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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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Military Spouse of the Year” Talks Helping Others Become Successful Entrepreneurs | Black Enterprise

Being a Military spouse isn’t easy. Between dealing with frequent deployments, job changes and cross-country moves, you’re holding together the family on the home front and trying to keep your own identity. So about 6 years ago when Lakesha Cole, a Marine Corps spouse and mother of two, was faced with the family’s fifth deployment, she decided to create something she could take with her. Cole launched She Swank | Too, a curated shop for women and girls, with only $500. Today the She Swank | Too brand has grown through three deployments, traveled to customers in 50 states and […]

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Women of color are starting new businesses faster than anyone else | Fast Company

Consider this stat: Over the past year, women started an average of 1,817 new businesses per day in the U.S. That now represents 42% of nearly 13 million businesses overall, which employ 9.4 million workers and generate revenue of $1.9 trillion. And while these female founders come from diverse backgrounds, women of color make up the biggest portion of them, according to the annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. Women of color account for 89% (1,625) of the new businesses opened every day over the past year. This number has grown faster than the overall rate of new women-owned businesses […]

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Fast Food Mogul, Serial Entrepreneur La-Van Hawkins Dies at 61 | Black Enterprise

Samara Lynn, Black Enterprise Illustration by Neal Fox, Featured Image Hawkins, a black entrepreneur in the food industry, just died at the age of 61, reports Crain’s. Hawkins was featured several times in BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. In 1995, his business, La-Van Hawkins Inner City Foods, ranked No. 45 on the BE 100s listing of the nation’s most successful black-owned businesses. At the time, the business had sales totaling $39.1 million. His company then operated 36 Checkers drive-in restaurants. He raised eyebrows in an interview with BE asserting that he would sell his company for the right price. This was during […]

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22 Black Owned Luxury Brands To Support Instead of GUCCI and Prada | Shoppe Black

Shoppe Black, Shoppe Black Undra Celeste. Featured Images Courtesy of Shoppe Black issued an apology for the offense caused by their “blackface sweater”. I don’t accept. In fact, at this point, I’m convinced that these “mistakes” are part of these folks’ marketing strategy. They can’t be that clueless. Tsemaye Binite Ozwald Boateng Brother Vellies CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, Shoppe Black

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Black Owned Music Venues | AFRO

Nyame-Kye Kondo, AFRO the D.C. fall art season in full swing, Black musicians and patrons alike are getting amped for a chilly season made warm by good music. Historically known for its soulful vibes, the development of Go-Go and hardcore punk music, Washington D.C. has a legacy of Black musical excellence. One important aspect that enabled these movements to be successful, is Black owned music venues. Providing Black musicians with consistent work, and the opportunity to display their art in a familiar and often times welcoming environment, the foundation for live music in D.C. would be nothing without Black owned […]

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[VIDEO] New Voices Foundation Acquires Madam C.J. Walker’s Estate To Create Think Tank For Black Women Entrepreneurs | Essence The Villa Lewaro estate will be used as a "learning institute, or think tank, to foster entrepreneurship for present and future generations," according to New Voices Foundation's Richelieu Dennis.

The Villa Lewaro estate will be used as a “learning institute, or think tank, to foster entrepreneurship for present and future generations,” according to New Voices Foundation’s Richelieu Dennis.

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