NAME: FELICIA BELL
HPV ADVOCATE + CHILDCARE OWNER
Years in Business- 25 YEARS IN CHILD CARE + 4 YEARS IN HPV
COMPANY/Organization SHAMIKA WALKER FOUNDATION
WEBSITE URL WWW.SHAMIKAWALKERFOUNDATIONGLOBAL.ORG
Tell us about your business. Be sure to include why you started your business and what products, solutions, and services you provide for consumers. Who is your target audience?
I am the founder of Shamika Walker Foundation. I started this foundation in memory of my daughter Shamika Walker who was diagnosed with HPV and stage 4 cervical cancer. Unfortunately, her diagnoses was in the late stages and there were very few solutions to save her life. Through this non-profit I provide a community and a space for conversations concerning HPV that are not frequent in the healthcare industry. I realized there were thousands, or millions of people dealing with symptoms of HPV and have very little resources. HPV is one of the topics that is unpopular in the cancer family. HPV is related to several cancer-causing disease, transported through sexual intercourse. We serve all ages, and cultures dealing with this disease.
What does entrepreneurship mean to you and why did you step into this arena?
I’ve always been an entrepreneur and business owner for many years. I believe strongly in building my own business and expanding my resources and solutions to have several streams of income.
What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
My daughter Shamika has been my greatest influence simply from her story because I know this organization has the power to save lives such as hers. I am raising her 5 children and I want them to know that many lives can and will be blessed from the information and resources we provide.
What would you say is your greatest win in business?
My greatest win is to always have the mindset to create solutions that save lives and communities.
What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
The best advice I have received is to always provide solutions for problems and you’ll always be in business. As well as always going after your dreams.
What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business?
My most effective marketing solution has been word of mouth, meeting and talking to people. Social media has also played a part in allowing me to reach people all over the world.
What have you learned as a business owner and entrepreneur that you can pass on to others seeking this position or just started out in business?
My advice would be to do your research and to hire a coach. Utilize platform like YouTube if you have a small budget or no budget.
Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business? If yes, please describe (and include links if available).
The tools I would leave the audience is to use your cell phone, laptop and iPad to run your business and make money. Technology is a huge asset, and we should be utilizing the benefits daily to scale our businesses and build new ones.
Do you have any new projects coming up (or have you just completed a big project ~ reached a milestone, etc.)? If so, please tell us about it.
I have several projects coming up for my nonprofit, Shamika Walker Foundation in 2021, stay connected with us via Instagram + Facebook.
Who are you behind the business? Tell us who you are when no one is looking. What do you do for fun/relaxation? What’s your favorite vacation spot to unwind?
Behind my business, I love having me time, spending time with friend and my family. I enjoy inspirational conversations with likeminded individuals.
What’s at the top of your list of Goals you plan to accomplish over the next year.
Over the next year I will be building my nonprofit. We are 501c3 approved and will be provided several programs to communities nationally and globally.
Are you an author? If so, tell us about your books or book. Titles, and where we can purchase.
I am a co-author in the anthology Real Divas Win Volume #2, available wherever books are sold. I authored my chapter based on the story of my daughter Shamika Walker.
You want to write a book on ______________________ (fill in the blank and feel free to explain).
I will be writing more books in the near future concerning HPV and other stories I have on the shelf currently.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I would say to the readers to fulfill your dreams of starting your own business and becoming a published author.
What’s the best way for our readers to connect with you (feel free to include the links to your social networks and website.
The best way to connect with me is Facebook + Instagram @shamikawalkerfoundation.
You can also connect through my website