Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC) is excited to announce the launch of #DotImpact, a grassroots video series which features local community members describing the impact of DBEDC’s work on their lives.

#DotImpact relies on the perspectives of community members to highlight Dorchester Bay Youth Force — an award-winning youth leadership development program — and the Dorchester Bay Small Business Assistance Center.

“Every day we strive to make a positive impact in people’s lives but it’s important to make space for people to tell their own stories in their own voices,” said Dorchester Bay CEO Perry Newman. “In addition, partnering with Outside the Box Agency was an opportunity to support local entrepreneur and founder, Justin Springer. This directly aligns with our mission to create economic development opportunities in Dorchester.”

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#DotImpact Series - Dianne Austin, Founder of Coils to Locs

Meet Dianne. A cancer diagnosis opened Dianne's eyes to a health disparity: there aren't many options for cancer patients of color who want prosthetic wigs similar to their natural hair types. This revelation inspired Dianne to create Coils to Locs, a medical wig resource for women of color.

#DotImpact Series - Zahrea Cooper, Dorchester Bay Youth Force

Meet Zahrea. Zahrea looked up to her older brother, and when he joined the Dorchester Bay Youth Force she followed suit. Zahrea developed a powerful voice that she used to advocate for youth employment and other issues impacting her community.

#DotImpact Series - Maria Rivera Brown - Founder, JaMa Professional Services

Meet Maria, Founder and Owner of JaMa Professional services. Maria launched a commercial cleaning company while working a unfulfilling job. When she went to the big banks to get capital to expand her business, they said no. Dorchester Bay said, "yes!".

#DotImpact Series - Duane Osborn, Owner of Just T's

Meet Duane. Duane has always been an entrepreneur at heart. His adventurous spirit took him around the world, and now he's using his entrepreneurial drive right here in Boston. Duane opened Just T's, a hot dog and concession at Dudley Station, right in the heart of Roxbury.