Each month we will highlight a woman who is a budding entrepreneur and her company.
And we have decided to start with a wonderful woman business owner, Stacey Yvonne.
Stacey owns KWU’s Heath & Wellness. If you are looking for anything that has to do with healthy eating, drinking, or supplements, you can just about find it at KWU’s.
So we interrupted Stacey’s busy life to ask her a few questions.
Learn all about our #WCW below!
Stacey: I’ve owned and operated my business since June 2014. In 2012, I got my personal trainer certification and my certification in fitness and exercise, but i found my passion in nutrition in 2014. That’s when i started with KWU and have been going strong ever since.
One Degree: What does your company name mean?
Stacey: KWU stands for Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding . I feel a person is unstoppable if they possess all these qualities. (isaiah 11:2) Side note: It’s pronounced “Q”.
One Degree: What is your company’s mission?
Stacey: My company’s mission is to help people and save as many lives as I humanly can. To provide knowledge because most of us were not trained what to and not to put into our minds and bodies. I want my customers to know that when they can’t (or won’t) prepare their meals in a healthier way, that KWU is available. When they need a mental break and emotional support, i am here for that also. My overall desire is to help every person who comes to me achieve overall optimal wellness and that includes mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness. I want to teach a more natural method to help with sicknesses and illnesses rather than relying on a quick fix or a pharmaceutical approach. I really want people to understand that we are in a fight daily for our lives and that what you chose to put in your body could very well kill you.
One Degree: What do you find is your most effective method of marketing your business?
Stacey: My most effective method so far for marketing purposes have been Facebook and word of mouth. Referrals & satisfied customers are really what has helped my name get out there and helped my business to boom.
One Degree: What would be your #1 tip to other women and minority business owners who are starting or running a small business?
Stacey: Get a mentor(s). Find someone who has great knowledge in the areas that you are wanting to be in. Write down everything. No thought or idea is to big or small. Pray fervently. Ask God to bless your business and the works of your hands. Sow seeds on behalf of your company. Try to remain professional in all situations, when people see you, they see your business. Always deliver and keep your word. (not in that order)
One Degree: What is your motivation for running and maintaining your business?
Stacey: My primary motivation is helping others. So many people have been taught incorrectly and exposed to the wrong way to eat and live. I really want people to experience a healthy life which is what i feel the Creator wants for us all as well. And in this business, this will also be a good foundation for my children and their children as well. I am doing this with my family in mind.
One Degree: What tip would you give to small business owners on how to stay focused and on track? / Or what works best for you?
Stacey: Tips to stay on track, again write everything down and make a schedule to keep. Get a planner and make a set time for all agendas. Give yourself a timeframe for everything and make time for yourself also. Get a plan and stick to it, the success of your business depends on it.
One Degree: Have you ever faced any obstacles/pitfalls as a minority business owner that you would warn others about?
Stacey: I honestly can say that i haven’t had any experiences or pitfalls that my business has encountered. Only glory to God can be given for that!
One Degree: As a small business owner, how do you feel your business effects your community?
Stacey: My business benefits my surroundings by providing healthy options and giving a outlet to people that are in need. I try to find ways to help people to heal and treat their current illnesses. I also try to do things at a cost where people know that eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. We can still spend a small amount of money as long as we are smart. I know that my prices are affordable where my surroundings have a win/win on their hands when it comes to doing business with me.
Awesome words of advice and very interesting answers from our February #WCW !
We look forward to seeing KWU’s Health and Wellness continue to grow!
Where do I find KWU’s Health and Wellness?