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Exclusive: Atlanta-Based Entrepreneur Jewel Burks Solomon named Head of Google For Startups, U.S. | Hypepotamus

Atlanta tech entrepreneur Jewel Burks Solomon has been named head of Google for Startups for the U.S., Hypepotamus has confirmed. Solomon is not only the first African-American woman to have this title — a highly significant matter in itself — but she is also the first person to ever hold the newly created position at Google. “I am thrilled about the opportunity to do work I’m deeply passionate about, to help level the playing field in the startup ecosystem,” Solomon tells Hypepotamus about taking the position, saying she’s excited to take on the responsibilities of the job. “I have a […]

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This Black-Owned Cafe is Redefining the Culture for People in Richmond, Virginia | Black Enterprise

A little black girl walks into a coffee shop and stops when she sees a black woman by the counter. With excitement and curiosity in her eyes, the little girl asks, “Do you own this?” Kelli Lemon, the owner of the Urban Hang Suite RVA social cafe, bends down as she looks at the little girl in her eyes and says, “Yes, what do you want to own?” A powerful voice in the Richmond community. Lemon is exuding black excellence through her work and is bringing others on the journey with her. She’s a highly-respected community leader, radio personality, and […]

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The Ivy Hotel: Maryland’s Black-Owned Oasis in the Middle of Charm City | Ebony

The Black-owned boutique hotel has been open only five years, yet it already has a strong-hold on hospitality in the city. Despite countless contributions to American culture, Baltimore, Maryland, has been associated with nothing more strongly than HBO drama The Wire over the past two decades. The street life depicted on the Emmy-winning series is often the only reference out-of-towners have when it comes to the culture of the city, which is crying shame, to say the least. Locals and experienced travelers tell a different story, the story of a city that truly lives up to the “charm” of its […]

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Teen Entrepreneur Celebrates 10 Years in Business, Lemonade Distribution in 1,500 Supermarkets | Black Enterprise

She started a business that went from a single lemonade stand to the shelves of 1,500 supermarkets across the country. 1,500 supermarkets She walked off Shark Tank with a $60,000 investment and Daymond John as a mentor. She speaks at business conferences all across the world—this year alone she presented in Budapest and Singapore. And she’s celebrating 10 years in business. The kicker? This teen entrepreneur is only barely old enough for a learner’s permit. Even if you’re not familiar with the name Mikaila Ulmer, chances are you remember the face of the smiling brown girl who made headlines as […]

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This Black-Owned Tea Brand Is Headed To New York Stock Exchange | Black Enterprise

Vanessa Braxton, the owner of Black Momma Vodka, originally started out distilling vodka and then moved into the tea industry. Braxton expanded her empire by opening storefronts. Now, to fuel further expansion, Braxton plans to list her company on the New York Stock Exchange. Braxton plans to take advantage of a provision that President Barack Obama signed into law via the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in 2012. The intention of the JOBS Act was to encourage the funding of small businesses in the United States by easing many of the securities regulations that make it tough for smaller […]

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Meet the Real Estate Investor Who Owns 18 Properties at 26-Years-Old | Black Enterprise

Homeownership is a secure way to build wealth. For many Americans, homeownership is an instrumental way of creating generational wealth for their families. For Jamisa McIvor-Bennett, founder and CEO of Rosebud’s Investments, her introduction to ownership began with a conversation with her grandmother, which ultimately led her to become a real estate investor at the age of 19. After a conversation with her guardian about being next in kin to own and manage the family home, Mclvor-Bennett was added to the deed. Months later, her grandmother passed away unexpectedly. Lydia Blanco, Black Enterprise Full article @ Black Enterprise Share This […]

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Making black dollars work for us | The St. Louis American

All holidays in the U.S. are highly commercialized. Christmas is the most commercialized to the tune of $475 billion, according to National Retail Federation estimates. Lost in those billions is a big portion of the $1 trillion-plus spending power of black folks. Our consumerism rarely comes with demands for accountability and respect. Some of us think about how fast our dollars literally fly out of our communities while other ethnic groups’ dollars circulate longer and benefit them more. It really smacked me in a different way when I heard Maggie Anderson speak at a program hosted by the Coalition of […]

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This Social Entrepreneur Uses Blockchain to Power a Successful Business and Feed the Hungry at the Same Time | Black Enterprise

Jasmine Crowe is the opposite of an accidental entrepreneur. She followed her passion—and her purpose—to become a social entrepreneur, founding Goodr, the food waste management solution that gets surplus food from the companies that would otherwise throw it away into the hands of the nonprofits that desperately need it. It all started when Crowe moved to Atlanta six years ago. “I was just driving through downtown and saw hundreds of people that were experiencing homelessness on the streets,” she says. “I felt really compelled that I had to do something.” So she started making meals—buying and cooking the food herself […]

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Father and Son’s Financial Literacy Curriculum Teaches Black Youth to Invest in the Stock Market | Black Enterprise

A financial literacy curriculum designed by a father-son duo is helping students at one high school learn how to invest in the stock market. Virginia esquire Kevon L. Chisolm and his 11-year-old son, Kamari Chisolm, announced the launch of Black Wallstreeter Consultation Services back in March to aid people, particularly young people, with increasing their wealth. “By working with a team of like-minded people, a club can help relieve the stress of trying to improve your financial situation alone,” Chisolm said at the time. “Anyone over the age of 8 is encouraged to attend the seminars.” Now, their in-depth curriculum […]

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Meet 7 Black Women Entrepreneurs Who Run Successful Businesses You Need To Know About | Essence

From assistance with collecting child support payments to jewelry that relieves hot flashes, these Black-owned brands provide invaluable services. Day 2 of the ESSENCE + New Voices Entrepreneur Summit and Target Holiday Market featured a dynamic panel discussion moderated by ESSENCE UnBossed ESSENCE Podcast host Marquita Harris, who spoke with several successful women entrepreneurs—FLR-PLN CEO Adia Dightman; Don’t Get Mad, Get Paid CEO Simone Spence; Royelles founder Mukami Kinothi Kimotho; Fria founder Sheilisa McNeal Burgess; PowerHandz CEO Danyel Surrency Jones, Well-Kept Beauty founder Sheena Franklin and Adorned by Chi creator Jacque Aye—during the New Voices panel, An Entrepreneur’s Journey: Building […]

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