$20,000 business grants. In addition to Kids “R” Travelin’, the following businesses won grants in the 2001 competition:
- Brides Noir (www.bridesnoir.com). The Chicago-based winner is a national bridal magazine aimed at upscale, professional African American women. Founders Dana M. Powell and Shannon Bonner plan to launch the publication as a quarterly in the fall of 2002.
- K.A. Kitties. The New York-based winner is a fashion-consulting firm positioned as a one-stop shop of expertise in design, graphic art, illustration, merchandising, styling, and production. The result of a partnership of award-winning fashion industry veterans Dorothy Antoine, Zareth Edghill, Kianga Peterson, and Jazmine Ruotolo, K.A. Kitties counts urban fashion brands such as FUBU and Rocawear among their clients.
- Unified Modular. The Houston-based winner is a business aimed at the design and manufacture of portable speakers for small- to medium-space venues with a special focus on the needs of deejays, founded by Josh Zulu and Ben Um.
- Juice-C-Juice. The California-based winner is a smoothie bar that offers fresh blends of juices, fruits, and yogurts as a healthy alternative to conventional fast-food beverages. The company is headed by Lori Carter.
For more information about the competition, log on to www.millerbrewing.com.