Mission Main Street Grants is a grant program by Chase to award twenty (20) small businesses with grants of $150,000.  http://missionmainstreetgrants.com Please vote Trinity  Counseling Services zip code 28206

1.  Tell us about your business and what makes it unique.  Please provide a general description of your product, customers, competitive landscape, and overall performance. 

Trinity Counseling Services LLC (TCS) was envisioned 20 years ago and has been in operation for the past 9 years.  It was started through observing patterns of behavior of addicts and alcoholics and seeing how they exchanged their talents for use of alcohol and drugs.  Our mission is to help them realize they can live lives in recovery through education, enrichment and enlightenment.  Since our opening, we have operated solely client funded with no local, state or federal funding.  However, this business model poses a hindrance in expansion within our client services and facility structure.  Trinity Counseling Services LLC (TCS) provides substance abuse education, but desires to expand our business into offering activities and opportunities in areas of music, art, food, writing, employment and business to help clients realize their worth and need to focus on more recovery-related activities.  Trinity Counseling Services LLC (TCS) comes highly recommended by our customers and referral sources as a center that puts the clients first. 

2.  What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?  Describe both your greatest achievements and biggest challenges

My grandmother was a minority business owner in the 1960s in a rural area of North Carolina.  She assumed this position with only an 8th grade education, but did so out of the need to care for her family.  My mother has always been employed by others, but has always had a knack for recognizing and providing for the needs of others.  Each of these women displayed such a resilience in their desire to succeed which in turn caused me to seek my own way of both contributing to the world, but most importantly for my family.  These two women would identify me beign myself as my greatest acheivements and I would say that I have not achieved it as yet.  Therefore, my biggest challenges is height of the bar that I have set for myself and my greatest achievements are all of the accomplishments that I have made thus far both personally and professionally. 

3.  How is your business involved with the community you serve?  Examples include: Giving back to the community, sourcing locally, and/or contributing to economic development via hiring.

Trinity Counseling Services LLC (TCS) is involved with the community through its business practices, connections with clients, business owners, churches and schools.  TCS hosts annual National Recovery Month events during the month of September as promoted by SAMHSA with its focus on inviting all city/county government officials, area businesses, community organizations, county departments, including police and fire department, churches, schools and former clients being able to hear the benefits of individuals achieving recovery and sobriety.  We employ and work with a diverse group of individuals and offer opportunities for individuals to participate in non-profit activities, learning experiences and other programs that benefit the community overall.  TCS provides low cost substance abuse education for clients, low cost trainings and workshops for human services professionals and outreach activities for the community. 

4.  What would a $150,000 grant mean to your business and how will you utilize the funds?  Please be as specific as possible.

Trinity Counseling Services LLC's original plan was to own a space that could be utilized as a community center offering everything form substance abuse classes, community workshops, job readiness classes, a training facility, music and art studio, bookstore, and a place for people to come in and spend time doing the things they love without concern for cost.  Up to this point, TCS has provided services at a low rate in an effort at helping clients in their time of need, however this has prevented company growth which can be remedied through either an increase in fees for services or financial support from outside agencies.  Receipt of $150,000 will help with the financing of purchase of a permanent facility that could house TCS and offer an opportunity to take the income received into creating and growing the businesses listed above thus creating more jobs and opportunities for others to realize their dreams as well. 

5.  What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term growth plans for the business?  How will this grant contribute to your plan? 

Trinity Counseling Services LLC's short-term growth plans include increased public exposure through increased media presence which includes focusing on increasing advertising through magazine, newspaper and social media.  This will be accomplished through enlisting the help of marketing professionals skilled in the knowledge of branding, media presence and targeting potential customers.  Receipt of this grant helping oresence and targeting potential customers.  Receipt of this grant helping with purchase and expansion of TCS will be presented as a community project and will be promoted as such.  Beginning with the voting process, members of the community are being encouraged to support this project and informed as to the benefits of TCS receiving this grant.  TCS has been committed to ther education, enrichment and enlightenment of all people and see this as an opportunity to promote the brand into a greater forum.  Long term growth plans includes the management and operationof all businesses creating more opportunities for employment in all areas.