We had the good fortune of connecting with Alisha Small and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alisha, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I would like to be known for my servant leadership. My purpose isn’t money or the material things that come with owing a business. Those are the tools I use to be able to fulfill my purpose. My purpose is serving others and helping them become the best version of themselves in all areas of their lives. Along my journey I’ve come to learn that what I have accomplished personally at 36 people go a life time trying to accomplish, and that’s being a good person with high morals, and integrity. So many people for many reasons don’t feel like they’re worthy of living their dreams and I want to be apart of changing this mindset. I will continue to boldly, confidently, and courageously take risk, and run towards my dreams. By doing this I can create more opportunities for myself so that I can give those same opportunities to others.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the founder of Keyz Kloset, and the Living Fulfilled Company. Keyz Kloset is a woman’s clothing store where I create tasteful, fun, awe-inspiring fashions for women. The Living Fulfilled Company is a company that provides tools and resources to help women invest in their personal development. My journey in entrepreneurship started around 9 years ago when I created my first service based business Dreamer Transportation Services. Dreamer provides school transportation services to children that attend public, private, and charter school. I had just left my very stable job at the Néw York City department of Education without a plan or any money saved to invest in my business. All I knew was I wanted to help parents and I had a car. I was terrified. At the time I was a mom of two very young children, and I kept thinking to myself Alisha you are crazy. A part of me was scared because I had no clue how I was going to support myself and my children if this didn’t work, but what terrified me the most was what would happen to us if I didn’t follow my dreams. It took me about a year to get fully off the ground, but we did and were able to expand within Brooklyn and Manhattan a few years later. Through out my years in business I’ve failed a lot, and I’ve learned a lot. One of the most important things I’ve learned is failing is key! Failure is apart of success and you can’t have one without the other. So many people are so afraid of failure that it prevents them from trying, I know this because I was one of those people. I was so afraid of the unknown that at one point of my life I made myself believe that I was ok with sitting behind a desk for 30-40 years waiting to retire. I’ve also learned that if you are operating daily in your purpose, with consistency you will succeed. Failing isn’t really failing at all it’s how you learn what not to do the next time you get up and try again. What I want the world to know the most about myself and my brand is that we are servant leaders! Everything we do, every service that we provide is to inspire, motivate, and empower the people to be the best versions of themselves!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m originally from Brooklyn, NY. I just recently relocated to Maryland so I’m still learning the hot spots here but I have visited DC a few times and one of my favorite restaurants before I became a vegan was yard house! The best pasta I’ve ever tasted. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want like to think my amazing family! This starts with my three children, and my amazing husband. My husband was actually the one who pushed me 9 years ago to start our very first business. He is a big part of the woman I am today. I would like to thank my parents for giving me life. They grew up in a different era where things weren’t as easy! I thank them for doing the best they could with the knowledge and resources that were available. Lastly I would like to thank all the strong women who loved me and supported me throughout my journey of growth and healing. This includes my mother Bonnie sister Nicole, best friend Christine, mother in law Tanya, close friend to the family Francine, and my two grandmothers who are no longer with us Annie Marie Hunter, and Gloria Small. These women are the epitome of strength and helped me tremendously. I thank you and love you all!