The Power Forward Small Business Grant program aims to create a lasting impact through the economic empowerment of Black-owned small businesses across New England. Through a combined commitment of $1 million, Vistaprint and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation are teaming up with the NAACP to award transformative grants of $25,000 on a rolling basis. Through this initiative, grant recipients will have opportunities to be featured on co-branded platforms along with receiving marketing and design resources customized to their specific needs to help their business grow and thrive.
The application for the first round of funding for the Power Forward Grant has closed. Please check back in coming months for updated application.
Owned by: Shabranae Patton
Location: 1163 Walnut Street, Suite 9, Newton Highland, MA 02461
Anchor’d Inc is a premium home decor and organic wellness boutique that aids in the post-trauma care of victims and survivors of sex assault, domestic violence, and exploitation. Each purchase creates a post-trauma essentials care package for local and national womens safe homes. Owned and operated by survivor-philanthropist, author, and speaker Shabranae Patton and her husband Myron Patton.
Boston Innovation Outlet (BIOCo) is a creative solution company specializing in urban strategy. We create marketing campaigns, branding collateral, produce food demos and commercials, plan events (large&small), and youth empowerment programs.
Distinguish Catering is New England’s premiere boutique catering business providing an elevated farm-to-table afro-soul dining experience, delivering an exquisite flare to food culture with innovative flavors and cooking techniques from liberian culture infused with soul food cuisine and giving each customer a distinguished experience from palate and soul.
We are Hangry The Donut Bar! We are a home based bakery, serving up BOMB handmade gourmet donuts! We aren't just your average donut; we go from passion fruit all the way up to French toast or cookie butter donuts.
InnoPsych empowers leaders to cultivate emotionally safe work cultures that result in thriving organizations and people. Driven by a mission to disrupt racial inequities in mental health, we offer culturally responsive emotional wellbeing solutions that support organizations' recruitment and retention of diverse talent. While our signature programming focuses on emotional wellness, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, racial stress, and burnout, we offer a wide range of emotional wellbeing products and services.
Tracy Skelly is a mom, former educator, food justice advocate and the founder of The Little Cocoa Bean Company. Little Cocoa Bean Co. is a baby care and feeding business that aims to combat childhood hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. They produce baby food inspired by global favorites with ingredients from around the world and they manufacture kits to help parents prepare their own fresh baby food at home. Little Cocoa Bean Co. is a social enterprise and their mission is to ensure that all families have access to fresh, whole foods because the consumption of nutritious meals in the first few years of life is a social determinant of health.
Live Like A Local Tours Boston is a series of walking tours that give people a chance to explore the food, history and culture of Boston's Roxbury, Dorchester and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods. Live Like A Local Tours makes an immediate impact by creating a business model that uses some of the revenue from providing tours to circulate dollars back into the neighborhood
In 2010, Cyndi Prince created LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls‚ aireusable, locally sourced, environmentally friendly dryer balls that gently soften clothes, reduce dry time and replace toxic dryer sheets. LooHoo has since expanded her celebrated product line to include all-natural pet toys and laundry bags and thoughtfully curated gift boxes.
TJ Douglas is the Founder of the Progressive Wine Company and The Urban Grape, a full-service beverage retail and e-commerce store, and gifting and events company based in Boston, MA. The Urban Grape’s proprietary Progressive Scale, developed by TJ, has created a welcoming atmosphere for wine lovers to learn about and shop for wine in an accessible, customer-service focused environment. Founded with the 2021 vintage, Progressive Wine Company is TJ's latest venture aimed at creating accessibility to, and inclusion in, the wine industry.
Opened in July 2020,R + J Texas Style BBQ started as a mobile smoker and evolving into a brick and mortar location. The Idea to open the restaurant came from her kidsafter Regina relocated from Texas with her family and her sons always wanted her to open a restaurant. “Soul food is cooking from the heart…learned from her family and says it is not something you can teach"
Owned by: Heidi Bailey
Location: 1339 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
At RepHAIRations, we provide a welcoming environment to shop and appreciate textured hair and all the ways we choose to style it. We are committed to supporting and elevating other Black-owned businesses in every aspect of our own busness. Our store is a gathering place, a hub for connection where we celebrate us.
Revive Therapeutic Services is a culturally diverse mental health and psychiatric facility. We provide high-quality, customized, and affordable solutions for every patient. Live life more productively and feel better with our services. Our team consists of Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and Licensed Therapists. We focus on mental health and wellness, specializing in a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, PTSD, life transitions, addiction and, mood disorders.
Owned by: Cheryl Straughter
Location: 2306 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02119
Chef Cheryl Straughter strives to create a warm and friendly experience for all customers who come through Soleil’s doors, order food to their home or office, or enjoy a catered meal. The name Soleil reflects this commitment. Named after her granddaughter, Maya Soleil, the moniker means Sun in French, reflecting the warm approach and healthy, tasteful home-cooked style food.
Owned by: Keith Chaney
Location: 800 Turnpike St, Suite 300, North Andover, MA 01845
City Sealcoating is a company that specializes in all kinds of asphalt maintenance and asphalt construction. Services include sealcoating, line striping, crack sealing, paving and snow plowing.
Cupcake Therapy is tree nut-free and peanut-free cupcakery that bakes made-to-order cupcakes. Cupcake Therapy bakes with premium ingredients, organic when possible, and many of their cupcakes can be made dairy-free/vegan. Their goal is to make the best-tasting desserts that almost anyone can enjoy, regardless of dietary restrictions
Elegant Stitches is a family-owned custom embroidery and screen-printing company that supplies branded apparel and promotional products for public and private sector employees, teams, and community groups.
Owned by: Ronnette A. Taylor-Lawrence
Location: 195 Dudley Street, Boston, MA 02129
Firecode Design offers Fire protection installation and inspection services such as fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire alarms and first suppressants. They are a one-stop shop when it comes to fire safety.
In Shape Incentive provides a wide range of training, fitness and nutritional services.
Owned by: Moses Karugu
Location: 20 Henshaw Street Unit 1Woburn, Massachusetts 01801
Oasis Transport is a warehouse and logistics company providing trucking, van courier and storage services.
Paws & Purrfection Company provides essential pet supplies and delivery to the local community.
Playa Society is a sport-inspired streetwear brand that prioritizes women and promotes both gender equality and social justice.
Rock City Pizza is a quick service pizzeria that offers a wide variety of take out food.
Shana Bryant Consulting works with small businesses and nonprofits to create memorable moments through education training and curated experiences.
Spark FM Online is a digital radio platform that was created to empower and amplify the underserved voices of the community.
SweeTy’s Treats is the neighborhood bakery that supplies the tastiest cupcakes, brownies, cheesecake cups, and custom cakes for weddings, baby showers, gender reveals, bridal showers, birthday parties and more.
Owned by: Priscilla Edwards
Location: 389 ADMIRAL STREET PROVIDENCE, RI 02908
The Glow Cafe & Juice Bar is a plant-based cafe, juice bar & smoothie shop that specializes in wellness-centered superfoods
Beraka Juice is a juice shop and popup juice bar serving organic cold-pressed juices, cleanses, acai bowls, smoothies, and other healthy foods.
Rooted in Romans 12:2 “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” our mission is to serve our community by transforming lifestyles into healthier ones. We aim to achieve this mission through the food we serve in a welcoming and phenomenal guest experience, through events and by hosting workshops.
Our commitment to our guests is to provide the highest quality of nutrition for a healthy lifestyle, and that is using organic ingredients
This small burger bar serves gourmet patties & toppings, plus kale drinks, smoothies, salads & more.
Coils to Locs, founded in 2019 by a cancer survivor and natural hair blogger, supports hospital cancer centers and medical hair loss salon’s ability to provide access for all of their clients regardless of hair type by offering contemporary, high quality, coily, curly synthetic wigs. Coils to Locs now has partnerships with 6 hospitals/salons.
ManeHire, founded in 2018, was created with two goals in mind: to make it easier to hire great people and to enable clients to exceed their marketplace goals. ManeHire also offers workshops on soft skills and resume building.
Pope Productions, Inc., founded in 2014, provides a full scale experience for all storytelling needs. Pope Productions includes videography, editing, writing and production for short form storytelling. Kristen started the "On-Air Academy" to provide a positive narrative of black people in communities across the country through training, coaching, and placing black journalists in newsrooms. To date the On Air Academy has coached and trained more than 300 entry level and aspiring journalists.
The mission of SheChefs, founded in 2013, is to provide mentoring and guidance to young women from urban settings who aspire to be exceptional within the culinary arts.
After being laid-off from her job in the HR industry in 2002, Karen had her second daughter and opened Small Steps Daycare. Small Steps accept all state-issued vouchers; homeless, DTA, DCF, and teen programs. Small Steps’ ultimate goal is to provide affordable childcare, prepare all children to enroll in kindergarten, while in a safe and healthy learning environment.
Owned by: La'Erica Williams
Location: 179 Linwood Avenue, Colchester, CT 06415
The Nurse’s Office, a primary care and walk-in center founded in 2017, provides primary care and walk-in services, including on-site lab work, for acute, non-life-threatening injuries and conditions, including sprains, strains, lacerations (cuts), fevers, colds, flu, other viruses, stomach bugs, and food poisoning.
The Vegan Nest, founded in 2017, is a collective committed to celebrating a healthy, natural, holistic and compassionate lifestyle. Rooted in biblical principles of gentleness, mercy and love, The Vegan Nest Cafe is passionate about compassion and shares that with its nesters through recipes and services.
Seeing growth in the craft beer industry and recognizing the absence of local beer in Springfield, MA, Raymond Berry Jr. founded The White Lion Brewing Company with community in mind in 2014. Today, White Lion is proud to call 1500 Main Street in downtown Springfield its home.
Yamacu is a West African fusion beverage company that offers delicious locally handcrafted fresh ginger drinks.
Zina Hair Salon offers a variety of styling services including hair consultations. Their mission is to provide the highest level of service and educate our clients on how to maintain healthy, beautiful hair.
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