We exist to support Black businesses and their customers, who agree that keeping our dollars circulating within our commmunity is tantamount to Black empowerment in the Bay Area and beyond.

THE NEW VIBE

Hard work. Passion and excellence built us up. Working smarter moves us forward. None of us are above rolling up our sleeves to get things done. Pride in our work shows in the smallest details, we build relationships. We care about the people we collaborate with, and it show in our actions. We keep our promises. Protecting each other through best practices is integrated into everything we do.

-Palmisano Master Builders

OUR MISSION

BAOBOB (Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses) is a membership organization committed to connecting, promoting, informing and representing Black owned and led business and nonprofits throughout the Bay Area.   BAOBOB is a program of Cowrie Village, an organization committed to working for the economic empowerment of Black people, our offspring and our allies in the inner city. Cowrie Village is a fiscally sponsored project of Empowerment Works.

TEAM BAOBOB

Yavette Holts

Founder

Zoe Moore

Event Resources Manager

Zoe Moore has a built a reputation creating affordable events as well as providing photography and idea consulting services for minority business owners.

Duane Lawrence

Branding & Design

Duane Lawrence is a Sr. Footwear Designer with 15 years experience at companies like Nike, Converse, adidas, Li Ning and Anta. He’s worked with world class athletes like Dwyane Wade, Baron Davis, Dwight Howard and Klay Thompson to name a few. A product of CCS in Detroit, he offers graphic design, web design and screen printing services to local businesses all while running his own apparel line called KINFOAK.

“Redesigning the BAOBOB logo was an honor and opportunity I couldn’t pass up. My goal in re-branding the organization’s website and producing their marketing materials is to give BAOBOB the confidence to promote their services and grow their mission with a clean and functional presentation.”

Davis O'Shea

Designer

I am currently working at Oakstop and supporting Black business!

Juanita Brown

Consultant/Contributor

I provided consultation on the logo design, website interface and membership benefits and engagement. And, I got a chance to help plan and assist at some of the BAOBOB mixers. I love BAOBOB. I help organizations shift into greater alignment between their values as stated on the website and how they actually serve and work with our communities.

Enam Gbewonyo

Consultant/Contributor - Social Media

Alongside my marketing work, I’m also a multimedia textile artist, curator and the founder of the Black British Female Artist (BBFA) Collective. It’s a hectic balancing act but is extremely fulfilling. As an artist, I’m currently collaborating on two projects with PhD students related to black women’s health and race/cultural difference in art institutions –  using art as a vehicle to explore these difficult issues. In addition I continue to develop my project Nude Me: Under the Skin which looks at how hosiery has the ability to marginalise and ostracise black women. This is building towards an exhibition next year and I’ll be undertaking a residency in India next February to further develop the work. With the Collective we are currently developing partnerships with two key arts institutions, more to be revealed very soon.