The goal of Melanin Monday is to identify, market and learn from business owners of color in and around the Toledo area. Melanin Monday wants to help bring awareness to the black businesses in the area that have overcome adversity, become successful and desire to share their experience with others. 

Business owners that are showcased will have a chance to gain potential referral partners, share real life experiences, be able to mentor or receive mentorship from other featured individuals and simply build lasting relationships within the black business community.

The Melanin Monday campaign featured by Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, LLC was created to be a space where business owners of color can share their story, gain exposure and be celebrated. It is a platform to form new relationships and increase network circles in and around the Toledo, OH area.


  • Showcase black owned businesses that have taken the leap and become successful
  • Strengthen black businesses with an opportunity to build a referral network
  • Share experiences of owning a business in an industry where one may be the minority
  • Provide an opportunity for business guidance  
  • Create exposure for small black businesses to share the benefits of their products/services for increase in sales

Program Guidelines:

  • Must be a person of color, owning at least 51% of the business
  • To be featured, must submit a fully completed Melanin Monday form, within the timeframe given for your industry
  • Campaign length is 7 months (March to September), featuring one industry a month out of the 7 industries identified (beauty, entertainment, visual arts, retail, hospitality, business and professional services and health/wellness)
  • Each business will have one feature per month during their industry month
  • 4 slides of information will be designed, based on the information completed on the form
  • Each Monday, the series of slides will be posted on Fearfully and Wonderfully Made’s Instagram and Facebook stories (with tags for businesses to repost)
  • Slides will be archived in Highlights section



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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is interested in sharing their business network with you. We would like to invite you to join us for lunch, our treat. At Firefly (20 N St Clair St, Toledo, OH 43604). On any Wednesday that you are available from 11:30am to 1pm

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