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Army Veteran & Serialpreneur April Hogan Talks Business Growth and More

Army veteran and serialpreneur, April Hogan, is a seasoned professional with a diverse portfolio encompassing business and finance coaching, media engagements, motivational speaking, acclaimed authorship, and a successful entrepreneurial journey. She boasts robust corporate management and leadership track record spanning industries such as banking, healthcare, IT, and finance, April has emerged as a prominent leadership expert. The certified ScrumMaster holds bachelor’s degrees in business and cybersecurity.

April is known for her dynamic and captivating keynote presentations, in which she urges her audience to channel their focus toward their professional and personal aspirations. Drawing from her extensive 15-year entrepreneurial experience, she is committed to empowering and enlightening fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners on optimizing resources to foster business expansion and attain financial well-being. As the visionary owner of A Rich Innovations, a Women-Owned and Veteran-Owned Business, she specializes in assisting individuals in business growth and securing government contracts. Additionally, April boasts an impressive literary record, having authored nine published books and created three board games.

Her unwavering dedication is evident in her ongoing efforts to provide valuable resources for business growth and personal development. Throughout the year, she orchestrates and actively participates in specialized events geared toward inspiring and uplifting small business owners, such as success workshops, empowerment panel discussions, and skill-enhancing classes. Her achievements have earned her recognition, awards, and invitations to speak at prestigious global events. Moreover, April’s contributions extend to her roles as a guest and host on various media platforms, alongside her numerous award nominations and presentations.

We’re excited to share her story with our SwagHer Magazine audience. Let’s dive in! 

Fancy: As your bio says, your portfolio is very diverse. Was that always your intention or was it something that occurred that way? 

April: Building my diverse portfolio was actually a happy accident. When I started out, I had no idea I’d end up with the wide range of expertise I have now. I’m a big believer in continuous learning. Each new challenge on my entrepreneurial path is a chance to learn something valuable, and I make the most of it. This not only broadens my own skills but also allows me to pass on this knowledge to my clients when they find themselves in similar situations on their own journeys to success.

Fancy: We know that you are a former military member. What did you do during your time in the army, and do you feel like it prepared you for the success you are experiencing today? 

April: In the army, I took on roles that required a lot of responsibility, strategic thinking, and strong leadership skills that are super important in business. The discipline, resilience, and knack for handling pressure that I honed during my military service have been key to my success in the tough business world.

Fancy: What type of clients do you work with for business coaching? 

April: I primarily work with entrepreneurs, from small to corporate business owners, who are seeking to grow their businesses. My clients come from various industries, reflecting my diverse expertise and ability to adapt to different business needs and challenges. My primary focus is process development, operations, business strategies, and marketing strategies. In addition to this, I help businesses navigate the world of government contracting.

Fancy: Regardless of their stage, when business owners are looking to grow their business, what are some habits or tasks that they practice daily? 

April: Successful business owners usually have a few things in common: they set clear goals, keep their tasks in order, build a solid online presence, keep learning, and network a lot. They also regularly check in on their financial health to keep their growth on track. Plus, having strong processes or SOPs in place is key. Basically, knowing exactly how your business should run is crucial for success.

Fancy: So, sis, what are you including in the leadership presentations that keep you in demand? 

April: My leadership presentations are all about real-world stories, practical tips, and engaging interactions that drive personal and professional growth. I zero in on down-to-earth strategies for making the most of your resources, leading effectively, and building a mindset that’s all about innovation and bouncing back stronger.

Fancy: Please tell us a little about your books and board games. 

April: Most of my books give readers the insights and strategies they need for business success and personal growth. Besides the seven books I’ve penned, I’ve also created a goal planner and a financial planner designed to help manage both personal and business goals and finances. The board games I’ve developed are all about boosting strategic thinking and financial literacy, especially for young people. They make learning about life, business, and investing fun and engaging. I’ve even designed a networking game that’s shaking up the way we do networking events. Plus, I’ve crafted games for clients that are both educational and entertaining.

Fancy: Do you have any upcoming projects that you care to share? 

April: Season Four of my podcast/talk show, ‘Talk Uncensored,’ kicks off on June 15, 2024. It’s the place where we dive into real-life topics, totally uncensored. The show will air weekly on Saturday mornings at 10 am EST. Follow us on Instagram @talkuncensoredpodcast for updates. Also, mark your calendars for the Summit of Success Showcase happening in Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 16, 2024. It’s a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses and learn from fellow visionaries. Plus, it’s open to the public and free, making it a great spot to kick off your holiday shopping. Looking further ahead, I’m excited to announce the launch of a business vocational school starting in early 2025, with registration opening this fall. This school is perfect for anyone wanting to learn the ins and outs of running their business. Last but not least, my company has launched a call center focused on assisting entrepreneurs and businesses in growing their customers, handling lead qualification, and managing their customer interactions. More information can be found on our website, www.arichinnovations.com or by following us on Instagram @arichlikeaboss.

Fancy: How do you practice self-care? 

April: Self-care is integral to my routine; I ensure to balance my demanding professional life with personal time. This includes regular exercise, healthy eating, mindfulness practices, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Fancy: How would you describe your swagher? What makes April, April? 

April: My ‘swagher’ is defined by resilience, authenticity, and continuous growth. I am committed to my vision and passionate about making a difference, which makes me stand out. April is someone who faces challenges head-on and thrives by turning obstacles into opportunities.

Fancy: Where can readers connect with you?

April: Readers can connect with me through my website at www.arichinnovations.com, Instagram @arich_likeaboss, and TikTok @arichlikeaboss. I also frequently participate in podcasts and live events, providing ample opportunities for direct engagement.

 

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Francheska Felder
Francheska Felderhttp://swagheronline.com
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is an award-winning editor, publisher, publicist, and quiet Southern media mogul. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real, which also doubles as a PR boutique. SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black women, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead, while the boutique strategically executes press and brand campaigns. The proud SU alum is also the publicist for Power Influence Radio and hostess of the CEO Chatter LIVE Podcast. Because she battles with bipolar disorder, Fancy is a proud mental health advocate.
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