Mo the CEO

In Honor of Black History Month

Ciera Walker

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It is officially Black History Month and of course every teacher wants to discuss African American leaders that have done so much for our country. Even though it is important to discuss leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama, sometimes those people can become a bit repetitive and there are many more successful African Americans in our society today that are just as worthy of recognition. In fact, there are even successful African Americans who are our age that are making “money moves” and are lacking the necessary credit they deserve.

Moziah Bridges, also known as Mo, is a 15 year old CEO of Mo’s Bows, a business he started himself. Even though he is 15 years old now, Mo began this business when he was only 9 years old and from there it has grown into a $150,000 business. He created this business from his love for bow ties and fashion, yet the variety available to him in the kids section in stores didn’t appeal to him so he decided to customize bow ties himself so that other kids like him could enjoy fashionable accessories. Not only was he not impressed with the styles of bow ties offered, he also didn’t like the fact that they were clip ones; he believed that young men should dress like men, and real men tie their own ties.

so, Mo became proficient in creating his merchandise with the help of his grandmother. She taught him how to sew by hand, as well as, to use a sewing machine. After many months of hard work, Mo had dozens of bow ties and customers steadily approaching through Facebook, Etsy, and in boutiques in Texas, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Mo really made his public debut when he appeared on the fifth season of Shark Tank. Shark Tank is a popular television show that features entrepreneurs who are trying to sell their product to professional business owners in hopes of getting investments. When Mo was on the show, his bow ties sparked some interest in Daymond John, and even though Daymond did not make a deal with Mo, he did offer to mentor and help Mo for free. Daymond basically took Mo under his wing and taught him the ropes in terms of fashion and entrepreneurship.

One of Mo’s greatest accomplishments was when he signed a licensing deal with the NBA. This gives Mo the opportunity to create bow ties with NBA logos on them, thus opening his sales to a much larger audience. In fact, several of the NBA players were caught wearing some of Mo’s bow ties at the 2015 NBA draft. Mo’s business has turned into an international success with over $300,000 in sales. Mo has created a big name for himself; however, he hasn’t allowed it all to get to his head, Mo has created his own charity, called Go Mo. Its purpose is to send children in Memphis to summer camp because Mo believes kids should have the ability to run around, play, and just have fun.

Moziah Bridges is now a 15 year old CEO and founder of his own company that has already begun to raise money for charities. That is a lot more than many people can say for themselves, and for that you can say he is quite impressive.

Mo is a great example of a modern day African American leader. Even though he hasn’t done anything sensational like Martin Luther King Jr. did in fighting for civil rights, he has motivated thousands of people of all races and all ages to always pursue their dreams, because you never know what can happen. Way to go, Mo!

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