Program Success Is Black History

Darryl and Gwendolyn Barrs have been working Program Success now for over 30 years. Starting out in 1988 as a Professional Business Organization in Orlando, Florida, Program Success helped young Blacks start their own business by providing office space in an incubator environment, and support services such as marketing, business plans, accounting and legal services.

“We were in our mid-20’s, most of us college graduates. We didn’t know much, but what each of us knew, we shared.” Darryl explains. “We were an assemblage of business professions: Attorneys, Accountants, Bankers, Printers, Restaurant and Daycare Owners… all working for the benefit of the other. Still today, one of our mantras is “We don’t procrastinate… we initiate – success one for the other.”

We didn’t start publishing until 1993 in Palatka, Florida. Our publication was the Christian Reader, “The Good-News Newspaper”. We were able to unite the two major entities of the Black community: the Black Church and the Black Business. Our newspaper was distributed state-wide using the Black Church as our points of distribution.

We continued publishing the Christian Reader for 16 years, and in 2008 when Barack Obama became President of the United States of America, we changed our name to Program Success. This was a major shift in our history as a people and we adapted to the challenge and the responsibility.

One of the many attributes of the Program Success Magazine is that we are “Documenting Our Legacies of Success”. Realizing that the ink that writes our history has not run dry, Black people are doing extraordinary things today that too are noteworthy and needs to be documented and preserved. These accomplishments for some reason escape mainstream media but are captured on the pages of the Program Success Magazine.

“We have come a long way, and the journey has not been an easy one,” says Gwendolyn. “We both have worked this business from the very beginning and the number one characteristic of owning your own business is SACRAFICE. We gave so much to the business. Even while raising our children, it seemed the business came first. Payroll and expenses came first as we scrambled to eat and make our personal ends-meet.”

“Looking back, I know our sacrifice was not in vain,” Gwendolyn explains. “In the past 28 years we have printed over 325 publications, travel over 3,500,000 miles distributing them, and have been read by over 18,000,000 people in 34 different countries… to God be the Glory!”

The cost of publishing is shared by the participants that feature themselves and their businesses in the magazine. Creating Win/Win Relationships, this is an excellent example as to how we as Blacks work together and invest in the good of our community. The encouragement and inspiration our youth receives from the positive portrails is priceless and productive. Understanding, our youth can’t be what they can’t see. “Our Readers Are Our Leaders.”

Darryl sees Program Success as an Action Magazine. “We PUSH people to do more. We PULL out the best that people has stored in them. We RUN to support new ideas. We TURN obstacles into stepping stones. We BUILD productive working relationships. We BREAK-DOWN historic barriers of failure. We ASCRIBE to excellence. We CHAMPION higher levels of achievement.


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About Program Success!

At the rising of each new sun, I thank God for a new day, a day I have never seen nor experienced. With that new day comes new opportunity, a chance to do better and be better. Advance myself while advancing others. I plan my work and work my plan. This is Program Success.

We Must Change. Now that we for the first time in history, have elected a Black to the highest office of the land, this is not an end – only an new beginning. It is hope for a better tomorrow and to achieve it we must be a better people, and to that end, we must be better individuals.

As a society we are experiencing many problems. Among them our children are chief. Our children and not graduating from High School. Our children are apathetic, offensive, and disrespect authority. Our children are our future and when our future is in jeopardy so is our relevance as a people. We must change.

In order for us to make it today, we need the best of our people giving their best. We need the best of our people as our leaders and the best of our people as our teachers. This is Program Success.

We need leaders that ascribe to excellence – not mediocrity. We need teachers willing to enhance our abilities to advance us to a higher level of achievement. This is Program Success.

We are Mountain Climbers who believe in assisting other Mountain Climbers to the top by extending a support line uniquely designed to develop business principles and practices toward success. Together we point out and eliminate barriers, pit falls, and obstacles that conceals and inhibit that allusive path to success… because failure is not an option. This is Program Success.

• PS: Wake up early and work late.
• PS: Turn off the television set.
• PS: Talk to people you don’t want to talk to.
• PS: Have patience.
• PS: Establishing untraditional allies.
• PS: Find a Role Model
• PS: Find a youth to Mentor
• PS: Volunteer at a school
• PS: Give financial support to a needy family weekly

PS is Program Success
We are Program Success
The Name Says It All!

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