March Newsletter
Mrs. Carol Davis, Esq.
Atkins CDC Director
A Message from Our Director
The Enterprise Center building served as a Boys & Girls Club for 50+ years until the WSSU Atkins CDC turned it into a modern space with private office spaces, a digital media lab, a conference center and much more. After a $4+ million renewal the building is now home to a community of new and experienced business owners who encourage each other toward success.  WSSU students are on site to expand their learning experience beyond the classroom, and find out what it takes to grow their own business.  WSSU faculty provide mentoring and connections to resources and technical assistance.  There is a monthly business referral luncheon, an annual business plan competition with WSSU MBA students, access to capital on-site at the Natural Capital Investment Fund, the FTCC Small Business Center's monthly Small Business Roundtable, and opportunities to market growing businesses to the Winston-Salem community.  A commercial kitchen for food entrepreneurs is almost finished, our community garden adds fresh produce to the mix, and our Enterprise Conference & Banquet Center provides a first class, full-service event experience.   

We are grateful for our partners who make The Enterprise Center possible including the Winston-Salem Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the City of Winston-Salem, and of course our board of directors, faculty and students of Winston-Salem State University and the entrepreneurs of the Enterprise Center.

This spring look for the grand opening of our commercial kitchen with the launch of new food businesses.  Spring will also bring a town hall meeting hosted by the WSSU Center for the Study of Economic Mobility, Homebuyer Financial Fitness Boot Camps, the final presentation of the East End Master Plan, the Ujima CDC spring fundraiser and more...  
Please donate to the S.G. Atkins CDC by clicking the link below.  All donations are appreciated to increase programming and student internships.  

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 Downtown WS 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

Coming Up: Home Buyer Financial Fitness Bootcamps

In January Atkins CDC was proud to be part of the Home of My Own, First Time Home buyer Seminar at the WSSU Elva Jones Computer Science Building. The event was sponsored by the Winston-Salem Urban League, BB&T, Center for Home Ownership, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Over sixty people attended to learn from industry professionals who took attendees through each step of the home purchase process. 

Starting later this month, Atkins CDC will share information about homes we are building in the Ridgewood Place and East Winston neighborhoods.  Lenders, realtors and our homebuilder WSSU Ram Bill Crews will sponsor five upcoming workshops at different locations on these upcoming dates: March 29, April 3, April 5, April 12 and April 19 . For more information, please call DaRhonda Morgan at (336) 391-4029.

             (Pictured) Tammy Watson , Wilkinson ERA Realty;   DaRhonda Morgan , Wilkinson ERA Realty; 
Phyllis Caldwell,  Director of the Center for HomeOwnership

70% of millennials believe their education did not prepare them to manage their own money.

Click here to see  Rasheeda in the WS Journal

Two Generations Program

Launched by WSSU Senior Rasheeda Shankle, the Two-Generations Program is designed to meet the specific needs of women and girls that have the desire to obtain a higher education, start a business, and are struggling with financial stability and home ownership. Single mothers and their daughters who are selected to participate will gain leadership skills, academic support, preparation for college and financial literacy while building a bond with one another.   

We Appreciate You!

Atkins CDC would like to acknowledge WSSU administrators LaVon Gray and Kevin Byers for completing six years of service on the Atkins CDC board of directors.  During their tenure each of them served one year as president of the board and chaired multiple committees.  LaVon and Kevin, thank you for your enthusiastic dedication and leadership. Keep sending those checks:-)
                                           LaVon Gray           Kevin Byers
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.  The City of Winston-Salem, S. G. Atkins CDC, and ASG are committed to a strong community engagement effort and getting ideas from  a wide range of stakeholders. The final report and draft of the master plan are expected soon. 

Coming soon: The beautiful new Union Station will open in summer 2018.  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.
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

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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