Mayor John Cooper celebrates National Black Business Month

Mayor John Cooper celebrates National Black Business Month

Mayor John Cooper will mark National Black Business Month by hosting and attending a series of events aimed at highlighting some of Nashville’s black business owners and encouraging residents to support and learn more about African American-owned businesses in the area of Metro Nashville.

“Nashville’s black businesses are an essential part of the cultural and economic fabric of our city,” said Mayor John Cooper. “As mayor, I will continue to pursue fair-minded initiatives and policies that lead to the prosperity of minority-owned businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. Earlier this summer, I announced a $10 million investment to transform Burrus Hall on the Fisk University campus into an innovation incubator. Modeled after similar programs at top universities across the country, the new Burrus Hall will host technology boot camps, mentoring programs, classes, workshops and events to support emerging entrepreneurs and spur business development right in the middle of the Jefferson Corridor Street.”

On Friday, August 5th, Mayor Cooper will attend the Nashville Black Market, which features more than 40 black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs on the first Friday of each month at the Nashville Farmers Market.

On Sunday, August 7, Mayor Cooper will join Ernie Allen on 92Q at 1:00 PM CT for an hour to discuss key issues facing Nashville’s neighborhoods and families.

Later in August, Mayor Cooper will visit the Black Business Month Expo, which will feature more than 40 minority-owned businesses selling their goods and services. Mayor Cooper will also hold talks with local black entrepreneurs and business owners, including Rhonda Kamon, creator and CEO of Perfectly Cordial; Chef Star Maye, executive chef and co-owner of Anzie Blue Café in Hillsboro Village; and David Swett of Swett’s Restaurant.

National Black Business Month was created in 2004 by historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan Sr. to call attention to the needs of the more than two million black-owned businesses operating across America.

August 5: Nashville Black Market
900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN 37208

August 14: Black Business Expo
3250 Dickerson Pike, Nashville TN 37207

Rhonda Kamon

With over 20 years of hospitality experience, Rhonda Kamon left her 20-year nursing career to pursue her passion to create three distinctive companies, all with a food and beverage focus. Perfectly Cordial, a fruit-first beverage company founded by women and owned by women. Barseat, one of Nashville’s first African-American spirits education and consulting companies, and Cammon also co-owns the CAMP conference, which focuses on the mobile beverage community.

May star

Before Chef Star Maye earned the title of head chef at Anzie Blue, she spent 20 years working in the shadows of the male-dominated restaurant industry. With extensive culinary experience, she previously held leadership positions at well-known dining establishments in and around Nashville, such as The Palm, City Winery and the Governor’s Club. As a graduate of the Culinary Institute and having honed her craft, May is passionate about creating distinctive dishes inspired by her love of soul food.

David Swett

David Swett grew up in the family business along with his eight siblings. David’s parents instilled an entrepreneurial spirit in him from an early age. Since 1979, he has owned and operated Swett’s Restaurant, a popular landmark in the North Nashville community.

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