*Veda Brown, one of Philadelphia’s leading faith community entrepreneurs, has been granted another award for her BlackGospelPromo.com eblast service. In 2007, she won the Stiletto Award for Entrepreneur of the Year from the National Association of Black female Executives in Music & Entertainment.
“It’s such an honor to be recognized by not just the music industry but also the general public as the leader when it comes to e-mail marketing in the faith-based arena,” Brown says. “I love what I do and I’m happy that the public is recognizing the hard work we do at Black Gospel Promo.”
For nearly ten years, BlackGospelPromo.com has sent out over 8,000 email blasts about African-American films, music, ministries and products to a database of just under 200,000 people throughout the world. Brown beat out a field of ten competitors in the contest that was voted on by the general public. The event will be broadcast on The Word Network later this year.
After NetNoir sold the company six years later, Brown went to work for a prominent minister for a few months before they had a disagreement and she was left unemployed. She then called promoter Vernice Watson to vent about her situation. Instead of allowing her to wallow, Watson said, “So, what! Can you send out an eblast on Kirk Franklin for me?” After Brown ran a blast on Franklin’s platinum “The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin” project, she says, “Everybody and their grandma wanted me to do a promo on them just because Kirk Franklin did one.”
Although Brown didn’t see think this project would become a long term project, it she ended up establishing her own business venture.
Today, the firm has a large office space and employs four people in-house, three consultants and a host of subcontractors. Now that the foundation of her business is firm, Brown has branched off into other areas of media by launching a consulting division that has represented gold-selling artists such as Kurt Carr and various gospel artist and pastors.