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Local Spotlight - Black History Month (February 2024)
February has arrived which gives SCORE Columbus the perfect opportunity to highlight and celebrate Black-owned businesses. The business owners featured have each been mentored by a SCORE Columbus Mentor. Congratulations to Ella, Cyrus and Awa for all of their successes and accomplishments to date! Consider supporting them or other Columbus Region or national Black-owned businesses this month and every month.
Ella Williams | Founder & CEO at Posh Teatime Co.
Posh Teatime Co. is a social enterprise committed to creating memorable experiences. They specialize in bringing vintage china, crystal, and cutlery, along with handcrafted food and high quality teas, directly to a home or selected venue.
One thing you should know: Posh Teatime Co. recently took first place in the Women’s CEO Pitch Competition and second place in the SEA Change competition!
Cyrus Richardson | Film Producer & Screenwriter at 12 Stones Productions https://cyfly.com
12 Stones Productions produces creative, entertaining and thought-provoking film projects in Columbus, OH. The company facilitates relationships between creative talent and companies who produce, finance and distribute motion pictures.
One thing you should know: Cyrus is currently working towards funding his feature film and directorial debut entitled “AIMLESS,” a suspenseful, thrilling drama with a spiritual message at its heart.
Awa Mbaye | Founder & CEO at Natural AWA (Authentic Wonders from Africa) https://naturalawa.com
Natural AWA (Authentic Wonders from Africa) is a beauty brand based essentially on natural ingredients. It was born from a passion and love of nature and everything it offers and carries a desire of building self-confidence and improving lives in communities.
One thing you should know: Awa’s products have zero waste from start to finish and use sustainable packaging. Products can be ordered on the website but she can often be found at the German Village Farmers Market (May - November) and other local markets.
Experience Columbus maintains an extensive listing of Black-owned businesses in Central Ohio. It is broken out by category and kept up-to-date.
In addition to supporting the businesses highlighted in our Local Spotlight, shopping Columbus Black-owned businesses is a great way to directly support the Black community.
• Food & Beverage
• Health & Personal Care
• Cleaning Services
• Construction & Contracting
• Festivals & Events
• Legal & Financial Services
• Real Estate
Looking for activities and events related to Black History Month?
Experience Columbus has curated a selection of art & cultural activities, educational events, discussions and other activities to help you celebrate and honor Black History Month.
What about resources for Black business owners and entrepreneurs?
- The Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce provides networking opportunities for Black business owners.
- The Minority Business Assistance Centers Program provided by the Columbus Urban League helps develop and grow small, minority-owned and socially & economically disadvantaged businesses.
- The Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI) provides affordable lending and comprehensive small business development services to low-moderate-income individuals, minorities, women, immigrants and refugees.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration is a federal agency fully dedicated to small businesses and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise.
Want to learn more about Black History Month?
History.com is a great resource and place to start. Happy reading, happy learning and happy celebrating!
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