By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer,
Report for America Corps Member,
Fellow Howard University alumni and best friends Brittanye Briscoe, Amber Dozier, Durecia Moorer and Corey Briscoe established full-service marketing and events firm ABCD & Company in Rockville, Maryland back in 2014.
Though all of them had personal motivations for becoming entrepreneurs, there was one motive they all shared and that was to create a legacy of giving back to their community.
“Having the ability to give and contribute to the community in a meaningful way was important. We recognized that the reality was that in order to make real impact, we needed capital,” said Corey, managing partner and COO at ABCD & Company. “For us, it was building a business so that we could create legacy and impact, give back to communities and empower others to create economic sustainability.”
ABCD & Company’s workplace culture is directly tied to its corporate social responsibility, and service is always at the forefront of team members’ minds.
In its work, the firm seizes opportunities to champion Black-owned businesses by partnering with them when organizing and producing events.
While all companies have revenue goals, ABCD & Company also sets annual service goals, and every quarter the team participates in a corporate social responsibility project.
Most recently, ABCD & Company pledged $100,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (St. Jude) and committed itself to raising another $400,000 for the hospital by galvanizing other local Black philanthropists.
The firm chose to make the gift in honor of Dr. Rudolph Jackson who was one of the first Black doctors at St. Jude and a pioneer in the treatment of sickle cell disease, a genetic disorder that affects red blood cells and is most often found in African Americans.
ABCD & Company also recently worked with Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, which teaches young people about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. There, they coached and mentored budding entrepreneurs and judged business pitch competitions.
Thus far, ABCD & Company has donated $25,000 to charities of its choice and amassed over 100 hours of community service. The firm hopes to serve as an example of how other businesses and organizations can be successful while still providing for their communities.
“When you look at just the scale and scope particularly of economic impact that has affected not only just the African American community but various minority communities and women, that’s a massive economic impact,” said Dozier, managing partner and chief strategy officer at ABCD & Company. “There’s no one company, there’s no one government agency, there is no one sector or field that can fix it. It takes a concerted effort across society in order to really remedy some of those things.”
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