Habitat for Neighborhood Business
April 2021 Newsletter
The April 2021 issue of the Habitat for Neighborhood Business newsletter features the founder and Board Chair for Habitat for Neighborhood Business, Doug Brown, a former Enterprise Rent a Car executive. Doug's vision and determination made HNB a reality to ultimately bring more commerce to underserved St. Louis city neighborhoods. This month we also feature two HNB entrepreneurs, Dorise Robinson, owner of Cardinal Healthcare Services, LLC, and Travious Brooks, owner of Brooks Family Entertainment, LLC. Read about their products and services. Our HNB mentor of the Month is DeMarco Howard, owner of Gobble Stop Smokehouse restaurant. DeMarco mentors HNB entrepreneur Byron Hayes, owner of Joe-Jo's Fish and Chicken. DeMarco is an example of the business professionals who share their expertise through mentoring HNB entrepreneurs. Lastly, featured is a recent St. Louis Magazine interview with HNB Board member Brooks Goedeker, Executive Director of St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment, who is serving as an ambassador for Saint Louis University and SSM Health, working to bring private investment to Midtown. Read about his work and the new developments in Midtown in the article.
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
Dorise Robinson - Owner of Cardinal Healthcare Services

Dorise Robinson is the owner of Cardinal Healthcare Services, LLC. Cardinal Healthcare Services, LLC provides personal care attendant (PCA) services to eligible individuals (seniors or disabled), enabling them to live independently. This service gives peace of mind, a sense of security, control through choice, and trust to the client. Cardinal Healthcare Services, LLC also provides Consumer Directed Services, Private Duty and VetAssist® for military veterans. For more information, please visit their website.
Travious Brooks - Owner of Brooks Family Entertainment
Travious Brooks, owner of Brooks Family Entertainment, started the business in 2016. They are a full-service party rental and entertainment company, featuring bounce houses and slides. From birthday parties, to weddings, to a whole midway of fun, they can do it all! Brooks Family Entertainment, located in Saint Louis MO, believes in making the event one you will never forget. They offer complete party planning for any occasion throughout IL & MO. They are a fully insured company and flexible in regard to drop-off and pick-up times upon request. Visit their website for more information.
HNB Mentor of the Month
DeMarco Howard, owner, Gobble Stop Smokehouse
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 St. Louis Magazine. HNB 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.” Congratulations to DeMarco Howard as HNB Mentor of the Month!
HNB Board Member of Month
Doug Brown - Founder and Board Chair - HNB
The founder of the Habitat for Neighborhood Business® (HNB)* Douglas Brown, initially observed the near absence of businesses in economically challenged neighborhoods when visiting cities throughout the country in his years with Enterprise Rent-a-Car®. With assistance and collaboration from Saint Louis University, Doug spent two years meeting with people in area neighborhoods in need of renewal, while at the same time confirming similar conditions in other cities. Armed with this information, support from the Business School at Saint Louis University, and a conviction that something must be done. Doug gathered friends, a handful of SLU alumni, and others of like mind and with significant skill and patience launched Habitat for Neighborhood Business.

Since “retirement,” in addition to HNB, Doug has owned, partnered with, or consulted for ASPEQ, Corporate Creations, Environmental Management; Jupiter Medical Center, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, McBride & Son, MyClinic Jupiter, Paric Construction, Peak Technical Staffing, Strategically Acquired Real Estate, Tampa General Hospital, Waterway Wash and Winghaven. Doug has also been highly recognized by Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Saint Louis University, and the leading Fleet Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Auto Fleet People of the 20th Century.
St. Louis Magazine features HNB Board Member Brooks Goedecker
For a hype man, Brooks Goedeker is not an amped-up guy—not really ever, but specifically not on the November afternoon I’m riding shotgun in his Ford Explorer. We’re rolling east on Chouteau toward Grand (both wearing masks) and he’s making the case—in his slow, quiet way, and as an ambassador for Saint Louis University and SSM Health in their bid to lure private investment to Midtown—that sure, this industrial patch of the city may look bleak, but it could be The Next Big Thing in the city’s central corridor, that belt of prosperity between Forest Park and the Arch. Or, to use Goedeker’s phraseology: “It’s totally set up to succeed.” ... Read More
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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 44 entrepreneurs 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 Production Film producer, writer Facebook 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

Matthew633 LLC Christian Specialty Products 317-777-5966

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

Paton Redevelopment Series LLC Property Redevelopment 877-649-4770

SPOTS Enterprises LLC Property Redevelopment 314-550-2301

Counseling and Educational Center LLC Counseling Center
HNB Staff
Linda M. Jones
Executive Director
Gladys Smith, PhD
Program Coordinator
Johnny Dolan
Graduate Assistant
Samantha Schmidt
Marketing 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

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
The Pettus Foundation
Guy B. Jaffe and Judy Schwartz Jaffe Charitable Foundation of the
St. Louis Community Foundation
Commerce Bank