August 2017 Newsletter 
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Meet Enterprise Center Alumnus
 Michael Funderburke &
First Class Tours

Michael Funderburk is the owner of First Class Tours and an alumnus of The Enterprise Center. He's been in business for over 20 years. Initially, he was the transportation and travel company's only employee, but with the growth of his company, he now has 9 full time and 5 part time contractors.

When asked what attracted him to The Enterprise Center, Mr. Funderburk stated, "The professional environment. The Enterprise Center really helped my business grow. I learned so many new ideas from the seminars and forums.  I especially want to thank Dr. Notis Pagiavlas for assisting me with structuring new business and marketing plans." He also credits Ben Hairston , owner of Ben's Discount Tours, for being an intricate part of his success. Although they own separate companies, they help each other and put forth team effort. "I couldn't have done it without Ben. We are like brothers." He also shared a piece of advice for up and coming entrepreneurs. "Be open minded. Search for as much outside help as possible. There is always someone willing to help you". 

Mr. Funderburk stated that his most successful business moment occurred on September 30, 2016.  "After moving 7 times, we were finally able to buy our own facility", he stated. "It was the best feeling in the world!" His facility is located at 4100 N. Patterson Avenue.

Further information about First Class Tours is available on the company's website: For more information on Ben's Discount Tours, call 336-406-4219 .

The Enterprise Center in Action!

The Enterprise Center's Monthly Associate Networking Meeting

"The Power Of The Collective"
The Enterprise Center's monthly associate meetings focus on supporting each other's businesses by sharing resources and referrals. The July meeting was packed with Enterprise Center entrepreneurs and featured Wake Forest Center For Private Business (CPB) and Reginald McCaskill of Maximum Enterprises, Inc.  

Representatives  from CPB included Drew Hancock (CEO of Frank L. Blum Construction), Rod Brown (COO of Oncelogix), and Kate Reece (CPB Director).  Mr. Hancock and Mr. Brown both shared personal stories about their road to success. They also emphasized how powerful groups of people can be when they help each other. The primary mission of the CPB is to assist privately owned businesses. Learn more about the CPB here!

Enterprise Center entrepreneur Reginald McCaskill of Maximum Enterprises is hosting the 2017 Triad Minority Business Expo on August 26, 2017.  This year the expo will be at Bio Tech Place at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and will feature celebrity guests, business seminars, and food trucks.  Thank you Maximum Enterprises for helping Triad entrepreneurs! Learn more about the expo here!

The Enterprise Center in Action!

CNA Recognition

The ACEY Group recently paid tribute to a group of exemplary  CNAs . Almost 50  CNAs were recognized for their hard work and dedication. Enterprise Center Associate Dr. Betty Alexander is President of The ACEY Group which is part of the Winston-Salem Foundations's Women's Fund.

Read the Winston-Salem Chronicle article  here.

CNA Marquitta Sims and ACEY Group President Dr. Betty Alexander

The Enterprise Center in Action!

2017 Mr. Alumni Candidate:

The Enterprise Center's very own Reginald McCaskill is running for Mr. Alumni 2017!  Each year WSSU crowns Mr. & Miss Alumni during Homecoming weekend.  This contest is a major fundraising event for their National Alumni Association. Winners of the Mr. & Miss Alumni titles are determined by the male and female contestants who raise the highest amount of money through contributions and print ads. Help support Reginald McCaskill here.

Reginald McCaskill
Class of 1984, 
Winston-Salem, NC (Brown Chapter)
S. G. Atkins Community Development Corporation's 
Housing and Community Development Activities

The East End Master Plan:

"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.  The planning area is bordered by US 52, MLK Jr. Drive, and Business 40 and 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.  The City of Winston-Salem, S. G. Atkins CDC, and ASG are committed to a strong community engagement effort and ideas from  a wide range of stakeholders.  The final report and draft of the master plan is expected to be presented later this year.
Union Station:
Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

The historic Union Station transportation building restoration is currently underway.  S. G. Atkins CDC , which focuses on investment in the WSSU area,  is the leasing agent for the building that will include commercial space along with city offices.

Carol Davis, Executive Director of S. G. Atkins CDC, recently met with residents of Excelsior Street to update them on Union Station's progress, explain the development process, and answer their questions. Some community members had heard rumors that it would be a bus station, but Mrs. Davis assured them that it will not.  The project will be complete by the end of 2018.
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.

Please join us for our upcoming July 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.  

August 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2017

Idea Tap at Flywheel

Idea Tap is one part networking, one part pitch refinement, and a heap of startup support in one event! Presenters are selected in advance and have 5 minutes to pitch their startup. This event is held every second Tuesday of the month!  Presenting and attending are FREE,  and it includes: catered 
food, drinks, and networking opportunities.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Center For Design Innovation
450 Design Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
FlyWednesday  at FlyWheel Coworking

FlyWednesday is your weekly FREE gathering of ideators 7 innovators. Launch every Wednesday morning with a power-packed hour of learning, community, & connection + a unique tech spin.

Wednesdays from 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Center For Design Innovation
450 Design Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101


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.
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.

Upcoming Small Business Opportunity

Upcoming Networking Opportunity

The Enterprise Center has :

WSSU Faculty & Student Interns
Business Counseling
A Conference & Banquet Center
A Community Garden
Insurance Agents
Digital Signage
Graphic Design
Photography & Videography
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

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:
The Parker's Vow Renewal 

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 for details.
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