In celebration of Black History Month, we are highlighting Black founders and entrepreneurs and their contributions to Brooklyn’s innovation ecosystem.
DBP recently spoke with two leading innovators, Michelle Cadore (YES I AM, INC. / DA SPOT) and Brian Williams (BREAUX Capital), about their founding stories, recent achievements, and goals for the year ahead.
CEO + Designer, YES I AM, INC.; Co-Owner, DA SPOT
Caribbean-American entrepreneur and fashion designer Michelle Cadore grew up in Brooklyn and worked in city government supporting small businesses before deciding she wanted to build her own. The CUNY Baruch College Zicklin School of Business alum launched her apparel brand YES I AM in 2016 with a line of t-shirts, jackets, and accessories featuring inspirational messages, and the following year opened a small storefront in Dumbo called DA SPOT, which quickly grew to carry 25 brands from fellow creatives of color.
Cadore relocated DA SPOT to a larger space in Fulton Mall’s City Point in 2019, and left her day job to take the leap into full-time entrepreneurship. To date, Cadore has worked with nearly 60 brands – many of whom are selling their products for the first time. DA SPOT now houses C.A.N.V.A.S. Art Gallery, which features rotating works by local artists, and has hosted a variety of workshops and performances.