CHICAGO (CBS) — Overflow Espresso is likely one of the solely Black-owned and operated craft espresso retailers within the metropolis – and as it really works to increase, its founder additionally desires to pay their success ahead.
As CBS 2’s Marissa Perlman reported Wednesday, the espresso store desires to help Black, Latinx, and girls entrepreneurs get their very own begin.
Ask entrepreneur Brian Jenkins, founder and president of Entrenuity, what fills his cup. He’ll let you know it is religion, household, and fueling the following era of Chicago entrepreneurs.
“For me, it is only a sense of accountability to serve,” Jenkins stated.
Entrenuity is headquartered at 1449 S. Michigan Ave. within the South Loop. Downstairs, you will discover craft espresso, locally-made pastries, and music at Overflow Espresso. However upstairs, you will discover mox.E – a coworking help house that empowers individuals to remodel their concepts into enterprise.
“Our aim is to develop Black and brown, and women-owned companies,” Jenkins stated.
The South Loop constructing has its personal entrepreneurial historical past. It’s the authentic house of Vee-Jay Information – the biggest Black-owned document label within the Nineteen Fifties and 60s.
Vee-Jay was identified for its a roster of blues and R&B musical artists – together with John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Betty Everett, Jerry “Iceman” Butler, and Gene Chandler – in addition to the 4 Seasons.
The label additionally famously issued the primary Beatles document for the U.S. market in 1963.
“We had no concept that The Beatles have been delivered to the U.S. by Vee-Jay,” Jenkins stated.
Jenkins and his group now use an authentic photograph of the Vee-Jay government group – Jimmy Bracken, Ewart Abner, and Vivian and Calvin Carter – as inspiration.
“Now we have that entrepreneurial legacy of what Vee-Jay delivered to the desk on this constructing,” Jenkins stated.
And now Jenkins and his group are fueling Overflow to develop.
“I need to develop. I need to increase. I would like create alternatives for individuals similar to me,” Jenkins stated.
That chance will come by way of a program – the Chicago Enterprise Summit with World Enterprise Chicago. Overflow will increase to Austin – Jenkins’ West Facet neighborhood. It is going to discover a house within the Soul Metropolis Hall – alongside Chicago Avenue between Austin Boulevard and Cicero Avenue.
The Austin group doesn’t have many Black-run, locally-operated craft espresso retailers.
“That is one thing that we would like to have the ability to change, and have the ability to provide a useful resource like this within the Austin group,” Jenkins stated.
Manny Flores, chief government of the nonprofit growth firm SomerCor, will assist navigate the enlargement.
“Right here in our communities on the West Facet and the South Facet of Chicago, we see the necessity for extra growth,” Flores stated.
Particularly, they need to see extra growth from Black, Latinx, and female-owned companies who’ve a tough time getting capital – however want areas prefer to shine.
“Quite a lot of communities haven’t got this, proper?” Flores stated. “And the truth is lots of communities haven’t got small companies.”
For Jenkins, it is a ardour to cross his South Loop house alongside to others.
“We’re not solely doing this for us,” he stated. “We’re doing this with the intention that we is usually a useful resource for others.”