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The Honey Bunch Kids

Founders (from left): Holly Glover, Chental-Song Bembry

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To read a Q&A with The Honey Bunch Kids’ Chental-Song Bembry, click here.

The Honey Bunch Kids Enterprises oversees management of The Honey Bunch Kids, a book (and soon, ideally, a line of licensed characters) created by Chental-Song Bembry, 15. The Honey Bunch Kids are a group of African-American schoolchildren who offer life lessons to young readers.

HOW MENTORING WILL HELP: “The biggest benefit will be the networking,” says Holly Glover, Chental-Song Bembry’s mother, who helps run the business, “and the opportunity to meet people who might be interested in Chental-Song’s project.”

HOW $10,000 WILL HELP: “We’ll use the money to improve Chental-Song’s Web site,” Glover says. “We’ll also put it toward the publication of the second book in the series, as The Honey Bunch Kids is self-published.”

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ARTISTS AREN’T TYPICALLY what comes to mind when you think of entrepreneurs — yet their pursuits are no less commercial in nature than the most cold-eyed business professional. Chental-Song Bembry, the 15-year-old writer and illustrator behind The Honey Bunch Kids, and her mother, Holly Glover, who helps her run the business, recognize that. The mother-daughter duo hopes one day soon to “launch a dominant brand that would include the images of her characters being sold on personal items, from bedsheets to bookbags,” Glover says.

First, though, there are reading and uplifting lessons to promote. The Honey Bunch Kids tells the tale of a group of African-American middle-schoolchildren who become friends on the first day of the school year after they miss the bus and end up having to walk to school in the rain. “Their lives are enriched by their friendship, their teacher and their families,” says Glover, 43. “Their story is lighthearted and humorous; however, there are several life lessons to be learned in each chapter.”

Chental-Song is a passionate advocate for literacy; the community-service aspect of The Honey Bunch Kids business entails her reaching out to schools to do readings and book signings, and promote a love of reading among children.

While she and her mother work to build the brand, meanwhile, Chental-Song is hard at work on the second installment of The Honey Bunch Kids, which she intends to turn into a long-running series for boys and girls between ages 7 and 12. “She hopes this brand will one day change the way children think about themselves,” Glover says, “and inspire children to reach for high goals.” The sort of goals, in other words, that Chental-Song — barely into her teens — is already achieving for herself. •