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Our Mission

Recent years have been exciting and rewarding for the Simon Green Atkins Community Development Corporation as we move forward with our efforts to transform Winston-Salem’s MLK Corridor. This past year was uniquely significant in our history with the opening of the former Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club building as The Enterprise Center. Not only did the renovation preserve a building closely intertwined with the rich heritage of the African American community in Winston-Salem, it is well on its way to becoming a focal point of community interaction and new business development in the MLK Corridor, with impact that  reaches across the community.

This annual report will provide an overview of our mission and outline significant accomplishments for the past year. The report also describes our plans for the future in partnership with Winston-Salem State University, the City of Winston-Salem and the many corporations, foundations and other organizations across Winston-Salem and beyond who have joined hands with us.


I encourage you to contact us to discuss how you can a part of Winston-Salem’s exciting future through the SGACDC.


Carol T. Davis

Executive Director, SG Atkins CDC

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Back in 1892 the Slater Industrial Academy was founded in Winston-Salem to educate and train the children and descendants of freed slaves. The school later became known as the Winston-Salem State Teachers college as its focus evolved to prepare teachers for segregated schools. Today, Winston-Salem State University is poised and prepared for a new and "enterprising" way of thinking. PLAY VIDEO

Winston-Salem State incubator wins $1.2 million grant

A $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration will allow for the expansion of the Enterprise Business Center at Winston-Salem State University.

The funding will pay for the renovation of the lower level of the Enterprise

Center incubator, according to an announcement from Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). The center hosts startup businesses and provides services for entrepreneurs in industries including information technology, health care and human services.


“This grant will create jobs and allow Winston-Salem to provide even more support for...


SGACDC was named 2011 Organization of the Year by the Winston-Salem Chronicle. “For staying true and loyal to its community roots and offering up long-range, permanent solutions to economic despair.”

SGACDC Partners

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

 The City of Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem State University

Golden LEAF Foundation

Winston-Salem State University School of Health Sciences

Frank L. Blum Construction Company

 Winston-Salem Funders Collaborative

 Datamax Foundation

 Norwood Architecture & Design, Inc.

North Carolina State Energy Office

 Duke Energy

The Winston-Salem Urban League

 Bank of the Carolinas


 Truliant Federal Credit Union

With a solid plan in place and measurable results attracting attention and support across the community and beyond,the SGACDC will continue reaching out to established organizations, developers and community minded corporations to expand awareness and leverage resources.


“As a young CDC, we are also very fortunate to have gained an outstanding mentor organization, Virginia’s long-established and highly successful Community

Housing Partners,”said Davis. “Their guidance and technical assistance help to ensure that we are highly effective stewards of the funding we receive and that we continue to pursue our vision for the MLK Corridor and East Winston-Salem in ways that enrich the entire community.” We thank our partners for their generous support and invite others to contact us to learn more about becoming involved.

Board of Directors

Russell Smith, Ph.D.

WSSU Associate Professor of



Owen J. Cooks

WSSU Associate Vice Chancellor


Jacqueline Baldwin, Secretary

IDA Homeownership Success Coach,

Experiment in Self-Reliance


Mr. Kevin Byers

WSSU Assistant Dean for Administration


Denise Pearson, Ph.D.

WSSU Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs

Ms. Tammy Evans

WSSU Assistant Professor of

Graphic Design


Ms. LaVon D. Gray

WSSU Supervisor, Special Projects Manager


Randy Mills

WSSU Vice Chancellor,

Finance and Administration


Mr. G. Douglas Atkinson

WSSU Adjunct Professor


Mr. Wesley Curtis

Architect, Walter Robbs Callahan Pierce

Mrs. Patricia Billings

Southeast Neighborhood Association


Ms. Phyllis Caldwell

Director, Center for Homeownership


Pastor Alvin Carlisle

Exodus United Baptist Church


Greg J. Siwak



Mrs. Anna Tefft

Director of Lending,

Natural Capital Investment Fund

The S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a non-profit organization funded by grants from the  Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other funding institutions.


The CDC strives to create community-based leadership, focused on revitalizing the neighborhoods surrounding Winston-Salem State University.


CDC programs include:

◦Housing Development

◦Community Development

◦Economic Development


Staff and Board members are charged with strategic planning and fund raising to implement community initiatives.

Mission Statement


To assure balanced growth and development of communities surrounding Winston-Salem State University, as well as develop mutually beneficial relationships with the community which complement the University’s educational mission;


To foster economic and business development initiatives serving the needs of low and moderate income and otherwise disadvantaged persons;


To develop and improve affordable housing and to foster infrastructure development within distressed and disadvantaged neighborhoods; and


To promote the preservation of buildings and sites important to the African American community.

The Enterprise Center


Service Area

The Board of the S.G. Atkins CDC has defined its Primary Service Area as the three U.S. Census Tracts near the Winston-Salem State University campus. These tracts (#’s 8.01, 8.02, and 7) form the CDC’s Primary Service Area.

The Primary Service Area’s three Census Tracts (as shown on map to the right) include the Columbia Heights neighborhood immediately surrounding the university, and neighborhoods on both sides of U.S. 52 from New Walkertown Road south to the Waughtown Street area, including the East Winston and Mount Olive neighborhoods.

Relationship to Other Neighborhoods


The CDC’s Primary Service Area is linked in many ways with surrounding neighborhoods and the greater Triad region in terms of residents, employment and retail trade.


Adjacent neighborhoods include the historic Waughtown neighborhood to the south and the Morningside Manor neighborhood to the east. To the west lies the West Winston neighborhood, characterized by its institutions (Salem Academy, Salem College) and the tourist draw of Old Salem.

The Primary Service Area is also southeast of Winston-Salem’s downtown business district, with WSSU’s campus only a mile-and-a-half from the heart of downtown, putting the area within easy commuting distance of many of the city’s largest employers.

S.G. Atkins CDC


Executive Director

Carol  Davis, Esquire

(336) 734-6915


Center for Entrepreneurship

Founder & Director

Notis Pagiavlas, Ph.D.

(336) 734-6922

Enterprise Center


Program Manager

Aparna Shivram

(336) 734-6900


Simon's Green Acre

Garden Captain

Carol Davis

(336) 734-6915

Conference & Banquet Center


Event Manager

Patricia Degraffinreaidt

(336) 734-6916


Audio/Video Support

Indatainment Media, LLC.

Chris Screen

(336) 480-8232

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