I officially met Sibyl Holloway in 2014 when we were both honored as Chicago Defender Women of Excellence. I had heard her name several times before in my Chicago Black entrepreneur circle but it wasn’t until that wonderful event that we hugged, “officially” met and promised to support each other in the future. Soon after I attended my first “Sib’s Breakfast Club” event and I was super impressed by how much fun it was and how many people were there to happily support a Black business.
In 2014, I had just discovered the joys of the “dayparty”. Sib’s Breakfast Club combined a few of my favorite activities: day drinking, a live DJ, house music, a lively crowd, recycling the Black dollar, and partying close to home. One of my favorite Sib’s Breakfast Club events was at Sip and Savor on 528 E. 43rd Street. I had been there for coffee before and I couldn’t believe how many people were packed inside the cozy coffeehouse on a cold winter's day. I had a ball. There was no cover charge to enter so every thirty minutes, the DJ reminded the crowd that the goal was for everyone to spend at least $10. The cash register continuously rang off the hook. I was standing next to Sibyl when the business owner came over to her to thank her for the wonderful windfall she gifted him that day. After attending numerous breakfast club event and witnessing their success, I knew Sibyl was definitely someone special and as you can see from the picture above...someone kinda mysterious.
This year, Sib’s Breakfast Club is celebrating 10 years of supporting Black owned business. The breakfast club started informally as a way for Sibyl to connect with friends and support Black owned businesses. Breakfast is Sibyl’s favorite meal of the day and she realized that there were so many restaurants that could not afford marketing so she started inviting a group of 20 of her friends to a monthly “breakfast” outing which rotated to support different restaurants. Friends asked if they could bring other friends and Sibyl decided to make a formal “Sib’s Breakfast Club” with a website and social media marketing to maximum her goal of recycling the Black dollar.
2018 is a milestone for Sibyl Holloway. Not only is she celebrating 10 year of “Sib’s Breakfast Club”, but this year is also the 5th anniversary of her annual Game Changers program. Through her years of networking and community building, Sibyl has met so many amazing entrepreneurs and she decided to showcase a new group every January with a Game Changers photo.
Not only does Sibyl Holloway bring the party to the businesses, she also celebrates African-American Business Leaders, Innovators and Game Changers. Sibyl is constantly supporting and helping others. Being an entrepreneur can be a riskly and lonely journey so this Black History Month I wanted to make sure to salute and support her. You can find out more about Sib’s Breakfast Club events, businesses, or request an event at your business by clicking here to go to the website page or facebook page.
On January 29th this photo was taken to honor The Sib's Breakfast Club 2018 African American Business Leaders, Innovators and Game Changers. The individuals pictured above and noted below are men and women who have made a marked difference in their respective business, organization and community. Photo credit: Laurencio Miguel Nalls of Forty Photography.
Dwayne Hirsch-Real Estate Professional, Yasmin Curtis (owner of Two Fish), Tanya Richardson (owner Batter & Berries), Tiffany Walden & Morgan Johnson ( The TRiiBE ), Chef David Blackmon, Maggie Anderson of Maggie Anderson & The Empowerment Experiment Movement, DJ Vince Adams, Romina Brown of Bossbeauty and Strategic Solutions International, Inc.., Dj Mike Love, Deborah Olivia Farmer (Brown Farmer Media Group WOKE WOMEN), Jada Russell of HSMPR, Dr. Jerry L Weems of LCS-Teladoc, Daphne A. Williams of Smarty Pants Early Learning Center, Michon Stuttley of Ms. Catwalk , Nikki Hayes of Pier 31 Restaurant, Bryant Lamont of ARTepidemic, Lauran Smith (Chicago Black Restaurant Week), Bertina Power (Queen B Consulting, Inc.), Nick Nicholson of WeJam DJ Academy, Desiree Rideaux (Strategic Alliances Inc.), Todd Prince President of Jackie Robinson West Little League, Jonathan T Swain of Kimbark Beverage Shoppe, and Jonathan Meeks of Allstate Insurance Agent.
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