Momentum 360

About Momentum Financial Academy

Every thriving business needs a financial accounting system and proper financial records. That's why the City of Durham's Office of Economic & Workforce Development worked in collaboration with La-Tasha Best-Gaddy of Infinity Bridges, Inc. and Cherelle James of My Local CFO to provide personal, high-quality financial education to local business owners.

Momentum Financial Academy was intended to help small businesses create and organize their financial recordkeeping systems. For six weeks, they worked side-by-side with a cohort of similar businesses to learn financial action strategies. Additionally, we offered confidential one-on-one counseling sessions where they could ask specific questions about their business!

Applications are now closed, but interested business-owners are encouraged to revisit this page for updates on our next cohort. 

If you have questions or concerns related to your business, you can fill out the Assistance Request Form and we will reach out to you soon.

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Meet our Graduates

a photo of Hassan ShaheedHassan Shaheed

Owner: 716ers Food

716ers Food is a food truck and catering company bringing a Taste of Buffalo to the Raleigh-Durham area.

Click here to meet Hassan and learn more about 716ers Food!

Click here to hear what Momentum Financial Academy means for Hassan!

photo of alex markiewiczAlex Markiewicz

Co-owner: Flawless Pro Detail

  • Flawless Pro Detail is a highly dedicated mobile auto detail business with over 15 years of experience.

a photo of Denise RobinsonDenise Robinson

Owner: Robyn Mitch Hair Studio

  • Robyn Mitch Hair Studio offers a wide range of services with the goal of providing each and every client with healthy hair.

photo of John EisensmithJohn Eisensmith

Owner: Season to Taste

  • Season to Taste aims to meet people where they are in the world of food, and help guide them where they want to go. They provide cooking classes, helpful videos, blogs, and newsletters to the community to achieve this goal.

photo of Gail JenningsGail Jennings

Owner: Kings Pepper

photo of moses oocholaMoses Ochola

Co-Owner: The Palace International

  • The Palace International is a family-owned and operated restaurant started in 1989. They specialize in traditional East African dishes and African spins on world cuisines.

Zweli's logoLeonardo Williams

Owner: Zweli's

  • Zweli's is the nation's first full-service Zimbabwean restaurant. The menu features dishes from the Southern Region of Africa. They offer catering, alcoholic beverages, and vegan-friendly food while also serving the community.

a photo of marvis hendersonMarvis Henderson-Daye

Owner: M.E. Henderson, Inc.

AT LAST Hair logoAndrea Smith

Owner: AT LAST Hair

Maria Luisa Solis Guzman

Owner: Luma Consulting LLC

  • Luma Consulting provides community engagement, outreach, and advisory to the local Latinx population.

Corre Robinson

Owner: ETR Services, LLC

  • ETR Services offers evaluation, technical assistance and research services to support programs that enhance educational outcomes, increase workforce participation, and improve social conditions for those communities in greatest need.

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Our Winter 2019 Momentum Graduates

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