How these under-11-year-old sisters are making history in Maryland as CEOs

Dollita Okine April 29, 2024
Jyniah Smith, Danyelle, and Tatiyana the Smith sisters, are some of the youngest CEOs in Maryland. Photo Credit: Black Business

Tatiyana, Danyelle LaShay, and Jyniah Smith — the Smith sisters — are some of the youngest CEOs in Maryland and participants in G1 Investment, LLC’s Youth Investment Program (YIPs1). According to Black Business, the three have acquired the necessary skills at an early age to transform their ideas and visions into a reality that will yield results for a lifetime.

The oldest sister, 10-year-old Jyniah Smith, is the founder and CEO of Bakie Books LLC, a manufacturer of beverages and desserts that recently signed a retail deal with Selby’s Grab and Go restaurant.

The famous “Bakie,” a dessert cup layered with rich vanilla cake, soft and fluffy chocolate chip cookies, and a creamy vanilla glaze, is Jyniah’s signature grab-and-go item. Chef Kendall Selby, a New Jersey native with international training, agreed that he would market it and include it as an option on his catering menu at Selby’s Grab and Go restaurant.

In addition, Tatiyana Smith’s Ezee Peezy LLC, a beverage production company run by the five-year-old, will have all four of her varieties available for purchase at the restaurant. The drinks come in a selection of flavors, such as Blackberry, Grape, Lemon Blast, and Fruit Punch.

Meanwhile, 8-year-old Danyelle LaShay Smith is the creator and CEO of D-LaShay Productions, a company that produces movies, videos, and media. According to the publication, the middle sister is fast climbing through the ranks to realize her dream of becoming the leader of one of the nation’s biggest media companies producing important, inspirational content that is sometimes overlooked.

To cover expenses for the equipment and studio required to create empowering and inspiring content that highlights youth innovation, Danyelle is working hard to master her craft by providing support to her sisters’ businesses. This includes creating all digital media, including movies, graphic designs, and video.

“These three young African American sisters are setting the stage for youth innovation and unlocking the minds of adult society to the possibilities and potential when meaningful investments are made in our youth,” G1 Investment, LLC said of the sisters, per All News Black Women.

The Charles County Chamber of Commerce and the Charles County Economic Development Department will host their ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 6.

Charles County Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins II Esq. will be there and has asked for a county seal. Commissioners Gilbert Bowling and Thomasina Coates, as well as Commissioner Vice President Ralph Patterson, will be joining the President.

As per All News Black Women, the ceremony will solidify the Smith sisters’ status as trailblazers and role models for aspiring young entrepreneurs.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: April 29, 2024


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