We had the good fortune of connecting with Regina Silas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Regina, how does your business help the community?
Minority Entrepreneurship, community and Economic development, building out sustainability in minority communities creating equity and wealth for minority businesses owners. We help businesses and the community pivot from financially literacy, credit repairs, business taxes, and book keeping. We specialize In Urban Agriculture and Commercial scale food production, through Cooperative’s and community ownership in both Miami-Dade County and Washington D.C Impacting our youth by exposing our youth to entrepreneurship, through food ecosystem. Our current work is focused on tackling food insecurity in food deserts.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The JBS Foundation, INC. has become a national organization in a short amount of time, due to the national issues we currently face. We are focused on helping minority businesses become sustainable and educated in financial literacy, while addressing the global food insecurity. Being diligent and staying grounded is the reasons we are here today. I understand nothing is easy and of course this challenge was not either, working tirelessly to move our agenda forward by myself for the last few years brought me to the point of questioning my business structure. However, I formed a alignment with my business Partner Aldian Otto who came to the foundation with the purest of intentions only to help us achieve our goals. He was able to help the foundation become more strategic, while also helping the organization become more efficient and effective. Aldian currently owns an accounting firm called National Tax Preparers of America, and a Credit Repair business called forever Good Credit. Aldian’s operation skills with the foundation was a match made in heaven, his expertise and my skillsets allowed us to pivot from a small non-profit to a massive Foundation with a bright future of giving back and helping the masses.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start with a morning at the beach for prayer and meditation. Following a morning time smoothie and ginger shot, from Smoothie Express Miami Shores. Our daytime activities would consist of visiting a few Museums and historic sites. Starting with Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, The Glenn H. Curtiss Mansion and Gardens in Miami Springs and The John F. Kennedy Torch of Friendship monument. Our daytime activities would end at The Overtown Green haven project garden.

Living in Miami is a amazing night life and there are tons of places I would take them but none more so than a few black businesses, I truly enjoy. I would definitely take them to BarOne; it’s an establishment I along with my business partners and friends usually frequent. The food, music and ambiance are amazing. Red Rooster is another great place to hang out as well. If you’re not into the south beach scene, it gives you a different and special black excellence experience. It’s located in the heart of the Historical Overtown. Lorna’s Caribbean restaurant is a great hangout location as well with amazing island cuisine, they are located across from the Top Notch Cigar & Whiskey Lounge, which is an amazing lounge and chill spot. Those are some of the places I would take my best friend.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My greatest inspiration is Jackie Kennedy Onassis. I’m a History Junkie and I study history as a whole. During my youth, I watched multiple Kennedy family documentaries. Later on in life, in my early 20’s, I started deeply studying Jackie, Alone. I admired her grace and poise. She was Soft spoken, like me. Well composed. EDUCATED. Diverse. Well traveled. Authentic. And a Lover of the Gardens, Farms, History; and the Arts.

She’s truly the epitome of my Woman Goals!

My biggest influence in continuing the work and legacy of my grandfather while building my own legacy has been Commissioner Oliver Gilbert. His fearless approach to his work has increased my own fearlessness and relentlessness in my business dealings. Additionally, I’d also like to recognize Barbara Dent and Shawna Pointville for providing guidance when needed and giving their continued love and endless support in everything I do. They both taught me meaningful business and life tips. Lastly, I’d like to take this moment to thank my mentor Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for her wise tutelage and counseling as I navigate a world between giving back and political enlightenment.

Website: http://jbsfoundations.org/

Instagram: ReginaRacquel

Linkedin: Regina Silas

Image Credits:
Name Rajah Orlando Instagram: king_raj_ Business name: kingseye_

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