Black Bee Honey was created to provide Parramore youth an opportunity to operate and manage their own business while simultaneously providing the residents of the greater Orlando area high quality, nutritional honey. These simultaneous provisions introduce an intangible wealth into the community by investing in underserved youth who will later invest in the community.
Black Bee Honey isn’t just about how healthy our products are. It’s also about creating a healthy community, physically, socially, and economically.
"Black Bee Honey has taught me to appreciate and take advantage of my resources in front of me. As not many are offered in my community due to its low economic state."
"Since being involved with Black Bee Honey, not only have I learned the basics of starting a business, I learned that it only takes an idea and action behind it to start."
"Black Bee Honey has shown me the importance of always being true to myself no matter what."
"My experience with Black Bee Honey has given me the business skills that I need for my future."
"My mind became the universe when I was given a chance."
"In the future when I am thrown into the real world, I won't be completely clueless, and I am grateful for that. I thank PKZ because they're responsible for that."
"My experience with Black Bee Honey has shown me how to start my own business, how to sell and the importance of storytelling for your business."
"At Black Bee Honey I learned that it's not what you sell, but how you sell it. When people look into me for future opportunities, they will see the work I've done, and this will give them a positive perception of me as a businesswoman. "
"I learned to take every opportunity and run with it no matter big or small."
"Black Bee Honey has shown me that I am interested in becoming my own businesswomen."
"I learned how to get out of my comfort zone and speak up for what I want. Starting this business has helped me learn to be more open-minded to new things."
"Black Bee Honey taught me how to start a business, and has given me a different perspective on business."
"Black Bee Honey has helped me by showing me how to be a man and develop as a person. Black Bee Honey has given me a chance to gain a new perspective on running a business."
Reginald T. Burroughs III, Youth Employment Coordinator for PKZ, Inc.
Reginald, a former Parramore resident and PKZ youth, works with local at-risk children to cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit and encourages them to be agents of change in their community. He works to build a bond between the Parramore youth and local businesses and government entities in order to foster long-term employment and educational opportunities.
Reginald has a Bachelor's degree in political science with a concentration in International Relations from Morehouse College and masters level experience from the Wake Forest School of Business. He brings his life experiences and business acumen back to the community to teach the Parramore youth what can be accomplished with education, hard work, and a true hunger for personal success.