We're Delivering Nearly $250,000 to BIPOC Small Businesses

The multidimensional partnership provides financial and design assistance to BIPOC small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and takes the Claima Stories podcast on the road.

Today, Claima Stories, the leading career podcast committed to addressing the alarming disparity of BIPOC-youth in creative industries, announces its partnership with the design and marketing partner to small business, Vistaprint and Vistaprint’s new go-to graphic design service, 99designs by Vistaprint.

The multi-dimensional partnership is part of 99 Days of Design, a 99designs by Vistaprint initiative to empower 99 small businesses around the world with financial support and design services. Through this collaboration, Claima Stories will identify 12 BIPOC businesses and creatives impacted by COVID-19 to receive $15,000 in cash, a design makeover and marketing assets to support their business growth. Each brand will be a part of the creative industry and range from fashion, interior design, art and more. Recipients of the grant will be included on the Claima Stories podcast for a one-on-one with Claima Stories host Bimma Williams. Recipients will be announced on a rolling basis.

“It is a great honor to work with 99designs by Vistaprint for this initiative that aims to democratize access, funding and design resources to equip and empower historically under-resourced BIPOC founders and creatives to be the next wave of creative frontrunners.” said Co-Founder and Claima Stories Host Bimma Williams.”

“Our team was also affected by COVID and needed to pivot in order to stay afloat. As we all know, the COVID-19 crisis hit arts, culture, and the creative economy hard and the most impacted was the BIPOC community,” said Claima Stories Co-Founder, BJ Frogozo. “This initiative with 99designs by Vistaprint is so necessary and just the beginning of how the alliance hopes to provide continued resources in helping BIPOC creatives claim a seat at the table - or simply build their own.”

The 99designs by Vistaprint partnership is also providing the Claima Stories team with resources to create a mobile podcast studio for a 30-day, 4-city tour exclusively sponsored by Vistaprint. The tour will allow the Claima Stories team to conduct interviews with BIPOC creatives in the van and document the experience including photos, footage from the trip and more. Utilizing the visual design created by experienced designers at 99designs by Vistaprint, the Claima Stories team will convert this 93’ Mitsubishi Delica “Starwagon” into a one-of-a-kind mobile studio, cleverly titled Storytella. Tour cities will include Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“Vistaprint and Claima Stories understand and appreciate the transformative power of design, and how great design can be a spark to provide inspiration or encouragement when and where it is needed most.” Vistaprint CMO Ricky Engelberg said. “The team at Claima has built a truly impactful community and we’re thrilled to be partnering together to support these amazing small businesses and we can’t wait to hear all their stories from the Storytella trip.”

‘Claima’, which is short for ‘claim a seat at the table,’ is where host Bimma Williams sits with the creative industry’s heavyweights, such as Melody Ehsani, Jeff Staple, Elise Swopes, and James Whitner to share first hand accounts that provide a refreshing and necessary lens into navigating the creative space where representation is scarce and opportunities for black & brown youth are not as accessible. Claima Stories has evolved from a passion project podcast to frontrunner in its second season, boasting the #1 spot for careers on the Apple Podcast charts.

About Claima Stories:

The Claima Stories podcast takes the BIPOC creative community, with a focus on BIPOC youth, behind the scenes of the notoriously guarded creative and sneaker industries, helping them to claim a seat at the table. Co-created Bimma Williams, BJ Frogozo and Adrian Anaya , bringing their diverse backgrounds in the sneaker industry, marketing and music respectively, to join forces in creating an impactful podcast addressing the alarming disparity of BIPOC youth in the sneaker and creative industries.

About 99 designs by Vistaprint:

With a worldwide community of more than 150,000 talented freelance designers, 99designs by Vistaprint is the global creative platform that makes it easy for small businesses to work with creative experts and build their brand through custom, memorable design.

About Vistaprint

Vistaprint is the marketing partner to millions of small businesses around the world, empowering each one to live their dreams. For more than 20 years, we have helped small businesses look and feel credible through high-quality marketing products and solutions that include signage, logo apparel, promotional products, face masks, flyers, postcards, business cards, websites and digital marketing. With Vistaprint, small businesses are able to create and customize their marketing with easy-to-use digital tools and design templates, or by receiving expert graphic design support. In 2020, Vistaprint acquired 99designs to expand its design offering via a worldwide community of more than 150,000 talented freelance designers to make it easy for designers and clients to work together to create designs they love. Vistaprint is focused on making great marketing and design accessible to every small business owner, allowing them to create a cohesive brand image for use in-store, online and on-the-go. To learn more, visit: www.vistaprint.com. Vistaprint is a Cimpress company (Nasdaq: CMPR).