Tulsa Titans

Prudential is proud to support a series of REUNIONS exploring the power of diverse entrepreneurs across the country. The Tulsa Titans REUNION spotlights innovative Black-owned businesses that are honoring the glory of the original Black Wall Street and forging a brilliant new future for the city. Explore the journeys of these trailblazing founders and lock arms with a community on the rise.

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Thomas Boxley

Boxley Brewing Company

African-American Owned Brewing and Bottling Company

Maria Morris

Carabelle's Eats & Treats

Catering Business Focused on Justice-Involved Women

Tiffany Tisdale-Braxton

Tisdale23 Catering

Catering and Cooking Resources

Carlisha Williams Bradley

Amplify for Women

Executive Coaching for Black Women

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Boxley Brewing Company

Thomas Boxley

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Carabelle's Eats & Treats

Maria Morris

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Tisdale23 Catering

Tiffany Tisdale-Braxton

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Amplify for Women

Carlisha Williams Bradley

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Origin Story

Boxley Brewing Company

I made a conscious decision to enter the craft brewing space based on two factors: 1) the lack of African Americans in the field, and 2) a long-lasting curiosity about the science and process of making beer. This curiosity sparked in my mind while pursuing undergraduate studies, eventually leading me to take an intentional approach to craft brewing in the fall of 2017. At full scale, this will be a brewery and taproom for direct- to-consumer sales along with bottling and packing capabilities that will support self-distribution and eventually larger scale regional and national distribution. We will create a physical space that represents the African-American culture in the local brewing community. I also seek to inspire other African American, Indigenous, and entrepreneurs of color to diligently pursue their business goals and find the passion that leads them to economic self-sufficiency.

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Founders

Thomas Boxley

Founding Date:

2021

Geo

Tulsa

Identity

Black / African American

Solution

Product

Impact Area

Economic Power

Advising Needs

Business Models and Financials Growth, Scaling, and Investments Operations and Administration

Problem:

Boxley Brewing and Bottle Company exists within a field that is not heavily populated with African American owned and operated producers at the national level and non-existent in the state level. Aside from the uniqueness of being one of only a handful of African American owned breweries in the US, we feature complimentary blends of malts and hops that create the optimum balance at finish. Furthermore, we will develop an experience for our consumers through the branding of styles and the development of an onsite experience at the point-of-sale that reflects the African American culture.

Solution:

Upon development, Boxley Brewing and Bottle Company will be the only African American owned brewing establishment in the state of Oklahoma. We will create beverages that are connected to our community and our state. Styles will be appropriately branded to create community connectivity and brand loyalty. We will then release a series of beers that connect to other parts of the state so as to broaden the base. Additionally, we will release seasonal offerings to drive demand such as Octoberfest and a limited edition Belgian Ale style beer.

Market:

The market for brewing in the state of Oklahoma has experienced a significant growth cycle with the changing of laws that took effect in the fall of 2018. This has allowed brewers to sell high point beer directly to consumers via the establishment of taprooms. Boxley Brewing Company will develop the taproom so as to experience maximum profit at the point-of-sale. This represents the greatest potential for revenue capture.

Traction:

I had a soft launch on May 28, 2021, with a planned larger scale launch in late June or early July. I have developed and continue to develop social media and digital platforms to expand my online presence. Success will be measured by the level of demand generated during the months of June, July, and August.

Origin Story

Carabelle's Eats & Treats

Carabelle's Eats & Treats is a catering service created in memory of my daughter Carabelle Marie Douglas (3/22/2016 - 1/10/2018). During her short time here, she was my muse to do better, go further, and push harder. Even today, she has a great impact on my life. My mission for Carabelle's is to encourage, inspire, and strengthen women who have experienced loss to pursue holistic health through the culinary arts, while providing premier quality baked goods and catering services to the community. This social enterprise was created to build resilience in women who have been justice-involved, by offering employment freedom, transferable skills, and cooking therapy through culinary mastery. I myself have been justice-involved and know how having a charge can feel like many doors of opportunity are closed. Carabelle's was created to let these women know that our past does not have to be our future. We are still valuable; we are still capable; and, we can still go on to do GREAT things.

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Founders

Maria Morris

Founding Date:

2020

Geo

Tulsa

Identity

Black / African American Woman-Identified Multiracial

Solution

Product

Impact Area

Advocacy Economic Power Race & Equity Health & Food Community Support

Advising Needs

Business Models and Financials Operations and Administration Product / Service Design

Problem:

Women experiencing incarceration, especially with violent charges, are often deterred from many places of employment, and even more so with those that offer a decent wage. These women are trying to get their children out of foster care / state custody, but they cannot meet the financial requirements it takes to maintain stable housing and all the expenses that come with it because their charges have disqualified them from the "good jobs." In this trap, the cycle of recidivism begins because society issues a constant reminder of a mistake they may have made, and CONTINUES to punish them, long after they have served their sentence.

Solution:

Carabelle's was established to bridge the gap between women coming out of incarceration and reintegrating into society by providing not only a job but professional and transferable culinary training. By providing a skill and decent wages to these women, they have the tools to be successful and productive citizens in their community.

Market:

Our customers are mostly women, ages 25-65, in Tulsa and the surrounding areas, who want healthier options for their comfort food favorites.

Traction:

Carabelle's started in January 2020 and has made leaps and bounds in networking, securing a consistent wholesale customer base, and profiting from pop-ups at the Mother Road Market every month since December 2020. We have had a booth at Juneteenth since 2020 and have been able to book catering gigs every month since March 2021. We have also been able to hire one justice-involved woman, besides the owner, part-time. The owner most recently had the opportunity to be a featured chef at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Dinner in May 2021.

Origin Story

Tisdale23 Catering

Tisdale23 catering was birthed out of me not knowing what I wanted to do following college. At the time, cooking was my only true passion which led me to pursue that avenue, and it just sort of stuck. My dad used to always tell me that if did what I loved, I’d never work a day in my life. So after some time working in the industry, I found that catering was my favorite way in which to provide food for others. From this dream came Tisdale23 Catering.

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Founders

Tiffany Tisdale-Braxton

Founding Date:

2011

Geo

Tulsa

Identity

Black / African American Woman-Identified

Solution

Service

Impact Area

Economic Power Health & Food Youth & Education Community Support

Advising Needs

Growth, Scaling, and Investments Human Resources Vision and Strategy

Problem:

Through my catering company I am able to provide opportunities for others in my community that seek to be in the culinary industry. I am able to teach life skills to others as well as simple mealtime solutions and recipes through my e-cookbook and hardcover cookbook resources.

Solution:

I have created two books that are for working moms (which is very prevalent within our community) as well those that are seeking easy mealtime solutions. Both resources were created to help others make the best of their trips to the grocery store, as we currently live in a food desert. My e-book includes shopping lists and materials to help with meal planning.

Market:

My ideal customer is someone seeking to learn how to be more creative in the kitchen as well as working women of any age who also happen to be mothers. The catering portion of my business tends to lean towards people looking for high-end food experiences.

Traction:

I host restaurant popup’s monthly and am able to quantify my success based on the increased turnout each month as well as my book sales.

Origin Story

Amplify for Women

This business was formed from my personal experiences as a Black executive in Tulsa who was often the only one in in the boardroom. I frequently endured microaggressions, failures, and lessons learned that made me doubt myself all while externally reaching a point on my path that others may have deemed success. However, within that journey much of my voice and authenticity was compromised. I reached a point in my career where I decided no more. No more would I shrink to fit into boxes and organizational cultures that did not appreciate the fullness of my identity, experiences, and expertise as a Black leader. My career acceleration and trajectory shifted when I became clear on my personal and professional goals, grew in community with like-minded women, and invested in leadership coaching to hone critical skills for executive leadership. I now maximize my expertise as a high performance coach and professional branding strategist. I work with ambitious Black women who want to get clear on the possibilities of their career trajectory to live a fulfilling life.

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Founders

Carlisha Williams Bradley

Founding Date:

2020

Geo

Tulsa

Identity

Black / African American Woman-Identified

Solution

Service

Impact Area

Race & Equity

Advising Needs

Business Models and Financials Growth, Scaling, and Investments Product / Service Design

Problem:

Black women are almost twice as likely as women overall to say that they can’t bring their whole selves to work and more than 1.5 times as likely to say they don’t have strong allies. This greatly impacts the retention and long-term success of companies noting the positive impact and results that come with diversity in the workplace. In "Delivering Through Diversity," McKinnsey & Company reports that companies in the top-quartile for ethnic / cultural diversity on executive teams were 33% more likely to have industry-leading profitability. The case is clear that we need Black women in the workplace and in executive leadership.

Solution:

I help Black women accelerate their pathway to executive leadership through professional branding, public speaking, and leadership coaching. Amplify for Women provides women with the necessary clarity, skills, and ability to promote their professional brand to accelerate their career path to six-figure executive leadership through securing promotions and new roles. Supporting the full professional journey our membership community equips Black women with continued development and a safe space to grow and learn with other like-minded women. Additionally, I help corporations build profitable and inclusive work environments for Black women to thrive through training and leadership development.

Market:

With a range of Black women clients from corporate CEOs, mid-level, and entry level to entrepreneurs, Amplify for Women has customizable tools provided through online and in-person trainings, cohorts, one-on-one consultations, and marketing services. We operate at each stage of women’s professional journeys to accelerate their career, elevate their brand, and achieve success in their industry. In addition, Amplify for Women works with corporations and organizations invested in building an inclusive work environment to support Black women in leadership.

Traction:

In the past year, we have demonstrated a 482% increase in followers, 119.38K impressions, 107.8K reach ,and 12.36K likes on Instagram. Client growth has risen from 3 to 33 clients.

Funding & Impact

How we'll use it

Marketing (20%)

Operations / Physical Space (80%)

Building on a great deal of personal investment, future funds raised will be directed towards marketing efforts and the acquisition of a full-scale taproom and brewery. The taproom will provide us the opportunity to create a uniquely African American experience related to beer culture, especially for the brewing community in the state of Oklahoma.

Funding & Impact

How we'll use it

Operations (40%)

Staffing (40%)

Marketing (20%)

Carabelle's is in need of funding to take it to the next level and gain a permanent space for the women we employ, as well as for our loyal and growing customers to come and enjoy our food. Mentorship in the restaurant business is needed to gain the know-how to avoid possible pitfalls that most new business owners run into during their first 5 years. Creating a set menu with a balance of some rotations would help the customers know what to expect when they come and make it easier to train the employees long-term. We are working towards a storefront, properly training / hiring employees at a livable wage, and increasing our brand awareness.

Funding & Impact

How we'll use it

Marketing (25%)

Brick-and-Mortar / Staffing (75%)

Our biggest challenge right now is not having enough staff to keep up with work load. The goal would be to have at the very least a full-time sous chef and two part-time prep cooks and one dish washer. However, I’m primarily handling most things alone at this point. Also, I'm in need of help with overall growth strategies.

Funding & Impact

How we'll use it

Marketing (35%)

Content & Site Development (50%)

Operations (15%)

I aspire to build a global company with a primary focus and critical role in accelerating the pathway for Black women in Tulsa to reclaim the legacy of Black Wall Street. While I have the vision for the components of my business, I need support with the business model, things I should be thinking about and doing to scale, and how to best use technology to grow my business and brand. The funds collected will be used to support targeted customer marketing, content creation, and site development.