Black-owned Orlando businesses receive $75,000 in donations from IKEA U.S. Community Foundation
Ikea’s U.S. Community Foundation, in partnership with the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, recently donated $75,000 to Black businesses in Orlando, according to a statement from the company.
Young Orlando artist works to bring hope to community with new mural
ORLANDO, Fla. – Sabrina Dessalines has a bright and vibrant passion for creating art -- and sometimes she sells it. Dessalines sold her first piece when she was 12 years old and ever since then, she’s called herself an artist. “We wanted to commemorate someone doing great for the community to bring hope,” Dessalines said. It inspired her to create two empowering pieces of a young boy and a young girl with crowns. “I love it though.”People can check out Dessalines’ work online at artbyina3.com or peruse her Instagram @artbyina3.
Sisters launch their own business after learning from mom
From coffee mugs to stationary, sisters Dede and Landrea Cowart said they wanted to start a business that fills a void in the Central Florida retail market. Miscellaneous is located on North Orange Ave. in Orlando (Dede and Landrea Cowart)She said growing up, they watched their mom grow her business, RW Events, which inspired them to start their own. Tamuel Cowart, who owns RW Events, said it has been a joy to watch her daughters create their own business. Dede and Landrea Cowart have always been close and opening up a business together has been a dream of theirs. We’re big on gifting as a family, so in a way, we’re giving Central Florida a bit of us,” Dede Cowart said.
Orlando business owner finds purpose in creating bags to help children in Africa
The owner of UNKY bags has found his in his business. UNKY donates supplies to kids in CameroonThere are a hundred and forty million orphans worldwide. While it was very important to get an institutional education, whats more important to Simo is giving back. His company sells handmade bags which are made in Cameroon, Africa and its foundation provides a backpack, filled with school supplies to orphans in the country. UNKY gives back 10% of all revenue made to help give supplies and even food to less fortunate children in the country.
Local DJ performs free live shows online during pandemic
Darryl J., Owner of Darryl J. Weddings (Darryl J.) In the meantime, Darryl J. has made it his mission to uplift others during this tough time through free shows live on Instagram and Facebook. I kept receiving phone calls and emails from brides that wanted me to capture their special day, Darryl J. said. Darryl J. says his goal is to give couples that nightclub feel at their wedding (Darryl J.)