Fifteen winners to each receive $10,000 grant, executive coaching/mentorship and professional advertising services
In a continued quest to “help women rise,” the Stacy’s Rise Project has teamed up with longtime partner Hello Alice to expand its program to support an additional 15 Black female founders, including Houston resident, Kim Roxie, founder of LAMIK Beauty.
“Thank you Stacy’s and Hello Alice for making space for Black women in business. We’re so excited to take our mission even further and support these female business owners that lift up our communities,” said LAMIK Beauty Founder Kim Roxie.
Kim Roxie is the Founder and CEO of LAMIK Beauty, a clean beauty brand that caters to multicultural women. After opening her own brick and mortar makeup shop at age 21, in Houston on a $500 investment, Kim ran that store for 14 years and was the youngest African-American woman to have her products carried in a major department store. In 2019, Roxie pivoted her business and launched LAMIK as an e-commerce beauty company. In 2020, Roxie secured a partnership with an augmented reality company to launch an innovative tech-enabled website that allows consumers to digitally try on cosmetics.
Roxie has become a community leader, with the City of Houston formally naming June 23rd as Kim Roxie day in 2019. She holds an Executive Certification from the Tuck School of Business, a Bachelor’s degree from Clark Atlanta University, and an Esthetician’s license from Houston Community College. She is a scholar in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, has served on the board of Career & Recovery Services, and currently serves on the City of Houston Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Board.
In 2019, Roxie was honored as one of the Houston Business Journal’s 40 under 40, and was named one of the American Business Journal’s Most Influential Young Executives in 2019. Face2Face Africa has named her one of the 30 Black Stars among corporate executives and entrepreneurs. Her company, LAMIK, has been featured in Essence, Allure, Cosmopolitan, and MarthaStewart.com.
The 15 founders include:
- Arielle Loren, Miami, who founded 100K Incubator. 100K Incubator is a small-business funding app created for women to help scale their business through live coaching and classes.
- Thereasa Black, Arlington, Va., who started Amore Congelato LLC. The company’s nutritious sorbets and gelatos are sweetened with dates. And each pint is printed with facts about social injustice.
- Stevonne Ratliff, Oakland, Calif., who founded Beija-Flor Naturals. Beija-Flor Naturals is a natural beauty brand encouraging women of color to embrace their natural hair and stop chemical straightening.
- Lisa S. Jones, Atlanta, who established EyeMail Inc. EyeMail Inc. is a patent-pending marketing tech company that brings email to life by embedding videos.
- Cassandre Davilmar, Brooklyn, N.Y., who founded Lakou Brands LLC. Lakou Brands LLC is a Haitian-American café and event space in Brooklyn where communities can gather to nourish their bodies and souls.
- Kim Roxie, Houston, who established LAMIK Beauty. LAMIK Beauty is a beauty-tech company designed for multicultural women with products made with natural and organic ingredients.
- Anika Hobbs, Baltimore, who founded Nubian Hueman. Nubian Hueman is a social enterprise that sources and curates unique goods, fashion and art representing the global diaspora.
- Latricia Wright, Detroit, who started Olive Seed. Olive Seed is a holistic wellness company offering integrative services like nutritional counseling, wellness workshops and wholesome products.
- Logan Niles, Seattle, who established Pot Pie Factory Inc. The company’s comfort food brings families together by fusing an American classic with the flavors of our modern American melting pot.
- Karneisha Christian, Compton, Calif., who founded Pucker Up Lemonade Company. The company’s handcrafted lemonade brand offers over 40 flavors and supports local community organizations.
- Mimi Johnson, Atlanta, who founded The Glamatory. The beauty boutique offers cruelty-free makeup and posh services that give makeup artists a platform to grow.
- Xiomara Rosa-Tedla, Oakland, Calif., who founded UnoEth, Inc. The company designs leather bags and accessories in partnership with Ethiopian artisans while helping them launch their own businesses.
- Zandra Cunningham, Buffalo, N.Y., who established Zandra. The eco-friendly, plant-based skincare company helps support nonprofits that inspire education for girls.
- Deborah Koenigsberger, New York, who started Noir Et Blanc NYC. The French-themed women’s clothing boutique helps support homeless mothers and children during the pandemic.
- Anika Godwin Hilderbrand, Greensboro, N.C., who built OpulenceMD Beauty. The company’s mission-driven line of beauty solutions puts the health of your eyes and vision at the forefront.
As small business owners nationwide have been impacted significantly by the events of the last year, a recent survey by Stacy’s found that Black female founders are facing their own unique challenges:
- 70 percent say finding a mentor to guide them in this current economic state is difficult.
- 83 percent wish they had resources to increase their marketing efforts.
- 73 percent spend an hour or more each week applying for grants or funding.
- 43 percent are taking on more than half of the financial risk to start their business.
- 46 percent say they often feel burnt out.
The expanded Stacy’s Rise Project will help the winners address these challenges through the key program pillars of funding, mentorship and advertising, and will also include a complimentary membership in The BOSS Network, founded by fellow entrepreneur Cameka Smith.
Now, Stacy’s has teamed up with Hello Alice again to select 15 Black female founders from a pool of women who submitted their businesses to receive a Hello Alice COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant. The women were chosen on such factors as their commitment to social impact and sustainability, and how they have faced recent challenges in their business.
Visit www.stacyssnacks.com/riseproject to learn more.