Our Story

Our Mission Statement

To provide a safe place culture for those in under-resourced areas by creating opportunities and transforming communities.


The Roots Collective Growth and Development Center

The growth and development center serves Black Owned small business start ups through economic development. Our goal is to exceed the wealth gap and help provide a better quality of life among the clients that we serve. Black businesses, primarily those owned by women, are the fastest growing sect of entrepreneurs. However, these companies often lack the social and financial capital needed to keep them growing. Black Women receive less than 1% of venture capital funds.

About Shora's Founder and Leader

Tanika Harper is an East Tennessee entrepreneur who has ownership in four small businesses, all of which help create opportunities for under-resourced neighborhoods. Tanika's mission is to uplift and elevate youth and young adults who lack the tools and resources needed to excel. She uses her platform to train, facilitate, encourage, and motivate.

Tanika has been in business for over twelve years and this has helped her gain access to social and financial resources that will help move some of the poorest communities in Knoxville forward. She is extremely passionate about developing youth and small business development.

Tanika's businesses, Elite Facility Maintenance, and Harper's Naturals, are members of The Knoxville Chamber. Shora Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2008, is a 21st Century Learning Center and a member of Alliance For Better Nonprofits.

Tanika has one daughter who is a competitive gymnast and she thoroughly enjoys their time together traveling. She loves going to the movies and her favorite past-time is napping.

Tanika is definitely an extrovert and you may see her out and about; she'd love for you to say hello.

What Does Shora Mean?

Interestingly, Shora is a word meaning safe place in Nigeria. Since Shora is a community asset that is volunteer driven and cares about East Knoxville.

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