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Meet Ireya thomas of Mahogany Creatives Network

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ireya thomas.

Hi Ireya, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I aspire to be a serial entrepreneur.

I started my journey into entrepreneurship in 2016, with Finally IT Creations. I began constructing gift baskets out of non-conventional materials and party favors for friends and then eventually clients. Like most people looking to start a business and expand, I started looking for opportunities to obtain more exposure and make more money.

I attended my first vendor event and I fell in love with the concept of bringing people together. I have always been a lover of community, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been a part of community concepts; from church to school activities and groups (i.e., student government, races united, black student union, orchestra, wake up a club, the list goes on) so leadership concepts come naturally to me.

After attending the event, I thought to myself “this is what I want to do!” And before long the FICE: Black Owned Business Expo was created. We held our first Expo in March of 2016 and again in 2017 in one of the hearts of the black community, The American Legion 16th street & Broadway, in Phoenix Arizona.

Much of my success and desire to succeed can be attributed to my family and greatly to my mother. My mother, diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer, in 2018, passed June 2020. The absolute hardest thing in my life thus far has been coping with her loss, the void left, regaining inspiration, and finding motivation.

We came back with our 3rd Expo March 2021, at Jamari’s Kitchen and Event Center in Phoenix, celebrating our first year being a completely organized by and sponsored by Black Owned Vendors and Local Businesses
Grief is hard. But I know my mom would want nothing more than to see all the seeds I’ve planted and desire to spread, and flourish.

Today, I am a growing entrepreneur. Having so many interests and personal goals. I aspire to have 20 businesses someday. Recently launching TaMorrow Transportation & Dispatching LLC, named after my mother Tamera Morrow, we specialize in the organization and dispatching of required freight within the transportation industry.

As well as our nonprofit, Loads of Love which aims to promote the distribution of love, hope, and kindness by providing resources, tools, and activities to all communities. In 2023, we will relaunch the FICE: BOB Expo as the Mahogany Creatives Network’s: Mahogany Fest, celebrating local business, culture, music, and most importantly community here in Phoenix.

When it’s all said and done my goal is to connect with the community in a way that’s unmatched. I aspire to inspire others who have experienced challenges and setbacks, to illustrate a story, that no matter what it is in life be it divorce, the passing of a loved one, so-called “defeat”, and so on…

Anything is possible, and any circumstance is changeable, and when they count you out, show them why they should have bet on your win!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The hardest part about my journey is understanding, seldom do things go as planned. I never imagined losing my mom, or going through a divorce at the same time.

I never imagined anything adversities but they happen. And so the hardest thing has been learning how to go with the flow, how to create solutions in times of despair but also understanding how to give me grace.

In a society where there are so many pressures to be and to look and to have, giving your self grace in understanding you are where YOU are supposed to be

As you know, we’re big fans of Mahogany Creatives Network. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
The Mahogany Creatives Network or MCN is a creative network that specializes in promoting minority-based events, literature, and creative efforts in all realms

Our main focus is our annual re-branded expo now, The Mahogany Festival. This festival is an all-day celebration of black culture, business, music, and community locally in Metro Phoenix.

Launching our magazine – Mahogany Living.

Our goal is to gain as much support as possible in spreading our mission of community involvement, recycling our dollars, and giving back.

How do you define success?
Success for me is happiness. It’s not always a monetary value.

But the feeling of waking up proud of what I do and how I do it.

Knowing that my children look up to me and are excited to be a part of my journey, knowing that my mother can look down and be proud, but most importantly knowing that I’ve made an impact by doing meaningful work.

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