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Interview with Entrepreneur, Small Business Owner, & Creative Zacharij Martin-Ned



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We took time to find out more about this Texas born & bred mini-mogul. Check out our conversation:

Journalist : Introduce Yourself?

A: Goodmorning. My name is Zacharij, but I tend to go by my second last name, Ned. I’m a 27 year old owner/entrepreneur based in Killeen, Texas.

Journalist: Where are you from originally?

A: I was born in Conroe Texas, but I moved around a lot due to my mom being in the US Army.

Journalist: What’s it like growing up in the military environment?

A: Being a kid, I didn’t have much choice when she (mom) would be stationed, or deployed; so it was very inconsistent; but we made the best of things. I met a lot of interesting people growing up & moving so often.

Journalist: What do you now?

A: I do a few things. I run a media-centered blog focused on the artists, news, and overall talent in the Central Texas (& surrounding) area. I also create graphics such as logos, flyers, cartoons, and custom artwork. I manage local artists, & on top of that, I work part-time at a local smoke shop. (R.I.P. Zyrie)

Journalist: What made you want to start your brand, Zipp Squad Productions/Entertainment?

A: I felt the need to give creatives like me an open space they can network, share their ideas/content, and collaborate with similar artists in the surrounding areas.

Journalist: What is there to do in Killeen, Texas?

A: Lots. Plenty of great food spots, bars, etc. We have an adult arcade you can drink at, trampoline parks, parks & rec., clubs, & more. For artists, there are a lot of recording studios, and new stores/venues popping up daily. It just takes exploring and finding what’s right for you in the city.

Journalist: What’s your favorite food spot in your city?

A: Korean Kitchen on Veterans Memorial Blvd, hands down.

Journalist: Where can people find you on social media?

A: Instagram – @zippsquadent / @zsp254 / @ned4zsp

Facebook -Zipp Squad Entertainment / Zipp Squad Productions

Journalist: Any tips to other aspiring entrepreneurs?

A: Take it one day at a time. The master only becomes so after being a student. It takes time. Don’t rush yourself, and focus.

Journalist: What’s next for the young businessman?

A: Stay tuned, and you’ll find out.



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Epilepsy Awareness Raised by Influencer Cruella Morgan



Epilepsy Awareness Raised by Influencer Cruella Morgan

Among other things, influencers create engaging and captivating content to promote brands, events, and lifestyles. Over time, social media influencers have become some of the most creative content creators in the world, and their followings have grown across multiple platforms. They also lead the charge on promoting mental health awareness and social conditions that the public needs to be aware of. A majority, if not all, of the content influencers post on social media does not depict their actual lives. Influencer, model, and mental health advocate Cruella Morgan knows this truth all too well and has decided to remain as genuine as possible in order to connect with her fans on a different level. 

Being true to herself presented Cruella with a lot of challenges in getting respect within the industry. Despite the fact that she uses body tattoos as a form of artistic expression, people find her persona challenging to accept online. In spite of this, she knows that she won’t be able to please everyone. In order to preserve her mental health and passion for what she truly loves, she simply chose to connect with those who appreciate authenticity in an industry that thrives on pretense rather than authenticity. One of Cruella’s main missions is to raise awareness about epilepsy as a condition and to promote social awareness through her platform.

Affluent and determined to succeed, Cruella chooses to make use of her platform and popularity to help others. “No one ever really took me seriously, so I used that as motivation to show people I can do it on my own,” the young influencer shared. 

Cruella has made mental health her personal advocacy, knowing that a lot of young people out there struggle with it day in and out. She hopes that by sharing her story, she can convey to others the message that they are not alone in their struggles, and that someone like her cares deeply about them. It is due to the unhealthy tone and tone associated with mental health that some influencers are reluctant to discuss it. Cruella’s approach, however, is quite different. A valuable service is empowering people to become better versions of themselves by helping them process their circumstances. 

After witnessing many people suffer from the effects of isolation, loss, and fear during the pandemic season, she began advocating for mental health. Her advocacy for self-love and creating a strong support system has only increased over the years. 

A healthier, more enjoyable lifestyle is what she promotes in addition to a brand. She has continued to enjoy the support of her loyal fans due to the fact that her fan base is loyal and growing. 

Cruella has always wanted to be visible on social media since she was a child. It has become clear to her over time that this powerful tool is capable of much more than just taking beautiful pictures. Her message of hope, love, and kindness could reach the whole world. 

Quite recently, Cruella was able to create a safe space for people in the digital world where they can just be themselves without fear of being rejected or judged. And if there is also one place where she finds peace, she confidently answered, “My discord server. Everyone that joins finds their place in this world. They feel less alone. They find friends,” she revealed.

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Serial Entrepreneur, Salim Khan shares business strategies with Master Class Series



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When Salim Khan opened his first restaurant, he had a positive attitude and a willingness to work hard – and the place failed. He later learned that owning a successful dining establishment takes so much more than good thoughts. Today he owns one of the Atlanta area’s top restaurants, The Spice House.
Now, Salim Khan will share some of his strategies and lessons learned in an online master class, “How to Start a Sold-Out, Niche-Based Restaurant in Any City of Market and Dominate the Competition.” The program offers a series of six self-paced modules that can provide those with restaurant dreams practical information about what it realistically takes to create a restaurant in today’s world and keep it open.
It’s not news that restaurant ownership isn’t easy, but this course breaks down the steps in planning ahead, researching your market and understanding your costs, long before your first meal comes out of the kitchen.

For more info or to sign up visit and and follow him @fivestarsinvestments

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