Kimberlee S. Williams
co-founder, Chief Executive Officer
Kimberlee S Williams is the social impact catalyst on a mission to propel the growth of 1 million entrepreneurs.
Open your own shop; secure prosperity and freedom.
— Madame C. J. Walker
Kimberlee’s latest work, Newark Business Hub program delivered in partnership with Rutgers University, helps companies and non-profits across the US and around the world to empower Black and Brown entrepreneurs by providing them with business skills, mentorship and a supportive community, must-haves to succeed today. As a thought leader, she helps corporate social responsibility leaders and non-profits to make a difference in the lives of real people, and communicate the value of their impact to the world.
With experience working behind the scenes and at the forefront at a myriad of events, Kimberlee is a super connector with robust expertise as a marketing and communications powerhouse.
She is the social impact catalyst speaker, entrepreneur, and business coach.
Co-founder, Chief Curriculum Officer
Visionary and Global Entrepreneur
Billingsley has always yearned to make a positive difference in the lives of underserved youth and adults globally. He created several ventures as a result of his appreciation of the entertainment industry and the untapped potential it represented as a personal and professional resource for residents in urban areas. Billingsley is the recipient of the 2016 Newark NAACP 102nd Freedom Fund Entrepreneurial Award and his resume includes notable positions such as Executive Producer of The Birth of Def, Who is Bob Sumner? documentary. Producer and Music Consultant for the award winning feature film, “Gimme Shelter” starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, and the legendary James Earl Jones that is currently airing on Netflix.
Associate Producer for the award winning and critically acclaimed short film “Ugly” that was also screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. “Ugly” is currently airing on Amazon Prime Video and HBO Go. Co-producer of the award winning short film “Catch A Girl”. Music Supervisor for the award winning documentary “Killing Beef: Gun Violence In The Black Community”. Associate Producer and Music Supervisor for the award winning docu-drama, “Surviving the Streets”. Jeff is also a member of The Quincy Jones Music Consortium
Newark Business Hub demo, 2015.
But what if these entrepreneurs had access to the resources, and a formal support network to help them think critically about how to become profitable, these businesses can achieve viability, get to sustainability, and become positioned for greater citywide and regional impact?
The Newark Business Hub program received a seed grant from Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor as part of her strategy to grow area startups and provide them access to student talent and multimedia and art production facilities at Express Newark. To pilot the program in 2015, entrepreneurs Kimberlee Williams and Jeff Billingsley partnered with Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director of Rutgers Business School Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. Newark Business Hub and Rutgers CUEED recruited the first cohort of 23 Black and Brown entrepreneurs through regional competitive application process. The inaugural class of entrepreneurs were known leaders representing an array of creative industries and a reflection of Newark’s rich cultural diversity.
Rutgers CUEED and NBH delivered the business management program in 2016, as a 6-month immersive experience with live in classroom instruction once weekly, one-on-one financial and business coaching, social networking events, podcasts, and industry speaker series. All 23 entrepreneurs graduated from the program.
By the Numbers
Made New Connections
Will Hire New Staff in the Next Three Years
Newark Business Hub provided access to business courses; sponsors in media and arts professions; strategic professional services (i.e. accountants and lawyers); high-quality business planning services; consultation on marketing strategies; expert advice on operating strategies; and access to production space and equipment.
The entrepreneurs in the program received the help they needed to achieve market differentiation, market awareness and penetration, operational efficiency and greater profitability.
While Newark Business Hub continued to develop its business model to reach entrepreneurs in New Jersey, and beyond, the organization pursued partnerships in South Africa, led an American delegation of Black business owners to Havana, Cuba, and established its first affiliate hub in Memphis, TN with ArtUp organization.
In 2020, Newark Business Hub established its non-profit program the Initiative to Elevate Black and Brown Entrepreneurs. Later in the year, NBH entered a new partnership with Rutgers, Office of Continuing and Professional Education to create the the Global Online Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. Our partnership with Rutgers powers the Newark Business Hub learning community for the Initiative to Elevate Black and Brown Entrepreneurs.