We had the good fortune of connecting with Shemiko McInnis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shemiko, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was the autonomy that entrepreneurship provides for me. I have always been a person who liked to have my hands in many things, so entrepreneurship allowed me to make my own schedule, to make my own rules, and to ultimately have the freedom to be as successful as I want to be. I also knew that God had provided me with many talents, and I expected to use ALL of them! I am already a registered nurse and in school to become a nurse practitioner. Once I gain my degrees, I can venture out on my own to create clinical offices for the community! It is my ultimate goal to use every talent that God has given me for the greater good and to help my community. Every business that I create will aim to either increase the health of the community, provide clients with an increased self-worth and perception, and/or provide educational tools for a better life.
What should our readers know about your business?
The thing that I am most proud of about my businesses is that I was able to move away from home, enter into a city where I knew no one, and become successful at businesses centered around one of my biggest passions. First, I am a certified personal trainer and owner of Queen Meek Fitness, LLC. My business provides in-person private and group personal training, online personal training, fitness classes, apparel, and another merchandise! I train out of a private gym in West Midtown ATL (The Fit Spot ATL). I offer affordable prices with quality results! My second business is Save-a-Life Health Education Services, LLC. With this business, I teach healthcare professionals Basic Life Support and other life-saving tactics! Futuristically I intend to create contracts with local hospitals and host events for the community to understand how to implement life saving tactics to family and friends. Also, I will provide community education events on diseases that trouble black communities the most: diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, etc. Once I obtain my NP licensure, I plan to create a community clinic for women. Some of the challenges that I encountered was also working full-time as a nurse, so it was difficult for me to create a schedule that allowed me the consistency to perform as an entrepreneur. I left my full-time job to venture into entrepreneurship and it was an amazing decision! I now pick up local contracts in emergency rooms across Atlanta! Starting a business was something that I never expected to do, but I know that it has been one of the most beneficial moves that I have made in my life. The lessons that I have learned along the way are patience, consistency, faith, financial responsibility, etc. What would I like the world to know about me my brand and my story? I would like the world to know that everything that I touch has God in it; Everything that I put my mind to to do is done in love; and I give my all to every single thing that I dedicate myself to. I believe that the businesses I have created and the ones that I will create, will not be for financial gain but they will be because I am passionate about it and because I care about the person who is receiving my services.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Every time my friends come into town I am always starting to take them to a brunch. Atlanta has the best brunches with music and great times that I have seen in comparison to most other places. Some of my favorite brunches are at BQE, suite lounge, breakfast at Barneys, milk and Honey, etc. The list goes on!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would definitely like to shout out my mother who has always from day one encouraged me to do whatever it is that I put my mind to. She instilled in me a sense of pride and courage that I had zero fear of going toward any goal. She always spoke positive things in my ear that allowed me to be confident and believe that I could win at anything. She consistently told me that there was no limitations to what I could do and the amount of success that I could have. To this day, she is still in my ear when I have questions about whether I should do something or not. Her answer is always yes, if you believe it, then I believe it.
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