Strengthening the community, one viewer at a time.
Diverse business owners are essential to Maine. But between COVID-19 and simmering racial and cultural tensions across the country, many of our neighbors are struggling right now. Thanks to Elevating Voices, a new mini-series from the creators of Greenlight Maine, it’s easy to discover and support these important members of the community.
Tune in to meet entrepreneurs from 12 different local businesses across Maine who are bringing different backgrounds and experiences to our communities – and strengthening our economy.
See clips from the show, learn about the honorees, nominate businesses for future episodes – and more – on the Elevating Voices Facebook page.
Episodes include stories about:
ADELE MANSENGO DESIGNS; ANTOINE’S TAILOR SHOP AND FORMAL WEAR, Portland
Adele attended fashion school and worked as a professor in the Democratic Republic of Congo prior to coming to Maine as a refugee and single mother. She re-established herself as a designer, founding Adele Masengo Designs and purchasing Antoine’s Tailor Shop and Formal Wear. Ngoy founded Women United Around the World in 2011, which promotes the leadership development of female immigrants.
C.LOVE COOKIE PROJECT – Katherine Slevin, Portland
A multi-cultural bakery inspired by a love for pastry, culture, travel, and hearing peoples’ stories, employing immigrants and giving profits back to immigrants.
CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNITY SERVICES, Portland
Providing cross-cultural, multicultural training and coaching to organizations that want to become more knowledgeable about Maine’s growing refugee and immigrant community and people of color.
DECONTIE & BROWN – Designers, Bangor
A jewelry and fashion studio drawing inspiration from Penobscot tribal heritage and their experience in the luxury jewelry industry to create beautiful trendsetting designs with a Native American influence.
DEKO’S KUTZ BARBER SHOP, Orland
A former mill worker in Bucksport reinvented himself and started a successful barber shop that also gives free haircuts to those in need.
DOUGLAS, MCDANIEL & CAMPO LLC, PA – Thomas Douglas, Westbrook
An experienced litigator who has successfully argued cases in state and federal courts throughout Maine, including the Maine Supreme Court, and who is known for his client-first approach to each and every case.
EBENEZER AKAPO – Artist-Designer, Portland
Jewelry and tableware inspired by native symbols in Ghana of abundance, affluence, bravery, endurance, friendship, hope, loyalty, strength, supremacy of god, and unity.
EMPANADA CLUB – Adrian Espinoza, Portland
Bringing authentic empanadas, the savory hand pies abundant in Bolivia, to Maine through farmer’s markets, breweries, local natural food stores, co-ops and events.
INDIGO ARTS ALLIANCE, Portland
Founded by Marcia and Daniel Minter, Indigo Arts Alliance embodies a Black-led, multiracial approach to the rich intersections of citizenship, community-building, and creativity. IAA’s mission is to build global connections by bringing together Black and Brown artists from diverse backgrounds to engage in their creative process.
LITTLE JUBBA, Wales
A transformative, community-centered land tenure gave a group of Somalis the opportunity to lease farmland in a 99-year rolling equitable lease so they could transfer their agricultural skills, knowledge and traditions to future generations.
MARIN SKINCARE, Portland
Amber Boutiette and Patrick Breeding founded Marin Skincare after they formulated a product to address Boutiette’s eczema. Now they are on a mission to bring the relief she found to as many people as possible, by building a brand of intentionally designed skincare products for people with sensitive skin.
MUMBAI TO MAINE – Cherie Scott, Boothbay
A content creator sharing everything from cultural appreciation, to stories of Maine, and personal anecdotes with a big focus on dishes from India.