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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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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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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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Former Pittsburgh Pirates First Baseman Owns the Third Largest Black-Owned Car Dealership | Black Enterprise

As leader at a top black-owned car dealership for the past decade or so, Dorian Boyland is not your ordinary auto dealer. Most dealerships are judged by how many vehicles they sell or how much revenue they produce. The Boyland Auto Group CEO, however, judges himself based on how much profit he can generate from each sale. During his 34 years in business, Boyland has owned and operated 22 dealerships in six states before selling several dealerships and making preparations for retirement.The former first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates currently scores with six dealerships in Oregon, Florida, and Wisconsin. Boyland […]

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This D.C.-Based Summit is Bringing Creatives of Color to the Forefront | Black Enterprise

Real-life connections and face-to-face interactions are coveted opportunities for many millennials in today’s digital world. Instead of merely scrolling through everyone else’s highlight reel on social media, studies show that millennials are investing in experiential activities. Launched in 2018, the Foreground Summit provides creatives and founders of color with a safe space to network, develop their skills, and learn how to connect with brands and foster partnerships. Beyond inspiration, the summit promises to offer a diverse group of entrepreneurs tangible takeaways that can be immediately applied to creative work. The upcoming two-day summit, which kicks off Tuesday in Washington, D.C., […]

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From Living in a Shelter after Hurricane Katrina to Launching a Successful Bow Tie Company | Shoppe Black

Oakland, CA based designer, Rashima Sonson is the owner of SONSON®, a bow tie brand that offers unique bow ties made of African wax print fabric, lamb leather, pearls, and Swarovski stones. In 2005, her life drastically changed from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. After being displaced to Philadelphia and living in a shelter, Rashima had to start her life from the bottom. She continued to push forward with her goal of creating her fashion brand. Now, she is shifting the gears on the traditional bow tie by adding a bit of lagniappe to its style and showing customers […]

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Introducing a New Black-Owned Line of Ready-to-Bake Frozen Cookie Dough | Black Business.com

Megan Mottley, a mother, baker, and entrepreneur from Memphis, Tennessee, has recently debuted her line of Goodness Gracious Luxe Cookies frozen cookie dough at a grocery store in her hometown. The cookie dough, which is ready-to-bake, has no preservatives, and has the same taste as her delectable homemade, freshly-baked cookies! Mottley has always loved baking since she was a teenager. So when her daughter asked her if she could go on a mission trip to Japan, she thought she could use her baking skills to raise some funds for her daughter’s trip. Thus, she started baking and selling cookies to […]

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