Continuing its commitment to economic empowerment through small business development, MillerCoors continues its legacy of support by announcing the winners of its 2010-11 Urban Entrepreneurs Series and Business Plan Competition (MUES). The recipients were awarded business grants totaling $150,000 at a special reception held at the MillerCoors corporate headquarters in Chicago. This year’s grand prize winner, Back to the Roots, received a $100,000 business grant, with the four runners-up each receiving grants of $25,000 to contribute to their company’s start-up capital, or to expand their existing businesses. Pictured above are (back row from left ) Jerome Young, MBA Power Attract Jobs Now; Randal Pinkett, keynote speaker; Nikhil Arora and Alex Velez, Back To The Roots; (front row from left) Jesse Cerda and Nancy Nkansah, Ncapsul; Terethia Waller, The Benson Mills Group; Christie Blackwell and Quiana Corde, Barazzo; and Joanne Tabellija-Murphy and Larry Waters, MillerCoors. For more information about the upcoming 2011-12 MUES competition, visit: www.millercoorsmues.com. PHOTOS BY CLIFF HENRI/COURTESY FLOWERS COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
Randal Pinkett, a Longtime MillerCoors and MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) program supporter and friend, spoke at the 2010-2011 winners’ reception. Pinkett, the first African American to win the competitive reality series, The Apprentice, served as the keynote speaker during the MUES Winners’ Reception held as a special recognition of the five emerging businesses at the MillerCoors Corporate Headquarters in Chicago. Demonstrating their commitment to economic development, MillerCoors has provided over $1.5 million in business grants to more than 100 urban businesses across the country through the MUES program.