Courvoisier Cognac recently partnered with the Urban League of Greater Atlanta to host the Courvoisier Entrepreneurship Awards. Some of Atlanta’s top small business owners participated in the award ceremony, which was held as part of Courvoisier’s global philanthropic platform, Foundation 1828. Foundation 1828 is a financial commitment of $1 million over five years to support black and minority small business owners and entrepreneurs in the United States
Continuing its long-standing partnership with the National Urban League (NUL), Courvoisier teamed up with regional affiliate, Urban League of Greater Atlanta, to host an engaging competition, small business networking session and educational panel. The winners of the business presentation competition were awarded cash gifts from both organizations.
To ensure that the awards are distributed fairly, Courvoisier and the Urban League contacted the guidelines of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Business League and the Atlanta Black Chambers to nominate the most deserving entrepreneurs and business leaders in their communities to participate. Every small business nominee who entered the Courvoisier Entrepreneurship Awards had the opportunity to win a cash grant; prizes were $25,000 for the grand prize; $15,000 for first runner-up; $10,000 for second runner-up and $5,000 for last runner-up.
The following is the list of winners for the 2022 Courvoisier Entrepreneurship Awards:
Grand Prize Winner – $25,000
- Christel Valencia – Cafexito
Cafexito is a cafe that serves responsibly sourced coffee primarily from Mexico and Latin America, showcasing the beauty of Mexican culture through its product offerings
First Runner Up – $15,000
- Sherolyn Sellers – City Tea Party
Urban Tea Party offers a variety of tea products and signature blends for today’s modern, health-conscious drinker
Second Runner Up – $10,000
- Christina “Chris” Wright – Sisterhood of WEM
WEM Sisterhood offers membership for female entrepreneurs to mingle and grow with other like-minded women. Membership includes a 24/7 virtual social club that supports members both personally and professionally
Third Runner Up – $5,000
- Marty Covington – MarChasCo Productions
MarChasCo Productions is an award-winning, boutique production company experienced in delivering small, medium and large video projects.
The Courvoisier Entrepreneurship Awards in Atlanta served as the cornerstone of the brand’s first official event under the Foundation 1828 initiative. Later this year, Courvoisier will host three additional competitions to showcase key markets with the NUL Entrepreneurship Center’s programs, strengthening a multi-year partnership to provide minority business communities with critical resources—from educational programs and mentoring opportunities to financial support.
For more information on Courvoisier’s support of underserved minority businesses in the US, please visit: www.courvoisier.com. For more Foundation 1828 updates be sure to follow @CourvoisierUSA and @ulgatl across all social media platforms.