WEMC Lunch and Learn with Area Bank Lenders

WEMC Lunch and Learn with Area Bank Lenders

If you are interested in getting financing for your business.  This Meeting is for you!!  Come and learn from the bank’s decision makers! How to apply and get approved for business loans!

When
Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
Where
Empire Board Of Realtist Building – 686 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd sw, Atlanta, Ga 30310

NeighborWorks, when Neighbors Work

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About 3 years ago  I was able to spend a week attending a NeighborWorks community development/stabilization conference and classes.  A few weeks prior, I found out I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I KNEW it would not be easy to attend as all of my pregnancies have been “high risk”, however  “not easy “  was an understatement.  In between violently vomiting (all day “morning sickness”), sharp muscle spasms in my back,  and having a condition which produced excessive  saliva, I was able to network with others dedicated to community development and rebuilding blighted urban areas.  It was one of the most draining and yet- exciting times in my life, especially being that it was held in New Orleans….a city not fully recovered from the Katrina devastation. 

I can not believe that was nearly 3 years ago. Ironically,  like in childbirth the pains and hardship one endures in that time (before and during labor) become a memory, once that which you anticipate has arrived.  Now, it’s just the growing pains.

We have  hundreds of  Non-Profits in the West End of Atlanta and many new businesses come to our NPU seeking support with this status and mission to help rebuild. Most claim to do  community development, or provide homebuyer resources.  Honestly, I have seen very little impact from any agency within my neighborhoods.  Yes, we do have UCDC (University Community Development Corporation) who have successfully participated in the NSP program-  rehabed and resold homes to a few owner occupants. However, the success ratio of these non-profits make it very difficult for me to support them.

 Why are those who have made it their business to redevelop communities limited in their accomplishments? Some will say they are lacking financial resources (grants are limited) and others may be lacking support.  I personally believe the “business” of  community development can not be a 9-5 Mon- Friday business alone.   There were many things I learned during the week in New Orleans,  one thing that resonates throughout my community is that a stabilized safe  neighborhood can not be built without resident involvement.  In our communities, what I do see are  neighbors with no affiliation to anything, nor  “C3’s”   bringing in new residents, orchestrating clean ups, and public safety meetings.

 In that spirit, this January 2013, Area West Realty will  join with  “Committed To Communities” in their event sponsored by The Beltline Team, Invest Atlanta and Wells Fargo Neighborhood Lift on a mission to support our neighbors with their efforts of community development.   During this time, we will showcase available homes,  affordability programs and some of the best features in our communities.  We are making available, the City of Atlanta, bank reps and * RRC for one on one (no-strings-attached) conversations.  We only need YOU

Mark your calendar January 12th for this event. We appreciate our neighbors and will have special “Thank You’s” for YOUR community development efforts.  ( more information to come).

Side Note:

Reynoldstown Revitalization Corporation, or RRC has successfully helped many potential home owners work on their credit, understand the home buying and ownership process.

I  also encourage those in the business, and neighbors NOT in the business,  to invest in additional training at NeighborWorks America.  The information received is priceless, the connections made will change lives.

For information on past Committed to Communities events.

You never know who you know, until you ask…

I have over 3,000 Facebook friends. It never occurred to me to ask one for help in any way. -Until today. I have an amazing team working on my website and developing my brand, but they are finally taking a well deserved break- when suddenly EVERYTHING has become urgent in my life. After months of ME working and being too busy to focus on my brand, I jumped up with a “just do it” attitude. My “Just Do It” team is in Europe.  Funny. Isn’t  it always like this?

Today I decided it was time for Area West to have a “Facebook” page of her own but my logo would not upload in an appropriate side. After 45mins of fighting and pretending to be a graphic designer (because I’m NIA KNOWLES and can do ANYTHING) …I had to give this one up to a professional. I just put it out there. Right on my Facebook page; ‘I NEED HELP’.

You would not believe the number of responses I received. Then I started to review the websites, and work of the friends…. I’m amazed! I know big people, doing great things- wanting to HELP ME…

I feel very blessed. I am now looking for how I can return the favor.

Here is a website to one of the great designers.  Thank you good,clean design

…oh, another bonus, they are in my neighboring Beltline Community!

good,clean design | 370 deckner ave,sw | atlanta, ga 30310
P: 404.756.0230 | F: 404.753.9468 | info@goodcleandesign.com

America Recycles Day

-November 15

Keep America Beautiful has created materials for event organizers like you to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action in your community.  In addition to a downloadable “Go-to-Guide” to make it easy for you to organize a local event to get the word out, also available are free America Recycles Day banners, bookmarks, buttons, pencils, pledge cards and posters on a first-registered, first serve basis.  To set up an account and register your America Recycles Day 2011 event go to: America Recycles Day.   After setting up your account, hit the register button and you will be taken to the registration site: Register Here! Thank you for your efforts to engage your community and increase recycling! Share this with your friends, co-workers, PTA, civic associations, etc—let’s make this the largest ever ARD in history!!!

New West End Cafe

Cafe O

842 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd (across from the Mall West End)

http://www.Cafe0.webs.com

404-758-1575

**This Cafe is just what we needed in the West End! Great food, good prices and welcoming people! My favorite was the Fish Tacos. You can’t beat the price; 3 (normal size tacos) for $5!** Tell Suna and Heather, “Nia” referred you!