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Hidden Gems: Meet Dalesha McGruder of Monea Nail Studio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dalesha McGruder .

Hi Dalesha, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I have always had a passion for nails from a very young age. I used to go to the nail shop with my mom all the time. At 12, I remember when my mom allowed me to get my nails done. I was so excited! And the obsession began, lol. Throughout my teen year, I followed the nail trends. At 18, I taught myself how to do my own. Now it’s 2019. I graduated with my associate’s degree in business administration and started my blog, Engaging New Vision. In 2020, my mother gave me money for my birthday and started my LLC.

While I loved the business world, it wasn’t what I wanted to do. This is when Monea Nail Studio is born. I think Omgggg, I know what I should do. PRESS ON NAILS! The press on nail trend blows up. I got encouragement from people I know to start. But I had a big problem. I was broke paying student loans and couldn’t get the inventory I needed to start. I asked my mother for a loan. She was willing to help me, but with one condition, I had to bring her my business plan. I had to go back to my business roots and get busy. I got my business plan and handed it over to my mom, and my company was officially born in May 2020. We have had some great opportunities being featured in Seagrams Holiday Marketplace 2020. We have been growing our social media platforms with a successful YouTube, where I share designs. We are soon to be a trademark. We started the process on 12/31/2021 just a waiting game now. We now offer classes on starting a business, growing your business, setting up your website, etc. I guess you can say I’m still in the business world while continuing my passion for nails. We just completed our first business webinar on 6/11/22. I love it and wouldn’t change a thing.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No, the roads were not smooth with financial problems and self-doubt. I was very discouraged initially, thinking that this was the right path for me.

We’ve been impressed with Monea Nail Studio, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Monea Nail Studio is a press-on nail business. We specialize in a variety of nail art that you can wear to express yourself and be confident. We freestyle all our designs and custom designs per our customer’s requests. All our sets are handmade with love and delivered directly to our customer’s doors. I’m most proud that we show our women how to be successful not just in money but with themselves. We have our 1on1 classes or webinar we are encouraging our clients too. We want them to be their best in operating their business. I want everyone to know that our brand is about being confident and growing, from wearing a set of our nails to taking a class.

How do you define success?
Being at peace with who you are and love it.

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