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High Growth Happy Hour – Retail, E-Commerce, & BeautyHigh Growth

December 5, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join the New Economy Initiative and Model D for a High Growth Happy Hour talk featuring entrepreneurs behind two of Detroit’s fast-growing beauty and e-commerce companies, Naturalicious and The Lip Bar.

Gwen Jimmere, founder & CEO of Naturalicious
Gwen Jimmere is the first African-American woman in history to hold a U.S. patent for a natural hair care product.

She is the CEO & Founder of Naturalicious, one of the fastest growing natural beauty brands in the U.S. She is the brains behind the revolutionary Hello Gorgeous Hair Care System – the only comprehensive, organic + natural haircare system designed specifically for curly hair textures. Gwen is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist on small business and entrepreneurship. Her natural haircare line is sold in Whole Foods stores in addition to more than 1,500 other retailers around the world.

Melissa Butler, CEO of The Lip Bar
Melissa Butler is a Detroit native who has turned her start-up beauty brand, The Lip Bar, into a nationwide phenomenon. Butler obtained her bachelor’s degree in business finance from Florida A & M University before going on to work on Wall Street as a licensed stockbroker. Her journey from stocks and bonds to beauty is one that she describes as natural — not because she loved makeup, but because she was frustrated with the industry and had to create a solution. Her goal was to empower women everywhere and of all ages to be confident in their own skin by challenging traditional beauty standards. So she began making vegan and natural lipstick in her kitchen, and The Lip Bar was born.

Since launch, Melissa has taken The Lip Bar on Shark Tank and The Bethenny Show. Her products have also graced the pages of Essence, Ebony, and Cosmopolitan. The Lip Bar is headquartered in Detroit and can be found on TheLipBar.com as well as Target.com.

RSVP — > https://www.eventbrite.com/e/high-growth-happy-hour-retail-e-commerce-beauty-tickets-39730069708

7-7:30 p.m. – Networking & drinks
7:30-8pm – Casual chat and Q&A with entrepreneurs
8-9pm – Networking & drinks

Please RSVP on Eventbrite if you can join us. Space is very limited for this special event. Drinks and light appetizers will be served.

This installment of NEI’s High Growth Happy Hour series is presented in partnership with Model D. The series brings together southeast Michigan’s aspiring entrepreneurs with founders who have successfully scaled companies.


December 5, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Model D


1215 Griswold Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States