Keba Konte: My title is Keba Konte.
I’m the founder of Pink Bay Espresso Organization.
I’m an artist, an entrepreneur based here in beautiful Oakland, California.
Maxwell: Hey, my name is Maxwell.
I’m from Brooklyn.
I appreciate producing tunes, and I’m grateful to just retain building audio.
Konte: You know, a single of your songs, “Lifetime,” man, that song was just like ringing the truth of the matter,
and it was like an ode to the entrepreneur.
Maxwell: I produced a assure to myself, like, if I was gonna get this option, I promise
to generate tracks that can be extra to everyone’s expertise in unique ways.
Maxwell: Keba, can you convey to me, like, what started out Pink Bay Espresso?
Konte: Just after I ran a few cafes for a even though, I decided to begin Red Bay Espresso.
I wanted to develop a system that just created stunning coffee a lot more inclusive.
So how could we essentially have a positive influence on our neighborhood?
Maxwell: I listened to that your business spiked during the pandemic 350%?
Konte: Our small business had bottomed out by way of the floor in the 1st weeks of the pandemic,
like shedding 90% of our profits.
We basically brought the corporation down to, you know, maybe about eight folks?
Konte: The good news is, we experienced invested in the infrastructure for an e-commerce system.
We’re shaping our organization to have far more of an on the net existence and to just produce richer
and more exciting material that provides folks value.
Konte: I know that you recently are setting up a collaboration with State to do some shades,
Can you tell me about that and what introduced that about?
Maxwell: The finest component about working with Condition was the partnership with the Eyesight
Council and the Open Your Eyes Foundation, which features 20 scholarships to a varied
group of optometrists.
Maxwell: In college, I could not see the board.
And I know that a great deal of youngsters go by means of that.
Maxwell: To be capable to spouse up with a corporation that was likely to extend a various option.
It was just like “Wow,” you know.
If you can do that for a person, then there is this hope that they are gonna don’t forget that.
Konte: I know you bought engaged in voter consciousness and supporting the voter motion.
Like how did that switch out for you and why did you do that?
Maxwell: Last calendar year for a human being of coloration was an amplified edition of what we always expertise.
It was just a connect with to motion.
Maxwell: And it is our inalienable correct as American citizens to be about to go out
there and have an affect on the modify that we want in our communities.
Konte: Hopefully in 25 a long time from now, somebody’s gonna be listening to a person of your tunes that
you are composing right now, correct?
And drawing inspiration to just take treatment of their household or to develop their business enterprise or to contribute
Maxwell: Just satisfied that you located a way to pivot and that you found a way to develop the
inspiration that small enterprises require ideal now to turn out to be not only flourishing smaller companies,
but to turn into empires!
I thank you for that blessing.