Starting a Minority-Owned Business Program

People interested in starting a minority-owned business (or those already operating one) are invited to attend Northside Library’s ‘Starting a Minority-Owned Business’ program for professional guidance.Starting a Minority-Owned Business (November 19, 2019) (1)

On Tuesday, November 19 from 6-8pm, Quinton Harrell, Founder & CEO of Heritage United Builders, and co-owner of A Taste of Home Southern Cuisine food truck, will lead a panel discussion with:

  • Hollie Lee (City of Charlottesville’s Minority Business Program & Economic Development),
  • Stephen Davis (The Community Investment Collaborative), and
  • Yolunda Harrell (New Hill Development Corporation).

Attendees will learn from an expert panel about an array of existing and emerging resources to help build the foundation and relationships that make a successful business.

The program will also serve as a great networking opportunity.

For more information, visit the JMRL website at

Affordable Housing Resource Fair – November 9 2019

Whether it’s legal aid or emergency housing, visit the Affordable Housing Resource Fair on Saturday, November 9 for advice from local organizations.Housing Fair (2)

Held at the Central Library from 10am-12pm, attendees can chat with representatives about legal aid for housing-related issues, emergency housing, home rehabilitation services, housing counseling, and financial education.

Participating organizations include Piedmont Housing Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, LEAP, Coalition for the Homeless, and Project ID.

For more information or a list of upcoming events, visit the JMRL website at

Local Author Visit: Susie McKenna

The Crozet Library will host local author Susie McKenna as she discusses her latest thriller, Last Tracks, on Friday, November 8 from 12-1pm.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A book about survival and revenge, McKenna said writing thrillers was a challenge and required a lot of research.

“The book is intended to give the reader a few scares, but also relieves the tension at times with a bit of sarcastic humor,” she said.

“A lot of research was required to describe the characters and the plot. I took courses in outdoor survival, forensics, and hunter education.

“The book touches on everything from snowshoeing, ice fishing, law enforcement, revenge, justice, to an accordion-playing bad guy.”

In addition to chatting about her book, McKenna will bring items for show-and-tell, including photos, a map, snowshoes, and jerky for tasting.

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