William Hoff published Meet Your Neighbor: Carlottra Guyton in Meet Your Neighbors 2020-01-03 06:56:35 -0500
Name: Carlottra Guyton
Location: Boulevard Street
Occupation: Retired financial investigator
Fun Fact: Carlottra has a heart for volunteering. She's been involved with many organizations through the years, including Leadership Jacksonville (c/o 96), Jacksonville Urban League, and served as our local SHADCO chair (now called Sheriff's Watch) for almost 10 years. She currently serves on leadership committees for the Wells Fargo Community Learning Center and Delta Sigma Theta Society Inc, Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter.
What brought you to the Springfield Historic District?
Believe it or not, it wasn't for the architecture or historic character. I know that's what a lot of people move here for now, but back when I bought in 1994, I was looking for a good deal in the place I would feel comfortable in. And it took some convincing, trust me it did, but I came around and am so glad I did. You see, I was coming out of a divorce and needed a home to call my own. Most of my friends wanted me to buy in Arlington or Southside, definitely NOT Springfield. Anywhere but Springfield! Even the thought of moving to Springfield was laughable to me at the time. This neighborhood was known for drugs and crime then, and not much else. Or so I thought. I had friend in Neighborhood Housing Services who had a meeting in Springfield. There were efforts being made, even back in the early 1990s, to turn around the neighborhood. She knew I was looking for a home and wanted me to visit the neighborhood just to see it, to see what was happening. So I did. I met her at the Woman's Club building on West 7th Street and what I saw shocked me! I saw all these white people, quite frankly, in the room, most who had relocated to live there from out of state. Locals wouldn't move here because of the reputation, you see, so we had lots of newcomers to Jacksonville in the neighborhood back then. So I knew the neighborhood was on the upswing, but I wasn't 100% sold yet. Another friend, Richard Harrell, was recruiting professional blacks to move to the neighborhood and was relatively successful at it. He had a phenomenal personality, so you couldn't help but love him and listen to what he was saying. People who turned out to be community leaders like Tonya Weathersby and The Spanns were recruited by Richard. And that's what really convinced me to come to Springfield: friends who I trusted and opened my eyes to what the neighborhood was aspiring to be. But let me tell you, most of my friends thought I had lost my mind!Read more
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Monday, August 20, 2018
6:00pm Southern Moss Realty
Present: Todd Hollinghead, President, Aaron Glick, Vice President, Jaimee Stewart, Secretary, Bill Hoff, Ex Officio, Kelly Lezama, Michelle Tappouni, Joey Marchy, Tim Hope, Michael Montoya, Mark Morley
Not Present: Janie Coffey, Jack Adams, Treasurer, Yolanda Copeland, Soner Acar
Staff/Resources Present: Kelly Rich, Executive Director, Heather Benfield, Administrator
Guests: Diane Graese, Mallik Singhareddy, Ed from Paved to Perfection
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by President Todd Hollinghead at 6:10pmRead more
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an affiliate of SPAR
Springfield Area Merchants and Business Association (SAMBA) works to:
- Promote civic pride and awareness of Springfield’s assets, particularly those of the business community, through marketing, fundraising and cultural participation;
- Recruits professionals and business owners to open offices and retail establishments in our area to provide a greater range of goods and services and job opportunities;
- Collaborates with other neighborhood organizations and government agencies on projects designed to enhance the quality of life in our business district and surrounding neighborhoods; and
- Offers educational and networking opportunities to member businesses.
SAMBA ACCOMPLISHMENTS & GOALS
SAMBA has grown and flourished throughout Springfield’s Sesquicentennial year.
Since the inception of the Facade Grant program in 2017, over $15,000 in grants have been disbursed to twelve Springfield businesses.
SAMBA recently introduced the Quarterly Mini-Grant, which will assist neighborhood businesses in the planning and promotion of business-related events in Springfield.
In 2019, SAMBA formed an Advisory Committee, made up of SAMBA members, to help with the disbursement of SAMBA funds and with future projects. This committee was designed to represent business owners from each aspect of the community. Positions are designated as follows two in the food/beverage industry, one in retail, one in home-based business, and one property owner.
SAMBA continually works with local governmental agencies to provide beautification and pedestrian upgrades to the neighborhood; including improvements to crosswalks, plantings in tree wells and on Main Street medians, more trash cans on Main Street, electrical improvements on Main Street, and continuing conversations with FDOT to move forward with a road diet along Main Street.
We’ve had a lot of growth in the last 3 years. In 2017, we had an average of 12 attendees at our meetings, in 2018 we grew to an average of 24 attendees, and in 2019, we maintained our average of 25 attendees.
Membership has grown from no regular dues paying members in 2017 to 81 members as of 12/3/2019.
We had a wonderful collective of speakers at our 2019 SAMBA meetings, including:
- LISC Jacksonville, Devin Thompson – economic rejuvenation of Springfield and guide for small businesses through grant making and lender options
- Metro North board member and former SPAR Executive Director, Brenda Boydston – Community Contribution Tax Credit Program (CCTCP)
- SPAR Executive Director, Kelly Rich – Main Street Conference
- Bonnie Upright, APR – social media and communications for businesses
- Social Grounds Coffee owner, Jason Kelloway - hiring Veterans and ways to support the community around you via nonprofit organizations
We have reached out to local publications that are willing to offer a group page for local Springfield businesses, and have had representatives from those publications at SAMBA meetings so businesses can have a one-on-one opportunity to discuss advertising options.
We created the “Have You Been to Springfield Lately?” poster campaign in 2019. These posters help to promote Springfield businesses outside of the neighborhood (i.e. Stadium District and Downtown) to draw on the attendance to concerts, football games, and other big events.
SAMBA works with Visit Jacksonville to keep the Springfield neighborhood page updated with new content on at least a quarterly basis. We also share additional opportunities through Visit Jacksonville with our members.
We coordinated a collaboration between Springfield breweries and Aardwolf Brewing Company and Intuition Ale works to create a special beer for the Sesquicentennial called Ses-Q Saison. Through our partnership with Champion Brands, we hosted pop-up events throughout Northeast Florida in 2019 for this beer. This gave the Springfield breweries significant additional exposure for their brands and built awareness of Springfield as a whole.
We are generally one of the first points of contact for businesses who are interested in opening in Springfield. From meeting with business owners to discuss neighborhood needs, logistics, and playing “match maker” with commercial property owners; we are a valued resource for new business owners. We also have ongoing discussions with developers about Springfield neighborhood needs; and have had multiple meetings about potential grocery stores and gas stations coming to the neighborhood. We are also a resource for established businesses, and have helped find sponsors, vendors, musicians, and volunteers for events hosted by Springfield businesses.
SAMBA has worked to coordinate meetings between our Councilman and city departments when businesses have had issues with opening.
SAMBA shares relevant posts on our social media pages.
Our goals for 2020 include working closely with the Advisory Committee to focus on positive marketing of our Commercial Corridor.
Connect with SAMBA
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Our community is a social one, with a plethora of events throughout the year to enjoy - which require planning!
The Annual Tour of Homes, July 4th Throwback Baseball Game, Jacksonville PorchFest and other events depend on volunteers to coordinate and plan. If you have a knack for organizing events, or just want to lend a hand, there's a spot for you!
Send us an email to let us know.
William Hoff donated 2012-11-29 22:38:11 -0500