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During this difficult time of the Coronavirus pandemic, Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity remains committed to providing critically needed services for both our community and our staff.  We will follow the directions and recommendations from the State and Federal CDC health agencies, and do all that we can to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus in our community.  Our offices and centers are closed until further notice, however you can still call the main number, 252-492-0161, and someone will be able to help.  The team at FVWOPP continues to work to provide services to our clients while we work remotely from our homes.  

We are working on developing some new resources for our clients, and in the next couple of weeks, we will begin food distributions to our client families in each county where we provide services.  Soon, our new virtual classroom filled with educational activities for our Head Start early learners will be launched.  As details are finalized we will announce locations and times for all of our new resources and services.  

We are all being impacted by the pandemic, and our experience has taught us that if we pull together, we can get through the tough times.

Please be safe.  Follow the recommended safety guidelines.  

Together with you,

Abdul Sm Rasheed

Executive Director

Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity, Inc.





Heather Joi Kenney to Serve as Coordinator of Franklin Vance Warren’s Rural Small

Business Clinic in Partnership with Gateway CDC

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HENDERSON, NC—Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity, Inc., is pleased to announce a recent hire. Heather Joi Kenney will serve as Coordinator of Franklin Vance Warren’s rural small business clinic in partnership with Gateway CDC. Kenney is a native of Vance County. She graduated Spelman College with a B.A. degree in sociology.  She also graduated Howard University School of Law and worked in family law for 4 years. She practiced entertainment and business law for several years and thereafter ran an entertainment company.

Kenney moved back to Vance County in 2014 and became actively involved in her community. After moving back home, Kenney stated, “I fell in love with Henderson again. I wanted to do something in my community.” She currently serves as chair of Vance County Board of Elections, coach of Vance County Middle School cheerleaders, and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

The small business initiative will serve the four-county area (Franklin, Vance, Warren, and Granville Counties). The initiative’s goal is to identify and help ten entrepreneurs from each county and help five aspiring entrepreneurs, develop their business. According to Kenney, “Though that is our goal, we still want to reach as many as can be reached.” Participants will be connected to resource providers, Duke law clinic, accounting services, human resources and payroll services, marketing, and personal credit services.

The end goal of the small business clinic is to assist in building stronger alliances between the four counties in effort to foster local economies. Kenney states, “Through this initiative, I hope we are able to support emerging entrepreneurs and encourage more pride in our communities, public reputation, and our branding.”

Brandon Alexander wrote the USDA grant that made this initiative possible. Alexander has worked with Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity, Inc., for the past three years, serving as a Special Projects Consultant. Alexander states, “Working with entrepreneurs is key. Most jobs in any state, on a yearly basis, come from small businesses and not the ‘buffalo’. Most of the job opportunities you see are due to small businesses doing expansions where they are adding one or two jobs. Our goal is to work with them as early as we can.”

Any small business or individuals who are wanting to start a small business in the four-county area can take advantage of the services offered by the small business clinic. Kenney stated “I’m using my experience in business to help people build ideas and build a legacy. The community has done a lot for me and my family, and I have the responsibility to give back and serve.”

Dr. Jerry Edmonds, Vice President of Workforce & Community Engagement at Vance-Granville Community College, Michele Burgess, President of Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, E. Terrell Blackmon, City Manager of Henderson, and Irvin Henderson, Chair of Gateway Community Development Corporation, serve on the FVW/ Gateway CDC small business clinic advisory board.


Michelle Burgess states, “As President of Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber is all about entrepreneurship, and this project falls right in line with our goals. I’m happy to see Gateway CDC playing a role; this initiative has been coined ‘the rebirth of Gateway’, which was once a big part of downtown Henderson. So, I’m so excited about the opportunity this brings our local business owners and those who are wanting to start a small business.”


For more information about the FVW/ Gateway CDC small business clinic, contact Heather Joi Kenney.

Email: heatherjoik@fvwopp.com or smallbizclinic@fvwopp.com

Phone Number: 252-492-6298

Heather Joi Kenney, JD (Coordinator of Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity, Inc./ Gateway CDC Small Business Clinic)
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Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity is a 501(c)(3) community action agency that has served the residents of Franklin, Granville, Warren and Nash Counties for over 50 years.  The agency administers social service programs in partnership with the Federal Government, charitable funders and State and local municipalities.

We are committed to building pathways to improving the quality of life for those we serve, and to play a significant role in building a positive future for all of our communities.

Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.  

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