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Black-Owned Vegan Company Uses Amazon To Make Healthier Lifestyle Accessible To All

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As the vegan lifestyle continues to grow and more people are choosing a healthier diet, it is refreshing to see the wide variety of choices now being made available to those who have opted for clean eating.

As a way for the option of a healthier lifestyle to be made accessible to everyone, Claude Tellis and Kareem Cook, the founders of VeganSmart, a company that develops and sells plant-based protein powders and shakes, decided that working with distribution giant Amazon was the perfect way to provide quality products to underserved customers and introduce VeganSmart to Amazon’s extensively large customer base.

“It’s not fair that my mom from the Bronx, NY can’t walk around the corner and buy nutritious meals the same way a rich family on the Upper East Side of New York can,” says Cook.

According to Black Enterprise, after partnering with Amazon, other retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, and Costco wanted to be involved as distributors as well. 

“As a business owner you have to be forward thinking in order to ensure your company’s success,” said Tellis. “When other small businesses were avoiding Amazon, we knew working with them would allow us to reach wider customer base and attract potential retailers.”

After finding out that 86 million people are pre-diabetic (even with a $38 billion growing healthy food industry) largely due to the lack of access to clean and healthy food option, Tellis and Cook saw Amazon’s reach, its [Amazon] Prime membership, and its commitment to value as a great fit for their partnership.

With 70% of the over 1,200 verified purchasers giving the product a 5-star rating, VeganSmart ranks high in their search engine allowing the company to fully focus on fulfilling their mission.

25 Black Owned Coffee and Tea Businesses You Might Not Have Known About

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There has recently been a uproar since a Philadelphia Starbucks employee called the police on two Black patrons. Their crime? Waiting for a friend. While that situation is still being dealt with, we are providing you with a few black owned alternatives that you might want to consider for future business.

Black Owned Coffee and Tea Businesses

Uprising Muffin Company (Washington DC) offers homemade muffins, coffee, sandwiches & salads served in a relaxed setting with comfy seating.

Northwest Coffee Roasting Company (Clayton, MO) is an artisan coffee roaster that embodies the legacy of coffee by unifying communities, stimulating dialogue, and providing hand roasted and brewed full city coffee.

Teatopia (St Louis, MO)  offers 70 different teas as well as other small food items that will leave you amazed and wanting more.

My Cup of Tea (Memphis, TN) offers over 30 varieties of specialty tea from all over the world. They have a substantial customer base in retail, wholesale and in gift packaging.

Ain’t She Sweet Cafe (Chicago, IL) is a casual, cozy eatery offering counter-serve sandwiches, smoothies & house-baked desserts.

Cafe Dejena (Oakland, CA) is a local Eritrean café that offers dine in meals all day, grab & go for those on the run, and catering for small events.

Beyu Caffe (Durham, NC) is an upbeat, bohemian hangout offering coffee, all-day American fare, a full bar, live jazz & free WiFi.

DC Conscious Cafe (Washington, DC) is “more than a cafe”. They offer good food, dialogue, entertainment, civic engagement and advocacy for the good of our community.

Serenity Tearoom (Frederick, MD) is on a mission to provide an elegant and professional Traditional Afternoon Tea, with tasty food, hospitable service and fond memories.

Serengeti Teas & Spices (New York, NY) introduces the history, magic, sumptuous taste and exotic flavors of Africa via signature coffees, teas, cocoas & spices.

Ivy’s Tea Co. (Online) is a pop culture and Hip-Hop inspired holistic health brand. They provide handcrafted, locally sourced herbal tea that is made small batch by an herbalist and herb-infused honey for millennials.

Black Momma Teas (Online) offers gluten-free loose leaf tea selections, biodegradable tea bags and organic flavored agave.

Sip & Savor (Chicago, IL) offers the finest certified fair trade coffee from around the world, as well as a wide selection of teas, mochas, lattes and blended drinks. They also serve delicious pastries and small bites from local bakeries.

The Terminal Cafe (Nashville, TN) is an unassuming coffee shop serving breakfast & lunch in a tiny, traveling-themed space.

Gullah Girl Tea (Online) offers delicious original healing tea blends, made by hand with love with a mission to promote healing and wellness.

Crazy Coffee Co. (Lenexa, KS) offers a variety of drip coffee flavors suitable for any home coffee maker. They offer offer 6 flavored coffee selections per month, that changes every two months.

My Coffee Shop (Atlanta, GA) is a coffeehouse offering all-day breakfasts alongside sandwiches & baked goods in quirky surrounds.

Rise and Grind Café (Milwaukee, WI) offers hot and cold sandwiches, soups, breakfast items. They also offer catering and meal planning services.

Breukelen Coffee House (New York, NY) is a cozy coffeehouse providing brews & baked goods in a space that invites lingering.

Café ULU (Atlanta, GA) is unapologetically centered on  the culture of our people and more specifically, on the historical and current influence of coffee and the coffee trade.

Friday’s Coffee (Atlanta, GA) tantalizes your palate with some of the planet’s most unique and rare coffees.

Red Bay Coffee (Oakland, CA) is building a global community through our commitment to sourcing, developing, roasting and delivering the best and most beautiful coffee to the people.

Urban Grind Coffee House (Atlanta, GA) is a hip coffeehouse with cafe menu & free WiFi holds film screenings, poetry slams & other arty events.

Grant Park Coffeehouse (Atlanta, GA) is a neighborhood coffeehouse serving light breakfast fare, sandwiches & pastries in chill, compact digs.

Just Add Honey Tea Company (Atlanta, GA) is a sophisticated twist on a southern tea tradition we offer thoughtfully blended loose leaf teas made in small batches to ensure the perfect cup cheers!

Rashaan Everett’s Quest to Support Black Owned Businesses with ‘The Greenwood Project’

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Howard University graduate Rashaan Everett took advantage of his educational experience to bring knowledge and financial support to black-owned business owners across the country.

In a world where there is no hiding the disadvantage minorities face, The Greenwood Project is the investment game-changer that many have been waiting for. By starting the company, Rashaan has created the much needed step in building the Black market: finding investors. The GoFundMe –styled organization gives aspiring business owners the ability to earn the financial boost needed to form their independent startup company. Not only does the savy self-starter take pride in being able to help his community monetarily, but he also enjoys knowing he can help their self confidence as entrepreneurs.

Take a look at how The Greenwood Project came about and how Rashaan plans to boost both your self-esteem and wallets!