Habitat for Neighborhood Business
March 2021 Newsletter
HNB March 2021 Update
The March 2021 issue of the Habitat for Neighborhood Business newsletter features the new Dean of the Chaifetz School of Business at St. Louis University, Dr. Barnali Gupta. Dr. Gupta supports the HNB program and we look forward to her expertise as HNB continues to collaborate with SLU resources to benefit HNB entrepreneurs. Welcome, Dr. Gupta! This month we also feature two HNB entrepreneurs, Felicia Pulliam, owner of Create Community, LLC, and Brigitte Hamilton, owner of Fancy Girl, LLC. Read about their products and services. Also featured is a recent Post-Dispatch interview with HNB entrepreneur, Jeanetta Hawkins, who discusses how she, with the help of HNB, kept her business open during the pandemic. Lastly, mentoring is also an important component of the HNB program, and featured this month is HNB Mentor Michelle Dix, who owns Urban Focus Planning & Design, LLC. Michelle mentors an HNB entrepreneur who owns a real estate development company. If you have an interest in supporting Habitat for Neighborhood Business, as a mentor, industry consultant, or donor, contact Gladys Smith, Ph.D., Program Director, at 314-341-0868.
SLU's New Business School Dean
Barnali Gupta, Ph.D.
The start of 2021 marked the official appointment of Barnali Gupta, Ph.D., as Edward Jones Dean of the Chaifetz School of Business. In the role, Gupta will provide leadership for Saint Louis University’s nationally ranked business school which saw strong graduate enrollment growth, an uninterrupted fall semester of on-campus and hybrid course delivery and reaccreditation by the Association to Advance Colleges and Schools of Business in 2020. 
HNB Business Owners of the Month
Felicia Pulliam - Create Community LLC
Felicia Pulliam is the CEO and Keynote Speaker of Create Community LLC, providing customized community engagement support to organizations and corporate clients. Since 2000, she has achieved remarkable success broadening social perspectives within communities and organizations, presenting on topics such as citizen engagement, capacity building, racial equity, and economic mobility.

A longtime educator, designer, and director of community and advanced leadership programs, Felicia has brought to light matters of diversity, inclusion, and social justice at national conferences, development workshops, and events. Using her knowledge of community transformation, citizen engagement, capacity building, racial equity, and economic mobility, Felicia has inspired thousands of people to positively impact their communities.
Brigette Hamilton - Fancy Girl
Brigitte Hamilton: Innovative Event Planner with Outstanding Communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. Brigette adapts well to developing plans, implementing solutions that meet company needs in marketing and event coordination. She is dedicated to service and a high level of performance. 
Fancy Girl Event Planning is your neighborhood Catering Service, cooking all of your favorites with a hip new spin on traditional cuisine. While using fresh ingredients with a side of rock ‘n roll and ensuring your tastebuds are filled with joy.
HNB Mentor of the Month
Michelle Dix
Michelle Dix is the owner of Urban Focus Planning & Design, LLC (UF) a planning and design firm that develops, designs, and implements urban planning strategies, development plans, and research analysis and studies that promote economic development, community development, and community redevelopment, as well as, impacting policy decisions. UF’s development team’s strategic approach guides the comprehensive and master planning processes from conceptualization and ideation throughout the planning, design, implementation, and post-implementation phases. Urban Focus transforms re-adapted physical spaces by planning resources, amenities, and services, based on unique community needs, into the fabric of the community to achieve community empowerment at the highest level. As stewards of the community, Urban Focus plans ‘places for people.’ Michelle is the HNB mentor for a HNB real estate development company and is an HNB industry consultant.
Post Dispatch Article - Nicklaus: With SLU program's help, big-event business finds a way to survive the pandemic
Jeanetta Hawkins’ business has always revolved around the sort of big things that aren’t happening right now.

She has designed events ranging from high school proms to giant trade shows for 33 years, supplying everything from flowers to carpet to table linens. Last March, as she returned from a special-events industry convention, COVID-19 brought it all to an abrupt halt.
HNB Businesses - Products and Services Available
Small businesses have struggled due to the shut-downs of the COVID-19 pandemic. The HNB entrepreneurs are still operating their businesses and we encourage you to consider HNB entrepreneurs for your products and services. Listed below are HNB participating businesses and contact information. Check them out!

HNB is growing! We now have 40 businesses in the HNB program.

Diversity Gallery LLC Natural Hair Products Web Page
Joe-Jo's Fish and Chicken Carry Out Restaurant  Web Page
God First Religious Specialty Items  Web Page
Cardinal Home Health Care Services LLC  Facebook Page     
Samplings by Ms. Deb LLC Carry Out Restaurant  Facebook Page
KDZ Demolition and Construction LLC  Web Page
SHR Builders LLC Construction 314-280-2092 
Bryan Young's Catering Kitchen Catering Web Page
Nurse Necessities LLC Nurse Scrubs Facebook Page

It's A Gamble, LLC DBA Purposed Productions Film producer, writer 

Brooks Family Entertainment Bounce Houses Web Page
Institute of Personal & Professional Development LLC Individual and Family Counseling  Web Page
The Mary Ann Network TV Show Production Facebook Page
The Royal Court Event Center Special Events Planner Facebook Page

KG Bookkeeping and Tax Preparations Services 314-210-7326

Gill Industries LLC Vehicle fuel additive Web Page

Create Community LLC Corporate and Event Training Web Page
Personal Touches by Jeanetta, Inc. Special Events Decorator Facebook Page

KJ Styles LLC Specialized Barber Shop 314-240-8959

Travel Angel Planner Travel Agency Web Page

Gregory's Healthy Alternatives LLC Colon Hydrotherapy Web Page

Personal Home Health Services Home Health Care 314-664-1100

EAS Financial Service Tax Services 314-553-9292

Children Are Unique Academy LLC Day Care Service Web Page

SILLYBLES Game for groups 314-402-1750

DJ Owe Disc Jockey 314-688-3627

J Murphy Construction Construction Consultant 314-207-9701

SoHeart LLC Addiction Recovery Service Web Page

Fleur De Lis Development Corporation Real Estate Development 314-249-5957

Healthful Beauty LifeSpa & Wellness Health and Wellness Boutique 314-439-6636

Jon Que Barbecue Grill Sales 314-443-6753

Blue Realty Real Estate Company 314-324-6272

Softest Touch Full-service Beauty Bar 314-484-9599

Eminence Financial Consulting Credit counseling 314-249-3985

Fancy Girl Event Planning Event Planning and Catering 314-437-3470

R&W Logistics & Escort Shipping and Escort Freight 314-267-2140

Clean Cycle Lounge LLC Laundry Services 314-600-8618

Mykiel Rose LLC Beauty Product Sales 314-240-8959

BeauTee Inside Out Retail Clothing & Decor 314-482-2361

Buddy's Auto and Tire Repair Auto Repairs 314-659-0587
HNB Board Members

Tom Bailey - Urban League of Metro St. Louis, VP Development

Steven Barron, Vice President - Phillip H. Barron Realty, President 

Doug Brown, Chairman - Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Waterway Wash, WingHaven, Retired Executive/Principal

David Copeland, Secretary/Treasurer - Rubin Brown LLC, Retired CFO

Terry Donohue, Chief Information Officer - Enterprise Rent-A-Car Retired Executive

Steven Frank Plancorp, Vice Chairman
Brooks Goedecker - St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation, Executive Director

Robyn Heidger - Enterprise Bank & Trust, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Inclusion

Mark Higgins - Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Professor of Accounting

Christopher Pickett, Legal Counsel - Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC, Officer & Chief Diversity Officer

Thomas Stern, HNB-SLU Program Chair - Gershman Commercial Real Estate, Executive Board Chairman

Rick Sullivan - Strategic Advisors LLC, President

Lynette Sledge Watson - Missouri Small Business Development Center, Business Development Manager

Richard Weinstock, Mentor Executive - Boeing Company, Retired Executive
The Pettus Foundation
Guy B. Jaffe and Judy Schwartz Jaffe Charitable Fund
HNB Staff
The HNB Newsletter was produced by HNB Service Leadership Intern Samantha Schmidt.