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NFL Linebacker Jaylon Smith Takes Elevated Eyewear Brand To New Heights In Partnership With Zyloware

Sometimes you’ve got to just see life with a clear eye view — literally. NFL player and entrepreneur Jaylon Smith has always approached life with a “clear eye view” mentality. As a native of Fort Wayne, IN Smith has always had big dreams. Yet, with achieving those dreams, he knew that he had to share the wealth with his community no matter where life takes him. That journey led to him partnering with fellow Fort Wayne, IN native, Jamal Robinson, to launch CEV Collection, an elevated eyewear brand that adds our sauce to the spectacles or shades that we sport. Courtesy of CEV Collection “Having a focused vision or determined belief in [my] dreams has guided me to where I am today and has allowed me to operate throughout my entire life and live for the man above,” Smith said in an exclusive interview with AfroTech. For Smith, it was about being a part of something different when it came to determining the best business venture to step into. He wanted to create something that was both...

Shanique Yates

Jan 28, 2022

Dallas Cowboys' Jaylon Smith To Host $200K Annual Pitch Competition For Minority Entrepreneurs

For the past three years, Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowler Jaylon Smith and his agency — the Jaylon Smith Minority Entrepreneurship Institute (MEI) — have supported eight early-stage ventures led by Black founders and invested over $800,000 in capital across marketplaces in Texas and Indiana — all of which have presented $13 million in investable opportunities. This week, his agency announced the third annual MEI Florida Showcase and Pitch Competition in Tampa, which will hone in on business ideas from Black, Latinx and women entrepreneurs. The annual competition is supported by a plethora of dedicated companies and individuals who all believe in closing the racial wealth gap for minorities in America. “I am so excited for our third annual MEI Showcase,” Smith shared in a statement. “The entrepreneurs from Indiana and Texas were outstanding and I am looking forward to supporting minority-owned businesses in Florida!” According to a press release shared with AfroTech, Crunchbase reported...

Njera Perkins

Apr 22, 2021