Habitat for Neighborhood Business
August 2021 Newsletter
The August 2021 issue of the Habitat for Neighborhood Business newsletter features HNB entrepreneurs Monique Moore, the owner of Buddy’s Auto and Tire Repair LLC. and Annetta Thomas, a Barber/Stylist, who is the owner of Against the Grainz. Also featured this month is HNB Board member Mark Higgins, a Saint Louis University Professor of Accounting in the Richard Chaifetz School of Business and the former Edward Jones Dean of the Chaifetz School. In his role as Dean, Mark encouraged the hiring of a program manager and of creating collaborations to involve SLU graduate and undergraduate business students with the HNB entrepreneurs. Those collaborations have been successful and are growing. HNB has a new SLU graduate student intern joining the program, Praise Adeyemi who is highlighted this month. Also included in this newsletter is a list of the HNB businesses, with contact information, so that you have a resource to patronize and help support the success of the minority businesses that participate in the HNB program.

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.

HNB Entrepreneurs of the Month
Monique Moore - Buddy's Auto and Tire Repair LLC
Monique Moore is the owner of Buddy’s Auto and Tire Repair LLC. She acquired ownership in October 2020 from her father-in-law Johnny Jones, who established the business in 1960, Monique's husband, Johnnie Moore, assists her in operating the business.

Buddy’s Auto and Tire Repair LLC sells used tires at low prices, and the shop also specializes in oil changes, brakes, and small machine work. The employees at Buddy’s Auto and Tire Repair strive to serve the best, fastest, and friendliest customer service. 

Visit Buddy’s Auto and Tire Repair at 3727 Dr. Martin Luther King St Louis Mo, 63113 or contact them at (314) 688-0012.
Annetta Thomas - Against the Grainz
Annetta Thomas, a Barber/Stylist, is the owner of Against the Grainz. She specializes in men’s grooming, short natural clipper styles, and color. Annetta's primary focus as a professional stylist is to educate her clients on healthy hair care and product knowledge. Every client's experience is unique and customized to their desired hair care goals and needs.  

Annetta has been a licensed Barber for 10+ years and recently opened Against the Grainz in 2019 (located in The Grove). She has a passion to instruct and help build confidence in prospective barbers by allowing them to experience a profession that transforms someone's beauty. She encourages these individuals to embrace their natural talents, and provide an experience like no other!

If you are interested in services from Against the Grainz, click the button below to visit their webpage.
HNB Board Member of the Month
Mark Higgins - HNB Board Member
Mark Higgins is a Professor of Accounting in the Richard Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University. From January 1, 2015, through August 31, 2019, he served as the Edward Jones Dean of the Chaifetz School. In his role as Dean, Mark was asked to join the board by Steve Frank, the HNB-SLU Chairman at that time. As Mark learned more about the organization, he decided it would be a great avenue not only for SLU graduate students to be involved but also for SLU undergraduate students to get involved with the program. HNB entrepreneurs now work with the SLU undergraduate Service Leadership business students and with the graduate students in the SLU Capstone course. Mark also advocated for hiring a full-time person to achieve the mission and vision of HNB. HNB hired an Executive Director, Linda M. Jones, and a full-time program director, Gladys Smith, in 2018. Mark states, "My role now that I am no longer Dean is to provide guidance and assistance where the HNB Board Chair and the HNB SLU Chair need me." Kudos to Mark Higgins, HNB Board Member!
HNB Graduate Intern - Praise Adeyemi
We welcome Praise Adeyemi, a One Year MBA Student at Saint Louis University, as the new Graduate Intern for HNB. Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Praise moved to Mankato, Minnesota to attend Minnesota State University. He graduated this spring with a major in Aviation Management and a minor in Business Administration.

His interest in working with Habitat for Neighborhood Business as a graduate intern stems from owning a business of his own. Knowing the struggles and hurdles start-up entrepreneurs have to go through is definitely something that he can identify with. When the opportunity to work with HNB was presented, he jumped at it. He states, "It is a great opportunity and privilege to be able to help growing businesses in the St. Louis community."

We look forward to your work with us Praise!
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!

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 Web 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 
It's A Gamble Production Film producer, writer Web Page
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 Freight Escort 314-267-2140

Clean Cycle Lounge LLC Laundry Services 314-600-8618

Mykiel Rose LLC Candle Sales 314-240-8959

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

Buddy's Auto and Tire Repair Auto Repair and Tire Sales 314-659-0587

Paton Redevelopment Series LLC Property Redevelopment 877-649-4770

Counseling and Educational Center LLC Counseling Center

Gourmet Soul LLC Soul food restaurant, catering, event venue 

The Butler Group LLC Film production 314-479-2938

Pour Patty's LLC Beverage business 314-503-7144

Against the Grainz LLC, Hair care and grooming services, 314-719-6701
HNB Staff
Linda M. Jones
Executive Director
Gladys Smith, PhD
Program Director
Elyse Lewandowski
Finance Intern
Samantha Schmidt
Marketing Intern
Praise Adeyemi
Graduate Intern
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

Barnali Gupta, Ph.D. - Edward Jones Dean of the Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University

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
HNB Sponsors
Commerce Bank
The Pettus Foundation
Guy B. Jaffe and Judy Schwartz Jaffe Charitable Foundation
of the St. Louis Community Foundation
Black Communities Investment Initiative of the
St. Louis Community Foundation