Future Forward Grant Cycle

Stay tuned as winners will be announced

March 1, 2021.


Future Forward Grant Participants

ASL Creative

ASL Creative Firm is a Program & Project Management company that focuses on creating spaces, education, and partnerships with the purpose of eliminating the racial wealth gap by supporting the creation and scale of black-owned businesses.


We create custom earrings with detailed designs, which are hand painted with acrylic paint on large, flat, light-weight wood. YOGI DADA is not just a product, but a necessary daily experience.

Adams Eye Care PC

Adams Eye Care provides patients with quality eye care and exceptional customer service. Our staff is experienced in all areas of vision care.

Adored Sweets LLC

Adored Sweets is a bakery that provides custom cakes and more. We offer unique and personalized designs to help elevate any event, as well as provide memorable experiences. 

Alise O’Neal Enterprise

We specialize in strategic branding merchandise and apparel. Alise O’Neal Enterprises helps other small businesses enhance their brand message. Services include, but are not limited to, branded tablecloths for events, retractable banners, cups, mugs, mousepads, totes and more. We also provide apparel using a combination of embroidery, heat transfer vinyl and sublimation. 

Brown Books & More LLC

We provide African-American books and Black art gifts. Our specialty is children’s books. Our motto is “Changing your world through the pages of books!” 

CamTon Transport LLC

CamTon Transport LLC is a non-emergency medical transportation provider in Birmingham, AL. We help our community maintain and improve their health by providing safe, reliable and friendly transportation to scheduled medical appointments. Our customers are people who are 50 years old and older, parents who need transportation to prenatal appointments and people who need a ride home after being discharged from the hospital. Additionally, we transport people to dialysis, chemotherapy treatment and to pharmacies to get medications.

Dax & Co. Interiors

Dax & Co. is an interior design service business that specializes in interior decorating, designing, home staging and consulting.

Divine Destiny Party Favors

and Keepsakes

Divine Destiny personalizes special occasions and programs with party favors and keepsakes. We believe it’s a fun way to express gratitude to event attendees or promote business and organizations in underprivileged communities. Our designs are practical, elegant, fun, tasty, funny and quirky. Our motto is “Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.”

Electrical Maintenance & Troubleshooting, LLC

Electrical Maintenance & Troubleshooting provides electrical installations and upgrades for residential, small commercial and industrial systems. We perform industrial maintenance for manufacturing facilities and commercial municipalities.

Elevations, Inc DBA the UPS Store #6511 Hueytown

We are the refuge for printing, shipping and everything business services. Our graphic designers and our customer service team members breathe creativity and life in every area that represents your business. We support shipping, mail boxing, notarizing and faxing, as well as digital and wide-format printing. You Think it we Print It!

enJOY entertainment, LLC DBA Eat.Drink.Ride Food Tour

I am the 1st African American tour operator in Alabama that uses a luxury tour bus for food tours. The Eat.Drink.Ride Food Tours with Comedienne Joy take guests to five local restaurants in four hours on a party bus. We dine-in, sampling small bites, and some cocktails.

Exceptionally Me

Development Center

Exceptionally Me Development Center (E3) commits to servicing severely cognitive and physically-impaired individuals aging from 6-weeks to six years, in addition to 18 – 35 years-of-age. E3 provides occupational and vocational services to all exceptional individuals.

Exposure Community

Development Corporation

Our mission is to expose, serve, and educate the community through music. The Exposure Community Development Corporation provides free music opportunity classes to underserved and underprivileged youth and individuals. We expose students to diverse styles of music and instruments. We teach free music theory, drums, bass guitar, piano, and vocal lessons.

Ferrill African Wear

Ferrill African Wear provides authentic traditional African wear for men, women and children. Items are imported from African countries to encourage a sense of cultural pride.


Fletcher + Reese promotes intentional self-care. We de-mystify hemp by educating the community over benefits while remembering our heritage and sage advice to, “reclaim my time.” Fletcher + Reese bath and body care products are hemp-derived and heritage-inspired for better health and living.

Holy’istic Health & Wellness LLC

We are a health and wellness personal lifestyle transformation. We offer products like energy pyramids for spiritual wellness and more. Our brand focuses on a wholesome and healthier way of living for happiness and better health.

I AM Bham

I Am BHAM is a non-profit that is about much more than fitness. It was created to show people a healthier way of living and give back to the community. The program originated as a boot camp but has since changed the lives of many people in the Magic City.

Infinity Dog Training and Education

We offer group classes, private sessions, and boarding programs for all breeds of dogs. We also offer daycare for a small group of dogs. We also host safe celebrations for dogs and their families. We feel a trained dog makes the best family member. Infinity Dog Training and Education works directly with the owner and pet to develop the best relationship possible. 

JB Williams Enterprises Corp

JB Williams Enterprises Corp provides residential and commercial construction. We also have a transportation sector, where we deliver freight to local and regional clients.

K. Coleman & Associates LLC

K. Coleman & Associates specializes in business management services. We support small business financial and administrative needs. Our strength is in supporting companies with accounting, bookkeeping, controller, consulting, human resource and payroll management. Whether your focus is to reduce expenditures, increase budgeting or manage cash flow, KCA will provide the most qualified reps to enhance your business.

Kimberly Braden Consulting

Kimberly Braden Consulting offers event management, project management and community engagement services to area non-profits. 

Kimmie Stylz LLC

We specialize in natural hair care products. Our product are developed from 15+ years of hair care experience and education. Kimmie Stylz products are great for women, men and children with natural curly texture curly patterns.

Kings Grooming Lounge

Kings Grooming Lounge helps young men from ages 5-12 years-old become barbers.

Mrs. Tracy Cosmetology Exam Prep

Mrs. Tracy Cosmetology Exam Prep prepares and educates students to successfully pass their cosmetology exams. We help them become licensed with a hands-on approach, specializing in cosmetology, esthetics, natural hair, nail technology and more.

Naughty but Nice Kettle Corn Co.

We specialize in a small batch artisan styled of crafting sweet and salty kettle popcorn. Our mission is to make the world a sweeter place one kernel at a time. 

Niya Jackson presents


PYT to Go is a high-energy, calorie blasting, total body workout format designed to tone your muscles from head to toe. You can burn up to 500 calories in 60 minutes of twerk. More than anything, wellness is achieved because of the boost to your confidence!

Out of Office LLC

Out of Office is a virtual assistant and creative services boutique firm that services small businesses and entrepreneurs. We provide administrative assistant and graphic design services. Out of Office also provides a platform for freelancers to work in a supportive environment and encourages and mentors them towards entrepreneurship.

Poppin Siters Popcorn & Treats

At Poppin’ Sisters Popcorn & Treats produces gourmet popcorn. We have 14 flavors of both sweet and savory popcorn.

Spark Counseling

and Consulting LLC


Sunriyu makes and sells artisan dog food. A holistic approach is taken to the meals created.

Sweet Advantages 2

Ice Cream Shop, LLC

We provide Savory sandwiches that take our customers over the Edge because of the size. We also serve our community with fan drives in the summer and now feed the elderly.

The Basement Cafe at City Hall

We are a small cafe located in the basement of Birmingham City Hall. We provide breakfast and lunch to employees inside of the building and other surrounding office buildings.

The Entrepreneur Project

Our purpose is to develop a more skilled African-American workforce through workforce development, training and entrepreneurship programs. The Entrepreneur Project focuses on at risk African-Americans who desire upskilling in vocational, office skills and entrepreneurship. 

Watts Tax & Administrative Services

Watts Tax & Administrative Services Virtual Solutions is a team of professionals dedicated to providing outstanding customer service, accuracy and efficiency. Watts Tax Virtual Solutions provides the perfect opportunity to earn residual income at top competitive rates, 24/7 support, job training, and excellent opportunities for advancement as well as the opportunity to own your own business.

J&A Financial Services, LLC

J & A Financial Services is the parent company to Tax One. We provide a wide range of accounting, tax, payroll and business development services to both individuals and small businesses.

Scenic View Cafe and Catering

Scenic View Cafe and Catering is a restaurant in downtown Birmingham.

RDKS Alterations, Dress Maker,

and Embroidery, LLC

RDKS Alterations, Dress Maker, and Embroidery provides services to people in the community and surrounding areas. We do all types of alterations for men, women and children. We work on causal, professional, formal and bridal wear. We provide dressmaking for all occasions.

A Touch of Karimah LLC

A Touch of Karimah provides the community with healthy, all-natural food grade body products. This includes soaps, toothpaste, deodorants, body moisturizers and more.

Wordz & Rythmz

Wordz & Rythmz provides acting, coaching, content and grant writing, as well as promotional planning consultation to a variety of organizations. 

Curly Contessa

Curly Contessa is an online home goods and giftware shop. Our products reflect positive self-image, while celebrating women of color. Creating serene surroundings, our product line includes drinkware, kitchenware, holiday gift wrap and so much more.

Guiding Light Online Store

Guiding Light Online Store provides Christian apparel and custom gifts. Our goal is to motivate, inspire and encourage.

Poons Plumbing

Poons Plumbing and Consulting provides plumbing services and tips. This is inclusive of unclogging drains, installing water supply lines, as well as replacing kitchen and bathroom features. Our promise is your peace of mind.

4 Fabulous Girls

We specialize in metaphysical/holistic supplies. We are in the business of healing people emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Our goal to help individuals live their life with an abundance of love, health, and wealth.

Karme` James Enterprises, LLC

Karme` James Enterprises, LLC is a real estate investment, wealth-building, financial freedom, and consulting firm. We help low-to-moderate income individuals, families, homeless, veterans, and domestic violence victims. Our mission is to go into local, underprivileged, low-to-moderate income communities to buy, rebuild and restore the brokenness of residential and commercial properties in the areas. We provide affordable housing that is inclusive of the internal buying power to individuals who live in the communities.

Bridge Pointe Spa LLC

Bridge Pointe Spa, LLC is a full service medical and beauty day spa operating in low-to-moderate income areas. Future location is in the Birmingham’s Roebuck area where it will be servicing surrounding communities of Woodlawn, East Lake, Trussville, and Center Point to name a few.

Takers Transportation LLC

Takers Transportation is a luxury motorcoach company that provides transportation for small and large groups alike. We are a small, minority, family-owned business that is located in Huntsville, AL. We own and operate 56 passenger motorcoach buses. We look forward to working within our state and abroad to provide a safe and environmentally sound way to travel.

Jolly Cakes

Jolly Cakes travels throughout Birmingham selling cakes, cupcakes, cookies and gourmet popcorn. It started from the joy of baking, more than during the holidays.

Frozen Rooster

We are a quick service, family-owned, restaurant.

Posh Luxury Brand

Posh Luxury Brand is known for providing high-quality, luxury hair extensions. We also offer 3D mink lashes, along with high-pigmented, liquid matte lipsticks. We are your one-stop shop for beauty. 

Tonya Griffin Coaching

and Wellness, LLC

We empower, encourage and educate women through their natural healing, recovery and self-care journey. As a Certified Life, Wellness and Career Transition Coach, Womb Wellness Facilitator, Functional Medicine Health Coach and Herbalist in training, Tonya Griffin Coaching and Wellness provides coaching and wellness support and services for women recovering from autoimmune / autoinflammatory disease or transitioning from job loss due to illness.

Elite Hands Massage Therapy

At Elite Hands Massage Therapy, we offer therapy sessions based on individual needs. We offer Swedish, Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular (trigger point) therapies. Additionally, we provide the convenience of mobile services throughout greater-Birmingham. Elite Hands Massage Therapy will travel to your home, office and local hotels.

SkillStep Training Solutions

SkillStep Training Solutions provides computer software training for Microsoft computer applications such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access, Outlook, SharePoint, and Publisher. Our office offers two computer lab rooms, as well as remote learning. Best of all, we offer a value package which provides our learners valuable resources to assist them in successfully passing the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exam. Our goal is to provide programs that are highly valued and allow individuals to use training to gain employment; or excel to a new level within their career.

Valley Creek Ventures

Valley Creek Ventures is a social enterprise company. Our mission is to deliver the best possible solutions and business strategies to help clients and businesses improve efficiency, business profitability, transparency, and develop more equitable supply chains. Services include applications, consulting, creative services, data analysis, marketing, research and development, as well as strategic partnerships.

The Higher Learning Initiative

The Higher Learning Initiative is an organization that provides resources to high school students through young adults. We provide college, trade school preparation and entrepreneurship training through workshops, group learning sessions and community engagement outings. Our focus is to educate and empower young people to thrive in the real world.

Brooms and Rags

Brooms and Rags is a Black family-owned janitorial service for residential and commercial. My daughters and myself wanted to start a family business and because we are sticklers about clean homes, we came up with the idea of a cleaning service.