December 2019 was eventful…
The Thomas Agency of Georgia is pleased to announce that the firm has been certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT/UCP), under NAICS Codes 53121 & 53139. TTA of GA is also a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) in the state of Georgia.
So what exactly does that mean for my company? These certifications will allow us to have more opportunities to bid for for federal and large corporate contracts. It also allows marketing opportunities by putting The Thomas Agency on certain lists in addition to being a differentiator for us compared to other real estate firms.
My ULI Center for Leadership experience has been going well. I’m excited about the technical assistance project I was assigned to, Stimulating Main Street. It will impact the historic South Atlanta neighborhood by assisting with the creation of affordable commercial property. Last month, we had the pleasure of touring a new office development in the Cumberland area.
In December, I also had the pleasure of assisting a phenomenal person and client, Mia Ray, who is an influencer and powerhouse. I have admired her tenacity and commitment to her brand over the past 10 years. Detroit girls, hustle hard! I heard her speak at the Essence Entrepreneurship Summit. She spoke on a panel on utilizing social media to build your business. I also met the legend himself, Mr. Percy Miller aka Master P. This mogul continues to build his empire with a number of holdings outside of the entertainment industry.
This time last year, I was notified that I was admitted into the CCIM Cultural Diversity Program. I put off getting this commercial real estate certification for many years due to the cost. In 2019, I was determined to complete the majority of the course requirements. Admittance to the program reduced the cost and I was awarded three scholarships. One from each of my respective Realtor Boards and another one from Georgia CCIM, that I will receive next week. Full circle.
We also closed on another lease deal for our Detroit client, the owner of Le Culture Cafe, for their newest concept, Culture Soul. I’m excited to play a small role in the making a hospitality empire that serves and employs the residents of the City of Detroit.
Lastly, I’m back preparing for the Georgia Bar Exam in February and it just feels different. The last couple of times I prepared for this exam, I was wrought with anxiety about the test, money and business. Today, I have a sense of peace by eliminating relationships and pressures that did not serve my well-being. I’m on a regimented bar schedule and I still make time for self-care and work.
Back to studying and work, I go. The next post won’t be until March 2020.