August Newsletter
Mrs. Carol Davis,Esq.
Atkins CDC Director
Good News from Our Director
The Atkins CDC has had a busy summer including the launch of a new shared-use commercial kitchen.  Because we must carefully comply with the rules of the Forsyth County Division of Environmental Health, we can only accommodate a few catering businesses at this time and have added many to our waiting list.  We ask that you be patient with us as we get the new kitchen up and running.  Our goal is to help talented chefs refine their recipes and restaurant concepts so that they can have their own restaurants, or add their food products to the shelves in grocery stores across the country.  Winston-Salem is full of food entrepreneurs, and soon we hope that there will be more local options for those who need access to commercial kitchen equipment. 

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.

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

Will There Be A Union Station Train?

Maybe one day, but for now we're still excited that Winston-Salem will soon add a beautifully restored Union Station building to it's list of destination attractions.  The restored building will be a tourist attraction and home to something that residents of East Winston have wanted for a long time in this location...a sit-down restaurant! Scheduled to open in early 2019, the space will be home to businesses and offices for the city of Winston-Salem Transportation Department.  In the meantime, please enjoy this aerial video of the site by Royalty Photography, a graphic design and videography company owned by WSSU graduate Quinton Benson.   Interested in leasing a space?  C ontact Carol Davis at 336-734-6915 

WSSU Student Spotlight:
Miranda Legg Competes & Wins
A $30,000 Grant For Our Community Garden!
WSSU Ram and national contest winner 
Miranda Legg

Miranda Legg has always known the recycling basics, but she didn't realize just how harmful plastic can be if not recycled properly until she visited a sea turtle hospital in Florida.  Horrified by how much plastic is in the ocean, this WSSU student ramped up her recycling game and was determined to make a change.  Now she has won a national recycling competition and the WSSU community garden will receive a $30,000 donation of recycled furnishings and equipment. On October 26th there will be a garden volunteer workday and ribbon cutting celebration. Thank you Miranda for your stewardship! 

Congratulations to Dr. Betty Alexander and 
Dr. Craig Richardson for Outstanding Accomplishments
Dr. Betty Alexander (right) makes us proud.

The North Carolina State Coalition of the National League of Negro Women held   a wonderful Bethune/Height Recognition Program Luncheon on June 30th at the Anderson Conference Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

Special honorees were celebrated for their work in the community and no one deserves it more than Dr. Betty Alexander who retired from a distinguished career in nursing and from WSSU after establishing health sciences academic programs.  Among her many accomplishments she leads a non-profit organization called The Acey Group and serves on numerous boards including the Bethlehem Center and the Winston-Salem Foundation all while helping people write business plans and proposals at her company, BETAA & Associates.  She is also a leader and active member of St. Benedict Catholic Church. Dr. Betty Alexander thank you for all you do to Lift The Legacy.

WSSU Professor Craig Richardson, Ph.D.

The 2018 Social Mobility Innovator Awards were presented in July at CollegeNET's Social Mobility Summit, in Portland, Oregon. During the Summit, the 10 award recipients participated in a roundtable discussion on best practices for student success.  They   provided insights and described innovative approaches for expanding economic inclusiveness and social mobility through higher education.
Craig Richardson and Allonda Hawkins of  Winston-Salem State University  talked about their school's  Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM), which brings faculty and students together as they study barriers to economic mobility in surrounding, low-income communities. CSEM's team includes Richardson and Hawkins as well as Alvin Atkinson, the Associate Director. 

The Enterprise Center Spotlight:
The Dream School

The Dream School is finishing up another productive summer camp at The Enterprise Center. The students have worked hard for two weeks writing scripts that showcase their creativity.  

The Dream School is an after school and summer camp program provider that utilizes digital media, like audio podcasts, old time radio, digital video and coding tools to enhance student reading, writing, research and team building skills. Students tap into their creativity to write phenomenal scripts and record their podcasts.

"It never ceases to amaze me what our students create in our workshops.  From an explorer who traveled to China, to an instructional podcast on how to make Slime, our students will take you on a journey," said The Dream School's founder, Tonya Sheffield.  Ms. Sheffield is a film graduate of the UNC School of the Arts and is passionate about sharing her skills with middle and high school students.  This summer Mr. Steven Jones, Mr. Quinton Benson and Mr. Kerry Campbell also helped with the technology.

On August 13, 2018 at 6pm-7:30pm, a special event will be hosted to showcase the students' work. The event will take place at the Forsyth County Central Library Auditorium. All are welcome to join and view the creativity of these digital media campers.  

You can learn more by visiting Ms. Sheffield's website at and social media sites,
Meet Our New Business Associates
Come by to meet our newest entrepreneurs, 
 The Easton Reid Group & Cynthia Dixon Ministries. 

We are thrilled to have these businesses be part of t he Enterprise Center   

The Easton Reid Group
Kelly Easton

Kenneth Reid

The Easton Reid Group is a next generation strategic planning and consulting firm specializing in small business marketing strategy, brand and association management, government and community relations.

Their goal is to help clients win in the areas of optimization, innovation & growth. By coordinating and executing- insightful, relevant and creative strategies.  Clients of their business excel among competition and thrive among their audiences.

The Easton Reid Group is fierce, sharp and adept- but more importantly they cultivate business relationships with integrity and respect.

Cynthia Dixon Ministries
Minister Dixon  is an energetic  Ambassador for Christ  who preaches with power, passion, and purpose for the Kingdom of God.   She is the founder of Cynthia  Dixon Ministries, Inc.,  a ministry devoted to Kingdom Empowerment and Equipping.  
Her greatest passion is spending time in the presence of God. If you are interested in attending an event, all ministry  events are detailed on her website: .  

We are thrilled to have Mrs. Dixon join us and be apart of the Enterprise Center.

S.G. Atkins CDC Joins The East Ward Safe Coalition & Participates in the
Community Day & Health Fair!
On July 28, 2018, the East Ward Safe Coalition hosted their first Health Fair Community Day event. Atkins CDC was there to talk to people about the East End Master Plan  and learn from residents and other community organizations about their interests and ideas for the community.  

Ms. Marva Reid and a board member from the East Ward Safe Coalition were pleased with the turnout at the community event they planned for Saturday, July 28th on 14th Street.  The WSSU Rams Know How Mobile Clinic was there along with a live band, 102 JAMZ, voter registration, entrepreneurs, community agencies, free food and much more. Ms. Reid is a community organizer and president of the Northeast Winston Neighborhood Association who was instrumental in getting the city of Winston-Salem to add the popular new splash park on Waterworks Road.   Thank you Ms. Reid for all you do for Winston-Salem! 

Mr. Johnell Hunter of The Children Blessing Project, attended the East Ward Safe Coalition event and gave away fresh vegetables and played African drums with the children.  Keep spreading the love.  Not pictured, is when the children started a spontaneous running race and challenged Mr. Hunter and a WSPD officer to join in.  Mr. Hunter is 70+ years old still FAST!  

Mrs. Carol Davis met Mr. Robert McCray the founder of Live Alkaline Water at the East Ward Safe Coalition event.  Mr. McCray and co-founder Dr. Shayla Creer  are owners of the first-Black owned bottled water brand that is sold in Walmart stores. Their company is based in Jacksonville, Florida, but the water comes from a spring on family-owned property in North Carolina. The company also has a bottling warehouse in Winston-Salem where they employ over 20 workers and expect even more growth as their product is added to more stores.  The water can be purchased online at

  L&L Insurance has Grown Up and Out
 L & L Insurance has outgrown his space in The Enterprise Center and has spun out into his own space on Old Lexington Road.  Mr. Alex "Chino" Ly was at the Enterprise Center for one year before needing space to add staff.  He was often the first one here in the morning and the last one to leave at night and it has paid off.  We wish him the best in his new location!

Alex "Chino" Ly
Insurance Agent

L&L Insurance new location

Emmanuel Retirement Village Continues to Take Shape in the Cityview Neighborhood

"Our vision is becoming a reality and the dry weather really helped our construction contractors speed up on our project," said Hobart Jones of Ujima CDC.  "This month our organization is selling Belk Charity Sale cards because we are still fundraising and we are pre-leasing our units."  Mr. Jones wants to hear from senior citizens ages 62 and up who would like a brand new place to live in Winston-Salem.  Please call him at 336-978-0062 and enjoy this drone videography of the project by Quinton Benson of

Save The Dates:
Calling Small Business Owners!!!
Interested in Buying a Home?
S.G. Atkins CDC will Get You Moving!!!!
 Tuesday, August 7, 2018  
  Free  First Time Home B uyer Education Class. 
Location: The Malloy/Jordan Library East Winston 
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Food will be provided!

Join Us and Provide Your Feedback!!

The Triad Minority Business Expo Is Here!
RSVP or Become a Vendor Today!

  Save the Date! The annual Triad Minority Business Expo is being hosted August 25,2018. The Triad Minority Business Expo was created to increase opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Expo will have an array of businesses from the community and business support companies. Guests will attend from all over the Triad and will range from professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, event specialists, educational institutions, community organizations, students, local personalities, special guest honorees, friends and family to many more. 
Contact the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center for Help Growing Your Small Business
Interested in joining a Neighborhood Association or Becoming a Vendor for SENA Annual Community Day?

SouthEast Winston-Salem Residents Are Planning The
Next Community Day September 29, 2018

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.

Have Your Say in 
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 a guide for future growth for the East End Community and includes increasing housing, creating amenities, and most importantly, not displacing anyone," 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 that reflects the input of 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. 

East End Conversations
We want to hear from YOU! Visit our website at East End Conversations to be heard.

Commercial Space Available for Lease!
The beautifully renovated Union Station will open early 2019. 
 Commercial space is available for lease.
  Contact Atkins CDC to discuss availability 336-734-6915.
300 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive  
S.G. Atkins CDC Expands Impact 
Within Our Community 
New Construction Homes for Sale

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.
Meet 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
Director of Talent Retention and Recruitment,  Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce 

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 

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 student

Seeking 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 for details.
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