Tonya Carpenter

The work we do here at SAGE provides opportunities for ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY. The time that we invest in small businesses to include technical assistance, business educational opportunities, and resource linking, ultimately helps them succeed, receive profits and assists with job creation. In addition, many of the small businesses are amenity based which assists with bigger corporations wanting to move their headquarters or satellite offices to the EPZ.

This also allows for job creation, possibly higher wages and less socio-economic issues.

Our business educational resources assist with those who may have had some low moments in life, but want to become entrepreneurs and future employers. The most rewarding for me is to see strategies that I have worked on and completed be optically, theoretically pleasing is the best feeling.

One of my clients did not have a clue of what we did here at SAGE or the Eastside Promise Zone efforts. I invited them for a tour of the area and they were truly amazed about the changes. I then proceeded to tell them about the programs we had to offer. The communication encouraged them to apply for our Store-Front grant; which they received in 2016. In addition, due to our partnership and linking efforts, they will be participating in the Business’s Building series that Frost Bank will be hosting this summer.

—Tonya Carpenter