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The Local Take: BioBio-When Entrepreneurial Dreams Are Smashed In A Riot

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  This week on WCLK's The Local Take(Saturdays 8am) I talk with entrepreneur Sonia Booker who recently opened a downtown business BIO BIO. Her business was damaged by the May 30 riot in Downtown Atlanta. Sonia's business model for BIO BIO had never been done. A beauty business incubator for women with soaps, potions, fashions and more. Small business entrepreneurs could use the space to host pop-ups sales.  A full-service spa was available for use to produce information videos. Sonia hosted events with various Atlanta influencers that were exposed to new beauty products from up-and-coming beauty entrepreneurs. 

She watched the news on Friday, May 29th and saw the mayhem near Centennial Olympic Park and the CNN Center. She was aware and concerned.  On Saturday, May 30th she again watched the news, but wasn't aware that rioters who exploited that day's peaceful protest had moved into downtown Atlanta.  She received a call on Saturday evening telling her that BIO BIO had been vandalized and that all of the windows had been broken. 

She explains that her emotions were a confluence of anger, disappointment, grief, support and more. As any entrepreneur knows, a business is like a baby. Sonia had just gotten the economic model down for this first-of-a-kind incubator and was planning a grand re-opening on June 8th. Sonia is even more motivated to bring BIO BIO back better than before. She began a GoFundMe and has started to rebuild. 

 

For more information about Sonia Booker  

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Sonia Booker, entreprenuer at BIO BIO in Atlanta starts the rebuilding process.