By Sherlene Shanklin
Love for community and wanting to see others reach their ultimate potential as an entrepreneur is the goal for Vincel Anthony and the 7PM Group. In today’s Your Story, I spoke to Anthony about holding businesses accountable when it comes to minority construction opportunities.
Vincel Anthony and his mentor Carl Brazley started the 7 PM Group symbolizing the number for perfection in biblical terms and P-M stands for project management.
Anthony says “We’re the glue, the liaison between the owner of the big project and the general contractor who in many cases has been challenged with executing whatever the owner wants to have done.”
He attended Male High School and Western KY University as a student-athlete playing football for the Hilltoppers. Graduating with a Bachelors in Business Administration later receiving his Master’s Degree in information technology, (I-T). He talks about where his focus currently is when it comes to projects. “We wanted to work specifically in our community”.
Many contracts allot a percentage for minority businesses. In construction its 15%. Anthony breaks it down so we can understand how its determined. “Well, Its off of every dollar, 15 cents needs to ideally be spent with a minority business owner. 10 cents of that dollar needs to be spent with a woman owned business owner and that’s is the goal.”
He also adds, “All of this construction you see going on over this community like a lot of urban communities -decent sized cities…Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Nashville there’s cranes everywhere and the challenge is, are minority businesses actually participating.”
Anthony says the community needs to lift as they climb. As you succeed, reach back down and pull someone else up.
“To be intentional when it comes to caring about other people and to really feel in your heart that its really possible for us all to win.”
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