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Community is proud to kick off the Amplify Pride program, in support of 10 remarkable LGBTQIA+ small business owners, right here in SoCal. Recipients of this program each receive a unique 10-digit Community number that will enable them to utilize our tech to drive conversations that convert into actions, sales, and revenue, ultimately driving economic growth and impact at a critical time for businesses.  

As we welcome more companies onto the platform that have created spaces for people to further their journeys to being seen, understood, recognized, accepted and more, I have never been more encouraged to stand alongside over 30 amazing partners in this program. 

The 2021 class of the Pride Amplify program includes:

Dolce Blooms: floral and event design company based in Los Angeles for all occasions and needs. 

Empowerment in Heels Burlesque School/ Miss Marquez: She has performed internationally and in LA's most renowned live performance venues since 2010. 
In 2017 she created the Empowerment in Heels Burlesque School as a way to provide a safe space for all body shapes, gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and race to explore the beauty and catharsis of Burlesque. 

MaeDay Rescue
: a non-profit dog rescue based in Los Angeles. They save hundreds of dogs and cats, of all breeds and ages, from the shelters and streets through its foster based program. 

Magic Carpets
: explores the mystical intersection of queerness and spirituality, creating hand-tufted rugs that breathe life into spaces. As a teacher at heart, AJ, Magic Carpet’s founder, is on a mission to share this transformational craft with other curious creatives.

Flying Dinosaur Designs: based in Los Angeles, this graphic design company specializes in neon sign fabrication, logos and branding, product packaging, web graphics, and prop/set graphics.

Melanin Meetups
: Melanin MeetUps is a think tank that creates private monthly meetups for African-Americans to connect, heal and shape our experience across industry and policy for 21st century advancement.

Nova Sage
: a black owned, artisan brand specializing in homemade beauty products. They stock a variety of essential products carefully handcrafted to enhance holistic wellness. 

NiK Kacy
: the first luxury footwear and accessories brand dedicated to creating designs that break and go beyond the gender binary.

The Queer 26
: a 501(c)(3) multimedia non-profit organization supporting QTBIPOC creatives. Through its workshops, services, and projects, the organization shares its communities’ stories and offers resources that allow them to not only survive but thrive while pursuing their dreams.

SweetBoy
: a cottage food business delivering made to order baked goods throughout Los Angeles. 

This new class joins other Amplify recipients, who include: Black Out the Ballot; Crown and Hops; Honey’s Kettle; Intersectional Environmentalist; MILO; Oldvine Florals; PHrequency8; Sip & Sonder; TruNude; With/Creators; Droplet; Finery; Hate is a Virus; Intercrew Restaurant and Lounge; Jubilee Media; Pink Baby; Transparent Arts; UPRISERS; Wanderlust Creamery; Westside Compost

As the founder of a company who has the privilege of affecting positive change in the community, I take this responsibility and opportunity very seriously. Change, learning and education are lifelong processes. Together, I am confident that we are a stronger company because of our eagerness to learn and to contribute to change- through Amplify, in our mission to keep people directly connected, and beyond. For more information on Community, or if you want to hear more from me, feel free to text me: (716) 330-3003.

Thank you -

Matthew Peltier



Honey's Kettle
Vincent & Dr. Arlene W. Williams
This New, Old Fashioned business has been serving up fresh Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken for nearly 40+ years with locations in Culver City, Downtown LA and Hollywood. The Los Angeles food institution also offers hand rolled buttermilk biscuits, kettle cooked fries, locally sourced honey, sweet pickles, Ice-Shaker lemonade, secret sauce, shucked corn, and more.
310-347-4531
Sip & Sonder
Shanita Nicholas & Amanda-Jane Thomas
The premier destination in Inglewood for creatives, entrepreneurs, freelancers, curators, and everyone in between to simply exist, grab a cup of coffee, connect, create, and put sonder into action. Its mindfully curated coffee and innovative programs and partnerships solidify Sip & Sonder as one of the premium coffee and lifestyle brands in Los Angeles and beyond.
310-496-1883
MILO
Lybroan James & Gary Mack
A disruptive EdTech platform that provides training, services and assessment tools designed to help education professionals close learning gaps for underserved students by creating communities and culturally affirming learning environments through equity, innovation and engagement.
TBA
Crowns & Hops
Beny Asburn & Teo Hunter
Founded by Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter. Hunter & Ashburn disrupted the status quo of the craft beer industry, and built a brand that is bigger than beer - Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. Through curated events, content and premium product, Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. is the first ever craft beer brand that bridges communities of color, dope culture and craft beer.
TBA
Intersectional Environmentalist
Leah Thomas
IE is a resource + media hub exploring the intersections of social + environmental justice. The platform was founded by environmentalist Leah Thomas, who is based in Ventura, CA. Leah is also the founder of eco-lifestyle blog @greengirlleah.
323-310-9781
With/Creators
Jennifer Pauline
A Black and Brown centered community and storytelling agency on a mission to amplify marginalized stories. As a support system for creators and founders, it also serves as a lifestyle brand and content platform that sits at the intersection of creativity and well-being.
310-356-9548
Black Out the Ballot
Jen Bui & Vizion Jones
A Collective of Creatives committed to changing the infrastructure to ensure radical equity, social justice, and financial empowerment for disenfranchised communities.
310-359-0946
OldVine Florals
Itika Oldwine
Since 2017, Itika Oldwine has been creating blooming masterpieces and giving a modern twist to the flowery landscape of LA through beautiful floral designs.
213-516-6180
TruNude
Danai Pointer
A disruptive fashion and technology platform specializing in custom nude color-matching. Made in Los Angeles by a talented team of women, TruNude’s line includes sustainably made skin tone undergarments (t-shirt bra, bralette, panty) in luxurious, ethically sourced bamboo fabric.
310-742-0881
PHrequency8
Arreale Davis
A marketplace for handmade and one of a kind HBCU fraternity and sorority-related goods, with a focus on green marketing and environmentally friendly products.
818-650-4117
As the co-founder and CEO of Community, I want to make sure our brand reflects what we truly stand for, not just in words, but in the actions we take. We exist to keep people connected to the conversations that they choose to be part of - we choose to connect with Black-owned businesses in SoCal.  For more information on Community or if you want to hear more from me, feel free to text me: 716-330-3003.

Other Leaders on Community include: Slutty Vegan; UNWRP; We're Not Really Strangers; Bobby HundredsThe Shade Room; Patrisse Cullors; Kerry Washington; and more

- Matt Peltier
716-330-3003
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As the co-founder and CEO of Community, I want to make sure our brand reflects what we truly stand for, not just in words, but in the actions we take. We exist to keep people connected to the conversations that they choose to be part of - we choose to connect with Black-owned businesses in SoCal.  For more information on Community or if you want to hear more from me, feel free to text me: 716-330-3003.

Other Leaders on Community include: Slutty Vegan; UNWRP; We're Not Really Strangers; Bobby HundredsThe Shade Room; Patrisse Cullors; Kerry Washington; and more

- Matt Peltier
716-330-3003
No items found.
As the co-founder and CEO of Community, I want to make sure our brand reflects what we truly stand for, not just in words, but in the actions we take. We exist to keep people connected to the conversations that they choose to be part of - we choose to connect with Black-owned businesses in SoCal.  For more information on Community or if you want to hear more from me, feel free to text me: 716-330-3003.

Other Leaders on Community include: Slutty Vegan; UNWRP; We're Not Really Strangers; Bobby HundredsThe Shade Room; Patrisse Cullors; Kerry Washington; and more

- Matt Peltier
716-330-3003

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