Simply put, without our generous sponsors, the Melanin in May Festival would not be affordable to the vast majority of the Indianapolis community. As a result of their generosity, we’re able to provide a free experience for attendees to experience live performances, a venue for Black-owned businesses and patrons to network with others, and contribute to the landscape of Black joy and entrepreneurship in Indy. By donating to Melanin in May, each has furthered our mission to provide opportunities to celebrate Blackness in Bloom, and serve as a launchpad for these small businesses.
IBE celebrates cultural diversity and inclusiveness across all races, ethnicities, nationalities, generations, socioeconomic levels and religious affiliations. We continue to strive for excellence by providing unique events and programs that reflect the changing landscape of Indiana and the world. Our commitment to excellence through personal enhancement and community development exemplify our dedication to improving the quality of life for all. With a statewide infrastructure now including 12 chapter affiliates, IBE continues to be a major economic and social contributor to our youth and the Indiana community.
“Black Onyx Management, a benefit corporation, is a Black owned applied research firm and management consultancy with clients across the country. We believe the journey of diversity, equity, and inclusion is an intentional decision informed by empathy, a commitment to learning, and a desire to change. We advance diversity, equity, and inclusion by developing programs, implementing strategies, analysis and assessments, and training that are both action-oriented and produce results. Our advisors leverage their senior leadership experience in government, businesses including Fortune 500 companies, national think tanks, and major non-profit and civic initiatives to support clients on their diversity, equity, and inclusion journey. ”
PMPHASE is a consulting firm that believes “all jobs are projects”. The organization’s purpose is to assess, address and resolve issues that may be complicating or compromising daily business operations. Our goal is to promote platinum level service with integrity, quality and commitment.
The company has engaged with several top level organizations in the healthcare industry as well as one of the leading firms in the legal industry. We value our clients and their dedication to education, training and development, and process improvements for their staff and organization overall.
PMPHASE focuses on project management, education, training and development, business analytics, revenue cycle management, and process improvement. With over twenty five years of experience in the company, we offer the expertise needed to successfully complete all projects we are involved in.
Through culturally sustaining education, healing-centered engagement, and workforce development, VOICES provides the relationships, resources, and opportunities for youth to heal, grow, and further their path towards economic self-sufficiency and civically engaged lives. For over a decade, VOICES has leveraged our expertise in juvenile justice, social work, and education to meet the needs of over 2,500 youth in which 84% are black males and 100% live at or below the federal poverty level.
Shift Development is a locally based design, development, construction firm focused on creative, affordable and sustainable community development.
Asante Art Institute–
After 30 years of being the Asante Children’s Theatre, the expansion of the organization is better reflected as the Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis (AAI). AAI, as the administrative umbrella organization, is where 1) the Asante Children’s Theatre (ACT) continues to flourish and 2) the Asante Artrepreneur Incubator and the Asante Community Connection function.
Our vision is to become the premier African American arts and cultural organization replicating our model of transformation and citizenship development and dedicated to the holistic growth of youth and families through artistic experiences.
Witherspoon Presbyterian Church-
For over a century, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church has been an oasis of hope for countless generations of faithful seekers in need of refuge and community – and we continue in this Salvific ministry of connection and care even today. As one of the oldest African American Presbyterian Churches in the nation, we especially take seriously our congregational call to model for others what we believe is God’s vision for the world.
Witherspoon Presbyterian Church is welcoming and inclusive of all people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, family makeup, social status, income, ability, or physical or mental health. It is our desire that Witherspoon remains a living example of what full inclusion looks like. Here at Witherspoon, our doors, hearts, and minds are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of who they are and where they are on their spiritual journey. We are a life-giving Church where people from all walks of life are embraced, affirmed, loved, and celebrated.
Our mission is to encourage people to be a member of a covenant community, which nurtures spiritual growth through fellowship. This church will nurture the gifts and talents of each individual through teaching, motivating and inspiring everyone to reach their fullest potential in Christ. Here at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, we are followers of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, seeking to bring Glory to God.
Together, we are striving to become the kind of church described in Acts 2:47, where there’s relevant teaching, heart-felt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care for those in need.
We invite you and your family to experience the exhilarating joy and excitement of the Witherspoon Family.
The Avenue Foundation
The Avenue Foundation (TAF), named to pay homage to the rich history and culture of Indiana Avenue, was founded to build racial and economic equity, and empower the Black community in Central Indiana to create generational wealth. We envision equitable community where Black people thrive in an economically just and inclusive society. We endeavor to be a leading force in the fight to eliminate the racial wealth gap in Central Indiana.
GANGGANG activates the creative economy to bring more beauty, equity, and culture to cities. We believe that culture brings humanity together, and that art challenges mindsets. We see a future where creativity elevates our experiences and interactions as human beings, where the value of a visionary idea matches its worth. There is no ceiling when it comes to the impact of creatives working together, and we intend to push the barriers until there are none. Come dream with us.
Republic Security, LLC
Republic Security provides a collaborative and efficient approach to security and personal protection services that helps our clients reduce costs, manage risk, while maintaining a safe working environment.
Dope Lemonades is not your average lemonade stand. Offering ‘Fresh Ingredients and Dope Flavors’ – we specialize in gourmet lemonades, iced teas, frozen beverages, and sugarless drink options at festivals, private parties, and public indoor and outdoor events. You may have had lemonade before; but you’ve NEVER tasted anything like this. We present a fun and delicious alternative to soda – with flavors that appeal to the people we serve. From fruity and fun, to exotic cultural drink varieties, seasonal treats, and customized options. We serve our cold drinks in clear cups or glass mason jars with fresh fruit. Our visual aesthetic is just as important as our taste – and with some of the dopest flavors around – you’re bound to find something you like!
At RecZone Indy, their mission is to improve the overall quality of life for the individual and their communities through recreation, wellness, and personal and professional development. offer various programs such as yoga, martial arts, professional development, business coaching, space rental and event services, and much more.
DJ MaryJane has provided musical entertainment at special events for Grammy Award Winner and Vocalist Brandy, along with Actress Lisa Raye and Rapper, Trina! DJ MaryJane is well-known in Indianapolis, Detroit and surrounding cities. DJ MaryJane won the 2020 Midwest Leak Awards for Indy’s Favorite Breakout DJ! Book DJ MaryJane, you will NOT be disappointed!
National Black MBA Association, Indianapolis Chapter
The National Black MBA Association® is the premier business organization serving Black professionals. There are 41 local Chapters and 20,000 members nationwide. The award-winning Indianapolis Chapter
was conceived in 1990 by a group of professionals who believed Indianapolis was in need of a professional organization for Blacks with advanced degrees to connect. The Indianapolis Chapter continues to support members, entrepreneurs, corporations, educational institutions and the Greater Indianapolis community. We do that by cultivating educational, wealth building, and career & entrepreneurial opportunities.
Blacksheep Collective is a faith based lifestyle brand with a focus on encouraging you to embrace your God given individuality and uniqueness. Our mission is to create beautiful pieces of art that glorifies Jesus Christ as well as his ideals under the over arching theme of being set apart.
ResumeMe is a professional writing service and consulting firm offering a multitude of services to Career Professionals, Businesses, Non-Profit Organizations, and Project Teams. Our mission is to enable and encourage, with innovative strategies, tools, and systems that promote growth and success. We are much more than just eye catching resumes! We offer Portfolios and Curriculum Vitae, Grant Writing & Management, 501(c)(3) Application & Setup, Board Development, Nonprofit Program Development, Document Kits, Business Plans, Content Writing, Marketing, and much more. Check out our Business Coaching & Business Partner Plans!
Socials — @ResumeMe317 (FB & Insta)
Website — www.MyResumeMe.com
Four Eyed Media, LLC
F.E.M will provide the encouragement, support and business partnership needed to give your written and creative work an outlet. Open to all entrepreneurs, creatives, and authors. F.E.M. is the professional and responsible way to have control over your work, while maintaining your unique voice.
The Sophisticated Diva
The Sophisticated Diva Specializing in all things pearl. Our collection consists of jewelry, accessories, and apparel that spotlights various professions and hobbies. We seek to add sophistication and the finishing touches to your look.
Truu Confidence – Luxury Loungewear Brand. We’ve made it our mission to help those in our community and worldwide find and rebuild their confidence. Everyone has a spark within themselves fueled by Talented, Resilient, Unique, and Unyielding; we help you ignite it.
We are a self-awareness brand.
Remember to stay Truu to yourself confidence is within.
Serve N Slay
Our brand represents cultural empowerment with an attitude while also planning and executing our mission and purpose through community service outreach and partnerships. We reflect the kings and queens we originated from all the way to the hustle and grind we experience to achieve our goals. Serve N Slay Apparel line includes non-formal items such as graphic tees, long sleeve sweatshirts, hoodies, custom jackets, tank tops and crop tees while our boutique offers styles to make every woman feel beautiful and sexy no matter their shape and size. Our motto “Serve Your Purpose. Slay Your Doubters. reflects serving a greater purpose within our community and not just living within it but being an advocate of positive change for it while slaying doubts, hindrances, obstacles, and naysayers that may come your way. We are a brand of pride, empowerment, and attitude.
Relationship Rules is a full service Relationship firm that offers pre & post marital coaching, individual, couples, & group relationship coaching, exclusive date night coordination, Officiant services, Single & Marriage Retreats! We strive to help you have healthy, happy, & maintainable relationships.