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Following old family traditions, MAKOMAS uses sustainably grown premium organic fruits, flowers and roots to create unique beverages. We select the most delicate hibiscus flowers to make our hibiscus tea, we scour the African landscape to look for the baobab fruits to make our baobab drink, and we look for the most prized ginger roots to make our ginger drink. While tantalizingly exotic and thirst quenching, our hibiscus tea, baobab and ginger drinks are made with only 3 major organic ingredients of highest quality. MAKOMAS beverages are made in small batches to ensure refreshing pleasure and healthy nutrition in each sip. In addition, MAKOMAS is helping African farmers become economically self-sufficient.

Founder is Magbe Savane.

Loadlytics helps small and medium sized trucking companies improve operation efficiency and effectiveness by providing them with a transportation management solution that keeps track of business events, Key Performance Indicators(KPIs), and allow them dispatch their drivers on the most efficient route.

Founder is Rashad Sanders.

Fittus is a mobile help that helps gym members find workout partners and gym owners retain clients through real time interaction and feedback.

Founder is Joel Edwards.

At Techtrition, we focus on decoding the mobile health and wearable technology through a combination of individual health consulting, technology research and health/nutrition education. We pride ourselves on serving clients that would not traditionally have an interest in mobile health or wearable technology through innovative coursework and community based activities. Co-Founder, Brandon is an experienced nutrition professional that specializes in implementing nutrition/health interventions, health education/ promotion, data analytics, program management, grant writing and program budgeting/accounting. Brandon holds BS in Biology with a Public Health Minor from Morehouse College and a Master’s degree in Nutrition from Tufts University with a Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Management. Brandon has previously worked on Research initiatives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morehouse School of Medicine, Tufts University and the Boston Public Health Commission. Co-Founder

Ms. Powell currently serves as the Director of Health Equity & Multicultural Initiatives for the American Heart Association. As a Wholistic Health Practitioner, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar, and Motivational Speaker with over a decade of experience in healthcare her expertise involves the areas of obesity prevention, healthy eating, food deserts, food access, racial and ethnic health disparities, and non-profits serving marginalized communities. While working in healthcare & research for over 10 years she focuses on working with the marginalized populations of African-American, Latino of children, and women. Her passion is to touch the lives’ the individuals who are affected the most by obesity because she has lost 200lbs. Katia works very close with the community instructing affordable community workouts to promote healthy active lifestyles. As a licensed Zumba Instructor and AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor to encourage healthy fun ways for individuals and communities can stay active.

Saint John 316 is an apparel and lifestyle brand owned and operated by husband and wife team, Keith and Renee B Ware. The company specializes in casual and performance apparel targeted primarily to the Urban Christian community; consumers seeking fashionable and on-trend apparel that also represents their Christian faith and values. Saint John 316’s main marketing, sales, and distribution portal is through its website, Visitors to the site can browse and purchase products, place special orders, or contact customer services. In addition, visitors can find various articles, news and upcoming events in the blog section of the website. While most independent start-up brands begin by offering an array of T-shirts, Saint John 316 differentiates itself by offering a full line of apparel for men, women and children. Besides T-shirts, SJ316 offers dresses, pants, jackets, hooded pullovers, and accessories among other products. Saint John 316 takes branding to the next level by adding its own labels, hang tags, and custom packaging. Small additions that add value to the overall product presentation.

Keith B Ware entered the graphic design and desktop publishing industry in early 1999 developing marketing materials for area small businesses and individuals. Renee Ware operated an upscale hair salon in the South End of Boston before turning her focus on to production and entertainment. The couple were able to transition their skill-sets that combine fashion, design, production and entertainment into a unique business model that is sure to set the brand apart. In March 2015 the company entered into a business pitch competition hosted by Jubilee Christian Church in Mattapan. Over 40 businesses submitted business plans to the competition, called the Jubilee Shark Tank. Saint John 316 emerged as the overall winner garnering the company a huge spike in recognition and notoriety around the city.

Keith and Renee B Ware lives in Randolph, Massachusetts a suburb just outside of Boston. The company recently completed its Summer 2015 photoshoot and is in the process of developing the fall/winter 2015 line. The company is also looking to expand its distribution into local boutiques and clothing stores.

Founders Keith and Renee B. Ware.

Percival Beer Company (PBC) is an independent craft beer micro-brewer and distributor. After three years of developing quality recipes, we launched our unique brands in January of 2013. In May of that year, we were granted a distribution license, which made us 100% independent. PBC brands are designed to both please the beginner and intrigue the palate of the expert. We focus on brewing and distributing light and simple styles that make the craft beer movement accessible to commercial beer drinkers. Our flagship brands, Dot Ale 1630 and Kompadre Lager are brewed with quality malts and bittered with domestic hops.

Within the coming months, PBC will seek to establish its main office and distribution warehouse within Dorchester. We are currently awaiting feedback from various locations along Dot Ave. Stay tuned! Why Dorchester (Dot)? Well, Dot is a town with a rich history dating back to the early 1600s. Ever since the first settlers arrived from England, Dot has been a prominent fixture in the history of Massachusetts. Nowadays, it is a neighborhood comprised of ethnically diverse families, including Irish, Cape Verdean, Latino, and Vietnamese. Please visit the Dorchester Historical Society’s website for more information about Dorchester:

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