Second Act Showdown: Toys to teach Black history

Tiffney Laing, creator of Bevy & Dave, is building an educational toy company focused on changing the narrative of Black history.
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to pursue a personal passion. Now they'll compete for $5,000 to help expand their business. It's time for today's round of second act showdown. We'll be joined by CEO and founder of curls beauty brand mahisha Dellinger. She's going to share her business advice and then at the end of the week she's going to choose whose company she'll support with $5,000 at the end of the week. Today's participant left her day job as a teacher to pursue a second act of developing children's minds through her new business. Let's meet today's entrepreneur. I'm tiffney Lang from ash burg, Virginia. At bevy and Dave we empower children to contribute their best to society. We focus on toys that change the narrative of black history. They can learn black history in fun and creative ways. For a long time I was frustrated with how black history was portrayed in the classroom. When I had my daughter, that's when the spark happened. I was reminded that children learn through playing. I hope for schools to include bevy and Dave educational toys in the classroom because children, they're going to be leading the country one day. It's my way of creating sustainable change where children can learn through knowledge and understanding. What I want to do is create a new normal. It's normal to learn from diverse groups. That's what makes this world so beautiful and so great. Belonging and feeling like we really are together in this world. What a beautiful message for everyone of all ages to learn. Tiffney, welcome. Thanks for being with us. You have your opportunity to convince mahisha to give you that $5,000 to take your business to the next level. So the floor is yours. Thank you. Right now so many people are looking for ways to create change in this world. We have to remember that change, right, lasting change begins with children. We need to invest in their knowledge and their understanding. We also need to inspire them to contribute their best to the world. I created bevy and Dave because I believe what we learn in childhood shapes who we're going to be. It impacts our achievement level. We want to support that. We want to help the new generation. So that's why it's so important to invest in our children. With more capital, I can scale this company and bevy and Dave can continue to create more educational toys and reach more children in school and the classroom. I hope you can support bevy and Dave. Mahisha, what advice do you have for tiffney to expand that line of toys. Tiffney, I'm a huge fan of what you're doing. Where were you 20 years ago when my daughter was a little girl? I love this. I love this. Thank you so much. Absolutely. I see you're focusing on the classroom a lot, which is great. It's phenomenal. That's where education can be supplemented. I think we want to look at a few other options that will actually bring more revenue and have more impact. Number one, your focus should be getting into the stores. Number one retailer in the United States is Walmart. That's a huge opportunity to get in front of these kids of color and their parents especially for a very important month coming up soon, black history month. If you get ahead of the buying season and get in front of the buyers at the right time and launch during that month, that is a perfect opportunity for you and will grow your business. Also, the holiday season is right around the corner. I want you to consider Amazon. I searched for you on Amazon. Didn't see the products there. That's available for gifts, holiday, black history month and the home schoolers. Right now you have an opportunity to choose what we want to teach our children. Right now we are doing it at home and I think it's a great opportunity for you to get in front of more households. Great advice as always, mahisha. I agree. Tiffney agrees. Tiffney, thank you for being here. Thank you so much. This is all happening tomorrow with all our contestants. Mahisha will announce the winner of $5,000. Thanks again.

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