READ About The Mother and Daughter Team Who Own 13 McDonald Franchises in LA and Generate $50 Million Dollars Annually.

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Patricia Williams and her daughters, Nicole Enearu and Kerri Harper-Howie, have built an empire of McDonald’s franchises in the Los Angeles, California area. Combined, they employ more than 700 people in the community and generate annual revenues of almost $50 million.

More than 30 years ago, Patricia, inspired by other family members who also owned McDonald’s franchises, took the leap herself. 

She was working at the time as a rehabilitation therapist, and her husband was a police officer for the LAPD. 

~~They decided to cash out their retirement plans, and take out a small business loan to enter the world of fast food.~~

Their first McDonald’s location was in Compton, but Patricia says it wasn't easy. To become a certified McDonald’s owner, you have to spend some time working in the store yourself and take required classes.

Because the McDonald’s brand was growing so rapidly in the 1980's, the first location became a quick success enabling Patricia and her husband to purchase a second store.

However, shortly afterwards, their marriage fell apart and Patricia ended up buying out her husband's share of the company. But through the years, she continued to work hard on customer service and marketing, which helped significantly to increase the revenue at both locations.

In 1995, she made the smart move of selling both of her stores... and purchasing five more!

It was never really Patricia's plan, but in the early 2000's, both of her daughters ended up getting involved.

After making a major career change, her daughter Nicole went through the McDonald’s franchise training program for owners and purchased a store. She later went on to became the first Black female, Chair for the McDonald’s Southern California Regional Leadership Council.

Her other daughter Kerri, who is a lawyer, started out first by providing legal and HR help to her mother’s franchise locations. But, she went on to get training too - from the Next Generation program at McDonald’s, a program for children of McDonald’s owner operators.

Today, the three of them are running a multi-million dollar company that provides hundreds of jobs to the local community. They also provide scholarships to local students, and the funds for various local and national charities.

A Rare Legacy
Daughter Nicole Enearu never yearned for a role model. 

“For a long time, people didn’t have these types of role models,” Enearu says. “I had the benefit of having a mother who was an Black female and a franchisee, and that gave me the courage and the role model to say, ‘This is something that I can do, too.’”
In the 30-odd years since Williams started her career as a franchisee, more female minorities have joined her in the ranks, but that doesn’t mean such stories are commonplace yet. 
“When we’re going out and speaking to different groups, … we inevitably hear people say, ‘I didn’t know there were Black's who own McDonald’s,’ or, ‘I didn’t know there were women who own McDonald’s,’” she says.
Given the fact that Williams had already built the business, Enearu’s entry into the field was far different from her mother’s. Williams worked as a rehab therapist before becoming a McDonald’s franchisee with her then-husband and Enearu’s father. 
When the two divorced, Williams kept the rights to the McDonald’s—something that, for a single Black owner and mother, was unheard of in the 1980s, Enearu says.

It’s not to say Williams had an easy time. She faced difficulties that a white counterpart might not have, such as being unable to get a bank loan.
Enearu knows it’s not enough to lead by example. To truly serve as a role model and inspire others who might wish to own their own business or enter foodservice, she must get the word out.
“With every opportunity that we get to speak to people and tell our story, it’s another opportunity for maybe one or two people to hear it and for it to have an impact on their lives,” Enearu says.