The Iowa Black Business Coalition is a catalyst to ignite a statewide shift that supports Black and minority business ownership.We provide programs, training, and educational opportunities that create, sustain, and develop an inclusive economic infrastructure for Black and minority professionals.
Our goal is to build alliances to bridge the gap between aspiration and information. We strive to nurture talent within Iowa to maximize innovation and build wealth for minority and women business owners. These business owners and professionals will in turn help create vibrant and safe communities for all.
We are an Iowa non-profit.
The following organizations have donated generously to help make our mission possible.
President, Ini Augustine
Ini Augustine is the President of The Iowa Black Business Coalition. She is the CEO of SocialWise Media Group, and brings over 12 years of entrepreneurial experience to the board. Ini Augustine is a Rising Star Award recipient, Women of Innovation, Technology Association of Iowa; and Aspiring Businesswoman of the Year; The National Association of Women Business Women. She is a Josie R. Johnson, African American Leadership Forum Fellow. You can follow her @MrsMadBiz.
Vice-President, Dana Boone
Dana Boone an award winning writer who is the Editor-in-Chief of Epiphany365.com -- a digital news platform for African-Americans.The website and its social networks feature race matters, culture, social justice, business, politics, entertainment, and local and national. Her work has appeared in the Des Moines Register, Iowa Independent.com, Patch.com, magazines, and elsewhere. She received the 2009 Pinnacle Award for outstanding journalism from the Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans. She earned a B.A. in journalism from Grand View University. She also attended the American Press Institute. You can follow her @Epiphany365.com
Treasurer, Inie Clement
Inie Clement, PharmD is the Treasurer for The Iowa Black Business Coalition. She is a licensed Pharmacist and founder of Vital Life Elixirs. She received her Bachelors degree from The University of Minnesota, and has lived in Des Moines for over 25 years.