May/June Update
Mrs. Carol Davis,Esq.
Atkins CDC Director
Good News from Our Director
The Atkins CDC remains focused on our mission to catalyze community economic development by doing the following:

1) Support educational attainment;
2) Grow entrepreneurship to increase economic opportunities;
3) Promote home ownership for neighborhood stabilization; 
4) Support initiatives of neighborhood leaders.

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.  

Congratulations Graduates! 
Arabia Deablo 

Arabia Deablo worked as an intern at The Enterprise Center for two semesters.  She  graduated from WSSU  with honors on Friday with a Bachelor's of Science in Social Work.   Arabia is from Charlotte, NC where she will work for the summer as an intern for Goodwill Industries.  In August she plans to begin work on a Master's degree in Social Work at Jackson State University.

Rasheeda Shankle

Rasheeda Shankle graduated from WSSU with Honors in Business Administration.  After graduation, she plans to continue her education to receive a Master's degree,  and  continue operating the non-profit organization that she founded called Honorable Youth, Inc.   To learn more about Honorable Youth, Inc., check out the website!
Introducing Summer Intern William Gibson

William Gibson is a leader from Charlotte, NC.  He is currently a junior at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Political Science and plans to attend law school.  He currently serves as Student Government Association (SGA) president and was previously president of the Sophomore and the Freshman class. He is a Winston-Salem College Advisory Board member, Chief of Staff of the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments, a member of the Renaissance Minority Male Mentoring program and a Young Black Male Leadership Alliance college ambassador.   His dedication to being a change agent is what sets him apart.  He is a strong believer of John F. Kennedy's philosophy of giving back to one's country through service.  He is a well-rounded individual who lives with passion, dedication, and grace. William believes that the sky is not the limit, it is just the view!

Family Fare invests in entrepreneurship at WSSU 

North Carolina-based  Family Fare Convenience Stores is investing in entrepreneurship with a $50,000 matching gift to  the Winston-Salem State University Foundation.   The contribution will support the educational programs offered by the  Center for Entrepreneurship  and will be matched for a total impact of $100,000.

Look What's Happening at Emmanuel Village
      Construction has started at the Emmanuel Village community. 

Dr. John Mendez is excited to announce that a seed planted a long time ago is finally blooming! The seed is eight acres of property on Barbara Jane Avenue and the blossom is two-bedroom villas and a two-story building with one-bedroom apartments all for senior citizens age 62+.  The first villas are expected to be completed in August 2018 with the total project completed in 2019. Hobart Jones said, "Our vision is becoming a reality and we are still fundraising and pre-leasing. If you would like to live here please all me at 336-978-0062." 

(L-R) Rev.Dr. John Mendez, Mrs. Carolyn Jones and Mr. Hobart Jones enjoying the Ujima CDC fashion show and fundraiser.

Atkins Community Garden Update

The members of the Atkins community garden are starting their eighth season.  There are nine garden teams this year growing in 30 raised beds.   Pictured above is the work of southeast ward residents, John and Connie Wall.   The Wall's raised beds are already full with kale, red and green cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, corn and more.  To volunteer at the garden please contact Sonia Barbre at 336-575-3952 or come out to the garden on Saturday mornings at 9 am to meet the gardeners.   

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.  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 engage with us.

Coming soon: 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  

Council approves pizza parlor  for Union Station in Winston-Salem

In a move city leaders hope will spur further investment in eastern parts of the city, the Winston-Salem City Council on Monday approved a lease agreement that will bring an Elizabeth's Pizza restaurant to a restored Union Station.  For more information regarding the Pizza Parlor check out the WS Journal News Article. 

 Brand New Commercial Kitchen 
at the Enterprise Center 

Thanks to a partnership with the City of Winston-Salem, the Enterprise Center will be able assist food entrepreneurs with a permitted kitchen to prepare food.  The kitchen will be home to four permitted caterers and bakers who are determined to grow businesses and create jobs.  A grand opening is scheduled for June 2018. 


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.

Millennial Expo

The Millenial Expo will be a fun-filled event with power networking, educational workshops and more! Network with other millennial business owners and start ups with an abundance of fresh ideas and market insights. Prepare to be energized and get a power boost that will last for months.   RSVP TODAY!  Millennial Expo

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. Call Patricia Degraffinreaidt at 336-734-6916 for more info.

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 

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 Freshman

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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