We had the good fortune of connecting with Aysha Treadwell (Cooper) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aysha, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I was an owner/operator of an adult day program in Snellville, GA since 2010. I decided to officially close the center offering adult day services in May of 2020 after we had been closed for two months due to the pandemic. During those 2 months of what we thought was temporary closure, I knew I still wanted to serve the caregiving and senior community. Over that 10 years, we had experience and helped caregivers in crisis. Caregiver’s not keeping their self care a priority while not being proactive in their loved ones plan of care either, that was the birth of McKinley Caregiver Resource Center. Serving caregivers and seniors with education, tools and resources to empower them in their caregiving journey.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
One thing about me is I have an astute work ethic. So in times where it wasn’t easy, I was able to keep my focus on what I wanted to accomplish. I received my EMBA while I was building a business to help give me a stronger business foundation. As a leader of an organization, I learned how to see the strengths in my employees and help them work in their unique brilliance so they could do what they loved in their role. I actually went back to work as a business consultant for the SBDC for a short time after hiring an Executive Director to run the daily operations of the center. That experience showed me that I also love helping other entrepreneurs in building their own journey! What people say about me is I am authentic in all I do and that is what sets me apart. We owe it to ourselves to just be who we are. How we do anything in life is how we do everything, so give it your best and stay true to who you are.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
On a week long trip with a best friend, I would have to give them some of my favorite experiences we have to offer. Since I work hard I play hard and pamper myself as often as possible. We would start with the best pedicure ever at 10Ten in Snellville, GA, massages and float therapy would also be on the list. Now because I like new experiences, we would find nice restaurants to try together but probably in the city. I love live music and Atlanta has a lot to offer especially with underground artist to discover new music. We would also take a drive to the mountains since North Georgia has breathtaking scenery. Most of all, just good connection time with great conversation would suffice.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of support along the way that begins with my parents. They have always allowed me to shine in all I do and authentically be who I desired to be personally and professionally. I sought out mentorship from other business professionals that shared successes and challenges as I do believe we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We can learn a lot from people that are willing to give their time and expertise. There are many books I have read along the way but one that stands out is Creating an Intentional Business Life by Fran Dramis. I also owe a lot of support to Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE). They were very instrumental in the growth of my business through capital, coaching and connections. As a single mother, my biggest fan is my son Drew. He inspires me everyday to show him options as he begins his journey but I also learn a lot from him!