December Newsletter
Mrs. Carol Davis,Esq.
Atkins CDC Director
Good News from Our Director
 
I recently had the opportunity to attend an information session hosted by the Small Business Administration (SBA), and I was reminded that The Enterprise Center is in a HUBZone.  HUBZone is an SBA program for small businesses that operate and employ people in Historically Underutilized Business Zones, and it helps these small companies gain access to federal procurement opportunities.  The information session reminded me that there are federal programs designed to help qualifying businesses succeed, and that many of us may be missing out on valuable opportunities. SBA representatives will be visiting The Enterprise Center soon with information about all SBA programs to reach those who can benefit.  See more information in an article below.

As always I want to express appreciation 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.  

Winston-Salem City Council Approves 
The East End Master Plan
On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Winston-Salem City Council endorsed the East End Master Plan to serve as a guide for future development in part of East Winston.     Atkins CDC is committed to community engagement is continuing to have meetings in the neighborhood and is currently preparing residents for homeownership, entrepreneurship and is talking with property owners to determine if they have plans to invest in their properties.   Over 1,000 surveys have been completed online at  www.eastendconversations.com.  
  
For more information, check out the WS Journal article!
A New Homeowner Got Her Keys
 Just In Time For The Holidays!

A brand-new key, a brand-new place, a happy smile upon your face!  Recently the Atkins CDC and partners finished a new house and were able to turn it over to Ms.  Bridgette Martin who is now a first-time homeowner in Ridgewood Place.  Atkins CDC has two homebuyer education workshops each month and is partnered with the Center for Homeownership, the City of Winston-Salem and Jocolby Harrell of BB&T to help aspiring homeowners reach their goals.   Ridgewood Place is a neighborhood in Winston-Salem's Southeast Ward where there are many more lots available for new construction.  Please contact Atkins CDC to attend an upcoming workshop and the get the keys to your new home.  


New homeowner, Ms. Bridgette Martin
Ownership Opportunities for First-Time Homebuyers
Atkins CDC New Home Under Construction For Sale to  First-Time Buyer  
1305 Hardesty Lane, Winston-Salem
Three bedrooms, two baths
1,200 square feet with vaulted ceiling and ceiling fans.  Call  Juan Aguilar, 336-391-5234
Atkins CDC New Home Under Construction For Sale to  First-Time Buyer 
1309 Hardesty Lane, Winston-Salem
Three bedrooms, two and half baths,
1,200 square feet. 
Call Juan Aguilar, 336-391-5234

  Sm all Businesses Located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones May Apply 
To The HUBZone Program

HUBZone program
The federal government's goal is to award at least three percent of all federal contracting dollars to HUBZone-certified small businesses each year.

Are you an Entrepreneur operating a small business in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone? Are you aware of the key opportunities and programs available to help your small business succeed?

Economic development in Historically Underutilized Business Zones is particularly challenging.  Distressed areas need sustainable jobs and a business needs customers to succeed and create jobs. Small businesses located in distressed areas often struggle with the economic challenges within their community and need opportunities and programs to help them succeed and revive their businesses. For this reason, the federal government created the program HUBZone. 

What is the HUBZone Program?
The HUBZone Program is a United States Small Business Administration program for small  businesses that operate and employ people in Historically Underutilized Business Zones.  HUBZone stands for Historically Underutilized Business Zone, and refers to urban and rural communities where the government seeks to encourage businesses and promote growth. The federal government created the program to help entrepreneurs bid on federal government contracts and the goal is to award at least three percent of all federal contracting dollars to HUBZone-certified small businesses each year. 

Get certified as a HUBZone Business 
Before you can participate in the HUBZone program, you must be certified by the SBA.
Click on the link below to take the steps to get HUBZone certified.

Click Here For More Information
Neighborhood Businesses  to  
Start a Merchants Association  
Businesses owned and operated in the East End of Winston-Salem make the Laura Wall Boulevard area an interesting economic activity center and an asset for the community. The businesses offer an array of services and products that help fill a need for more neighborhood serving businesses. Products and services here include a barbershop, a hair salon, a clothing boutique, tax & accounting services, bail bonds, legal services, a medical office, the Triad Culture Arts, the Chronicle newspaper, a U-Haul rental office and counseling services. 

In effort to build a marketing collaborative that promotes the area, the business owners had two meetings hosted by Attorney Hazel Mack at Other Suns to discuss the area master plan and generate ideas for actions to support neighborhood visibility and unity.  The group agreed on two projects so far.  One is to work with WSSU Center for Entrepreneurship on a marketing plan that includes matching signage and a Christmas tree lighting to be held on Saturday, December 15th.  
This group is invested in the neighborhood and understands the value of growing the neighborhood economy.  At their next meeting they want to name their emerging organization.

The Enterprise Center  Spotlight
Honorable Youth, Inc. 
















On November 27, 2018, mothers and their daughters were celebrated for their year-long participation in Honorable Youth Inc.'s Two Generation Program. Dr. Vivian Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore, congratulated the mothers and encouraged them to keep striving to improve their lives through employment and education.  The long-time city leader and civil servant also commended program founder Rasheeda Shankle for her initiative and compassion.  Other program speakers included WSSU Professor Craig Richardson and Ja'Net Adams, author of "Debt Sucks".  Each mother received a $500 stipend for completing the program that teaches financial education and other life skills. 

Click to read more!
Rinse, Recycle, Repeat 
Simon's Green Acre Community Garden receives a  Garnier Green Garden Grant  worth $30,000.


On, Saturday, October 27, 2018 the Simon's Green Acre Community Garden, located at  the Enterprise Center , received a Garnier Green Garden worth $30,000. The donation includes garden materials and grant money to purchase plants and soil. The garden materials, which include benches and a gazebo, are made from recycled personal care and beauty packaging collected through the Garnier-sponsored recycling program.   In addition, the Community Garden is  wrapping up the 2018 fall gardening season, with the remaining produce going to the  Christmas for the City  event in downtown Winston-Salem on Dec. 20. P lease stay tuned for more exciting changes to occur in the community garden area this winter.   For more information about the Community Garden and if you have any questions or interests in renting a bed(s) for the 2019 gardening season, please contact Kyle Luth,  Simon's Community Gardens Manager,   sgatkinscdc7@gmail.com,  www.sgacdc.org/community-garden.html,  (765) 491-4076.
Save The Dates
East Winston Christmas Tree Lighting
Business Training at The Enterprise Center

Interested in joining a
 Neighborhood Association?

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.

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 Intervention 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

Tim McMullen
WSSU Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management

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 sgatkinscdc4@gmail.com for details.
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