Local change agents get national recognition

Dr. Artika Tyner (Dwight Hobbes/MSR News)

Local business Planting People, Growing Justice (PPGJ) has been chosen as a winner of the 2017 American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, and generously supported by Sam’s Club.

The American Small Business Champions will each receive a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event, and SCORE mentoring and publicity throughout the year.

PPGJ started in 2014 through the vision of Dr. Artika Tyner who is committed to planting seeds of change in order to make the world a better place. Tyner’s vision and determination has allowed her to build a team around her of like-minded individuals who believe in the mission of PPGJ and are using their special gifts and talents to educate and train emerging leaders. They are currently working on a youth education project which seeks to empower leaders of tomorrow by promoting literacy, cultural awareness, and leadership development.

“We are grateful to receive this recognition since it signifies a new chapter in PPGJ’s journey. From our humble beginnings of teaching one student at a time to building an expanded global reach of touching the lives of thousands, each day we are planting seeds of social change. Thank you to our community of supporters who have helped to bring our mission and vision to fruition,” said Dr. Tyner, founder of PPGJ.



To learn more about The American Small Business Championship and to view the complete list of Champions, visit www.championship.score.org.


 Information provided by SCORE.