Black Businesses Matter

Black Businesses Matter

Black Businesses Matter is a weekly podcast show on the impact of collaborating and advocating for Black Businesses to drive impact. It is hosted by Larvetta L. Loftin. Founder of The L3 Agency, a full service influencer marketing and communications agency. Hear from investors, thought leaders, supply chain leaders, DEI practitioners and business owners on why engaging minority businesses should be a social responsibility when black businesses are the largest employers of black people. Each episode will provide inspiration and actionable tools to help you become culturally sensitive in growing your business or brand. Each episode are about 30 - 45 minutes in length to help you to pledge to support Black businesses EVERY DAY in EVERY WAY and REIMAGINE #blackbusinessesmatter.

Episodes

Episode 78


Guest Name:  Terrence Chappell


Guest Business: Chappell Communications Group

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I speak with Terrence Chappell the Principal of Chappell Communications Group, a social media agency that specializes in socializing nuanced messaging among cultural communities. He partners with clients and organizations to tap into the human experience across advoca...

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Episode 77:


Guest Name: Abigail Ingram


Guest Business: Polsky Exchange 

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I had the opportunity to talk with Abigail Ingram. Abigail Ingram is the executive director of the Polsky Exchange. Polsky Exchange is the core of The Polsky’s Center community engagement with the Southside of Chicago. This gathering space services local businesses owners and entrepr...

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Episode 76:


Guest Name: Kyra Rénel Hardwick 


Guest Business: The Kyra Company


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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I speak with Kyra Rénel Hardwick founder and Managing Consultant of The Kyra Company—a dynamic business development solutions firm committed to a comprehensive approach to addressing operational opportunities within organizations..Kyra reflects on her challenging childhood...

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Guest Name: Cle Andrea Hayden and Lori Pelzer
Guest Business: Inked Digital Marketing and Girlgobegreat

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I interview Cle Andrea Hayden, Founder and Chief Digital Strategist of Inked Digital Marketing Agency, and Lori Pelzer, CEO of Girlgobegreat, a Professional and personal development company, and GirlgobegreatAI. The discussion delves into AI, defining it as a...

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Episode 74:


Guest Name: Lisa Marsh


Guest Business: MsP's Gluten Free 


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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I speak with Lisa Marsh, the founder and CEO of MsP’s Gluten Free, shares insights into her journey. MsP’s Gluten Free specializes in creating nutritious, delicious, and healthy gluten-free snack foods to support a gluten-free diet. Lisa reflects on her upbringing as one of s...

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Episode 73:


Guest Name: Nikki Bravo


Guest Business: Momentum Coffee


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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I had the opportunity to sit down with Nikki Bravo, Founder of Momentum Coffee. Momentum Coffee is an independent coffee shop located in various locations across the Chicago community. Although Nikki is one of the powerhouses behind this coffee shop - her background comes from the P...

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Episode 72:


Guest Name: Javon McCain


Guest Business: EGG ROLLS ETC


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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I speak with Javon McCain, President and Creative Director of Egg Rolls ETC.  Egg Rolls ETC is a unique product line that blends delicious flavors in warm wontons that bridge cultural gaps. Javon 

is a Clinical Nutritionist and Caterer who lived abroad in Taiwan following the passing ...

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Guest Name:  Greg Bush 

Guest Business: B.I.G. 

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter I had the opportunity to sit down with Greg Bush, President and CEO of B.I.G, a management and information systems consulting and services firm. Greg has more than 25 years of experience with large scale information technology projects. After working with KFA,inc. for a number of years, he acquired KFA,Inc. We learn ...

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Episode 70:

Guest Name: Ramatu Kandakai

Guest Business: Tutu Brand Strategies

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I speak with Ramatu Kandakai an MBA holder from Johns Hopkins, who excels in marketing for both B2B and B2C markets. Her passion for marketing trends and personal branding is highlighted by her brand 'mytutucents' and &apos...

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Episode 69:

Guest Name: Dominique Wilson

Guest Business: RiseKit

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I speak with  Dominique Wilson, Co-Founder, and Strategic Advisor to RiseKit, an economic mobility software, that connects individuals with jobs and non-profit resources, streamlining collaboration among multiple organizations and offering insightful impact tracking for funders. With over 15 years of...

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Episode 67:


Guest Name: Larvetta Loftin  


Guest Business: The L3 Agency 


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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I introduce season 6 of the podcast that covers B2B and service-based businesses. I discuss the motivation for starting the podcast, the importance of advocating for black businesses, and their challenges, such as racism. I emphasize my commitment to supporting black businesses...

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Episode 67:

Guest Name: Tori Prince

Guest Business: Tori Prince Beauty

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I had the opportunity to sit down with Tori Prince Founder and CEO of Tori Prince Beauty. As a beauty lover - Tori has always been within the beauty industry dating back to her childhood. As a cosmetic scientist and Skin of Color expert - Tori made it her mission to educate and create opportuni...

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Episode 66:


Guest Name: Samantha Jo


Guest Business: Samantha Jo’s Balm Yard 


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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I had the pleasure of speaking with Samantha of Samantha Jo’s Balm Yard a Botanica & Apothecary. Samantha details her upbringing noting that she was unable to get to know her father and the history his lineage held. Samantha shared her personal journey, including her qu...

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Episode 65:

Guest Name: Mike Wird 

Guest Business: New Prosper Life 

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I had the opportunity to sit down with Mike Wird Founder & CEO New Prosper Life. Mike is a highly creative artist and ecological design educator in Colorado. He loves to support & lives to inspire, equip, and help coachable, hard-working individuals...

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Episode 64:


Guest Name: Jordan Nash


Guest Business: The Squared Paper Co


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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter,I had the pleasure of conversing with Jordan Nash, the founder of The Squared Paper Co. Despite facing challenging circumstances stemming from her parents' divorce, Jordan utilized school as a means of distraction. As an adult, she embarked on a journey of self-discovery, f...

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Episode 63:

Guest Name: Chelsea Lewis 

Guest Business: My Mommy Wisdom 

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I had the opportunity to sit down with Chelsea Lewis Founder & CEO of My Mommy Wisdom. My Mommy Wisdom– a super dope cruelty-free product line for women and children. They are the first ever inclusive product line made by a black woman to s...

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Episode 62:


Guest Name: Jamica Harper 


Guest Business: Red Elephant Candle Company 


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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I had the opportunity to speak with Jamica Harper, owner of Red Elephant Candle Company. Jamica details her childhood and educational background. She grew up a history buff and that love of history transformed into her study of psychology, a field where you essential...

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Episode 61:


Guest Name: Dana Bly 


Guest Business: Pardon My Fro

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dana Bly Founder & CEO of Pardon My Fro. Pardon My Fro is an exclusive lifestyle brand of clothing, accessories, and chic home decor. When Dana kicked off her natural hair journey - she struggled to ...

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Episode 58: 

Guest Name: Twyler Jenkins


Guest Business: I Am That Woman Movement Retreat

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I had the opportunity to speak with Twyler Jenkins, CEO and Founder of the I Am That Woman Movement Retreat. The annual  I Am That Woman Retreat is an extraordinary experience that takes women through a powerful journey of learning and self-discovery. This proce...

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Episode 59

Guest Name: LaGena Cain 

Guest Business: Poise Beauty

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In this episode of Black Businesses Matter, I had the opportunity to sit down with Lagena (La La) Cain, CEO/Owner of Poise Beauty Lips and Lifestyle. Poise Beauty is a cruelty-free U.S.A made brand that specializes in providing moisturizing lipsticks. Their focus is to encourage women to embody beauty from within....

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