TeQuila Cooper-Shabazz studied Public Administration at Roosevelt University in her home town of Chicago, Illinois. She spent 15 years working professionally as a Sales and Administrative Executive for major corporations and organizations prior to venturing into entrepreneurship in 2012.
Tequila’s strong desire to help the community led to starting the member based social organization BRIJ, . It is through her work with BRIJ that she learned firsthand the unique experiences of Black businesses when trying to keep the doors open or scale.
Tequila decided to officially offer her services as a business to help support her community efforts. The demand of these services were the catalyst of going from a one woman team to a full fledged staffing agency supporting 6-8 figure, primarily Black women owned or managed small businesses and organizations.