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February 28, 2014

Howells remain active as community voices

MILLEDGEVILLE — Looking back to junior high school, Quentin T. and Latonya Howell discovered an affinity for service.

They met at a 4-H Club District Project Achievement event that was one of countless extracurricular activities.

“That’s something that attracted me to her. (Latonya) was as busy or busier than me,” Quentin said. 

He gained his “formal training in activism” while in school at Savannah State University. 

“I had a very progressive and active community church,” he said. “That church taught that you are only blessed to be able to bless other people.”

Quentin became college class president and PR officer for a Naval Reserve Training Corps Unit while in Savannah.

“While president, we started several tutoring and mentoring programs throughout the city that still last to this day,” Quentin said. “I always had that drive to see what can we do to better other people.”

The husband and wife team grew Howell’s Medical Equipment & Supply from college through marriage almost nine years ago.

“We started small, and after Latonya came on board, she just took it to a whole new level,” he said.

The business world is full of challenges and unknowns that the young couple attacked from day one expanding a medical-based product line throughout the southeastern region.

Work doesn’t stop at 5 p.m. 

The Howells see entrepreneurship as the wave of the future.

“If you have 500 small businesses hiring 30 to 40 people, that makes a large dent in the unemployment numbers,” Quentin said.

Latonya said the business world provides unique experiences mingling with the community. 

They are strong individuals with a humanitarian hearts that aren’t scared to travel against the grain of popular opinion. Both local figures embrace leadership roles.

“It’s based on the stuff you do naturally everyday,” Latonya said. “It doesn’t bring extra pressure.”

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