Partnering with
the Coalition to
Back Black Businesses.

In honor of Black History Month, we're providing $450,000 in support through our partnership with the Coalition to Back Black Businesses to further growth opportunities and economic resilience. It’s through contributions like these that we hope to continue to connect with our communities.​


Congratulations to the
2023 CBBB Enhancement Grant recipients!

The Bread and Butter Shoppe
Valour Cobbins
Greenwood, Mississippi

Bushwick Grind
Kymme Williams-Davis
Brooklyn, New York

Making an impact

Meet some recipients of the grants Optimum provided in partnership with the Coalition to Back Black Businesses
  • Simone Morris, Simone Morris Enterprises LLC, Connecticut

    Simone Morris Enterprises LLC (SME) is a certified minority and woman-owned business founded in 2015. The company provides leadership solutions that transform workplace culture across various industries nationwide.

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  • Leo Brownfield IV, Leos Warzone, Texas

    Leos Warzone, LLC is an indoor and mobile paintball center located in Abilene and serving the greater Big County area. They incorporate team building for all ages and bring the whole family together for a great time.

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  • Kaysie Burton, Level Up Learning Center, Mississippi

    Level Up Learning Center is a non-profit Corporation dedicated to educating the whole child and providing a high-quality academic and social educational environment for infants 8 weeks and older. Each educator is trained to provide a high-quality academic and social environment for infants 8 weeks and older.

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  • Sharla McDaniel, Jacks BBQ Sauce LLC, Oklahoma

    Winner of the Dr. Martin Luther King soul food cook-off, Jacks was created in 1979 by Sharla McDaniel in Boynton Oklahoma. Whether you’re having a backyard BBQ cookout, or an indoor soul food dinner party, Jacks is the perfect condiment.

  • Marie Benjamin, The Mind and Body Movement, New Jersey

    The Mind and Body Movement is a small black-owned and women-owned wellness business focusing on mindfulness, mental health and yoga. It’s mission is to help bridge the gap between physical and mental health by providing mental health coaching, yoga, meditation, and more.

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  • Nancey Harris, Vontélle Eyewear, New York

    Vontélle was founded in 2020 to satisfy the demand for better-fitting vibrant, luxury eyewear in the BIPOC communities. They offer optical frames and sunglasses in sizes that complement diverse faces such as wider nose bridges, longer temples for behind the ears, and larger lenses for higher cheekbones.

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  • Monique Brown, Monique Brown MD PC, North Carolina

    Monique Brown MD PC is a medical practice providing both general medical care as well as mental health care in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Dr. Brown provides comprehensive medical care that encompasses a patient's entire wellbeing.

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  • Catrice Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Realty of Cenla, LLC, Louisiana

    Johnson & Johnson Realty of Cenla,LLC is geared towards both buying and selling real estate properties in central Louisiana including residential, commercial, investment and land. Through problem-solving and negotiation, they use their expertise in the market to get the best possible outcome for their clients.

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