The Southern (C)ity Guide 2: UGA Alumna MICHELLE BLUE

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The Southern (C)ity Guide 2: UGA Alumna MICHELLE BLUE



Describe your brand/business and how it got started: While I was a student at the University of Georgia, I had the opportunity to study abroad to Ghana. Forever changed by the experience my best friend and I were inspired to start Bené, a collection of scarves committed to help support girls in Ghana continue their secondary education by providing tuition, books, supplies and uniforms to fulfill their dreams. We recently made our transition into the luxury space, featuring unique designs specific to our brand, 100% silk fabrics and scarf production here in Atlanta. Visit us at to shop the collection and learn more about the inspiration behind Bené.  

First job: 

My first job ever was after I graduated high school and I worked at Charlotte Russe to help save money before going to college.



“I stand on the shoulders of giants!”

I could not and would not be the person that I am if it had not been for those that came before me. I think about the sacrifices that were made for me and I can’t help but ensure that their lives, their work, and their sacrifices were not in vain. I work to make sure that those that came before me, known and unknown, are proud of my work and that I too can pave the way for those yet to come.


#1 skill needed to be an entrepreneur: 

Tenacity! You have to stay in the fight.


Role model: 

I always tell people that my mother is the real MVP in this story. She has believed in me and supported me every step of the way. I literally would not be able to do the business full time without her and I am so blessed to have her in my life.


Favorite social media: 

I’m pretty sure I spend way too much of my life on Instagram … it’s so addictive.


Fave Insta accounts to follow: 

My friends are pretty hilarious … they are all I need to follow for some comedic relief.


Most used emoji: 

I’m a sucker for kissy faces.


Favorite quote: 

Here’s to the crazy ones … because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. 

-Steve Jobs


Biggest risk that paid off: 

The quote is a perfect segway because two weeks after college I was crazy enough to start my business full time, letting my vision and passion guide me.


Interesting tidbit about you or your business: 

This May, we had the opportunity to go back to Ghana to celebrate the graduation of the girls we started the business to support. Celebrating this accomplishment with our girls made all of our work worth it.


Theme song: 

Pretty much any NSync song.


What will you do this weekend for the UGA vs. UNC game day: 

I’m hoping someone will give me tickets to the game … fingers crossed.


Favorite dining in your town: 

My new place to go is Barcelona in West Midtown … you have to try the Branzino.


Favorite shops in your town: 

I am always at Eco Denizen whether I am picking up a quick gift or dropping off more Bené scarves … I love going in the store and seeing what new products they have.


What you love most about your town: 

Atlanta just has so much to offer … from entertainment to culture, there is something here for everyone!


Describe a typical day in your town: 

As an entrepreneur, there is no typical day for me. You always have to be ready for whatever life is going to throw at you.


Name three must see spots in your town: 

The Beltline, Ponce City Market and any place where you can listen to good Atlanta music.





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Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs. Constantly on the lookout for the newest talent in the South, Cheri has a passion for helping entrepreneurs create and share their brand storytelling through her endeavors - The Southern Coterie • guide2athens • Bulldawg Illustrated