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Gobble Doggs Gives Seed Money to Graduating Black Seniors to Start Their Journey to Entrepreneurship
Scholarship Seeks to Plant the Seed to Bridge Generational Wealth Gap
CHICAGO, IL (June 19, 2020) – Gobble Doggs is awarding five scholarships to graduating African American high school students who aspire to own businesses. The second annual Gobble Doggs scholarship, funded primarily through cash tips, provides students monies for purposes ranging from educational support, certifications, developing a business concept or advancing an existing business, among other entrepreneurial needs.
“It was important that we continued to incentivize our young black students, by offering scholarships that will encourage entrepreneurship and get them thinking about black generational wealth,” said Annah Mitchell, Gobble Doggs owner. “In light of everything we’ve seen these past few months; I think it’s absolutely critical that we encourage our young people to move toward the path of owning a business.”
Mitchell is referring to how her business was forced to shut down for three months in light of the pandemic and the country having to address the inequalities blacks have faced in this country for centuries. Mitchell believes the racial disparity in the number of blacks being in influential positions contributes to the inequity. She believes having a stake in the community as a business owner gives blacks a voice and a respected position. Mitchell believes the scholarship is a stepping stone to inspiring students to understand that they can think beyond being an employee but an employer and begin to bridge the generational wealth gap.
“Studies show there are really only two ways for blacks to achieve generational wealth – through inheritance, which black families aren’t always in positions to leave large amounts for their loved ones, and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is more achievable,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell cited that blacks have $1.2 trillion in spending power in this country but the lifespan of a dollar spent in the black community lasts approximately six hours. It is the lowest of any other group. She said that supporting entrepreneurship is the foundational building block that leads to influencing the emergence of more black-owned businesses and recreating sustainable business and wealth generation in our communities.
“That’s why we are so excited about our scholarship winners. Not only do they aspire to be entrepreneurs, they are setting up the next generation to be entrepreneurs, too,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said all the applicants have goals to enhance black communities from teaching young men and women the fundamentals of money and investing, to creating a philanthropic foundation that engages donors to give seismic donations to fund housing redevelopment projects, education and entrepreneurship. She believes this type of forward thinking is what will help put more young blacks on the trajectory of entrepreneurship.
“These are the successes we need to have in black communities and if we can plant the seed of entrepreneurship and provide a little bit of money to help with their entrepreneurial dreams, then we’ve accomplished our overall goal,” Mitchell said.
Gobble Doggs will honor scholarship recipients during a small virtual ceremony (https://msngr.com/YFz3dJWJsJQWwBdW) on Saturday, June 20 at 11 am. Recipients will learn the amount of their scholarships; receive all the accolades and praise for their determination to make a difference and network with students and business owners.
Gobble Doggs is a family-owned catering, food truck and kiosk business, serving delicious gourmet turkey hot dogs throughout the Chicagoland area. Gobble Doggs has longed believed that its success is not just based on its sales but through its commitment to the community. Since Gobble Doggs started, it has served more than 1,500 meals to the local shelter, converted its food truck into an online voter registration station – an effort recognized by its local government, and can now include giving away nearly $10,000 in scholarship money.
Gobble Doggs is a family-owned health-centric catering and food truck business that specializes in serving turkey hot dogs with a variety of delicious gourmet toppings. Gobble Doggs offers traditional American favorites but with a healthier flair and exceptional taste. Freshness is paramount to the Gobble Doggs brand and uses only the best quality turkey products and the freshest vegetables. We service a wide variety of community events and private functions throughout the Chicagoland area. Learn more about Gobble Doggs at www.GobbleDoggs.com or call us at 331.234.1280.
2020 Gobble Doggs scholarship winners
David Brooks of Bolingbrook High School, Bolingbrook, IL
· Mr. Brooks plans to attend the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH, to study business. He would like to expand on of his current weekly trading and investment club and create a foundation that’s dedicated to teaching young men and women the fundamentals of money and investing.
Alexandria Cannon of Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, IL
· Miss Cannon plans to attend Hampton University in Hampton, VA, where she will study psychology and broadcast journalism. She wants to create a mentoring program for students that use positive imagery to improve their self-esteem, confidence and explore career exploration.
Ramyiah L. Faison of Evergreen Park Community High School, Evergreen Park, IL
· Miss Faison plans to attend the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign to study business. She plans to use her skills to grow her family business, Prodent Max, an organic natural toothpaste company, from operations to market research.
Faith Skeete of Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, IL
· Miss Skeete plans to attend the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, where she will study interior design. She wants to lead her own philanthropic group that invests funds to support design projects that engage donors who want to make seismic donations that will make a difference in underserved and under-resourced communities, such as supporting housing redevelopment, job training, business ownership and technical and post-secondary degrees.
Zyane Williams of Joliet Catholic Academy, Joliet, IL
· Miss Williams will attend Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she will major in business administration. Her long-term goal is to create a not-for-profit program that teaches middle school students about various careers in business and prepare them to be successful in their respective fields.
Applicants who applied but not winners receive a monetary gift of $100.