And the 52 nominees are….

More than 50 professionals from across the Greater Baton Rouge area have been nominated for the first class of the Baton Rouge Black Professionals Forty Under 40 Entrepreneur Award.  The inaugural class will be honored at a noon ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Belle of Baton Rouge.The winners will be announced by emcee Tiffany “Mic Chick” Dickerson.  Miss Black Teen Louisiana USAM 2015, Cathy McLeod will present the awards on behalf of the organization.Organizers said the nominees exemplifiy an entrepreneurial spirit and have company statistics to support their claim.

The nominees are:

  • Jaubert G. Ambeau IV of Total Body Anatomy
  • Angel Askew-Murchison of Mommie’s Minis Cupcakes
  • Tonia Askins of Tonia Askins International, LLC
  • Wilson Battley III of Battley Home Inspection Services and VIP Daiquiri
  • James Benton III of The Law Office of James Benton III, LLC
  • Oonarissa Bernard of Over and Beyond Apparel – Manufacturing/Make Me Over Artistry
  • Robert Broussard Jr of Greater Louisiana Insurance Group
  • Gabrielle Briley-Johnson of Aspire Consulting Solutions, LLC
  • Kimberlee Collins of Assurance Tax & Accounting Group
  • Tanesha Craig of XtremeLife Fitness
  • Maryam Diaab of OpenBarre Fitness Studio
  • Michael R. Dunbar of Amazin Advertizin’
  • Jackie Edwards of Happy Hair
  • Erika Elzy of Until Then, LLC and Erika Press
  • Karah Martin Fields Affordable Health Solutions LLC and Accurate Records LLC
  • Jamar Franklin of Franklin Enterprises of LA
  • Hilda Trenise Gautier of BayouHarpiste
  • John Gray of Continuum Music
  • Letrece Griffin of Power Move Management, LLC
  • Keshia Hardnett of JTK Prints
  • Lucianna Harris of Luciana Massage & Spa Therapies, LLC
  • Cosha Hayes of Bran Nue Productions, LLC
  • Jessica Haynes of Make-Up by Jess
  • Josh Howard of 2 Broke Guys
  • DJ Hunter of Prince Photography
  • Jeremy Jackson of State Farm
  • Natasha James of Pinkolicious Birthday Party Spa and Allstar Community Care Counseling Agency
  • Ted James of James Law Office, LLC
  • Brianne Joseph of Sly Fox Investigations
  • Shawn Lagarde of Baton Rouge Cheer Stars
  • Terrica Matthews-Mitchell of Premier Planning and Consulting Group, LLC
  • Yalandra McClain of DYPA Foundation
  • LaTonya McMillian of Happy Hair
  • Vincent Perry of Perry Productions
  • Malonna Peters of Mosiac Solutions, Inc.
  • Trina Pullum of PullCorp Media and Business Consulting Group
  • Latrina Raddler of Oasis Behavioral Health
  • Victoria A. Roberts of VAR Events
  • Terrell Robertson of DIG Deep Fitness, LLC
  • Joy Russell of S Corp
  • Brandon Simmons of Mr. Carter’s Exclusive Grooming Lounge & Spa
  • Katrina “Moe” Smith of KAS Productions
  • Danielle Tennent Stanton of National Star Pageants
  • Ariel Steib of Beyond Flawless
  • Ursula Stewart of Ursula’s Boutique
  • Britney Monet Temple of Fit Lab Fitness
  • Torrence Thomas of The Thomas Brothers Group, LLC
  • Thurman Thomas, III of The Thomas Brothers Group, LLC
  • Christopher Turner of Art By Christopher Turner, LLC
  • Don Williams, ESQ of Don Williams Law Firm
  • Sevetri Wilson of Solid Ground Innovations

The Baton Rouge Black Professionals mission is to cultivate, empower, and sustain the African-American professional community through business and social networking activities within the Baton Rouge region. Tickets can be purchased at



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