In the wake of COVID-19, Mielle Organics CEO Monique Rodriguez has partnered with Newark Business Hub Education and Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education, to invest up to $1 million in small Black business recovery efforts. 

They have launched a new online global entrepreneurship certificate program, “#MoreThanAStrand” to help Black women-owned beauty and barber businesses with start-up costs, licensing, and more. The company will commit to providing 60 full scholarships covering costs related to the program for women who apply.

The “#MoreThanAStrand” curriculum will include courses about how to start a business, generate revenue, market a business, and manage finances. 

Rodriguez says she wants to empower women by providing them with the tools to educate themselves to become entrepreneurs. 

“The goal of the #MoreThanAStrand campaign is to not only bridge the gap between women and young girls across the tri-continents of North America, the Caribbean and Africa through their hair,” Rodriguez said. “But to empower those women to cultivate economic prosperity within their communities.”

For more information on the #MoreThanAStrand campaign, visit their website