Carolina entrepreneur Lavedia Edwards having impact in Mid-South, other regions

FAYETTEVILLE, N. C. — For many people, it has become rather clicheish.

For Lavedia Edwards, it has become virtually a lifestyle, of sorts.

FAMILY FIRST --- Aside from being a rising North Carolina-based entrepreneur, Laveida Edwards is a devoted  wife to her husband, Nathan, and a mother of three boys: J’twon 19, Xavier 15, and Alexander 14, all of whom are active in multiple sports. (Photos submitted by L. Edwards)

FAMILY FIRST — Aside from being a rising North Carolina-based entrepreneur, Laveida Edwards is a devoted wife to her husband, Nathan, and a mother of three boys: J’twon 19, Xavier 15, and Alexander 14, all of whom are active in multiple sports. (Photos submitted by L. Edwards)

Even as a youngster growing up in North Carolina, Edwards’ parents instilled in her the essentials to savoring a prosperous, success life. In a nutshell, given the immense strides the 38-year-old Edwards has made in recent years, without question, this vibrant, enthusiastic mother of three has fully embraced one of life’s most adages, which is, “Do unto others as you will have them do unto you.”

“I put God first in my business,” Edward, a Washington, D.C. native, said in explaining the success of Eniqoum Jewelry Designs, her up-and-coming business. “I treat people the way I want to be treated. I will not compromise my integrity or standards to make money. I also allow the customer to be a part of the design process, as much as possible and time will allow.”

Edwards’ business largely involves her assembling custom-made jewelry and other accessories for ladies and girls of various ages and backgrounds. Long before she established a vision for becoming an entrepreneur, Edwards was a multisport athlete at Southern Vance High in North Carolina.

dwards’ business largely involves her assembling custom-made jewelry and other accessories for ladies and girls of various ages and backgrounds.

SHOW STOPPER — Edwards’ business largely involves her assembling custom-made jewelry and other accessories for ladies and girls of various ages and backgrounds.

To her credit, she had become a fixture in varsity basketball and cheerleading, but participated in track and field sparingly. Upon graduating, Edwards enrolled at nearby Vance Granville Community College for one year before choosing to enlist in the military.

She took up Army Basic Training (or AIT) in both Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Lee, Virginia. In looking back on the assortment of accolades she acquired as a three-sport athlete, Edwards acknowledges that athletics coupled with the competitiveness and maturation process the military create are what fueled her desire to start her own business.

“The combination of sports and military training gave me the drive and determination to succeed at whatever I set my mind to,” Edwards explained. “It afforded me the structure and discipline that is needed to push through when life and people get in your way. Lastly, it taught me not to compromise myself to get to where I am going.”

So far, so good for a flourishing entrepreneur who, given the rapid success in such a short time frame, appears as if she undoubtedly has found her niche in her business. That’s because over the past two years, Edwards has won a number of awards as a custom made jewelry designer.

Edwards said arguably the busiest time of year for her business Valentine’s Day and Christmas, although she often witness an increase in orders, particularly for special events such as trade shows, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, among others. Among her customers range from 20-years-old and up, she said.

Edwards said arguably the busiest time of year for her business Valentine’s Day and Christmas, although she often witness an increase in orders, particularly for special events such as trade shows, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, among others. Among her customers range from 20-years-old and up, she said.

She said the purpose for Eniqoum Jewelry Designs is to provide quality, handmade, unique jewelry that no one else has, not to mention share knowledge — or “the art” as describes it — of making jewelry with those who have a desire to become enlightened about it.

“They have not seen anything like the items I create,” Edwards said. “It’s very different. They love the items because they can be worn to any event — banquet or cook outs — that you may have, if they chose to.”

In addition, Edwards said arguably the busiest time of year for her business Valentine’s Day and Christmas, although she often witness an increase in orders, particularly for special events such as trade shows, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, among others. Among her customers range from 20-years-old and up, she said.

Aside from being a rising entrepreneur, Edwards is a devoted Christian mother of three boys: J’twon 19, Xavier 15, and Alexander 14, all of whom are active in multiple sports.

“They have played several sports between the three of them,” said Edwards, “such as basketball, football, rugby, track, wrestling, band and skateboarding. Aside from sports, they enjoy gaming, crafting, drawing, hanging out with their friends and they volunteer at church with the Children’s Ministry.”

Arguably her grandest supporter is her husband, Nathan Edwards. Currently, Nathan Edwards has implemented plans to start a non‐profit organization to help house low-income veterans and lower ranking solders in the Fort Bragg area. Pic3

“At the present moment, we are renting one property out and will be investing in more property to be able to help others as well,” Lavedia Edwards said. “He would not allow me to give up when things were not so good,” Lavedia Edwards said. “And he keeps me focused when I’m all over the place.”

Besides a notable stint in the military, Lavedia Edwards also holds a license from a Fayetteville, North Carolina-area Cosmetology school, as well as Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Campbell University (with Minor in Psychology). In addition, she became a certified jewelry instructor through Bead Corner Design Academy with Michael’s Craft Store in Fayetteville and took part in a Leadership Training course at nearby Manna Church.

In thoroughly assessing family life and the continuous success of her business, no doubt, Lavedia Edwards lives by one of life’s most traditional adages, which is, “Do unto others as you will have them do unto you.”Pic2

“I treat people the way I want to be treated,” she said.

Which, to her credit, sums up why success and prosperity have followed her for virtually her entire life.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For for information on Eniqoum Jewelry Designs, contact Lavedia Edwards at: lavedia1@hotmail.com or eniqoumjewelrydesigns@yahoo.com

DreColumnAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Family Promise of Irving providing newfound hope, guidance to the less fortunate

IRVING, Texas — A few years ago, Connie Jones and her son faced arguably the most tumultuous time of their lives.

MAKING STRIDES --- Among the experts who have become a fixture for Family Promise is Teri Petty. Petty oversees Family Promise of Irving, Texas. Given the strides this local affiliate has made in recent years, it’s safe to assume this establishment in the outskirts of Dallas has benefited this area mightily. (Photos submitted by Family Promise of Irving)

MAKING STRIDES — Among the experts who have become a fixture for Family Promise is Teri Petty. Petty oversees Family Promise of Irving, Texas. Given the strides this local affiliate has made in recent years, it’s safe to assume this establishment in the outskirts of Dallas has benefited this area mightily. (Photos submitted by Family Promise of Irving)

Virtually homeless with nowhere to go and no one to turn to, all Jones and her son needed was a much-needed breakthrough, some much-needed encouragement and unconditional love, some much-needed spiritual guidance and wisdom, all of which she sensed would provide her family with the sense of direction they desperately sought.

As Jones recalls, “thank God” Family Promise of Irving, Texas made a stern commitment to aid and uplift them.

From start to finish.

“Family Promise of Irving helped my son and me in so many ways,” Jones said. “God answered my desperate fear filled prayers of help with an abundance of wonderful special people…family.”

A longstanding, non-profit organization that was established in 1981 by New Jersey-based marketing executive Karen Olsen, this faith-based organization’s mission is geared largely toward assisting homeless and low-income families acquire sustainable independence.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACT --- Since its inception nearly three years ago, Family Promise of Irving has served over 26 families, 91 people, 65 of whom were children, Petty said. As Petty acknowledges, the Irving faith community, in conjunction with the affiliate for which she directs have “opened wide their hearts” and buildings to not only provide shelter and food, but also to encourage and provide hope to families experiencing the loss of a place they once called home.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACT — Since its inception nearly three years ago, Family Promise of Irving has served over 26 families, 91 people, 65 of whom were children, Petty said. As Petty acknowledges, the Irving faith community, in conjunction with the affiliate for which she directs have “opened wide their hearts” and buildings to not only provide shelter and food, but also to encourage and provide hope to families experiencing the loss of a place they once called home.

VISIT FAMILY PROMISE OF IRVING AT: http://familypromiseirving.org/home/

Also, Family Promise acknowledges that poverty is a “multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response,” according to a spokesperson for the organization. Generally, Family Promise is widely known for integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers, many of whom assist in providing food, shelter, and support services for homeless families.

“We provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless,” a spokesperson for the organization explained. “And we educate people about poverty and the means to combat it.”

In addition, this nationally-acclaimed organization accomplishes its mission through independent affiliates in approximately 42 U. S. states, a number that is steadily increasing. In fact, Family Promise operates primarily through various communities with the guidance of experts or, according to a spokesperson, “people who live there and know it best.”

Among the experts who have become a fixture for Family Promise is Teri Petty. Petty oversees Family Promise of Irving, Texas. Given the strides this local affiliate has made in recent years, it’s safe to assume this establishment in the outskirts of Dallas has benefited this area mightily.

Organized in May 2012, the Irving affiliate was erected, in large part because of the staggering number of children throughout the independent school district who were deemed as homeless, Petty said. According to the director, 857 children were identified as homeless in the Irving Independent School district.

“And that is only the ones of whom we know,” Petty said.

Andrew Jackson, Sr. and his wife, Sandra, moved in 1986 from Memphis to the Dallas area, where Jackson has since been pastoring West Irving Church of God In Christ. West Irving is one of several churches in Irving that is affiliated with Family Promise. (Photo submitted by West Irving COGIC)

Andrew Jackson, Sr. and his wife, Sandra, moved in 1986 from Memphis to the Dallas area, where Jackson has since been pastoring West Irving Church of God In Christ. West Irving is one of several churches in the area that is affiliated with Family Promise. (Photo submitted by West Irving COGIC)

What that generally meant, Petty said, is that 857 children and their families did not have a fixed, regular, or permanent residence. “Imagine not having control of where you sleep every night,” Petty said. “Imagine what it would be like to not know if you are going to be welcome at the same place tomorrow night. Imagine the stress of living on the hospitality or lack of hospitality of friends or family.”

Since its inception nearly three years ago, Family Promise of Irving has served over 26 families, 91 people, 65 of whom were children, Petty said. As Petty acknowledges, the Irving faith community, in conjunction with the affiliate for which she directs have “opened wide their hearts” and buildings to not only provide shelter and food, but also to encourage and provide hope to families experiencing the loss of a place they once called home.

Family Promise of Irving welcomed its first family nearly one month after its inception.

As Jones recalled, the Irving affiliate not only expressed love with no restraints, but members of the organization went to great lengths to demonstrate love, routinely reminding her and her son that facing adversity and shortcomings don’t mean that life isn’t worth living.

“They started out as strangers and became my beloved family,” Jones said. “My son, who is a teenager, said that Family Promise restored his faith and hope in humanity. Indeed, they taught me that there is always love and hope even during my darkest time.”

LaTisha Jarrett, FPI’s volunteer coordinator for West Irving Church of God In Christ, works closely with Petty. Jarrett’s primary responsibilities include recruiting additional volunteers, assembling menus, shopping, and overseeing that various tasks have been implemented, among other things.

“Volunteer coordinators go through training to make sure this is a task that you want to take on,” Jarrett said. “This is all done on a voluntary basis. This is truly a passion that you must have, although it may not be your church’s host week to house the families. As a coordinator, your work is never done. There are meetings, fundraisers, and other volunteer services that are needed as well.”

By all accounts, Family Promise of Irving strives daily to achieve its longstanding mission, which is being a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together.

No one, it seems, can attest to such a life-changing encounter more than Jones and her son.

Gala“They gave us a safe, healthy place to sleep in their churches,” Jones said. “They fed us home-cooked meals and visited with us. They helped me get a job and showed me how to keep a budget plan. They took us to the movies, to a baseball game, and many other events. They were our friends and truly cared about us. I love them all and am forever grateful for them.”

From start to finish.

For more information about Family Promise of Irving or to make a donation, write or call: Family Promise of Irving
P.O. Box 177516
Irving, TX 75017-7516
teri.petty@familypromiseirving.org
Teri Petty, Director
972-313-1500

DreColumnAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Jerry Lawler: ‘I would be on board with any plan whatsoever to save the Coliseum’ (AUDIO)

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On Saturday,  Jerry “The King” Lawler was a guest on Memphis radio show Cerrito Live (Sports 56 WHBQ/87.7 FM). During the interview, “The King” and host Kevin Cerrito discussed a variety of different topics including the future of the Mid-South Coliseum.

Lawler said he is “on board with any plan whatsoever to save the coliseum” and believes that turning the historic venue into a Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum “could be a massive destination for people to come to if it was done right.”  Lawler also said he would be willing to donate some of his memorabilia to a Hall of Fame in the Mid-South Coliseum.

Start at 12:57 mark for talk about the Mid-South Coliseum and the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame:

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Interview: Derrick King talks about starring on WGN’s ‘Wrestling With Death’

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Pro Wrestler Derrick King joined Kevin Cerrito and Dustin Starr in studio to talk about starring in the new reality show “Wrestling With Death” on WGN America. 


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Should the Mid-South Coliseum be torn down or turned into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame? (AUDIO)


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Memphis filmmaker Mike Mccarthy joined Kevin Cerrito to talk about his group’s plans to save the Mid-South Coliseum and Cerrito’s idea to make it into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.

 

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MSL Podcast: Final Show Before Becoming ‘Cerrito Live’

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter talk about the 5 biggest stories of the week in the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe stops by in studio to talk about the Grizzlies trading for Jeff Green and the return of Z-Bo.
(Segment 3) Memphis filmmaker Mike Mccarthy talks about his group’s plans to save the Mid-South Coliseum and Cerrito’s idea to make it the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. 

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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a Smoothie King party for 20 from Smoothie King Collierville!
(Segment 2)  Pro Wrestler Derrick King joins Cerrito and Dustin Starr in studio to talk about starring in the new reality show “Wrestling With Death” on WGN America. 

WATCH: The first full episode of WGN’s “Wrestling With Death” is online here.

(Segment 3) Cerrito announces MSL will now be Cerrito Live.

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MSL Podcast: First Show Of 2015

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter talk about the SEC West’s bowl games and the big stories of the week during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including Gasol being an All-Star starter, Z-Bo’s backups and his articles about Q-Pon.

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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1) Good Morning Memphis anchor Ernie Freeman talks college football during Talking Sports With A Celebrity.
(Segment 2) Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting $30 to Midtown Massage, “You NEED them to KNEAD you!”

 

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Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

MSL Podcast: Last Saturday of 2014

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Hour 1:

(Segment 1) CJ Hurt and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) Marcus the Magnificent returns to MSL to predict the winners of the New Years Six Bowls, Grizzlies playoff results, and more.

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Hour 2: 

(Segment 1) Hang Up and Listen
(Segment 2) Kevin Cerrito joins Marcus and CJ for some shenanigans
(Segment 3) Wohoos and Boos

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Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

MSL Podcast: Last Show Before Christmas 2014

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter talk about all the college football bowls with local interest.
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including Cavs trade rumors, SEGABABA strategy, the tough December schedule, and more.
(Segment 3) More with Lipe.

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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1) Wrestling legend Bill “Superstar” Dundee  joins Cerrito and Dustin Starr to talk about his upcoming match against the King at the Southern Heavyweight Classic on Dec 18, wrestling at the age of 71, and more.
(Segment 2) “I Love Memphis” blogger and Kevin’s podcast co-host Holly Whitfield joins the guys in studio to talk about things to look forward to in Memphis in 2015.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos

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Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

MSL Podcast: St. Jude Marathon Weekend 2014

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2/3) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including the loss to the Spurs, trade rumors and Vince Carter.

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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting the perfect holiday gift- $25 to Elfo’s Restaurant.
(Segment 2) Better Know A Sports Anchor with new  Local 24 & CW 30 sports anchor Brian Fenley.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos

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Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.