Habitat for Neighborhood Business Newsletter
October 2019
Mentor of the Month
Ray Barrett is an outstanding entrepreneur who founded several enterprises. He began by founding Landshire Food Systems, which he then developed into a multimillion-dollar company and sold it in 1977. Ray is also an inventor and holder of several patents, including products developed for Landshire and Biomedical Systems along with the Triple Track ™ golf ball alignment system.
Ray joined HNB and is serving as the mentor for Jeanetta Hawkins.
Business Owner of the Month
Personal Touches by Jeanetta is an award-winning Special Events Production Company providing design, party/furniture rentals, production and entertainment services. Jeanetta has hosted over 4,000 events in her 30 years of running her business. She is also one of two Entrepreneurs of the Year at the 19 th Annual Salute to Excellence in Business

Contact Jeanetta for a free consultation:

(314) 280-6156   |   jahill1600@gmail.com
St. Louis American's Salute to Excellence in Business Awards Luncheon on November 30, 2018. From left: Diane Barrett, Ray Barrett, Jeanetta Hawkins, Gladys Smith and Linda M. Jones.
HNB Community Partner – Lou Hawn, Icon Agility Services
One entrepreneur who has contributed services to HNB is Lou Hawn, owner of Icon Agility Services. Lou provides pro bono web strategy, content creation, design, and hosting services for the HNB entrepreneurs. He has developed websites for Diversity Gallery, Create Community, KDZ Demolition and Construction, Children are Unique Academy and God First and others are in progress. 
Click to see his website click directly on photos
HNB Industry Specialist – Rick Knox
HNB also welcomes Industry Specialists - individuals who have knowledge and talents that they can share through workshops and individual consultation on business issues that impact the HNB entrepreneurs’ businesses. Our newest HNB Industry Specialist is former Olivette Police Chief Rick Knox, who will provide support to the HNB entrepreneurs on security issues for business owners.
Contact Program Coordinator Gladys Smith at 314-977-3625 to discuss joining HNB as an HNB Business Specialist. 
HNB Service Leadership Student Volunteer – Samantha Schmidt
Samantha Schmidt is a sophomore in the Chaifetz School of Business and a member of the Service Leadership Program. After HNB Program Coordinator Gladys Smith gave a presentation on HNB in her Leadership course, Samantha decided to volunteer for the program, and as a Marketing major, to use her marketing skills to assist HNB. She has been on board for two weeks, and her first project was the HNB October 2019 newsletter. Samantha’s commitment reflects the goals of Service Leadership and we are honored to have her as a HNB student volunteer.
Board Members - Habitat for Neighborhood Business
Tom Bailey
Urban League of Metro St. Louis, VP Development
Steven Barron, Vice President
Philip H. Barron Realty, President
Douglas Brown, Chairman
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Waterway Wash, WingHaven, Retired Executive/Principal
David Copeland, Secretary/Treasurer
RubinBrown LLP, Retired CFO
Terry Donohue, CIO
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Retired Executive
Steven Frank
Plancorp, Vice Chairman
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, Counsel
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC, Officer
Thomas Stern, HNB-SLU
Program Chair
Gershman Commercial Real Estate, Executive Board Chairman
Rick Sullivan
Special Administrative Board of the St. Louis Public School District, President; McBride Homes, Retired Chairman
Lynette Sledge Watson
Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center, Business Development Manager
Richard Weinstock, Mentor Executive
Boeing Company, Retired Executive
Program Update
We are excited to report that during 2019 our Habitat for Neighborhood Business program at Saint Louis University experienced its most significant growth in our 12-year history.

We have grown to more than two dozen business owners with mentors in place or in the process of being matched. Additionally, we significantly expanded the number volunteer industry/subject matter specialists and added HNB team-led classroom programing for our entrepreneurs at the university.

The Chaifetz School of Business at SLU added an important program for HNB through the Service Leadership Program; it is a resource for teaching valuable leadership skills, as well as providing informal networking and learning opportunities for and with students which will benefit both the entrepreneur and student. Also, a team of graduate students, HNB staff and two volunteer mentor specialists successfully completed another Capstone Project (Strategic Business Plan) for an entrepreneur which included a $2,500 HNB grant for implementation of the team’s recommendations.

We are proud of the continued success of our HNB business center on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. In the words our alderman, Sam Moore, “HNB continues to serve as a beacon for the Ville neighborhood.”

On August 1, we held a meet-and-greet at SLU’s School of Law to introduce eighteen entrepreneurs and their mentors to more than 100 HNB supporters, educators and prospective customers where they displayed and discussed their businesses, resulting in valuable connections and some new customers.

Given the response to our recent initiatives, we are increasingly convinced HNB’s and SLU’s mission of community improvement within underserved neighborhoods is important for our region, quality of life for our entrepreneurs, and brings services, hope and pride for every family living within the neighborhoods we support.

This year we reached $200,000 in our SLU Endowment which continues to benefit from a dollar for dollar match for all gifts. Our goal is $1,000,000 to help secure the program’s future. On behalf of Saint Louis University, the tireless HNB staff, volunteers, students, faculty, board, and of course our entrepreneurs, we ask that you consider financially supporting us on this journey