Three Brilliant Impact-Driven Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories
This week, we have Tameika, Deionne & Danielle sharing with us some of the experiences they have had as entrepreneurs and how they continue to grow and thrive steadily. Let's jump into it!
Tameika Roames, Owner at Evolution Glamping LLC | Alexandria, Virginia
Tameika, when did you first know that you wanted to become an entrepreneur?
Tameika: I've known I always wanted to work for myself. But after returning to work full-time after the COVID-19 quarantine, I knew it was time for me to stop working for others and building their wealth, and rather start building my own!
Deionne Parker, CEO and Owner at Cato's Coaching, Kerrington's Kloset, Ink To Paper Mobile Notary And Fingerprinting & The Doula Diva LLC | Jacksonville, Florida
How about you, Deionne?
Deionne: I realized at a very young age that I had that entrepreneurial drive in me. I began pageant coaching during my senior year in high school. Although life took me in several different directions, I never lost sight of my big dreams stemming from way back when I was a little girl.
Danielle Reddick, Founder & CEO at Tiny Hearts Remembered, Inc. | Toledo, Ohio
Danielle, when did it happen for you?
Danielle: After experiencing my pregnancy loss, I wanted to help other women on their healing journey. I want other women like me to know that they are not alone and that their pregnancy loss and infant loss matter.
The desire to follow the part of entrepreneurship can either be inborn or motivated by experiences we have in our lives. Whatever the case may be, it is so key that you listen to that voice on the inside and follow that dream. Better to try even if the road might be bumpy than to live a life wishing you had!
Diving deeper into their stories.
Evolution Glamping LLC - reconnecting people with each other and nature
"I created this business because of the need to return to nature but through comfort and ease," said Tameika Roames
Evolution Glamping LLC offers mobile glamping services to individuals who are looking for an easy way to get outside through an amazing experience.
What does a typical look like for you as an entrepreneur?
Tameika: I would typically spend my day creating content and posts, calling venues, sending invoices, managing inventory, updating calendars, cleaning and reaching out to potential collaborators.
What were your greatest fears stepping into entrepreneurship?
Tameika: My greatest fears were never living up to my dreams and not having my own story to tell. I faced these fears by taking a leap of faith and trusting my gut, my potential and my determination. I tell myself every day that going back is not an option which motivates me to push forward and make progress.
What does your support system look like today?
Tameika: My husband, mom, dad and brother. Also, women veterans and other small business owners in my circle.
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"Going back is not an option" - Tamieka hit the nail on the head with this one! Her approach to helping people better connect with nature and others around them is so innovative. If you are ever looking for a fun outdoor experience, now you have a plug!
Cato's Coaching, Kerrington's Kloset, Ink To Paper Mobile Notary And Fingerprinting & The Doula Diva LLC - Impacting the lives of young girls and women
"My mission is mainly to impact the lives of young girls and women in my community and expand globally. In every aspect of my businesses that cater to young girls and women it's to ensure they are the best they can possibly be," said Deionne Parker
Cato's Coaching, Kerrington's Kloset, Ink To Paper Mobile Notary And Fingerprinting & The Doula Diva LLC are all businesses Deionne created to serve young girls and women at various levels. She describes each business as follows:
"In my pageant coaching space, winning is the goal. However, the ultimate goal for me is for EVERY young girl to be able to place all the vital tools I've deposited into them their toolbox and carry them along with them throughout life.
From the perspective of my boutique, it's my goal to offer unique pieces that fit their personality, shape and style while ensuring that they look and feel their BEST.
The Public Notary and fingerprinting business is my way of catering to the community in their time of need.
And last but not least, my most recent venture - Doula and Lactation services. As a mother of a 20-Year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter, this business was birthed partly out of my own experiences. As an African American woman, I began to research the mortality rate during childbirth and it was an alarming rate. There are specific demographic groups that are unserved, overlooked and simply ignored due to their socioeconomic status. In return, this affects how they are cared for. In addition, during the process of having my daughter, my concerns were ignored, the process wasn't what I envisioned and I knew I had to do everything in my power to make a difference. As an Epi, Postpartum, Labor Doula/Lactation Specialist, it's my goal to help create the absolute best birthing experience that the parents and family envision. This is one of the most memorable times in a mother's life and I'm there to guide, support and provide evidence-based information to ensure it is a smooth process from beginning to end."
Can you walk us through a typical day in your life?
Deionne: If I could use one word to describe a typical day in my entrepreneurial lifestyle, I would say BUSY. Finding balance is definitely the key to remaining successful. No matter how difficult it may be, most times I pray and press my way forward, reminding myself that it is all worth it.
What does your support system look like?
Deionne: I come from a very large family with 7 siblings on my mother's side, and 10 on my dad's side. I've always had the support of my siblings and close friends. The power of prayer is unmatched - they pray with me and for me.
What was your greatest fear before stepping into entrepreneurship?
Deionne: My greatest fear was failing. Prayer and meditation is my method. In addition, I know with God all things are possible!
We love how Deionne's mission is so hyper-focused on impacting the lives of girls and women across the US. And the fact that she's gracefully running all 4 businesses at a time - SUPERWOMAN! We honor you, Deionne.
Tiny Hearts Remembered, Inc. - helping women on their pregnancy and infant loss journey
"Our mission is to decrease the negative impact of pregnancy and infant loss through support programs, education, and advocacy. We serve women who have experienced pregnancy loss and infant loss regardless of gestational stage. I created my business to bring awareness about pregnancy and infant loss.," said Danielle Reddick.
Tiny Hearts Remembered, Inc. offers support services for women who have experienced loss. They allow women to share their loss stories publicly to provide hope and awareness. They also create care packages for hospitals and clinics which are sent home to women who lose their babies or pregnancy. Additionally, they host bonding events for mothers and women who have experienced child loss and help with hospital bills for loss experiences.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Danielle: A typical day in my entrepreneurial lifestyle involves facilitating support group sessions once a month, managing board members and volunteers, implementing fundraising campaigns, and building partnerships in the community.
Did you have any fears about venturing into entrepreneurship?
Danielle: Trying to figure out what programs and services to offer based on difficult topics. I was able to face this challenge by being transparent about my own loss and what I wish I had during that time of grief.
What does your support system look like as an entrepreneur?
Danielle: My support system is positive and understanding of the vision that I have for my business. They support in any way that they can.
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Danielle is providing a service to the community that is often not discussed but is very much needed. Our hearts go out to any woman out there who is currently healing from the loss of a child. Thank you Danielle for this beautiful initiative. ❤️
These women are all doing great work in their individual spheres and their stories are so powerful! We hope you were able to learn a thing or two from them. We invite you to share this story with your friends and family who may be considering venturing into entrepreneurship and need some inspiration to push forward.
If you are a Black female entrepreneur - we'd like to invite you to download our iOS and Android app called TablexTribe. It is the first socio-business app for Black women, created for us by us. We can't wait to see you inside! :)