NATICK, MA — Two Black-owned Natick companies have been amongst 12 from Massachusetts and Connecticut that obtained $25,000 awards from the Energy Ahead Small Enterprise Grant program, a collaboration between the Boston Celtics Shamrock Basis, NAACP and Vistaprint.
This is extra from a Celtics basis press launch:
At this time, Vistaprint, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Basis and NAACP introduced the primary cohort of recipients from the Energy Ahead Small Enterprise Grant. This grant is a shared dedication of $1 million between Vistaprint and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Basis in partnership with the NAACP designed to create an enduring affect by means of the financial empowerment of Black-owned small companies throughout New England, that includes grants of $25,000 and the chance to be featured on nationwide co-branded platforms, in addition to receiving design and advertising and marketing help personalized to their particular wants to assist their enterprise develop and thrive.
The primary group of grant recipients contains 12 small companies from the Boston metropolitan space, Western Massachusetts, and Connecticut representing a wide range of industries together with childcare, healthcare, meals service, craft brewing and employment companies, amongst others. Recipients of the Energy Ahead Small Enterprise Grant have been notified with shock digital visits from Celtics heart Tacko Fall, President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens and the workforce’s beloved mascot, Fortunate.
MEET THE RECIPIENTS:
Dianne Austin, Coils to Locs (Dorchester, MA)
Coils to Locs, based in 2019 by a most cancers survivor and pure hair blogger, helps hospital most cancers facilities and medical hair loss salon’s means to offer entry for all of their purchasers no matter hair sort by providing up to date, prime quality, coily, curly artificial wigs. Coils to Locs now has partnerships with 6 hospitals/salons.
Elle Scott, SheChef (Roslindale, MA)
The mission of SheChef, based in 2013, is to offer mentoring and steering to younger girls from city settings who aspire to be distinctive inside the culinary arts.
Karen John Hope, Small Steps Daycare (Lowell, MA)
After being laid-off from her job within the HR trade in 2002, Karen had her second daughter and opened Small Steps Daycare. Small Steps accepts all state-issued vouchers, in addition to homeless, DTA, DCF, and teenage packages. Small Steps’ final aim is to offer inexpensive childcare and put together all youngsters to enroll in kindergarten, whereas in a protected and wholesome studying setting.
Kristen L. Pope, Pope Productions, Inc. (Natick, MA)
Pope Productions, based in 2014, gives a full-scale expertise for all storytelling wants. Pope Productions contains videography, enhancing, writing and manufacturing for short-form storytelling. Pope Productions began the “On-Air Academy” to offer a constructive narrative of black folks in communities throughout the nation by means of coaching, teaching, and putting black journalists in newsrooms. So far, the On-Air Academy has coached and skilled greater than 300 entry-level and aspiring journalists.
La’Erica Wiliams, The Nurse’s Office Primary Care (Colchester, CT)
The Nurse’s Workplace, a major care and walk-in heart based in 2017, gives major care and walk-in companies, together with on-site lab work, for acute, non-life-threatening accidents and situations, together with sprains, strains, lacerations (cuts), fevers, colds, flu, different viruses, abdomen bugs, and meals poisoning.
Nicole Broushet, The Vegan Nest Cafe (Worcester, MA)
The Vegan Nest, based in 2017, is a collective dedicated to celebrating a wholesome, pure, holistic and compassionate way of life. Rooted in biblical rules of gentleness, mercy and love, The Vegan Nest Cafe is captivated with compassion and shares that with its nesters by means of recipes and companies.
Nicole Well mannered, ManeHire, LLC (East Longmeadow, MA)
ManeHire, based in 2018, was created with two targets in thoughts: to make it simpler to rent nice folks and to allow purchasers to exceed their market targets. ManeHire additionally provides workshops on smooth expertise and resume constructing.
Raymond Berry, White Lion Brewing Company (Springfield, MA)
Seeing development within the craft beer trade and recognizing the absence of native beer in Springfield, MA, Raymond Berry Jr. based The White Lion Brewing Firm with neighborhood in thoughts in 2014. At this time, White Lion is proud to name 1500 Principal Road in downtown Springfield its house.
Salimata Bangoura, Yamacu (Natick, MA)
Yamacu is a West African fusion beverage firm that provides scrumptious regionally handcrafted recent ginger drinks.
Tambo Barrow, Bred Gourmet (Boston, MA)
This small burger bar serves connoisseur patties & toppings, plus kale drinks, smoothies, salads & extra.
Vanessa Mukania, Beraka Juice (Winthrop, MA)
Beraka Juice’s imaginative and prescient is to serve the North Shore of Massachusetts, as there’s a shortage of juice bars within the space and so they goal to fill this hole.
Zina Thompson, Zina’s Hair Salon (Cambridge, MA)
Zina Hair Salon provides a wide range of styling companies together with hair consultations. Their mission is to offer the best stage of service and educate their purchasers on learn how to preserve wholesome, lovely hair.