Too Sexy

Kimberly Williams, 33

Need advice on how you, too, can be a sexy entrepreneur? You may consider stopping by Aalize.com, the only Web site that delivers advice with an attitude. Why does the down-to-earth love and relationship advice columnist and entrepreneur behind the site consider herself sexy? "It's the way I carry myself, and it's the attitude I have."

That attitude compelled Williams to start Chicago-based Urban Business Internet Services in 1998, which she has since grown into a full-fledged network of Web site communities, including HipHopfans.com, which sells apparel, and blackpersonalads.com, a personal ad service. The company is expected to generate sales and advertising revenue of $85,000 this year. Not bad, considering Williams started her first entrepreneurial venture with less than $500 after teaching herself HTML.

And don't think that Williams doesn't take her job seriously just because she isn't a certified therapist. She's been known to provide her home number to those in immediate need of emotional support. Yet she fits enough time into her busy schedule to be involved with the Crusade of Mercy, a group that provides temporary shelter for those who have lost their homes to fires. She's also become quite the celebrity of late, thanks in part to her advice column on VIBE.com, the site for popular urban culture magazine VIBE.

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This article was originally published in the October 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Too Sexy.

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