Young & Determined: Sharnise McMichael Overcomes the Odds in Orangeburg
Sharnise McMichael is a woman with many passions, ingenuity and the tenacity to accomplish whatever she pursues. As a student at Claflin University, Sharnise decided to become a nail technician to support herself, pay for college and save money to invest in her own business. While carrying a full course load, Sharnise not only completed the state-mandated training required to earn her nail technician certification, she also gave birth to twin daughters. Yet despite her demanding schedule, Sharnise — fueled by her ambition and boundless energy — succeeded in all her endeavors.
In 2015, shortly after graduating, Sharnise fulfilled a longtime dream when she launched Lush Nail Lounge in downtown Orangeburg. Sharnise and her staff of three nail technicians soon began attracting loyal clients by indulging them with an array of services in a sociable, spa-like atmosphere. As a result, the salon posted an impressive $25,000 profit within months of its grand opening.
“It was extremely challenging getting my business started,” McMichael said about opening the salon. “Nonetheless, with my faith in God and determination, I was able to make it happen. No one gave this business to me. I had to do it; and this is what I would share with anyone getting started.”
Today, Sharnise sees limitless opportunities and is eager to pursue her next ventures: employing creative marketing techniques to expand her clientele, advocating on behalf of small business owners and participating in civic organizations devoted to fostering economic growth in downtown Orangeburg.