CJE News Article

Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn. - February 21, 2003.
By Jason M. Reynolds, Staff Writer

A Chattanooga company is in the running for a national minority business award.

C.J. Enterprises, owned by Carolyn and Edward Jones, was nominated for the Black Enterprise Small Business Award, which will be presented at the eighth annual Black Enterprise/Microsoft Entrepreneurs Conference May 14-19 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

Mrs. Jones, president and CEO, grew up in the west side projects and went on to help found a local company that conducts business with government agencies and companies around the nation. "Some people come out of (the projects) and become successful," she said. "It just depends on your goals and where you're going."

She is a 1976 graduate of Emory University, with a degree in health information management, and a graduate of Howard High School.

Mrs. Jones' father, Clyde Goolsby, was an entrepreneur, which prompted her to go into business, she said. Mr. Goolsby owned a school bus and was a contractor for the Hamilton County school bus service, owned a taxi and worked with a taxi company, and owned a restaurant on West Ninth Street.

"That's where I got it -- the entrepreneurial spirit," she said. "To see him with his own business gave me the motivation."

C. J. Enterprises is a family business. Mrs. Jones' husband, Edward, is the executive vice president. Mrs. Jones said her son, Charles Kimbrough Jr., will one day take the company's reins.

Mr. Kimbrough, the company's vice president of operations, said he served a four-year tour in the Air Force in the 1980s and returned to the family business, but was reactivated to serve during the Gulf War in the reserves.

C. J. Enterprises was created in 1980 as a consultant service, but after five years Mrs. Jones entered into the record management business and began contracting with government agencies, insurance companies and other clients. The company offers health information management, records information management, Web services, graphic design, editing and writing, videography and photography.

C. J. Enterprises has grown from three employees and occupying 300 square feet of office space to more than 100 workers and consultants in 3,000 square feet of offices, Mrs. Jones said. It was the first company of its kind in Chattanooga, she said.

The Small Business Association has certified C.J. Enterprises as a minority, woman-owned business, Mrs. Jones said, which qualifies it for certain government contracts.

The firm works with clients primarily in the Southeast, but also has worked with companies in other states, including California, New York, Arizona and New Jersey, Mrs. Jones said. It has site offices in Atlanta, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Paducah, Ky., and Portsmouth, Ohio.

Its clients include Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga city government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the General Services Administration and Bechtel Jacobs in Oak Ridge, where it was one of the first subcontractors, she said.

The company follows the "life cycle" of a record -- from its creation to the time it either is archived, destroyed or stored, Mrs. Jones said. C.J. Enterprises trains clients how to handle records, but does not store the records themselves.

"Everybody needs records," Mrs. Jones said.


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