The Impact of Creative Entrepreneurs
Expression, in its many forms, is connected to the community. It enriches the physical, economic, social, and cultural elements of a society.
Ashley Jacklyn Carmenatty | Jacklyn Lune Photos
I focus on the importance of self-worth and the mental psyche of women by using my photography to spread hope to those with mental illnesses.
Jerome China | Jerome China Metal Sculpture Studio
I create abstract metal artwork using found and discarded metal. Nothing starts or lasts without the arts–it is the cultural currency of any society.
Tiffany Doyle | Kink in my C
It’s my mission to improve young women’s self esteem by educating them to properly care for their natural hair, which helps them accept their physical appearance.
Shakera Frazier | Dessert Pixie Jewelry
Creating meaningful tribute pieces to raise awareness of issues such as autism or child loss brings me joy. If I can make someone smile while wearing my jewelry, then I’ve accomplished my mission.
Tanisha Garner | Chozin Designs
My daughter inspired me to open my business which is named after her. I received an Ironbound Hero Award for fighting against environmental injustice in my community.
Oniki Cole Hardtman | Oh Niki Occasions, llc
I use the connections, relationships and resources I’ve developed to create beautiful, memorable events–from head to toe, from start to finish.
Stacey Hyatt-Dixon | StaceyRenee Designs
I create unique, eclectic, and affordable home accents at affordable prices, including my invention, the Bed Skirt Sheet Set.
Nadine LaFond | Art Lives Studio
I give students the tools to develop sustainable practices, learn about creative entrepreneurship, find their unique voices, and innovate, because art is an active force.
Angela Onafowora | ILÉ OLUFUNKÉ
I source handmade fabric from African artisans using fair trade practices, and work primarily with local female-owned small businesses to produce my line of African-inspired home décor.
Crystal Warner | Lor Dour Design LLC
Designer of ready-to-wear fashions for the everyday woman. I mentor a team of students, models, and fashion designers and give them jobs as interns to learn the art of clothing design and production.