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Success Story

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Faithfully Guided Health Center, LLC

Since the modest beginnings of my business undertakings eight years ago, the FSBDC consultants have provided me with valuable support and resources in launching and realizing my entrepreneurial aspirations.

In 2012 Jamie Schofield began consulting with Peter Rivera, business consultant with the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida (FSBDC at UNF). At the time, Jamie was seeking assistance in attaining 501(c) (3) designation for Faithfully Guided, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals and families restore healthy relationships.  After successfully achieving 501(c)(3) designation for the organization, Jamie has continued to work closely with Peter to develop and grow the organization’s mission and outreach to the community.

After six years of successful growth, Jamie began consulting with Peter on expanding the mission of the organization. Her vision was to create a center for the collaboration of health practitioners dedicated to integrating the highest standard of conventional, complementary and alternative health care. The concept itself was quite ambitious, even to Jamie, being the overachiever she is.  However, Peter was able to guide Jamie in dissecting the many moving parts of the business model in order to assess the individual components and how they should synchronize as one entity.  Peter provided Jamie with extensive research of similar health centers nationwide to better understand the business planning and execution.

Along with planning, Jamie began her outreach for the practitioners who would help her build and compose the Faithfully Guided Health Center (FGHC) team.  In 2016, she partnered with Ashlee Seek, ARNP-C, and their collaboration and vision made FGHC a reality, opening the doors in 2018. The addition of Ashlee’s talents and skills added immeasurable value, not only as a business partner, but as a second set of eyes and ideas to widen the perspective on building and growing strategies. The team Ashlee and Jamie assembled was comprised of varied practitioners in the health-related fields; integrative medicine, therapeutic services, fitness and nutrition. FGHC’s individual team members not only brought their subject matter expertise to the forefront but were invaluable in forging the mission and the vision of the health center.

Even with Jaime’s meticulous planning and voracious drive for excellence, the operational learning curve has been challenging for her. However, in reflecting upon her experiences with Peter and the FSBDC at UNF team, Jamie states, “Since the modest beginnings of my business undertakings eight years ago, the FSBDC consultants have provided me with valuable support and resources in launching and realizing my entrepreneurial aspirations. Not only have they imparted their subject matter expertise to me but they have also been amazing mentors and guides.”

 

Faithfully Guided Health Center, LLC Jamie Schofield

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