Nation19 / APDTA invited back as honored guest speakers at The Small Business Passion Panel hosted by Infusionsoft.

Queen Muhammad Ali (CEO Mobile Regime, LLC / Nation19) speaks to the new Infusionites @ The Small Business Passion Panel at Infusionsoft

Nation19 Magazine / APDTA are honored guest speakers at The Small Business Passion Panel in Chandler Arizona at Infusionsoft’s mega 90,000 square foot building with a small football field in the facility’s center and a cereal bar for employees.

Each quarter The Small Business Passion Panel highlights stories told by real entrepreneur panelists. Nation19 CEO Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq (Nation19 Creative Director) was invited to speak to the new class of Infusionites again and it was great!

Infusionsoft:
In 2013 Infusionsoft was named by Inc. Magazine the coveted Hire Power Awardee and ranked number 4 in the software category with over 240 jobs created in that a year. Infusionsoft has been honored as an Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private company 7 times as of 2013. Infusionsoft is a leading provider of Saas, Marketing and sales automation, CRM software.

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Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaliq pose with the coolest people @infusionsoft @ The Small Business Passion Panel at Infusionsoft

Burger King’s animal cruelty and another reason to go vegetarian. Food for thought

Burger King’s animal cruelty and another reason to go vegetarian. Food for thought

Back in February we published and article containing a phone interview between James Wickstrom and Rabbi Abraham Finkelstein, and why you should stop eating ground beef from McDonalds. After the post went live we received thousands of views but after a couple days our site was hacked and it cost us thousands of dollars to regain control of our server and rebuild the files. Well we are back with another video exposing the horrors of Burger King and its alleged animal cruelty practices. You can watch the video below. But before you watch think about the thoughts these animals had…the fear… and now imagine eating those last emotions while enjoying the next BK Broiler or Whopper.

Jay Electronica + Jay Z + Raekwon at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest : Hip Hop is Alive! WATCH!

Jay Electronica + Jay Z + Raekwon at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest : Hip Hop is Alive! WATCH!

Jay Electronica’s set at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest this weekend — rockin his FOI uniform, which he asked to switch from last to second-to-last “as a sign of respect” to co-headliner Raekwon — with appearances from Mac Miller, J. Cole and, yes, Roc boss Jay Z himself.
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The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. See photos and video of the performances below, including performances from Jay and Jay of “Shiny Suit Theory,” “Young, Gifted & Black,” and “We Made It”–the Jay Z freestyle on which Jay Electronica is featured–below:

The Clothing Line Commandments: Part 1, The set up

Ever since we started Nation19.com I have received a ton of request from some really cool people needing help on starting a clothing line. Below is A step-by-step booklet for you to get
Your game on track, if your line aint wack. (In my Biggie voice) lol, jk

The Clothing Line Commandments.

A good name is better than Gold
Think of a unique name for your company and register the company, domain and Trademark.
Once you have that perfect name you need to determine the legal structure of your line. Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative. As you can see there are many types of business structures so do a little research on what works best for you. For Nation19, the umbrella of a LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) worked best for us.

Protect your Neck.
Registering a trademark is a complex legal process that may be overwhelming. If you are not familiar with this process you should consider hiring an attorney. The filing fee for a trademark is $325 in the US. Attorney’s will charge an additional fee for the TEAS search and the registration. For the trademark plan on spending $750 – $1500 depending on the attorney fees. Our Creative director started in fashion by working with The Godfather of Urban fashion, Karl Kani. One of the first things Karl Kani had him do is research on all the bootleggers using his name illegally.

Domain Name (wwww.yourcompanyname.com)
A domain name is the unique name that identifies your website. Stay away from names that are hard to spell, like www.2irnup.net (that’s really a terrible name anyway…lol). Many 4-5 letter names have already been taken years ago so just because you think www.turnup.com is a great name, someone else has probably grabbed that name a long time ago (Actually it’s available for $10,000). Domain names usually cost about $10 a year. Go Daddy is a good place to get a domain name.

Do your research and find good manufactures.
Whatever you do stay away from Zazzle, or Cafe Press.

Queen Muhammad Ali talking to Sergio Bakalos Owner at King and Duck in Scottsdale AZ
Queen Muhammad Ali talking boutique fashion with Sergio Bakalos Owner at King and Duck in Scottsdale AZ

Design, design, design
If you are NOT a designer hire a quality designer to create your designs.
A good designer and great design can be the difference between celebrities buying your Tee Shirts and wearing it on MTV or just your favorite Uncle wearing your T-Shirts walking around Home Depot only because he just loves you.

Don’t Bite.
Be Original. Inspiration from Nike’s new colors for winter is ok, but making shirts that say Just Do It® will get you in trouble and possibly in jail.

IMPORTANT: You can’t use photos or artwork that is not yours on T-shirts. You must obtain a license from the copyright owner in order to print and sell t-shirts.

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Don’t Do iT

Set up a real website.
Try and avoid the free websites like http://www.wix.com. This is your window to the world use it wisely.

It’s not all about the Benjamin’s Baby!
Remember It’s a business, so treat it like a business. Most businesses DON’T make a profit for a few years. So don’t quit your day job or drop out of school just yet. This is a marathon…NOT a sprint. Be creative, network, build real relationships and get out to the public.

Don’t be a sellout. Buy something™
To see what Im talking about in action go to www.nation19.com/shop and buy a shirt or snap back. All our store items are all on sale until they’re gone with free shipping.

Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon.

About the writer:
Queen Muhammad Ali is a Seamstress, Designer, Model, Hip Hop Head and the Co-Founder of Nation19 Magazine / APDTA.
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