By: Nancy Osman
Rychus Rydz Inc
Years In Business: 17
Number of Employees: 2
Elevator Pitch “ Rychus Rydz help and serve while having fun doing it”
As part of our follow up to the progress the Daughters of Zion CNPP grantee is making within Memphis, Shelby County, and beyond- we are highlighting their weekly Entrepreneur of the Week award. When asked why Shawn’a Hatcher was selected as entrepreneur of the week, Dr. Gerald Kiner, PhD stated, “ How can she not be? How many business owners in America are traveling over 200 miles to attend Community Navigator Pilot Program meetings for the embetterment of not just their business but their community? She is the most humble business owner with over 97 million Facebook views I’ve ever seen. She is one of a kind. She’s a tremendous, tremendous woman whose dedication to serving others has impacted my life. Due to rapid gentrification throughout Nashville she’s on the brink of losing her home which also serves as her 14 unit homeless shelter. Whatever I can do to help her build another, I’m committed 100%. All decent and humane citizens should be supporting Shawn’a Hatcher she’s good for humanity.”
Shawn’a Hatcher answered four questions for the entrepreneur of the week
Q: First, tell us who you are and what do you do?
A: My name is Shawn’a Hatcher and I have a nonprofit, 501 (3) (c), I house homeless people. We feed the homeless, do blood drives to save lives, we clothe them. I’m a talk show host. I manage different artists in the city, about 24 of them.
I deal with the juvenilles that are lifers, I go and talk to the female pods from 11 years old and up that have murdered people and facing life in prison. Yeah, I’m a notary, and a little bit more.
Q: What is your vision for Rychus Rydz Inc?
A: My vision is to add parenting classes and education classes and add three meals a day, but I want to do it like family oriented. I want to eat dinner at six ‘o’clock at big round tables with these guys like family dinners. You know, and we pray like a family. Back in the day people used to be, “Be home by 6, dinner’s served at 6,” type stuff like that. So, that’s what I want with them. And so, I just want it… I don’t want it to be a halfway house, I don’t want it to be nothing like that. I want it to be a home place, a family oriented home for these guys and we be family.
Q: How has the Daughters of Zion Community Navigator Pilot Program impacted you as an entrepreneur?
A: Oh, it made me want to do it even more, because I didn’t even know all these grants were out there to help our people in real life, like I didn’t know that, all people should be doing this to help people. You say you love God, help your people. It’s so many people that want you to do good but don’t want you to do better than them, or you know, they just for real like hate on you. So, every church should do something like this. This inspired me. So, the more knowledge I get from these grants I’m going to help my people that I deal with on a regular basis. I have a lot of friends that’s in business. A lot of guys that have changed their life, they did 20 years in the pen. And, I have sent y’all link to so many people, you know what I’m saying. One of my friends- Victims to Victory, she has a nonprofit. She was a battered woman, her husband beat her all the time. And she’s Victims to Victory, Victims of Victory, and she’s going to be meeting with you guys I think March 2nd or something. I’m spreading the word! I’ve sent y’all information out to a lot of people. Everybody needs to do stuff like that, that’s why all other races are winning except us, because we don’t want to share information, we don’t want to share. So, with that said, I’m going to continue to spread Daughters of Zion.
Q: You boast about your DOZ CNPP / No Mistakes Allowed LLC business advisor Amber Leigh, what can you share about that relationship?
A: She is everything. I told you I’m taking her home with me. She’s with the Daughters of Zion, she has guided me and helped me, especially at a time where I was about to really give up, because I got to a point where I’m a little tired, and she pushed me on back out there, and she’s awesome, and I love her.