Vau’ve Anais Davis, founder of Official Anais PR, a Chicago-based public-relations consulting firm, is an award-winning philanthropist and first-generation entrepreneur who aspires to build a brand legacy through business development and community service.
After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her bachelor of science degree in psychology, Davis had a chance to put her passion and natural talent for helping others into action at two nonprofit youth organizations.
In her many roles, she helped develop, execute, and promote social services, after-school programs for teens, and career-development services. She also assisted with the production of an HIV-awareness campaign film. She has helped secure over $1,000,000 in grants, planned and marketed events, and solicited sponsorships from individuals and corporations.
Her innate ability to connect people and concepts to achieve desired goals prompted Davis to launch Official Anais Consulting (formerly Official Anais PR) in 2010. The purpose of her firm is twofold: to elevate the brands of local entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits to national and international levels; and to give back to the community.
Davis’s “Charity Corner” blog and her annual toy drive are two of her most prized charitable projects. She understands that it is challenging for nonprofit entities to market their programs and good deeds effectively with small budgets and even smaller staffs; therefore, she features two organizations or charities bimonthly on her blog with the goal of giving them exposure and soliciting donations for causes that serve communities throughout Illinois and the Greater Chicagoland areas.
Additionally, for the past several years, Official Anais Consulting has hosted annual toy drives to support single mothers during Christmas, one of the hardest times of the year for some parents. Due to overwhelming need, the firm hosted two toy drives during the third and fourth years. Support for Davis’s charitable efforts was so great that she was also able to donate to a mentoring organization as well as a domestic-violence shelter in Englewood.
In September 2013, Davis launched the Shark Tank Social, “one of Chicago’s hottest events,” according to the Examiner. Highly regarded by Chicago influencers, community leaders, and entrepreneurs, this monthly networking event connects budding entrepreneurs and other professionals who have a business idea that they want to pitch to investors. Some even consider auditioning for the actual show.
Davis has received several awards and recognitions for her professional and charitable contributions to local entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. In 2013, Official Anais PR was awarded the “Best Non-Profit PR and Event Planning Firm” by Black Celebrity Giving. The firm also received a “Humanitarian Award” from Fashion Arts & Humanitarian Fetes. Davis has been recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women on the South Side of Chicago” for her contributions to the community.
In 2016, Davis launched a philanthropy apparel line called Brand Ministry Apparel and started a scholarship fund for her high-school alma mater, Proviso East High School, located in Maywood, Illinois.
In addition to her own ventures, Davis contributes to Stellar Award winner Mark Hubbard’s Gospel radio show with her “Purpose, PR, and Philanthropy” segment. She serves as community-relations director of Speak Hope Inc. and serves on the leadership team of Creative Cypher Inc.
Brian K. Wyatt Jr.
Graphic/Web Design & Marketing Specialist
Brian is the Founder and Creative Director of B-EZ Graphix. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois where he was first inspired by urban art, such as graffiti, murals and other forms of cultural artwork. Brian has been a graphic and web designer since founding B-EZ Graphix while attending college in 2004. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was then and there that Brian began building upon his experience as a marketing communications specialist, while serving as the marketing director for various organizations in Central Illinois. What began as a hobby became a passion motivated by the entrepreneurial spirit he observed in those he worked with, which began to stir within him. His vision for the B-EZ Graphix was to encourage entrepreneurship by making the process of branding and marketing small businesses easy and affordable. Since then, Brian has inspired, designed and launched hundreds of business brands under the B-EZ Graphix flagship.
Brian’s design philosophy is centered on the conceptualization that “design creates usability, without usability it is just art.” He combines his strategic marketing experience and artistic creativity to develop efficient branding and marketing materials for his clients that will be useful in achieving their marketing goals. Unlike larger marketing corporations, Brian goes the extra mile to consult and train his clients on how to efficiently use the brand products that he develops for them to ensure that they succeed. His work is highly endorsed by organizations and clients for whom he has worked with in-person and remotely with no loss in quality and efficiency. His style has been evaluated as professional, precise, effective, conceptual and, perhaps most intriguingly, “sophisticated but with edge.”
His military career has brought him to Georgia where he continues to expand the B-EZ Graphix mission, network and partnerships. Brian’s patriotic commitment motivated him to become a communications specialist in the armed forces. The military experience he has acquired reinforces his business values of consistently providing timely, accurate and reliable services producing the best customer experiences and satisfaction. It is because of these values that he has earned various awards, including the regional Air Force Sergeant’s Association’s (AFSA) Member of the Year. He was also recognized by the National CEO of AFSA for effectively executing the marketing communications plan for the Central Georgia Chapter. Brian shows an even greater commitment and passion in business through B-EZ Graphix. He will continue to bolster the entrepreneurial spirit in his endeavors to show others the freedom of controlling their own future, and realizing the value of success that comes from within.