FLOWOOD, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi Development Authority reported that less than 200 certified small businesses in the state belong to minority women.
While that number seems small, business women of color from across the metro came together for the Boujie Brand Brunch hoping to raise the number of entrepreneurs in Mississippi.
“If you’re trying to start a business or whatever it is you’re trying to do, it’s important also that you find a resource. And that’s what we are today,” said Kristy Gentry.
The Boujie Brand Brunch was held at Table 100 in Flowood by Kristy Gentry, co-owner of the LLC.
It was the company’s first ever empowerment and networking event -- aiming to support black women entrepreneurs.
“Especially in Mississippi, people forget that we have talent here. We have great talent here. And sometimes, people need to see that,” said Gentry.
Experienced and budding entrepreneurs sold their items throughout the event. Some like Inez Doe, owner of Ufanci Beauty Bar owner, gave advice as a panelist.
“Women empowerment events are so necessary and vital, even though I’ve been in business for a long time. These are the things -- these events thrive me. I get to come back and pour into other people just like people did for me,” said Doe.
Rita Brent, a local comedienne, was the main host. She said the bright and boujie brunch sheds the right light on these women.
“Sometimes it’s just hard for black women in general to be represented positively and you look on television and there are different kinds of images floating around. But today, we are looking at black women who are business owners and looking at black women who are entrepreneurs. So, it’s inspiring to see because sometimes you need to see something to believe it,” said Brent.
The Boujie Brand owners hope to host more events like this in the future.