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We asked four black businesswomen how they got their start. Here’s what they said. | USA Today

Back in the 1950s and ’60s, Milwaukee bustled with African American-owned businesses. But a combination of changing demographics and concentrated poverty dimmed the community’s once-bright glow of entrepreneurship. In 2012, African Americans made up 22% of all business owners in Milwaukee County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Recently, the city’s African American entrepreneurs have stimulated new growth with the establishment of the Bronzeville Collective and Sherman Phoenix. Individual entrepreneurs also have realized the need to create a support network for their peers to make Milwaukee a home of more profitable, diverse business districts. We asked these four black businesswomen […]

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Monet’s Closet

At 14, Tatyanna Penrice is not your ordinary middle school student, but an entrepreneur as well. She founded Monet’s Closet all by herself. Loving to sew, which plays a huge role in her business because she creates and designs pillows. Although she is young, Tatyanna doesn’t let her youth affect her business. She is very talented, motivated, and determined to reach the goals she has set for herself and her business.

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