Greetings, My name is Yolonda!
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I am a thinker, dreamer, and doer. It is my mission to create PlaySpace Solutions for the global community through the creation of independently-owned public spaces, corporate collaborative spaces, urban buildings and private family gathering spaces. With over twenty years of professional experience in corporate America, non-profit organizations, independent business ownership, volunteering and motherhood, I bring real-life experience to my client's endeavors.
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I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Bethune Cookman University. After graduating from college, I began my career as a Health Educator and Program Coordinator working for Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando. I then continued my career in non-profit community work by working as a Counselor and Program Coordinator at PACE Center for Girls in Orlando, Florida. Over the years, I have created and executed a multitude of programs that have helped to net a profit in my business as well as for Planned Parenthood and PACE Center for Girls
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Faith. That’s what it took back in 2007 when I began doing research to open what would become Amaya Papaya Playlounge.
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I would go home after a long day of work, have family time and then work on my business plan. I spent countless hours researching the concept for my business and then ultimately carved out a niche for myself in the Industry that didn’t exist.
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As I began to think of a logo for Amaya Papaya, I thought that nothing would be more fitting than the SUNSHINE
 to represent my daughter, Amaya and every other child that a parent has been blessed with. If you took the sunshine in the logo and turned it sideways where the sun rays are facing down, it would appear as if it were a mama's belly with sun rays beaming from it.  Ask Amaya....she will tell you how she put the SUNSHINE on mommy's belly
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In 2008, I ventured into the bank to get secured for an SBA loan to open my space. I was approved almost instantly.
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In 2009 I left the workforce as an employee to become an entrepreneur. In August of 2009 I opened the doors to AP and have been on a journey of a lifetime.
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While open, I turned my PlaySpace into an award-winning business. I have received several awards from various publications since 2010 as “The Best Indoor Playground” and “The Best Party Venue.” In 2018, I was awarded “Business of the Year: Sole Proprietor” for Seminole County, Florida.
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In 2019 I was selected to give a TEDx Talk about the Importance of PLAY! It was one of the highlights of my career!
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2 years after creating my initial EXIT PLAN and 6 months after updating the plan with the option to sell my business, IT SOLD! I had over 50 people inquire about purchasing the business. It was a grueling process.
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On October 26, 2019, I sold my PlaySpace and passed the keys to the new owner of Amaya Papaya (now @amayapapayaorlando).
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For those of you who have been inspired by my story, I have faith that you too will dream and achieve your goals.
 I look forward to hearing about them through my consulting journey!
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I am ready to help you expand upon your creative ideas to create an appropriate PlaySpace Solution for your business, corporate space, urban building or home.
Let's get started!
PLAY is important. A PLACE to PLAY is essential.

Awards

I completed a 2-hour consultation with Ms. Yolanda and had 4 pages of actionable ideas. Before my consultation we had booked 4 parties in 11 months. In the 2 weeks after my consultation we booked 5 parties. Now 6 months later we're booking back-to-back parties and regularly have to turn down party business. This is just one example! Ms. Yolanda is very personable, extremely knowledgeable about the indoor playspace business and her consultations are fluff-free. I've referred several business owners to her and will continue to do so. Schedule your consultation...you will not be disappointed!

-‎Ursula Joyner Britt‎

Yolanda used her expertise to design an incredible playroom our entire family loves. She turned a boring room into a stimulating play space while staying within our budget. Would highly recommend her services!

-Beth Ellen Stanley

Wonderful and knowledgeable

-  Chandra Haines Waters