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Audrey Bell-Kearney is the founder and CEO of Ms. Boss International. The company helps individuals learn how to turn their passion and hobbies into businesses. Although the company helps anyone, there is a special focus on women. Audrey is also a partner in 5Linx which is a telecom, technology and energy company where we help people save money and make money.
Audrey is passionate about entrepreneurship. Audrey started her first real business in 1999. She realized that she was a single mom who wanted to create a nice life for her daughter who was 8 years old at the time. So she had this idea for a plus size fashion doll which was more realistic than the Barbie Doll. She told a friend about the idea and the friend thought it was a great idea. The two became partners and Big Beautiful Dolls, LLC was born June 1999. Starting this company taught Audrey a lot about running a business, manufacturing overseas and financing a business. The company became stagnant about six years after they started, so Audrey went on to start her own newspaper titled Women In Business Today. The newspaper was a monthly publication which provided business tips for those looking to start a business. The paper also profiled women who were already in business.
The paper opened many doors for Audrey. She was asked to be interviewed on a local radio station. The host liked her so much that he brought on full time with her own show which had the same title as her newspaper, Women In Business Today. The show aired live every Saturday morning at 7:30am. Audrey did the show for one year until her husband job transferred him to North Carolina. While in North Carolina, Audrey decided that she would start her own TV show. So she walked into a local TV station in Rocky Mount, NC and pitched the idea to the station manager. The manager pitched it to the station owner who loved it and the Women In Business Today TV show was born. Audrey did the show for two years before her husband was transferred back to NJ. While she was in NC she wrote two books. The Sister Inc. Blueprint For Starting And Running A Successful Business. She wanted to be able to expand her reach and the book allowed her to do that. This book as been updated and is being republished under I Have A Big Idea For My Own Business: Now What? She also wrote The ABC’s Of Self-Publishing after being asked countless times by others how to write a book. This book has now been updated and is being republished under I Wrote A Book Now What: The ABC’ Of Self-Publishing. Audrey is also the author of Ms. Boss 11 Steps For Living Life On Your Terms: She Who Holds The Gold Make The Rules. Having to move back to NJ and start over again, Audrey became a consultant for Rutgers University SBDC and then later a consultant for Kean University SBDC. After both of those assignments ended she went on to start Sister Inc. Magazine. In 2008 Audrey produced a short documentary film about her journey as an entrepreneur titled RISE: An Entrepreneurs Journey To The Top. She is now in the process of producing a new film titled “Self-Made”. The film is inspired by the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker. The film will be released in 2014.
When Audrey started Ms. Boss International which is located in Maplewood, NJ, she decided that she wanted the business to encompass all aspects of who she was. So MBI is a training & development, media and publishing company. Through the Ms. Boss Academy, Audrey partnered with a non-profit in Jersey City to assist women on welfare and the ones coming home from prison on how to start their own business. Audrey has also completed The Ms. Boss Business Builder Blueprint which is a home-study course which helps business owners who are struggling learn how to use the Internet to market their business. Because of her love of the Internet and technology Audrey is produces & curate videos for Ms. Boss TV which focuses on business and lifestyle and is streamed across the Internet. She also does a video series called The Ms. Boss Diaries where she shares her struggles and successes as a woman in business. Audrey also host a weekly online radio show titled The Ms. Boss Show where she interview movers and shakers in the small business and self-publishing world. She also runs The Ms. Boss Report which is a blog where you can find news as it pertains to all businesses. You can join Audrey on her networking site where she shares information with her members at Ms. Boss Network. Audrey is also the host of The Ask Audrey Show: Your Small Business Classroom On The Radio on local radio 1070AM WKMB every Wednesday at 4:30pm where business owners can call in and get their business questions answered live on the radio.