Tennessee-based vegan bakery The Pink Bakery lately obtained a $10,000 grant from music icon Beyoncé. The grant got here from the Black-Owned Small Enterprise Influence Fund, created earlier this yr by Beyoncé’s nonprofit BeyGood in partnership with the Nationwide Affiliation for the Development of Coloured Folks. It’s given to Black-owned small enterprise house owners who have been hit laborious by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m nonetheless on a excessive from [the] announcement and I can not consider that my firm is sitting on Beyonce’s web site proper now with the opposite recipients from Spherical 2,” The Pink Bakery founder Nubian Simmons informed VegNews. Simmons plans to make use of the grant cash to buy substances, repay enterprise debt, and enhance the corporate’s product packaging.
The Pink Bakery was based by Simmons in 2014 with the goal to offer the neighborhood with desserts that have been freed from the highest eight allergens (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy). The enterprise specialised in customized baking orders however when COVID-19 hit, The Pink Bakery needed to cease taking orders, which Simmons stated, “nearly destroyed us fully.”
Finally, the bakery pivoted to creating and promoting at-home baking mixes to accommodate the brand new no-contact guidelines. “Though the baked items accounted for 75 % of our enterprise, we now needed to put all of our efforts into the tremendous straightforward baking mixes that we used to bake for everybody,” Simmons stated. “The mixes truly turned out to be the right answer. We didn’t have to fret about spoilage or injury with the mixes. We have been additionally capable of ship them nationwide through the USPS and supply contactless supply to our prospects’ houses.”
The Pink Bakery at the moment gives No Frownie Brownies Combine and Mama’s Favourite Chocolate (Chocolate Chip Cake Combine) and plans to launch new merchandise on the finish of November, together with The Lauren White Cake Combine, Gimme That Flour Combine, Good AF Chocolate Frosting, and White Sweetness Frosting.
Vegan chocolate-maker Good Girl Chocolate additionally obtained a $10,000 grant from Spherical 2 of Beyoncé’s Black-Owned Small Enterprise Influence Fund. Founder Tabatha Carr plans to make use of the grant to purchase tools and rent extra workers. “I’m so stuffed with pleasure and gratitude! Minorities obtain lower than 1 % of enterprise capitalist funding,” Carr said. “This award is so particular to me as a result of it’s going to permit me to purchase extra tools and assist my neighborhood by hiring extra workers, which suggests [we can] produce extra chocolate. Thanks, Beyoncé and the BeyGood Basis, for this grant. You make an affect on underrepresented Black-owned companies. To my entrepreneur household, hold pushing and hold placing within the work.”