Category Archives: Emerging Business


On The Show:

  • CAPBuilder Min – Marc Parham discusses topics related to starting and growing your business.
  • CAPBuilder Interview – Nakia Melecio international business development professional will discuss getting your business ready for life after COVID-19

    Nakia Melecio is a serial entrepreneur, developer, and an executive with over 20 years of experience in founding, operating, and growing successful companies. He has successfully started and grown businesses both nationally, as well as internationally; in countries like Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Africa.

    Nakia’s current passion is inspiring and helping entrepreneurs and startups out of universities. His objective is to identify great entrepreneurs with love for taking a risk, aligning strategy, and executing on their ideas. Nakia is an active member and mentor of the technology community and a frequent contributor to numerous business organizations like SCORE Association, a resource partner to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). He currently mentors for the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). He has been intimately involved with many new emerging growth technologies, companies with the government, and corporate innovation.

    He shares in the thought leadership community through speaking at conferences, publishing works and engaging the community as a business advisor, business mentor, high-tech mentor, and startup coach. Mr. Melecio has a master’s degree in Education, Teaching, and Learning, and Educational Technology, bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science and he also has a Doctor of Psychology, Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership.

Developing a digital strategy to explode your brand.

On The Show:

  • CAPBuilder Min – Lonnie Saboor from Invest Atlanta will discuss the SBA Small Business Relief Fund
  • Just The Facts – John Moye, and Curt Thompson, attorney, former State Senator and current candidate for Chairperson of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners discuss the health and fiscal crisis facing our region.
  • CAPBuilder Interview – Kevin C. Pride CEO Influencer365 and Publisher of ABJ Digital will discuss how to develop an exploding digital media strategy.

Kevin C Pride, CEO and Founder

The Hemp Industry! Don’t Miss Out!

On The Show:

  • CAPBuilder Min – Marc Parham discusses tips on growing your business and your life.
  • Just The Facts – John Moye and Cynthia Cooper discuss unsung heroes in our community.
  • Marc Parham discusses the opportunities in the Hemp industry and how you can get involved today!
  • Who We Are:    

    Hemp Real Estate Investment, Inc. is an investment vehicle used to acquire commercial real estate properties to be used for entrepreneurs in the hemp industry. The purpose is to leverage commercial properties to create appreciation by acquiring, leasing, developing, managing and selling for the purposes of maximizing investors returns. With the new legislation in Georgia and the passing of the Farm Bill, HREI believes this is a prime market for strategic commercial investments.

The 1619 National Celebration of Black Women and Conversations with E!

Charmaine Moss the Publisher of Real Women Atlanta Magazine and Sandi Pruitt a Public Relations expert will discuss the 1619 National Celebration of Black Women.

Charmaine Moss

Charmaine Moss is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. She is the mother of one daughter, Valyncia and one granddaughter Chloe, who is 5 years of age.

In 1986, Charmaine Moss left Charleston and moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue greater opportunities for herself and her daughter who was 2 years old at the time. Shortly after arriving in Atlanta, opportunities for entrepreneurship came. For 17 years, she owned several businesses, including a public relations firm and real estate company.

In 2003, Charmaine heard the voice of the Lord and accepted her calling into ministry.  She went on to graduate from the Women’s Institute of Ministry. Two years after graduating and being ordained, she accepted a Pastoral position with the United Church of Truth, here in Conyers, Georgia. She later went on to start her own church, Providence Church International. Three years later, she was elevated and affirmed by the Lord in the Apostleship.

In 2017, God called her back to the marketplace. She is the founder of the Hero Foundation, Inc., the Global Church Chamber of Commerce, Inc., the Publisher of Real Women Atlanta Magazine and the Executive Producer of the Women in Demand Network coming in 2019 on the Xperienc On Demand Network, which will be seen in over 240 Million household across the World.

Sandi Pruitt

Sandi was born and raised in Atlanta. She attended Knoxville College where she received dual degrees in Political Science and Business Administration. After college Sandi went to work for the City of Athens and later with Family Counseling of Athens working primarily with youth. While with Family Counseling she worked closely with the schools, police and the juvenile court to develop and implement the Youth Recidivism Program (YRP) – an in-school program designed to reduce delinquency. After several years Sandi returned to Atlanta and went to work for BlueCross BlueShield. While working in corporate America Sandi realized that her true passion was being stifled and left after 10 years. She tried her hand at several small business ventures including starting and operating Food & Family, a small café and LateNite Records, a recording studio.  In 1999 Sandi co-founded Phoenix Rising Center for Women, a nonprofit that provided temporary homes for girls 8-18.  In 2007 they expanded the focus to include transitional housing for homeless female veterans. Both programs were very successful and Sandi begin receiving requests from many wanting help in starting their own nonprofit. In May 2007 she started SEPruitt Consulting specializing in nonprofit development.  In 2013 she was bought on as a consultant with People TV, Inc., Atlanta’s Public Access nonprofit TV station and became their Business & Community Affairs Manager until she left in 2016.  From 2016-2018 she worked as Director of Community Development & Outreach with Black On Purpose TV (BOPTV).  Sandi is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Professional Women, American Society for Public Administration, Nation Forum for Black Public Administrators, National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives and the Society for Nonprofits.  In addition to her nonprofit consulting, she is VP of Operations for Real Women Atlanta Magazine.   She also serves as Director and Co-Chairman of The Nonprofit Trinity Awards a 501(c) 3 organization that recognizes nonprofit organizations and volunteers for the work they do in our communities.  She is a Public Relations and Community Development guru who provides a wide range of services including Administrative and Management consulting; Community Outreach; Media/Public relations; strategic planning and capital development and fundraising.  SEPruitt Consulting specializes in grant writing; strategic planning; policies and procedure development, project planning, community outreach, media/public relations, along with board development.

Conversations with E’

“Conversations with E!”  takes a look at how successful people from all walks of life are building wealth and leaving a legacy for their family and community, how they manage their health and have overcome health challenges, and what they do for entertainment to maintain work-life balance.

 “Conversations with E!” is designed to ask many of the questions that everybody has, but are rarely asked in most interviews.  Yes, we’ll touch on the guest’s bio, current projects, and everything else that they pay their publicist to ensure it’s all over the Internet and social media.  However, we’ll also take a deeper dive into those parts of their life that we all have in common, but many don’t realize it because they’ve “made it!”   Their experiences and strategies will inspire and motivate our listeners that simply live blindly from day to day, and sharpen the focus of those that are well into their personal and professional journey.

Helping Small Businesses Be The Best They Can Be

Shanta Lana Hereford owner of The Star Affect a business development and marketing agency will discuss how they provide guidance to small businesses to help them be the best they can be.

 Ms. Shanta Lana Hereford is a mother, entrepreneur, executive producer, writer, and philanthropist. She is mostly known for her work in the music industry for over 20 years as an entertainment manager, celebrity booking agent, artist development consultant and publicist, booking and promoting shows for music artists such as Future, Ace Hood, Pleasure P, Young Dro, Wiz Khalifa and many more. Today, she is the owner of The Star Factor Effect. A business development and marketing agency which provides guidance and support to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Her spare time is spent operating The Center for Truth and Healing (CFTH). A nonprofit organization that advocates for the homeless and provides resources such as food, clothing, job training, Christmas toys and more to those who are less fortunate in her community.