What an amazing evening! We would like thank you everyone who came out in the snow for our 2nd Annual Chocolate, Cheese & Wine : Celebrating Brockton Women Owned Businesses through NeighborWorks Housing Solutions and Brockton Redevelopment Authority.
Last night, we chose a Brockton business woman, who was nominated by over 50 people, as Brockton Women Owned Business of the Year 2022. Congratulations to Yleida Silva, the owner of Magic Touch Salon. After 262 nominations for over 25 different women owned businesses, Yleida was recognized, with the most votes, by her community of clients and supporters. Here is a brief overview and acknowledgement from the evening's event:
Yleida Silva : Magic Touch Salon
Magic Touch Salon is a hair salon where they provide different types of hairstyles, braids, cut, color, extensions and makeup for women, men and children.
"Yleida has going out and about to improve herself as a business owner and her business. He has set the bar high for the beauty industry in the City of Brockton by providing a very professional customer service and high quality work. Yleida is an immigrant from Cabo Verde who despite so many obstacles has been determined to succeed by investing in learning, connecting, and investing. She is committed to her clients, her employees, and her community. Yleida is a resilient business owner who managed to stay open despite the pandemic impact. She actually used it as an opportunity to learn more and get the assistance need to make her business a better business after not being able to qualify to the many grant programs available for business recovery. She is an inspiration to other women who have many reasons to give up."
We would like to begin by recognizing our sponsors and participants:
- First and foremost, THANK YOU to Pyramid Bar, Restaurant and Function Hall for allowing us to use their facility to celebrate this event. We hope you enjoyed the experience of this new space and help them grow to be a success business in the community.
- We would like to thank Metro South Chamber of Commerce, HarborOne Bank and Rosario Real Estate for their monetary donation. Their support allows us to celebrate not only the success of women entrepreneurs but the building of a strong business community.
- To Mary Waldron, our evening moderator, and panelists Victoria Downes, Sandra Martin and Widline Pyrame for sharing their time and insights into creating and growing their woman-owned businesses. And one of the results of this conversation is the desire to create a women business organization. Stay tuned, we are going to follow up on this!
- Thank you to State Senator Michael D. Brady, State Representative Rita Mendes and City Councilor and City Councillor - Ward 4 - Susan Nicastro for stopping in and speaking with the guests and participants.
- The team of Khady Mascarenhas and Kely Tavares from Brockton Redevelopment Authority and Julie Lane and Tricia White from NeighborWorks Housing Solutions, who worked together to coordinate all the moving pieces to this event.
- Pires Family Treats and Flower Shop for the raffle items.
- And last but not least, DJ Anthony Vincente - for playing great music to complement the event!
Now, it is time to celebrate our top voted Brockton Women Owned Businesses. We were shocked at the number of people who took time to nominate this amazing group of women. We would like to tell you a little bit about the other 6 women, in no particular order :
Karen Wellington : Royalty Plant-Based Cleaning Company
Royalty Plant-base Cleaning Company (RPCC) provides exceptional earth-friendly cleaning services. Our talented team ensures you have the best possible experience with our eco-friendly cleaning products. We are aware that one size does not fit all; therefore, the services we provide are customized to suit your specific needs. We are available for consultation and an initial quote.
"A venture committed to taking responsibility and caring for our environment, one footprint at a time. Her vision in establishing a business in Brockton that not only provides a service to Brockton residents and other communities around, it differentiates itself from other cleaning services, because of the care Royalty Plant-base Cleaning has for our environment and planet. It’s innovative to see how she’s been able to combine her continues commitment to serving her community with her passion to ensuring her business is taking actions to leave our environment a better place for future generations."
Linda Delacth : Linda Decor & Events
Linda’s Décor and Events is a wedding planning company that specializes in helping couples plan and coordinate their special day. This experienced team of professional event planners will take care of every detail so you can relax and enjoy the occasion. They pride themselves on their customer focus and work closely with every client to bring their wedding vision to life exactly as they imagined it.
"She is very organized person who can multitask to create her client's dream event. A very trustful person who is always available for you. I think she deserved this award for being talented as she likes to give back to the our community."
Francine Victoria : Rivers of Hope
Rivers of Hope is focused on serving all individuals and families who require our services. So, if you have someone in mind who can benefit from our services, provide us with the opportunity to serve them.
"Francine has tirelessly served the multi-cultural communities in Brockton for several years. Her agency "Rivers of Hope" administers the Adult Foster Care program sponsered by MassHealth. Individuals who require AFC are able to be served in their home or family home by loved ones. Francine immigrated from Haiti as a child and has built her business and family with 4 children, and her husband all while balancing family and business responsibilities with the many roadblocks the COVID virus has dealt the past few years. Francine has built her business steadily and with a warm smile and sense of humor."
Rosangela Tavares : Porton Di Nos Ilha Restaurant
Porton Di Nos Ilha is a local restaurant serving international cuisine in a stylish decor with every detail in the restaurant representing the beautiful historic town of Cidade Velha, Cape Verde.
"She works hard everyday to run her business. She is also a very caring and lovely lady, she takes care of her customers. She is an inspiration to her community and those who surround themselves with her. She’s had a dream of opening her own restaurant and through trials and tribulations, she has done it. I am so happy for her. I am happy she is able to share her traditions with the city of Brockton and all of Massachusetts!"
Rochelle Wade : UHOPE
UHOPE is committed and passionate to work with children, teens, and adults from under-resourced areas in the city, specifically, those at high risk of dropping out of high school, underserved and low moderate-income, and unemployed.
"It is with great please to nominate this amazing, magnificent, intelligent, beautiful woman my precious loving wife. She works extremely hard and keeps our blended families together. Her radiant spirit to help the community is above and beyond. Even though she wears many hats, she has a smile that will always allow her to stay focused. She serves with me, her husband James Wade in four non-profits organizations. She birthed UHOPE Foundation to help and impact youth, young adults and seniors. She serves on several non-profits' boards, Universal, Free The Captives and For The Community. She deserves to be recognized for being zealous and becoming a confident trailblazer and breaking glass ceilings."
Shaleah Gilmer : Black Owned Brockton
Founded as Brockton's first Black business advocacy organization and social impact venture in 2020, the mission of Black Owned Brockton is to curate a cohesive, collaborative space where business and social connections can be made and sustained.
"I'd like to nominate Shaleah for her outstanding work with providing a platform for several small black owned businesses to thrive and be supported. Shaleah has provided opportunities for small black owned businesses to have the exposure needed for their businesses to be seen and/or mentioned."
In closing, please support these locally owned businesses. Your comments and admiration for these women were astounding. Let's go out and support women owned businesses by buying their products and services and then advocating and telling others about your experience with them.