Launchpad : Summer 2017 Cohort



emonica brooks

EVENTS BY EMONICA is an event planning company that specializes in producing customized experiences that are outside the box. They make every client feel like they are their only client.

Events by Emonica works with each customer to tailor their wedding or event to their personality, aesthetic and special requests. It is their goal to build a long term relationship  with their customers and their families, so that they have a reliable and personal event planner for a lifetime. 

From weddings, to bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, church galas and business launches, Events by Emonica is always there to ensure that their customes always experience extraordinary events

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eunice charles

NATRALEE started from a simple premise: small lifestyle changes can make a big impact for our skin and the environment.  At Natralee, they use sustainably sourced high-quality ingredients to make body butters and body scrubs.  The organic and vegan oils they use contain natural antioxidants which hydrate the skin and encourages elasticity (aka younger looking healthy skin).  All of their products are handmade and ship from just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

At Natralee, they are committed to providing you with sustainably made products.  Contact them with any questions you may have about their products or the process.


joyce marie

JOIE DESIGN STUDIO is operated by founder, Joyce Marie, a self-taught web designer and creative who is super passionate about branding. She has spent many years perfecting her craft before formally launching her branding business, Joie Design Studio. She enjoys helping creative entrepreneurs and bloggers reach and keep their online audience.

Joie Design Studio will assist you from the inception of your idea and guide you in gaining clarity about your vision to create a brand that will allow your gifting to impact the world.



marcelous atmore

EXPRESS CUTS 10.18 was designed to enhance the Barber & Client relationship by blending the use of technology. The Express Cuts 10.18 mobile application platform will enable both the barbers and clients to have an easier and seem-less interactive relationship. For the potential clients, Express Cuts 10.18 is a research/booking tool. Clients looking for a barber in the city can go on the Express Cuts 10.18 app and find their perfect shop, barber and book directly with them, either In-Shop or Out-shop style. For the barber, Express Cuts 10.18 is a detailed virtual scheduling assistant and POS. Listed barbers and their shops will be able to manage their schedules in one location, better prepare for their appointments and accept other forms of payment. Express Cuts 10.18 strives to take the traditional men’s hair grooming experience into modern society through technology one haircut at a time.



nivdarla anselme

QUEYA BEAUTY (pronounced Kay-ya), is an e-commerce site that provides the best in natural and organic beauty products for women of color. The name Queya, is derived from Quisqueya, one of the original names of Haiti, the birthplace of CEO and founder Nivdarla Anselme. Haiti is a place where one takes pride in making food and remedies from scratch. The love for natural products coupled with Nivdarla's love for beauty led her to realize that there was not a space where she could buy products specific to her hair and beauty needs that were less toxic. Although the natural and organic beauty market is rapidly growing, options available to black women are still lagging. Through Queya Beauty, Nivdarla hopes to give black women easier access to beauty products with safer ingredients.



shalonda lee

SOUL PLATES CATERING specializes in food that's good for the soul. It exposes unique and revolutionary soul food to new audiences to redefine what soul food means to those who have loved it for years. As new and improved soul food becomes the norm, soul food will no longer be associated with negative health consequences. Consequently, the health and wellness of soul food eating populations will increasingly improve. 

Everything from Soul Plates Catering is made from scratch. Salt is never added. Nothing is fried in oil, and refined grains and sugars are never used. Join their healthy soul food revolution by scheduling a Soul Plates Catering experience.