Marcia Charles, Pinky Rose Boutique

Marcia Charles has worked in fashion for her whole life. When Marcia was 15-years-old, she started working at department store warehouses in the Bronx. Over the next 35 years, Marcia grew into a self-taught fashion designer and merchandiser, and eventually a self-made small business owner.

Small Business Disaster Recovery and Resilience

After last year’s fire season and the start of this year’s, we’re living in a new normal. Fires and other disasters (earthquakes, floods, etc.) have a profound effect on local businesses. After reaching out to those affected, they are looking for contacts to agencies/organizations who might provide resources such as microloans to businesses. Don’t wait until it’s too late, prepare now.

Keba Konte, Red Bay Coffee

Keba Konte has demonstrated his commitment to creating good jobs for people in Oakland, California. In fact, over the years he’s created over fifty jobs through three enterprises. But, when he went to his bank to secure funding to open a new wholesale coffee roastery and cafe, he was turned down.