MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – BJ Chester-Tamayo has been the proprietor of Alcenia’s on North Primary for over 20 years. The restaurant was named after her mom and was created in honor of her son.
“Once I misplaced him in a motorbike accident, I knew I needed to change what I used to be doing,” she mentioned.
After a few years of exhausting work, it was in December 2020 – throughout a world pandemic – when she was capable of lastly buy the constructing the place she operates her restaurant.
All through the method of shopping for the constructing she labored with the Govt Director of the Girls’s Enterprise Heart South.
“She was very instrumental in serving to Alcenia’s by means of mentoring me, by means of ensuring I had my financials so as,” she mentioned.
Venesha Mitchell not too long ago opened a WBC South workplace at Crosstown Concourse. She is trying to assist ladies enterprise house owners navigate what can typically be a difficult panorama.
“There’s nonetheless some disparity so far as alternative to get capital,” mentioned Mitchell.
Mitchell’s purpose proper now’s to assist women-owned companies impacted by the pandemic, just like the work she has completed for Alcenia’s.
“So, that might seem like technical assist, the place somebody is coming in needing assist creating a marketing strategy, or placing collectively monetary projections,” mentioned Mitchell.
WBC South’s workplace additionally presents help with certification, in addition to counseling concerning advertising and contracting.
Chester-Tamayo is presently reworking Alcenia’s a making ready for a reopening on the finish of the summer time. She says she is grateful for Mitchell’s companies and plans to make use of her success to assist others.
“You’ve obtained to be there, you’ve obtained to do what it takes,” mentioned Chester-Tamayo. “Then once you get there, you’ll be able to’t neglect different folks.”
To entry WBC South’s companies, go to the location here.
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