been at Calabar imports for 10-1/2 years, December will make it 11, and one thing I haveContinue reading “Small Business Tuesday Tidbits: the September Series”