EAST JACKSON, Tenn. — A whole bunch crammed the Oman Enviornment Friday night time for the Jewel Awards.
Members from the Jackson-Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce honored excellent black enterprise leaders for the 19th annual banquet.
“You bought to acknowledge your individual as a result of why would you count on another person to acknowledge you,” mentioned government director of the JMCAAC Florence Howard.
Awards got to each new and seasoned companies.
This 12 months’s co-hosts, Johnetta and Tony Black, had been the very first Jewel Award winners.
“It was actually rewarding and thrilling for us to obtain an award and be acknowledged, in order that’s why I wish to guarantee that I keep concerned and others can expertise that have that we had,” mentioned Johnetta Black.
This 12 months’s present nearer was a live performance by nationally-televised expertise present winner Evvie Mckinney.
Evvie is the season one winner of ‘The 4: Battle of Stardom.’
She explains why the Jewel Awards’ effort to assist youngsters turn out to be entrepreneurs motivated her to take part.
“Anyone that helps our youth, anyone that helps our neighborhood in a constructive method, I wish to be aside of that as a result of that’s life altering,” mentioned McKinney.
Evvie additionally has a message for anybody pursing a dream, whether or not that’s enterprise or the massive stage.
“They might at all times inform me no, however that was simply preparation for that one sure, as a result of that’s all it takes,” mentioned McKinney.
This 12 months the Jewel Awards is elevating cash for the chamber’s ‘Comply with Me Into Enterprise’ youth growth program.