Serial entrepreneur, real estate developer, coach, and mentor, Melissa Wyatt, has spent decades honing her skills through multiple startups and has not stopped innovating despite COVID-19. She is the powerhouse behind MW Enterprises, LLC, a Black-owned privately managed and diversified real estate company that has developed more than $7 million in properties and is focused on building generational wealth for the next generation, uplifting women and people of color in real estate, and making transformation changes in the communities in which she invests.
Melissa also founded the Foundation for Second Chances in 2004, a community-based organization that utilizes hands-on education, mentoring, health awareness, and community service to maximize the potential of youth.
As a real estate developer, Ms. Wyatt has been developing tools to assist her community since the pandemic hit. “We have put safe COVID-19 practices into place that ensure we are staying in contact with our customers. We also have to ensure contractors are safe at construction sites – they are working with various people at once while maintaining social distancing. However, we stay on top of screening and we want to make sure their families are supported as well during this time. The ultimate goal here is to stop the spread of the virus. We’ve also stepped up within our community such as distributing gift cards and food bags, and offering rental assistance to our tenants,” explains Ms. Wyatt.
Her inspiration to continue innovating comes from her grandparents, Black farmers who owned both their land and their home. At a young age, that taught her that Blacks could actually have ownership over real estate. Ms. Wyatt shares, “In my early days of real estate investing, whenever I felt like I was hitting a wall, just knowing how hard my grandparents worked to acquire their own land when in those days people like them faced a lot of barriers kept me going.”
Recently, she launched a farming project paying homage to her grandparents that will also share the history and plight of Black farmers (who own less than 2% of US farmland) and help advocate for community farms to replace food deserts in communities such as the one she grew up in Bakersfield, CA.
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Meet the Newest Owners of This Black-Owned BP Gas Station in Jacksonville, Florida - Bshani Radio App
Jasmine Brown and Kimberly Claridy Walker are the newest African American female owners of a BP gasoline station and convenience store located in Jacksonville, Florida. Both were already successful entrepreneurs but decided to add this profitable franchise to their portfolio to continue being successful during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not only have Jasmine and Kimberly turned their dream into a reality by purchasing a gas station, but they are also using the opportunity to give back to their community. With their new business venture, they have already implemented a second chance felony friendly hiring program.
"We're excited to open our first location in Jacksonville and make history with BP in Jacksonville as being the only local Black-owned gas & convenient store location," said Kimberly. "We have a location that is easily accessible so we can help get drivers back on the road quickly. Jacksonville, Florida is the perfect location to do that."
“We didn’t just do this for us, we did this for everyone. And through this, we plan to open doors for others and hopefully, we can change the narrative of how other corporations view individuals with a background and also to promote collaboration over competition,” said Jasmine.
Jasmine is the founder of The Opulence Firm, a PR firm she launched in 2009 that specializes in event press, sports, fashion line marketing, social media, communications strategy & planning, marketing, and more.
Kimberly, on the other hand, is the founder of Walker Enterprises, which consists of a leading property management firm, a non-profit organization, and a food truck. She also owns and manages boarding housing.
Their BP gas station, located at 6845 Arlington Expressway in Jacksonville, Florida, is a 24/7 operation that offers many amenities including name-brand snacks, a car wash, a food truck on-site, the latest electronics, and more. On their grand opening day in June 2020, their location sold over 58,000 gallons of gas in one day - a huge accomplishment for a station that was performing below average before they acquired it.
Both women strongly feel that their acquisition will not only help them to thrive during the pandemic but also inspire others and open doors for the culture. In fact, they have since started a business consulting group called Boss Ladies On the Move that assists with the development and execution of business plans, franchise acquisitions, and public relations. They have already successfully been able to assist two investment groups to acquire gas stations as well.
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A group of Black entrepreneurs from an organization called Black Wall Street STL is planning to build a business district in North St. Louis, Missouri. They have already applied to the city's Land Reutilization Authority (LRA) to purchase over 8 city blocks equivalent to 283 lots in the area for Black-owned businesses to thrive.
"We are all very interested and invested in our communities, and we know that ownership is a problem, or lack thereof," Ebony Bowden, president of Black Wall Street STL, told St. Louis Public Radio. "We decided to come together and create Black Wall Street to go ahead and get the land so that we can have a foundation."
Instead of waiting for the city officials to help solve the problems of Black people, this group of entrepreneurs who met four years ago have come forward to do it by themselves. They have pooled their money together to purchase the land which will serve as a space for Black businesses.
According to Alderman Brandon Bosley of D-3rd Ward, Black Wall Street STL offered the LRA a total of $150,000 to purchase the space. The properties consist mostly of foreclosures, dilapidated buildings and vacant lots which are conceptualized to be a thriving business district as it reportedly was years ago.
At first, the land could be used for community events, gatherings, and open-air markets, Bowden and Bosley said. Eventually, however, they are hoping that it will house businesses and factories that can bring economic opportunities to the community.
For more information about Black Wall Street STL, visit BlackWallStreet.org
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Once Homeless, This 26-Year Old is Now the Youngest Black Owner of a Subway Franchise in Atlanta - Bshani Radio App
Chris Williams II is a young 26-year old entrepreneur originally from Chicago that has just officially acquired his own Subway franchise, making him currently the youngest Black person to do so in the Atlanta area! Footage of him signing the contract and finalizing the deal immediately went viral on social media.
How he got started
Chris, who was once homeless, started off as a car salesman at a local dealership in Arizona. After 2 years of saving up his money, he was able to pay for the tuition needed to attend the Automotive Dealership Institute in Phoenix. After completing 4 weeks of training, he then started pursuing career opportunities to become a finance manager.
After searching and searching, he finally landed a job as a finance manager at a car dealership right outside of Miami, Florida. There he gained the confidence and experience that he needed to start thinking about owning his business.
He also learned how to raise capital, and later, was able to raise six figures from his personal savings and investors so that he could buy a franchise.
After doing a lot of research, Chris came to the conclusion that pursuing a franchise with Subway was his best course of action. He says that he likes Subway because it is a universally-recognized brand with stability, and they have the most franchised locations in the world.
After attending Subway's first phase orientation class, Chris was able to connect with a franchise owner in Georgia who was looking to sell. Chris then used his skills as a finance manager to negotiate a reasonable price, and the rest is history! He says he recorded the whole negotiation over the phone and will use that to teach others how they too can negotiate business deals.
Chris is very adamant about helping other entrepreneurs from underserved and disadvantaged communities become franchise owners as well. In fact, he is planning to launch a national tour that will teach a course on how to raise capital and pursue franchise and investment opportunities.
Chris comments, "I have created a course to help my fellow entrepreneurs. Raising capital is one of the most challenging parts of entrepreneurship. My course will teach you how I raised $250,000 for my various startups, how I bought my first franchise, and how to become a successful entrepreneur."
For more details about Chris, follow him on Instagram and on Facebook
Also, be sure to support his Subway franchise located at 3162 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, Georgia 30062.
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Siree and Ayanna Morris, a couple from Newark, New Jersey, have opened a drive-thru movie theater called Newark Moonlight Cinema to bring entertainment to people while considering health precautions in the midst of the pandemic.
The duo of filmmaker and real estate developer thought of the idea from the screening of Ayanna's documentary Why Is We Americans? that was held at an outdoor film festival earlier this year. It is the first drive-thru movie theater that operated in the state since the mid-1960s.
Newark Moonlight Cinema, which is located at the former Newark Bears baseball stadium, can hold up to 350 cars per screening. Moviegoers can enjoy the movies from the comfort of their cars via a 55-foot screen and audio that's available on each car's radio. There are also food and snack options available via the Fanfood app.
Since launching, the new outdoor theater has shown movies such as Just Mercy, Girls Trip, Set It Off, and Creed 2 that highlight Black filmmakers, talents, and arts as well as those that emerged from Newark. It is scheduled to show one movie per night every Friday to Sunday until October 4.
For more information about Newark Moonlight Cinema or to buy tickets, visit www.newarkmoonlight.com
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Jay Z and RocNation are partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. Enrollment for students will begin the fall of 2021 and 25% of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships. With the scholarship, hopefully students will graduate without any debt. -
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Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, has picked California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. Biden, and Harris, will formally accept the party's nomination at the Democratic National Convention next week.
"You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President. I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021," Biden wrote in a email to staffers.
Harris is the only Black woman serving in the U.S. Senate. Before being elected in 2016, Harris was California's Attorney General.
The Biden campaign said that they have staffers in place to assist Harris with the rigors of running a national campaign. Karine Jean-Pierre, will be chief of staff, Liz Allen will serve as communications director, and Sheila Nix will be a senior adviser to Harris and her spouse.
Harris is just the third woman to be picked as a vice-presidential candidate for a major party's ticket.
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