We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelic Gregory-McMillan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelic, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Building generational wealth and breaking generational curses. Before I knew what my purpose was, I knew I was different and destined for something great. I knew that, where I grew up opportunity was far and few and potential often fell by the wayside of poor conditional thinking. I would not say I originally set out to start a business, I just knew what I didn’t want.
I knew I didn’t want the stress and worries of paying bills that I saw growing up in my household. I knew I didn’t want to feel at the mercy of others financially. I always felt like I would never let me down, so if anything, I would bet on myself before anyone else. I secured higher education and what I felt was the best position to put me in control of my own financial security. The one thing I was still missing with a doctorate at 26 years old, was the feeling of creating that lasting legacy. After all, I had already accomplished so many firsts in my family. I had already overcome so many obstacles and started changing the path from previous generations. I had to continue to build this legacy, and I felt the pressure of my future generations pushing me.
The thought process behind starting my own business was about building generational wealth, but the bigger part was breaking those generational curses I saw passed down. I want to leave a legacy to my children’s children and afford them the one thing that holds so many back, the power of a mindset. That they can overcome any obstacles because it doesn’t matter where you come from or how little you have. All that matters is that you want a change and you are willing to put the work in to achieve that change.
I have practiced as a chiropractor for over 6 years and still continue to do so. I enjoy helping others through a natural and holistic approach. I decided to start a drug & alcohol business to fulfill another part of my life purpose that I had not tapped into. I’ve witnessed addiction and substance abuse tear my family apart for most of my adolescent years. I wanted to take a bold stand and set a point that addiction would not continue in our family future generations. Drug testing is an integral part of accountability, recovery, awareness and safety. I love what the existence of my business stands for, and the story that comes behind it. Every decision I have made has been strategic in carrying out the purpose, even before I knew what it was.
What should our readers know about your business?
Rapid DOT & Drug Testing was started amid the Covid-19 pandemic, I took a leap of faith and followed the true desires of my heart. It was important that I created something that not only made a difference but was something I believed in and had meaning. It’s not just another drug test. It means so much more when you have witnessed the effects of substance abuse first-hand. We are a judgement-free zone and treat all clients with respect, regardless of the reason for service. For many a drug test is that accountability they need for a turning point in life. For a business, a drug testing policy promotes awareness and it serves as security and safety of their employees and livelihood.
Rapid DOT & Drug Testing LLC serves as a drug & Alcohol testing center. We provide a variety of drug and alcohol testing programs that range from accountability/court-ordered testing to corporate level drug-free workplace programs. We also provide Department of Transportation compliant drug and breath alcohol testing, DOT physicals, Consortium/TPA service and DNA paternity testing.
We are proudly a black owned and woman owned business. We are excited for the continued growth and expansion coming this year!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a huge foodie and a sucker for a great selfie! A few of my favorite spots that always deliver in vibes and views are:
The rooftop at Ponce City Market
Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar (karaoke night)
O-Ku (best sushi and roof top vibes!)
Breakfast at Barneys
Desta Ethiopian Kitchen
Atlanta Beltline (photos and bike rides)
Atlantic Station (Shopping and Kilwins Ice cream)
Atlanta Selfie Museum
The Battery Atlanta
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To Mrs. Annie Ray, may your soul rest in heaven,
A mother, grandmother and such a faithful servant. You showed me what it is to be truly dedicated to a purpose. I will forever give thanks for your unconditional love, support and sacrifices. Your words to me were always “keep going, you just keep on going…” and that is exactly what I plan to do.
To my loving mother, husband, brothers and family, you each have supported, encouraged and shaped me into everything that I am today. I am so grateful for each of you more than you could ever know.