Hello everyone! I am Tonya Hicks and I live in Atlanta, Ga. I’m a single mom to two sons: Rashadim (22) and Vincent (9). Yes, they are 13 years apart! Don’t ask what I was thinking! lol The fourth member of our family is our Cocker Spaniel; Scar (8).
In 1994 I became a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). I am the first woman journeyman electrician of Local 917 in Meridian, Miss. Yes, it took that long to kick the door down! It takes five years of apprenticeship to become an electrician in the union. People ask me all the time was it hard. Well….hell yeah! I’m a black, female, only woman, in Mississippi; need I say more? Do I regret it? Not a moment! How did I do it? They didn’t see me comin’! 🙂
I am a serial entrepreneur. I founded an electrical contracting and engineering firm, Power Solutions, Inc., at the age of 28 in 2000. Majority of my business is commercial. My business expanded to become a full service maintenance company in 2006. I launch this blog in 2008 to help women learn how to repair things in their homes to help them reduce repair costs. In 2007, I started an apparel company called MaryAnnWorks. I designed a line of clothing for women in construction and uniformed services. In the fall of 2015, I will launch my 4th brand, Handy Wife Services a.k.a. The Handy Wife! Handy Wife Services provides home maintenance and repair services to busy successful women that have no desire or time to DIY. I want women to have the necessary resources they need to succeed at home and at work!
My favorite thing to do was cooking. But my new love is gardening. Gardening is a relaxing fun things to do along with my son, Vincent. I’m half Martha Stewart and half Oprah. Not really, but I’m working on it! These women inspire me because of there intelligence, tenacity, and generosity. They are great home makers and a “beast” when it comes to business! I’m learning how to relax and take better care of myself. I love to work! If I could extend the hours of the day, I would. I’m a morning person; 4 a.m. and I’m ready to go! If Oprah asked me what I knew for sure it would be: God will do exceedingly and abundantly above anything we could ask or think; trust Him!
Thank you for coming to my blog and soon to be website! WomenDoEverything is expanding! Please bear with us as we grow!
Love you all,
Tonya’s short bio.