Many business leaders have tales of hardships both great and small, but how do the odds stack up against if you’re a Black woman trying to stand out in a field dominated by men? Necole Parker, founder and CEO of The ELOCEN Group LLC, has eclipsed all the barriers before by crafting a unique blueprint of success after years behind the scenes in the field of construction management.
Black Enterprise profiled Parker and her rise in the world of government contracting, noting that the single mother of one son, Jordan, worked extremely hard to turn ELOCEN into a multi-million dollar company. Launched in 2006, the firm offers a wide range of services including construction management, interior design, real estate support, information technology, logistics and more.
“We’re called the ‘tenant rep’ on behalf of the government,” Parker said to Black Enterprise. “We manage all of the trades on the interior side from start to finish.”
Parker’s path to becoming a business owner was a carefully planned move, and she started ELOCEN in her parent’s basement while she was living there. Using resources made available for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) nine-year 8(a) Business Development program, she learned the proper steps to grow her business. In just four years, Parker was able to quit her part-time day job and compete for valuable federal government contracts. In 2010 alone, the company earned 9.7 million based on a couple of key deals.