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2021 Sweet Beginnings Tea


Recap the

16th Annual Sweet Beginnings Tea here!

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Support Black Businesses

This year, in the spirit of our theme, we invite you to invest in three local, black-owned businesses that have helped us advance our mission. In addition to delivering outstanding products and services, each has hired a U-Turn Permitted graduate, giving our clients a second chance to achieve economic mobility. 


Forty Acres Fresh Market is a startup grocer that provides high-quality, fresh produce at an everyday low price to residents on Chicago’s West Side and in other underserved markets.


DAMRON is a leading manufacturer and distributer of premium quality tea and specialty goods, located on Chicago’s West Side.


Sweet Beginnings is NLEN’s wholly-owned social enterprise that hires talented individuals with criminal convictions in their past to provide a pathway to success by producing our beelove® products.


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