PHOTO CAPTION: Boston Celtics center Tacko Fall (bottom) congratulates Nicole Broushet (right corner), owner of The Vegan Nest Cafe, for being chosen to receive the $25,000 Power Foward Small Business Grant. [Screenshot]
The Vegan Nest Café, an Adventist-owned center of influence committed to empowering others to embrace a healthy, natural, holistic lifestyle, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the $25,000 Power Forward Small Business Grant. The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and Vistaprint teamed up with the NAACP to create the Power Forward Small Business Grant with the goal “to create lasting impact through the economic empowerment of Black-owned small businesses across New England.” Applicants had to demonstrate the community impact of their small business and show how they intended to use the $25,000 grant award.
Owned and operated by Nicole and Victor Broushet, who are also members of the College Church in Lancaster, Massachusetts, The Vegan Nest Café is a full-time ministry with locations in nearby Worcester and Clinton. After receiving the exciting news, Nicole Broushet posted on The Vegan Nest Café Facebook page: “We are overjoyed for all that this grant will enable us to do with regard to continuing the work to address food insecurity and the very real challenge of food literacy and accessibility.” She added, “We’re just getting started and have a way to go to launch the program but this is an amazing jump start [sic] to feeding, educating, and advocating for our communities.”
The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and NAACP announced this first cohort of the Power Forward Small Business Grant recipients on June 30. In addition to the $25,000, the recipients will have access to many opportunities, including being featured on national co-branded platforms and receiving marketing and design resources customized to helping their business grow and thrive.