The Urban League of Louisiana awarded a $10,000 growth capital prize to Kelsey Foreman of “Cake Face Soaping” at the 2018 Women-in-Business Challenge event held in conjunction with New Orleans Entrepreneur week.
To a panel of judges, in front of a crowd of approximately 200 attendees, Foreman delivered her winning pitch. Her company, “Cake Face Soaping” is an all-natural vegan soap brand that provides an array of bath and skin care items made with pure ingredients and premium blends of therapeutic essential oils and superfoods. Ms. Foreman plans to use her $10,000 growth investment to help fulfill escalating demand for her products, including being recently named as the exclusive custom soap brand of Rouse’s Markets statewide.
Miss Robbie Montgomery to Serve as Keynote for the 2018 Women In Business Challenge; The Entrepreneur and Sweetie Pie’s Matriarch to Also Host Book Signing on March 21
Miss Robbie Montgomery is the owner and resident matriarch of Sweetie Pie’s and Sweetie Pie’s at the Mangrove, the nationally acclaimed restaurants she founded in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, documented in the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network docu-series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.”Known for her made-from-scratch favorites like macaroni & cheese, smothered pork, baked chicken and peach cobbler, Miss Robbie’s restaurants have attracted a popular following among both local St. Louis residents and celebrities alike.
When a collapsed lung ended Miss Robbie’s singing career, she returned to St. Louis to reinvent herself utilizing her other formidable talent – cooking. With the help of her son,Tim, she opened the first Sweetie Pie’s in 1996 and and Sweetie Pie’s: Upper Crust in 2012. Upper Crust now serves as the flagship location of the Sweetie Pie’s restaurants. The main dining room seats 150 guests and the banquet room seats 350. The outside patio area seats an additional 150 guests. Now 76, Miss Robbie is still going strong. Active in charity outreach programs, Miss Robbie helps provide job training to formerly incarcerated men and women and food to those in need.
- Be owned and operated by women (51% or more)
- Have at least $25,000 in annual verifiable revenue
- Have been in business (operational) for at least 12 months
- Have a minimum of 2 full-time employees including the owner
In addition, participants must have a business model that is innovative and/or technology-driven, OR, be a traditional business that provides services that support women and girls, OR otherwise demonstrate a positive economic impact in the community. The business should also be scalable with the potential to generate at least $500,000 in revenue within 3-5 years.