Celebrating Black-owned businesses, today and everyday.
Updated: Jun 17, 2021
In August, we celebrated National Black Business Month by shouting out all the Black-owned businesses in the Honeycomb community. Meet these 16 wonderful entrepreneurs and hear about their stories of starting their businesses. Although only August is recognized as National Black Business Month, we encourage you to celebrate and support Black-owned businesses 365 days a year!
Meet Phil Knight, owner of KBI Auto
Phil is a Honeycomb and Kiva Detroit alum and the owner of KBI Auto. His auto repair shop has been a proud member of the Mackenzie neighborhood in Detroit for 20+ years. Phil has been working on cars since he was 13 years old and began KBI as a mobile mechanic.
Phil raised $11,976 on Honeycomb from 21 local community investors and was able to purchase a new car lift to reach more customers. Congratulations Phil!
Meet Shawnda Moye, owner of Biscuit Heads
Shawnda is a Honeycomb alum and owner of Biscuit Heads, a fresh, made-to-order biscuit pop-up company.
Shawnda’s passion for culinary arts started at a young age when she was inspired by cooking with her grandmothers. In 2016, Shawnda decided to leave her corporate job to pursue her passion full-time and start Biscuit Heads.
Shawnda raised $11,395 from 125 contributors through Honeycomb Loyalty Bonds to purchase a mobile food trailer! Shawnda is now in the process of purchasing her trailer! We can't wait to see her expand her business even further!
Meet Aaron Sanders, owner of Heavenly Chicken & Waffles
Aaron is the owner of Heavenly Chicken & Waffles, a Detroit-based chicken and waffles food truck that offers fresh, organic, made-to-order meals all for under $15.
Aaron Sanders, CPA and a professor at the University of Detroit, launched Heavenly Chicken & Waffles in 2006 out of his desire to cook "good food, not fast food." Since then, Heavenly Chicken & Waffles has been featured three times as the best chicken & waffles in the metro Detroit area by the Fox2 news channel.
Aaron is now seeking investments to expand his business with a second food truck and implement a Site Partnership Program that allows other food entrepreneurs to learn the ins and outs of the industry!
Meet Kandis Hall, owner of Studio iPlay
Kandis is a Honeycomb alum and the owner of Studio iPlay, a Detroit-based indoor playground in that offers art classes and birthday parties for kids!
With a M.S. in Leadership and Administration and an Entrepreneur Facilitator certificate, Kandis decided to open an indoor playground in the Detroit suburbs because she was tired of driving 30+ miles in harsh Michigan winters for a place for her four year-old daughter to play.
Kandis raised $10,000 from 8 community investors to purchase new equipment to safely reopen.
Meet Monica Grays, owner of 2nd Semester Consignment Shop
Monica is a Honeycomb alum and owner of 2nd Semester Consignment Shop, the first consignment in the U.S. for teachers to buy and sell school supplies.
After 20 years of teaching in Cleveland, Monica devoted a lot of energy to create a welcoming environment for her students. In fact, teachers spend at least $450 out of pocket preparing their classrooms each year.
Monica raised $10,250 from 15 community investors to open 2nd Semester's second location and hire more staff! Congratulations Monica, keep being the boss lady that you are!
Meet Myles Powell, owner of 8 Myles
Myles is the owner of 8 Myles, a gourmet mac and cheese manufacturer!