Mr. Jackie Smith, Owner of The Coffee Shoppe

Mrs. Jackie Smith spent 25 years working in finance with the City of Selma.  She retired from the City of Selma as the Financial Director.  Smith spent eight years working in finance with Hyundai in Montgomery, Alabama.  Smith is also the former Dean of the Business Department at Wallace Community College.  In 2011, Mrs. Smith founded the small community restaurant, the Coffee Shoppe. Smith opened a coffee shop because of her love for coffee and community. Smith has served as a judge for the Selma Business Pitch for three of five years of its existence.  On November 7, 2018, the Coffee Shoppe celebrated its Seven Year Anniversary.  The Coffee Shoppe is located at 308 Broad Street, Selma, Alabama.

Ms. Chanel Mahone, Fdr of Your Chicness

Chanel Mahone is a lover of all things chic!  She is the Founder/Creator of Your Chicness.  Your Chicness is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog where the modern woman on the go can get the latest information about fashion, beauty, and more!  The inspiration behind her blog comes from her love for fashion and sense of creativity.  Chanel believes that fashion and beauty play a significant role in our everyday lives and she enjoys being able to inspire others through sharing styling tips, beauty secrets, and more.

Chanel is a woman of many titles: wife, mom, fashion blogger, and entrepreneur. Her brand extends from fashion blogger to personal stylist and more.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and shopping. Chanel believes that being true to yourself is the biggest statement you can make!  

Mr. Randy Williams,
Broadcaster, Publisher & Consultant

Randy Williams  is the host of the weekday talk show "Viewpoint" on WHBB.  Mr. Williams is also the founder and Managing Editor of the Selma Post Herald and the Selma Post Herald Media Production company. Williams started The Selma Post-Herald in 2002 and in 2005 as an alternative source of print media.  Williams has been an entrepreneur most of his professional life. He got his start in the media in 1974 in radio, and in the early 1980s he got into his first publication. 

Selma Post Herald is located at the address 505 Lauderdale St in Selma, Alabama 36701.  Follow the Selma Post Herald at

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Anthony Peterson.

Mark, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.

I began my entrepreneurial career in 1986 as a junior in high school with the launch of a regional political opinion and news journal called ENForm Magazine. Based in Selma, Alabama, ENForm Magazine sought to fill in a gap left by local newspapers who refused to cover economic and business stories that impacted the Black community. As co-founder and Editor-n-Chief, I helped grow ENForm Magazine to 1,000 subscribers with readers in seventeen states. The Magazine’s board of advisors included noted professors like Cornel West.

In 1988, I launched LNS, Inc. (LNS) as a sophomore on Dartmouth College’s campus. Initially, LNS re-sold health and beauty-aid products to New England area college grocery stores that lacked ethnic diversity in their product offerings. In 1989, LNS acquired food carts from Dartmouth College’s dining...

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