163: From Side Hustler to CEO: Meet Sonia Lewis, Founder of The First African American & Woman-Owned Student Loan Repayment Company
Today in the guest chair we have Sonia Lewis, the CEO of the Student Loan Doctor, LLC. Her business has been recognized as the first African American and woman-owned student loan repayment company in the country.
You might be surprised to hear that before starting the Student Loan Doctor, Sonia didn’t have personal budgeting discipline, she was living paycheck-to-paycheck, and grappling with her own student loan debt. Even with a background and passion for higher education, Sonia was frustrated with the process of how to get information about her student loans and knew she had to do something.
She worked on her personal finances and eventually started working with clients to help them manage their student loan debt. Through trials, testing, and gathering feedback, Sonia now runs a six-figure business and employs a team of full time and contractors.
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Side Hustle Pro Live! Join Side Hustle Pro podcast host Nicaila Matthews Okome as she celebrates 3 years of the Side Hustle Pro Podcast!
Featuring a live onstage conversation, pre-show shopping experience with Black women small business owners, and a live audience Q&A - the show will be an exciting night of the Side Hustle Pro podcast come to life!
Special Guest: Maya Elious
Doors Open: 7PM
Show Starts: 8PM
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