The Rock It! Lab kicks off with the first class
On October 17, the Rock It! Lab officially inaugurated the first class of entrepreneurs. The class includes individuals with businesses that run the gamut from simply an idea to those who already have a full-fledged business and want to take their ideas to the next level.
If you’re not familiar with the Rock It! Lab, it is a collaboration between CALS and Advancing Black Entrepreneurship that helps aspiring business owners within under-resourced communities as they walk the path of entrepreneurship. The program is located in the Cox Building, where there are three main spaces that entrepreneurs can use to help grow their business – on the first floor, is the River Shop where entrepreneurs who have finished products can sell their wares, down stairs is the 501 Makers Space which serves to provide an area for artists and clothing designers to work and create, and the second floor is the Village Coworking Space where entrepreneurs can conduct meetings or use it as a general office space.
“I wish you all could have been at the kickoff last night for the group of entrepreneurs selected for RIL’s first Incubator program. I’ve been trying to put into words how the event ‘felt,’ the energy, the passion, the gratitude, the hope, all the aspirations of the amazing people who were there because they want to make a difference and know we can help.”
Deputy Executive Director of
Technology & Collection Innovation
This class represents a variety of industries, including more tangible businesses like food makers, artists and jewelers, as well as service providers like the growing industry of home healthcare, cleaning services and even athlete marketing. Each “class” requires a six-month commitment as they go through the mentorship program. We can’t wait to follow this group on their journey and see how they progress. We wish them the best of luck!
The full 2021 class:
Bridging the Gap Adult Care and Daycare
Mama’s Homemade Pie Shop
Lux and Soul LLC.
Chicago Flamin Grill
Rashawn’s Cleaning Service, LLC.
Sugar Joint Bakery
Natural Joy by Nicole Janae LLC.
Perfecting The Gift, LLC. dba Candy Butta
SPACES 2 LOVE
Rock City Staffing Agency
Your Fashion Modest
Royal Mantles LLC.
Young Athlete Elite Marketing (Y.A.E.M.)
McCarther n Sons Services
Chef by Reservations
The Plant Boutique
Balance Body & Sole
Sergio Valdivia Art
Business name TBD
Lewks By Elle
Ra’Elles Ice Queen Treats
Cultural Immersion Media LLC.
Sista Girl’s Seasoned Vinegars