As of 2018, there were 12.8 million businesses owned by women, according to the Women's Business Enterprise Council (WBENC). Another interesting fact is that four out of every ten businesses in America are owned by women.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to start your own business or maintain a high executive-level position in a company? Navigating the food business can be tricky. Not only is it a competitive market, but you have to maintain great quality food that offers something unique from any other restaurant. With March being Women’s History Month we are even more so inspired by the accomplishments of female leaders who have keen business acumen and serve up delicious, healthy food. Join us on a trip to recognize women entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing the food business arena.
The first stop on our trip is Hampton, Virginia. Business partners Lakesha Brown-Renfro, Tanecia Willis and Nzinga Teule-Hekima appeared on Shark Tank in 2013 to feature their mango preserve business. From then on they have experienced major success and opened a French cuisine restaurant, Mango Mangeaux, among other business ventures. You can learn more about the success of their endeavors by visiting their website.
Next, we are making our way down to Atlanta, Georgia. Slutty Vegan was founded in 2018 by Summer Cole. This restaurant has a mission to "provide quality vegan meals to communities that would have otherwise never had these options". The company offers 100% plant-based burgers bursting with flavor, going against the notion that vegan food is bland.
Fresh to Order
Fresh to Order is an Atlanta-based fast-casual restaurant and catering service company that goes by the slogan, "Fine. Food. Fast.". Marketing executive Nicole Centeno was recently featured on the PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT Show.
The future is female and if you know of any other women-led food brands drop them in the comments below!