Veteran Celebrates 1 Year Success of 1st African Market in Military Community #Entrepreneurship is our future covid19 job

Mr. Adolph Agbeko Yao Dagan and his wife Kafui

Mr. Adolph Agbeko Yao Dagan and his wife Kafui wanted to open up an international market after his military career in 2009. Dagan, as he is called by his fellow veterans, hails from Daganhoé in Togo, West Africa, a name that means Dagantown. Dagan African Market celebrates its first year in operation on July 20, 2020, the day of his birth. Looking back over the year long journey, the family celebrate and acknowledge their long hard journey to offer their 1000 square foot facility to customers who have traveled more than 500 miles from as far as Alabama, Kentucky, and all parts Missouri and Illinois to frequent their establishment offering authentic foods, clothing, beauty products, artwork, and other great finds from the people of the Caribbean, Africa, and other international favorites.

Trained as a high school French teacher, the family saved thousands of dollars from 2009 to 2019 to start a business in the heart of a thriving community populated with active duty military and their families as well as retired Veterans. Dagan and his family worked hard in order to prepare to take ownership of a premier African market that fulfilled the needs and expectations for the community of more than 250,000 resident in the Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Clarksville, Tennessee community. And all of the struggle turned out to be worth it as his company, Dagan African Market, became the first African market in the city. One of the challenges in a military town is that many can open businesses, not many can maintain a revenue generating establishment.

Located on Fort Campbell Boulevard in Clarksville, Tennessee, Dagan Market offers online delivery.

Truthfully, as Dagan continues to climb up the ladder of success, he and his family fully expect to become millionaires within 10 years. As they plan to open up a restaurant and increase their inventory. He and his wife and their children are also looking to incorporate an online store and even a direct custom order service for drums, wood pieces, and other original organic African artifacts.

With the families good reputation and dedication to customer service, Dagan and his family  caught the attention of people who said, “These are a good family“. The family hopes to become the largest African and International Store in the Tennessee and Kentucky area. They are passionate about serving patrons and veterans from the islands, Africa, the Caribbean, Spanish and European nations. Dagan says if you want to succeed, you have to work very hard.

As a poor citizen of Togo, West Africa, Kafui and Adolph treasure their homeland and support a church and school in their village of Dagan and Togo. They also collect school supplies, medical supplies, and clothes to send back to Africa and plan to establish a hospital and additional schools once their business hits the one-million-dollar revenue mark.

To get the best African artifacts around connect with Dagan African Market at

2 Things your resume shows people about who you are

You look good every day. Fresh, ironed and pressed slacks, nice subtle jewelry, and you display the look of an ideal professional who has what it takes to shine. Then you open your mouth! WHEEEEE ! You say such dumb things as, “I’m over qualified”, “I’m too young”, “I’ve been black balled”, or “It’s hard for me cause I don’t fit in”. And believe me, more than not, I can almost guarantee you that this is not the case. When you think such dumb things, it’s almost certain that you have not utilized your energy to understand how to navigate the job market with your career communications and networking power.

What do people really see when they see you on paper? What message does your career communications shout to colleagues, mentors, and hiring managers. Know!
What do people really see when they see you on paper? What message does your career communications shout to colleagues, mentors, and hiring managers. Know!

We could look at your cover letter, bio, LinkedIn profile, professional associations and relevant industry service, but let’s take a second to start with your resume. Your resume speaks about who you are as a professional. It displays to people 3 Things:

Thing 1 – Your resume shows people how much you stay current with social media and career communication trends. When you know that you should have a different look for a printed resume, a scannable resume, an electronic resume and a web resume, then you are viewed as on top of your game to get noticed by key stakeholders! There are variations in typeset, font, enhancements, size, formats, preferred lengths, paper color and white space that each type of resume should consider to obtain maximum exposure.

Thing 2 – Your resume says, ” I KNOW THAT I AM SHOWING NOT TELLING“! Your resume is a marketing document. When prepared properly, the person who’s eyes your resume will not have one question except, “When can I talk, text, skype or meet this person to discuss how he or she can solve my pain!”.

As you prepare your resume, you will signify indisputably the professional area that you have passion for and desire to continue to help companies solve their issues as a subject matter expert. You have offered specific skilled information and have polished and perfected your content so much so that each sentence, phrase and section highlights your strengths, accomplishments, achievements and unique marketing value using $’s, #’s and %.

Many people have been saying to me via social media, that they are not getting the results that they seek. It’s because your resume is showing people that you are one thing and your personal perception of who are you is saying another. 

We hope that you find this article interesting and relevant to your professional development and job search. Let us know how your career communications show people who you are. Email us at, connect with us on, or view our website.

5 Things that Military Retirees and Veterans get to decide about their career now

5 Things that Military Retirees and Veterans get to decide about their career now For additional information see

4 Reasons to roll out the red carpet and hire a vet

4 Reasons to roll out the red carpet and hire a vet

I once heard a quote by George Patton that speaks about the core belief system of Americans and that is our quest for excellence. We expect to be excellence and that is the primary reason why we in our U.S. Armed Forces have never lost a war. With that mindset, we all know that you as a military veteran, now civilian administrator will strive for and exceed all standards. For employment opportunities in healthcare, see See article @ For more information, go to

Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells! Making Your Résumé Ring Out Loudly in 3 Ways!

December 24, 2012

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells Making Your Résumé Ring Out Loudly in 3 Ways! By Debra Ann Matthews

Ring out a Résumé that focuses on your Target Market. Use industry laden terms and jargon specific to your industry.

Ring out a Résumé that is appealing with a Branding Slogan, Testimonials, Success Stories and Case Studies. It is now acceptable to tell a story using phrases, slogans and quotes to demonstrate the value that you have provided to your company.

Ring out You Defining 2 to 3 Career Achievements.  For instance, “Proven track record of successfully re-directing three 5,000 square feet retail establishments to operate on a 15% increase in productivity, customer service and performance as a result of HR training and development”.

Let Me Write It For You helps mid-level professionals who know that they are skilled, but can’t verbalize their strengths. Let Me Write It For You caters to help all professionals achieve their career goals via resumes, job search services and compelling cover letters. All articles are available for re-publishing as long as credit is given to Debra Ann Matthews and Let Me Write It For YOU. Additional information can be obtained from or @ or by calling 931-269-WR1T (9718). Copyright 2012 by Debra Ann Matthews.

I Want _ *_ * To Happen For Me In My Professional Life – 3 Ways 2 Prepare For Greater Work Satisfaction

I am Grateful, But I want _ to happen for me in my professional life…

You Can BET on 3 Ways to Start Preparing for Greater Work Satisfaction

By Debra Ann Matthews, Let Me Write It For YOU! Job-Winning Résumés November 12, 2012

1) Be certain that you understand what you have to offer to the work force. See The Occupational Outlook Handbook  @  for ideas on the greatest attributes that workers can offer in their professions. If you don’t know this, your value doesn’t exist! KNOW IT! SPEAK IT! DEMONSTRATE IT. VALUE = An Invitation to Succeed!

2) Exercise your Right to join an association of like-minded professionals. See the Directory of Associations & Organizations @  to network, increase trainings and understand how to obtain certifications, credentials and other recognitions that will help you to stand out in the profession.  American Express always advised us, “Membership Has Its Privileges”.

3) Take advantage of all online resources to really understand how your skills, attributes and values can be put to the test in a career track that will lead you to satisfaction. Be certain that you will have to pay your dues at first, however, once you understand the types of jobs that reflect your skills you are well on your way!  For example, if you are a super organized person who loves pets, you may find your career as a Quality Assurance Professional working with animals. Perhaps you can work with lobbyists who watch for fair and honest treatment of animals or as a representative with Extension Agencies supervising the ethical treatment of animals on farms. See Quintessential Careers ( for more updates on careers that enhance Your Skills.

Once you understand what you bring to the table, you can BET that you are well on your way to a seeking the opportunities that will lead to your success. Think about what you do that makes you feel happy, proud, and feel as if you would work for free! Don’t believe people who say that you can’t earn a living doing what you love to do. It’s not true! If you focus and understand your value, understand the market and set sail in that direction, You can BET that you are well on your way!

Let Me Write It For You offers clients assistance in identifying the best ways to highlight their skills and proven attributes with their future job/career  aspirations with targeted résumés and other professional correspondence. All articles are available for re-publishing as long as credit is given to Debra Ann Matthews and Let Me Write It For YOU. Additional information can be obtained from or @ or by calling 931-269-WR1T (9718). Copyright 2012 by Debra Ann Matthews.