January 2017 Newsletter 
    


2016 Highlights

2016 was an exciting year for the S.G. Atkins CDC made possible by the continued support of our program partners with financial support from the Winston-Salem Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, BB&T, the city of Winston-Salem and Winston-Salem State University.  Our work is attracting small businesses and increasing investment in neighborhood housing.

Secured funding for shared-use commercial kitchen
 
In response to requests from local food entrepreneurs who struggle to find permitted, well-equipped kitchens to cook in, the Enterprise Center is building one of the first shared-use kitchens in Forsyth County and it will be open by summer 2017.


Enterprise Conference and Banquet Center

The event staff has hosted fundraisers, community meetings, banquets, weddings and more while generating jobs for caterers, event planners, decorators and a small staff. 


Transforming Urban Residential Neighborhoods (TURN) & Ridgewood Place homes
 
We have partnered with the city's TURN program to distribute $800,000 for needed home repairs for applicants in the southeast ward.  At least 25 homeowners will benefit from this forgivable loan program.   We also started building affordable single-family homes in Ridgewood Place while supporting the start of a neighborhood watch group.


Small business education and mentoring

We have hosted hundreds of current and aspiring entrepreneurs at business workshops and events including a finance workshop for minority contractors seeking bond-funded contracts, monthly referral meetings, monthly business roundtable discussions and the city's annual small business training class. The WSSU MBA class completed business plans as a class project that matched students with local entrepreneurs.


Sixth anniversary of our community garden
 
New and experienced gardeners volunteered to make this sixth garden season a success that yielded several hundred pounds of produce that was shared amongst gardeners and with churches, food pantries and neighbors.   WSSU students planned and filmed an end-of-season celebration with cooking demonstrations and healthful recipes.

 
Fourth annual Southeast Neighborhood Association (SENA) Community Day

The CDC and SENA partnership to host Community Day grew to include the Prosperity Center, PowerUp NC, La Pharmacia, Llibott Consultoria, Food Lion, Churches Chicken and several more.  Music, prizes, dancing and face painting brought residents and businesses together for the fourth year in a row.
 
Voter registration
 
The CDC brought Turbo Vote to the WSSU community and hosted a debate watch party with faculty, students and community residents.  Voter registration officials were on site to register, educate and mobilize voters.


Graduated first class of neighborhood residents trained to do weatherization retrofit

The CDC partnered with PowerUP NC and ESRA Facility Management to conduct a four- week weatherization training certificate program that had six graduates who retrofitted five homes.  One graduate obtained full-time employment and the class will be offered again to include solar panel installation training.  

 

    
Enterprise Center Spotlight:
Wanda McEachern

Adult Education:
#BasicTraining

Wanda McEachern  has a strong passion for helping older adults learn technology. Every Monday, she teaches a computer class for older adults at The Enterprise Center. For her devotion to helping older adults, Wanda was recently recognized as a local hero in the Winston-Salem Monthly magazine.  To read the Winston-Salem Monthly article on Wanda McEachern:  Click here!  


Wanda McEachern
Computer Instructor
and Ujima CDC Office Assistant


The Enterprise Center in Action!

Nu Archer Productions:

Check out Kit Ferguson of Nu Archer Productions on the set of "Invisible Hope", her first docu-series.


Also, a HUGE congratulations to Kit for publishing her first book, "Raising Queens"!




Find out more about her book  here.
Pre-order and RSVP for the book launch event here.


T he Enterprise Center in Action!

2016 MBA Business Plan Contest:
And the winner is.....

Dr. Notis Pagiavlas, WSSU Senior Associate Dean & Professor of Marketing, invited his 2016 MBA class to participate in a class contest. Enterprise Center entrepreneurs and community members were invited to share ideas and projects that student teams could help them address via a marketing plan or a business plan. The class formed teams that worked on five community projects throughout the semester.  Team projects included: Stroke Prevention, Ujima CDC, Happy Hill Heritage House, Nu Archer Productions, and Camel City Crossfit Gym. Instead of monetary prizes being awarded to the students, the prize money was awarded to the projects to help cover critical operational costs.

Each team did a phenomenal job! Although each team's project was awarded the same amount of prize money, the Happy Hill Heritage House team was the winner. All of the teams should give themselves a huge pat on the back because with all of their creativity and hard work, they are helping make  the community a better place!
Learn more here!



Dr. Notis Pagiavlas







The Enterprise Center in Action!

The Center For Smart Financial Choices
#FinancialLiteracy
#ItPaysToKnow


The CFSFC recently concluded a five-week series of classes with over 40 high school students remanded to in-school suspension. Each week they featured a different topic to open their eyes to the need for change in their lives. In order to see what their desires and hopes were for the future, they asked them to define their idea of success. A simple worksheet contained a list of 24 items they could choose from. Although they asked them to pick their top three, many teens asked if they could check more. Many of the teens also recognized the need to set goals.
Learn more about CFSFC  here.
Betty Ann Falkner of CFSFC






The Enterprise Center has :

WSSU Faculty & Student Interns
Business Counseling
A Conference & Banquet Center
A Community Garden
Real Estate Brokers
Insurance Agents
Digital Signage
Graphic Design
Photography & Videography
Film Production
Music Lessons
Mental Health Services
Behavioral Health Services
Personal Care Services
CNA Testing
General  Contractors
Electrical Contractors
Architecture & Design
The Natural Capital Investment Fund
The Center for Smart Financial Choices


.... All we're missing is YOU!


Learn more and reserve your office NOW!
Call 336-734-6900, or e-mail sgatkinscdc4@gmail.com.




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S. G. Atkins Community Development Corporation's 
Housing and Community Development Activities

REDISCOVER Ridgewood Place!

Ridgewood Place is growing again with new homes being developed by S. G. Atkins CDC, Phase IV Realty, and the City of Winston-Salem. We  are very proud to work with WSSU alumnus, William Crews, who is the general contractor and  owner of Phase IV Realty for 18 years.

Ridgewood Place is located in Winston-Salem's Sensational Southeast Ward and is conveniently located just minutes away from shopping, dining, recreation, schools, and highways.  Interest rates are low and down payment assistance up to $14,800 is available for QUALIFIED buyers. Reserve your lot now! Please contact S. G. Atkins CDC at 336-734-6900 or 336-904-2403 for details.



3223 Ridge Hollow Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27107




Planning  a wedding, corporate meeting, or luncheon?  The Enterprise
Conference & Banquet Center is  "The Place Where Community Hospitality Lives!"   To learn more about our non-profit event center, please call 336-734-6916.


Featured Event  at The Enterprise Conference & Banquet Center:
December 2016
City of Winston-Salem's Business Training Class




Please join us for our upcoming January events!
UJIMA CDC invites you to learn about the benefits of  living at
the new Emmanuel Retirement Village!

Ujima Community Development Corporation invites seniors (62+) to attend an informational meeting at 6 pm on every Monday in October at The Enterprise Center.  They are pre-leasing a special neighborhood designed by seniors for seniors that will feature one and two bedroom apartments with privacy and social amenities.

Monday, January 16, 23, and 30, 2017
Information sessions start at 6:00 pm

Hungry For Progress? Meet Others In The Community
Working On Food Related Projects

Forsyth Food Meetup meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at The Enterprise Center. This is an excellent chance to hear about what is going on in the region, ask questions, collaborate, and share ideas.  For more information contact Marcus Hill at 336-406-8765.

Forsyth Food Meetup: January 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Can You Dig It? Volunteer at Simon's Green Acre Community Gardens
Join our gardeners at Simon's  Green Acre Community
Gardens on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Come out and
be ready to have some FUN! Get involved and GROW! 
For more information contact Sigrid Hall at 336-750-3148.

Wednesdays at 5:30 PM and Saturdays at 9:00 am

SouthEast Winston-Salem Residents Can Get Involved
With Their Community By Attending SENA Meetings

The SouthEast Neighborhood Association (SENA) meets at The Enterprise Center on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm

Join The Winston-Salem Black Chamber of Commerce

The Winston-Salem Black Chamber of Commerce meets at The Enterprise Center on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. The mission of the WSBCC is to empower & sustain the black business community through entrepreneurship, training, and economic activity within the greater Winston-Salem region.
If you like our work and want to support the Enterprise Center, please make your contribution by clicking the "donate" button.
Your contribution makes a difference in the lives of small business owners. Our success wouldn't be possible without assistance from donors like you! 
Your donations are appreciated.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always welcomed at The Enterprise Center and The S. G. Atkins Community Development Corporation.  Consider sharing your skills and time with us. Together we all benefit, and you can help make a difference!

Please call 336-734-6900 or e-mail sgatkinscdc4@gmail.com for details.
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