Cicely Tyson's go-to designer B Michael named Entrepreneur of the Year
Shenandoah University's Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business proudly presented the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award to B Michael and his life partner Mark-Anthony Edwards, co-founders of b michael AMERICA. The award was presented on Monday, November 13, in Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium, on the campus of Shenandoah University.
B Michael's collections have garnered appreciative fans including socialites and personalities such as Cicely Tyson, Ashley Bouder, Amy Fine Collins, Phylicia Rashad, Valerie Simpson, Beyoncé, Nancy Wilson, Susan Fales-Hill, poet Elizabeth Alexander, and Lena Horne, among many others. He has shown his b michael AMERICA couture collection in Beijing, China, Korea, and Shanghai, and his ready-to-wear fashion line b michael AMERICA RED is sold in Macy's department stores across the United States, as well as online.
Mark-Anthony Edwards is a co-founder and CEO of b michael AMERICA. Edwards is currently the CEO for Advanced American Style, Inc. which does business as b michael AMERICA. Since co-founding the business in 2009, his leadership includes successful startup capital fundraising, using the funds to achieve his vision to launch a ready-to-wear collection distributed through Macy's that would be aspirational and broaden the brand's reach. Most recently, Edwards has focused on business development, raising capital and strategic partnerships aimed at growing the brand and business globally. Formerly, he worked 10 years in wealth management and business management for the private business management firm. Edwards combined his expertise for business and marketing with B Michael to create a business plan and together they founded Advanced American Style and launched b michael AMERICA. He serves on the board of Dream Yard, a nonprofit organization in Bronx, New York.
This event was presented in connection with the business school's Entrepreneurship Week 2017.
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