Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County is honored to celebrate Zandra Cunningham as this week’s Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! Zandra is a 17-year old entrepreneur who started her creative journey at the age of 9 mixing up lip balm in her home kitchen. She joined the Kids Biz Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College and the rest is history. Today her Buffalo based company, Zandra Beauty, works out of a compliant production and distribution facility and sells her impressive line of products online and in retail locations. Her brand is committed to sustainable practices with a priority on products that are gentle and sensitive to teen skin. Zandra, who believes all girls should be confident in their own skin and learn what beauty is from the inside out, has built a brand that gives back by donating 10% of her net profits to support girls education. Zandra founded Day of the Girl Buffalo, an all expense paid day for girls with the goal of connecting girls to their community, providing educational options and ideas while empowering them to discuer their potential and find their best path to personal and professional success. Recently, she launched Young Mogul Prep School which provides coaching to young people launching a business and The Zandra “TLC” Foundation that provides entrepreneurial education, mentoring and networking opportunities to enhance the lives of young people so they can become change makers in their families and communities
Additionally, Zandra shares her time and expertise as a TEDx speaker and facilitating workshops for organizations including Girl Scouts USA, Buffalo Public Schools and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to name a few. She has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Vendor Sponsor since the inception of Women Who Move the City and has also donated time to speak with groups of girls in the program.
Zandra is the youngest graduate of the University at Buffalo Minority and Women Entrepreneurial Program and Lucky Break University. As a trained maker and proud member of the Indie Business Network and Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, she facilitates workshops on natural product creation and formulation. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She was named the 2017 Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur of the Year and and also the youngest to ever win an Etsy Open Call Golden Purchase Order.
To celebrate with Zandra and our four other outstanding Women Who Move the City Honorees on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Hotel Lafayette, click here to learn more & purchase your tickets today!