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Updated: October 2, 2023 / 2023 NextUp: 40 Under 40 Honorees

40 Under 40: Rose Barboza founds nonprofit to serve Black-owned businesses

Provided Photo Rose Barboza founded all of her companies during the pandemic.
Rose Barboza, 33

Executive director, Black Owned Maine General manager/event curator, Oga Suya Nigerian Catering and Events Principal consultant, Barboza Consulting Find profiles of all the 40 Under 40 honorees here.
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Significant professional accomplishment: I have been living the entrepreneur life 100% for three years now and founded all of my companies during the pandemic. Each company fills a different void but they all combat various social issues.

Passion project: I am taking Cape Verdean Kriolu courses to better get in touch with my culture. Unfortunately, my language was not taught to me as a child so I am taking it upon myself to become fluent. This experience has allowed me to better understand myself and my ancestors.

Audacious goal: I want to own five houses around the world — naturally, this means I need to be fluent in five or more languages — and own businesses around the world.

Favorite quote: The Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Influential book: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley”

Favorite movie: This is a hard one. I don’t watch many movies or TV shows, but if I had to choose I would pick “Fight Club.” It’s a classic, in my opinion.

How do you recharge: Just staying home and hanging out with my son and husband. Sounds simple but it is the best thing I can do for myself because I am always go, go, go.

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