LeKeisha Grant

LeKeisha is dedicated to helping aspiring and existing small business owners navigate the hurdles of entrepreneurship and business building. As program manager, she gets the opportunity to assist start-ups in moving their technologies forward while appreciating their creativity in innovation. Prior to her current role, she was a small business advisor with the Small Business Development Center at the EC.

As an entrepreneur herself, LeKeisha began her small business journey in 2012 with the founding of Ambition Unlocked, where she has the privilege of sharing stories of new entrepreneurs, shining a light on an often-forgotten segment. She recognizes that starting out is hard and it’s even harder to get someone to talk about you and your venture when you’re new. In 2015 she became co-owner of Transformers Fitness, a concept created out of the love of fitness, healthy living, and the desire to share that information. It fuels transformations of the body as well as the mind. Previous professional experience includes roles at Farmers Insurance and American Red Cross, where she was an AmeriCorps Member.

LeKeisha was born and raised in Dayton and still resides in this metropolitan area, where she enjoys being close to family and life-long friends.

  • Ohio University
BSS, African American Studies/Political Science
Minor, Business Administration
  • University of Maryland
MPE, Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Kent State University
CBA, Certified Business Advisor
Favorite Books
  • "Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets
" by Langston Hughes
  • "All Marketers Are Liars Tell Stories"
 by Seth Godin
Favorite Dayton Restaurants
  • Coco’s Bistro, Jollity, and Thai 9
What Inspires You Most About Entrepreneurship?
  • Creativity and opportunity! Entrepreneurship provides the ability to create something new or to improve upon what already exists.