August is National Black Business Month and Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union is celebrating by highlighting six Black-owned business members through a month-long video series.
“Every day we work with amazing Black-owned businesses from across our service area,” said Marcus Cade-Johnson, TVFCU business lender. “This video series showcases a handful of those businesses in our area and how they help our communities.”
Black business owners account for about 10 percent of U.S. businesses and about 30 percent of all minority-owned businesses. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, that amounts to approximately two million companies owned by African Americans.
Each Friday throughout August, TVFCU will release one or two videos featuring the following businesses.
Bonner Consulting Services
Entrepreneur: LaToya Bonner
Bonner Consulting Services, Inc. is a business-consulting firm specializing in taxes, bookkeeping and payroll services. The company was founded in 2017 by LaToya Bonner and is located in Chattanooga. It is an authorized IRS e-file provider and currently service business and individual clients in 10 states. For more information about Bonner Consulting Services, Inc. please e-mail email@example.com.
Entrepreneur: Shemika Copeland
Shemika Copeland established Copeland Childcare in 2008 with the mission of providing exceptional childcare for working families in the Orchard Knob community. Located at 2001 Raulston Street, Copeland Childcare provides affordable, quality daycare services from 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m. These extended hours ensure families — regardless of their work schedules have a safe, nurturing environment for their children.
Entrepreneur: Brandon Ellis
Chatterbox café is a mobile food truck and catering company that specializes in southern wood -fired BBQ with its own unique twist. All of its meats are cooked low and slow over a combination of oak, hickory and cherry wood. It specializes in weddings, family reunions, corporate events and more. No event is too big or too small. It has the capacity to feed a few folk or a few thousand. Its focus on the four main meats cooked in most of our Kansas City Barbeque Society competitions — brisket, chicken, ribs and pulled pork. It recently placed first out of more than 140 teams in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Mean Green Janitorial and Cleaning Service
Entrepreneur: Kelvin Lloyd
Kelvin Lloyd, a native Chattanoogan, started Mean Green Janitorial and Cleaning Service in 2010 after spending 12 years in the United States Navy and working for 10 years at E.I. Dupont. The Mean Green Janitorial and Cleaning Service staff of 50 helps ensure the cleanliness and safety of businesses throughout the area, six days a week. They have never lost a business because of bad service. As a veteran, Lloyd makes it a priority to hire other veterans.
Entrepreneur: Keenan Daniels
Keenan Daniels, the most electrifying man in DJ entertainment. With an unmistakable style and unforgettable personality, his domination of the sound system will have you off your seat and on the floor all night long. The MillionDollaMan is a universal and inclusive DJ with a million dollar persona. He's a host, DJ and choreographer — whatever it takes to make your event one that your guests will never forget! He caters to a wide range of audiences — every age, every culture and every race will enjoy any event with The MillionDollaMan.
Second Missionary Baptist Church
Senior Pastor: Ernest L. Reid, Jr., D. Min.
Second Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. is a 154-year-old Historic African American Church in the Glenwood section of Chattanooga. The current congregation is comprised of 650 members with over 40 different ministries. Second Missionary has long been a progressive leader in the Chattanooga community on many fronts, while consistently promoting the gospel of Jesus Christ.
For more information, please visit tvfcu.com or visit TVFCU’s YouTube page.