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Black Female Entrepreneur Offers Words of Inspiration in New Memoir

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Women entrepreneurs – and women of color, in particular – face obstacles that their male counterparts do not. Entrepreneur, author and devoted advocate for the African-American community Janet M. Smith shares her firsthand experience and offers words of inspiration on how to overcome those obstacles in her candid new memoir, The Fire Within.

With candor, humor, and wit, Smith bares her soul and describes her journey in triumphing over racial discrimination, sexism, mental abuse and low self-esteem, to successfully found a thriving enterprise. Along the way, she offers insights that hurting women everywhere can build on to realize their own road to fulfillment.

Among her greatest achievements, Smith created The Blue Chip Profile. The widely circulated print publication offered access to African-American professionals, business executives, and entrepreneurs in Central Ohio. She also established one of the region’s preeminent black-tie events, the Blue Chip Awards Gala, honoring individuals who serve as role models for young adults.

“I’ve experienced devastating tragedies, including the loss of my daughter and grandson, 42 days apart then the closing of a business that I had poured my heart, soul, and sweat into,” Smith says. “Through it all, my faith has given me the strength and determination to not only persevere but to thrive and prosper. In The Fire Within, I describe step by step how I’ve learned to cope, find peace of mind, reinvent myself time and time again, and go on to even greater success.”

Today, Smith serves as a career development consultant. Keeping the motto at heart that “to whom much is given, much is required,” she focuses on helping underserved African-American young adults realize their full potential… Making it her mission to encourage and assist them in finding their voice, vocation, and purpose.

In The Fire Within, Smith shares her journey of adversity, resilience, and triumph. She imparts hard-won lessons to help women, young people, and aspiring entrepreneurs to find their voices, and break free from self-defeating behaviors so that they are no longer shackled by the past. The Fire Within serves as a blueprint for how to survive and learn from mistakes, disappointments and stay in the game of life.

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Past and Upcoming Events

Book Launch

May 20, 2018

Located At: Culture Event Center

6170 Busch Bvd
Columbus, Ohio 43229

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Book Signing

July 1 , 2018

Located at THE BOOK LOFT

631 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43206 

Time: 3 PM-5 PM

Book Signing

August 11  2018

 Author Book Expo at Vaughn Hairston Located At: YMCA, 3500 First Avenue, Urbancrest, OH 43123. 

A treat for book lovers. Good books, good food, admission and parking are Free. 

Time: 3 PM-7 PM

2018 Gold Winner, Human Relations Indie Book Awards

August 7, 2018 marked a day of gratitude &  delight for author, Janet M. Smith when she received word that her memoir, "The Fire Within" had been selected as Gold Winner in the Memoir Relationship category by Human Relations Indie Book Awards. 


Although tied for the Gold honor with author, Janice S. Ellis, "From Liberty to Magnolia" of Christian Faith Publishing, Smith's only response was, "To God Be the Glory!"

With 100 entries, Indie authors vying for the 2018 awards were from 23 states and three international countries.


Purpose of the Human Relations Indie Book Awards is to recognize Indie authors who have written books with a human relation focus.

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