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Michigan Celebrates Small Business
June 7, 2024 10:00 AM

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MCSB 2024 SBDC SmartZone Best Small Business Awardee, ZENlightenment Wellness Center

In a lead-up to the 2024 Michigan Celebrates Small Business Gala Celebration, Jeffrey Mosher spoke with several winning companies from this cycle. This year’s gala took place at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI, on May 21st! For more details please visit michigancelebrates.org/.

Here, Jeffrey Mosher speaks with Shana Dancer, LMSW, CYT, Owner, of ZENlightenment Wellness Center, Alma, MI, a 2024 SBDC SmartZone Best Small Business Awardee winner for this year's cycle of Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Michigan Celebrates Small Business is marking its twentieth year.

To listen to their full interview please click on the embedded SoundCloud PodCast shared below!

About ZENlightenment Wellness Center:

At ZENlightenment, we seek to promote holistic wellness, which encompasses 7 dimensions: spiritual, physical, emotional, career, intellectual, environmental, and social. We aim to accomplish this feat by offering a variety of services to meet each individual where they are to best fit their current needs and desires. We understand that a one-size fits all approach is not best practice, so we treat each client as their own person through active listening and mindfulness. 

Shana Dancer

Licensed Masters Social Worker and Certified Yoga Teacher

Shana Dancer is the founder of ZENlightenment ​Wellness Center, in addition to being a Licensed Masters Social Worker and Certified Yoga Teacher. Her background in mental health began in her late adolescence when she decided that it was her life purpose to speak for those that did not have a voice. Upon graduation from Olivet College with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2014, she explored her education further by obtaining her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2016. Since then, she has spent her time counseling individuals, while also encouraging holistic practices, including breathing techniques, changing eating and sleeping habits, and developing healthier relationships, amongst other facets of wellness. 

During her time at her undergraduate institution, Shana found yoga. She initially signed up for the class to receive another credit towards her degree and also in hopes to stretch her sore muscles after swimming practice. But, once she learned more about the history of yoga outside of just the physical movements, she fell in love. Shana continued her practice intermittently for the next 6 years, until she finally decided to become a certified yoga instructor in 2019. Since that time, she has completed her 200-hour certification in Vinyasa Yoga and additional certifications in Chair Yoga, Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Trauma Focused Yoga, Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga, and Aerial Yoga. 

Shana also enjoys being involved in community organizations and events. She is the Vice Chair of the Child Advocacy Gratiot County Substance and Suicide Prevention Program, member of the Child Advocacy Child Abuse and Neglect Program, Board Member of the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce, member of the Alma Action Association and Middle of the Mitten subcommittees of the aforementioned Chamber, and member of the Gratiot Young Professionals Network.

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Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) remains on the forefront of championing small business and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in Michigan. The MCSB's role is to serve as a catalyst for creating an entrepreneurial culture while inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.