Updated: Feb 27
Photo: Lita P. Ward/Kenki Photography
The Black Owned Network (TBON) is continuing its mission to join Black-owned businesses together and help Black entrepreneurs gain exposure in Eastern, North Carolina and beyond.
For this Black History Month, TBON is spotlighting our amazing members by celebrating their businesses and successes in their respective industries.
Our first entrepreneur feature is Lita P. Ward. She is the owner of LPW Editing & Consulting Services, LLC and Editorial Midwife Publishing located in Greenville, NC.
We spoke with Ward about her life as a Black entrepreneur, her business and why it’s important for consumers to support Black business owners during Black History Month. Check it out below!
Can you tell us about your business?
My company provides author services such as consultations, editing, formatting, ghostwriting, cover design, book coaching and more.
What inspired you to start it?
About eight years ago, I was hired as an assistant editor and fell in love with the craft. Personally, I have always been an avid lover of books and penned my first book in 2014. From there, I was inspired to help others birth their own books.
Tell us about your products and services?
We are with our clients from start to finish. If they are just getting started and need coaching, we provide it. If their book is complete, we offer three types of editing, depending on their skillset; typesetting which molds those words on paper to an actual book; and then self-publishing assistance, where their completed files are uploaded to a print on demand service such as Amazon. One service we do not offer is marketing. However, all clients are referred to Streamline Media for any marketing needs.
What does it mean to you to be a Black business owner?
Being a Black business owner means responsibility. We have a responsibility to provide the best services possible with integrity. We have the responsibility to put resources and opportunities back into our local communities. And we have the responsibility to support other Black-owned businesses.
Who is your favorite Black entrepreneur?
My favorite Black entrepreneur is Madam C.J. Walker. She was one of the first American women to become a millionaire and her feats still inspire us in the 21st century.
Why is it important for consumers to support Black founders in general?
Since COVID-19, small Black-owned businesses have taken a double hit because larger companies and non Black-owned companies were funded. We feel as if we are on our own and we need consumers to stay in business.
Why is it important for consumers to support Black entrepreneurs during Black History Month?
I understand this is a time to highlight Black entrepreneurs, but we need support
year round, and not just for one month. I believe it is more important for
consumers to support Black entrepreneurs monthly.
Are you looking to be a part of a group of like-minded entrepreneurs who are trying to build the Black business landscape? Become a TBON member, so you can be a part of history 365 days of the year. Click here to join!
This blog post was written by Brianna Rhodes, the founder of the writing and editing platform, Brianna Rhodes Writes. To learn more about her services, please visit here.