CEO and founder of Lynn Brown Inspires AND Be Inspired LLC
HOW IT BEGAN
Entrepreneurship was introduced to me at a young age by my parents O’Neal and Bertha Lee Lynn and my grandparents Clarence and Salama Lynn in Hartsville SC. We owned and operated Lynn’s Grocery and me and my 5 siblings help operated that neighborhood store our entire childhood lives. Also, during the summers, we would work with at my Uncle Lawton and Aunt Dorothy’s business, Lynn’s Meat and Produce. Then we all attended and graduated from college. I graduated for Winthrop College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing Education/Fashion Merchandising and also earned from Winthrop University a Masters Degree in Business Education.
MY 35 YEARS OF TEACHING AND GOD’s VISION
After teaching Entrepreneurship /Marketing and serving as a DECA Advisor for 35 years at Richmond Senior High, Irmo High, Dutch Fork and Spring Hill High GOD gave me the Vision to teach African American children in the community how to successfully start and maintain their own business.
BE INSPIRED: YOUNG ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAMPS AND CAMP WANZA
After retiring in 2017 I conducted my first Be Inspired Young Entrepreneurship Summer camp in partnership with YESCarolina .I have now conducted 4 camps, 3 camps in Columbia and 1 camp in Charleston (Camp Wanza) in honor of Tywanza Sanders the young successful entrepreneur killed in the Mother Emanuel shooting. During the 2-week FREE camp the students are taught how to create a business plan. In addition, I also coach students in partnership with the teachers in selected high schools , how to create a business plan and present their plans in a “Shark Tank” presentation.
Norma is a long time member of the Brookland Baptist Church where she serves as the Director of the Young Women of Excellence and the on the Brookland Baptist Economic Empowerment Board as the chair for Youth Entrepreneurship. She is also a member of the council of educators for YESCarolina in Charleston and the wife of Deacon Tyrone Brown from Charleston, SC.