Three small business owners will enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime tonight, after being given the priceless chance to throw a ceremonial first pitch in Game 3 of the World Series thanks to MLB’s latest partnership with Mastercard.
“Mastercard has been an incredible partner of Major League Baseball for more than two decades and we are very proud of the great relationship we have forged together,” said Noah Garden, chief revenue officer of MLB.
Ken and Jeannette Katz, owners of The Bodega in Atlanta, Georgia, Jae’da Turner, the owner of Black-owned bos. in Boston, Mass., and Wes Avila, the owner of Angry Egret Dinette in Los Angeles, California will travel to the Fall Classic honoring small businesses across America that have adapted and overcome the challenges of the pandemic.
“While small businesses have faced extreme challenges throughout the pandemic, they have shown exceptional resilience and determination in the process,” said Cheryl Guerin, EVP Marketing and Communications in North America for Mastercard.
Each small business owner was selected as a winner from their city in the Mastercard Home Team Advantage Small Business Contest, which was launched during this year’s All-Star Game to help businesses grow and prosper. Each winner received a grand prize of $10,000, one-on-one mentorship from Mastercard small business experts, and a Mastercard Digital Doors™ toolkit, plus other prizes like lodging opportunities and custom stadium signage in each company’s local market through the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Find out more details about the winners below:
Braves legend Brian Jordan joined representatives from Mastercard and the Atlanta Braves to announce Atlanta’s winner of the Home Team Advantage Small Business contest; Ken and Jeannette Katz, owners of The Bodega.
The market and the pupuseria believe that healthy and local food products should be accessible in all areas of the city. By partnering with local sustainable farmers and up-and-coming chefs, La Bodega provides seasonal, community-supported farm-to-table ingredients and Latin American-inspired meals to go.
Hall of Famer and Red Sox alum Jim Rice joined representatives from Mastercard and the Boston Red Sox to announce Boston’s winner of the Home Team Advantage Small Business Contest; Jae’da Turner, owner of Black-owned bos.
The company was officially launched in March 2019 as a platform and resource to highlight and value Black-owned businesses, places, spaces and people that are advancing culture in the Greater Boston area. As a consulting and business services agency, Black Owned Bos. creates spaces to amplify, incubate and support other businesses.
Shawn Green and Nomar Garciaparra, former MLB All-Stars and Dodgers, joined representatives from Mastercard and the LA Dodgers to announce the Los Angeles winner of the Home Team Advantage Small Business contest, Wes Avila, the owner of Angry Egret Dinette.
Known as the “last restaurant before Dodger Stadium,” Angry Egret opened in 2020 at the height of the pandemic with two very important goals in mind: to generate revenue for staff and to serve as a safe space for community members come together and enjoy good food and good company. The restaurant has become a mainstay within the Los Angeles Chinatown community, breathing new life into one of Los Angeles’ oldest neighborhoods.