Starting any company is challenging but starting one as a Black woman has additional challenges. In this candid conversation on Investing In Black Entrepreneurs, we hear from:

  • Val Emmanuel, co-founder of Role Models Management

  • Dyandra Raye, founder of luxury shoe line Jo-Anne Vernay

  • Chris McKenzie, social media manager and member of BLCK VC

moderated by our founder, Ayesha Barenblat. In this conversation our panelists talk about how we can continue to support Black Lives Matter, the obstacles they’ve faced raising funds to launch their own businesses, and their advice for other Black entrepreneurs.

Investing in Black Entrepreneurs

Here are 10 calls to action to support our guests, their work, and organizations they support:

1) Pre-order Jo-Anne Vernay’s Mel heel

2) Buy a Jo-Anne Vernay gift card

3) Follow @joannevernay on Instagram

4) Follow @blckvc.change on Instagram

5) Make an effort to buy from a Black-owned business everyday

6) Swap your usual everyday products for products from black-owned brands

7) Continue talking and posting about Black Lives Matter

8) Look beyond the first page of Google to support smaller brands

9) Hire Role Models Management for your production needs

10) Share this conversation on Investing in Black entrepreneurs 

In addition, you can also find ways to support Black entrepreneurs and businesses through the following four resources mentioned by Chris McKenzie on the call:

More Ways to Support the #BLM Movement

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