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2020 has been chaos. No need to re-hash the past. Let's take our 2020 lessons learned and have a real, honest, open conversation with six of our region's Black Leaders about how we create new opportunities out of the chaos by focusing on how we can nurture and support our incredible minority entrepreneurs and create a far larger pie for that we can all share.
Our goal is to shine a bright light on all of the positive perspectives and opportunities that our region's Black and minority leaders and entrepreneurs bring to our ecosystem and how we can continue to grow our support for them as we do for everyone else.
Startup Grind Jacksonville
Men Impact Change
Founder | CEO
American Bully Manufacturing
Founder | CEO
Director-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Founder | CEO
Therese is going into the second year as the Startup Grind Jacksonville Director that is part of the largest entrepreneur global community of 3.5 million entrepreneurs’ in 125 countries. In February 2020, Therese was selected to be the first African-American woman to be the Emcee and Stage Manager for Day 2 of the global conference on the marketing stage
CRPC Consulting was birthed six years ago as an act of resilience and refusal to allow Therese to not to accept being laid off from the State of Florida job for health reason but to propel her to become an entrepreneur on faith by taking the knowledge, education, skills, expertise, resources, and relationships to step out on faith to launch with my unemployment checks of $275 a week.
Therese is a Jacksonville, FL native and serial entrepreneur is a third-generation preacher’s daughter, a wife of 32 years to Earnest Gamble, Sr and mother of two sons Earnest Gamble, Jr. married to Shyquilla and Tyrese S. Gamble married to Alexis, and a grandmother of 1 grandson (5) and newborn granddaughter (Oct 26, 2020).
Sonnie Njau is the Founder and CEO of Men Impact Change (M.I.C), an organization committed to bridging the economic gap while educating, connecting, honoring and advocating for black boys and men. Our goal is to equip them with entrepreneurship skills by providing them with the network and training needed to have an equal playing field. We strongly believe that to fight racism, we must economically empower our community. We have brought our message of economic empowerment to thousands of people over the last 6 years. Since 2014, Sonnie’s stellar leadership has propelled M.I.C to be a globally recognized movement, honoring African legend and freedom fighter like Professor Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, civil rights advocate the late Congressman Elijah E Cummings, Morgan State University President, Dr. David K Wilson, along with 90 other black men of impact while impacting the lives of over 1,000 young men. She strongly believes in Frederick Douglass quote, that it is easier to build a boy than repair a broken man. Her background in project management has served her well in building the organization from the ground up. She is a catalyst for change and has continuously created platforms to amplify voices and stories by marginalized communities.
Our young, highly motivated and experienced team has an unbeatable background in the aviation, aerospace and automotive industries. We take pride in every job we do ensuring your products are completed beyond your expectations. Providing high quality craftsmanship faster than the competition while still delivering, on time, at affordable prices. Our incredible customer service is second to none, committing to get the job done and done right.
With 10+ years combined experience in Machining, Welding, and CAD Design, our team is well equipped to handle any complex job or situation
David Hodnett serves as Brown Advisory’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is a founding member of the firm's Black and Latino colleague resource group. He works to help develop and lead his firm’s plan to deepen diversity, equity, and inclusion values in all aspects of their work. He devotes his time to changing the culture of his firm by leading efforts that demonstrate Brown Advisory’s commitment to becoming a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.
As an attorney and investment professional he also works to create opportunities for Brown Advisory to help families, professionals, and business owners prepare for the future with investment and strategic advice.
David serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Center Stage, and Baltimore Estate Planning Council. He earned a B.A. in English from Morgan State University, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.
Calvin is a Vice President of Camden Partners and joined the firm in 2018. At Camden,Calvin supports investments in software, technology-enabled services, and business services companies. He also supports deal sourcing and diligence activities.
Calvin currently serves on the board of Roshal Imaging Services and as observer on the boards of Techtonic, RedPoint Global, OutMatch, RocketDocs, and Viventium.
Calvin started his career as a systems engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford,Connecticut, where he worked on helicopter integrated vehicle health monitoring systems. He then went into the United Technologies Corporation Operations Leadership Program (OLP), a rotational program for advancing leadership in the fields of supply chain, manufacturing, and quality assurance.
Following business school, Calvin worked at a commercial bank leading small business investment programs before joining Camden Partners. Calvin has also previously interned at the White House National Economic Council, where he focused on small business policy.
In 2017, Calvin was named one of Baltimore’s 40 Under 40 by the Baltimore Business Journal. He is a past National Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers. Calvin serves on the boards of Green Street Academy Public Charter School and the Pigtown Main Street Business Association.
Calvin earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from New York University.
Camden Partners has focused on investing growth equity in lower middle market companies. We actively partner with strong management teams leveraging our domain expertise, operating experience and extended network of resources to help growth companies reach their full potential.
Winston Frazer is Founder and CEO of Danae, Inc. Danae is a digital design & manufacturing service provider for 3D printing services, SMEs, and engineering companies. They work with founders, engineers, production managers, and online manufacturers to design, develop, and manufacture products. Winston believes the freedom of design in 3D printing will lead to a renaissance and hyper expansion into a future that generations before could only dream about. Winston holds a BFA in Painting from MICA.
360 Venture Management Group
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Quantum Sight Marketing
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Team Business, LLC
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