The Black Entrepreneur SisTer Society USA (B.E.S.T.) held its inaugural gala in Jacksonville last weekend at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The gala was an event honoring local African American Women Entrepreneurs. forty-eight gifted and talented women were honored for their hard work, sacrifices and commitment to their visions and contributions to this community. Under the banner of “A Salute to Excellence,” B.E.S.T. Society USA was founded by Jax native Adrienne Martin. Honorees, who ranged in 25 different categories from the legal field to photography were selected by a social media campaign. Next on the B.E.S.T. Society’s USA calendar is the ‘Girlfriends Superfest,’ the ultimate girl’s trip for ladies across the country to unite and live their B.E.S.T. life ever! Shown with organizer Adrianne Martin is L’Tanya Salley winner of the Best Social Service Award. Greg McKinnon photo
This year’s winners include: Celestia’s Coastal Cuisine (B.E.S.T.Restaurant), Chatman’s Academy (Best Daycare), Gigi Blackshear (B.E.S.T. Author), Patrice Love/Love Shots Photography (Best Photographer). Ladreka Atwater/Cupcake Connection (B.E.S.T. Bakery), Rhonda people’s Waters (B.E.S.T. Attorney), Robyn Albertie/Pretty YouNique Boutique (B.E.S.T. Accessories/Boutique), Shanae Hall/Party Life Productions (B.E.S.T. Event Planner), Jolita Durden/Excellent Impressions (B.E.S.T. Printing Company), Elizabeth Yates (B.E.S.T. Minister), Barbara Smith (B.E.S.T. Hair Stylist), Sherrina Freeman 2 sisters Boutique and Spa (B.E.S.T. Children’s Boutique), Valerie’s custom designs (B.E.S.T. Seamstress), Dr. April Murdaugh (B.E.S.T. Financial Advisor), Taylor Richardson (B.E.S.T. Teen of the Year), Trinity Event Center (B.E.S.T. Event Center), Patricia Webb/Soul Food with a Twist (B.E.S.T. Caterer), Melita Lafavor/ Beadi Beads (B.E.S.T. Custom t-shirts and Apparel), Lakecia Walker/Simply Kesay (B.E.S.T. Boutique), Crystal Life/It’s a Girls Thing (B.E.S.T. Non Profit), Chasity Alford (Runner-up for BEST Boutique), Simone Bridges (B.E.S.T. Kidpreneur of the Year) and Arica Bridges Lavish Moments Events, Rhodeshia Butler/Attitudes Performing (B.E.S.T. Performing Arts School), Terrelle Smith/Salon Ko’Ture (B.E.S.T. Hair Salon), L’Tanya Salley (Best Social Service Award), Patricia Webb/Food with a Twist (B.E.S.T. Soul Food Caterer), Melita Lafavor/Beadi Beads (B.E.S.T. Custom t-shirts and apparel), Claressa Baggs/Still Surviving and Walking in Your Purpose (B.E.S.T. Television show).