We had the good fortune of connecting with Lakeshia Ball and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lakeshia, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
B $avvy Career Services, LLC provides quality customer service where diverse individuals can gain marketable skills to stay job ready in today’s workforce. I have partnered with various non-profit organizations to volunteer my services by assisting individuals with mock interviews and career coaching.

What should our readers know about your business?
I started my business unofficially in April of 2018 after I experienced an unexpected job loss in higher education. As a single mother, I decided to help friends with their resumes, which is apart of my passion in career services. Sometimes when you want a job so bad, you accept the first offer job after losing a job. I landed a position out-of-state in Georgia working in career services. I kept getting confirmations from jobseekers that I should be in higher education and how I carried myself as an educator. Unfortunately, with high turner over in a toxic work environment, it took a toll on my mental health. I quit that position, focused on my mental health, and made plans to return to college to pursue a Doctor of Education in Adult Education. Fortunately, I was hired at a community college twenty minutes from home and in an environment where I can thrive and help motivate the youth in TRiO’s Educational Talent Search.

I currently work for TRiO’s Educational Talent Search. Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program that is designed to prepare low-income and first-generation students in our service area who have the potential to succeed in higher education. Our program offers college success seminars, college preparation advising, college tours, enrichment traveling, cultural traveling, mentoring, academic tutoring, team building activities, and financial literacy advising. I am elated to see the progress that our students are making while participating in this amazing program. While enjoying the work that I do in higher education, I officially started my business as B $avvy Career Services, LLC in October 2020.

I got to where I am today with my skills and qualifications obtained through my education (Associates degree in General Business, Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Master’s degree in Adult Education and Leadership, and currently pursuing Doctor of Education in Adult Education) and supportive family, friends, and mentors. Was it easy? Of course not! Life is all about learning experiences. I have learned that whatever work environment that I was in, I used that experience to hone my skills for the next career opportunity in higher education and for my business.

I have also learned that strangers support my business better than people that know me. I would like the world to know that my professional purpose consists of being an educator that excels to provide adult education and career exploration services to the unemployed, under employed, traditional students, non-traditional adult learners, TANF, EBT/SNAP recipients, youth, ex-offenders, and adults ages 50+ that would like to re-enter the workforce. Job seekers have the potential of being business savvy. Being “Business Savvy” is a mentality. It is your confidence along with your unique skill set those potential employers are looking for in today’s workforce. Potential employers need to know what kind of skills and qualifications you can bring to their organization. Bottom line, you need to “B $avvy” in everything that you do!

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.
For a weeklong trip, we would stay at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. I say that only because of the mini mall and different food places there. We would also check out Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Trap Music Museum, Sky View Atlanta, any concerts in the area, and anything at the Fox Theatre. Places to eat out at will be The Real Milk & Honey, Corner Bakery, Guac y Margys, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails. As far as the hangouts, Nouveau Bar & Grill.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This shoutout is dedicated to everyone that goes after their dreams. We all have a purpose in life. We all realize it at different stages of our lives.

Website: https://www.bsavvycareerservices.com

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