April Update
Mrs. Carol Davis,Esq.
Atkins CDC Director
A Message from Our Director
The Atkins CDC remains focused on our strategies for community economic development.  These strategies are to:

1) support educational attainment;
2)  grow entrepreneurship to increase economic opportunities;
3) promote home ownership for neighborhood sustainability; 
4) encourage initiatives of neighborhood leaders.

Thanks to all of you who support the Atkins CDC and the Enterprise Center including our board of directors, faculty, staff and students at Winston-Salem State University, the Winston-Salem Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the City of Winston-Salem and of course the entrepreneurs of the Enterprise Center.

We have some exciting activities coming up this month - homebuyer education on April 3rd & 12th, a LinkedIn workshop April 5th, WSSU Economic Mobility panel discussion April 12th, and WakeUp Winston community day event, April 28th.  Please join us and bring a friend! 

Please donate to the S.G. Atkins CDC by clicking the link below.  All donations are appreciated to increase programming and student internships.  

Home Buyer Financial Fitness Bootcamp

On Thursday, March 29th realtors Tammy Watson and DaRhonda Morgan introduced a series of workshops for people who want to become homeowners.  The first meeting was for residents of Aster Park and Arbor Oaks Apartments where six people signed up for the series which starts on  April 12th .  There will be two more sign up meetings -  April 3rd at The Enterprise Center and April 5th  at Providence Place.  After everyone has signed up, the Financial Fitness Bootcamp will start on April 12th and focus on getting families ready for homeownership.   https://homebuyersbootcamp2.eventbrite.com

For more information, please call DaRhonda Morgan at (336) 391-4029.

*The flyer says 2017 and should say 2018. Oops!
Meet Ujima CDC Executive Director
Mrs. Coretta Bigelow

The Ujima CDC is excited to announce that they have hired Mrs. Coretta Bigelow to serve as executive director at this critical time in their organizational development.  "I first talked to her about helping us a long time ago and hoped that she would be a board member. When she retired, I reached out to her about being our executive director.  She told me that she would consider it, and I just kept praying," said Mr. Hobert Jones with a big smile.  Hiring a retired executive to lead a non-profit organization is a textbook move.  Mrs. Bigelow brings broad business expertise from her distinguished banking career with special knowledge of management and finance.  She currently serves on the Winston-Salem State University Board of Trustees and has served on the board of the Lexington Habitat for Humanity.  She is committed to community service and loves that Ujima CDC is addressing a housing need in the city.  Visit the Ujima CDC website.
The East End Master Plan

Planning is bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now.
Alan Lakein

"The East End Master Plan will be used as the guide for future development and growth for the East End Community," says Atkins CDC Director Carol Davis.  "All ideas are welcome for expanding economic opportunities in the East End."  The planning area is bordered by US 52, MLK Jr. Drive, and Business 40.  Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) , a design firm from Baltimore, Maryland with a track record of success, is in charge of designing the plan with input from local stakeholders. There have been focus groups and listening sessions with more to come.  "For this to work, the community voices must be at the table," says City Council member Derwin Montgomery.  A presentation of the master plan is expected soon. 

Coming soon: The beautifully renovated Union Station will open in August 2018.  Over 12,000 square feet of commercial space is available for lease.
  Contact Atkins CDC to discuss availability 336-734-6915.
300 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive  


UJIMA CDC invites you to learn about the benefits of  living at
the new Emmanuel Retirement Village!

Ujima Community Development Corporation has something special for seniors age 62+. What's so special? It is a special neighborhood designed by seniors for seniors that will feature one bedroom apartments and two bedroom villas with privacy and social amenities.  

Call Hobart Jones at 336-978-0062 to reserve your new home.

Can You Dig It? Volunteer at Simon's Green Acre Community Gardens

Join our gardeners at Simon's  Green Acre Community
Gardens and  be ready to have some FUN! Get involved and GROW!  For more information contact Lorraine Mortis at 336-577-9091 or Sonia Barbre 336-575-3942
Wednesdays at 5:30 PM and Saturdays at 9:00 am

Planning  a wedding, corporate meeting, luncheon or banquet?
The Enterprise  Conference & Banquet Center is  "The Place Where Community Hospitality Lives!"   To learn more about how we generate neighborhood jobs, call Patricia Degraffinreaidt at 336-734-6916.

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. Call Patricia Degraffinreaidt at 336-734-6916 for more info.

S. G. Atkins CDC 2018 Board of Directors 

The 2018 board of directors includes WSSU faculty and Winston-Salem community members who are advocates for equitable economic development in Winston-Salem.   Russell Smith, professor of geography and vice president of the board believes, "The work accomplished by the CDC is important in bringing together students, businesses and the community as a whole. This collaboration can be a valuable and vital service to enhance growth within the community." 

2018 Board of Directors

Walter Farabee,  President
City Planner, City of Winston-Salem 

Russell Smith, Ph.D., Vice-President
WSSU Professor of Geography

Allan Younger,  Secretary
Director of the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center

Evelyn Acree, Treasurer  
Executive VP, Business Banking M & F Bank  

Jack S. Monell, Ph.D.
WSSU Professor of Justice Studies 

Rosalba Ledezma
WSSU Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management 

Virginia Hardesty
Owner, Forsyth Seafood Market & Cafe 

Constance Mallette
WSSU Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration 

Kenya Thornton
Owner, Community Intervenion and Educational Services

Anna Tefft
Commercial Lender, Natural Capital Investment Fund

Jason Thiel
President of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership

Pastor Alvin Carlisle
Exodus Baptist Church, President of the Winston-Salem NAACP Chapter

Melicia Whitt-Glover, Ph.D.
WSSU Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities, Owner of Gramercy Research Group 

Craig Richardson, Ph.D.
WSSU Professor of Economics, Director of the WSSU Center for the Study of Economic Mobility  

Richard G. Moye, Ph.D.
WSSU Professor of Sociology

Shamone Jones
WSSU Freshman

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always welcome 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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