Founder Of Leading Black-Owned Construction Firm Honored With Prestigious Award

Rodney Greenup, the Founder and President of Greenup Industries, a leading Black-owned provider of industrial construction and maintenance services, is celebrating that his firm has been honored with the prestigious Gold Safety Award by Highwire, which is presented to companies registering a safety score of 85-95% in the Safety Assessment Program.

Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Greenup Industries has proven its commitment to safety and its efforts to maintain a safe work environment for its employees, contractors, and customers. The company has implemented rigorous safety protocols and training programs to ensure compliance with industry safety standards, and regulations.

In addition to its focus on safety, Greenup Industries has also leveraged the power of Highwire to mitigate contractor risk, streamline operations, and improve project outcomes. Highwire’s innovative technology platform has enabled the company to manage its contractor risk more effectively, reduce costs, and improve overall project per projects.

Rodney comments, “As a trusted solutions provider, our company has also been the recipient of other awards including the Gold Medal Award presented by Shell/Norco, the Contractor Safety Award, presented by CAST, Supplier of the presented by Tier III, Emerging Growth Company Award, presented by ACG and many more.”

Greenup Industries provides a full range of onboarding solutions, maintenance and design services, and specialty construction services to our diverse set of clients. They offer effective onboarding, reduced costs, accountability, and consistent vetting of vendors. The company has clocked over 500,000 safe work man-hours.

To learn more about the benefits of working with Greenup Industries, call (225) 283-4843 or visit their official website at

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Chicago’s Newest Black Woman-Owned Real Estate Firm Launches With Historic Event

True Investor, a trailblazing organization committed to empowering women in real estate, is elated to share the success of its groundbreaking event co-hosted with The Closing Firm. The event took place recently at the iconic Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, in the Presidential Suite, the very room where President Barack Obama received the call that marked a historic moment in American history, according to hotel staff, during Black History Month.

True Investor’s celebration unfolded as an inspirational evening where women investors from diverse backgrounds gathered to network, share insights, and empower each other. The event honored the achievements of women in real estate and offered resources to empower female investors in advancing their journey and constructing a lasting legacy.

Attendees of the event had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in an atmosphere rich with historical significance while engaging in networking, peer discussions, and interactive sessions to help create their annual investment plan. These activities were carefully curated to foster connections, provide valuable insights, and inspire women to thrive in the world of investing.

“We are thrilled to announce the successful culmination of our launch event in a venue that holds immense historical weight,” remarked Shymane Robinson, Founder of True Investor. “By convening on this day, we celebrated the accomplishments of women investors and strengthened our commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion, and empowerment in the real estate industry.”

The event showcased the dedication of True Investor to advancing the visibility and influence of women in real estate. As the world acknowledges the crucial role diversity plays in all sectors, True Investor remains steadfast in championing the contributions of women to the global economy and their potential to drive positive change.

True Investor extends its gratitude to the women investors of all levels who participated in this historic celebration of empowerment, solidarity, and progress. The event underscored the significance of honoring the past, embracing the present, and shaping the future of real estate together.

Shymane comments, “A special thank you to our sponsors: Guaranteed Rate Affinity, True Lawyer, The Closing Firm LLC, FMS Investor Financing, First American Title.”

True Investor is a Black-owned pioneering organization dedicated to empowering women in real estate investment. Through education, networking, and mentorship initiatives, True Investor strives to amplify the voices of women investors, promote diversity and inclusion in the real estate industry, and inspire the next generation of female leaders. Learn more and subscribe to our newsletter at


Two Black Women Founders Acquire Historic Building In Downtown Pittsburgh For $4M

Khamil Bailey and Samantha Black, the founders of The Greenwood Plan, a nonprofit organization rooted in empowering Black entrepreneurship, have made a significant milestone in downtown Pittsburgh by taking ownership of the iconic Pitt Building for $4 million. The three-story structure is set to transform into a dynamic hub for Black creatives, freelancers, and business professionals.

The Greenwood Plan, named after Tulsa’s Greenwood District also known as Black Wall Street, officially sealed the deal in December 2023.

“We want this to be a Black business incubator… allow Black businesses to operate in downtown storefronts where they may not have otherwise been able to do so because the terms are not normally favorable,” Bailey told the New Pittsburgh Courier.

Bailey emphasized their approach involves programming and rent subsidies, offering a helping hand to navigate these spaces and tap into the revenue that comes with the downtown traffic.

Among Bailey’s plans is the inclusion of Black chefs and restaurateurs, aiming to create a four-star restaurant focusing on high-quality Black cuisine. The Pitt Building’s second floor already hosts Emerald City, a 12,000-square-foot coworking and social space launched by The Greenwood Plan in 2021.

Now with the whole building in their ownership, The Greenwood Plan seeks to connect partners, resources, and initiatives to Black entrepreneurs, professionals, gig workers, and creatives. Greenwood Week and its annual business conference remain a pivotal event in their strategic plan, aiming to democratize knowledge and build social capital in the Pittsburgh Black business community.

“I know that back in the early 1900s, there were Black businesses that operated Downtown,” Bailey said. “We want to bring that back, remind people that we (African Americans) are a part of a thriving economy just as anybody else, not just as consumers but as wealth-builders.”

Learn more about the organization via its official website at

Also, be sure to follow them on Instagram @GreenwoodPlan


Black-Owned Construction Company Awarded $215M Contract To Renovate Charlotte Hornets Arena

D.A. Everett Construction Group, a Black-owned construction company, is set to take charge of the $215 million renovation project for the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC. Donovan Everett, the 42-year-old President and Owner of D.A. Everett Construction Group, shared his excitement to be part of the renovations of the arena where the Charlotte Hornets play.”It’s been an exciting opportunity to do this because it’s such a high-profile project,” Everett told QCity Metro. “Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime, particularly for a local, homegrown company like ours.”

Everett got his start in construction from his father back in Beaufort, NC. He studied business management at NC State University, then went on to earn certificates in healthcare construction and contractor licenses across North Carolina, South Carolina, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In 2013, he launched D.A. Everett Construction Group in Raleigh, NC. Over the years, Donovan has overseen various projects across the region, including renovations at Bojangles Coliseum, CMPD, and multiple schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District. The company, which just recently moved its headquarters to Charlotte, earned recognition as one of Charlotte’s top Black-owned companies in 2022 based on revenue.

When the opportunity to renovate Spectrum Center came, Donovan teamed up with Turner Construction, known for their work on the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. After a rigorous selection process in 2023, they secured the project and started planning.

The project, called Re!magine Spectrum Center, aims to enhance various aspects of the arena. Plans include adding 2,500 lower-level seats, upgrading concourses and breezeways, and modernizing club and food-beverage areas. The renovations are scheduled to commence in May 2024, with completion expected by May 2025.

“Whether it’s concerts, basketball or whatever event, the Spectrum Center will be the place to be,” Everett said.

Learn more about the company via its official website at

Also, be sure to follow their Instagram @DAEverettConstructionGroup_


Meet The Black Entrepreneurs Transforming Shipping Containers Into Affordable Homes

Jessica Lewis and Ibrahim Smith, the founders of MOBU Enterprises, are making history as the newest Black-owned company that specializes in building disaster-resistant homes using sustainable construction methods. Their company is a pioneering shipping container enterprise recognized for its innovative affordable housing approach.

To further its mission, MOBU Enterprises has proudly announced its collaboration with An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC (AOAGWLLC) as its new public relations firm. This strategic partnership aims to elevate MOBU’s industry presence and underscore its commitment to transforming communities through green construction.

Jessica comments, “AOAGWLLC is the ideal PR partner for business owners seeking to enhance brand visibility. Their industry credibility, verified workmanship, and dynamic online presence impressed me during my due diligence.”

Raquel Riley Thomas, Owner and CEO of An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC, expressed her excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to be working with MOBU Enterprises, a company that not only pioneers innovation in sustainable housing but also shares our commitment to making a positive impact on communities. Together, we look forward to shaping a narrative that reflects their dedication to excellence and positive change.”

Focused on efficiency and innovation, MOBU Enterprises has emerged as a leading force, transforming communities and revitalizing neighborhoods through its streamlined projects. The company’s comprehensive team of general contractors, engineers, and interior designers enables them to complete projects in less than 90 days, providing clients with a one-stop shop for buildouts.

Steel shipping containers, which were once used for cargo transport, are now being repurposed by their company to create unique and sustainable homes. Customized interiors transform these containers into comfortable and modern living environments, with the construction of a custom structure typically taking between four to 12 weeks, showcasing MOBU’s commitment to efficient and timely project delivery.

To learn more about MOBU Enterprises, visit

Also, be sure to follow the MOBU brand on Facebook @ShippingLiving

To learn more about An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC, visit

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Meet The 39-Year-Old Black Mom Investor Who Flips Mobile Homes

Meet Nichole Briscoe, a 39-year-old African American mom and social worker from Burlington, North Carolina who doubled her monthly earnings from $3,000 to $7,000 as she built her side hustle of flipping mobile homes.

Nichole, living with her husband and daughter, initially aimed to invest in real estate for extra family income, she told Business Insider. However, faced with the high prices of single-family homes, she discovered a niche in the market for mobile homes. These affordable prefab structures, often serving as permanent residences, have a demand, especially for those unable to afford traditional houses.

Inspired to delve into real estate, Nichole took a $500 course on mobile home investments, enabling her to enter this market. She secured a $20,000 home improvement loan, rehabbing mobile homes in North Carolina for under $10,000. After renovation costs ranging from $3,000 to $15,000, she sells these homes for nearly double or triple her investment.

Briscoe’s flips, typically 900 sq ft with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, attract buyers without active marketing. Word of mouth and social media, like Facebook and Instagram, generate enough interest. She even has a waiting list for her properties, indicating the strong demand for affordable housing.

Making the homes even more accessible, she offers a “rent-to-own” option. Buyers pay monthly installments of $600 to $900 until they meet the sale price, allowing flexibility over three to five years.

Beyond flipping, Nichole engages in wholesaling, a strategy where she contracts with a seller at a lower price and finds a buyer willing to pay more without renovation costs. This approach has earned her about $45,000 from wholesaling 13 mobile homes.

Moreover, she has established an LLC called Eliam Properties and shares her journey on Instagram as “The Mobile Home Mami” with her over 93,000 followers. Despite her success, Nichole plans to continue balancing her social work with her real estate business, seeing the potential for a full-time transition in the future.

“I do really love my job working with students,” she said. “In the future, I definitely see potential in this becoming full time but not right now.”

Be sure to follow Nichole on her Instagram @MobileHome_Mami

Also, be sure to join her Facebook group where she teaches how to invest in mobile homes.


Meet The Black Female Architect Behind Nigeria’s Multi-Million Dollar Real Estate Projects

Meet Olajumoke Adenowo, the remarkable Black female architect who is responsible for some of Nigeria’s top real estate projects. In a field traditionally dominated by men, she has defied the odds and achieved great success throughout her career.

Adenowo was first inspired to pursue a career in architecture after a visit to Paris, where she was captivated by the magnificent structures she encountered. Determined to bring the same level of architectural excellence to Africa, she embarked on her journey in the field.

She started her career at Femi Majekodunmi Associates architectural firm and quickly rose through the ranks, proving her passion and dedication. She shared that while others were enjoying their leisure time, she would be found at the office, even late at night.

“I think my boss saw my passion and he gave me a chance. If we had more mentors like that in Africa, I believe the younger generation would blossom faster,” Adenowo told Wakanda Africa News.

At the age of 25, she established her own company, which has since become a world-class organization known for its excellence in architecture.

Throughout her career, Adenowo has built an impressive portfolio, working on notable projects that have garnered attention both locally and internationally. Some of her noteworthy works include the Nigerian Stock Exchange building, the Heritage Bank Headquarters, and the Ekiti State Liaison Office in Lagos.

Her exceptional performance has earned her prestigious accolades, including the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award, the Rare Gems Award, the New African Business Woman of the Year Award, and the International Property Awards, among others.

Be sure to follow her on Instagram @JumokeAdenowo


Meet The Black Woman Whose Company Cleans Sports Arenas For Major Events Like The World Series

Meet Sheena Parker, the founder and CEO of 4SYT Industries, a Black woman-owned facility maintenance company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her company has secured big contracts with major buildings and venues including the Citizens Bank Park in Philadephia in preparation for the 2022 World Series.

Sheena’s company has played a role in the Phillies’ World Series run and she is proud of it. 4SYT is the one responsible for cleaning the Citizens Bank Park before and after the games. Even after a rain cancellation, the crew of 150 members had to pressure wash all the 43,035 seats in the venue, making sure it is ready for the next game.

“My guys work super hard and they work all night,” she told ABC6. “We do pressure washing, trash pickup, and janitorial.”

Parker said her company also prepares the Citizens Bank Park for other concerts and events, not only the World Series. Aside from that, 4SYT is responsible for all state buildings in Delaware and the Atlanta public school system as well as several buildings and venues in 6 states along the East Coast.

Parker takes pride in knowing that her company is only one of the few Black-owned companies to secure such big contracts, which she did not really expect at first. In a field of work dominated by men, Parker, who is also an army veteran, said she is usually the only Black woman, or sometimes even the only woman, when she visits sites. She hopes to encourage more women and minorities who also have big goals.

“We all have the fear,” she said. “And I would just suggest that anyone push through that fear with whatever dream or business that they want to start. They just go ahead and do it.”

For more information about 4SYT Industries, visit


HBCU Grad Launches First Ever Black Woman-Owned Strip Mall Opens In Washington, DC

Angel Gregorio, a serial entrepreneur and Howard University alum, has launched the first-ever Black-owned strip mall in Washington, DC with affordable commercial space specifically for other Black women business owners.

In December 2021, Gregorio bought a 7,500-square-foot commercial property worth $1 million to expand her business The Spice Suite. The property looked dilapidated but she saw the potential to develop it into something that would benefit a lot of emerging local businesses.

Gregorio, who is a former school principal, has always wanted to make a positive impact in the community. She changed careers and opened The Spice Suite in 2015 to provide unique and special spice blends despite having no culinary background. Eventually, it evolved into a dream incubator for women that allows them to sell products in the shop for free.

Since then, Gregorio has hosted nearly 500 free pop-up shops for Black business owners, proving to be a go-to for small business incubation. As its reach continues to grow, The Spice Suite outgrew its first location, prompting Gregorio to move to a bigger one.

After over a year since buying the run-down property and remodeling it, Gregorio launched Black and Forth, a first-of-its-kind strip mall in Washington, DC that uses shipping containers to serve as commercial spaces. Now with a larger area, she created a new destination not just for The Spice Suite, but also for other businesses such as hair, brow, nail, and waxing salons.

Moreover, Gregorio aims to support and empower more businesses through commercial spaces, especially in cities like D.C. where the rent prices continue to increase unreasonably.

“I want this to become the model,” she shared during her ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to AfroTech. “I want to be able to consult for free and talk to other people on how to do this in your city, in your quadrant, so this becomes the standard of how we care for each other and how we show up for community.”

The strip mall is located at 2201 Channing St NE, Washington, DC 20018.

For more details, visit and be sure to follow the company on Instagram @Black.And.Forth