The #CIROCStands initiative promotes Black-owned businesses and will support Black excellence and achievement with their newest campaign, #CIROCStands for Black Businesses. This particular campaign will start in Diddy’s home state, New York where CÎROC will amplify the stories and successes of three local businesses and their owners. The brand will showcase these businesses with national exposure as well as providing mentorship from renowned CÎROC Black Executive partners. Although Black Business Month has ended, this initiative will give recognition of Black entrepreneurship throughout the year.
“We are thrilled to expand our #CIROCStands campaign to highlight the stories of three incredible Black female entrepreneurs who are not only successful but making an impact in their communities that will inspire future generations,” says Ingrid Best, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Marketing, Combs Spirits in a written statement. “These women personify Black excellence and achievement.”
The first three New York City Black-owned businesses are:
- The Bark Shoppe, Harlem’s first and only 24-hour dog care facility. The Bark Shoppe’s owner and founder Melissa Mitchner is aiming to be “a brand that old Harlem can identify with, and new Harlem can appreciate.” She has been connected to be mentored by Senior Vice President, Urban Promotions & Artist Relations at Def Jam Records Natina Nimene.
- The Bakery on Bergen rests in the heart of Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, NY where it is run and owned by a Black/Asian woman. The bakery’s Akim Vann will be matched with Executive Vice President of Programming at iHeart Media Thea Mitchem, who is the highest-ranking woman of color at the powerful conglomerate.
- Ursula Stephen The Salon, another Brooklyn business that is a boutique salon that has been described as “Urban Posh,” the perfect mixture between city chic and the flavor of Brooklyn. The owner, celebrity stylist Ursula Stephen will be paired with Brandice Daniel, who is the founder and CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR), the most prestigious platform for multicultural fashion designers.
“As a brand, we are committed to amplifying and celebrating Black voices across the country and giving a platform to Black changemakers and their ongoing work,” says Adrienne Cuschieri, Brand Director of CÎROC. “Through #CIROCStands, we are proud to partner with leaders in their communities to share positive and powerful messages that spread joy and celebrate those defining culture and shaping the future.”