We are so inspired by the businesses in our community because of how many of them are committed to helping to make the world better than it is today. Check out some great businesses below and how they are helping others.

Dawn Easter | Avatar Expert

The purpose and mission behind my business is the economic freedom and empowerment of women, particularly women of color. Through intimately knowing and understanding their client avatars, women entrepreneurs are able to more effectively service their clients and customers, generating revenue that can be used to support not only their families but their communities. Read more>>

Taryn “TJ” Carmona | Director, Artist, Entrepreneur

I believe that my company, 360 Arts BLVD, helps my creative community by reframing the conversations surrounding arts and business. We hope to empower creatives with the tools and the knowledge they need to succeed without feeling as if they have to rely soley on “handouts”, while also being very vocal about the need for including an artist’s perspective into traditionally “non-creative” business sectors. We want every sector to have a creative on their team, as we know that our ability to think outside of the confines of our situations allows us to be a valuable voice on any project that needs forward thinking individuals. Read more>>

Jonetta Moyo | Journal Artist & Personal Growth Practitioner

My Inspiration Studio was founded to help people be inspired by who they are and the gifts that they bring to the world. As a society, we spend a great deal of time focusing on external education. We spend many hours and resources focusing on academic subject matter, learning trade skills, surfing Youtube to figure out how to build a “fire pit” and so on. But we don’t spend enough time on getting to know ourselves. We are not fully invested in understanding who we are, what our strengths are and how to use them. Through my journal based coach offerings, I help strengthen self-connection, awareness and understanding. This creates a foundation for being able to navigate life’s changes and challenges and better prepares you to contribute your gifts to the community. Read more>>

Courtney Bryson | Pet & Pet Brand Photographer

Doing good in the world is why we are all here. I’m so lucky to have a business that allows me to give back to my animal loving community. Weekly, I volunteer to photograph the adoptable dogs & cats for my local Humane Society. Quality photos of animal hoping for a forever home increases their adoption rates, especially this year as so many people took to searching for their new family member online. In addition, I am able to support 10-15 charities a year through donations to silent auctions and galas to raise funds for various causes. Lastly, and my favorite, is getting together quarterly with other local pet businesses to host my Pet Portrait Event series, which are themed studio sessions with a portion of the session fees being donated to local rescue groups. Read more>>

Richard Hicks | CEO & President

Inspiredu is the boots on the ground helping Atlanta’s underserved communities with technology learning tools, digital access and support for academic success and career readiness. As Georgia’s only nonprofit addressing technology opportunities for children’s learning support system while also supporting digital literacy, access and inclusion, Inspiredu makes a stand for education equity for its youth and their families. As CEO of Inspiredu, our mission has been grounded in a two-generational approach to education and digital inclusion. We ensure our young scholars, and their caregivers have access to internet-enabled devices, training and support for a strong home learning environment. Read more>>

Philana Swann | CEO & Founder

According to recent census report, you’ll find that women remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math; making up only 24% of the workforce in STEM Careers. When it comes to economic sustainability and advancement, STEAM fields open the pathway for teens to strive for more advanced degrees and provides future leaders of our world which in turn increases their economic power. Women and girls—can and should be the next scientists who cure diseases, and create impactful technology. STEAM fields show women severely underrepresented, which leaves us with two questions that need to be answered. Why is there only 2% representation of black and brown women in science, technology, engineering, art and math? What can we do to change this narrative? Be-Ruth Foundation has taken action now by empowering, engaging, and educating girls NOW to grow into smart, capable, and ambitious women who take their rightful place by dominating in the world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Read more>>

JoAnn Corley-Schwarzkopf | Global Leadership Influencer

By promoting global good by activating and championing the potential of each member of our great human community. It is my belief that change in any context begins with the individual. Take a moment and consider the great movements in human history – for good or evil – they were begun initially by a single individual who inspired and rally the power of the collective group to promote change. Every individual has the power within them to first change their own life and then, through the universal principle of “the ripple effect”, influence change in the lives of others. I intentionally started and designed my business to support and promote this truth. Read more>>

Brittney Johnson | Entrepreneur & Black Business Advocate and Supporter

Our latest project was created to influence and encourage our community to stand in solidarity and support our own kind. If this year of 2020 has taught us anything, we should have learned to stick together. Often we support major name brands because it’s “popular” but our African American community suffers due to lack of support. Studies have proven that the black dollars only circulate 6 days at the longest while in other communities their dollars circulate up to 33 days. The message we are spreading is to SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESSES just as much as we support any other business. Ask yourself, have you ever seen a homeless person of asian decent? No and it’s rare because that community is formed of build support and circulating dollars that cycle amongst themself. Every single day we make it our business to support another black business/black household in one way or another. If we don’t support our own kind then who will. Read more>>