maker spotlight: black candle makers club

Uplifting others in their candle-making journey is imperative! That's why Julia "Jewelz" Amponsah-Gilder, owner of Couture Candlez by Jewelz, created the Black Candle Makers Club (BCMC) in 2020.

It was important for Jewelz to highlight members’ innovative products, promote their small businesses, provide them with feedback, and host segments with major candle industry experts. This led to the opening of BCMC UNIVERSITY.

Along the way, Jewelz collaborated with other small business owners to form the BCMC dream team who operates as a family with each member playing a significant role and having the same mindset of helping others succeed in their entrepreneurial journey.


the mission

The mission of the BCMC is to promote diversity and inclusion in the candle-making industry by providing knowledge and resources to a small but growing demographic.

They welcome allies of all ethnicities who support our mission of learning and growing in the art of candle-making. 


membership benefits

Being a member of BCMC University comes with a ton of perks! You get access to an exclusive candle industry content-based video library, live interactive courses with industry expert content coaches, course completion certificates to highlight success, a student Q & A support lounge, various chandler templates & resources, discounted BCMC merchandise, consultations/office hours with for one-on-one support, and a candle-making mentorship program for members to partner up with other candle makers. 

They offer 4-5 new courses every month on all kinds of topics including candle-making tutorials, entrepreneurship, marketing, social media, business insurance, forming business entities, and more!


who's behind bcmc

BCMC couldn't support its members with so many educational and inspirational opportunities without some seriously strong leaders working hard behind the scenes.

We're shining a spotlight on the team that runs this incredible organization and highlighting the amazing products they make! 

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Julia "Jewelz" Amponsah-Gilder
Founder & President of BCMC
Founder of Couture Candlez by Jewelz.



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Nicole Mosby
Vice President of BCMC
Owner of Lambs & Wolves, LLC.



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Nikkie Davis
Public Relations Director of BCMC
Owner of Bubble Babez Bath Company & University





Shontelle Flowers
Administrative Director of BCMC
Owner of FlowEsScents



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December Miller
Client Services Director of BCMC
Owner of Wick 926



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Aaron Means
Creative Director of BCMC
Owner of The Aaron Anthony Collection





Latrice Johnson
Member Services Director of BCMC
Owner of Heartbeat Candle Company




LaShon Collier
Projects & Events Director
Owner of 1st of All Consulting Services




You can learn more about BCMC including membership and educational opportunities here.