Jasmine Bronson graduated from our MAKEHERS program and joined with her sisters to start DRIP Espresso, which has launched this week.
DRIP is a Black, woman, and family owned cafe serving espresso based drinks and pastries from scratch while creating space for civic engagement, according to its fundraiser that raised over $7k, with a grand opening block party set for Saturday, March 19th from Noon-2 p.m.. Starting Wednesday, March 16, DRIP is open Wednesday-Sunday.
The cafe can be found at 1004 24 Street, Sacramento, California as well as on Facebook and Instagram.
Bronson spoke with Hacker Lab about her experience in the MAKEHERS program, which provides 60 days of business mentorship to Sacramento women entrepreneurs, and why she and her sisters decided to open a cafe.
"Attending the MAKEHERS program was so crucial for me to start JazzyVends and Drip," Bronson said. "I implement the foundational knowledge learned into my businesses everyday. Like MAKEHERS, Drip is committed to providing opportunities to local business owners especially those disenfranchised groups such as women, BIPOC, and LBTGQ. We prioritize selecting vendors who are apart of these groups."
"We will always provide space for the “underdog”. Folks will be surprised what amazing work we can do when giving the chance. I’m extremely proud to be apart of the Hacker Lab/MakeHers community. Since graduation I continue to attend Hacker Lab events and even had the chance to vend with another MakeHers graduate this past weekend," she continued. "The Sacramento Kings and Kaiser Permanente hosted a Wellness Amplified Vendor Expo. It was great to see fellow graduate Simona, owner of ENHERGY, at the event."
She said the cafe was important to be a place where her children will be able to have a hub for conversation and community.
"We imagine a place where the community connects over good espresso and food. We also felt compelled to stand for something," she said.
"We grew up and live in Sacramento and our children will grown up and live here, so we feel it’s our responsibility at the very least, to provide a hub for conversation, organizing, events, and resources our community can count on."
She recommended anyone to take our MAKEHERS accelerator, which plans to announce a new cohort in several months.
"I’d highly recommend business owners of any level to apply and compete the MAKEHERS accelerator. It’s been such a blessing for me and It’s amazing Sacramento has such a great resource available."
Support inclusive Sacramento entrepreneurship by visiting the now open store at 1004 24 Street, attending the DRIP Day Party from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 or by following DRIP on Instagram and Facebook.
While previously fundraising for the cafe, Bronson explained how our MAKEHERS women business accelerator to level-up her vending business, @JazzyVends and towards her journey to DRIP.
"Being in fellowship and community with other woman owned business through the MAKEHERS program definitely helps inspire the confidence, grit and passion I think it takes to succeed in business," Bronson said.
Black-owned business declined by 41% in 2020, according to the fundraiser. The difference often comes down to one barrier: Access to personal wealth or capital."My sisters and I decided to start a business in the pandemic when all odds were against us," Bronson said. "Knowing there are resources like yours and now like Drip, hopefully we can inspire even more woman to go for it!"
Support inclusive women entrepreneurship by visiting the now open store at 1004 24 Street, attending the DRIP Day Party from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 or by following DRIP on Instagram and Facebook.