Owning one McDonald’s franchise would be quite an accomplishment in the eyes of most people. Then, imagine owning every single Mcdonald’s in Compton along with your daughters who also chose to join an incredible entrepreneurial journey. According to the Los Angeles Sentinel, this scenario mirrors Patricia Williams’s reality. In 2017, it was said that Williams and Nicole Enearu own every McDonald’s location in Compton. Along with a third daughter who also came aboard after completing a training program at a later date, Kerri Harper-Howie, the trio built an empire of McDonald’s franchises in the Los Angeles area. The Los Angeles Sentinel also reported that they always see what they can do to help and inspire the community.
Additionally, BlackBusiness.com recently reported that Williams, Enearu, and Harper-Howie are now together running a multimillion-dollar company while generating annual revenues of almost $50 million. In April 2017, the women reportedly opened their 13th franchise location, in addition to providing hundreds of jobs to the local community. The women business owners have not lost sight of the importance of giving back. Scholarships to local students, and funds for various local and national charities, are provided through their nonprofit organization—the Williams/Enearu Organization.
Despite the family’s current successes, the former rehabilitation therapist’s journey was mixed with taking steps forward but also facing personal adjustments. BlackBusiness.com explained that Williams and her former husband cashed out their retirement plans, then took out a small business loan to take a leap into the fast-food franchise industry. Due to the rapid growth of the McDonald’s brand in the 1980s, the first location became a quick success. Williams and her former husband purchase a second store. Thereafter, Williams ended up buying the company, after the couple’s marriage dissolved. She decided to sell both of her stores, then purchase five more.
BlackBusiness.com also stated that in the early 2000s, both of Williams’s daughters ended up getting involved in the family business, although it was not the initial plan. Enearu reportedly changed her career upon completing the McDonald’s franchise training program for owners. Next, she purchased a store. Harper-Howie, who is a lawyer, began providing legal and human resources assistance to her mother’s franchise. The lawyer also decided she wanted to be her own boss. Harper-Howie decided to complete a training program for children of McDonald’s owner-operators.
These businesswomen have obviously brought diverse skillsets to their family-owned operation. They easily can remind budding business owners that that investing in family legacy can impact current and future generations.