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Guidance from Harry Duffield - A Theatre Conversion Success

Cultural Noire Performing Arts Company, Gina M. Jackson

Title / Role: Founder and Executive Artistic Director
Location: San Diego, California
Formed in: 2019
What do you do?

Cultural Noire Performing Arts Company is a theatrical company whose purpose is to produce and preserve the richness of the African Diaspora through its presented artworks and programs.

What inspired you to start your business?

My calling and my purpose!

What's special about your business?

The theatre company is special and so is its GODLY purpose.

What have been the high and low points of being a business owner?

Having a nonprofit within itself is an achievement. There are no specific laws - we keep working hard!

What is your relationship with SCORE? SCORE client What influenced you to seek help from SCORE?

I completed the Entrepreneurs' Program in 2008-09, so I was already very familiar with SCORE and its wonderful work. Also, as a college student, I worked at the District Office in my hometown one summer (the late 1980s), and I was highly impressed with them.

How SCORE helped.

Harry Duffield is just wonderful! I wanted to convert the theatre company from a for-profit business to a nonprofit. From Summer 2019 until completion, Harry walked me through every single step. I still keep in touch.

What's great about my mentor?

When I attended a nonprofit workshop that summer with Harry and Bill Pope, I knew that I would be in great hands. Harry is very knowledgeable, patient, and strategic (So is Bill). I owe so very much to him and SCORE. Two years later, I am still very grateful for all that Harry has done. I would not be where I am now with the theatre company without his guidance and expertise. Thank you, Harry!

What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting a small business?

Pray, plan, and align with those who have your best interests at heart!

What have you learned from your experiences as a business owner?

You do not think about what needs to be done!

My mentors
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Harry Duffield

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William L Pope

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