Monday, October 23, 2023

Twin Founders Marcus and Markee Baskerville of The Black-Owned Battery Brand VoltCell Celebrate Being the First to Sell on Amazon


Marcus and Markee Baskerville, twin brothers and the founders of VoltCell, are making history as the owners of the first and only Black-owned battery brand being sold on Amazon. This momentous occasion marks a significant milestone for diversity and representation within the battery industry.

VoltCell's relentless commitment to the entrepreneurial spirit, exceptional product quality, and community empowerment will hopefully garner nationwide attention as the brand catches stream. Customers can find VoltCell's high-performance batteries available for purchase on Amazon's platform.

"This time is a moment of immense pride and joy for the VoltCell team. Being the first black-owned battery company on Amazon is a testament to our dedication to excellence and our ability to never give up. It is an honor to represent diversity and provide customers with a diverse choice for their battery needs," stated Marcus Baskerville, Co-Founder of VoltCell.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Dream Exchange CEO Speaks at Historic National Black Business Conference, Forges Transformative Partnership with National Black Chamber of Commerce ®

Dream Exchange CEO Speaks at
Historic National Black Business Conference, Forges Transformative Partnership with
National Black Chamber of Commerce ®

Joe Cecala, Founder and CEO of Dream Exchange, was invited to speak at the National Black Business Conference which took place in Atlanta, Georgia on August 24-26. With a resounding commitment to empowering a new generation of entrepreneurs, a historic agreement that marked the beginning of an unprecedented partnership between Dream Exchange and the National Black Chamber of Commerce ® (NBCC) was solidified and signed.

Dream Exchange
Beyond the historic signing, Joe Cecala lent his expertise to the conference through dynamic panel discussions. Drawing upon his experience as a trailblazer in the financial and technology sectors, Cecala engaged in thought-provoking conversations about the challenges and opportunities that minority-owned businesses encounter in their pursuit of capital.

Namely, since the late 1990's not only has the total number of public companies declined by nearly 50%, the number of small initial public offerings (IPOs) has declined from 70-90% of the IPO market to just 20-30%, according to a white paper written by Dream Exchange in 2018. A proposed solution to this problem is the Main Street Growth Act, a new legislation that will allow for the creation of a new type of stock exchange specifically designed for small and emerging early-stage businesses providing access to capital for more underrepresented businesses.

Get The Scoop On How This Detroit Non-Profit, Mobile Mentoring Bus, and New Apparel Line Inspires Black and Brown Youth


Calvin T. Mann, President and Founder of Encourage Me I’m Young (EMIY) Inc., a Detroit-based non-profit organization has launched both a mobile mentoring bus and an apparel line to inspire Black youth.

EMIY is all about supporting Black and brown boys, girls, and their families against the negative forces they deal with every day.

“Negative influences have been normalized today, like violent video games and toxic social media–and it’s causing higher suicide rates, more bullying, heightened racism, more violence, and substance abuse,” Mann said. “We’ve created a new line of family-friendly apparel that schools and families can use to create positivity in our communities and help us continue the important work of encouraging others.”

EMIY Founder & President Calvin T. Mann

The EMIY mobile mentoring bus (as seen on Fox 2 Detroit)
 is used to reach young Black youth who are in crisis because of not having a positive figure in their lives. The concept is to pull up at sporting events and community activities and provide immediate encouragement to the young children who are there.