Spotlight on Justice of the Pies
Maya-Camille Broussard has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. At a young age she owned an art gallery with a bar in the South Loop called “Three Peas Art Lounge”. Shortly after closing the gallery, she created Justice of the Pies – a bakery specializing in sweet and savory pies, quiches and tarts.
Maya-Camille established Justice of the Pies in 2014 in honor of her late father, Stephen (Steve) J. Broussard. Justice of the Pies began as a Kickstarter campaign that was curated by Accion and then merged into a full-fledged business.
Steve, who dubbed himself the Pie Master, was a criminal defense attorney with a passion for baking. Justice of the Pies was created to celebrate his love for pies and to honor his belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to reform their lives.
Maya-Camille has tapped into resources to help grow her business through ChiBizHub. ChiBizHub is a local resource for business owners and startups to power connections in order to start, scale and accelerate their business. For the established 100+ resource network, ChiBizHub is a platform to provide best fit referrals, assistance in building a network, and to showcase the story of Chicago entrepreneurship.
As part of this, in 2016, she became a fellow of FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Accelerator, which helped her to focus on growing a food brand with a focus on local sustainability. She is also a fellow of Accion’s Neighborhood Entrepreneurship Lab which assists with providing mentors and the opportunity to learn from industry vets.
Reflecting on her success, Maya-Camille believes the most effective tool used to grow her business has been the network of relationships and mentorships she gained along the way.
To learn more about Justice of the Pies, visit their Instagram and website at https://www.justiceofthepies.com