Evelyn Hawkins, a passionate woman entrepreneur from a small town in Eastern, North Carolina, is the founder of JKEI Management LLC, established in February 2016. Given her southern roots and love for trucks, Hawkins decided to open JKEI Trucking in 2020, a division of JKEI Management LLC, a dump truck company that offers dump truck hauling services of non-hazardous material from construction sites to dump sites throughout Charlotte, NC, and surrounding areas.
Over the past 30 years, Hawkins had attempted several business ventures without anything to show for herself. After high school, she attended NC A&T State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Environmental Health and Safety. She spent most of her years working in both the public and private industries. In 2015, she worked as a Senior Rail Safety Coordinator with Charlotte Area Transit System and a few years later worked with a risk-based safety consulting firm as a Safety Consultant where she was responsible for conducting safety audits, safety certification, and safety on-call services for various rail transit agencies across the country and Puerto Rico.
After years of experience and being in the workforce, Hawkins wanted more. And she knew that in order to expand her business she needed to devote time to it and obtain capital to grow it.
“As a new business, it was difficult obtaining financing from traditional banks. CSBDF provided the necessary loan I needed to start my business,” said Hawkins. “Thanks to CSBDF and Mecklenburg County Economic Development, I was able to start my business and purchase my first dump truck.”
In addition to obtaining a loan from CSBDF, Hawkins also received technical assistance from CSBDF’s business services team. “We meet every two weeks on the progression of my business and growth plans. Because of my advisor’s help and her experience and years of the business ownership experience, she is able to provide the necessary guidance for me as a new minority woman entrepreneur.”
In the next five years, Hawkins hopes to become one of the largest minority woman-owned trucking companies in Charlotte and surrounding areas.
“I would like to give back to the community in the way of second chances for those who are having difficulties getting back into the workforce because of a life set back,” said Hawkins.
“I would like to give back to the community in the way of second chances for those who are having difficulties getting back into the workforce because of a life set back ” - Evelyn Hawkins