EBONIE CARZO, MBA
OWNER AND CELEBRITY CAKE DESIGNER
Have you ever met someone who quit their corporate job to open a business in a field that they are not passionate about? Well, you soon will!
Ebonie grew up in a bakery and although she loved indulging in her mom’s delicious cakes, she wanted to be different. She was going to go off to college, get a degree, and work for the government or in corporate America. Fast forward a few years…Ebonie moved from her little hometown of Greenwood, DE to the big city of Atlanta, GA in 2002 to attend Spelman College. She started baking in the basement of her dormitory to supplement college expenses and her retail income post-graduation, but she never intended to bake full-time.
While in college, Ebonie traveled the world, from China to South Africa and many places in between. She was on a quest to prove that local and state government support in building sustainable small businesses will stimulate any economy to improve living conditions for the masses. Her final thesis was a brilliant masterpiece that supported this theory based on her study and work exchanges abroad.
While in graduate school, Ebonie helped start a small business consulting firm with 5 of her fellow colleagues called Mastering Consults and Investment Group. Before its demise, the firm worked with more than 20 start-up companies across the country to help people with the basics in starting a business.
In August 2013, after working in corporate America for 6 years, Ebonie decided that in order to truly walk in her passion of helping start-ups and small businesses be successful, she needed to subject herself to the emotional and physical joys and pains of running a small business. At the age of 29, Ebonie gave up her company car, gas card, health insurance, and steady income to start a social experiment of the entrepreneurial journey.
The social experiment was set to prove that the business theories Ebonie teaches to her clients work and it laid the foundation for the fundamental skills needed to build a successful startup business. Ebonie’s consistent and quick success has led to a tremendous launch in her public speaking and advisory roles.
August 2018, marked Ebonie’s five-year anniversary of operating Scrumptious Cakery full-time. Scrumptious Cakery was awarded the Couple’s Choice Award as one of the Best Wedding Cake Bakeries in Atlanta for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Ebonie was voted in as the youngest Board Member to the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce and sits as Madame Chair to the Young Professionals Committee for the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce.
Ebonie has spoken on national panels like the 2018 US Chambers: Small Business Summit and in June 2019, Ebonie made her first television debut as a competitor on Food Network: Wedding Cake Champonship.
She now has a wealth of knowledge and fire in her that she is sharing with entrepreneurs across the world!