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College Park’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of College Park’s gems below.

Karen Baxter

After a particularly hectic season in business, I turned to craft to release some stress and tension. It helped and I was hooked. I started my business NiKai Designs and never looked back. After successfully running my handmade business for over 8+ years, I realized that my 25+ years of knowledge of successful entrepreneurship is what helped me. However, after pulling from my experience as a million-dollar producer in real estate, reaching top positions in the network marketing industry and successfully growing and running profitable businesses, I realized that although some business principles are the same, the business of crafting has some distinct differences. I began sharing my knowledge during my regular live broadcasts on social media and those quickly turned into motivational sessions with my audience. Once I began to get reports of breakthroughs, successes and gratitude from my viewers, I realized that my unique take on crafting and business could help many more. That is when Ms. Creative CEO was born. I am now a recognized motivational coach and mentor in the craft community. Read more>>

Alexis Clausel

When I was younger, I use to bake with my Grandmother. For as long as I remember, it was always just really fun being in the kitchen. I use to make cheesecakes and pies and take them to school in Middle school. In high school, I started baking and decorating cakes. My friends would come over and eat whatever I made. In 2015 I started taking my business seriously. I got my LLC and went to college. After two years and two different majors, I left and have been working in my business since. About two years ago, I relocated to Georgia from Wisconsin and just in August, I moved to the metro Atlanta area. Read more>>

Elegance Davis

Growing up in St. Louis, my family and living situations were not always stable. Moving from place to place a lot, I was never really able to live in the moment of things. My father put a camera in my hand at an early age. He always taught me the importance of capturing moments so you can always be able to revisit them. I didn’t truly grasp that concept until later in life. Unbeknownst to me at the time, he sparked a fire in me to create. Fast forward to my first year out oh high school, the college wasn’t really working out for me. I felt lost no working a dead-end job and feeling like I didn’t know my purpose. I picked up photography again and found that fulfillment that I was seeking. I’ve been able to travel around the country, capturing beautiful moments and helping others fulfill their purpose in life. Read more>>

Kennedi Ferguson

Kennedi Ferguson is the founder and CEO of Yummi Skincare. The founder’s father is a survivor of COVID-19 after being diagnosed in March of 2020. He suffered from skin discoloration and dry skin due to the side effects of having COVID-19. Kennedi created a blend of natural ingredients that improved her fathers skin within two weeks. The healing properties in the ingredients leaves skin feeling hydrated and with an even tone. Read more>>

Patrice Valentine

My entire professional career has been based in sales. Since 2017 I was employed as a business manager for a major retailer. In doing so, I realized that I naturally had the ability to make sales and motivate a team to make sales to the tune of $1.3 million. At the time we were severely understaffed as the retailer was doing some drastic downsizing. We still hit our numbers, essentially saving my job and other’s jobs as well. I continued to progress and ended up managing two businesses valued at over $3.7 million combined. Covid and a newborn were the only reasons I needed to take my talents to the house! I understood that there were so many new entrepreneurs who had wonderful websites and spent so much on advertising and marketing, yet they weren’t making the sales they needed to justify staying in business. I saw the need and saw that I could fill it and that’s how SalesBAE® was born. A sales-centric brand building company focused on assisting entrepreneurs and businesses achieve the sales results they need. Read more>>

Rakiia Butler

It all started from doing my own hair while I was in college to save money. From there, people around school would ask me who did my hair and if I would do theirs. At that time, I was only charging $50 and I would only have about two clients a month. I was getting discouraged because I wasn’t gaining much clientele so I decided not to pursue hair anymore. I was still doing my own hair, and as the time went on I was getting better, and more people were starting to ask if I was taking clients. I resumed taking appointments in March of 2020, and from the support of my parents, I was able to do hair out my garage. A month later is when my business really started taking off. I went from two clients a month to ten clients a week. This growth in my business caused me to have to expand to a more professional setting. Luckily, I found a salon that was just what I needed. A little after I moved in my business took off like a rocket. The whole experience enlightened me in many different ways and made me evolve into the business women I am today. Doing hair has grown into a deep passion, not just the physical but the experience I am able to give my clients. Read more>>

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