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Our Mission

To help close the racial wealth gap by developing programs and advocating for policies that result in profitable and sustainable Black-owned businesses that are connected to public and private economic opportunities, while building trusted relationships.

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Core
Values

Our

Our Vision

CONNECTING & TRANSFORMING THE ECOSYSTEM

Our partners align with our values, have demonstrated outcomes for their work with Black entrepreneurs, commit to reciprocity (e.g. a 2-way) in our relationship, and share our visions for Black entrepreneurial success and thriving.

DISRUPTING THE STATUS QUO

We position ourselves in key locations and events to advance our goals for systems change on behalf of Black entrepreneurs.

BUILDING & GROWING STRONG BLACK BUSINESSES

We meet our members where they are in 1:1, in-person, cohort-based and in networking opps.

EXPANDING OUR IMPACT WITH &

FOR BLACK ENTREPRENEURS

We grow our impact by creating value for our current members, nurturing responsible collaborations in under-resources spaces and communities, listening to and meeting entrepreneurs where they are through direct outreach.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

We practice excellence in our financial and systems to maximize our impact.

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Change Starts Here.

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KERRY BUFFINGTON, Chair 

Partner Owner, Kapstone Employment Services

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CHARITY DEAN

President & CEO

KANDISS ECTON

Insurance Agent, Kandiss Ecton Insurance and

Financial Services, Inc.

KAI BOWMAN

Chief Strategy Officer

JERMAINE RUFFIN

Vice President, Invest Detroit

JAY WILLIAMS, PMP 

Manager, DTE Public Affairs

TIA BOWMAN

Director of Operations

BRANDON REED

Director, External Affairs

DONALD RENCHER, ESQ.

President and CEO, Hudson Webber Foundation

BRE McKAMIE

Director, Programs, Events & Membership

JOSEPH BOWMAN

Owner & CEO, Humble Brothers, LLC

TAYLOR SMITH

Program Coordinator

RODERICK HARDAMON

CEO & Chief Strategist, URGE Imprint LLC

MIKE PIKE

Receptionist

ASHA CARR

Program Coordinator

JACKIE RAMSEY

Opportunity Navigator

LEECIA BARNES

Membership Experience Coordinator

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