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Congratulations, Khamry, Our Prize-Winning Small Business Owner!

Congratulations, Khamry Varfley, staff member at Rochambeau Library, who was awarded second place in the Rhode Island Black Business Association’s (RIBBA's) Young Adult Business Pitch Competition! Competitors presented their business pitches to a panel of judges, followed by a Q&A segment, at Sprout CoWorking on Saturday, April 30th. Khamry, who was the youngest participant in the competition, will use her $3,000 prize money to invest further in her business, MBKBeauty, which produces vegan bath, body, and beauty products.

Khamry, who works as a library clerk at Rochambeau, a Community Library of Providence, uses her skills and knowledge as a small business owner to lead and support business-related events. In February, she moderated a panel discussion, Women in Business, featuring young entrepreneurs who talked about leading and supporting Black-owned businesses, and Khamry also supports and promotes Rochambeau's Maker Marketplace events. 

Khamry is pictured below, receiving her prize.From left to right: 
Annette Richardson, RIBBA Advisor, Victor Regino, Founder of Papi's Coquito (judge)
Khamry Varfley, Ronia Peguero, Chief Creative Officer for V+R Digital Branding Agency (judge)
Donaldo Mitogo,  Director of operations and chief product design engineer at Lummi-Rex Technologies (judge).

Khamry with other prize winners:   

Pictured (from left to right)
Toye Onikoyi from Muse Mirror, interactive smart mirror (1st place),Khamry Varfley,
Kerlyn Jean Baptiste from Kerly Girl, Natural hair-care solutions (3rd place) and Muyideem Adiguin from Muse Mirror,  interactive smart mirror (1st place).