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Daughters Of Zion SBA CNPP Grantee Announces Kristia Akins – 5 Senses Learning – As The 56th DOZ CNPP Entrepreneur Of The Week- August 6, 2023 – August 12, 2023

Kristia Akins

5 Senses Learning

Phone number: 901-828-8707

 

As part of our follow-up to the progress the Daughters of Zion SBA CNPP grantee is making within Memphis, Shelby County, and beyond- we are highlighting the weekly Entrepreneur of the Week Award. Kristia Akins was chosen as the entrepreneur of the week, and when asked why, Dr. Gerald Kiner, Ph.D. declared, “ Kristia Akins is leading the fight for our children. She is consistently ten steps ahead of the rest of us when it comes to educating and empowering children, specifically those with the most severe learning disabilities. We both were public school teachers so to experience firsthand how smooth Kristia is in conveying the most complex thoughts blows my mind. Her fluency in delivering such intricate concepts is truly remarkable. In our weekly Saturday Business Owners Masterclasses, where entrepreneurs gather to exchange ideas and insights, Kristia shines as one of the most brilliant business owners among us as she instantly incorporates a new concept or idea I may have shared. Her commitment to educating our children with learning disabilities is truly inspiring. It has been said that the number 56 symbolizes trusting in oneself and those around you. Kristia is most definitely worthy of having in your life because she trusts in her ability to eject greatness out of what many may see as a weakness when they are discouraged by their inability to learn.  It’s been almost a year since Kristia first joined us, so it’s long overdue and with great pleasure that I announce Kristia Akins as our 56th Entrepreneur of the Week. 

 

 Q: Please state your name, the name of your company and the nature of your business.

A: My name is Kristia Akins and I am the proud owner of 5 Senses Learning. My target population is people with neurodiversity, people who learn differently whether it be dyslexia, ADHD, autism, or even ones that just struggle with characteristics of dyslexia.  

  

Q: How did you come up with that beautiful name? 

A: The fact that we learn through our senses, through education and research, I’ve realized how our senses impact how we learn and trying to find ways to help kids better understand the process of how we learn and ways to help them learn better. I was a teacher in the school system before and that is where I originally conducted my research before using an approach that I went to training for.

 

Q: What made you want to start your business?

A: I, myself, am dyslexic and I found out through training that my daughter and son had dyslexia and knowing the opportunities that were limited to them and ways I was able to help them and other members of the community.

 

Q: What makes you stand out from the competition? 

A: I think the fact that I have experience with dyslexia myself and firsthand with my children and the drive to want to help especially the people in the Memphis community. 

There are not a lot of opportunities for people with dyslexia and people who struggle with learning and to get that to the population that can’t afford the services that are available only to a certain few and I want to be able to share that information of how we learn and they can take advantage of that information.  

 

Q: How did you find out about Daughters of Zion SBA CNPP?

A: I heard about the program on Facebook. I had an ad come up on my Facebook account. I’ve been here since October of 2022.

 

Q: What would you say to other business owners about why they should become a part of the Daughters of Zion SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program?

A:  With the Daughters of Zion starting with Dr. Kiner, he definitely motivates you into seeing the vision and believing in yourself and giving you the drive to take those uncomfortable actions to continue with your goals and also provides you with services and networking opportunities that are available in the community.  

 

Q: What is the greatest testimony you have witnessed from your business?

A: I would say with the Irlen Syndrome screenings I am going to be conducting, I had a 2nd-grade teacher who brought her daughter to me. She knew that she was able to succeed and read but she was struggling with figuring out why and we were able to identify her color and her reading changed and her mother was in tears. Just unbelievable how color can change how we see things. The child’s confidence completely changed. When you can change someone’s confidence there are no limits to what they can do.

 

Q:  What is something vital you want all your potential clients to know about you and the services you provide?

A: I believe that everyone has the ability to learn and that we all have unique learning styles within us. Once we can understand that we are able to better our everyday lives which affects how we go out and show up in the community. 

 

Q: Let me ask you some fun facts about yourself. What is your favorite food? What is the most interesting thing people wouldn’t know about you? What is the name of your current or last dog? What is something you love?

A: Seafood, shrimp and lobster to be particular. I have an African Gray Parrot that I have had for 18 years. He talks and I would like to teach him to identify letters and colors.  I have a dog named Chaos. He is an old English bulldog and he is chaotic. My children are something I never want to go without.

 

To sign up for free DOZ CNPP business coaching and training use the link below:

http://daughtersofzion.org/intake-form/

Or call 901-260-9933

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