THE VILLAGE MARKET / WHO WE ARE

We Gather.
We Circulate.
We Celebrate.

African American buying power is currently 1.1 Trillion, and yet only 2 cents of every dollar an African American spends in this country goes to black-owned businesses.- We are changing that!

THE VILLAGE MARKET / WHO WE ARE

We Gather.
We Circulate.
We Celebrate.

African American buying power is currently 1.1 Trillion, and yet only 2 cents of every dollar an African American spends in this country goes to black-owned businesses.- We are changing that!

Our mission: we empower entrepreneurs through education, purpose-driven events, and community engagement.

Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon / Creator of The Village Market

Our mission: we empower entrepreneurs through education, purpose-driven events, and community engagement.

Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon / Creator of The Village Market

The Village
Experience

Through programming and events, we have become a staple in the city of Atlanta, coining the phrase "Support is a Verb". A direct pipeline, we connect Black-owned businesses to engaged consumers, impactful resources, and investors. Our thriving ecosystem reaches small businesses in 21 states and 4 countries, with an official partnership with The Bahamas. We've coined the phrase "Support is a Verb."

What problem are we solving:

Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. and earned the second-highest "boom rate" among big cities. However, the growth is deeply contingent upon the region's history, geographic sprawl, and politics. That said, not everyone is benefiting from Atlanta's economic boom. Black-owned businesses have a life span of 0 to 3 years, and only have yearly earnings of $58,000, which is 11 times less than white-owned businesses. Many small companies rely on the surge of sales during November as it kicks-off Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, which are the highest-grossing days for businesses. Though Black buying power is $1.2 trillion annually, very little of that money flows back into Black businesses.

Our impact:

To date, we have showcased and trained hundreds of vetted Black-owned businesses who specialize in conscious apparel/ merchandise, all-natural products, and foods. Businesses have grown from 6-foot vendor tables to now brick and mortar locations. With 80 to 100 businesses showcasing at our marketplace event, businesses average $3-6k in sales within 5 hours of selling their products or services.

The Village
Experience

Through programming and events, we have become a staple in the city of Atlanta, coining the phrase "Support is a Verb". A direct pipeline, we connect Black-owned businesses to engaged consumers, impactful resources, and investors. Our thriving ecosystem reaches small businesses in 21 states and 4 countries, with an official partnership with The Bahamas. We've coined the phrase "Support is a Verb."

What problem are we solving:

Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. and earned the second-highest "boom rate" among big cities. However, the growth is deeply contingent upon the region's history, geographic sprawl, and politics. That said, not everyone is benefiting from Atlanta's economic boom. Black-owned businesses have a life span of 0 to 3 years, and only have yearly earnings of $58,000, which is 11 times less than white-owned businesses. Many small companies rely on the surge of sales during November as it kicks-off Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, which are the highest-grossing days for businesses. Though Black buying power is $1.2 trillion annually, very little of that money flows back into Black businesses.

Our impact:

To date, we have showcased and trained hundreds of vetted Black-owned businesses who specialize in conscious apparel/ merchandise, all-natural products, and foods. Businesses have grown from 6-foot vendor tables to now brick and mortar locations. With 80 to 100 businesses showcasing at our marketplace event, businesses average $3-6k in sales within 5 hours of selling their products or services.

Meet
Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon

Founder and CEO of the Village Market

A Mississippi native, Dr. Hallmon has dedicated her life to serving, educating and empowering her community.

A social entrepreneur, curator, speaker and passionate educator, Dr. Hallmon is committed to revitalizing and unifying her community by curating community led events that celebrates the arts, change makers, entrepreneurs, plant based advocates and educators.

“Each of us must dedicate ourselves to serving the good of our people. We are community. Our fate and futures are interconnected. If we act in oneness and in the spirit of togetherness not only can we survive, we can thrive.”


– Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon

Meet
Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon

Founder and CEO of the Village Market

A Mississippi native, Dr. Hallmon has dedicated her life to serving, educating and empowering her community.

A social entrepreneur, curator, speaker and passionate educator, Dr. Hallmon is committed to revitalizing and unifying her community by curating community led events that celebrates the arts, change makers, entrepreneurs, plant based advocates and educators.

“Each of us must dedicate ourselves to serving the good of our people. We are community. Our fate and futures are interconnected. If we act in oneness and in the spirit of togetherness not only can we survive, we can thrive.”

– Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon

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The Team

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