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

Hi Jaymes, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Pursue! Above all else, pursue. An idea is precisely that. The next step is taking that idea and breathing life into it. One challenge I see daily amongst young entrepreneurs is the lack to purse that idea.

J.H.W. came with challenges on day one, and truth be told, I had no idea what I was doing. I had a skill that I was really good at but did not know how to turn into profit on my own. I had no real mentors to turn to; they were too focused on how I could assist them in their idea; they were “pursuing” while I was wandering. It wasn’t until I focused on defining success and then identifying the course to achieve it. My focus shifted from chasing idols to pursuing goals.

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?
In Charleston, South Carolina, J.H.W. Enterprises Property Management is a trusted and reliable commercial multi-family property management company. For investors, J.H.W. Enterprises provides third-party property management services, including capital improvements, project management, tenant management, rent rate analyses, and financial analytics. The company currently manages 507 total units, with an additional 300 units projected to be under management by July 2022. J.H.W. Enterprises manages communities in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Maryland, with a portfolio totaling $32 million.

The mission of J.H.W. Enterprises is to revolutionize the property & asset management industry by cultivating a culture of unmatched professionalism, solutions-based innovation, and unwavering integrity with a willingness to spearhead transcendent change wherever our heart for legacy building through action-driven servant leadership is most needed.

Opening J.H.W. came from a fight or flight mentality. Losing wasn’t an option. I was faced with uneven odds. Black and entrepreneur is one thing, but Black, entrepreneur and facing a felony charge is another beast altogether. The truth is I am where I am today because I asked questions – screw asking the right questions – I just asked questions. I needed a lifeline.

I never had a desire to open a company. I was satisfied with working a 9-5, collecting retirement, and living an everyday life excelling in my field. It wasn’t until I was faced with adversity that I was forced to see my true potential. This journey has not been easy. After working my way from a Leasing Agent in Charleston, SC to a Regional Manager and Development Trainer in Atlanta, GA, and being stripped from everything in the parking lot of Wild Wings in Augusta, GA; I had no choice but to dig in and find a way to provide for my family.

My first client (who has requested to be left nameless) heard my story from beginning to end. I left no stone unturned. From that conversation, my business grew from 1 unit to 112 units under management. The reality was my willingness to be transparent, my commitment not to accept failure as an option, and my mindset to pursue it no matter what.

You have one choice in life, and that is to pursue your purpose. Often, the question gets asked, “what is your purpose”, this is a question I ask myself daily, but I know that my pursuit is not endless. God has always been my source; I have the backing of the Kingdom, meaning anything I ask, anything I vision, anything I pursue is mine!

My wife asked a question recently., “Are you scared of being broke?”. My response was nearly instant “No, I am scared of losing my freedom.”

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some say Charleston, SC is the most beautiful city in the world (a little excessive but that’s the word on the street Ha!). I am a foodie all the way through! If you come to Charleston expect me to take you on an experience!

Here are my top 7 restaurants to visit:
1. The Ordinary
2. Jackrabbit Filly
3. Barsa
4. O-Ku
5. Nana’s Seafood & Soul Uptown
6. Bertha’s Kitchen
7. Caribbean Delight

Here are my top Grown & Sexy Places to Visit (All Black Owned)
1. Blue Note Bistro
3. Atlantis Restaurant And Lounge

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to recognize my wife for 9 years, Jessica McCloud. Roughly 4 years ago, our life changed in a matter of hours. The course we planned for our family no longer existed. Jessica never once flinched; she clutched her purse and held it down like never before. She was the breadwinner for nearly two years and never once complained but instead encouraged. In my worst days, she believed in me and pushed me to operate in my God-given responsibility. Shouting out God goes without saying but recognizing my Queen is a must!

Website: www.jhwneterprise.com

Instagram: jhwenterprises

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaymes-mccloud-55236b1a3/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jhwenterprises

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