Tonya Franklin

Name of Your Company

MJS Communications


BrandCEO, Publicist, Author, Evangelist, 

Tell us more about your Journey as a Woman in Business or Ministry , What was your motivation? 

I decided to start my business as a virtual assistant in 2015 after my hours had been cut at my job. I actually discovered this business model when looking online for another job. I came across it and realized I was already performing those tasks. I decided to take this on and expand with my own God-given talents and skills. After losing my job, I struggled with obtaining consistent clients, ended up homeless, but still persevering working with my clients, doing business training videos from the library, and serving as a virtual panelist for events from my church’s office. My life came to a crashing halt when I had a severe panic attack while serving on the praise team at my church. I realized I had to make some changes in my life as church service continued to go on as normal while I was literally having a breakdown. In 2019, I decided to rebrand and transition in my business. I had to go back into the workforce against my desire, but I knew I had to start back at square one to get to where God destined me. Then my senior pastor passed away suddenly pushing me further into a valley of decision with ministry. Fast forward to the end of 2022 I was in a bad car accident. Life again halted me as I was thinking of finishing up my master’s degree. I sunk so deep and was ready to give it up. Give up everything. God asked me, “How bad do you want this career? What are you willing to push through?” I couldn’t give up; I had to keep going because He brought me right here in this season; my time is now. With a new look on my destiny and refreshed motivation, ministry has become a part of my business. I work to serve, and serve to work.

Are you an Author, have you hit Amazon Best Seller yet if so how many times? 

once as a contributing author

What advice can you give other inspiring Entrepreneur ?

Don’t let anyone define for you what is possible. No matter what, follow your dreams, because it does not matter if it has never been done before. Be a trailblazer and stand out. Define your story, own your story, and tell your story. Use it to create impact in the world and be the change you want to see.

What are your goals for 2024? 

I’m looking to write the second book in my fiction trilogy series, launch my upcoming book on marketing as well as establish myself as a publicist for small black-owned restaurants and food brands in Jackson, Mississippi.

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