Atlanta Business Chronicles – Westside entrepreneurs plan to expand after surviving pandemic

Marddy's founder Keitra Bates Standing in front of a mural

By Jessica Saunders  –  Senior Editor/Print, Atlanta Business Chronicle Some of the entrepreneurs in historic Westside neighborhoods who survived the Covid-19 pandemic are making plans for expansion in 2021. These businesses endured the shutdowns by cutting back, taking advantage of burgeoning online sales, and utilizing loans and grants. This year, their owners are […]

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In Gentrifying Atlanta, Black-Owned Food Businesses Are Banding Together to Survive—and Thrive [Bonappetit Mag Feature]

Portrait of Marddy's founder Keitra Bates

Driving her minivan through Atlanta’s historic West End, Keitra Bates points out the signs of change. There are patterns, she tells me, when it comes to determining which houses are occupied by long-term Black residents and which ones belong to the mostly white newcomers. Patterns you might not notice if you don’t know what to look for.

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Marddy’s Founder Featured on

We had the good fortune of connecting with Keitra Bates and we’ve shared our conversation below. Hi Keitra, what is the most important factor behind your success?The most important factor behind my success is doing something that we believe in. Our mission is to preserve culinary culture. Staying focused on […]

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Business Insurance 101 (Free Course)

Williams Insurance Group Hero

Date: No Classes Currently Available Fee: Free About the Class: Amma Williams – Principal and Chief Connection Officer Amma has 20 years combined experience in the banking, real estate, and legal industries. As a seasoned entrepreneur, she has a proven track record of success working with consumers, professional brands, and business owners. Her […]

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4 Week Brand Strategy Development Workshop: Is your business struggling to standout? Come learn proven marketing strategies used by industry leaders. In our 4 week workshop we will help you define your guiding principles so that you can identify and connect with your target customer. Learn the best strategies to […]

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