Celebrating Black Terp Businesses
Celebrating Black Terp Businesses
By Devin Brooks '19
February is Black History Month. While it’s crucial to show support for diverse businesses year round, consider focusing this month on showing Black businesses love. Don't know where to start? We’re here to help — as part of our Black History Month celebrations, we’re highlighting five businesses and the five Black Terps who embody true EnTERPreneurial spirit:
1. Triumph Pediatric Center
Founded by current CEO Omololu Majekodunmi ’08, Triumph Pediatric Center is a state-of-the-art Washington, D.C. clinic that helps children achieve goals through play-based activities. Triumph offers pediatric occupational therapy, pediatric speech therapy and pediatric physical therapy. They are proud to announce their partnership with FunFactory Sensory Gym and Interactive Metronome to bring the best quality of care to your child.
Fun Fact: Omulolu used to be a cheerleader for UMD and the Baltimore Ravens.
2. Devonshire, A Perfect Events Company LLC
Owned by Karen Clark-Reddon ’93, Devonshire is a leading event management firm specializing in bringing your special day to life. Located in Laurel, MD, Clark-Reddon’s team delights in the details and enjoys creating experiences that leave a lasting positive impact on audiences of all ages. Devonshire offers virtual, hybrid and in-person COVID-safe event coordination, management and planning.
Fun Fact: The Devonshire team loves to have fun and create memorable surprises.
3. Harold and Tyler LLC
Founded by Jazalyn Dukes ’08, Harold and Tyler LLC, is a family-owned, e-commerce business. Harold and Tyler’s mission is to teach acceptance of people who are different, encourage people to be kind, and bring awareness to anti-bullying efforts. Their products are designed with positive affirmations and graphics to make each individual feel good about themselves.
Fun Fact: The company is based off of Dukes’ mother’s children's book characters and themes.
4. M3 Mitchell, Media & Marketing LLC
Ceylon Mitchell ’16 supports the arts through media production and marketing consulting. Located in Hyattsville, MD, M3 Mitchell provides personalized multimedia and marketing services for individual artists, organizations and beyond. Services include photography, videography, web design and social media consulting. He loves capturing special moments, events and individuals!
Fun Fact: Mitchell started M3 as a final project during his studies in the multimedia certificate program through the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
5. Elevated Style by Aliya
Aliya Thomas ’97 used her 20+ years of experience in the fashion industry to lead her from model, to mom, and now Founder of Elevated Style By Aliya. Thomas believes that every woman is unique, and her New York City personal styling boutique agency helps female founders and women in corporate spaces live as their most confident and authentic selves through elevated fashion.
Fun Fact: People ask Thomas all the time if she works with celebrities, but she’s chosen to solely work with the everyday driven, professional woman. She believes these women deserve and need professional support and help with image and style confidence just as much as anyone else.
Want to get to know more #TerpBusiness(es) in your area or online? Support EnTERPreneurs through the Terp Referral Exchange Business Directory, launching March 3. If you're a Terp looking to promote your business, products or services, sign up to join the Terp Business Directory today.
Looking for more Black History Month programming? Check out the University of Maryland Black Alumni (UMBA) Network’s event series honoring Black Terps, including a discussion on heart health in the Black community and advancing social justice.
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