What Are They Up To: April 2018 MABEE Award Recipients



The April 2018 ResourceFULL Black Businesses event brought together 99 entrepreneurs in front of 20 resources and granted a total $10,000 to emerging entrepreneurs!


It was an astounding showing of generosity, gratitude, and progress towards eliminating Madison’s racial barriers to entrepreneurship.


Here’s what our awardees had to say:





“My plan for the award is to purchase a new laptop….As a photographer, having a computer with an efficient, high processing speed, storage capacity and capability to run multiple editing programs simultaneously is a necessity second to owning a camera. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to get the computer I need for my business!”

-Shalicia Johnson, ArrowStar Photography




 “IH Concepts is a strategic graphic design company promoting client success through branding. Our services include brand development and consultation, website design, custom mobile apps, and branded marketing solutions via a custom approach that is individualized to our clients....I have to put the money toward being G7 certified to provide better service to our clients.”

-Ibrahim Harun, IH Concepts




“I own a whipped butter business, that uses Mango, Shea, and Kukui butters. I also do gift baskets and purses as well. My plan for my award would be to buy better labels for my products, more butters and supplies as well as do some advertising and pay for a few crafter & vendor events.”

-Valencia Riley, The Sophisticated Lady



“Allow me please to once again extend my sincere gratitude for selecting my business to be a recipient of the April, 2018, ResourceFULL Black Business Grant. I am honored to be a part of your vision of assisting Black entrepreneurs to build successful businesses in Madison, and to benefit from MABEE Web training...The anticipated grant will be a great contribution towards the upstart and launch of Afrique Carib….The MABEE grant will be used to help purchase equipment and supplies for vending at public events,ie: Tent and display items, Portable food storage and preparation equipment, Vending permits, Booth Fees.”

-Sheryl Osinowo, Osinowo Enterprises LLC




“The organization’s focus is on eliminating gaps between student learning and potential gaps between community services and access to culturally relevant services...Our expertise is aligning comprehensive services  that support rigorous academic learning with cultural practices that are relevant, intercultural fluency, character development, and cultivating personal leadership skills.”

-Jalateefa Joe Meyers, Sankofa Educational Leadership United Inc.




“I plan to use this money to further my business as well as my education. Thank you to all the sponsors and everyone involved with MABEE! ”

-Angela Morgan, Food Junkies


“I am opening one of the largest beauty supply stores in Madison, Wisconsin. My plans for the funds will go towards operation costs.”

-Rhonda Holliday, CAM Beauty Supply Store



“[We plan to use the funds for] helping advertise for the business to help build clientele.”

-Junior Coleman, Northwestern Mutual


“My plan is to buy equipment for the Catering Service.”

-James Bloodsaw, Justveggiez Vegetarian & Vegan Catering and Food Cart

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