1st Annual Oklahoma Small Business Ball Honoree & Sponsor

Amanda Woody Moved to Tulsa in 2001. She is the wife of Army retired Da’Juan Woody SR and the mother of two beautiful daughters, Candace and Camri Woody. Amanda was school-trained and certified as a nail technician. She graduated from Aladdin Beauty School in El Paso, Texas in 2000. As a nail tech, Amanda knew she wanted to do more to help people, so she shifted gears and again attended college to be a surgical technologist. She graduated with honors and got her certification to practice for a prominent orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a surgical first assist from 2005 through 2014.

Later she made her mark in medical sales as a Medical Sales Rep from 2014 to 2016. After that, Amanda had a moment of clarity and sought ownership in a community by owning a business that can both make history and lives better through service. Mandy’s Beauty Supply was her creation and the best fit in her quest to initialize a movement in the community.

Mandy’s Beauty Supply is recognized as the first full-scaled locally and state-wide black-owned and operated store in Oklahoma – owned and managed by Amanda Woody (AKA Mandy), a native of Houston Texas. Amanda wanted to create a business that she could also use to give back to the community. Currently MBS gives away annual college scholarships, gift cards to students for good grades and clothing allowances for undeserved students, Cash giveaways at Christmas and even is currently a few days away from a $1500 cash giveaway to Cancer survivors.

Mandy’s not only offers the community a place to purchase quality hair and products but signifies that we as a community are taking steps to take back the beauty industry! MBS is looking forward to rehabilitating and restoring the broken link between beauty supply stores and customers.
Mandy’s Beauty Supply Tulsa, OK

We are honored to honor Aszurdee Sade Co-Founder of Black Women Business Owners of Tulsa at the 1st Annual Oklahoma Small Business Sneaker Ball

Aszurdee has been coined “The Realty & Financial stylist” since the beginning of her journey. She has made it her mission to teach the value of wealth building, homeownership and financial literacy to those who were historically not provided this critical information. Aszurdee received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University (F.S.U) in Tallahassee, Fl. majoring in fashion merchandising & business. After graduation, she moved to Tulsa, OK, where she received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Today, Aszurdee is a licensed Real Estate Broker, serial entrepreneur, mentor, financial literacy coach, and the founder of the Realty Stylist Academy School of Real Estate. As a full-service real estate professional, she aims to educate & empower buyer’s, seller’s and investor’s in real estate transactions spanning all budget and property types.
Aszurdee believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to build wealth & live out their dreams. She’s more than just your average real estate agent. She goes the extra mile by offering clients financial styling (financial literacy coaching) which guides them through the home-ownership process & beyond; from financial strategies to a closed transaction. Thus, turning your dreams into an address.

In 2015, Aszurdee launched “The Fashion Cruiser”. Tulsa’s premiere fashion truck ( a mobile clothing boutique) where she incorporates the culture and style of the city into her selections. The Fashion Cruiser is a unique way to shop for the latest fashions by literally and figuratively “driving fashion forward”. Aszurdee’s innovative approach to business has given her strong negotiation skills to get the best price for her clients. Her eye for design helps sellers beautifully stage their homes. She also uses her extensive marketing knowledge to promote homes so that they’re sold quickly and for the right price.

As a Realty & Financial stylist, she stays up to date with the current trends in real estate and provides clients with the insight needed to make informed decisions. As a result, Aszurdee gets to combine her faith, passion for fashion, and finance together to help others obtain wealth and financial literacy.

The Black Women Business Owners of America is a business association that supports African American women business owners, entrepreneurs, and startup founders across the country. Founded by Charity Marcus and Aszurdee Sade, both business owners & entrepreneurs themselves in Tulsa, OK, BWBO America came out of a desire to connect and network with other African American women business owners in one space.

These women own businesses in the beauty, retail, real estate, restaurant, food & beverage, healthcare, financial & tax, marketing & communications, creative services, HR, trucking industry, and more.

We are honored to honor Charity Marcus Co-Founder of Black Women Business Owners of Tulsa at the 1st Annual Oklahoma 

Small Business Sneaker Ball Charity Marcus is an entrepreneur, political strategist, public relations & communication professional, and community advocate who resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As an entrepreneur, Charity is the founder and CEO of Avenu Consulting, a political consulting & government relations firm, and Avenu PR, a public relations and branding agency. As a political strategist, Charity has helped many political candidates run for office, most of whom are now serving their communities as elected officials. Through her unique perspectives, ability to connect with communities, and powerful intuition, she is able to effectively get her candidate’s message across and connect them with voters. As a public relations and communication professional, Charity helps businesses and brands reach & connect with their target audiences, protect their brands, and increase brand awareness. She deploys innovative perspectives with strategic communications to get her clients the media and community attention they deserve. Having founded multiple businesses over the course of her life, Charity now uses her experiences, knowledge and skill sets to advocate for economic development and entrepreneurship in the African American community. Partnering up with another black women entrepreneur in Tulsa, Charity co-founded Black Women Business Owners of America. Their mission is to assist African American women business owners with receiving the resources and connections needed to have a successful business. Although Charity wears many professional hats, she continues her passion to better the community as a community advocate. Over the course of her advocacy, Charity has served organizations such as the Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) as an associate board member, League of Women Voters of Tulsa as a board member and board president, help found the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce, assisted in creating & launching the Summer Entrepreneurship Shadow Program by State Senator Kevin Matthews, and Tulsa Juneteenth as a board member just to name a few. Currently, Charity serves as a committee member on the Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and serves as a member on the Governor’s Minority Business Council, a council started under current Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to create programming to educate business and community leaders on business case diversity and inclusion for the state of Oklahoma. Charity is a Leadership Tulsa alum (Class 52) and a Leadership Bixby alum (Class 13). The Black Women Business Owners of America is a business association that supports African American women business owners, entrepreneurs, and startup founders across the country. Founded by Charity Marcus and Aszurdee Sade, both business owners & entrepreneurs themselves in Tulsa, OK, BWBO America came out of a desire to connect and network with other African American women business owners in one space. These women own businesses in the beauty, retail, real estate, restaurant, food & beverage, healthcare, financial & tax, marketing & communications, creative services, HR, trucking industry, and more.

We are so HONORED to Honor an Amazing Community leader Jerica D. Wortham at the 1st Annual Oklahoma Small Business Sneaker Ball. 

Jerica D. Wortham is a Tulsa, OK native. She is a best selling author and award winning spoken word artist. She has been writing, and performing her poetry since a very young age and in May 2012 Jerica founded J’Parlé LLC, and started J’Parlé Literary Magazine. This endeavor gathered artists from all around the world, and provided a platform to those that were in some instances more comfortable with the pen than the mic…. The mission: to give every voice a chance to be heard. In 2013 she was presented with the opportunity to host her very first live show; and J PARLE’ Live was born! An author, business coach, publisher, humanitarian and philanthropist, in October 2014 she founded the J’Parlé Scholarship fund where she was able to award local students and adults with funding to continue or pursue their education. When she is not working, or teaching inmates with the Department of Corrections, she enjoys spending time with her husband Webster, and their two sons Solomon and Jonah. If you’re interested in being on her mailing lists email JPARLELLC@ymail.com. You can also stay up to date through J’Parle’ Publishing

We are honored to Honor Ramal Brown as a Honoree at the 1st Annual Oklahoma Small Business Sneaker Ball. We appreciate all you do in the community. 

Ramal Brown is known as Tulsa’s Hometown Heat, he was born and raised in Tulsa Oklahoma. An Army veteran that served in Operation Iraqi freedom as a certified Logistics specialist with the US Army. He is a long standing radio personality in the urban community, holding number one spot for the Nelson ratings for over 2 years. Ramal has hosted multiple events for nonprofit organizations, Christmas parties for St. John Hospital, The Hanson Brothers and the Golden Glove Night. Opening for the Roots on the ground opening for the Gathering Place was a dream come true. He is the Owner of Enhance Sounds Dj’s, Ramal was awarded as benefactor of the Year from J’Parle’ scholarship program. A husband to Charise Brown and father of two children Sean and Samiah. Currently Ramal is the director of the Juice radio show co-founder / creator of the North Tulsa Community Festival, President of the African American Student Association, Motivational speaker, Host, Entrepreneur, Mentor and On-air personality. He is making an impact within the community by setting the trends in thought and deed. Ramal’s goal is to help teach others how to get through barriers in life to be successful.