DCN Inspirational Award – DCN recognizes Anthony Young for his loyalty and friendship over the years

Anthony and I met back in 1998 when he served as statewide “Deputy-Field Director” for the successful 1st campaign of former U.S. Senator John Edwards. I was the interim Edgecombe County Democratic Party Chair as I was appointed to serve out the unexpired term of Roy Gray who resigned to go to work for former Congresswoman Eva Clayton.

Anthony was a hard worker and we talked almost daily and still talk almost weekly since we first met. I learned a lot about politics through Anthony. In 1998 Anthony partnered with myself and the local party and we had a successful Democratic Party gathering at the Tarboro National Guard Amory. I don’t recall there being such a gathering of this magnitude since that time.

Not only has Anthony been very helpful politically but he has also been a great resource and inspiration to The DCN.

Anthony came to Pinetops several years ago when I invited him to be the guest speaker for the NAACP Edgecombe County Branch. He did a wonderful job. I had the video shown on WHIG TV in Rocky Mount NC and I ran into folks who say they really enjoyed his message.

It has been good people like Beverly May and Anthony Young who have inspired me to do what I do. Because of them there is The DCN.

Learn more about Anthony Young below.

ANTHONY YOUNG has dreamed of entrepreneurship for most of his life.  As the son of a small automechanic shop owner, Anthony learned early on to love entrepreneurship.  Since grade school, his passion has always been small business.  

Strengths:  Strategic analysis, tactical resourcefulness, and creativity for problem solving.  

Dreaming of his own business, In 1996 Anthony made the decision to return to community college in order to begin the process of gaining additional business insight in pursuit of his  small business dream.  In 2000 he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Saint Augustine College in 2003, and wrote his final thesis on “the Creation of Economic Wealth in Poor Wealth Communities.”   In 2003 he obtained his Master of Business Administration Degree from Wake Forest University.   While at Wake forest, Anthony competed in and won the business school competition on his “Brown Toes” business model and represented the school in a national competition of business schools and students. 

MY Dual passions:   Social Entrepreneurship and Political Strategy

Company:   the House of Brown Toes (www.browntoes.com ) is a expanding family brand of products for babies and the entire family.  He has written children’s books and designed a series of beautiful quilts that celebrate family, culture, and heritage.  His products are perfect for family reunions to new born babies.   Anthony’s products were selected by home shopping giant QVC as one of its best items and a  major retailer in the United States.    Our baby quilts are in the homes of several homes of “A” list stars In Hollywood California.

Challenges:   Access to capital.  Despite having excellent credit, a winning business model, and major market interest, it is difficult to move forward a small business when true access to capital is often awarded based on political connections and less because of the ability to grow.  In many ways, it is precisely because of this lack strategic support that small businesses fail.  Often times for small businesses, the only thing in abundance by way of opportunity is the shallow rhetoric of doors closing when the answers could just have easily been a door opening.    Yet still, I am enormously encouraged by the new policies of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

While attending college, Anthony worked full-time in North Carolina politics:

· In about 1996 – Co-chaired the election of Annie Bullock to Henderson City Council.  In her election, Annie Bullock became the first African American woman elected to Henderson City Council in the history of the Vance County.   Mrs. Bullock had already made history in 1967 as the first African American to graduate from Duke University in Durham with a Masters Degree.

· In 1998 – Served as statewide “Deputy-Field Director” for the successful 1st campaign of former U.S. Senator John Edwards

· In 1998 – Joined the NC Department of Justice and helped Attorney General Mike Easley implement the first Predatory Lending Laws.

· In 2000 – Successfully organized all 100 counties as the “Director of Field Operations” for the election of Governor Mike Easley

· In 2003 to present, serves as the Deputy Chairman of the North Carolina Property Tax Commission.  As a “quasi judicial” board, the commission serves as the final “court” for the adjudication of property tax matters for the state.    I am the first African American to serve in this commission.  We heard nearly $1 Billion in property tax valuation cases in 2008.

· 2009 – I spearheaded the opening of the Henderson Campus of Saint Augustine’s College in Vance County:  managed all level of campus activities, recruited the inaugural class of students, and taught two classes.   I took the time from my own business beginning in May to help the region obtain its first 4-year institution in the 4-county area.   I tried to help. 

News Coverage:  Featured innumerous major new publications around the country such as The Baltimore Sun News, The Raleigh News & Observer Newspaper, The Modesto Bee of California, The Susquehanna Times of Pennsylvania, The Charlotte Observer, South Carolina State Newspaper, and national magazines such as Earnshaw Magazine, American Baby, Parenting, Black Business Inc., and Kids Today.   Presented the “Brown Toes Family Tree Heritage Quilt” to dignitaries such as U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Bryan Clay, US Congressman Jim Clyburn, and have fielded requests by Actor/Comedian Wayne Brady.

Hobbies:   travel, gardening, theater, culture, and lecturing and mentoring other hopeful entrepreneurs.