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CaSSandra Grinston was recently promoted to the manager of case advocacy services for CASA of St. Louis. Grinston graduated from SIU-Edwardsville with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and obtained a master’s degree in human resources development from Webster University.  She enjoy…

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Habitat for Neighborhood Business (HNB) is helping take minority-owned businesses to a new level of excellence. Since 2018, program director Gladys Smith has helped mentor, locate resources, and secure funds for Black and brown business owners in St. Louis city. 

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Harlan Hodge was selected as the director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis, where he is leading campus wide DEI efforts. His work is focused on creating a community and culture of belonging on campus, while partnering with groups…

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Lucky Inn Chop Suey at 3018 Dr Martin Luther King Dr. has been in business since 1932. The owner, Robert Yee, 84, inherited the now 90-year-old business from his father, Hing Yee, who came to America from Hong Kong in the early 1900s.

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Akia Kemp owns the signage business Signature Design Gallery, and clients include nationally known interior artist Derwin Scott. His work is on display at Scott’s DSD Paintings, and his signs grace LD’s Coffee Shop, and All Things Retro. He also has crafted work for UFC fighter Tyron Woodley. 

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Vanity Rose Rooted Skin Deep brings care to postoperative clients and owner Jennifer Black’s mission is providing a relaxed environment filled with comfort. Her vow is ensuring patients receive top-notch post-op lymphatic drainage massage after cosmetic or health-related surgery.

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Shannon T. Lassen said she wanted to work for World Wide Technology (WWT) long before she even interviewed for the job. Although she grew up in Houston, Texas, Lassen’s parents are originally from St. Louis. She’s traveled here often throughout her life and was very familiar with all things …

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With his wife and partner Tiffany Notch, Ronnie Notch innovated and runs Breach, formerly known as Notes For Life A&T, which has now used technology to teach music and life principles to millions of youths. From their home base in North County, they are among the region’s least-known, mo…

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Black business owners in the St. Louis area certainly felt the impact of the pandemic, but the region remains better off than most because it has nurtured more Black owned companies than other metropolitan areas.

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Tila Neguse is a personification of the word “diversity.” An eclectic mixture of backgrounds and experiences, Neguse is Eritrean but also, a Memphisonian [born and raised in Memphis Tennessee]. She’s an activist, a poet and the associate director of Washington University’s new Center for the…