Cocoapreneur Pgh highlights black businesses in Pittsburgh, encourages support
The Cocoapreneur Directory Launch Party highlights the progresses and successes of black businesses in the Pittsburgh region while encouraging people to continue to support them.
It begins at 7 p.m. Friday at SLATE studio in the Strip District.
Hosted by Cocoapreneur Pgh, a black business and consultancy which creates and fosters an environment of healthy growth in black communities that did not displace the original and lifetime residents, while also encouraging young, new talent to inhabit those spaces as well, a news release says.
“Small businesses are the crux of our communities and connected communities are the foundation of our city,” Naomi Ritter, owner of The Fitness Institute, a business development complex, said. “In short, Cocoapreneur is adding a layer of mastery to our city that we didn’t know we needed.”
The event will highlight products and services from more than 25 black area businesses. PA State Rep. Summer Lee will speak.
“This is not just about a single organization,” said Samantha Black, founder and CEO of SYLA Pgh, who is co-producing the event with Khamil Scantling, founder and CEO of Cocoapreneur Pgh. “It is about us. It’s a new age feel on an old school idea. We have always and will forever seek to find and guide our community members in this economy.”
Khamil Scantling, founder and CEO of Cocoapreneur Pgh, a black business consultancy which creates and fosters an environment of healthy growth in black communities, will host the Cocoapreneur Directory Launch Party on April 19 at SLATE in the Strip District. She and Samantha Black, founder and CEO of SYLA Pgh. are producing the event.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .