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About Us

In July 1998, Eric and Stephanie Stradford reinvested their historically disadvantaged small business interests into an evolving social enterprise brand.  Star Step, Inc., established in 1976, was a Washington, DC- based communications firm serving the needs of business, nonprofit and faith-based clients.  In 1993, Stephanie introduced the YouthUSA brand, motivating American youth to believe and achieve. 

TheEnterpriZe brand evolved from a website in 1998 to a book, TheEnterpriZe from slaveship to spaceship, to a social enterprise incubator program of Youth Achievers USA Institute, a Delaware nonprofit corporation. 

In 2019, TheEnterpriZe, LLC was officially formed as a member-owned management consulting contractor supporting trust management needs of nonprofit, small business, individual estate and trust clients.  Over the last four decades, our members have developed and implemented plans in support of our clients' vision of their future.  

Clients Served

African Methodist Episcopal Church
Alex Haley
All Things Bethune
Arthur Allen Fletcher
Bartley and Associates, Inc.
Beloved Community
Bethune DuBois Institute
Black Public Relations Society
DC Chamber of Commerce
DC Government
Enoch Pratt Public Library
Evelyn Walker Armstrong Trusts
Exchange Club of Capitol Hill
First Combined Community Federal Credit Union
Free African Society
George Mason University
Heritage International Ministries 
Independence Federal Savings Bank 
J.D. and Laurena Walker Fund
 Nation of IslamNational Black Caucus of State Legislators
Minority Suppliers Development Council
Marine Corps Marathon
Montford Point Marine Association
National Heritage Foundation
National Learn-2-Earn
Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc.
Prince Georges Plaza
POWERS Coalition, Inc.
Richard Allen Foundation
Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute
The Underground Railroad Authority
Richard Allen Foundation
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Urban Bankers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Youth Achievers USA Institute

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