When America catches a cold, Black America catches the flu. And in the midst of an illness we’ve never seen before, we must brace ourselves for a huge hit to life as we’ve known it and a potentially dire time for our livelihoods and businesses.
In order to keep our community and businesses afloat, we must discuss strategies to weather the storm. We are gathering a group of business leaders and investors to discuss the reality of how Covid-19 will impact Black businesses and how we can collaborate to ensure our high potential businesses can come out stronger on the other side of this crisis.
COLLAB recognizes that this “new normal” can pose concerns for the very community we advocate for, Black founders and many of their businesses and loved ones will be affected.
For businesses affected by COVID-19 we have set up a Founder’s Care Package with our founder resource hub, Collab Studio. Please check out our Collab Studio site here
to find events, resources, and information on how businesses can apply for assistance during these challenging times.
We also recognize the changes and disruption that COVID-19 is causing to families in our community as well. And that’s why we have partnered with Goodr
to sponsor meals for families in need.
Families in need of meals can click here
to request meal delivery
And for those who would like to support families please read below to learn more about the options available for donations.
Goodr COVID-19 Emergency Support
Goodr has introduced an emergency one time pick-up request option for businesses looking to donate surplus food to a local non-profit. While Goodr is not a nonprofit, we are a B-corp that supports a massive non-profit network. All food donations are tax deductible.
If you don’t have food to donate, supporters can help by sponsoring meal / grocery deliveries. This allows us to pay drivers at this critical time to safely pick up and deliver items directly to people in need.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Meal sponsorship funds are not tax deductible.
Atlanta Public School (APS) social workers have helped us identify families in need. Families range in size from two to eight children. We anticipate spending $25 per child, providing families with meats, cereals, fruit and vegetables, bread as well as beverages. You can sponsor any amount here on our website using this link
We are working with additional organizations to get food to seniors and veterans!
We also are allowing people to purchase pick-up orders at Kroger. Goodr will pick up orders and deliver them to families. If you choose this option, please email us your receipt and pick up time. Our email is [email protected]
Our zip code is 30312.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Check out information below on COLLAB and our guests:
Kimberly A. Blackwell
With over 20 years experience in CPG, Kimberly Blackwell is heralded as one of the
country’s top executives in new media, marketing and advertising. As CEO of the omni-channel brand agency, PMM, Kimberly’s been called a powerhouse. With experience in startup to scale for consumer product goods companies, Kimberly is a founding member and serves as an
advisory member to the recently listed Legacy Acquisition Corp (NYSE: LGC.U). With an experienced lens and entrepreneurial spirit, Kimberly contributed and led areas of the company’s $300M+ IPO, M&A target transactions and integrations. Widely regarded for commercial innovation, business intuitiveness, measured impact and trajectory of the multimillion-dollar
female business enterprise, Kimberly has served in both the Obama and Trump administrations as one of the country’s eight female CEOs, on the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC).
Tracey is a passionate entrepreneur, attorney, inventor and speaker. The Atlanta native began her professional path as a corporate/IP attorney at a Fortune 5 technology company. In 2016, Tracey left her job to pursue her passion for entrepreneurship full-time as CEO/Founder of Hairbrella. Hairbrella is a uniquely designed rain hat combining fashion and function to protect women’s hair from the rain. Hairbrella, coined “The Rain Hat Reinvented”, is now the #1 Selling Rain Hat on Amazon. Tracey is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Spelman College and UGA Law. When she’s not working on her business, she enjoys traveling, riding her bike on the Atlanta Beltline, playing drums at her church and speaking on the topics entrepreneurship and innovation.
Ryan Wilson is the Co-Founder and CEO of TGS Holdings, a consumer lifestyle and hospitality company based in Atlanta, Georgia. The company's holdings consist of The Gathering Spot, a private membership club and A3C a music, tech, and film conference and festival. At the age of 24, Ryan and his business partner raised private capital from investors to open their first Gathering Spot location. The club in Atlanta has established itself as a home for Atlanta’s creative class, business professionals, and entrepreneurs and regularly hosts some of Atlanta’s most notable and culturally impactful events. Responsible for the company’s overall management and strategic vision across all holdings, Ryan is also leading the club’s physical expansion to Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and forthcoming markets. Ryan has been recognized as the Small Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, has been named as one of the country’s most influential African-Americans in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100, named one of “Atlanta’s 500 most powerful leaders” by Atlanta Magazine, received the award for Atlanta’s Best Influencer by WXIA-TV, and was the recipient of the John Lewis Emerging Leader Award by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
Maverick Partner, The Blueprint Group Co-C.E.O., and Young Money Entertainment C.O.O. Cortez “Tez” Bryant became one of the entertainment industry’s pre-eminent managers through identifying and igniting the potential of game-changing outliers such as Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy, and more. An innate ability to spot that elusive “it”factor spearheads his success behind-the-scenes. Throughout his career, Tez has initiated high-profile deals with leading brands, including Samsung, Mountain Dew, Beats By Dre, Apartments.com, and more. Moreover, the industry consistently recognizes him as an innovator with placements on the cover of Billboard Magazine and regular spots on the prestigious “Power 100,” in the “Urban Power Issue,” and in the “40 Under 40” feature. Moreover, Complex lauded him as one of the “25 Most Powerful People in Rap.”
Raised by a single mother in San Diego and Houston Lecrae turned to Hip-Hop to find meaning and role models. Instead, he found gang life, and drugs. At age 19, he was determined to change. With music as his tool, Lecrae now influences millions with his socially conscious message and transcendent sound. Today, Lecrae is a husband and father of three, Co-Founder of Reach Records, multiple GRAMMY award-winning artist who has sold millions of albums to date. As well as, a New York Times Bestselling Author for his memoir Unashamed and a Board member & Co-Chairman at Peace Preparatory Academy in Atlanta, GA.
Justin is a successful entrepreneur and full stack developer with nearly 20 years of experience. As co-founder of Goodie Nation, he has helped over 30 entrepreneurs launch their tech-enabled social impact businesses.
Barry founded Monsieur where he raised over $4MM in capital from a mixture of traditional VC Funds, professional athletes and corporate executives. He licensed his IP to a leading adult beverage dispenser manufacturer. Barry currently serves as Managing Director for Techstars Social Impact Accelerator.
Jewel Burks Solomon
Jewel founded Partpic, a visual recognition company, which sold to Amazon in 2016. Since the acquisition, Jewel has invested in several early stage startups and 2 funds. Jewel currently serves as Head of Google for Startups, US.
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