TENNILLE JOHNSON, THE CO-FOUNDER OF SCRUBS TO THE RESCUE, always had one goal, “to help you look good and feel good.” That dream is now more attainable than ever after winning a $25,000 grant at the National Urban League (NUL) and Courvoisier Cognac pitch competition. “Being able to partner with organizations that share in your vision to pay it forward, as well as being able to integrate my career as a pharmacist with my business is a dream come true,” Johnson tells Houstonia.
Scrubs To The Rescue is a medical uniform retailer aiming to expand the accessibility of medical gear. Founded in 2019 by Johnson, Keosha Austin, and Natishia Holly; the three came together to provide a distinctive shopping experience for medical professionals and the purchase of uniform essentials. Their new business simultaneously allowed them to give back to their community by donating scrubs. Throughout the pandemic, the brand rose to the occasion to support medical professionals who needed apparel.
The pitch competition was held virtually on September 30, as part of Small Business Matters Entrepreneurship Day during NUL’s Annual National Conference. The conference unites the nation’s leading policymakers, activists, and business leaders to produce solutions to issues facing communities of color through workshops and discussions. Additionally, as a part of a $1M commitment to Black and minority businesses nationwide, Courvoisier awarded $200,000 in financial grants to 12 small business owners nominated by regional Urban League Entrepreneurship Centers.
It’s not hard to imagine the pressure of a $25,000 award. Johnson was one of three finalists to perform a live pitch for their business to a notable panel of judges from both Courvoisier and the Urban League. Their poise, polish, and passion was enough to win the panel’s admiration and support.
Reflecting on the colossal win, Johnson expressed immense gratitude for the judges and resources given. “This grant money will help us grow Scrubs To The Rescue nationally and allow us to continue to educate our community on healthcare issues in order to help close the disparity gap seen in the U.S.,” the co-owner concludes.
Scrubs To The Rescue, 8000 S Gessner Rd #500. For more information, visit the website.