Kolbi Lucas was introduced to the world of entrepreneurship as a tween after she noticed a lack of diversity in the greeting card industry.
That introduction quickly became a passion when she discovered that she could also use her ideas to create and control her future. “I have received a lot of support from many girls and women who tell me that I have inspired them,” said Kolbi, 13. “Their words are affirming and make me feel like I am on the right path.”
That path was directed while Kolbi was out shopping for a birthday card for a friend. She realized there were very few cards with images of Black and Brown girls.
So, at 10 years old, she started Kolbi’s Afromations – a company that designs handcrafted greeting cards and stationery.
She hopes that her cards inspire, encourage, and affirm the beauty, intelligence and magic of being a Black girl.
Words of Encouragement
As a successful girlpreneur, Kolbi offers some encouraging advice to aspiring young business owners.
“Be patient with your business. It is a process, and you won’t always see the success you want right away’” she said. “Prioritize your business by managing your time. As a business owner, you have to be willing to put in the time it takes to provide the best quality for your customers. Sometimes, this means sacrificing things you want to do, but in the end, it will help your business grow.”
Kolbi has aspirations of her own. After high school, she plans to attend NYU or Howard University and study art or fashion. The ambitious teen is interested in being a fashion designer, stylist, or chief editor for a high-end brand. She’s also interested in acting.
We’re sure she will flourish in any career. Kudos to Kolbi!
Connect with Kolbi:
FB: Kolbi’s Afromations