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Founder Angela DaBenigno
For over 30 years, Angela has operated a Bronx-based store selling chocolate products, gifts, cooking supplies and more. She creates a personal experience for all those who come, and her customers trust her to always provide fresh, high-quality products. Angela is working to expand her family-owned business to include an online store as she continues to grow the business.
Founder Paul Connor
At 110™ Studios, the team focuses on creativity, beauty, movement, fashion and performance. Alongside the Bushwick Community Darkroom on Troutman Street, they provide full start to finish media production services. The studio set-up includes various scenes for flexibility and doubles as a skate park to help athletes. Visit their website to be inspired.
Founder Noelle Minter
3rd Wind Network transitions the recently retired into a new lifestyle full of vibrancy and engagement. They offer classes, events and excursions focused on personal growth and social connection using creative and wellness outlets, to neighborhoods in the northeast Bronx and southern Westchester. They inspire adults to do just that by elevating their retirement experience.
Founder Kimone Young
84Gem is ethnic, exotic and regal. A combination of contemporary and African inspired jewelry, 84Gem is jewelry that introduces you before you even speak. Inspired by personal travels, all pieces are handmade in Brooklyn. Materials are sourced from India, Istanbul and Africa. Each piece is created to evoke a sense of power, strength and confidence to the wearer.
Founder Luquana McGriff
Luquana McGriff is a sugar artist, baker, and the owner of A Cake Baked In Brooklyn. In 2016, with no formal culinary training, she began combining her love of baking with her natural sense of style to make one of a kind desserts for her family and friends. When she got nothing but rave reviews, she decided to build a business that would serve the community of Brooklyn where she was born and raised.
Founder Tina Stevens
A Girl Named Pinky is dedicated to delivering custom cakes and desserts for special occasions in the SF Bay Area. A Girl Named Pinky is one of 30 small food businesses (all primarily women-owned) that are part of the food incubation program at La Cocina in San Francisco.
Founder Kenneth Metzger
Kenny makes life seamless with his transformational organizing service. He focuses on understanding how each individual client or business thinks before designing a custom organizational system for everything from clothing and kitchenwares to client files.
Founder Yolande Makha
a3+oag (africans, african-americans & other africans globally) is a US & Africa based agency - operating in NYC & Joburg - with 13+years of experience in collaborating for Africa’s interests within the US’ fashion & film industries. They have been instrumental in forging key partnerships & opportunities for the South African Consulate, Embassy & Tourism & the Cape & Gauteng Film Commissions within the US.
Founder Delia Awusi
ACC Tours mission is to help tell the African story by providing safe, world class, and inclusive guided tours of Ghana. Their goal is to allow clients to experience Ghana below the surface. Their curated tours are intimate by design – allowing customers to immerse themselves in Ghana’s people, history and culture. They are Ghanaian-owned and operated and believe in patronizing as such. They support Ghanaian owned businesses.
Founder Toni Rivera
Toni and Vester always wanted to be entrepreneurs, and decided to bring health and positivity to their community through a seafood business. They are always there for their customers, providing fresh-caught options and going above and beyond with recipes and customer service. They are excited to break into an industry that lacks black-owned businesses, and in doing so to keep money in their local community.
Founder Jamila Issah Zomah
Africandishout is a technology company that connects diners with their favorite local African Restaurants in their cities. They do this by empowering local African businesses and also help provide work for people in the local communities. They are currently widely in the Bronx and deliver within the Bronx, Harlem, Midtown Manhattan, Yonkers and New Rochelle in New York.
Founders Elena Laswick and Brooke Loving Bagwell
After meeting on Instagram, Elena and Brooke bonded in their desire to help Guatemalan and Peruvian artisans who had to close their brick and mortar shops due to the pandemic.
They created Amano Marketplace, an online marketplace and storytelling platform where Latin American artisans can sell their products and share their stories.
And And NYC is a Bronx-based jewelry company founded in 2015. And And NYC is an acronym for A New Day, A New Dawn, a play on Nina Simone’s song “Feeling Good.” Each piece is made with natural materials – responsibly-sourced fabrics and fair-trade beads – from local and international artisans. They offer chokers, lapel pins, bracelets, cufflinks, and earrings.
Founder Anne Giancola
Anne Giancola has been in business as a decorative artist since 1994 doing decorative painting, faux finishing, murals and painted furniture. Anne leads her clients through a creative process that produces an articulate vision. Anne enjoys her work and derives both personal and professional satisfaction when she attains just the look and feel her clients are seeking.
Founder Danielle Moore
Danielle and her team pride themselves on family legacy, tradition and old fashioned goodness. Their Cheesecakes are made from scratch, handcrafted and made with a family recipe passed down from past generations. Annie Mae's Cheesecakes uses the finest ingredients and has taken their traditional family recipe to another level. Their goal is to give their clients elegant yet scrumptious dessert options.
Founder Annie Wang
Frustrated by the lack of food brands tailored to Asian American diets, Annie made it her mission to create a better food system with sustainably produced, plant-based, traditional Chinese foods and snacks.
She opened Annie's T Cakes, a vegan Taiwainese bakery in Oakland, where she sells gluten-free Taiwanese pineapple cakes and other baked goods.
Founders Eileen & Jo-Ann Barett
Aromas Boutique Bakery offers cakes, catering and corporate gifts. Founded by sisters Jo-Ann and Chef Eileen Barett, Aromas is committed to all natural food and a great experience for its customers. Chef Eileen is classically trained and holds a Culinary Arts and restaurant Management degree from the Art Institute of NY. Both Chef Eileen and Jo-Ann hold Bachelor’s degrees from Tufts University.
Founder Stephanie Flor
Around the World Beauty is a community, a meet-us-here-anytime-anywhere virtual destination. They offer workshops inspired by the ancient beauty secrets from around the world, and feature DIY experiences on creating one-of-a-kind rituals that date back thousands of years – rosewater class, turmeric face masks, and other beauty offerings inspired by ancient beauty secrets of the world.
Founder Natalia Poltoratzky
Natalia opened an art rental business in the Berkeley Design Loop, striving to be the Bay Area's premier resource for high quality art for film, television, and commercial production. Highlights of her collection include large contemporary oil paintings, Hasselblad photographic prints, and a unique collection of vintage and antique frames. The unique feature about her business is that all the work is copyright cleared and ready for commercial use.
Founder Ezra Ezzard
Ezra runs a modern media company that is committed to the development, production and distribution of content that centers artists and people of color. His 'art first' philosophy enables his company to amplify bold, authentic, original and fresh voices across multiple genres and platforms. Ezra is hoping to build out the e-commerce aspect of the business by creating product around the content that he releases.
Founder Kelly López-Ortega
Founders Iván Lopez & Alexa Treviño set out to establish a creative gallery + studio that would embody Nature, Familia, + Cultura. Artillery AG is home to many art forms – Clay, Earth, Paint, and Photography. With Clay + Flora they honor our Pachamama. Through photography, they reflect on the times and their ancestors in each moment. Visit Artillery AG to be inspired.
Founder Yomi Jones
At First Glance gives clients the total prenatal experience at their Bay Area’s premier Ultrasound Studio. At every stage of a customer’s pregnancy, they use the most advanced technology to give the best results. Operating the industry standard in ultrasound imaging, client photos can easily be digitally shared and live broadcast around the globe.
Founder Dana Barker
Dana is a food and beverage concept developer and a bar management consultant. She brings a sense of loyalty and honesty to her business that she was not finding in her past roles in the hospitality industry. Focusing on BIPOC businesses, Dana helps to develop menus, set up bars, and even help with the ambiance. Dana hopes to create a hospitality culture in the Bronx by bringing the essence and quality of food, service and culture up town.
Founder Aurora Smith
Aurora Smith is a professional freelance writer and/or freelance editor who’s a delight to work with, meets deadlines, and provides clean, lively prose. She provides compelling content and trusted editorial support specializing in female and female-identifying fitness professionals, working to craft the kind of copy that helps her clients meet their goals.