Desserts Out the Jar

Yashica McKinney is the founder and CEO of the Desserts Out The Jar, a unique bakery based in the Midwest region of Missouri. It emphasizes home-made gourmet desserts in a warm, casual atmosphere. Watching your desserts be prepared right in front of you is the unique selling point of the business. It is dedicated to providing high- quality desserts in an atmosphere where customers are seeking a gourmet experience.

The Biz Spot

Devon Graham is a “serial” social entrepreneur and founder of The Biz Spot. She is an entrepreneur at heart with a concentration in economic development and helping small businesses. She graduated from East St. Louis Senior High School in 2001 and majored in consumer and textile marketing at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Then she received her MBA degree at the University of Phoenix. She has recently founded the Biz Spot, an incubator with office space in East St. Louis. The Biz Spot offers consulting services to people who want to successfully run a business in their community. It also works with East St. Louis District 189 students and students in other schools on both sides of the river to build their interest in entrepreneurship.

Positive & Productive Innovations

Brandon Walker is a locally grown ambitious and resilient individual in East St. Louis. He always aspires to grasp what he sees for his future and to do his best to bring awareness to the reduction of our greatest natural resources. Brandon’s idea is to bring a minority-owned energy efficiency services company to the city of East St. Louis and the surrounding areas. The business will bring awareness about the benefits of "Going Green" for the homes, schools, and businesses in the community. Emphasizing the importance of energy-efficiency, implementing energy-efficient strategies for clients, and getting recognized for those achievements are the goals of the business.