Real Estate Investment/Entrepreneurship Division


Our Mission

·          Pursue real estate investment opportunities

·         Develop and manage real estate projects responsibly and with integrity for the benefit of our investors, partners, and the community

 ·         Share the importance of collaboration through joint ventures and business development with municipalities and community-based businesses


Our Focus 

  • Site Selection, corporate or individual (Retail, industrial, office, or development)
  • Transaction and Investment Analysis
  • Professionalism and Confidentiality (Exclusive representation of client through completion of transaction)
  • Networking affiliations with local, state, national, and international contacts to best serve client base
Our Vision

  • Invest in undervalued communities
  • Encourage homeownership and business stewardship in redeveloping communities  
  • Provide contractors, entrepreneurs, and business owners data impact of real estate redevelopment and investing for their long-term goals.
Our Values

  • TEAM - Working towards common goals while maintaining open, constructive communication.
  • COMMUNITY - Be an involved entity of citizens, doing our part to make our community a better place for generations to come.
  • PROFIT - Creating a successful platform that provides superior financial returns to our investors and partners.


USMCA - Real Estate Investment / Entrepreneurship Division - Carl McDonald

Carl McDonald


Carl McDonald is president of the MackCel Group, Inc. a City of Chicago MBE firm that specializing in Construction Management, General Contractor, Water & Storm Basin Inspection, and Consultant.

Carl McDonald has over 40 years construction experience since receiving his BS degree in Construction Management from Bradley University. He has worked in the construction industry as a superintendent, project manager and senior project manager. Carl McDonald has supervised the rehabilitation of some of Chicago Historic Landmarks such as the Chicago Water Tower, Chicago’s Navy Pier, the Merchandise Mart and the renovation of the DuSable Museum of African American History Roundhouse Building.

Carl McDonald has served as senior coordinator of the design/build of shopping centers, strip malls, speculative buildings and office parks developments in the Chicago land area.

Additionally, he is co-founder and manager of Little Big House Properties, LLC, which specializes in developing of single family, multi-family and commercial properties in Illinois and NW Indiana.   

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USMCA - Real Estate Investment / Entrepreneurship Division - Renee McDonald

Renee McDonald


Renee McDonald is co-founder and manager of Little Big House Properties, LLC which specializes in developing single family, multi-family and commercial properties in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Renee retired from the American Bar Association after 45 years working as Meeting Manager for the association’s two (2) largest conventions.  At ABA, Renee acted as liaison between hotels/convention centers and ABA entities and Affiliates including Law Schools and State and Local Bar Associations.

Renee was part of the advance team to visit each city, tour each 4-5-Star hotel and/or convention center in order to determine how to assign the appropriate meeting room to a particular event.  Cities included Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, London, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle.

Each convention involved 125-325 meeting rooms in 8-16 hotels with 800-1,200 individual events over 7 days. Renee also negotiated audio visual and catering costs, reviewed and paid invoices totaling over $1.5M.  

USMCA - Real Estate Investment / Entrepreneurship Division - Rev. Larry S. Bullock, MPA/MDiv

Rev. Larry S. Bullock, MPA/MDiv

Chairman of the Board

Rev. Larry S. Bullock, MPA\MDiv, [‘73], Former President, Roosevelt University Alumni Association [RUAA], Former Member of the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees; Senior Pastor, Living Faith Cathedral Worship [LFCWC Church], and Owner and President, April Cobra Enterprises, Inc. [Construction Management, General Contracting, and Real Estate Development firm], Barrington, Illinois. Founder\President, U. S. Minority Contractors Associatio [USMCA].

USMCA - Real Estate Investment / Entrepreneurship Division - Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson

Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson


Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson is the President/CEO of
Aseret Development Series LLC, Aseret Development
Carpentry Services LLC, a construction and interior
design company specializing in remodeling and
renovating residential and commercial projects. She is
also the founder of FYE HIGH VIBEZ, a cannabis and
apparel company that will be coming out in Fall 2021.

Teresa was born and raised in Inverness and Indianola,
MS. She is a 1985 graduate of Gentry High School
located in Indianola; MS. Teresa spent most of summer
in the cotton fields earning $15 a day to help relieve
some of the burden of her single mother.

Teresa is a creative, experienced, passionate
entrepreneur who likes nothing better than to start
new businesses and make them profitable. She is continuously seeking, new business opportunities,
especially in the ecommerce/cannabis marketplace.

Teresa’s favorite part of being an entrepreneur is working less, because it allows her to spend time with
her family.

Despite her busy business career Teresa makes time to be involved with community and professional
organizations. She is a member of the US Minority Contractors Association and the Westchester
Chamber of Commerce and serves as the USMCA National Board Assistant Secretary, USMCA REID
Group Treasurer, Chairperson of the USMCA Westtown Chapter in IL, and the USMCA Atlanta, GA
Chapter. She has also volunteered for the Nursery Ministry at Broadview Missionary Baptist Church in
Broadview, IL