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Midtown’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of Midtown’s gems below.

Kofi Gyebi

I was born in Ghana and raised here in the states and attended college at Bowling Green State University. My family didn’t come here with much yet it’s strange to say I own a company that focused on personal finance and here I am the Founder of 400LB Elephant. When I got my first job at Yankee Autobath in Dayton. Read more>>

John Foshee and Robert Crump

John and Rob first connected while attending Vanderbilt University. They went their separate ways after graduation – Rob to NYC to join the private equity group, Investcorp, and John to Chicago where he was a digital consultant for Deloitte Digital. Both eager to test the entrepreneurial waters. Read more>>

Andre Phinnessee and Andrea Woods

Andrea and I (Andre) became friends while in college at the University of Tennessee. We both eventually ended up in Atlanta after graduation. We remained friends and started discussing a potential business partnership where would bring a new business into the city. Read more>>

Alexis Perry

I started my entrepreneurial journey three years ago. I quit my then job working at BeBe in Perimeter Mall and decided to step out and do my “own thing”; not knowing all that comes with it. I started my first company at 21 years old, I flew to New York City on my birthday. Read more>>

Bria Renee

I thought I was going to be the next Anna Wintour. I wanted to be the editor-in-chief at Vogue. After high school, I just knew that I was going to go to college for fashion marketing and minor in journalism. However, that was not my destiny. Instead, I attended community college because I was told that it was the right thing to do. Read more>>

Najla Arrington

I am originally from Amityville, NY, my family moved south (NC) when I was in elementary school and we’ve been in the south ever since. I moved myself and two of my children to Atlanta five years ago. I’m a single mom of three, had my 1st child at 17. I’ve been broke, broken and homeless bouncing from house to house with my children during my life. Read more>>

Aliya Nealy

Honestly, I’ve always been an entrepreneur and a hustler. From the time I was young, I was always finding ways to use what I had to solve problems and make money. When I was in elementary school, we were expected to come to class with the supplies we needed but students always forgot or didn’t have things. Read more>>

Jay Fleming

I was born in Charleston, SC and raised in Columbus, GA. I moved to Atlanta in 2017 to pursue my dreams. Back in 2008, I was involved in a really bad car accident, in which the other driver passed away. As a result of that, I was sentenced to 15 years in prison. After serving six years, I was released from prison in 2015. Read more>>

Billie Hilliard

From a young girl growing up in Houston, I was always creating things – art, jewelry, writing songs and designing clothes. My maternal grandmother, Jimmie Helena Hilliard gifted me with my first sewing machine at the age of seven. She was a huge influence due to her nurturing way of calling out my talents. Read more>>

Brandy Austin

My story begins from one of my earliest memories of discovering my creative side. In elementary school, we had a book section in the classroom for reading time. One day, I was motivated to create my own book. I wrote a Mystery, illustrated it, folded it and proudly added it to the book section for other kids. Read more>>

Jenae Harris

The Hues Company was created in November 2016. Seeing a niche and need for entrepreneurs and consumers of color, a family of business-minded women stepped on the scene to find a solution, and HUES was born. Robin and her two daughters, Jasmine and Jenae, made a commitment to change the landscape of the beauty, health, and media industries. Read more>>

Kim Rickards

The road to building a global event to close the networking gap for professionals of color has been fairly smooth as our audience understands the importance of community to advance in their current careers and/or enter new industries. Read more>>

Chad Law

I started off blending Broadcasting with Journalism as a freshman at the CW Post (now LIU: Post) campus and radio station located in Long Island, New York. As head of the Urban Music section of our campus station,, I had an opportunity right out the gate to bring fresh. Read more>>

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