Cecilia Russo Marketing Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Entrepreneurship Grants

Cecilia Russo Marketing Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Entrepreneurship Grants

Three Georgia Entrepreneurs Win Grants to Expand Their Businesses and Make a Difference

In a celebration of its 15th anniversary and National Entrepreneurship Month, Cecilia Russo Marketing recently announced the winners of its Entrepreneurship Grants. Over 630 small business owners from across Georgia applied for the grants, but three exceptional entrepreneurs stood out from the rest. Each winner received a $5,000 grant, along with the invaluable opportunity to be mentored by Cecilia Russo Turner, the founder of Cecilia Russo Marketing. These grants aim to support and empower small business owners, fostering a sense of community and collaboration among the winners and finalists. Let’s dive into the stories of the three remarkable grant recipients and their inspiring journeys.

Special needs superheroes – C.A. Publishing’s Inclusive Storytelling

Carmella Alexander, the founder of C.A. Publishing, is a grant winner who is passionate about providing positive and accurate representation for the special needs community. Inspired by her son Amir, who was born with a rare epilepsy disorder, Alexander embarked on a mission to create stories that help children with special needs see their own uniqueness. Her book, “Fearless, the Amazing Boy with Special Abilities,” introduces Amir as he embarks on adventures, meeting and helping superheroes just like him. Alexander plans to take “Fearless” to local children’s hospitals, schools, and libraries, spreading the message of inclusivity. With the grant money, she intends to create story plush dolls, making imaginative play more accessible for children with limited mobility.

RBIII Academy – Overcoming Obstacles Through Music

Rickey Brown III, the founder of RBIII Academy, understands the power of music as a tool for overcoming challenges and expressing complex thoughts and emotions. When performance opportunities became scarce due to the pandemic, Brown started teaching music to continue pursuing his passion. As his students expressed a desire to continue studying with him, the idea for RBIII Academy was born. Brown’s academy not only teaches students how to sing and play instruments but also empowers them to manage their emotions and experiences through music and creative expression. With the grant money, Brown plans to purchase more equipment and improve RBIII’s computer programs. He also aims to incorporate song engineering into the curriculum, providing his students with a well-rounded musical education.

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Party of Hive – Spreading Healthy Snacks and Inspiring Others

Maggie Lilly, a Savannah native and the founder of Party of Hive, discovered her passion for creating nutritious snacks while working in her children’s school cafeteria. After receiving rave reviews for her homemade granola, Lilly decided to turn her passion into a business. Party of Hive’s superfood-packed granola has gained popularity among retailers and customers alike, offering a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional snacks. With the grant money, Lilly plans to expand Party of Hive to new locations, generating more buzz for her brand. Beyond providing healthy snacks, Lilly hopes her success will inspire others to pursue their own passions and dreams.


The Cecilia Russo Marketing 15th Anniversary Entrepreneurship Grants have not only provided financial support to three deserving entrepreneurs but also created a network of small business owners who are passionate about making a positive impact. Carmella Alexander, Rickey Brown III, and Maggie Lilly are shining examples of individuals who are following their dreams, overcoming obstacles, and making a difference in their communities. Through their stories, we are reminded of the power of entrepreneurship and the importance of representation, creativity, and healthy living. As Cecilia Russo Turner aptly stated, “Here’s to the unstoppable spirit of entrepreneurship, and may each venture find its path to success, shaping a brighter future for us all.”