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Are you the owner of a local, bricks-and-mortar business who’s ready to…

  • Make more money
  • Get more customers, and
  • Close more sales?

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This blog is full of practical, easy-to-implement tips on how to run a successful local business.

I’m a local business owner just like you who happens to enjoy sharing what I’ve figured out along the way.

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Carmen (Van Kerckhove) Sognonvi [pronounced Sun-Yo-Vee] is owner and general manager of Urban Martial Arts, a martial arts school in Brooklyn, New York. She blogs at CarmenSognonvi.com, where she shares tips on running a successful local, bricks-and-mortar business.

Carmen’s views on local business, local marketing, and entrepreneurship have been featured in numerous media outlets, including Inc, Entrepreneur, Fox Business, Crain’s New York Business, Direct Marketing News, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Business News Daily, AllBusiness.com, and Small Business Trends.

In 2004, Carmen launched Racialicious, an award-winning blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Her views were featured regularly in media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and The New York Times. She visited as a guest lecturer at Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia, among many other colleges and universities across the country.

In 2010, Carmen decided to retire from public activism and joined Urban Martial Arts full-time as General Manager.

Carmen was born and mostly raised in Hong Kong, but also spent much of her childhood living in Shanghai and Belgium. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Political Science, and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two daughters.

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