Studio provides space for creative entrepreneurs | Business
Vonyale Williams was determined not to let challenges keep her from focusing on helping other entrepreneurs promote their business and build brand awareness.
She and her brother Neal Williams teamed up to form NEV Creative Studio, LLC, but the pandemic thwarted their plans to open the business last year. They got their studio location at Lansdowne last November, but couldn’t officially launch until April.
For months, the siblings took on the challenge of paying to rent the studio before they could officially release it to the public.
“There (were) a lot of tears and yes I almost gave up but I put my savings and my heart in it so I just couldn’t afford to quit,” said Williams, who also works as business and marketing analyst. for Olympia Chimney Supply Inc.
“I just had a dream so I keep going through all the obstacles.”
His studio specializes in product photography, social media management, videography, web design, and Google analytics for small business owners.
“We’re trying to focus on small businesses, creators and entrepreneurs to use the space to help them build their brand,” said Williams, a 30-year-old West Philadelphia native.
“Our specialty is the whole creative side of creating content for your business. My motivation is that I just want to see people win.
Kareem Crump of Crump Vision uses the studio for his photographic clients. Previously, he led photo shoots at home and therefore appreciates having access to a professional place.
“With me establishing myself as a photographer and having this business come onto the map, it has helped me a lot,” Crump said. “Now I have a place to go and I can say ‘Hey now I’m in a professional studio’ and my clients love to come there too. It’s a place of business, so it’s a really good feeling.
The versatile 1,600 square foot studio apartment located at 26 N. Lansdowne Ave. is also available for special events such as baby showers, reunions and parties.
Williams says entrepreneurship is in his blood. His family owned a barbershop in West Philadelphia for over 60 years on 69th and Rodman streets.
The studio marks its second commercial venture. After years of working in business, Williams launched Poise NYC in 2017, a digital marketing company that caters to startups, nonprofits, and small businesses.
“Working really hard in corporate America you just feel like it’s hard to move forward as a black woman so it felt like I was going to (take) my skills outside and help out. my friends and family in their businesses and it started from there, ”said Williams, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Now she merges the services provided by Poise NYC with NEV Creative Studio.
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