Celebrating Minority Owned Businesses in Minnesota
Celebrating Minority Owned Businesses in MN
I'm an entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in the Twin Cities food scene. I'm the founder and CEO of Afro Deli, an urban fast casual restaurant, first African inspired chain in North America. I've grown Afro Deli from a single location in 2010 to 4 established restaurants, a collaborative restaurant, 8 grab & go locations and co-own Campus Cafe a Turkish Grill. Working on adding 21 more Afro Deli here the states and Africa before 2025 Insha’Allah. I also provide thought leadership on industry-related topics like small business development, minimum wage, and more.
Michelle Maryns is the Founder & CEO of We Sparkle Co., a public benefit corporation that helps underestimated entrepreneurs start, operate, and grow their ventures via our suite of AI-powered software tools. Prior to We Sparkle Co., Michelle was the Chief of Strategic Initiatives at Meda, a nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) that helps minority entrepreneurs succeed, Associate Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation at the American Academy of Neurology, Strategy Consultant at Reve Consulting, Community Relations Specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice, and a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State.