2023 Stakeholder Awards Ceremony – Celebrating Black Businesses the RICE Way!

The first-ever Stakeholder Awards Ceremony was an intimate gathering and celebration held on August 31,2023 honoring our first Founding 100 Stakeholders at RICE. Certificates of Achievement were also given to those promoted Stakeholders that completed their action plans and catalyst sessions within their Big IDEAS programming. The evening was topped off with a presentation of checks to recipients of the Amplify Grant powered by MasterCard.

The Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs chose to recognize and celebrate our Founding 100 Stakeholders with plaques and commemorative t-shirts to mark the occasion. Of course, we did it the RICE Way by engaging fellow Stakeholder businesses Royal Trophies and The Bottomline Pivot as vendors for the tokens of appreciation we provided.

Founding 100 Stakeholders were welcomed back to Atlanta’s home for Black entrepreneurs with a VIP Pre-Reception before the formal event begin. There was nothing but smiles, hugs, and love as many of the Stakeholders reconnected to catch up. After, they were ushered into the lavishly designed space to receive their recognition, some Stakeholders received more acknowledgements Kris Hale, Eldredge Washington, and Adrian Shelby were honored for their early contributions and efforts to build the RICE rich culture and vibrant community.

Moreover, Channing Baker of Evolve Contractors was recognized with the Exemplary Stakeholder Award having completed the requirements of the Big IDEAS programming for his stage with zeal and excellence after embracing all the resources that RICE offers. Almost 70 RICE Stakeholders were promoted to the next stage of the Big IDEAS continuum. We would like to recognize the following Stakeholders moving forward!

Congratulations to you all!

Aisha Floyd of CRM Tech Global®

Aisha Ervin of E-Line Media & Production

Alison Mason of Lilacs on York Creative Studios

Amia Mize of TavT4Families

Andre Parr of Mudd Made Manufacturing LLC/ Fly Guy Entertainment Co.

Anitra Terrell of Reflektion Design

Anthony Howard of HR Certified, LLC

Averri Liggins of Black Women Moguls

Brian Reynolds of Just For Teens

Brian Davis of Stealth Tech Services

Brittany Hardy of The Hardy Clinic

Bunduki Ramadan of BNDK LLC

Caiseen Ward of Aesthetic Engineering LLC

Carla Halls of The Cactus Beauty Bar

Channing Baker of Evolve Contractors

Charla Mitchell of C.R. Clothing Co./Charla Ruschelle

Chi T Mathias of Inside Out Health & Beauty, LLC

Christie Rankins of Redress Lives In Logistics

Danielle Clay of AGC Solutions

Dawn Sizemore of Practical Education Solutions

Debra Dantzler of 3D Psychotheraphy

Dedren Snead of Subsume Media

Delroy Walters of inSIDEKonnect

Demarco Steed of Majestea, LLC

Donnetta Wells of Wellsons Financial Group

Ellakisha O’Kelley of Scire De Jure Legal Firm, LLC

Eric Marcus of Royal Trophies

Felicia Johnson of Ella & Iris Home

Francine Bethune of C Marie Botanicals

Jace McKie of Nation Unlimited Services

Jadaun Sweet of Take Heed Media

Jarvis Broughton of Interrüt

Jeff Cook of The Bottomline Liquidators

Jennifer Barbosa of International Supply Partners, LLC

Keith Ambersley of Boutyah Technologies LLC dba JIB RSA

Kenneth Barnes of Humble-Speaks

Kyeron Simmons of Agripreneurs

Kyra Cisero of Waisted One, LLC

Lakila Bowden of iSee Technologies

Latabia Woodward of Who’s Got Next Music

LaTrice Ross of Humanizing Diversity

Lawrence Nathaniel of Skyhub Company

Leisha Starchia of Black Feather Mystic, LLC

Lindsay Barnette of Kultured Misfits Clothing Collection, LLC.

Lisa Tinsley of KISA Public Radio

Morale Ocain of The Hair Debate, Suite Morality Salon Suites,  Rooted, The Hair Experience Podcast

Mouse Gregory of Mouse Apparel Inc.

Natasha Simmons of Yacht Club Access

Omar Whilby of Capsul Tools

Oral Gooden of SWISSHTECH Corp.

Ottea Cormelo O’Connor of GHST Investments LLC

Queen Oddette Activille of Senan Wholistic Market and Cuisine

Reginald Smith of TrendTech Logistics

Shari Pritchard of Skyyes the Limit Ventures Corp

Sheryl Merritt of Creator In Me / Kingdom Atlanta


Sumayya Holmes of Ops by Design

Susan Simmons-Stevenson of The Lifecycle Network

Symphony Lyricist of Lotus Flower Om

Tiffany Turner of TC & Co., A Prestigious Brokerage Firm

Tobias Browne of IndigoBlueDevelopment

Tonya Menefee-Parker of Thrive Care Home Consulting, LLC

Tresaca Hamilton of The Sid Center

Tunisia Cornelius of Levels 2 Skin

Vinny Williams of AddressMe Inc.

Wendy Taylor of Faith & STEAM, LLC

Wesley B. Fountain of Ed Fountain Jewelry & Leather

Yaminah Childress, J.D. of YANY Beauty

Yvonne Theresa Bostic of Kayla’s Italian Ice

Take some time to view and download photos taken by Stakeholder Adrian Shelby here.