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.

Melissa-Sue John, Ph.D. | Chief Executive Operator

The mission of Lauren Simone Publishing House is to tackle the issue of lack of diversity in children’s literature by being completely inclusive in terms of gender, race, nationality, religion, and ability by publishing the works of diverse authors and illustrators thereby creating literature for all to enjoy. Read more>>

Candace Williams | Entrepreneur/Consulting

Candace Williams is the Executive Director of CBA Consulting. She has an extensive and varied professional career in the Real Estate, Insurance, Telecom, Human Services industries as well as Federal Grant Programs. Read more>>

Kristy Arrington | Pageant Director, Consultant & Boutique Owner

Krowned by Kristy, LLC is a business that is all about pageantry including wardrobe consultation (Krowned Kloset Boutique), pageant coaching/consultation, and now the State Director for the Miss Black Mississippi USA Pageant, the preliminary to the Miss Black USA Pageant. Krowned by Kristy. Read more>>

Kamirria Wallace | Founder & CEO

Black & Scholared is a purpose-driven apparel brand that reinvests profits into supporting the HBCU community. Through the sale of our licensed collegiate apparel, we give back 12% of every purchase to HBCU Institutions. We’ve recently launched our Black & Scholared Fund where we donate 5% of our quarterly sales to help students with tuition and living expenses. Read more>>

Matt Cox | CEO and Founder

We work on improving social equity in the foundational issues of American society – the environment and the economy. We do that by providing insights and assistance to enable communities to drive the clean energy transition forward, leveraging our expertise in policy, data analytics, and community engagement. Read more>>