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Nature’s Own Herb Shop, Inc.

Ardina Pierre, owner of Nature’s Own Herb Shop in Hapeville, Ga., is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a licensed nurse.  After working several years in nursing and experiencing the protocol in healthcare, she knew people needed more education on nutrition and diseases. This gap, along with her father who was a lifelong entrepreneur, inspired Ardina to open a business to help people resolve their health issues through natural products, education, and consultations.

In the late 90s, Ardina began researching the best way to start her business and went to a One Stop Capital Shop, which was a partnership at the time between the U.S. Small Business Administration and local communities to offer small business assistance in urban and rural areas. Ardina decided to purchase a business and was assigned an SBA counselor who counseled her on marketing, finance, SBA loans, and other business topics for 15 years.

Ardina’s SBA counselor also... Read More

Destiny Brewton, founder and CEO of A House Called Hue in Atlanta, grew up watching her grandfather work multiple family businesses from parking cars to making and selling Easter baskets to selling custom-made apparel. It was the norm for Destiny and everyone in her family to help and so it’s not a surprise that she’s now an entrepreneur herself.

Destiny started her entrepreneurial journey in 2016, providing African American themed head wraps, t-shirts, and pens. After a few years she realized she need to look for items that were low cost with a high yield and pivoted to custom embroidery products. Her business caters to other small businesses by providing their branding a professional look and feel.

“I heard about the SBA via my research in starting a successful business,” Destiny said. “The SBA was mentioned a multitude of times as a source of not only funding but educational resources and support.”

Destiny connected with SBA’s resource partner, UGA Small... Read More

Chef Sonya Jones always dreamed of running her own business. Growing up, she worked in her family’s neighborhood cafe, which fueled her desire to become an entrepreneur. She wanted to run her own restaurant, so she attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York City.

Today, Chef Sonya is the owner of Sweet Auburn Bread Company, which is one of the most well-known Southern bakeries in Atlanta. Her customers have even included former President Bill Clinton and Food Network Star Rachael Ray.

Chef Sonya first heard about the U.S. Small Business Administration while conducting research on how to start her business. During the initial planning stage of Sweet Auburn Bread Company, she sought assistance from a SCORE Mentors office in Atlanta who helped her with the counseling she need to launch her bakery in 1997. Over the years of running her business, she continued to reach out the SBA Georgia District Office and other resource partners for assistance.

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After Scottie Johnson retired from the U.S. Army after 26 years of service in field artillery, he wanted to do something completely different. Because he loved cooking, he graduated from Culinary Arts School so he and his wife could start their own private chef service. Today, he’s an award-winning chef, author and owner of Blessed and Highly Favored Cuisine LLC. The company brings gourmet dinners to the comfort of their client’s home or business in Kathleen, Georgia.

Scottie first learned about the SBA through his wife Lowanda and a friend who was very familiar with SBA programs and services. He was able to align himself with other veteran entrepreneurs through the Boots to Business class, an entrepreneurial education and training program for transitioning service members and their spouses. The program is offered through SBA’s resource partner the Georgia Veterans Business Outreach Center.

Scottie said Boots to Business helped him learn about how available resources... Read More