Today we’d like to introduce you to Laurie Crawford.
Laurie Crawford is a serial entrepreneur owning at least 13 or more profitable businesses. She was born in Elizabeth, NJ and relocated to her family’s home town of Bainbridge, GA at a very young age. She was partially raised in Climax, GA with her siblings by her mother and step-father until around the age of 13 when her mother relocated back to Bainbridge.
Throughout Laurie’s childhood and up until she was a young adult, there were many trials and tribulations that she faced. Despite the things she went through, she was always a loving person with a warming heart to give. It has always been her desire to help others, even at such very young age. At the sweet age of 26, when she was finally elevated from many of the things she felt were holding her back when she decided it was time she started changing her life for herself and her children.
After months of counseling in effort to get her life on track, Laurie started college in 2002 pursuing a Business Administration Major and Minoring in Computer Information Systems. She graduated in 2005 with her first degree in Business Administration, and one year later, she received her certificate of completion in Computer Information Systems. She later pursued and received a degree in Accounting. While in school and working jobs that were barely above minimum wage, she struggled when it came to fully providing for her children. Even though there was little help from family and friends, It still didn’t seem to be working. This struggle went on for several years until she finally decided that she had to do something more.
Fast forwarding a few years, In 2007, Laurie decided to start her own business. She possessed many skills and felt if she could do all these things working for someone else, why not start a business and earn income for herself in the process. Coming from a background of entrepreneurial family members, she already knew she had the gift of entrepreneurship and knew that she wanted to become an independent business owner. She always possessed leadership and business management skills so she knew she would do well. She started her first business, Smart Professional Services LLC, now LMC Business Solutions LLC, which was a business services and tax preparation business. She held on to her job for a few years until her clientele grew large enough and she made enough money to help support her household and family.
Around April of 2010, Laurie started her nonprofit organization, My Abundant Hopes Inc, which is her true passion. The organization is geared towards youth growth and development, family wellness, and community outreach services. The services include assisting homeless, mentoring youth and providing summer camp and after school programs, teen mentoring, assisting elderly and providing housing for homeless when available. Helping others has always been Laurie’s passion and starting this organization gave her the opportunity to do just that. It was also a way that she could pour out into the community. In September of 2010, she opened a soul food restaurant which was very successful that later closed when she decided to relocate to Metro Atlanta GA.
In 2011, Laurie sold her home in Bainbridge, GA and moved to Jonesboro, GA – South Metro Atlanta, hoping to start a new and improved life. It did not go as planned. In 2013, she was divorced and had to start her life all over again from scratch. She found herself back in the hole struggling to make ends meet. It just seemed her job was not paying enough to support herself and her children. She decided to reopen her business and changed the name to LMC Business Solutions LLC. Over the next few years, slowly but surely, she began to see things starting to get better. She re-opened her nonprofit organization which has been a huge success with the services it provides.
In 2016, after being apart for ten years, Laurie was reunited with the love of her life. Together, they studied and became state-licensed private investigators and security officers and opened their own firm, T&L Security & Investigators Inc in 2017. Later in the year, they started another new business, T&L Lawn Care & Handyman 2 LP. Both businesses are very profitable and successful.
Moving along in her successful entrepreneurial bliss, Laurie started several other businesses, including a brand which is now a registered trademark called I Am She. I Am She represents Laurie and her story of her struggle to get where she is today. I Am SHE stands for I Am Strengthened, Healed, Empowered. She created a logo for the brand that stands out like no other. It distinctly describes who she is. Under this brand, she has five businesses.
I Am She Beauty Supply is an online beauty supply store. I Am She Boutique & Gift Shop is an online and physical boutique selling women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, bags, accessories, gifts and more. I Am She Jewelry Box is an online and physical jewelry store. I Am She Novelties is an online adult sex toys store. I Am She Skin Care is Laurie’s skincare line. She manufactures, labels, and distributes all products herself.
Being the entrepreneur she is, Laurie has several other successful businesses that were opened in 2018 and 2019.
They are Expert Cleaning & Restoration Inc, Expert Credit Consultants Inc, Expert Staffing Agency Inc, and Expert Tele Tech Inc. With the exception of Expert Tele Tech Inc, the call center, all of these businesses are a complete success. She recently opened the call center and expect promising revenue once it is up and running. She also has other streams of income that are mainly web-based. She participates in operations of the Hemp Works CBD Oil sales, Xyngular healthy living, and IM Academy Foreign currency Exchange.
Whew… It’s no wonder why Laurie’s brand is called I Am She. She has lots going on for herself, a responsibility others couldn’t even fathom. She is a loving, caring individual who has overcome her struggles and built an empire on a strong foundation. She strongly believes that when her cup runneth over, she shares her overflow with others. She has a lot of faith in herself, works really hard and deserves every bit of the rewarding harvest she reaps.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. There were many struggles. There were times I wanted to give up but reminded myself that I am not a quitter. My main motivation was my children. There were times when I needed help but no one was there so I had to do it myself. I needed money but didn’t have anyone I could get it from. I just had to tough it out and work my way through. I had faith that I would make it. I kept my faith strong and worked really hard and I made it through.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with I Am She LMC & Company – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I have 12 businesses all under my trademark, I Am She LMC & Company.
1. LMC Business Solutions – Business Services, Taxes, Business Startups, business management, etc
2. My Abundant Hopes – Non Profit geared towards youth growth & development, community outreach services.
3. T & L Security & Investigators Inc – Private investigator and security business
4. T & L Lawn Care & Handyman 2 LP – Lawn Care & Handy Man Service
5. Expert Staffing Agency – Employment staffing service
6. Expert Cleaning & Restoration, Inc – Construction Clean up, fire, water, mold damage clean up
7. Expert Credit Consultants – Credit Repair Agency
8. I Am She Skin Care Inc – Skin Care line that I manufacture, label, and distribute all my products
9. I Am She Beauty Supply – Online beauty supply store
10. I Am She Boutique & Gift Shop – online & physical boutique and gift shop with women’s clothing, bags, accessories, shoes, jewelry, etc.
11. I Am She Jewelry Box – Online and physical jewelry store inspired by Paparazzi
12. I Am She Novelties – Online Adult sex toy store
13. Stroke of Genius Paint & Sip Inc – Paint and Sip art Class and Gallery
14. Expert Tele Tech Inc – Call Center for large companies that need Customer Service and Tech Support Agents
Other Business ventures include
13. Xyngular weight loss and health products and supplements,
14. Hemp Worx CBD Oil Sales through My Daily Choice,
15. IM Academy in Forex Trading
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like that the city offers a wide range of opportunities. The things I like least about the city is the crime and the traffic.
- Address: 244 North Main Street Jonesboro, GA 30236
- Website: www.lauriemcrawford.com
- Phone: 4043600611
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: I_am_she_boutique
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamshelmc