Trenelle Doyle, a woman entrepreneur from Portland, Oregon, is the founder of a Black-owned rideshare start-up called Go Girl Ride that aims to make transportation safer for women and others who identify themselves as LGBTQ.
Trenelle, who was a former rideshare driver, witnessed firsthand how female passengers would express their relief whenever she was their driver. She also personally heard experiences of her customers being harassed or assaulted by other drivers on the rides.That's when Trenelle thought of creating a start-up where women, and anyone who self-identifies as a woman, feels safe to travel through ridesharing. With Go Girl Ride, she wanted to ensure there would be no more incidents of driver impersonation and sexual predators so each one who applies as a driver undergoes a background check and interview process.
Moreover, the company also sold safety kits equipped with non-lethal weapons that passengers could carry for protection. The earnings from the safety kits help fund the platform which started in Portland but will soon be expanding nationally and even globally.
For more information about Go Girl Ride, visit GoGirlRide.com
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Sales Spike For 1st Black Woman-Owned Syrup Brand After Aunt Jemima Gets Removed From Shelves - Bshani Radio App
Meet Michele Hoskins, founder of Michele Foods Inc., a multi-million dollar business whose products are sold in more than 10,000 stores nationwide. Her line of syrup products has recently seen a huge increase in sales since the owners of Aunt Jemima decided to pull its racist brand from grocery store shelves.
Michele is not new to the industry. She began manufacturing her specialty breakfast syrups in 1984. That same year, Michele secured the top two largest retail chains in the Chicagoland area, which took her out of the basement and into 400 retail chains. She went on to become the first minority supplier for Denny’s, the first minority supplier for Walmart, and over the years she has partnered with some of the most respected food companies in the world – General Mills and Sara Lee.
Michele laughs when she recalls her early struggles and countless mistakes. She overcame incredible odds to turn this family secret into a formula for success. In her best-selling book, Sweet Expectations, she comments, “There were no mentors for an African American female entrepreneur in the food industry in those days. I had to learn from my mistakes. Had I not been naïve, I may not have started this journey. All I had going for me was my goal and a commitment to making it work.”
Today, her products can be found in the top retail chains, more than 8,000 stores nationwide, including Kroger, Albertson’s, Jewel Foods, Publix, Safeway and more. The recipe that started it all is known as Michele’s Honey Crème Syrup, a rich, creamy confection made with honey, cream, and butter.
In addition to the original Honey Crème, her products are also available in Butter Pecan and Maple Crème flavors. These days the syrups are more than just for waffles and pancakes, they are used by cooks as condiments and in sweet and savory dishes.
Learn more at MicheleFoods.com or find her products on Amazon
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Everybody needs legal help at one point or another, and that's why lawyers exist. There are thousands of lawyers across the country, but few are African American and fewer are African American women. Here's our list of the top Black woman-owned law firms that you should know about:
#1 - Knight, Morris & Reddick Law Group (Chicago, IL): a boutique law firm ran by three Black female attorneys that bring both legal and real world expertise from their diverse backgrounds. Their areas of practice include commercial and residential real estate transactions, corporate law, entertainment law. As a boutique firm, they believe in the importance of building and maintaining strong bonds with our clients. As a result, they clients receive the utmost personal attention.
#2 - The Gragg Law Firm (Durham, NC): This firm, led by Attorney Mavis Gragg, offers many legal services including estate planning, and can help her customers obtain a financial power of attorney, a healthcare power of attorney, a living will, and a last will and testament. Her services also include Probate and Estate Administration, and Heirs’ Property - a form of collective land ownership involving family members and a piece of land that has been in the family for many years.
#3 - The Embry Law Firm (Douglasville, GA): an experienced firm led by Attorney Bethaney Embry Jones that handles Personal Injury, Adoptions, Artificial Reproductive Technology and Mediations. They provide dedication and close attention to thei client’s matters to ensure that their client’s needs are fully addressed. Using their wealth of experience, their firm can guide you through your matter in the manner that best protects your interests.
#4 - The Griffin Firm (Washington, DC): a boutique law firm ran by 7 Black female attorneys, and each of them brings both legal and real world expertise from diverse backgrounds. Their areas of practice include commercial and residential real estate transactions, corporate law, entertainment law. As a boutique firm, they believe in the importance of building and maintaining strong bonds with our clients. As a result, they clients receive the utmost personal attention.
#5 - Roach-Leite Attorneys at Law (Philadelphia, PA): a law firm led by Attorney Marirose Roach, who fights for the rights of spouses and children, providing legal representation in divorce, custody and support cases. Her partner, Robert Leite-Young, focuses on mortgage-related litigation, credit card-related litigation, debt-collection litigation, office equipment loan-related litigation, mortgage servicing-related litigation, arbitration, and consumer bankruptcy.
#6 - Law Office of E. Lynette Stone (Dallas, TX): Led by Attorney E. Lynette Stone, this law firm specializes in personal injury law. They file lawsuits as needed, aim to win, and their client’s right to compensation is their aim, guide and goal. They handle cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, dog attacks, pedestrian accidents, medical malpractice, insurance disputes, and more.
#7 - Tolbert & Tolbert (Gary, IN): This law firm, led by Attorney Shelice Tolbert, offers innovative strategies to handle complex legal problems. With trial and alternative dispute resolution experience that comes from representing both defendants and plaintiffs, Tolbert & Tolbert offers diverse solutions when solving client problems. As a faith-based law firm built on Christian principles, their attorneys are diligent in their representation of clients and maintain an ethical balance.
#8 - McPherson Law (Cherry Hill, NJ): Founded by Shevelle McPherson, Esq., a top rated trial attorney who has been practicing law and trying cases for over 15 years in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She garnered her courtroom skills as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia where she began her legal career as a prosecutor. Her law firm represents clients in criminal and civil matters.
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First Black Woman to Launch Supplement Line in More Than 700 Vitamin Shoppe Stores - Bshani Radio News
Samia Gore, the founder of a wellness and lifestyle brand called Body Complete RX has become the first Black woman to have a supplement line sold at The Vitamin Shoppe. In fact, her brand has launched the TRIM line in over 700 of the store's retail locations nationwide.
Gore, who is a 40-year old mother of 4, started her own weight loss journey in 2014 when she gave birth to her last child and gained weight. She said it affected her health and emotions so she decided to eat healthier. But then she couldn't find any supplements that would actually suit her needs.
That's when the idea of starting out her own wellness brand came to mind. She started sharing on Instagram her own experiences, personal routine, and tips that led her to lose nearly 80 pounds. From there, she launched Body Complete RX in 2017.
Body Complete RX started from selling supplements to also offering other wellness products such as vegan protein powders, collagen-boosting powder, superfood bars, women and men's multivitamins, and many more. Since then, the company has grossed $10 million in sales.
Most recently, the brand partnered with The Vitamin Shoppe to carry its TRIM line, which features "exclusive plant-based, vegan weight management supplements" such as Boost Metabolism Drops, Renew Energy Drops, and Control Appetite Suppressant Capsules.
"We are so excited to be launching at one of the top retailers of nutritional supplements in the country because it's a true testament to the efficacy of our brand and products," Gore said. "As the first and only Black female-owned brand in The Vitamin Shoppe's weight management category, I am excited to make these wellness products more accessible to customers across the country and support their journey toward wellbeing."
For more information about Body Complete RX and/or to order online, visit BodyCompleteRX.com
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