Entrepreneur of the Month-June (Series 3 of 4)

Last week, you learned about the people who have played important roles in Fred Stewart’s life. In this post, I hope you will be inspired by what motivated him to become an entrepreneur. After working on several independent projects, Fred said, “I decided to go all in!” Divine Music Productions was born on January 16, 2006. After building a few safety nets in 2008, he decided to leave Mississippi State University to pursue the production business full-time. He began a career in radio (producing jingles for radio shows, such as “Sherri in the Morning” and “The Cal Connection” on WGBN 1150 AM in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) in 2009.

After working in radio and with independent artists, he saw a gap between mainstream and “indie.” Fred noticed a need, and he made it his business to fulfill that need! He met with Wanda Patterson, President of the Florida Gospel Announcers Guild. Their discussions led to the creation of a syndicated show called “The Independent Showcase” in March 2010. It is a show dedicated to showcase the best independent gospel and Christian artists. The show crossed international waters when it was picked up by Spirit FM of Kampala, Uganda, and Radio Graaff-Reinet of Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Next, he joined forces with the owner of Connected 2 Calvary-a Christian apparel company. This collaborative effort has been remarkable! In conjunction with “Connected 2 Calvary” and “The Independent Showcase,” Divine Music Productions has produced 4 albums. These four albums have showcased the best independent artists at no cost to the public. Yes, they are all free and downloadable! These projects led him to expand into more ventures, which began the structure of Stewart Communications.

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In 2010, Fred invested in Praise FM 99.3 in the Caribbean Island of Nevis. He assumed the role as stakeholder and General Manager. He re-branded the station and helped pull in shows such as “Joyce Meyer Ministries.” In 2012, Stewart Communications became one of the featured sponsors of the “Gospel Blue M.I.C. Achievement Awards” held in Chesapeake, Virginia. After working with established businesses and developing a reputation as a builder, Fred expanded Stewart Communications into business consulting.

Next week, you will learn more about Fred Stewart (future endeavors, etc.). What do you think about his entrepreneurial spirit? Please comment.

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