Local businesswoman, Nathinia Mackey-McIntosh said that despite economical challenges she will continue to hold faith and operate her business, All About U Clothing and Accessories.
Mackey-McIntosh, a former 19 year civil servant with Bahamas Immigration, recalled starting the business back in 2208 after feeling as though, “my job was closing in on me.”
She added, “I wanted to do something more challenging.”
As a result of that feeling, Mackey-McIntosh said she took a leap of faith, left the almost two-decade service of the government and opened the doors to her business.
“I?took a leap of faith and went into my business full time,” she remembered.
When All About U Clothing and Accessories first opened it was located on Balao Road; however, Mackey-McIntosh has since relocated to the Town Center Mall, across from Buck’s Records.
“Business has been very challenging, but by God’s grace I am surviving,” she noted. “Stepping out on your own may seem a difficult thing to do, but if you trust your dream and trust God it will work out.”
Mackey-McIntosh said, while the world is experiencing economic challenges, she will continue to move ahead and hold faith that not only the economy elsewhere, but the economy in Grand Bahama will rebound for business owners like herself.
“Many people have taken the plunge to open businesses and be self-employed ... so I want to encourage them to continue to hold on and ask residents as much as possible to shop at home and support local businesses.”
Mackey-McIntosh shared this advice with wanting to step out, “... there is a gift inside all of us, let’s share our gifts in a positive way to move foward.
“Always remember to run your own race, not the race of someone else; but more importantly, remember the race is not for the swift, but to the one who endureth to the end.”