Written by Nick Brown
Over the past two weeks, Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson discovered they’d won the social entrepreneur of the year award from the Black-owned business directory and app Official Black Wall Street (OBWS), and that their coffee roasting business BLK & Bold had finally been officially certified as B Corp.
Such recognition for the company’s social output are part of a whirlwind second full year in business for Des Moines, Iowa-based BLK & Bold, which has been forced to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic and the ebb and flow of demand.
External forces aside, Johnson and Cezar said it’s BLK & Bold’s social mission that always provides a clear path forward. The company donates a remarkable 5% of its total profits to organizations and community efforts supporting at-risk youth in places where BLK & Bold coffee is purchased.
The company has also recently gained national distribution through Amazon and Target while also entering 31 Whole Foods locations, meaning that range of places has vastly expanded.
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