Woman Passes on Success

February 27, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2013 at 10:22 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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February 27, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2013 at 10:22 AM EDT

Kenmore, N.Y. (WKBW) - Alisha Taggart-Powell is the owner of newly opened Janie's Emporium on Delaware Avenue. The store was named after her grandmother.

"Owning my own business was a dream of my and I was inspired by my grandmother Ms. Janie Taggart. She owned her own real estate company and sold cosmetics," Alisha Taggart-Powell said

Just like her grandmother, Alisha hopes to use her own success to motive other local women.

"I really wanted to tap into my own creativity and inspire beauty inside my customers," Powell said.

Not only does she have her boutique, but she sells all natural hair care products and works full time as a social worker and counselor in the College of Nursing at the University at Buffalo. Her next goal is to help kids look to the future.

"I'd like to work with students in fourth and fifth grade, exploring their career options and really get them early on thinking about going to college," Powell said.

She not only considers herself a leader as a woman but also as an African American. She is honoring black history month in February. Recently, Alisha received the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneur Program Protégé of the Year award. After showcasing what she had to offer in a business program in which she was involved.

"It helped me grow my business from a home business to a brick and mortar location," Powell said.

Alisha said she would work hard to make all her projects shine, while helping others in the process.

"I think it's so important because years ago you didn't see that many women of color in business," Powell said.