Massage Odyssey, LLC.
I grew up in Dayton Ohio. My mother and father made life for me and my 4 brothers and 3 sisters a fairytale. We never wanted for anything and even took family vacations every summer. My summers were filled with lots of fun activities that included riding bikes, going to the local recreation center, swimming and even Judo classes. My friends and I were a part of a club. To pay for activities we would collect pop bottles to turn in for money as well as have lemonade stands. At the end of the summer my mother would use some of the money we earned to throw us a party. My parents taught me unconditional love as well as financial responsibility. My weekly allowance was .25. I loved to save my money and remember saving it up to $75. In addition to allowance I babysat for 2 families as well as sold Christmas cards every year to make more money. These were my first entrepreneurial experiences. I have always found joy in helping others. When I was a child I befriended a local neighbor. He was a war veteran and I would sit on his front porch while he shared his life stories with me. I liked keeping him company and he became family to me. I think this helped instill in me the desire to support others. Today I support my father full-time. He was diagnosed in 2011 with Parkinson’s Disease. I am so thankful for the life that he and my mother provided for me and I love that I can give back to him now. My dream is to grow my massage business so I can bring some of the same comfort I have given to my father and others in my life to more people.
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I’ve always been aware of when people around me are tense. I use to give my co-workers chair massages to help them alleviate some of their stress during the day. It gave me great joy to be able to help them. In 2011 I was laid off from my job. It was then that I decided to use my passion for helping others with their stress. I attended the Cincinnati School for Medical Massage and became a licensed massage therapist. I opened Massage Odyssey a full-service licensed massage and skin care clinic in November of 2011. In 2012 my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. I moved him in with me and now care for him full-time. Having my own business has given me the flexibility to work as well as care for my father. Since 2012 I have grown Massage Odyssey to include 9 massage therapists, 1 aesthetician and an office manager. We offer an array of massage therapies including relaxation massage, hot stone massage and more. Our massage clients range in ages from 8 years to 100. We also offer a variety of skin care services. These services include facials as well as full body waxing services. We also do private parties and corporate events. I am so proud of the peacefulness my clinic brings to our clients lives. Our commitment to provide a high quality of service has built a very loyal group of clients. My future goals for my business are to open additional Massage Odyssey locations, employee more therapists and sell the massage and skin care products we use on our clients.
What is the purpose of this loan?
The Kiva loan will help pay for more marketing to increase business by brining in new clients. I will also pay for additional marketing to bring in new therapists to increase business. I will also purchase an inventory of the same skin care products and massage oils we use on our clients to sell for retail in the front of the clinic
Years in operation: More than 5 years