Celebrate Black Business Month!
In honor of Black Business Month, we wanted to highlight some Black business owners who call Container Yard home. Their businesses range from image consulting to water rentals. Keep reading to learn more!
KL Moore, MBA, Owner and Founder KL Image Group
No matter if you’re a rising star or a shining star, KL Moore, MBA helps women, diverse talent and emerging leaders transition to the next level. As a former electrical engineer in the manufacturing and agricultural biotech industry, KL was taught to “go to school, get a good job, work really hard and surely you will be promoted”. Life’s experiences taught her otherwise. Although working smart and going above and beyond were essential to success, she learned there were other non-technical skills required to navigate the unwritten rules of Corporate America.
Now, as a professional development coach and speaker, KL is passionate about feeding the C-Suite pipeline with women and diverse leaders who are equipped for success. Known for addressing elephant-in-the-room topics that others avoid, KL inspires her clients to lead with confidence in any situation!
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Christopher Ray Coleman, Fuckup Nights Mobile
Fuckup Nights Mobile is a speaker series and community that provides a safe space for professionals to share their stories of failure. Each speaker has 10 minutes to go through 10 slides followed by taking a couple of questions from the audience. The stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled, we tell them all.
The event/community is for young professionals, start-up entrepreneurs, and creatives who are dissatisfied with traditional speaking engagements and intimidating networking. This is a new refreshing approach to the monotonous speaking/networking event model that provides transparent stories/lessons, strong connections, and of course a FUN in real-life experience. And unlike chamber events that are stuck up in nature, this is authentic, community-based, and edgy.
You can learn more about Fuckup Nights Mobile and their upcoming events by going to https://fuckupnightsmobile.com/
Koko Foster, Green Balance Accounting
Koko Foster, owner of Green Balance Accounting brings over 16 years of experience as a corporate accountant. She is a numbers enthusiast that has created a one-stop shop that focuses on helping female entrepreneurs gain financial clarity and confidence. That means we're not just here to do all the things for you- we're also here to teach you and empower you along the way. We believe so strongly that accounting is more than just numbers and compliance. It’s also goal setting, planning, and strategizing. That’s why we designed our services in a way that will cater to your individual goals, your business needs, and your dreams in addition to managing the bookkeeping, payroll, entity formation, tax planning, and tax preparation.
"Our knowledge is your knowledge! Whether you're feeling excited or scared or relieved, it's okay, we're here to accept you with open arms!"
For more information about Green Balance Accounting visit:
Ryan Foster, Gulf Coast Water Rentals
According to Ryan, "being born and raised in the Mobile area, I was fortunate to spend my weekends and summers with my family on Mon Louis Island. In my family, things like catching red fish, speckled trout, swinging from the rope at the swimming hole, learning to eat crawfish, and popping out on a kneeboard are all rites of passage.
Boating and fishing the surrounding waters with my grandfather gave me a passion and appreciation for this amazing resource that we share and protect. We enjoy being on the water with our children and thank God for the opportunity to pass on these experiences, watch their passions grow, and instill the same appreciation that was instilled in me."
Gulf Coast Water Rentals goal is to provide a safe, fair-priced, fun-filled adventure that keeps you coming back to see them. Take an unforgettable ride on one of their brand new SeaDoo Jet Skis. They offer the latest equipment and cater to riders of all skill levels.
"Let us share our passion with you. Whether you’re pursuing a relaxing family day on the water or a fast-paced adrenaline-fueled ride, Gulf Coast Water Rentals is the place to be this season!"
To learn more about Gulf Coast Water Rentals visit:
Shayla Barnes-Holloway, The Buttercreamery Sweets Boutique
Shayla is the owner and lead cake artist of The Buttercreamery Sweets Boutique, a custom cake and confection studio located in sunny Mobile, AL. She is passionate about creating cakes and desserts that are as pleasing to the palette as they are to the eye, baking cakes from scratch using the recipes and techniques passed down from her grandmother and aunt.
Since 2011, she has grown The Buttercreamery from a little known cupcake business into a well established couture boutique specializing in lavish wedding cakes, gravity defying three dimensional sculpted cakes and extravagant desserts.
The Buttercreamery cakes and desserts are a favorite among celebrities and socialites like, Lebron & Savannah James, Rick Ross, Udonis & Faith Haslem, DJ Khaled, Sloane Stephens and Dwyane Wade just to name a few.
Shayla has collaborated with celebrity chefs Amaris Jones and Roblé Ali plus she has worked with organizations like Off The Field (NFL Players’ Wives Association) and is a featured cake artist for Carnival Cruise Lines, American Express and The Miami Open. Shayla's work has been showcased in numerous blogs, websites and publications such as The Knot, Southern Bride, Ebony, Essence, Perfete and Travel Noire.
Additionally, Shayla’s talent and engaging personality can be seen in action on popular baking shows such as Cake Hunters (The Cooking Channel), Sugar Rush (Netflix) and Halloween Wars (Food Network).
You can check out her creations throughout social media as TheButtercreamery. Visit their website at https://buttercreamery.com/
Ellena Balkcom, Written on Purpose
Founding partner of Written on Purpose Communications, a full-service boutique writing services firm. The company provides Ghostwriting and Editing services, as well as Marketing and Executive Communications.
A self-professed “word nerd,” Ellena spent nearly six years in Internal Communications with Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. During her time as a Disney cast member, Ellena served as a writer on the Editorial team, where she helped create content for the company' internal publication, Eyes & Ears. Her contributions helped earn a 2011 Silver Magnum Opus Award for Print Publication-Best Feature Article.
Previous professional experience includes more than 10 years with Advertising and Marketing Communications agencies. Ellena is an accomplished freelance copywriter with work appearing in national print, radio and billboard campaigns for companies such as
Wachovia Bank, Countrywide and Sprint. She earned several client and peer-nominated awards during her tenure with J. Walter Thompson Specialized Communications and other agencies.
Ellena currently resides in Mobile, AL. where she is working on her debut novel, The Lizard
in My Garage.
For more information visit:
FB: Written on Purpose