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On December 23, 1867, Sarah Breedlove was born in Delta, Louisiana, United States. Breedlove later took the name of her third husband, C.J. Walker, and started her own manufacturing company.
 
Walker's company produced, marketed, and sold a wide variety of cosmetics and hair-care products. Walker catered especially to fellow Black women. 
 
Walker was a smart businesswoman and shrewd marketer. She also established a business training college—Leila College, named for her daughter—that taught women how to sell Walker products and start their own Walker franchises. By providing entrepreneurial training for Black women, Walker expande her customer base and help empowered other women.
array
Noun

large group.

business
Noun

sale of goods and services, or a place where such sales take place.

cosmetics
Noun

substances applied to the body to make it appear more attractive.

customer
Noun

consumer, or someone who buys something.

Noun

foods eaten by a specific group of people or other organisms.

empower
Verb

to give authority or power.

Noun

person who starts and manages a business.

establish
Verb

to form or officially organize.

expand
Verb

to grow or get larger.

financial
Adjective

having to do with money.

franchise
Noun

licensed group of connected works, such as films, books, and video games.

independent
Adjective

free from influence, threat, or support.

manage
Verb

to control or organize a situation or activity.

manufacture
Verb

to make or produce a good, usually for sale.

marketing
Noun

art and science of selling a product.

secure
Verb

to guarantee, or make safe and certain.

shrewd
Adjective

smart and quick-witted.

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