Melissa Lamarre (Mel) is a serial entrepreneur by nature, starting her first business at 15 years old. She started making hand beaded jewelry and transitioning that into styling fashion shows. From there she combined her writing and marketing skills to form Workaholix Media Consulting, providing public relations consulting for entertainers and businesses. After graduating from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and Communications. Melissa obtained her real estate salesperson license in NY. Within 2 months, she was promoted to Operations Manager at EXR Group Realty. It is no coincidence that the beginning of Melissa’s real estate career and the creation of Hair Crack coincide, as they were the first steps in her ultimate mission to become a self-made mogul. Mel’s Butter Blends is now in its fourth year of growth and has received several accolades such as winning First Place in the 2017 PowerUP! Kreyol Business Plan Competition and the Customers Bank “Own It” Pitch Contest. In 2019, Workaholix Consulting launched Blactivate!, a Black-owned business activation series that creates economic and educational opportunities for growing businesses. While building her businesses, Mel has focused on mentoring high school and college students to pursue their professional development goals and plan for their futures. In 2020, Mel was named the Young Professional of the Year Award by the African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ and DE.
In 2021, Mel became business training coach for the Community College of Philadelphia’s PowerUp Your Business accelerator programs, including the Global Accelerator offering coaching in Spanish.
2021 First Place Winner SCORE & Delta Sigma Theta Minority Women’s Entrepreneurship Program Pitch Contest
2021 Comcast Rise Prize Winner
2021 Four Seasons Hotel & African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ and DE Peership Program Winner
2021 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs Access Network Member
2021 Black Girl Ventures Philadelphia Alumni