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Partner to Empower

Success stories

Launched in 2021, Partner to Empower has helped businesses around the country grow their brick-and-mortar footprint. We continue to expand across the nation, supporting the dreams of entrepreneurs through funding and resources. It’s an honor to work with so many talented individuals, and we’re excited to partner with even more businesses in the future.


Success story spotlight

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April Harris founder of Keeping You Sweet April Harris founder of Keeping You Sweet
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Keeping You Sweet

Wayne, NJ

Founder April Harris built her bakery business out of love for her late mother and a passion for remixing her family recipes into healthier versions without refined sugar or gluten. After finding sweet success at local farmers’ markets and fundraisers, she began distributing her gluten-free cheesecakes and brownies at major retailers in her area. Through Partner to Empower, Keeping You Sweet is now open at Willowbrook in Wayne, NJ. Visit the retail location to discover delicious vegan and better-for-you desserts with all natural sweeteners. Her mother’s legacy lives on with each cheesecake, labeled with a love note: “Made by Georgia’s daughter.”

Snapshots of brick-and-mortar success

Our program at a glance


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businesses attended the Retail Workshop


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