MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – BJ Chester-Tamayo has been the proprietor of Alcenia’s on North Major for over 20 years. The restaurant was named after her mom and was created in honor of her son.
“After I misplaced him in a bike accident, I knew I needed to change what I used to be doing,” she stated.
After a few years of arduous 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 Ladies’s Enterprise Middle South.
“She was very instrumental in serving to Alcenia’s by mentoring me, by ensuring I had my financials so as,” she stated.
Venesha Mitchell lately opened a WBC South workplace at Crosstown Concourse. She is seeking to assist ladies enterprise homeowners navigate what can typically be a difficult panorama.
“There’s nonetheless some disparity so far as alternative to get capital,” stated Mitchell.
Mitchell’s purpose proper now could be to assist women-owned companies impacted by the pandemic, just like the work she has achieved for Alcenia’s.
“So, that would appear like technical help, the place somebody is coming in needing assist creating a marketing strategy, or placing collectively monetary projections,” stated Mitchell.
WBC South’s workplace additionally affords help with certification, in addition to counseling concerning advertising and contracting.
Chester-Tamayo is presently transforming Alcenia’s a making ready for a reopening on the finish of the summer season. She says she is grateful for Mitchell’s providers and plans to make use of her success to assist others.
“You’ve bought to be there, you’ve bought to do what it takes,” stated Chester-Tamayo. “Then once you get there, you possibly can’t neglect different folks.”
To entry WBC South’s providers, go to the location here.
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