KristyandKristaWilliams

Kristy and Krista Williams are pursuing their entreprenurial goals, while attending Bowie State University.

Twin sisters Kristy and Krista Williams are building on their passion to start a business and help their community, while also pursuing the Master of Public Administration degree at Bowie State University.

Even as graduate students, they are making strides toward their entrepreneurial goals. Kristy is one of three students participating in the Student Business Hatchery, a business incubator program opened by the BSU Entrepreneurship Academy. She placed second in a business idea competition in spring 2014, which allowed her to join the incubator program and receive ongoing coaching from local business leaders.

Krista works full-time at a company that develops curriculum for early childhood education, but earlier this year, she and Kristy launched a fitness and nutrition boot camp, A2 Fitness and Health. The two have grown the business through promotion on social media and have even partnered with other companies to provide workshops for their participants. Krista plans to develop a website to expand the business in spring 2015, while she works toward her personal training certification. The business developed out of Krista’s growing interest in health and nutrition and her desire to work with her sister to help other people achieve their fitness goals.

“We could actually have our passion for working out and motivate others at the same time,” she said.

Kristy and Krista are set to complete the Bowie State public administration program in spring 2015. They want to pursue careers in education to provide opportunities for other students to chase their dreams – Kristy as a college professor and Krista as an education policy analyst.

“I want to inspire students like the professors that inspired me when I decided to come to Bowie,” said Kristy, who plans to pursue a doctoral degree in business. Her sister Krista began the public administration program a semester before Kristy who decided to join the program because of how well her sister enjoyed it.

For Krista, her passion is to help shape federal policies that affect public education. She wants to make a positive difference through advocating for polices that expand access to quality education, especially for young children.

The sisters have always been close and shared similar interests. They were roommates for all four years of undergraduate study at Tuskegee University, where they graduated with degrees in sales and marketing in 2009. They also pledged the same sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. In high school, they joined the same clubs, like Future Business Leaders of America and Future Farmers of America.

Their ambition to start their own businesses developed in childhood. Growing up on a farm in Montezuma, Ga., a city of fewer than 3,500 residents, they learned early what it means to be an entrepreneur. The family grew fruits and vegetables and sold them to farmer’s markets and grocery stores, as well as to people in the community.

Since then, the sisters have continued to develop their passion for business that still drives them today and motivates them to help others succeed.