We had the good fortune of connecting with Imani Hamilton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Imani, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to start my own business to have command of my time and do what I love. My mother was an entrepreneur and I appreciated the freedom she had during my childhood. Now as a wife and mother of three children, I wanted the same.
Working in commercial real estate lending, I noticed that the majority of my clients did not look like me and I wanted to help educate my community on how to elevate and manage their finances for increased ownership. I believe that ownership is a cornerstone to generational wealth. As such, I created Finance by Faith LLC to help others manage their cash flow and reduce debt so they can be positioned to acquire property strategically and sustainably.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Finance by Faith helps people learn how to advance their finances and increase ownership from a faith-based perspective. I believe that when we arm ourselves with financial knowledge and understanding, then layer it with a biblical perspective, we become faithful stewards over God’s resources.
I am excited about my book called The Debt Denominator. As I spent many hours with clients guiding them on how to make wise financial decisions, I noticed that the debt load people were carrying was heavy. In an attempt to address this recurring issue, I created The Debt Denominator to give others a step-by-step framework to navigate their finances and move beyond their debt overwhelm. It can be found on amazon.com or by visiting financebyfaith.com.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them on a tour of the Atlanta University Center which includes the campuses of Clark Atlanta University (my alma mater), Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Morris Brown College. We would grab a delicious southern meal at Paschal’s, walk in Centennial Park, visit the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., grab a show at the Fox Theatre, then attend Sunday morning service at Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this shoutout to Dr. Pamela C.V. Jolly. I met her while attending The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and she has been a constant source of encouragement, wise counsel and support. She has helped me to elevate my standard of business, see how faith and finance can be blended together in the marketplace and narrow my road for lasting impact. Her brilliance and guidance is unmatched and I’m so grateful that she took the time to pour into my life.
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