New York, N.Y. September 1st, 2020 - The inaugural OBWS Black Entrepreneur of The Year Awards, presented by Snapchat ran during the month of August, in honor of Black Business Month. Starting with open nominations, fifteen finalists were then chosen by a panel of judges including OBWS Founder Mandy Bowman, Brianne Garrett of Forbes, Imani Ellis of The CCNYC & CULTURECON, Courtney Blount of Snap Inc, and Serial Entrepreneur Everette Taylor. The winners were then voted for by the wider Official Black Wall Street community.
The OBWS Black Entrepreneur of The Year presented by Snapchat $15,000
Dawn Dickson from PopCom. PopCom equips entrepreneurs and brands with future-ready retail solutions that allow rapid retail expansion, incredible customer experiences, and powerful sales data.
The OBWS Black Innovator of The Year $10,000
Krystal Banner from Kaleidadope. Kaleidadope is a woman-owned and operated business that specializes in stationery, self-published decks & designs inspired by color & culture.
The OBWS Black Social Entrepreneur of The Year $5,000 Pernell Cezar & Rod Johnson from BLK & Bold Specialty Beverages.
BLK & Bold was created with a desire to make purpose popular and equip young people with tools to live their best lives by turning a daily ritual, enjoying a cup of coffee & tea, into a means of giving back. BLK & Bold pledges 5% of its profits to initiatives aligned to sustaining youth programming, enhancing workforce development, and eradicating youth homelessness.
To learn more about the winners and see the finalists visit http://awards.officialblackwallstreet.com/winners/
The OBWS Black Entrepreneur of The Year Awards returns next year with open submissions in July 2021.
About Official Black Wall Street,
Founded by Mandy Bowman in 2016, Official Black Wall Street(OBWS) is a next generation platform connecting consumers with black-owned businesses. Since originally starting as a spreadsheet in 2014 following the shooting of Mike Brown, OBWS has become the largest platform including the OBWS app helping black-owned businesses gain exposure, leads, and connect to much needed resources. OBWS boasts over 789K in social media followers, 278K in app downloads, and 600k+ in monthly pageviews.
About Snap Inc.
We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. We contribute to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together.
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