May 17, 2022


Skillful Business Crafters

Fayetteville business owner to appear on ABC’s ‘Free Enterprise’

Tanisha Melvin used to be scared to tell the world her story. 

The wife and mother of three spent a little over one year in federal prison for her role in the Smith Advertising fraud scheme. That was her past, but it’s not her future. 

Now the owner of Addictive Kravings, a thriving home-based baking business in Fayetteville, Melvin will appear on ABC’s “Free Enterprise” with the hopes of being an inspiration for others in similar situations. 

The show, which airs this Sunday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m., is based on Inmates to Entrepreneurs, an eight-week program founded by Raleigh-based entrepreneur Brian Hamilton and the Rev. Robert J. Harris that Melvin completed in 2019, while on probation after she was released from prison in 2017. 

Melvin said the course provided not only the groundwork and knowledge that it takes to start a business but also the foundation for her to get her mind right after spending the year prior in prison.