12-Year-Old Black Entrepreneur Awarded $25K Grant from Mayor of Tempe, Arizona

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Meet King Mauni, the 12-year-old creator and CEO of We Kingz Bro, an inspirational clothing brand that empowers young men to create a life and future they can be proud of. His company was just given a $25,000 grant from the City of Tempe, Arizona to boost business operations and growth for BIPOC micro-manufacturers.

We Kingz Bro aims to inspire young men across the globe to embrace their purpose, financial independence, and their inner ‘King.’

Mauni comments, “Being a King is all about having a purpose, a vision, and confidence, but it’s also about being diverse and standing up for what you believe in. Huge thanks to the City of Tempe, Tempe Chamber of Commerce, Teniqua Broughton, and my mom Dr. Velma Trayham for helping me encourage more positive masculinity and equality worldwide through my inspirational designed apparel.”

The young entrepreneur, who also plays running back for the Arizona Dragons Minor League football team, has always aspired to be a constructive influence in the world. In 2022, he founded We Kingz Bro to share his innovation and daring mission with the world; his affiliate network is intended to promote entrepreneurship and chances for other young men to break the cycle of poverty. For his efforts, King was honored before the first pitch of an Arizona Diamondbacks-New York Mets game at Chase Field in April 2022.

We Kingz Bro manufacture a custom line of t-shirts, hoodies, and jackets for young men, focusing on being kind, diverse, and impactful. The site says, “Our beliefs fuel our commitment to offering this impressive range—we believe everyone should have access to positive affirmations and unique products, regardless of where they are and who they are.”

Mauni’s company is one of over 30 BIPOC micro-manufacturer award recipients who will be able to use the funding to help their businesses expand and prosper. The grant includes membership in the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, as well as certification as a Certified Minority Business Enterprise, allowing King Mauni to pursue his dreams of partnering with some of the world’s largest brands, including Nike, Target, Under Armour, and the NFL, through their supplier diversity programs.

“We all have a calling and value in this world—it’s up to us to decide how we want to use that fire for good,” added King Mauni, who is well on his way to achieving his dream and inspiring kids around the world to be Kool the positive way.

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