Crate & Barrel and CB2 Trade Program Launches ‘Taking Care of Business’ to Help Deserving Small Businesses Welcome Customers Back in Style


In partnership with notable interior designers Michel Smith Boyd, Kara Mann and Ross Cassidy, Crate & Barrel and CB2 will invest more than $100,000 in three local businesses impacted by COVID-19

In March, Crate & Barrel Holdings successfully launched its new Trade Program, delivering a superior level of service to designers and businesses with exclusive benefits. Following a challenging year for the restaurant and hospitality industries, Crate & Barrel and CB2 will take their commitment to design to the next level by investing in the “Taking Care of Business” contest. Crate & Barrel and CB2 are looking for small businesses in the hospitality industry that were impacted by COVID-19 for a chance to win a complete design refresh for brighter days ahead.

Crate and Barrel and CB2 will partner with renowned interior designers and friends of the brands to work with small businesses to create inspiring and impactful designs. Atlanta-based interior designer Michel Smith Boyd will lead the design for Crate & Barrel and Kara Mann and Ross Cassidy are confirmed for CB2.

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Feed the Soul Foundation Awards $250K to Black-Owned Culinary Businesses

Feed the Soul Foundation

Black Restaurant Week’s non-profit organization supports businesses across the nation through Restaurant Business Development Grant Program

Restaurants and bars across the country have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as indoor dining came to halt more than a year ago, making takeout and delivery their only source of revenue. Nearly 2 million restaurant and bar workers lost their jobs and are still unemployed, and as we approach a post-COVID world, restaurants will continue to face challenges and need support as they adapt to the new normal. To meet this challenge, Feed the Soul Foundation, the non-profit arm of Black Restaurant Week, LLC, today announced their first-ever cohort program to support marginalized restaurant entrepreneurs financially and professionally through the Restaurant Business Development Grant Program.

Through the support of Grubhub‚ who donated proceeds from its Donate the Change program during the month of February to Feed the Soul Foundation, and Maker’s Mark®, who provided initial backing and partnership for the establishment of Feed the Soul Foundation’s grant program, the fund will award 25 small businesses with $10,000.00 financial stipends as they prepare to navigate the post-Covid world and the ever-changing consumer dining trends.

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Templeton Distillery Launches Entrepreneur’s Grant Program And 10 Year Reserve Rye Whiskey


Three Small Businesses to be Awarded $10,000 by Iowan Celebrities and Business Leaders

Templeton Distillery is proud to announce the launch of the Templeton Distillery Entrepreneur’s Grant program, which will award three small businesses $10,000 each. The grants are designed to help ignite the spark of these budding companies, just like early producers in the small town of Templeton, Iowa were inspired by the idea to craft what was commonly known as “Templeton Rye” over 100 years ago. The launch of the grant program is timed alongside the debut of Templeton’s new 10 Year Reserve Rye Whiskey, complete with a refreshed look, marking a new chapter for the brand that respects the past yet is inspired by the future.

Winners of the Templeton Distillery Entrepreneur’s Grant program will be selected by a panel of a few of Iowa’s greats, including Brandon Routh (Superman ReturnsLegends Of Tomorrow) and Hill Harper (The Good Doctor). Both originally from Iowa, they know a thing or two about the power of the state’s strong spirit. Rounding out the remainder of the panel are Keith Kerkhoff, Templeton Distillery’s co-founder, as well as the founders of beloved local Iowa-based businesses, Christina Moffatt (Crème Cupcake + Dessert) and Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson (BLK & Bold Specialty Beverage). The period to apply will run from May 10 through July 11, 2021, with winners announced in August.

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BTB Spotlight: Chef Jamie Hunt

New Jersey-based Chef Jamie Hunt

Pictured/Photo credit: Jamie Hunt

Chef Jamie Hunt left sunny west for the east coast of the country to attend culinary school at Culinary Institute of America in New York, where she graduated in 2007. Like many following their passion, she left behind a career with a Fortune 500 company to pursue her culinary goals.

Hunt’s expertise has allowed her to work for past presidents, public officials, Wall Street executives, entertainers and athletes. She has cooked for Alicia Keys, Sean “Puffy” Combs and her current client is a Wall Street multi-billionaire and global philanthropist. She is currently building her foundation, “Teach-her,” which will focus on healthy eating and mentorship for teenage girls. She is also working on launching another business, Prince St. Events, along with her husband.

Tell us about who you are and where you’re from.

I am originally from San Francisco. I attended school and college in the Bay Area. I attended California State University, East Bay. I became a member of Delta Sigma Theta. My dad worked for MUNI and drove the cable cars and my mom was an accountant. We grew up understanding the value of food and celebrating around that and making the most of what we had. I come from a very large family on my mom’s side and really enjoyed our family celebrations.

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Kroger Celebrates Small Business Week and Offers Retail Partnership Guidebook to Advance Supplier Inclusion

Retailer achieved $4.1 billion in diverse supplier spend in 2020

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced notable progress and new initiatives – including the launch of its Small Business Resource Guide – as part of its Framework for Action: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plan, featuring steps developed in collaboration with associates and leaders to accelerate and promote greater change in the workplace and in the communities the organization serves.

“In 2020, Kroger achieved $4.1 billion in diverse supplier spend, representing an increase of 21% versus a year ago and build on our commitment to reach $10 billion in diverse supplier spend by 2030. We remain committed to doing the work to advance our longstanding and nationally recognized supplier inclusion program, reflecting partnerships with entrepreneurs of color, women, and veterans as well as companies founded by the LGBTQ+ community and business operators with intellectual and physical disabilities,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Greater racial, gender, health, and wealth equity will drive true and long-lasting change and better outcomes in our country. And as America’s grocer, we’re honored to play a role in driving this change as an employer, grocery provider, and community partner.”

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