27 year old Newtrell Brown grew up in uptown New Orleans in the 12th ward. “Before I started my business I worked for a Company called All Star Electrical and a restaurant call Commander’s Palace. All-Pro Maintenance Services is owned by myself and two others, Jason Every (37) and Henry Byous (35). The services we provide are Electrical, Plumbing and A/ C. General all around Home Maintenance.”
Q: How long has your business been in operation? Is this business your main source of income or do you have other jobs or ventures you also participate in?
A: We’ve been up and running for 1 year now. Also, work for a company called MGA.
Q: How did you get started? Tell us your motivation for starting this business.
A: I always wanted to work for myself. While working for other companies I saw that I could start my own and started getting jobs myself. So me and the other co-owner came together to start our business.
Q: As an African American/Black entrepreneur, what were some of the biggest challenges and/or surprised you faced when starting your business?
A: I was surprised how easy it was to get all the right credentials to get started. Now it’s just getting the business management part down pat.
Q: New Orleans is such a “robust” entrepreneurial ecosystem. What are the resources (people, networks, organizations, programs, books, articles, etc.) that you have found most useful in starting and/or growing your business?
A: First72, Rising Foundation, The Blue House and Propeller have been a big help.
Q: What are you most proud of (related to your business)?
A: That I’ve really accomplish a major goal of mine.
Q: What advice do you have to fellow African American/Black entrepreneurs starting a business?
A: Just to do it. Don’t give up on what you really feel that you want to do. If you need help in getting the ball rolling reach out to the best people you feel can help you.
2915 Perdido St.
New Orleans, LA 70119