Four small businesses earned $125,000 in business grants by winning the 12th Annual MillerCoors Urban Enterprise Series (MUES) Business Plan Competition. The businesses were honored at a winners reception at MillerCoors headquarters in Chicago on March 9, featuring a keynote address from FUBU Founder and ABC-TV business reality show Shark Tank star Daymond John.
The top winner of the MUES business plan competition, earning a grant of $50,000, is Ola Ayeni. His business, Bolingbrook, Illinois-based Dining Dialog, helps food and beverage companies increase revenues through a mix of customer acquisition and retention marketing programs.
Roberto Torres and Luis Montanez, co-owners of Black and Denim, an apparel company based in Tampa, Florida, earned a $25,000 grant.
Benjamin Lamson and Sulaiman Sanni, co-owners of WeDidIt, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based web-based, online crowd-funding platform for non-profit organizations, earned a $25,000 grant in the MillerCoors Urban Enterprise Series Business Plan Competition last year. (Image by Clifton Henri/Courtesy of MillerCoors)
Jamein Sills, winner of a $25,000 grant, is an owner of Neimaj, a Memphis-based safety and eco-friendly footwear business.
MillerCoors Multicultural Relations Director Larry Waters underscores the MUES mission: “To help empower and encourage emerging business owners as they pursue their dreams of entrepreneurship.”
Top MUES grant winner Ayeni is congratulated by MillerCoors Multicultural Relations Manager Joanne Tabellija-Murphy and MillerCoors CEO Tom Long.
Fubu Founder and Shark Tank star Daymond John shares his entrepreneurial experiences at the MUES Winners Reception.