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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Juice Bar/ Vegan Restaurant Owner Making Healthy Profits Serving "Green Latifah" and "Swizz Beets"

Jerri Evans, owner of Turning Natural Juice Bar and Cafe

Jerri Evans, an entrepreneur that owns Turning Natural Juice Bar and Cafe in the Washington DC area, is having huge success and is planning to open more locations. As the name of her establishment suggests, they serve fresh juices and vegan-based foods, and she's pulling it off in urban areas where mostly African Americans live!

Monday, May 23, 2016

22-Year Old CEO From Kenya Builds a Multi-Million Business In Just 6 Months

Agnes Mulewa Ng'ang'a

It may have appeared on the outside that young Agnes Mulewa Ng'ang'a had everything against her ever becoming a success business owner. Those who may have doubted her didn't know Agnes! She built a very successful business in just 6 months.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Former Black Panther Starts Urban Farm in Oakland to Give Ex-Cons a Fresh Start


From a Black Panther chairwoman in the 1970's to creating an urban farm that employs ex-cons may seem like an unlikely career path for Elaine Brown. Then again, it may be just the perfect choice for a woman who has always been an advocate for prisoners.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The World’s First African-American Rolls Royce Car Dealer


Thomas Moorehead is not only the first African American Rolls Royce car dealer but the only Rolls Royce dealership in greater Washington, D.C. He is thriving in one of the wealthiest communities in the country, but he is also one of the most humble business owners you'll ever meet who has never forgotten the people who helped him along the way.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Former Homeless "Thug" Now Owns 2 Successful Restaurants

Darnell Fergusion, founder of Super Chef's restaurant

Darnell Ferguson, founder and owner of Super Chef's Restaurant, knew early on what he enjoyed and wanted to do. It was while attending vocational school that he realized how much he enjoyed cooking. His inspiration was watching celebrity chef, Emeril, on TV, and that's when he decided he wanted to own his own restaurant. But getting there was a lot more difficult than he ever imagined!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Black-Owned Car Manufacturer to Take on Major International Brands

Kwadwo Safo, CEO of Kantanka Group

Black entrepreneurs have long had success in the car industry as dealers and suppliers, but few have made it far enough to become an actual car manufacturer. But Kwadwo Safo Jr, CEO of Kantanka Group, is defying the odds! Based in Accra, Ghana, his car company is already producing more than 100 vehicles each month.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Why Some Black Entrepreneurs Hide Their "Blackness"

Black business owner hiding

An owner of a patio-installation business was successful in building his company to a $6 million enterprise over 9 years. The interesting part of this story is that the owner did it by hiding the fact that he was a black business owner. His story is just one of many by black entrepreneurs who have to hide the fact that they are black in order to succeed.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Damon Dash and Dr. Boyce Watkins Launch New Online "Be a Boss" Course -- Enrollment Is Open!


Damon Dash's career is legendary, as he was responsible for developing the careers of men like Jay-Z, Kanye West and the Rachel Roy fashion Line. Dr. Boyce Watkins was the only African American in the world to earn a PhD in Finance during the year 2002. Since then, he has taught Finance at major business schools for 20 years and is also the founder and CEO of Boyce Watkins Enterprises and The Watkins Media Group.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From Broke to Multi-Millonaire - How Daymond John Became Daymond John

Daymond John

Daymond John has become a household name by his appearance as a co-star on ABC's Shark Tank. But there is much more to know about this entrepreneur, author, fashion mogul and motivational speaker - like for instance, how he turned $40 into a $6 billion-dollar fashion enterprise.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Black-Owned Beer Brewing Company Gets Premium Placement in Walmart

Celeste Beatty, owner of Harlem Brewing Company

With 11,620 Walmart stores around the country that are getting 100,000,000 customers per week, getting a product placed in a Walmart store is a very big deal. But that is exactly what entrepreneur Celeste Beatty, owner of Harlem Brewing Company, did!

Why Prince's Death Will Generate Another $100 Million

Prince album cover

Sadly, legendary singer and songwriter, Prince, died on April 21, 2016. Best known for his Purple Rain album, the music icon had been writing music and performing since the 70's. His estate is estimated at $250 million, but it is anticipated it will generate another $100 million over the next two decades.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Tenured Harlem Teacher Takes Plunge into Entrepreneurship -- Launches Her Own Jewelry Line

Ifétayo Abdus-Salam, artist-turned-teacher-turned-entrepreneur

Like the pieces that comprise her jewelry line, Hecho en Harlem, Ifétayo Abdus-Salam is beautiful, bold, and “made in Harlem.” In fact, she was raised in the very apartment that now houses her metalwork studio - located just minutes from the legendary Apollo Theater. The artist-turned-teacher-turned-entrepreneur has come a long way from making beaded jewelry in her living room as a dreamy young girl. Like the future of Harlem, however, her path hasn’t always been clear.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Woman Rejected by Airline Decides to Start Her Own Airline -- And Does!

Sibongile Sambo, founder of SRS Aviation

When Sibongile Sambo, a 42-year old woman from South Africa, was told by South African Airways that she did not qualify for a flight attendant position because she did not meet their minimum height requirement, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Black Techies Get $1.3 Million in Funding from "Shark Tank" for Their Fitness App

Ben Young and Gregory Coleman, founders of the Sworkit app

Two African American men in their 40's recently received the largest tech startup funding in the history of the ABC television show Shark Tank. They received $1.5 million in funding for their product, an interactive fitness app called Sworkit (which stands for "simply work it"), that provides customizable and personalized video workouts.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Genius Black Entrepreneur Launches Her Own Version of Uber For Kids

Aireal Taylor, founder of Kidz Cab in Detroit

Entrepreneur Aireal Taylor came up with a genius idea when she launched Kidz Cab a Detroit, Michigan-based company that offers a safe and reliable transportation service for local children ages 4-16, back and forth to school and to and from various after school activities. According to her web site, the service "not only gives parents one less thing to worry about, but essentially adds just a little more time in the day."

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Metro Buses Converted Into Mobile Food Markets For Low Income Neighborhoods

Former bus turned mobile food market in Toronto, Canada

Back in 2010, the city of Toronto (in Ontario, Canada) decided to launch a program that converts old unused metro buses into mobile grocery stores called Mobile Good Food Markets, and ever since, they've been traveling across the Toronto metropolitan area selling affordable fresh food. They have been especially successful (and helpful) in low income neighborhoods.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mama's Girl! 5 Amazing Black Woman-Owned Businesses Ran By Mother-Daughter Duos

Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams

There are many Black woman-owned businesses in the United States, and as a demographic, they continue to be the fastest growing group of successful entrepreneurs. But how many of them are owned by mothers and their daughters?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

6 Amazing Black Tech Organizations That Are Making a Difference for Young People!

Black children learning technology

It is no secret that there is a severe shortage of blacks in Silicon Valley. Although more and more minorities are graduating from college with degrees in computer science and computer engineering, many are not getting hired -- even though they qualify.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Black Entrepreneur Convinces Amazon.com to Invest $12.5 Million into His New Home Wi-Fi Device

Paul Judge, co-founder of Luma

Amazon.com has just invested more than $12 million in capital into the invention of Paul Judge, an African American entrepreneur and technologist who graduated from Morehouse College and earned his Ph.D. in network security at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

From Dancer to Entrepreneur -- Black-Owned Ballet Studio Celebrates 17 Years in Business

Sylvia Boaz, founder of Balletiquette San Diego Academy of Fitness and Dance
Sylvia Boaz, founder of Balletiquette San Diego Academy of Fitness and Dance

"That’s what I want to be when I grow up," said a young Sylvia Boaz after seeing a performance at the Dance Theater of Harlem with her mother. It seemed like only a dream for a young black girl who was a varsity cheerleader at Howard University in Washington, DC. But it was her dream, and she was determined to make it come true. Not only did she become a dancer, for the past 17 years she has also owned her own ballet studio.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Black Student Entrepreneur Turns Down Microsoft and Google -- Partners With Friends to Build New App!

Bae App founders

Jordan Kunzika (pictured above to the far left) is a 21-year old computer genius who says he often was the only Black person in his computer science classes. He is a Google Generation Scholar and has done internships with both Microsoft and Intel.

And the 2016 New York Black Business Award Winners Are...

New York Black Business Award Winners

New York Black Business Awards, Inc. is a company that recognizes Black Businesses who do an extraordinary job in their individual categories or fields. The company honors not only African American businesses but all black-owned businesses, including Caribbean, Jamaican, British West Indian, Haitian, French, Creole, American, Southerners, Northerners and more.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Entrepreneur Turns Hobby into Black Beauty Business Empire

Fracassi Lashes, Black Beauty Empire in New York

Falicia “Fracassi” Garries was working for a corporation as a senior customer service representative when she became interested in eyelashes. It was a hobby then, and she worked at making them look natural. Little did she know that the eyelash lady ‘Fracassi,’ as they called her, would turn this hobby into a successful business with multiple locations.

Friday, April 1, 2016

200 Black-Owned Newspapers Recently Met Together and This Happened!

NNPA Black newspaper meeting

More than 100 black newspaper owners comprise the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). The organization was founded in 1940. It was originally called the National Negro Publishers Association. In 1956, the trade association was renamed the National Newspapers Publishers Association. Today, they consist of more than 200 black newspapers in the United States and the Virgin Islands and have a combined readership of 15 million.

Monday, March 28, 2016

6 Black-Owned Beverage Companies -- Stirring Up Wines, Teas, and Energy Drinks

Jinja Tea, black-owned beverage

African American entrepreneurs are widening out and starting companies in all kinds of industries. They are no longer just owners of barbershops, hair salons, and restaurants. Nowadays, they are investing in bigger more global ideas like tech companies, investing firms, and global food and drink distribution.

When it comes to beverages, the most popular brands are Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Snapple, and Lipton, but there are also some brands that were created by African American business owners.
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