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Meet the Founder

I was born and grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Moving to the United States from the Congo was not an easy transition. However, I found a welcoming community through group exercise classes. The classes were engaging, joyful, and fun. So, I decided to earn certifications in several exercise formats and also to become a Certified Personal Trainer. Now I help my clients meet their goals through movement and exercise. 

I discovered my passion for entrepreneurship at Mount Holyoke College.  Our professor taught my class to develop a business plan for starting a company. That's when  Africana Dance & Fitness, LLC really began to flourish!

 For the first few years, my business focused on fitness programs. In  January 2022,  I added The Africana Store as my vision expanded to include a broader focus on African culture.  I can't wait to see where this adventure will take us!

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2019-2023

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.

 

Expected Graduation May 2023

I am a student at  Mount Holyoke College majoring in Psychology and Education with a minor in Entrepreneurship, Organizations & Society. My educational goal is to pursue my MBA and grow The Africana Store and Fitness.

2016-Current

Certifications and other credentials

  • Certified Zumba Instructor

  • Certified Strong Nation HIIT Instructor

  • Certified Zumba Gold Instructor

  • Certified Zumbini Instructor

  • Certified Group Exercise Instructor 

  • Certified Personal Trainer 

  • Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition 

  • First Aid and CPR Certified 

2017-Current

My vision for Africana Dance & Fitness, LLC and The Africana Store

I strongly believe that exercise is beneficial to our physical and mental well-being. I am committed to building a diverse and supportive community based on our fitness programs together with African cultural offerings.

Education and Certifications

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Fun Facts About Aimee

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Collegiate Summer Venture Graduate

University of Massachusetts Amherst's Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship and Valley Venture Mentors are partnering to bring the Collegiate Summer Venture Program (CSVP). This intensive 10-week summer program is designed to support and accelerate student entrepreneurs at various stages in venture development. Ventures will work with dedicated mentors, industry experts, and seasoned entrepreneurs over the course of the summer to accelerate their companies. With this summer program we:

• Pitch business idea weekly to potential investors within the program
• Conduct market research on the sustainable leather industry to learn more about market opportunities
• Conduct 100 customer interviews to understand and fulfill the needs of our potential clients
• Network with successful entrepreneurs and industry professionals to learn more about their ventures and the respective industries that they find themselves in.

I had a wonderful experience working with amazing entrepreneurs and networking with local business owners!

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Hiker. Traveler. Explorer. Adventurous. 

I love hiking with my family, traveling in different states on holidays, and exploring different places.

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Member of BNI Mill River Chapter

BNI is the world’s leading business referral organization, with over 292,920 Members in over 10,805 BNI Chapters worldwide. Email me if you are interested in visiting our chapter.

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