Navigator Lighthouse Foundation Spotlights Over 25 Emerging Minority and Women-Owned Brands 

NLF provides grocery education, seed funding, mentorship, leadership development, investor access, marketing, technology tools, supply chain support, and financial management

Orange County, CA: The Navigator Lighthouse Foundation is committed to providing training and education to emerging minority and women-owned brands. Less than 3% of venture capital in the USA is awarded to women-led teams and only 1% to Black and Latinx founders. The Navigator Lighthouse Foundation is committed to changing those numbers.

Subriana and Allen Pierce, Managing Partners at Navigator Sales and Marketing, founded The Navigator Lighthouse Foundation and thus far have accepted over 25 emerging minority and women-owned brands as members of the foundation. These brands gain exclusive access to education, training, capital opportunities, and grants, with a chance to hear directly from retailers and representatives from leading companies like ECRM, RangeMe, One Venture Group, Morgan Stanley, Albertsons, Costco, and more.

The Foundation’s Advisory Board is comprised of six industry leaders with experience in food retail, financial management, transactional law, and entrepreneurship. They are dedicated to providing mentorship opportunities and guidance to foundation members. “It’s important to us that we pay it forward to those just starting their entrepreneurial journey. Having built, scaled, and sold Deep River Snacks, I know the hardships and triumphs of the food retail industry, and I’m ready to share what I wish I’d known along the way,” said Jim Goldberg, Advisory Board Member.

To join The Navigator Lighthouse Foundation on the mission to increase diversity and representation in the food retail industry through partnership, sponsorship, or donation, please visit their website at

About Navigator Lighthouse Foundation

The Navigator Lighthouse Foundation aims to increase the representation of minority and women entrepreneurs in the food retail industry. We provide the pathway to product sales that minority and women-owned businesses would otherwise struggle to achieve relative to their larger competitors.  We focus our support in three areas:

  • Access | Access to retailers and investors
  • Education | Quarterly training deep dive courses, webinars, USC Food Industry Management and Cornell Food Management Programs
  • Cultivate Innovation | New Brand Seed Funding and Expansion Funding

With these tailored solutions, we will see an increase in the presence and exposure of under-represented entrepreneurs, the number of qualified CPG entrepreneurs, and the successful integration of minority-owned brands into the marketplace.