Through a partnership between the Bahamian Consulate General of Atlanta and Village Market Atlanta, four Bahamian companies participated in the latest quarterly installment of the market, where they sold Bahamian handmade products.
The four companies included Cajouben, the Bahamas’ first vegan luxury reimagined fashion brand, owned by Candis Marshall; Anji’s Delightful Teas, a Bahamian bush tea company, owned by Angella Stuart; Octis Organics, an organic Bahamian seasonings company, owned by Calae Burrows; and Wildcrafted Base, an organic Bahamian pepper sauce company, owned by Kira Horton.
Consul General to Atlanta Astra Armbrister described the partnership between her office and The Village Market Atlanta as necessary.
“As Consul General, I have the opportunity to see many spaces across the United States, where entrepreneurship and small businesses are thriving. I think it is absolutely necessary to build communities and to create spaces for our Bahamians to thrive,” Armbrister said.
“Whether that means expansion into new markets, sharing stories of success, receiving coaching on failures or deepening our networks. That is what this partnership with the Village Market Atlanta is intended to do.”
“The Bahamas is embarking on what we hope will be a new era of economic ownership and empowerment for Bahamian entrepreneurs,” she added. “The Bahamas Consulate General in Atlanta will continue our work on opening the doors to trade, investments and forging business to business relationships between Bahamians in the diaspora and those residing in The Bahamas. Our passion is that prosperity reigns on all things Bahamian.”
The quarterly Village Market Atlanta features black entrepreneurs and creates opportunities for black business owners to maximize profits while creating and sustaining generational wealth in black communities. More than 1,300 businesses are affiliated with the market and more than 3,000 attendees.
While in Atlanta, the group also had the opportunity to visit the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech. The Bahamian delegation was given an inside look at how Georgia Tech is promoting and facilitating entrepreneurship and innovation within the institute and abroad.