ShoutOut South Carolina | Meet Keshia Colleton
We had the good fortune of connecting with Keshia Colleton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keshia, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to start my business to create a space for women and girls to feel seen, understood and appreciated in their very existence. All are welcome into this space but our focus is on women’s holistic health and wellness through community partnerships, group fitness options, personal training and collaborative efforts with local businesses to increase awareness.
When I started my business there weren’t many spaces where I “comfortable” vibing to music that I listen to on a daily such as Afrobeat(s), Amapiano, Reggae, Hip-Hop, NOLA Bounce, B’More Club Music or R&B while exercising and creating a community within a workout class. I saw the vision, did my research, training and BOOM! I birthed MMM FiT Club in February 2018 as a birthday present to myself and to motivate black and brown women like myself to love themselves, take care of themselves (health) and to have a safe space to just BE themselves.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Most people don’t know that I am an IT Professional by passion and profession for over 9 years. I am proud to say that I love technology and the ever-changing elements of the IT field. I am always learning day by day. One of my favorite areas is Network Systems and CyberSecurity.
I have used my passion for design and creating systems/ flow management to assist with both of my businesses, MMM FiT Club and Blvck Code Co. Designs (IT Solutions & Design Company) targeting entrepreneurs and businesses with branding, websites, apps, advertisement, flow management and hardware/software troubleshooting.
I got where I am professionally from being consistent and determined to challenge my mind to stretch beyond the confounds of the “glass ceiling” or limitations set by society. I am a BLACK women in TECH in South Carolina. There aren’t many of us but I am proof that if you follow your path towards your divine purpose, nothing can stop you from achieving anything you set your mind to.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take her to Downtown Charleston (Rooftop Dining, Water Front Park, The Battery) and bike riding throughout the city.
Some of the most fun and interesting places to check out would be listed on What’s Going On In Charleston (Instagram and Facebook)! I have been following this page since it was first created. It serves as a great reference to find exciting events around the Charleston area featuring local businesses such as my own: MMM FiT Club and Blvck Code Co. Designs.
List of Fun Places to check out & eateries would be:
– Tater’s Sea and Soul / Keoni’s / Vibrant Alkaline Vegan Eats / The Montague Room / The Blue Note Bistro / LuXe Cigar Lounge / Hotel Bennett / Daddy’s Girls Bakery / XO Lounge / Martini Me\
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to give a shoutout to my children for being my BIGGEST supporters and motivation to KEEP GOING and to never give up no matter how hard it may get at times in business and in life.
I would also love to give a shoutout to my supportive parents and family members for being present and encouraging me to never stop dreaming BIG.
Lastly, I would love to give a shoutout to ALL of my supporters over the past five years, MMM FiT Club has definitely become a notable brand recognized across the LowCountry and that’s because of the consistent support of all of YOU! My heart becomes so full of gratitude and joy whenever we finish a class or an event and to see the happiness glowing through the smiles of every FiT Queen or FiT King
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