Advocating for a community is not a small feat nor is it taken lightly. The primary goal is to illuminate the worth and value in every individual while building lasting relationships and creating beneficial connections. In addition, GRoE, Inc. aims to identify needs to then use resources and community partnerships to fulfill them. These steps will ultimately aid in building a village-like foundation here in the city. From feeding children who may go home to minimal food after school to hosting events that highlight the talent in minority communities, helping everyone to win is the aspiration.
Ro and Earl began their entrepreneurial journey as caterers in Indianapolis. One evening in May 2016, a casual conversation with Chef Oya of Chef Oya's the Trap, led to the birth of a food event that spotlights up-and-coming culinary artists. The question was posed: "Rappers, singers, and poets have open mic nights to help with performance, critique, and exposure. Why doesn't something like that exist for culinarians? They are artists, too. We should start an event and call it Open *Bite* Night." As such, Open Bite Night was born.
Starting a business from the ground up, equipped with only skills and passion, is no easy task. Marginalized business owners often face obstacles that majority business owners may not encounter. Building Blocks was created to help streamline the process of establishing, curating, and maintaining small businesses while circumventing barriers that often lead to the untimely closing of doors. This program addresses the entrepreneurial journey holistically providing education and support around: Mental wellness, finances, legality, marketing, and much more.