Mayor John Cooper will honor National Black Business Month by hosting and attending a series of events aimed at highlighting some of Nashville’s black business owners and encouraging residents to support African American businesses throughout the Metro Nashville area and to learn more about them.
“Black businesses in Nashville are an integral part of our city’s cultural and economic fabric,” said Mayor John Cooper. “As Mayor, I will continue to pursue equitable initiatives and policies that promote the prosperity of minority-owned businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. Earlier this summer, I announced a $10 million investment to convert Burrus Hall on the Fisk University campus into an innovation incubator. The new Burrus Hall, modeled after similar programs at top universities across the country, will host tech bootcamps, mentoring programs, classes, workshops and events to support aspiring entrepreneurs and business development right in the middle of Jefferson Street- corridors.”
On Friday, August 5, Mayor Cooper will participate in the Nashville Black Market, which showcases more than 40 black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs on the first Friday of each month at the Nashville Farmer’s Market.
On Sunday, August 7, Mayor Cooper will join Ernie Allen on 92Q at 1:00 pm CT for an hour to discuss important issues facing Nashville’s neighborhoods and families.
Later in August, Mayor Cooper will attend the Black Business Month Expo, where more than 40 minority-owned businesses will sell their goods and services. Mayor Cooper will also hold meetings with local Black entrepreneurs and business owners including Rhonda Cammon, Founder and CEO of Perfectly Cordial; Executive Chef Star Maye, executive chef and co-owner of Anzie Blue Cafe in Hillsboro Village; and David Swett of Swett’s Restaurant.
National Black Business Month was created in 2004 by historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan Sr. to raise awareness of the needs of more than two million black-owned businesses operating across America.
August 5: Black market in Nashville
900 Rosa L Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN37208
August 14: Black Business Expo
3250 Dickerson Pike, Nashville TN 37207
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
With over 20 years of hospitality experience, Rhonda Cammon left a 20 year career as a registered nurse to pursue her passion and create three distinctive businesses, all focused on food and beverage. Perfectly Cordial, a fruit-driven beverage company founded and owned by women. Barseat, one of Nashville’s first African-American liquor education and consulting firms, and Cammon are also co-owners of CAMP Conference, which focuses on the mobile beverage community.
Before Chef Star Maye earned the title of Executive Chef at Anzie Blue, she worked for 20 years in the shadow of the male-dominated restaurant industry. With an extensive culinary background, she has previously held executive positions at well-known restaurants in and around Nashville such as The Palm, City Winery and Governor’s Club. A Culinary Institute graduate and having honed her craft, Maye is passionate about creating distinctive dishes inspired by her love of soul food.
David Swett grew up in the family business alongside his eight siblings. David’s parents instilled in him an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. Since 1979, he has owned and operated Swett’s Restaurant – a popular landmark in the North Nashville community.