​ ​What Are They Up To: October 2018 MABEE Award Recipients


​Last October, MABEE brought together dozens of resources and emerging Black business people for ResourceFULL Black Businesses to eliminate Madison’s achievement gap to entrepreneurial success.


Best of all, we made a HUGE, immeasurable difference in the lives of 10 recipients of our ResourceFULL sponsorships, with $10,000 invested in small Black companies. This was a MUCH NEEDED boost for these businesses, many which are starting from an already disadvantaged position.


Here’s what our awardees had to say:


“Hope for the Next Generation LLC was made [in] June 2018. I made and designed this clothing brand for all generations across the nation! ...for us all black communities [we are] inspiring our communities through my clothing items [and] speaking engagements, bringing new fashion for children to not [only] wear hope but live and keep hope alive. I love what I am doing for our communities representing love, [togetherness], power, inspiration, [and] leadership.


The funds will be used to get more inventory on hand for supporters [and] costumers.”


Shanice Kimmons

Hope for the Next Generation LLC





“Divinity Publications is a publishing company specializing in ghost writing, publishing and editing of inspirational works. I plan to use the funds to secure work space, purchase a computer, purchase copyrights and update my website. I am so grateful for this grant and look forward to stabilizing my business with the funds.”


Tondra Davis

Divinity Publications


“Phine is [the] New Brand Name [in] the 608. With Phine we will be putting together positive [sayings] and slogans to promote positive [statements] to combat negativity. [The funds will help] pay some bills and order new produce to have in stock.”


Mark Goldsby

Team Phine


“Y-Massage Bodywork & Natural Fitness offers a cutting-edge, integrative approach to your on-site corporate wellness program. As a comprehensive health care provider, we develop personalized multi-service plans tailored to meet your company and personal needs designed to provide sustainable results through education and ongoing support. We specialize in a combination of eastern and western bodywork and mindfulness modalities, natural exercise and basic nutrition counseling to foster a holistic approach to wellness of mind, body and spirit...Our programs are designed to prioritize safety and team-building.


With the prize funds we will be using it to purchase some marketing materials and what's left over to possibly go towards [uniforms].”


Lacouir Yancey

Y-Massage Bodywork & Natural Fitness






“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. For more information, please visit our website at: http://www.ihconceptsonline.com


I plan to put the money towards hiring an assistant and some marketing for the company.”


Ibrahim Harun

IH Concepts






“I am creating a health app that interacts with social media. It will work as a fitness game by having you compete for points for being active as well as wellness activities. For example, completing an exercise and sharing it on social media would unlock points and allow you to move to the next activity. You rank where you are compared to others and top rankings offer some unique reward.


I want to use the funds to register myself as a business and protect my name and idea legally.”


Rodney Rodgers







“Poppins Productions LLC is a full-scale entertainment management and consulting service that provides talent which integrates business and financial solutions into our client development plans that also include cost effective concierge services for our entertainers.


Use of funds: To pay off business and vendor line of credit, contractors and marketing.”


Tondra Davis

Poppins Productions


“Irie is a Jamaican after-hours establishment that will focus on bringing Caribbean culture to Madison. Patrons will experience great food, music, and atmosphere. The funds will be used to purchase our online domain and website.”


Gia Gallimore






“Johnny Winston Community Action Resource Education Services (CARES) provides training, education and CPR certification. Adults and teen participants learn adult, child and infant CPR, learn how to use an Automated External Debribrillator (AED), how to elievate choking, team work, situational awareness and more.  All students recieve a two year certfication from the American Heart Association that they can use for job applications, resumes and employment.


My plans for the $1,000 funds are to develop marketing materials, develop a way to accept funds from debit and credit cards, new equipment such as more dark skinned manniquins, website design, program uniforms, hosting and implementation and scholarships for those that can't afford the training.”


Johnny Winston Jr.




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