Channeling Change and Scaling Growth


In 2011, I sat down to do a deep dive of my business and its future in relationship to where and what I felt it needed to be. There were two key concepts and outcomes that became obvious to me: Channeling Change and Scaling Growth. After 7 years of just one store, it was clearContinue reading “Channeling Change and Scaling Growth”

Synergy, Alliances and Affiliations


I begun the year with three simple rules: Grow, Experiment and Share. It was not a new way of being but a commitment to my life’s work. GROW: Years ago, Deirdre Scott, Executive Director of the Bronx Council of the Arts, a good friend and colleague and I discussed Africa with the explosion of itsContinue reading “Synergy, Alliances and Affiliations”

From architect to magazine designer to educator to curator – Atim Annette Oton


In his latest Four Corners column, Jon Daniel talks to multidisciplinary designer Atim Annette Oton. By Jon Daniel on February 26, 2016 This month, in celebration of African American History Month in the US, I am excited to introduce you to a dynamic and multi-disciplinary talent with experience of many cultures. Her  background mirrors an extraordinaryContinue reading “From architect to magazine designer to educator to curator – Atim Annette Oton”

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”

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?”

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.”

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”