Black Chicago entrepreneurs Jamal and Natasha Miller went from food stamps to creating a multi-million-dollar enterprise in less than four years. The couple met on Facebook, fell in love, and committed to building a successful life and business together.
He continued, “My encouragement to all….stay focused on what God Promised and put in the work til it comes to pass.”
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Before the couple met, Jamal went to bible college, earned his degree in theology, and made a living as a youth pastor. He was headed towards a life of full-time ministry but felt there a bigger purpose for his gifts.
“We put our purpose in frames that make sense to our current understanding. God does not have frames. God is not limited to one context. And that’s what I was doing. I was limiting myself to one context that made sense to me. I said I was going to be in ministry, and now I was a youth pastor making $500 per month.” Jamal shared with financial guru Anthony ONeal.
Instead of trying to fix people when problems started happening, they help fix people before they start having problems. The couple firmly believes that everything you do before you say ‘I do’ is preparation for marriage.
The Miller’s were able to put a plan in place to build their enterprise while making sacrifices to get through tough times. They invested in business coaches, delegated tasks to others, worked with consultants, and invested in their business knowledge. In the first three months of 2017, Jamal and Natasha’s business earned $500,000 in revenues, according to Forbes Magazine. The partners have now grown to over a million dollars for their companies.
The couple also owns an online education company. They aim to give people the confidence to accomplish their life goals and be the person God has created them to be. They often share advice gems to help people establish their businesses.
“As you are starting a new business, find the thing that you can become a category king at,” Jamal shared on the Anthony ONeal podcast. “[Ask yourself] How can I get into a market where I can become the best at it before anyone else and establish myself as category king?”
This Chicago couple is certainly inspiring entrepreneurs and encouraging them to make multi-million dollar businesses. They are the definition of Black Excellence.