December 2016 Newsletter 
Entrepreneur Of The Month Spotlight:
David Thompson and Acacia Services

The Piano Man:

David Thompson graduated from WSSU in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Music Business. He is the Dean of Sacred Business Music at United Cornerstone University located in Thomasville NC. He's a musical director, recording artist, and a minister. He also teaches piano lessons, music composition, and performs marriage services.

David has an extensive background in music. His mother bought him his first keyboard at 3 years old. By the age of 10, he was performing with his church choir. He has studied with Fred Prevetta and Demon Carmona of the North Carolina School of the Arts and Keith Byrd. A few  of David's favorite performances include: Atkins High School Class of 1955 50th year reunion and opening for Kirby Walker of Hezekiah Walker as a child at the Ritz Movie Theater in Winston-Salem.
To find out more information about David, enroll in a class, or to hear some of his work:  Click here!  

David Thompson
Acacia Services

The Enterprise Center in Action!

PowerUP NC:
The graduates of PowerUp NC's first green home weatherization retrofitting class are now putting their newly learned skills and knowledge into action. They've started work on the first of 5 homes that will be retrofitted by the end of December. Keep up the awesome work!

Simple actions such as sealing cracks and replacing air filters can save homeowners a lot of money on their energy bills each month.

The Enterprise Center in Action!

PowerUP NC:
#Environmental Equity

PowerUp NC hosted a booth at the Southeast Neighborhood Association's Community Day & Job Fair. They gave out lots of free items and money saving energy tips. 

Want to learn more? Contact PowerUp NC's field organizer, Sabur at, to get involved!

The Enterprise Center in Action!

JMC Finishing Services:
Kings Mountain, NC 
Kentucky Fried Chicken Project

JMC Finishing Services, a bilingual MWBE, was awarded a job in Kings Mountain, NC. They were responsible for completing the demolition, drywall, countertops, carpentry, plumbing, FRP panel, interior graphic designs, painting the exterior and interior of the building, and the final cleaning.

"This job would normally take 6 weeks to complete, but my 2 crews and I finished it in 17 days. We worked diligently day and night. Some mornings I would leave at 3 AM, and then I would have to turn back around and meet my other crew at 6 AM. Although it was very hard work, this job will give my company more exposure for similar jobs. We got it done, and it looks great!" said Luis Carpio, owner of  JMC Finishing Services.

JMC Finishing Services is located at The Enterprise Center. If you would like to find out how their services can benefit you, contact Luis Carpio at 704-352-0963 or

Before: Kentucky Fried Chicken interior

After: Kentucky Fried Chicken interior

The Enterprise Center in Action!

Actor Julian Brittano 
Returns To The Greenleaf Set For Season 2

Julian Brittano, co-founder of Nu Archer Productions, has returned to the set of Greenleaf for season 2. Greenleaf airs on Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network, and the second season will air in 2017. Great work Julian!

Oprah Winfrey and Julian Brittano

The Enterprise Center in Action!

The Center For Smart Financial Choices

CFSFC is partnering with Veterans Helping Veterans Heal to offer a four week program called New Day Dawning. This program encourages veterans to build savings and rebuild their credit as they reintegrate back into the community. Contact the Center For Smart Financial Choices at 336.734.6919  if you are a veteran who would like to help others. Learn more about CFSFC  here.

The Enterprise Center in Action!

Taking It To The Streets:

Billy Corne started Taking it to the Streets Ministries and has been donating food and clothes in communities in Forsyth County for many years.  His home base is Central Terrace Methodist Church in southeast Winston-Salem, but he parks his bus all over the city to help those in need.  Dr. Anthony Okafor, owner of Triad Choice Pharmacy, has agreed to sponsor the bus to be in designated areas in the southeast ward four times per month beginning this month.

Dr. Anthony Okafor is also the Vice-President of the Southeast Neighborhood Association. He was attracted to the neighborhood because of the community spirit, and because it's an excellent market for his business. He owns three pharmacies and has an office in The Enterprise Center for his other business interests in the Triad.

Billy Corne spent most of his childhood in the Southeast Ward and played football in the back in the 1970's when the Enterprise Center building was the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.  Collecting food and clothes to distribute to those who need them is his full-time ministry.  His work has been recognized by the City of Winston-Salem and he gets donations from numerous partners including the VF Corporation, Second Harvest Food Bank, Panera Bread and others. 

To learn more about Taking It To The Streets Ministry: Click Here!

To read the Winston-Salem Journal article on Taking It To The Streets Ministry:  Click here!

The Taking It To Streets Donation Bus

Billie Corne

Dr. Anthony Okafor and staff

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

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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:
November 9, 2016
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity National Achievement Week Banquet

Please join us for our upcoming December events!
Small Business Roundtable: Success 2017

Join our conversation about the plans for a successful 2017.  Small Business Center Director, Allan Younger, facilitates a monthly roundtable discussion with topics based upon experiences and interests of the roundtable participants.  This event requires registration.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016
12:00 pm -1:30 pm
To register:  Click here!

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, December 5, 12, and 19, 2016
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: December 13, 2016 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 click here.  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 for details.
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