Mayor John Cooper celebrates National Black Business Month

Mayor John Cooper celebrates National Black Business Month

Mayor John Cooper will recognize National Black Business Month by hosting and participating in a series of events designed to highlight some of Nashville’s black business owners and encourage residents to support and learn more about African American-owned businesses in the Metro Nashville area.

“Nashville’s black-owned businesses are an essential part of the cultural and economic fabric of our city,” said Mayor John Cooper. “As mayor, I will continue to implement fair-minded initiatives and policies that promote the prosperity of minority-owned businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. Earlier this summer, I announced a $10 million investment to transform Burrus Hall on the Fisk University campus into an innovation incubator. Modeled after similar programs at top universities across the country, the new Burrus Hall will host technology camps, mentorship programs, classes, workshops and events to help emerging entrepreneurs and foster business development right in the Jefferson Street corridor.

On Friday, August 5th, Mayor Cooper will attend the Nashville Black Market, which will showcase more than 40 Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs at the Nashville Farmers Market on the first Friday of each month.

On Sunday, August 7th, Mayor Cooper will join Ernie Allen on 92Q at 1:00pm CT for an hour to discuss the top issues facing Nashville’s neighborhoods and families.

Later in August, Mayor Cooper will visit the Black Business Month Expo, which will feature more than 40 minority-owned businesses selling their products and services. Mayor Cooper will also have conversations with local black entrepreneurs and business owners, including Rhonda Cammon, creator and CEO of Perfectly Cordial. Chef Star Maye, executive chef and co-owner of Anzie Blue Cafe in Hillsborough 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. by Jordan Sr. to call attention to the needs of the more than two million black-owned businesses operating across America.

August 5: Nashville Black Market
900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN 37208

August 14: Black Business Expo
3250 Dickerson Pike, Nashville TN 37207

Rhonda Cammon

With over 20 years of hospitality experience, Rhonda Cammon left a 20-year nursing career to pursue her passion to create three distinctive companies, all focused on food and beverage. Perfectly Cordial, the first fruit company founded by women and drinks. Barseat, one of the first African-American spirit education and consulting firms in Nashville, and Cammon also co-own the CAMP conference, which focuses on the mobile beverage community.

Star May

Before Chef Star May earned the title of Executive Chef at Anzie Blue, she spent 20 years working in the shadows of the male-dominated restaurant industry. With an extensive culinary background, he has previously held leadership positions at renowned restaurants in and around Nashville, such as The Palm, City Winery and the Governor’s Club. As a Culinary Institute graduate and perfecting her craft, May is passionate about creating unique dishes inspired by her love of spiritual food.

David Sweat

David Sweat grew up in the family business along with his eight siblings. David’s parents instilled an entrepreneurial spirit in him at a young age. Since 1979, he has owned and operated Swett’s Restaurant, a popular landmark in the North Nashville community.

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