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to "our world with black enterprise" i'm your host. this week we sit down with media harvey to talk about breaking out of the box. >> my philosophy is i spend all my time building my dreams. so when i get some time i live my dreams. then we see how family and friends are truly the keys to success for this entrepreneur of the kids work with me in the business. my wife of 45 years is working with me daily. so i'm very family
push for diversity inside the board room. >> it is a powerful institution the corporate board. and if properly pardon use of the word manipulated, it puts people of color in the position to open doors decades to black folks. and finally in our spice of life, we serve up some creative cookery with a program that providesn students into chefs. >> we provide scholarships education and career opportunities in theo at risk students throughout the nation. >> all that and more coming up
we've watched steve harvey's empire expand before ourvision, film, radio, and now the host of the miss universe pageant. own with him to unveil the secrets to his suck set. take a look. >> mr. harvey, thank you so much for joining us today on "our world" i'm excited t conversation with you. >> thank you very much. i'm glad to be here. >> you are easily one of the most inspirational successful business moguls. ly because you focus on not just how you execute day-to-day work ethic but you also talk quite a bit about your faith. >> in this businessnot to talk about faith on television, in print interviews. >> because it's not considered professional, right? >> you don't want to offend >> sure. >> i'm not saying it to offend anyone. but i'm not going to not give credit and thanks to a huge reason for me being here. do i work yeah. i work pretty hard.
i don't care how hard you work. part you're missing it. i don't care how much faith part you got without the work part you're missing. so it's that combination. the faith that keeps me going through the difficult moments. if you're trying to be successful there's going to be a lot of difficult moments. >> one thing they founderesting is that you manage your time so effectively that you can account for every minute of your day. >> absolutely. >> how exactly do you dosk me all the time. how do you do what you do? tv show, game show, another show ing this, writing books. well, i care about every minute of the day. there's not a minute that ifor! my philosophy is, i spend all my time building my dreams so when i get some time i can live my >> steve harvey is also helping others live out their dreams. gerald washington,
in a very different position. >> i actually started off making his green drinks. from there i was given an work on one of his first tv shows coproduced. from there open the doors get in give me the opportunity to read the contract. once i read the first one i was >> how do you get from reading that first contract, impressing him on clearly a significant level to ultimately running steve harvey world being the how does that work? >> consistency. i still wake up. i still carry his bags if he need me to. i still get the green >> he's very successful. he runs 112th street production but also company. that's a lot of responsibility. a lot of responsibility.
because he is very much likee don't sleep. >> he's referring to alabama businessman greg calhoun, the other half of the moniker and recently formed. >> in addition to all of what you're doing in media and the ore holdings that you have, you've also launched an investment group with your best friend that partnership that you have with greg calhoun. >> greg and i care about people. greg and i are trying to build a at better way to do that than opening up manufacturing right here in the united states of america? >> specifically in the south, you launched two facilities in tennessee and alabama for bake and ameritech. why that region of the country? >> that place gets overlooked. a lot of our jobs are created in rural not our great president, president barack obama, say we need to start taking care of the jobs in america and they got programs where they will assist you if you can bring jobs to
>> that's what it's supposed to be about. we're into creating opportunity business. >> that's the vision. >> it has to just for me and greg. it's to help thousands of people. hopefully one day millions of people. >> tell me how you stay sharp.ot someone who's deterred by failure. you are continually inspirational with different audiences and markets. what's been your greatest >> first of all, failure is a wonderful teacher. i've learned a lot. secondly, failure is a part of the process. you can't be successful without what's you tripping because you failed for? do you understand that's a part of the process? you have to fail in order to my legacy, i think it will be fine. i don't think this father will i think he's going to show me some other things, things i don't know yet. it's about changing lives.
these lives together there is got to be a way to rally men to stop this killing. it takes black men to change black boys. >> a big part of what you'veh young black men in this country is that they don't have someone just saying i believe in you. something as simple as looking at them and seeing their value.e transformative. >> i can't tell you how many young men have my number that i've men toward, i give advice to the semipitchers when theyuate. in the military send me their grades. all i got to do is just text them say man, i'm proud of you, man. let me know how that went.hey get in a real jam, give me a call, man. let me know. hold on. i'm busy today can we talk tomorrow. i just give them an ear. if all of us black we could change the direction of these young black kids. >> i have to say, mr. harvey, it's been a pleasure speaking to you.
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i wanted to get a sense of youring out working at a supermarket and at some point having the notion that you could actually own that >> i as a package clerk had to tell myself something. i used to say i was the best package clerk that ever was going to be in the supermarket. that's the way i came to work. then when i got stock clerk i was the best stock clerk in the world. when i became a cashier i was the best cashier. and into produce and into i became the first black owner of supermarket in 1984 in the whole entire south. so from that, i've started and i created calhoun enterprise. and calhoun enterprise not just owns supermarket we have aany. we represent kraft foods, frito throughout the world representing major companies. that's how i met mr. harvey. >> you founded an >> yes.
products. i can take a lemon make lemonade. he cass move people like nobody else in the world. we're going to test in georgia, we can't keep it on the shelf. it's flying off the shelf. what are your projectedr 2016? >> we look at doing 20 million in the easy bacon business. that's pretty big in the bacon >> you're also launching the only latex plant in the u.s. called ameritech, correct? >> that's correct. in alabama 400 people got laid. we had a plant there. and it was sad that we was buying latex glod abroad, malaysia, nothing against those countries but we need to put our people back to work in the u.s. so i went to see the governor of the state of alabama and asked him whatr developing a business presence especially minority business presence.
he said they was more into so i went out and found a manufacturing business and brought it back to him and said, i like this business. i think we can get behind it, steve and i, and launch the only in the united states. so we went to walmart and talked to the chairman of walmart, doug mcmillan. he bought into it. he saw the put people back to work. >> what do you anticipate for 2016 revenue with ameritech? >> first year if we can get 50e'll be very satisfied with it. >> so steve is really big on having his family involved in the business. and i know that you share similar values. tell me more about that. >> my three kids work with business ever since they came out of florida a & m college they came right back into the business. my daughter got a master's in my son got a mar teres in marketing. my youngest son has a degree of accounting. my wife of 45 years is working
so i'm very family orienteith other 4 or 500 other employees we have. so having family to me means everything. >> in addition to running these amazing companies you also sit on a number of ose is there in part because that's where the decision power was made. kind of run the operation of the companies having the righteople can mean the success or failure of both. so when you just look one way you're just like a one-eyed quarterback. but if you look bothhole field your potential success is going to be much better. >> one of the boards that you actually sit on is a bank that you had a previous dynwhere you had initially where you were launching your first supermarket you needed the capital to be able to actually launch it effectively. and you were >> now that you sit on that particular board of that particular bank, what does that feel like?
that some people think your abilities don't exceed what they think qualify for banking. but that's just sometimes wrong it's the inner feeling of a person that really makes you susceptible. i didn't accuse them or being racial or nothing like that. i just thought that theyght that because the store was not prosperous they didn't want to take the risk with me. let's i took the same business plan to new york, chase morgan gave me $1 million. within six months we were prospering.ear $40,000 in profit in a business they had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in. i took that same store and went 15 other supermarkets from that particular supermarket. >> thank you so much for your time, mr. calhoun. it was a true pleasure to speak to you. >> thank you. >> thanks, trish. up next, our push to get our nation's top corporations.
cvs, northrup grumman and adt. of the black enterprise corporate directors he's also a small group of people directly impacting corporations that affect . >> the average person in my opinion doesn't even recognize that corporate boards exist. or if they've heard about boards, they don't fully what boards do. boards set policy for corporations. so if you believe that corporate america is one of the majorer and influence in this country, i believe that, the average person may not know what happens inside the. what they simply need to recognize is that when we, people of color, have a seat at that table, it provides us to influence policy, to effect issues around hiring,
it puts us at the table where we can decide who gets to be the next chief executive officer. it is a powerful corporate board. and if properly managed -- and pardon use of the word it puts people of color in a position to open doors that have been closed forke folks. >> gordon has seen an increase in the number of black directors but admits more needs to be done. after all, minority directors often ensure that funds go to areas where it's hen you get into having conversations about budget, you get into having conversations about spending. when you talk about alk about with whom are you spending. it provides me, as a black director, the opportunity to n for the -- of the billions of dollars that said institution, said
in a planned year, how much of is going to be with minority-owned companies? >> gordon is a powerful addition to any board, having served as a top executive at ceo of the naacp. to this former b.e. executive of the year, the key to attaining a seat on the board of a major corporation is a matterrformance. >> it's hard work. and hard work. and hard work. i've always believed -- and i'm confident that this is the case -- that you have to everybody who's around you. you have to pursue excellence. it's not a matter of being as good as your peers. it's being better than your peers.he best person in the organization at the job that you do. >> coming up, classes that help
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of life this week dishes on a new making it possible for kids who are at risk to find creativity and careers in the best kitchen. >> we provide scholarships, education and career opportunities in the culinary arts to at risk students throughout the nation. nationally we work with 17,000ents. we work with 230 teachers every year. we do job training and internships, college advising, all of this trying to students succeed and find a
>> we have as our executivery chef a ccap graduate she is senegal., extraordinarily talented. watching her bloom here with us at the two restaurants has been a unique and rewarding and warm she's amazing in the kitchen. she contributes so much to the flavor profile of our culinary experience here. that comes out of the support and the education she got working with ccap who provided full tuition support, opened doors, gave her and other young people the tools they needed to come and compete in a class restaurant. that's special. >> my role here for both restaurants is to as thee up with the desserts, work closely with chef
my staffs how to do it and just keep them motivatedit gets pretty hectic here at times, doing desserts for two restaurants. but i always just have to it goes out 100% perfect every time. >> and that does it for this edition of "our world with black enterprise" be sure to visit us on the web at ise.com/ourworld. also like us on facebook and follow me on twitter. thanks for watching.
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