Habitat for Neighborhood Business
January 2020 Newsletter
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Habitat for Neighborhood Business

3674 Lindell Blvd., DS 108, St. Louis MO 63108

Who Are We?

Habitat for Neighborhood Business (HNB) partners with volunteer business professionals and Saint Louis University students to help restore economic vitality to under-served neighborhoods through mentoring, networking, and education for existing and aspiring minority entrepreneurs.

Linda M. Jones
Executive Director
Gladys Smith, PhD
Program Coordinator
HNB Mentor of the Month
DeMarco Howard is the HNB mentor for entrepreneur Byron Hayes, owner of Joe-Jo's Fish and Chicken. DeMarco is the owner of Gobble Stop Smokehouse in Creve Coeur where “The bird is the word”. With over 24 years of culinary experience, DeMarco is ranked one of the top chefs in St. Louis. He has received several awards and features in the St. Louis Magazine. Entrepreneur Byron Hayes is grateful for DeMarco's service and claims, “DeMarco stays positive about the future and keeps us thinking big with an eye on expansion into new markets.”
HNB Business Owner of the Month
Byron Hayes is the owner of Joe-Jo's Fish and Chicken. With over 15 years of experience in the restaurant business Byron decided to step out of his managerial position and explore ownership. With his knowledge learned over those years, he felt confident owning a restaurant as a natural progression. Byron looks forward to making Joe-Jo’s Fish & Chicken well known and well respected with quality products and service, while staying true to the needs and tastes of his customers.
Byron Hayes and mentor DeMarco Howard
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HNB Financial Training Workshop - Linda M. Jones, Presenter
In October and December, 2019 HNB Executive Director Linda M. Jones conducted financial training workshops for Habitat for Neighborhood Business entrepreneurs and invited guests on her book The Psychodynamics of Finances . Each HNB entrepreneur that attended received a book and a workbook. All attendees received a certificate for completion of the workshop. This workshop is one of a series of workshops provided to assist HNB entrepreneurs.
Capstone Course Presentation – Diversity Gallery  
HNB entrepreneur Leslie Christian-Wilson, owner of Diversity Gallery, participated in the Chaifetz School of Business fall 2019 Capstone course for students in the MBA program. Leslie submitted a proposal that was chosen by graduate students Alexandra Caneris, Becky Lynn, Lindsay Elking, and Kevin Warren to provide consulting services for Leslie and recommendations to enhance her business. The Habitat for Neighborhood Business program awards a grant up to $2500 to fund the recommendations provided to HNB entrepreneurs and Leslie is the latest recipient of the HNB Capstone Grant.
Service Leadership Presentations for HNB Businesses
HNB Program Coordinator Gladys Smith collaborated with St. Louis University Service Leadership Manager Ben Smyth to create an opportunity for SLU Business students to connect with the entrepreneurs in the HNB program. Ben included HNB entrepreneurs in a Leadership course where the students worked with HNB business owners to complete a business needs assessment. At the end of the course the students gave presentations on each business. This project gave the students insight into the operation of small businesses and provided new opportunities for internships with the HNB entrepreneurs.

Participating HNB Entrepreneurs:
  • Leslie Christian-Wilson, Diversity Gallery, LLC
  • Jeanetta Hawkins, Personal Touches by Jeanetta, Inc.
  • Patricia Gregory, Gregory’s Healthy Alternatives, LLC
  • Dorise Robinson, Cardinal Home Health Care Services, LLC and Cardinal Transportation, LLC
  • Bryan Young, Bryan Young’s Catering Kitchen
  • Deborah Norman, Samplings by Ms. Deb, LLC
  • Captain Joel Allred, Sillybles
  • Annette Smoote, Children Are Unique Academy, LLC
CREA Podcast with HNB Entrepreneurs
Charles Bryson, Executive Director of the City of St Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency (CREA) hosted a Facebook Live podcast on November 26, 2019 for Black Black Friday with 9 Habitat for Neighborhood Business entrepreneurs. The HNB Program Coordinator, Gladys Smith, shared information on the Habitat for Neighborhood Business program for the viewing audience and each HNB entrepreneur gave an overview of their business and discussed the benefits for participating in the HNB program.
See the link below for the actual broadcast.

Participating HNB Entrepreneurs:
  • Leslie Christian-Wilson, Diversity Gallery, LLC
  • Byron Hayes, Joe-Jo's Chicken and Fish, LLC
  • Kia Hollis, KJ Stylez LLC
  • Jeanetta Hawkins, Personal Touches by Jeanetta, Inc.
  • Patricia Gregory, Gregory’s Healthy Alternatives, LLC
  • Bryan Young, Bryan Young’s Catering Kitchen, LLC
  • Porscha Outen, Innovations of Excellence, LLC
  • Jana Gamble, It's a Gamble Production DBA Purposed Productions, LLC
  • Travious Brooks, Brooks Family Entertainment, LLC
HNB Industry Experts
HNB is now recruiting volunteer "Industry Experts" who are professionals that provide their expertise to HNB entrepreneurs on an as-needed basis. If you would like more information on joining HNB as a volunteer Industry Expert, call Gladys Smith at the HNB office at 314-977-3625.

Participating HNB Industry Experts:
  • Dave Copeland, Accounting
  • Tommy Davis, Electrical Contracting
  • Terry Donahue, Accounting
  • David Drier, Travel
  • Brian Jones, Education
  • Linda M.Jones - Real Estate
  • Rick Knox, Security
  • Lyah Leflore - Entertainment
  • John McBride, Transportation
  • Tom Stern, Real Estate
  • Rick Sullivan, Construction
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