Empowering Black Owned Businesses 

~ Celebrating Black History Month ~ 

Our Black History Month event is February 13th, from 11AM to 2PM and we want to introduce you to our speakers for the event. This week we would like to introduce you to one of our Small Business Black Own Panelist - Queenie Donaldson, here is part of her story.  

Denise Buchanan

Denise Buchanan, grew up on the island of Jamaica and had a difficult childhood She remembers always enjoying spending time in the backyard amongst the fruit trees and plants and being mindful of how I felt in the garden. She worked hard and received a scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in landscape architecture in Canada, and afterwards worked for a leading Architecture and Engineering firm. Her interest in human behavior led her to pursue a Masters and PhD in Psychology and her unique inter-disciplinary approach to design was soon featured on Home and Garden Television. After many requests for her design services, she decided to start my own business, Sacred Garden Designs, Inc. For over 15 years she has pursued a career committed to transforming the world in which we live through lecturers and working with individuals and communities on minimizing the impact of drought, climate change, food insecurity, growing populations and deforestation in urban landscapes while maximizing the creation of more useful and livable urban environments centered around tree planting, sustainable land management and community economic viability especially in the under-served areas of society. 


NEW Women's Business Center is a great place to receive expert advice to accelerate your business growth.She feels there is an inextricable link between how we treat each other and how we treat the natural environment, and she sees her role as the cultivator of a world which works to benefit both. NEW Women's Center was able to share my vision and direct me to the resources that helped grow my business.

She had difficulty maintaining a positive cash flow and hiring staff. NEW WBC helped the company to streamline its finances so that the business could be loan worthy. She was able to secure a $100,000 loan to hire staff, purchase equipment and marketing services.

NEW WBC helped her business to meet job targets and exceed client expectations through hiring and training staff which were able to provide stellar customer service.


The most important parts of the assistance from NEW WBC were the workshops and 1:1 consultations which provided a wealth of information for her to utilize to make more informed decisions to grow my business.



Dr. Denise Buchanan

President | SBE,MBE,WBE | C27 Landscape Contractor

Sacred Garden Designs, Inc.

Address: 2118 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 932, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Tel: 310-980-2770



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