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On the evening of June 8th, we hosted an extraordinary “SHOPPE BLACK Pitch Night” featuring a group of exceptional startups.

The event was held in partnership with Shark Tank and Values Partnerships in order to identify exceptional contestants for the upcoming season of the show.

From pet products to eco-friendly breweries, here are some of the most impressive new businesses to take the stage:

Lick You Silly Pet Products

Lick You Silly Pet Products is a company that makes 100% all-natural dog treats. They were founded in 2016 by Barbara Clarke-Ruiz, who wanted to create healthy and delicious treats for her own dog.


Femly is a Baltimore, Maryland-based company that manufactures and sells plant-based and environmentally friendly period care products. The company was founded in 2016 by Arion Long, who wanted to create a more sustainable and body-friendly alternative to traditional feminine hygiene products.

Black Viking Brewing

Black Viking Brewing is a Montgomery County, Maryland-based brewery founded in 2020 by Jamil Abdur-Raoof and Shaun B. Taylor. They are the first Black-owned brewery in Montgomery County. Black Viking Brewing’s mission is to create a diverse community of beer drinkers where everyone is welcome, and where the warrior spirit is celebrated

Smyle Nation

Smyle Nation is a clear aligner company founded by Dr. Herman Butler in 2016. They offer affordable clear aligner treatment for mild to moderate crowding and spacing. Smyle Nation offers a straighter, whiter smile in as little as four months.

Work BnB

Workbnb is a B2B travel platform focused on the needs of traveling workers. The company was founded in 2017 by Yeves Perez and Daj’Anique Staples. They offer an efficient and user-friendly platform that ensures traveling workers have access to safe and decent housing, eliminating the need for extended stays in hotels and motels.


Sproxxy is a public relations software solution for the speaking circuit, powered by AI. It helps brands find high-value conference opportunities to speak, pitch to conference organizers, track and manage booked speaking opportunities, collaborate across teams, and quantity business impact.

by Tony O. Lawson


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SHOPPE BLACK & SHARK TANK Partner to Discover Black Entrepreneurial Gems

In an extraordinary collaboration that celebrates the convergence of entrepreneurial spirit and television entertainment, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Shark Tank and Values Partnerships to identify exceptional founders for the upcoming season of this groundbreaking show. 

Our goal is to discover and amplify the voices of entrepreneurs who embody the spirit of creativity, determination, and business acumen. We aim to create a powerful pipeline for entrepreneurs who may not have had the same level of exposure or opportunities to reach the broader market.

Fun fact: The first business to pitch and strike a deal on Shark Tank was Black-owned.

This collaboration acknowledges the incredible legacy of Black entrepreneurs and seeks to bridge the gap by identifying outstanding founders from various backgrounds.

So, how does it work? To curate the upcoming season of Shark Tank, we will leverage the marketing expertise and extensive network of SHOPPE BLACK, including the involvement of our investment arm, SBLK Ventures.

By tapping into our strong connections within the Black business community, we will identify promising entrepreneurs who exhibit exceptional potential and closely align with Shark Tank’s casting criteria.

We invite all exceptional founders to seize this incredible opportunity and apply for an opportunity to be cast on Season 15 of Shark Tank.

Complete this form for your chance to pitch at SHOPPE BLACK Pitch Night on June 8th @ 7PM ET

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Alexiou Gibson Shares How He Grew His Sea Moss Business From Zero to Multi Millions in Less Than a Year

In this Black Founder Spotlight, we’re speaking with Alexiou Gibson. Alexiou is the CEO and Founder of the Transformation Factory, a Florida-based business that produces a line of flavored sea moss.

The Transformation Factory founder Alexiou Gibson accepts offer from Mark Cuban and Kevin Hart on ABC’s Shark Tank to expand health supplement product. (Photo Credit: ABC/Christopher Willard)

🎤 In this interview, Alexiou shares:

  • The health benefits of sea moss.
  • His “Alexiou 2.0” journey after being told that he would not live to see 21 due to health issues.
  • How he grew the company to over $3 million in sales in less than 12 months.
  • His experience being featured on Shark Tank and the effect it had on his business.
  • His strategy for dealing with exponential growth.
  • His thoughts on more entrepreneurs being involved in manufacturing and wholesaling.
  • Advice for entrepreneurs looking to grow a successful food & beverage business.

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Tony O. Lawson

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Centric’s ” Queen Boss ” is the “Shark Tank” for Black Women Entrepreneurs

By now we are all aware that Black women are the fasting growing group of entrepreneurs in the country. With that being popular knowledge, it was only a matter of time before a show like “Queen Boss” appeared.

Queen Boss

On Saturday, January 14 at 10P|9C, Centric TV will premier its newest reality series, Queen Boss, the first business competition reality series for Black women entrepreneurs.

The 8-episode series will be hosted by TV personality and business woman Tracey Edmonds. Throughout the competition a total of 18 contestants will present their innovative products to a panel of celebrity judges.

In the end, only one entrepreneur will have the product, passion and potential to win the competition and be crowned ‘Queen Boss’!

Meet The Judges:

Vanessa Simmons is a TV personality, business woman and most recently the host and judge of Project Runway.

Kandi Burruss is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, television personality (Real Housewives of Atlanta), actress, business woman (Bedroom Kandi) and former member of the platinum-selling R&B group Xscape.

Lauren Lake is a lawyer, author, interior designer, real estate developer, background singer, legal/relationship/life consultant, guest host, and talk show presenter.

Carla Hall is a chef and television personality. A former finalist of Bravo’s Top Chef, Hall currently is a co-host of the ABC’s daytime talkshow The Chew and owns Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen in Brooklyn.

Mikki Taylor is an author, speaker, and the former beauty director and cover editor of ESSENCE magazine.

Lisa Price is an entrepreneur and founder of the beauty brand Carol’s Daughter.

Rakia Reynolds is an entrepreneur and the founder of Skai Blue Media, a major multimedia public relations agency.

Angela Benton is the Founder & CEO of NewME Accelerator and is known as one of the Internet industries influencers by numerous publications and outlets.

Robin Wilson is an interior designer and author who has been featured on HGTV, LX-TV Open House, and numerous media outlets.

If there was ever  a show that could balance out all the other “urban” reality TV that we either love or despise, this would be it.


-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson