Cultivate CommUNITY| FedEx Small Business Grant Contest | Vote 4 Blk+Grn 📥 | 🖤✊🏾💚 ||


Video| Message from Co-Founder:


At BLK + GRN, our all Black artisans are carefully chosen by Black health experts who know what an all-natural product truly looks like.

We’ve seen firsthand the damaging effects harmful ingredients and practices have had on our community.

Our marketplace connects Black people with natural lifestyles to high-quality, toxic-free brands that share in our mission of health, wellness and community cultivation.

We promise to maintain that connection by curating, crafting and consuming consciously for you.


Like plants, we soak up the sun, yet blossom even in the shade.

We flourish with or without space.

Our soil is rooted in something unshakeable.

Our leaves spread like seeds.

Each sprout tells the story of a better way to be.


Our bodies, nurtured by the earth, grow strong like coconut palm trees.

Our lips, candied with fruit-tinged sticks.

Our skin, nourished with raw butter-filled creams.

Our children, sun-kissed with melanin, soaped in honey and lemon beads.

Our homes, cleaned with all-natural derivatives and plant-based astringents.


We craft and consume consciously,with ingredients mother earth has bestowed.

Oh, what strength one woman firmly rooted can behold,when she plants, waters, and cultivates her own!



Small Business
Grant Contest

Elevator Pitch

BLK + GRN is a marketplace that sells Black-owned high-quality, toxic-free products.

Tell us about your business. What inspired you to get into it, what you sell/service you offer, what makes your business stand out and how it impacts you, your community or the environment.

BLK + GRN is a marketplace of all-natural products by Black artisans. I launched it after learning that the products marketed to Black people are often more toxic and full of harmful ingredients. It’s my ultimate desire to help black entrepreneurs thrive and to build a community of conscious people more aware of what they put on their bodies and use in their homes. From beauty to hygiene, cleaning products, ambiance, baby trinkets to men’s care. BLK + GRN sells it all.

How would you use the FedEx Small Business Grant money to make a significant impact on your business?

I’m also a mother and a wife. My family and I were involved in a tragic life-threatening car accident in July 2019.

This accident left me with a traumatic brain injury and really derailed BLK+GRN. I have been unable to go to work as a Professor because of my accident, and my salary was cut 40%. I have to pull the missing part of my salary from BLK + GRN.

I need to grow, so I will invest in search engine optimization, social media ads, and building affiliate partnerships to drive growth.



FedEx Small Biz Grant

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