Insightful Visionaries Launches Visions on the Move Advocacy Fund

Visions on the Move

Fund to provide advocacy for voters with disabilities in North Carolina and beyond

“The Visions on the Move fund will work toward a more inclusive democracy, helping us move forward with better protections for blind and visually impaired voters like me…”— Carolyn Marshall Covington, Founder of Insightful Visionaries

RALEIGH, NC, USA, September 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Insightful Visionaries announced today the launch of Visions on the Move, a fund that will provide needed advocacy activities to support Absentee Voting Program accessibility to voters with disabilities in NC and beyond.

Just a year ago in September 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”), ordering them to make their Absentee Voting Program accessible to voters with disabilities by the November 2020 election. Learn more about the ruling at https://disabilityrightsnc.org/news/press-release/big-win-for-voter-accessibility.

“North Carolina showed its commitment to advancing the rights of citizens with disabilities with this ruling in 2020, but there is so much more work to be done,” stated Carolyn Marshall Covington, Founder of Insightful Visionaries. “The Visions on the Move fund will help us move forward with better protections for blind and visually impaired voters like me, as well as people with all types of disabilities. I am happy to help lead a path from NC to DC and beyond to fight for an inclusive democracy where everyone has the same right of access to the polls when it’s time to vote.”

In a statement released by Lawrence Carter, President Raleigh Wake Chapter of North Carolina Council of the Blind (NCCB), he stated “The Governor Morehead School Alumni Association (GMSAAI), North Carolina Council of the Blind ( NCCB ) and North Carolina Disability Rights, recently took legal action against the state of North Carolina’s board of elections, to claim our rights of independent voting with an absentee ballot. The state sends an electronic ballot to the military and they all have 20-20 vision, yet we have computers that will read a ballot and will allow us to fill one out as well. We had to go to court twice and we won both times. So now we can vote from the comfort of our homes on our computers if we want.”

Insightful Visionaries will host a launch event for the Visions on the Move fund on Saturday, November 6 in Raleigh, NC, a victory celebration to recognize North Carolina Council Of The Blind, Inc., Governor Morehead School Alumni Association, Inc., and Disability Rights North Carolina along with plaintiffs (Bo Helen Jo Taliaferro, Kenneth Durden, Kendall Gibbs, Ricky Scott). The event will feature honoree Dr. Ricky Scott, who on July 14th 2021, attended the Vice President’s voting rights roundtable discussion with members of the disability community on the harmful impact of voting restrictions. The Visions on the Move event is by invitation only and is sponsored by Insightful Visionaries Board member Andrew Covington Esq. and The Covington Law (https://www.thecovingtonlaw.com/).

To learn more about Insightful Visionaries, visit https://insightfulvisionaries.org/.

About Insightful Visionaries:
Insightful Visionaries empowers all persons with disabilities by promoting community awareness through advocacy, education, wellness, arts, and entertainment. The Insightful Visionaries team brings a diverse range of expertise, including personal experiences to serve the disabled community with a true understanding of their needs and concerns, from helping with mobility to building self esteem through socialization. Learn more at https://insightfulvisionaries.org/.

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Enterprising Women Names Carolyn Covington to its Advisory Board

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Founder of non-profit to serve as advisor to magazine that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence of entrepreneurial women.RALEIGH, NC, USA, January 5, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, has appointed Carolyn Covington to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board. Covington is the Founder of Insightful Visionaries, a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to empower all persons with disabilities.

Enterprising Women, with headquarters in Cary, NC, is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum and a national stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. Published in both print and digital editions, the online edition of the magazine reaches one million readers in 185 countries.

Carolyn Marshall Covington began living her dream at age 21, opening the first In-Flight Hair Salon in Maryland, eventually expanding the chain to Virginia and North Carolina. She got married and raised two sons while balancing family and a career. Inspired by Madame C.J. Walker, Covington and her team developed DZIRE Hair Care products to empower generations of African American women.

Over the span of 40 years, Covington’s accomplishments are: Licensed Cosmetologist/Instructor, Certified NC State Board CE provider, and a Salon-Spa and Beauty School proprietor. She has employed and mentored over 1500 people, helping many of them start new businesses. In 2000, she entered into a partnership to open the Cameron Village location of Jolie the Day Spa, which produced record-breaking numbers in the first year. The collaborative effort resulted in the site being part of a $6-million acquisition by a venture capital group.

Shortly thereafter, Covington was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), which would eventually cause her to go blind. In 2016, she founded Insightful Visionaries, a 501(c)3 non-profit, to empower all persons with disabilities. She recently started Visions on the Move, an advocacy fund to support Absentee Voting Program accessibility to voters with disabilities in NC and beyond.

WRAL recognized her as a role model impacting the community. Covington serves on the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities, and as an Ambassador for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and she was featured in the 2020 National campaign “Stronger Together.” She is also a 2020 inductee to the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame.

Covington has lost her sight, but not her vision of helping others. To learn more about Insightful Visionaries, visit https://insightfulvisionaries.org/.

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That Time of The Year

Tis the season to be jolly! However, not everyone feels the same joy as others and need a little extra motivation.

Seasonal Depression happens to many individuals and usually occurs around the same time every year. The time of year when it is usually dark and gloomy outside and mainly through the winter and fall season, which is consequently surrounding around the holidays. A percentage of American adults tend to experience this type of depression during the colder seasons. Seasonal depression can cause individuals to become dejected and moody, leading to less motivation to exceed on doing anything beneficial for themselves. Symptoms usually consisting of loss of interest in favorite activities and sleeping more.

A few ways to decrease the likeness of obtaining Seasonal Depression are staying active and increasing the intake of healthy food choices. Being consistent in keeping your body moving and energized helps promote a happier mind and having a good balance in nutritional eating habits promotes wellness. Things upon this nature helps to diffuse the opportunity for ulterior thoughts and sadness to settle in. Another way is to keep around the people who inspire and promotes happiness and joy. This will create a positive, motivating environment that is needed to help combat the likes of sadness seeping into the lives of many around the holiday season and New Year.

Everyone has those times where they do not feel the best, but keeping your mind sharp and your body energized will create a positive environment to avoid the likes of depression settling in.

Have a great Holiday and stay tune for our New Year, Reset blog coming soon!

Thinking of Starting A Business?

4 Questions to Ask Yourself

to Avoid Failure

With the onslaught of COVID-19 in March, many aspiring entrepreneurs decided it was time to take their side hustle to the next level and turn it into a full-time gig. As of August 2020, there are 30.7 million small businesses in the United States, accounting for 99.9% of all businesses in America, according to the Small Business Association. This is a 3.15% increase from 2019 and that percentage is expected to continue rising.

Though an incredibly exciting transition, it’s also one that requires attention and structure in order to achieve success for your business. As a brand consultant with decades of experience working closely with a variety of start-ups, I’ve seen eager-eyed entrepreneurs make small mistakes, as well as detrimental legal errors that undeniably affect the overall success of the brand.

Running a business takes more than simply being good at your craft and getting contracts signed. There needs to be a strategy in place from the moment the company is born, in addition to having both legal and administrative components in order. If you are planning on diving into the entrepreneurial waters in 2021, there are several questions you need to ask yourself in order to make sure you’re getting both your business strategy and legal ducks in a row. Otherwise, your company will join the 20% of small businesses that fail within their first year.

Question 1: Do you have a brand strategy in place?

A large portion of small businesses begin without really knowing who they are, what they’re selling, and what exactly sets them apart from their competition. Well before your launch, you should have a structured business plan in place. Through developing the plan, comes an excellent opportunity to thoroughly examine your motives for starting the business, which will give you a good idea about how you want to execute your brand and relate to your customers.

Development and implementation of an effective, unique strategy leads to strong brand loyalty with those buying from you or hiring you. Make your brand messaging clear and authentic – speak directly to your consumers. Why should they buy from you? Why hire you? What sets your brand apart from the rest?

Question 2: Have you registered for an LLC?

A common (and very big) mistake I’ve seen among individuals as they start their business ventures, is that they run their entity as a sole proprietor, rather than registering as a Limited Liability Company  (LLC). One of the main reasons for this being that they haven’t differentiated their business from a side-hustle or hobby yet. I see this all the time, and it’s an issue.

Why? Because if you don’t register your business, you are personally liable for everything. This means that if a client has an issue with your product or services and tries to sue you, your personal assets such as your home or car, are at risk. You are completely responsible for fighting the lawsuit. Roughly 43% of small business owners say they have been sued or threatened with a lawsuit. You don’t want to be part of this percentage.

Question 3: Are there additional licenses you need to run your entity?

Many businesses hit the ground running without even knowing they need specific documentation to legally run their operation. You will need a general business license, tax identification number and depending on where you are located and the type of business you’re opening, there will likely be additional records needed.

When small businesses owners don’t set the legal foundation for their entities at an early state, it increases the likelihood of failure and running into legal troubles with the IRS in the future. Neglecting to file the correct paperwork can result in the following consequences:

  • Required to close with no guarantee of re-open
  • Put on probation for a set amount of time
  • Charged with local fines and/or fees
  • Required to pay back taxes if applicable

Question 4: Do you have a launch plan?

Once the business structure and brand identity have been established and the appropriate paperwork has been filed, a step that’s often skipped is having a formal business launch. I’ve seen start-up after start-up fail to announce when they are officially in business, causing them to miss a major opportunity to connect with prospective clients.

Write an email to your existing database. Distribute a press release to your local media outlets. Don’t miss the mark on this opportunity to let your community know you’re open for business.

Starting a business is challenging, there’s no denying that. Step 1 is to accept that your side hustle is no longer your side hustle, it’s a business that needs structure and your constant attention.  If you’re thinking 2021 might be the year you will launch a legitimate business venture, I hope you will use the questions in this article as a guide to avoid legal trouble and overall failure in your entity’s future.

Knowledge is power, right? We want you to be aware of what we’ve seen take entrepreneurs down an unsuccessful path, so that it won’t happen to you. For Covington Law’s recommendations on how to combat the obstacles described in this article, please see the second blog post below.

For information on Covington Law’s Corporate Identity Package and additional legal services, click here.

About Carolyn Covington: Carolyn Marshall Covington joined Covington Law’s team as Chief Brand Strategist in fall, 2020. In 2016, she received the Legacy Leadership Award at the Beauty and Barbers United ceremony. She is a seasoned thought leader in the beauty and fashion industry, bringing years of consulting experience to our team and clients. In 2020, she was inducted into the (NAWBO), NC National Association of Women Business Owners Hall of Fame. Carolyn has helped countless business owners take their strategies to the next level by offering her expertise & recommendations.