Congratulations to Natasha Pitts, the 107.3 JAMZ Upstate Black History Maker for February 11, 2019!
Natasha Pitts, in her role as Minority Business Development Coordinator, serves as the primary advocate for small, local, minority- and women-owned businesses including entrepreneurs, contractors, subcontractors and joint venture partners. She helps connect the dots for minority businesses in the areas of supplier diversity, workforce development and minority business recruitment and support.
Most recently, Natasha created Amplify (formally EMERGE) which is a 10-week business development accelerator. Entrepreneurs receive 30 hours of classroom training, access to networking opportunities, access to capital and assigned a business coach. Amplify graduated the first cohort in December 2018 with 12 amazing entrepreneurs.
Other initiatives include the Spartanburg Construction Training program, where she sits on the planning committee designed to give Spartanburg residents a chance to gain a skill and become employed (with NDG, Spartanburg Regional, One Spartanburg, Spartanburg Community College, SC Works and United Way). The first blitz was held in January where over 20 residents received their NCCER certification. In 2018, she facilitated the Asbestos Removal pilot program where residents received the certification to help with the asbestos removal in the Clammie Claggett apartments. The program graduated 13 residents with 11 of them being hired at a competitive wage. Workforce programs like this provide enormous benefits to employers, workers and the community as a whole.
Natasha was awarded the Inclusion Advocate of the Year award from the Spartanburg Chamber in 2018. She is currently a member of Spartanburg Young Professionals and United Way of the Piedmont Young Leaders. She’s a 2015 graduate Grassroots Leadership Development and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Spartanburg. She also serves on the Evans Academic Center (EAC) Advisory Committee, the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, Spartanburg Are Chamber of Commerce Inclusion Committee, Ruby Mae’s Attic board member and the George Dean Johnson College of Business and Economics Dean’s Advisory Board. Lastly, she is very active at Anderson Mill Elementary School and serves as Chair of the Student Improvement Council and various roles on the PTO.
Natasha attended and graduated from several schools in Spartanburg county. She graduated from USC-Upstate with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Strayer University with Master of Science in Human Resources.
In her spare time, Natasha enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, crafting, and event planning. Natasha’s strives to live by the following quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Natasha lives in Spartanburg with her husband and two children.
Please join us in congratulating this 2019 Upstate Black History Maker!