Why start a business?

In 1999, a well-connected politician called me on the phone, early one morning, instructing me to write down a fax number, starting with area code 202 for Washington, D.C. I knew it was important.

She asked me if I had a company and an Employee Identification Number (EIN) or tax ID number. I said I did. She said, “Write a blues about the 2000 census. Fax it with an invoice for $2,499 on your letterhead to the number I gave you.

One hour later, I sent the CENSUS BLUES to the U.S. Census Bureau to the attention of the person connected to my politician friend. I got paid because I could compose music and I had a corporate EIN.

One of the first documents I give my Speech Communication students is a handout entitled HOW TO START A BUSINESS.

How to start a business

  1. Choose Your Business Name, Inc. (or LLC) and decide if you will be: (30 minutes)
    • For profit
    • Non profit
  2. Product or Service (for profit) or Mission Statement (non-profit)
  3. Go to www.sunbiz.org to apply for incorporation $78 – 82 (20 minutes)
    • For profit must have a president (you)
    • Non-profit must have President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Also may have a resident agent, if the officers live in another state.
  4. Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN or Tax ID #) from www.irs.gov (10 minutes)
  5. Open a Bank Account (take Certificate of Status + EIN + $100)
  6. Liability Insurance (optional)
  7. Order business cards, website, telephone number, and business address (optional or home)
  8. Set up PayPal, Square, or another method to invoice your customers
  9. PayPal  $150 corporate tax before April 30 each year at www.sunbiz.org
    • On May 1st the penalty is $400 for filing your annual report late for a total of $550. So pay by April 30th!

Contact:

Dr. Cartwright

954-740-3398

profjoancartwright@gmail.com

I was in business for two years before I got that call. My company was not making much money. If I got a check for singing, I put it in my business account. I paid the corporate tax and filed a tax return as a sole proprietor most years. My company grew because of the music I recorded and books I published. I got substantial orders from school principals for one or more of my books. In 2007, I incorporated my non-profit organization and became a lecturer, presenter, and producer of several programs. After releasing my two personal CDs in 1995 and 2005, I produced eight compilation CDs of music from members of http://wijsf.org

In 2019, we published the first issue of Musicwoman Magazine. In 2020, we published the second issue and the first issue of Musicman Magazine. In 2021, We published both magazines, individually, and a flip book of both magazines.

There is no doubt in my mind that having a business has been beneficial to me and our 380 members!

Bridging the Gap

In 2021, there are bridges to gap!

There is the gap between generations.

There is the gap between men and women.

There is the gap between the church and state.

There is the gap between the academy and the community.

There is the gap between the haves and have nots on so many levels.

There is the gap between the brick wall or the glass ceiling and success.

There is the gap between the cultured and the uncultured, whatever that may mean.

On Being a Woman in Jazz

My response to Andromeda Turre who asked me what it means to be a woman in jazz.

Being a woman in jazz is the crux of my existence. 70 years ago, I sang Somebody Loves Me, onstage. The footlights mesmerized me. But the music captured my heart. In my later years, promoting women musicians, globally, is my mission for Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. Visit us at www.wijsf.org


From 4 to 67, Joan sang her songs and those from the Great American Songbook
Recent article in Pensacola’s Downtown Crowd

On Recognition

You work all your life to fulfill your purpose. You put in hours to learn your craft, instrument, or discipline. You grow older and retire from your profession, and you wonder, “Who really cares?”

Then, you meet a group of women who recognize your accomplishments. That makes it all worth it. The group of women who hold me in high esteem, and I them, is the National League of American Pen Women. I was inducted into the Boca Raton, Florida, branch by Sheila Firestone.

In 2019, Virginia Franklin Campbell submitted this article about me to the NLAPW Magazine. http://www.nlapw.org/legends-joan-cartwright/

I am honored and humbled by the appreciation shown to me by these talented authors, artists, and musicians.

Then, in 2020, Charlene Farrington, Director of Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, chose to exhibit my collection of jazz artwork from September through February 2021. Ah, in the middle of a pandemic, there is a slice of light!

See some of the art and my story about the art collection at these links:

WHO ARE THE WOMEN OF JAZZ? SPADY KNOWS

https://spadymuseum.com/exhibits/jazz-the-joan-cartwright-collection/

https://spadymuseum.com/jazz-the-joan-cartwright-collection/

Dr. Joan Cartwright is the Executive Director of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., a 13-year-old non-profit that promotes women musicians, globally. Join this membership at www.wijsf.org

Urban Gardens

In my Speech Communication class, one student discussed urban gardens and the benefits to our communities, children, and health. Urban gardening is not well-known but many of us live in parts of the city where there is little access to natural, fresh, and nutritional fruits and vegetables.

As a group-based, common occupation, gardening may provide a complementary approach in stroke rehabilitation” (Patil, et al, 2019, p. 17). “The traditional herbal medicine is a shield that acts as a weapon against the attack of any kind of virus. In India, the coronavirus infection does not impact much as compared to western countries” (Shendarkar, 2016).

Bookstores

A Vision for Books and Bookstores

We see a world where we, the people, no longer buy into the lie that the booksellers have been handing us about providing us with what we’re wanting to read – because we’ve now realized, beyond all doubt, that they’ve been providing us with what they want us to read in order to satisfy their own self-serving purposes.

Thus, we see a world where bookstores have changed their priorities entirely, so that now when you walk into a bookstore, the books which are most likely to bring you happiness and fulfillment are displayed prominently in the front of the store – while the books which were written solely for the purpose of frightening you or lining the author’s pockets are relegated to the obscure shelves in the back of the store.

We also see children’s books, now, written and distributed so that the child’s highest and best interests are served; and where the subject matter of these books is meant, not to subtly encourage our children to become better consumers, conformers, or soldiers, but to encourage them to be more resourceful, creative, and free-thinking people.

And finally, we see a world where authors, publishers, and booksellers alike have all moved away from praising and offering us stark tragedies. Now they have lightened up and filled the shelves with books that are meant to help us, books that warm our hearts, and books that have happy endings.

See Dr. Cartwright’s Books

Family

Before fortune, there is family. Mine is small. All of my grandparents and both of my parents are angels. I have one brother. My two children gave me five grandchildren. Michael (56) has Maelle (23) and Sophia (13). Mimi (54) has Robert (37), Anthony (34), and Vernechia (31). Robert has Jayvian (16) and Zyan (7), and Anthony has Jayli (4) and Aiden (1).

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