Women Who Own It

Sherrill Mosee of MinkeeBlue, LLC

Women Who Own It


Sherril Mosee


MinkeeBlue, LLC


What inspired you to start your business?

I use to run a nonprofit organization raising money to help low-income women in college pay for childcare so they can earn their college degree. I was inspired by the young moms, carrying their baby bag and book bag. I was motivated because I also carried two and three bags to work; my purse, laptop bag and lunch bag.

What challenges have you faced as a woman entrepreneur and how did you overcome them?

I’ve faced many challenges, the most damaging was getting 30% defective bags at the launch of my business. Instead of giving up, I liquidated the damaged bags, slowed down, visited factories to discuss the problem, and ordered smaller manageable quantities nearly 12 months later.

What advice would you give to other women entrepreneurs?

Don’t rush in things, spend time researching, learning, networking.

What three traits define you?

Motivated, Dedicated, Perseverance

How has being a WBENC-Certified WBE helped your business?

The network is amazing. I’ve been able to connect and meet with people just by being a Certified WBE that I may not have met on my own.

What do you love about being a business owner?

Being creative, flexible and inspirational.

What’s the hardest part about being a business owner?

Making decisions

How do you define success?

Happiness. Doing what you love, while making a living at it.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

1. Be patient. 2. Be consistent. 3. Enjoy the journey.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Honestly, there are many times I’m subconsciously thinking about MinkeeBlue when I’m sleeping. I love watching old predictable movies at night to help clear my head. I also enjoy working out and being outside on sunny days.

What are you reading or listening to now?

I listen to “How I Built This” with Guy Raz.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to become the first African-American woman astronaut. That was before I’d ever fly on a plane.

What do you like about your workspace?

I enjoy co-working space at the String Theory School in Philadelphia. The space is designed to engage high school students with small businesses residing in the building. I get to work with student interns on different projects that help promote MinkeeBlue while teaching them entrepreneurship.

Fill in the blank:

When I face a challenge, I... pray and think about how I’m going to solve the problem.

If I could go back in time, I would… tell myself to launch my business with a smaller order of bags.

The one thing I couldn’t live without is… my laptop.

The best thing that happened to me last week was… I pitched to a female Angel Investor who understood my product.

To get my creative juices flowing, I… connect with other like-minded people.


Minkeeblue, llc

MinkeeBlue Travel/Work Bags are designed to solve a problem—eliminate the need to carry two or three bags. With a MinkeeBlue, women can now take items normally carried in her purse, lunch bag and laptop bag, and organize them in one MinkeeBlue bag. Whatever is needed for her busy day—shoes, laptop, umbrella, purse essentials, phone, lunch, sweater, snacks, files—it’s all in the bag.

MinkeeBlue features a 2-in-1 patent pending bag with an adjustable divider. When the divider is in the closed position, it creates an upper and lower compartment, separating items from the top and bottom. When the divider is in its open position, the travel bag becomes an open tote bag. MinkeeBlue’s functionality and versatility is what sets it apart from other brands.

Learn more

Sharon Reynolds of Bryla J Couture Clothiers

Women Who Own It


Sharon W. Reynolds

Founder & CEO, Bryla J Couture Clothiers


What inspired you to start your business?

I am a firm believer that inspiration is the start of something great if your passion takes hold of the dream. After the birth of our first grandchild in 2017, I was inspired to launch Bryla J. Couture Clothiers as a result of a trip to an international fabric market while visiting our son, an expat with a large US firm. Both Bryla and her Mom, the company’s Creative Director, experienced challenges during childbirth. It was a distressing, yet eye-opening pause for me to turn this experience into something positive. My love for fashion, coupled with adding a philanthropic component to the company was a no-brainer. We donate a portion of every purchase to the March of Dimes and St. Jude Children’s Hospital in exchange for the blessing of life for our granddaughter and daughter in law. Fashion for a purpose and the BJC line was born.

What advice would you give to other women entrepreneurs?

The advice I share as a woman entrepreneur is be prepared to work hard and very long hours in your business. This commitment sets the stage for you to work on your business and not continually in your business. There is a big difference. Also, take the time to understand every line item of your Profit & Loss statement and Balance Sheet; both are the core foundational financial documents that drive the success of the firm. Know where your dollars are at all times. Become the bold change agent other young women business owners aspire to be by setting good examples in your business acumen and by being visible in the community. Show your passion for good causes and challenge others to join you in your quest to make a difference in the lives of others. Last, but certainly not least, take good care of yourself and minimize stress in your life.

What three traits define you?

Three traits that define my character are tenacity, compassion, and passion. Tenacity means persistence, determination, and perseverance. As a serial entrepreneur and CEO of three other companies, I never give up. I find ways to get around challenges in my businesses by persistence. To minimize feeling overwhelmed, I make every effort to finish important tasks as soon as possible. The second trait is compassion. I learned early on how important it is to show empathy to others and to be sensitive to differences we share as people. The third trait is passion. Fashion has been my passion since I was a little girl. My Aunt Gloria made my first dress for Easter at age 7, and I truly believe that moment is where it all started. By the time I was 8 years old, I was helping her make my clothes. I pay homage to her as she was the driver of these characteristics in me.

How has being a WBENC-Certified WBE helped your business?

The early years after launching my first two businesses without WBENC Certification left me in a lonely space. I had no support or connections with corporations I knew needed my products and services. No other certifications obtained by my companies have been remotely close to the support and success I have achieved through my association with WBENC. This organization is true to its commitment to helping women business owners achieve results after the certification process by offering powerful tools to engage. Get certified and get involved!

As a business owner, what keeps you up at night?

The retail clothing business has its ups and downs as the economy ebbs and flows. It is important to establish a loyal client following. Consumers will decide if they desire to do business with your company based on specific needs, pricing, quality, customer service, and your overall reputation. Neither of these characteristics can be ignored.

What’s your favorite career moment?

My favorite career moment was deciding that I had a unique opportunity to launch a specialty couture clothing line styled for the executive woman with discriminating taste with a penchant for saving money. The launch was fueled by a heart for giving back in support of my premature granddaughter. Having the ability to give back to the March of Dimes and St. Jude Children’s Hospital has meaning. Hence, Bryla J Couture fashion for a purpose was born. Our goal is to make contributions to these two organizations as we continue our growth.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would spend the extra time finishing two books that are dear to my heart. The first one focuses on raising two successful African American sons with my husband of 40 years as an inspiration to others who may find our experiences helpful.

What are you reading or listening to now?

I am excited to have recently completed the book, Becoming Michelle Obama. Her raw and candid writings about her experiences as former First Lady of the United States, coupled with being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, public speaker, and friend offered me many glimpses into my own life. While I was never a First Lady, I identify with all the others. As a CEO/Founder of several companies, her book was inspirational, fascinating and keeps me motivated to keep looking up. While driving, I enjoy listening to Ted Talks on life topics.

Fill in the blank:

When I face a challenge, I... start with the end in mind…winning!

If I could go back in time, I would… pace myself.

The one thing I couldn’t live without is… the love and support of my family.

By this time next year, I will be… saving more lives with our innovative products.

The best thing that happened to me last week was… receiving and RFQ from a Fortune 500.

To get my creative juices flowing, I… take long showers or plane trips.


Bryly J Couture Clothiers

Couture fashion for modern women around the world with distinctive taste who desire high quality style at irresistible prices. Our customers believe in the art of living boldly and we provide designs that reflect a woman’s individual style.

Bryla J Couture Clothiers was launched to create a legacy for Sharon Reynolds’ granddaughter who suffered a premature birth and bring empowered elegance to every woman. A portion of each sale is donated to the March of Dimes and other relative 501(c)3 organizations and empowers women to pursue their dreams

Learn more