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Entrepreneur Bios

Lenora Evans, owner of Keiche Kustomz has been in business for over 4 years. I'm a Designer, Seamstress, and Stylist with over 10 years of experience. I've studied Fashion Design at the Art Institute of Charlotte and Business Marketing/Management at Greenville Technical College. My business creates, customizes, and alters apparel to fit the specific needs of males and females ages 18-50. I pride myself on quality and originality.

Christopher Jefferson and Terrance Hawes are co-founders of B.A.R.S. Academy, a progression workshop and e-course based out of Spartanburg, SC. We teach an in depth focus on the key components in becoming a professional artist. Through a customized curriculum designed by gospel award winning artist CeeJ, students will develop into the polished rapper/singer they desire and be well on their way to making their mark in the music industry. B.A.R.S. academy offers a professional photoshoot, professional song recording, and each artist will be featured on an official compilation album. There is also a headlining showcase for each workshop, plus much more. Visit our website at www.barsacademy.com for more information.

My name is Felicia Gentry, and my business is Felicia's Forevermore Events. My events specialize in family celebrations, kids’ birthday parties, conference meetings, and other special events. I have over 3 years of experience in the event planning profession. My main focus is to provide different parties around the community of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Angelle Wilkins owner of Angelique Lovely Things, features one of kind custom made jewelry and Western Leather Landy Handbags and other Accessories. Check out my lines of fine products at Tryon Antique Mall and Market place. My line of Landy Western Leather bags, you will wear out before your Landy wears out…so pass it on!

James and Terri Keenan are the co-owners of JayTee’s Family Dining.  They have a combined 70 plus years of culinary experience. They both grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina where their passion for cooking began to blossom in the kitchen with grandma. James and Terri served on the hospitality committee at their local church for many years. They relocated to Georgia where they served as Hospitality Directors for Harvest Time International Ministries as well as personal chefs for special guests such as Pastors Tony and Cynthia Brazelton, Pastor Ed and Prophetess Brinson and many other guest Pastors. James & Terri have a passion for creating delicious, signature dishes with a soulful taste. The kitchen is their playground to create many flavorful and delectable dishes that will keep you coming back for more. They welcome all to come dine at JayTee’s Family Dining where you will “always” dine with family and feel right at home!

Marquise and Aneika Pearson are the owners of Clean Therapy, a full service cleaning company.  Started in 2015, we are determined to provide excellent customer service along with a goal to make every experience a lasting one.  We stand on the motto: "it's stressful for you...therapy for us!"

Hello, my name is Wanda Cheeks. I am the creator of the only natural hair design shop called Happy 2B Nappy. We specialize in starting and maintaining rasta dreadlocks.  We also do hair braiding and crochet extensions. I’ve done over 300 customers’ hair.  Most of them have been returning for the past 12 years. They are all Happy 2B Nappy!

Jocelyn Jones is the owner of Ladibugg's Photography, an artistic photo service. We are committed to  capturing those priceless moments for families, businesses, and special events. We offer a full service photography and graphic designs to ensure that those memories last a lifetime. Jocelyn has over 10 years in IT experience and over 2 years of photography knowledge. 

Dennis Allen is the owner of Dee's Lawncare. Dennis has over 20 years of experience in the Lawncare industry. Dee's Lawncare offers a wide range of lawncare services including weedeating, edging, mowing, mulching, brush removal, among other services. He offers both residential and commercial lawncare services in the Spartanburg and Greenville markets. His commitment to quality is shown in his treatment of each yard as if it were his own.

Fredrick Tucker is the founder of K.E.Y.S., knowledge of th self is everything for your success. As a native of Spartanburg, SC, Fredrick's second chance staffing business focuses on providing mentoring, skills training, education, legal advice, and community gathering opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals. Through personal experiences and a steadfast commitment to the community of Spartanburg, Fredrick hopes to drive social and economic change in the Northside neighborhood of Spartanburg, SC.

I am Gigail Petty, owner of Let's Celebrate, a family operated event planning company. Inspired by my mother, the "ultimate" hostess, Let's Celebrate originated over twenty years ago when I began hosting celebrations for family and friends and has evolved into a company whose goal is to provide customers with an experience that is unique as they are.