December Issue 2014

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he corporate world can be fierce and much like the ABC hit show, it can feel like a shark tank. As an entrepreneur that shark tank can be even more overwhelming with competition, responsibility and risk at all-time highs. The measure of success almost always depends on the measure of hard work and Lauren Maillian Bias is no stranger to neither. The leap from having a small lemonade stand on a Spanish Harlem corner to being the founder of several companies, including an award-winning wine vineyard, is large to say the least. Her work as founder of Luxury Market Branding and Gen Y Capital Partners has landed her numerous awards including the Empact100 Award honoree by the Kauffman Foundation for being one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under 30 and by Essence magazine as one of the Class of 2013 African-American Shot Callers.