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Girls For A Change (GFAC)

Incorporated as a non-profit in 2004, Hair For a Change was created to empower young women to design, lead, fund and implement social change to tackle issues young women face in their community. With a belief that Black girls are more vulnerable to face prejudice, poverty and a lack of resources within their communities. While providing consistent support for girls fro youth to young adulthood, this organization ensures these young girls are ahead of the learning curve.

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Girls Who Code

As an organization dedicated to girls and women in computer science, Girls Who Code is trying to bridge the gender gap of women in entry-level tech jobs by 2030. With bravery, sisterhood and activism as their main values, this organization reaches their audience through their online resources, books and advocacy work. So far, they've served over 450,000 girls with in-person programming and have made diversity, equity and inclusion a pillar in order to fulfill their overall mission.

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Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours

With Deborah VanTrece as the head chef, Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours was opened in 2014 and was ranked among the best new openings in Atlanta by Thrillest. The restaurant has spanned to have distinctive clients including the Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, the government of Fulton County, Alston & Bird and the Bureau of Cultural Affairs. Chef VanTrece has been featured as a award-winning chef while her recipes are showcased at the James Beard House.

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Un-Pac

Dedicated to paving the way for urgent solutions to our political problems, Un-Pac helps young Americans take action on issues such as climate change, affordable healthcare, student debt relief, gun reform, immigration and more. They describe themselves as the "gateway drug to our democracy", this organization strives to face opportunities for a better country through our youth. They are here to talk about everything that is uncomfortable and  ignite the political power in the next voting generation. Keeping the historic trend of catering to the younger generation, Un-Pac is here to fight for an improved democracy.

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BCakeNY

Founded by artist, Miriam Milord over 10 years ago, this custom cake studio based in New York is the premier bakery for A-list clients such as Cardi B, Rihanna, Vera Wang and more! Nestled in Brooklyn, New York, this leading bakery creates stunningly breathtaking bespoke cakes and special treats for special occasions including birthdays, retirement parties, weddings, baby showers, etc. paying special attention to the taste and moisture.

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Bufford Collection

Have you ever had a "Goodyear Welt" constructed shoe? Now's your chance with Bufford Shoe Collection. With durable soles that can withstand any weather conditions you can expect top tier insolation crafted with premier stitching. This brand consists of "real shoes" that also contain a functionality that dates back hundreds of years. The Goodyear welt construction is here to stay and proves to maintain a competitive advantage that is unlike any other. These artisan hand-made shoes are the epitome of luxury which can be represented through their transparent manufacturing process.

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Kate's Club

Kate Atwood found her passion for helping others grieve the loss of loved ones with cancer after enduring the heavy loss of her mother at the age of 12. Kate found through her own personal experience that people grieve and mourn in different ways. Kate's Club is a way for those going through the grief process to feel supported and empowered to feel their feelings with others who may be experiencing the same things. Through memberships, donations outreach services and volunteerism, this organization is here to stay for anyone who may need it.

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I Will Survive, Inc.

Founded by Anisa Palmer, a combat veteran, founded I Will Survive, Inc. tp provide economic support, prevention, education, health and awareness to high-risk individuals affected by breast cancer. Through their vision of being the premier preventative organization in the world. I Will Survive, Inc. imagines a world with health care equity for all. Through their holistic approach, this organization stands strong on their values or innovation, wellness and sustainability and work tirelessly to serve people of all races, colors and religions!

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Girls of Excellence, Inc.

Girls of Excellence, Inc. (GOE) is a 5013c non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to elementary, middle and high school girls in the areas of education, personal development and community. With a commitment to achieving excellence, this organization works to inspire the young women to be powerful, confident and ambitious. Through mentoring sessions, workshops, outings, field trips and activities, GOE serves girls with the tools they need to thrive!

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Big Brothers, Big Sisters

After being founded in 1904, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America operates under the belief that in every child, there is inherent potential. With a mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships, this organization prides itself on igniting the power and promise of the youth of today. They believe that ALL children can achieve their full potential and hold themselves and their supporters accountable by partnering with parents, guardians, and volunteers by creating a community so that each child has the opportunity to achieve.

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Welcome Baby

Co-Founders Sarah Steinhardt and Juliet Fuisz started Welcome Baby to help infants and toddlers in America who live below the poverty line. With a mission to help aid to low-income mothers, this organization provides new mothers with one comprehensive package that contains everything they need for the first four weeks of their newborn's life. Sometimes the basic needs of a newborn can be a financial burden and Welcome Baby is here to help!

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Wanda Battle

This talented songstress,voice over artist, speaker and tour guide uses her passions for storytelling, music and legacy to create experiences like none other. Wanda Battle is not only the owner of Legendary Tours, LLC, but uses her gifts to guide others through historical sites in Montgomery, Alabama. One of Wanda's main passions is crafting community-building experiences for others using music, storytelling and her own special flair.

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Deepa Purushothaman

This former Senior Executive redefines leadership, success and power. Deepa Purushothaman is a Senior Partner for Deloitte who is dedicated to pioneering women's initiatives of leadership and executive transformation. She continues to make strides for diversity and inclusion as an Indian-American woman in leadership while also being the youngest person to make partner at the firm. She is not only a professional pioneer, but an accomplished author, TED and SXSW speaker and founding board member of India's first leadership academy exclusively for young women.

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Teleport Watches

Based in New York, this designer watch company is the luxury watch-maker you never knew you needed. With "Teleport" representing your journey and destination the company's hope is that when you wear this watch, you are looking forward towards your journey that lies ahead. You'll recognize any of their pieces with their signature number "7" displayed, representing perfection and completion. This is a black-owned company you want to have in your collection.

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Black Women Film Network

Established in 1977, Black Women Film Network (BWFN) prepares Black women to enter the film and television industries. Founded By Sheryl Riley Gripper, the organization has a mission to preserve the  voice of these women through film and educational programs meant to empower and inform. As a 501(c)3 non-profit the Black Women Film Network provides student scholarships, hosts screenings and workshops as well as honoring individuals who excel in the industry.

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Maison Jouvence

Founded by Odette Aurora Shirley, Maison Jouvence started as a way to slow down and take time for herself. With Maison meaning "home" and Jouvence meaning "youth" in French, this company is a one-stop shop for natural, organic wellness products along with luxury products for the home. With the belief that everyone should take time to relax their mind, body and soul, Maison Jouvence has the ultimate goal for all to experience a guilt-free self-care experience. Maison Jouvence is dedicated to ensuring you know that scheduling out some "me time" in a busy schedule can go a long way!

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Christina Gordon

Christina Gordon is a Nigerian-American Faith Community Nurse, Faith Nurse Navigator and Christ-Centered Spiritual Coach that is dedicated to helping others rise from pain, despair, loss, disappointments and setbacks. Just as she's committed herself to God, she has committed herself to restoring women a place of power and purpose. Not only is she a celebrated mentor but a published author of The Smile Behind the Mask Confessions of a COVID-19 Nurse.

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Ryan Jackson

Georgia State University student, Ryan Jackson, is anticipating graduating in the Winter of 2022 in his major of Sports Management. While he's looking forward to everything that he has in store for his future, he has a passion for all things sports, food and adventure. When he's not  trying new restaurants with family and friends, he's expressing himself through his flag football team, creative endeavors through his blog, Pain Behind A Facade, and doing other things that bring him joy. At the core of who he is, choosing to keep his mental health top of mind is his most impactful journey.

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Tamerri Ater

Tamerri is a certified professional astrologer, reiki practitioner and founder of AstroFashionista, LLC and Gift of the Nile Wellness, where she sells luxury products for inner beauty rooted in Ancient Egyptian astrology and metaphysics. She thrives off of encouraging and empowering others to "create their own magic" in all areas of their lives. With over 15 years of astrology and divination experience, Tamerri helps others navigate their soul journeys, find their life purpose and improve their relationships in more ways than one.

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Perfectaholic

Created by recovering "perfectaholic," Crystal Love, had an "ah-ha" moment that perfectionism was taking a toll on her life, and those around her. Now, she's on a mission to help others also recover from the effects of perfectionism. Through her commitment to help others, she Perfectaholic allows those affected by perfectionism to truly embrace the life that they've been waiting for. The belief that perfectionists are simply out to prove their worth can create toxic habits that Perfectaholic works to say goodbye to.

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Theodore Elyett

This Bahamian-born artist, illustrator and multi-award winning celebrity fashion designer has had works published in US Weekly, Essence and Vogue Italia and has been designing fashion for over 23 years. Theodore has developed a fashion brand by his name, Theodore Elyett. one of his latest collections. Bloooh-La-La has even been worn by Cynthia Erivo and has even found a home with Hollywood stylist, Jason Bolden. Theodore shows no signs of slowing down and is hopeful for his collections to make it to stores nation-wide.

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Michelle Glover

As an entrepreneur, coach and visionary leader, Michelle Glover is committed to living her life with purpose. She is dedicated to helping others through her business, Journey Unlimited, LLC as a certified coach and owner. Prior to her journey through entrepreneurship, Michelle served as an award-winning HR corporate executive and has been featured in numerous articles documenting her journey. She will continue to aid others in reaching their fullest potential while proving she can also be multi-faceted while having a purpose-assigned career.

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Mikuel Hicks

As an Agricultural Business Major with a focus on Marketing and Management at Iowa State, Mikuel Hicks has a passion for agricultural economics. With hopes to one day start an agricultural business, Mikuel has used college to further experience people as their authentic selves while accepting the help of her "village" throughout her journey. She is truly grateful for all of her opportunities thus far and strives to maintain her strength and support in all her future endeavors.

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Feeding America

The hunger crisis in America is the primary inspiration behind Feeding America, an organization dedicated to providing food to people in need through a nationwide network of food banks. As the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization services a a network of 200 food banks across the country. Feeding over 40 million people who are at risk of hunger, this organization proves that solving hunger can happen across the nation, one person at a time.

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Hairbrella

Most women know the plight of messing up their hair when stepping out into the rain. Founded by Tracey Pickett, Hairbrella is a hat combined with an umbrella that is not only fashionable, but also functional. After going through countless prototypes, this hat is used to protect various hair types and textures from humidity and moisture. After being started in 2016 with a kickstarted campaign, Hairbrella shows no signs of slowing down as the need for proper hair care is always a necessity.

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Chef Byron "Chef B" Hailey

As a recent graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Chef Byron "B" Hailey is traveling chef, author and entrepreneur with is sights set for greatness with his business, Everybody Eats B! As a North Carolina native, he is a true southerner who believes his purpose is to share his gifts in the kitchen. From cooking with his grandmother at the tender age of 10, Chef B is just getting started with his private catering company, recently launched in the Summer of 2021.

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Dr. Barbara Joy Jones-Parks

Dr. Barbara Joy Jones-Parks is a board-certified family physician and sought after on-air medical contributor and HLN COVID-19 expert. Along with teaching young resident physicians she practices comprehensive whole person medicine through her newly launched private practice, The Healthy Woman Primary Care. She also enjoys modeling, playing basketball and being active through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

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Kwame Johnson

As the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Atlanta, Kwame oversees the largest and most effective youth mentoring agency in the state of GA. While incarcerated in high school, Kwame found his passion for the youth by becoming the first youth to ever take his SATs in jail, making history in the process. From receiving national recognition for his work as the Social Entrepreneur Program of the Year Award from the Manhattan Institute, to receiving the Atlanta Business Chronicle 2020 Most Admired CEO Award, Kwame has been honored in many ways and shows no signs of slowing down.

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Humbl Hustlr Group

Seeking to serve as a guide for leadership for male entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to create programming that empowers diverse young men. The goal is to build self-sufficient men within the communities they serve. This organization strives to improve the quality of life with young men within the Atlanta area in hopes of cultivating the next generation of black male leaders using their Hustl-Print Curriculum.

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The Prosparity Project

Formed in 2020, The Prosp(a)rity Project (TPP) is an organization with roots back to 2013 and 2014 to aid students in their struggles through student loan debt. Inspired by one student's fight through $116K worth of loan debt she encountered while also experiencing life's adversity. Her struggles included decreased financial security and independence, while having issues with securing a well-paying, long-term career in order to battle the debt. With a founding team of rockstar young adults, and former students, TPP is here to ignite resilience and resistance while also honoring the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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WOMY

Founded by Adrienne Bussey, WOMY is on a mission to help break generational curses through self-healing rituals and overall wellness. WOMY offers teas, powders and other products to aid in healthy, self-healing journeys of all. Adrienne, a biologist and budding herbalist, was inspired by her own health journey while battling a poor immune system, unbalanced hormones and depression. By studying medicinal plants, she eventually found a way to remedy herself using plants. Adrienne now educates and supplies others with natural remedies for health concerns.

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Alexis Alford

Alexis Alford was born in a small town called Nevada City, California to a traveling family who have a family travel agency business. By 12 years old, Alexis traveled to over 196 countries which broke the Guinness world record for the Youngest Person To Travel To Every Country by over 3 years. From graduating high school early to, brand deals and now working as a photographer/blogger, Alexis' life is not short on adventure and achievement. She finds new ways to enjoy her life every day and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon!

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Q. Robinson Creative

Q. Robinson Creative is a freelance design business offering services in branding, graphic design, advertising design and digital design featuring a little sprinkle of photography on top! This relatively new business provides a hands-on experience that aims to create an end product that both designer and client can love. Working together with Q. Robinson Creative is a collaborative process while still combining a design aesthetic with the "vibe" of the client.

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Legendary Tours

Founded by talented Jalimuso, Wanda Battle, Legendary Tours is your one-stop shop or all things Civil Rights era Montgomery, Alabama. Lead tour guide, Wanda Battle transports you directly into historical Alabama using engaging historical accounts, songs and stories. It's an experience like none other with options of a virtual or in-person tour of notable historical sites throughout Montgomery, Alabama. You'll engage yourself in a true African American experience by answering the call to freedom today!

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Dope Pieces Puzzle Company

Kristina Hale found inspiration for her company, Dope Pieces Puzzle Company, as a way to get more art pieces out into the world. She found there was a lack of Black representation in the puzzle world so she decided to do something about it. Affirming the narrative of Black lives while creating puzzles that are visually stimulating is the mission of this puzzle company with high hopes to play an integral role in the New Black Renaissance within the Black community.

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Throw Pillows By Sophia

Created by a recent graduate from the College of Wooster, Sophia Pellar, Throw Pillows by Sophia first started as Sophia making pillows for her friends for fun and decided to then share her craft with others. These handmade latch hook pillows are made with soft, acrylic yarn, tassels and feature customized designs ranging from color combinations to various scenes of imagery. Based in Illinois, Throw Pillows by Sophia can ship your customized pillow anywhere!