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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Black-Owned Smart Shoe Line Has Bluetooth Capabilities That Can Connect to Smart Phones and Tablets

Babajide Ipaye, founder of Keexs Smart Shoes
(center) Entrepreneur Jide Ipaye, founder of the Keexs smart shoe

Move over Nike and make room for Keexs, an Africa-inspired unisex footwear brand and the first smart shoe in Africa that has a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Even more importantly, the new sneakers brand creates jobs and also helps poor people in Nigeria.

10-Year Old Entrepreneur Using Her Profits to Give Back and Inspire Other Girls


Almost every little girl wants a Barbie doll, but not all little girls can afford them. It took one creative and inspired little girl to solve this problem by donating Barbie dolls to homeless shelters and other places where girls are not as fortunate. The sweet gesture turned 10-year-old Gianni Graham into an entrepreneur, and she is loving it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Black-Owned Tech Company Creates Faster (and Safer) Way for People to Buy and Sell Used Electronics

Founders of Stopoint.com
Founders of Stopoint.com
(left to right) Ally Simbert, Marc Estinville, and Steeve Simbert

Technology moves so fast that consumer products are outdated just as quickly as they are purchased. So, what do you do with your outdated electronics? Three young Black entrepreneurs have created a way for people to safely buy and sell used electronics online.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Meet Annie Malone - The First Ever Black Woman Millionaire

Annie Malone, the first Black woman millionaire

There are millions of women entrepreneurs in the United Statess that are running successful businesses, and many of them have even reached millionaire status. In fact, according a study by The American College, up to 45 percent of American millionaires are women. Few of these, however, are African American. But success runs in our race. Meet Annie Malone, the first Black woman millionaire.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Black-Owned Coffee and Tea Shop Going Strong With Three Locations in Chicago

Trez Pugh, founder of Sip & Savor in Chicago
Trez Pugh (center), founder of Sip & Savor in Chicago
Ever since 1970 when Starbucks opened their first coffee shop in Seattle, Washington, coffee shops have been springing up everywhere across the nation. But there are also many Black-owned coffee shops that have found success, such as Sip & Savor which now has three locations in Chicago, Illinois.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Russell Simmons Closes $167 Million Deal For His RushCard Debit Card Business

Russell Simmons, founder of Rushcard

Green Dot and RushCard are two of the oldest prepaid debit cards in the marketplace. Russell Simmons’ RushCard increased popularity for prepaid cards while Green Dot pioneered the reloadable prepaid card and is the largest provider in the U.S., according to Forbes Magazine.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

13-Year Old Nigerian Entrepreneur Builds Fans That Last Up to 19 Hours Without Electricity

Ukoma Michael, Nigerian inventor of Blue Wind fans

Thirteen-year-old Ukoma Michael from Nigeria is one of the youngest and best upcoming tech entrepreneurs in the world. He invented a battery-operated fan that will last for up to 19 hours. He calls them “Blue Wind Fans,” and they come in different shapes and sizes from table top to free standing. Once the fans are charged, they can run for up to 19 hours!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Young Black Entrepreneur Making Sparkling Profits as a Diamond Dealer and Custom Jewelry Designer

Zenobia Morrow

Surely, you've heard before that "diamonds are a girl's best friend," but diamonds can also become a lucrative business. Just ask gemologist and custom jewelry designer, Zenobia Morrow, who is now up to her elbows in diamonds as a professional gemologist.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Respected Black Teen Entrepreneur Interviews Several Self-Made Millionaires

Warren Cassell, Jr.

He is just 16 years old, but Warren Cassell, Jr. is being called one of the Caribbean region’s most prominent, respected and influential figures in the world of business. He has already written a book and now has his own series called "Teen Tycoon." In the show, Cassell interviews multimillionaire entrepreneurs, asking them to share their stories of how they got to be so successful.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

How Obama Made $20 Million Dollars in 8 Years -- Book Deals, Speaking Engagements, and More!

President Obama

Barack Obama served his last day as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. Although his annual salary was only $400,000 a year, during his presidency, he made $20 million dollars. But how?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Black-Owned Laundrymats Making Big Profits Off Your Dirty Laundry

Darryl and Fylynne Crawford, owners of Kimbark Laundry in Chicago
Darryl and Fylynne Crawford, owners of Kimbark Laundry in Chicago

Currently, there are about 35,000 coin laundries in the United States, generating nearly $5 billion in gross revenue annually. This 70-year old business concept is especially popular in the country's inner cities, but very few laundrymats are owned by African American entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

13-Year Old Entrepreneur Making $100K a Year Doing This -- And She's Training Other Girls to Do the Same!

Asia Newson, Super Business Girl from Detroit
Asia Newson (left) and her friends
Being a successful entrepreneur is not dependent on age, as shown by this 13-year-old from Detroit, Michigan. Her name is Asia Newson, and she is known locally and nationally as "Super Business Girl." It's the perfect name for a determined young girl whose company is targeted to make $100K this year, and for someone who wants to help other young girls do the same!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

$85 Dollar African American Dolls -- Can They Really Sell?


Jason and Angelica Sweeting, who live in Miami, Florida with their two young daughters, are the founders of Naturally Perfect Dolls, which sells high-end baby dolls with multicultural skin tones, hair styles, and body structures. The dolls are washable with styleable hair, and encourage self-acceptance and diversity - but they are not cheap. They retail for $84.99.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Entrepreneur Inspired By Her Daughter Creates First Ever Patois-Talking Jamaican Doll

Saffron Jackson, founder of Zuree Dolls
Saffron Jackson, founder of Zuree Dolls, with her daughter
Saffron Jackson, a 38-year old Jamaican entrepreneur, is making headlines for creating Zuree Dolls - unique baby dolls that look Jamaican and speak the language of Jamaican Patois. She says she wanted her daughter to have a doll that looked like her, spoke like her, and connected her to her own culture and heritage.

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Black-Owned Lingerie Line Heats Up the Market

Sadia Sisay, founder of Being U Lingerie Line

Black British entrepreneur Sadia Sisay has created a beautiful line of lingerie called BeingU that women of color everywhere will love. Not only are her creations sexy and comfortable, but they are also designed to match a variety of skin tones. What a great idea!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

21-Year Old Black Entrepreneur Creates Healthy Drinkable Lightbulbs

Sorrel healthy drinkable lightbulbs by Clovesz

Alaila-Lee Lawrence, a genius young entrepreneur from NYC, has created Sorrel Drinkable Lightbulbs - all-natural, refreshing drinks that come in bottles that are literally shaped like lightbulbs.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Black Women Business Moguls to Compete on "Queen Boss" Reality TV Show Hosted by Tracey Edmonds

Queen Boss Reality Show for Black Women Entrepreneurs

Over 500,000 new businesses start up each month in the United States, and African-American women represent the fasting-growing group of entrepreneurs. But how do these women know if they have a great concept for a business, and if they have the skills to be a C.E.O.? CENTRIC answers this question on Saturday, January 14 at 10pm EST, in its first business competition-reality series “Queen Boss.”

Monday, January 2, 2017

Compton's First Ever Black-Owned Business Celebrates 60 Years

Katherine Banks, founder of Naka’s Broiler

More than 100 local residents recently gathered together to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Naka’s Broiler, a Black-owned restaurant which also happens to be the first ever Black-owned business in Compton, California.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Super Mom Disrupts $121 Billion Dollar Skin Care Industry From Her Kitchen

Funlayo Alabi, founder of Shea Radiance

Funlayo Alabi grew up in West Africa where shea butter was considered a cure for everything. Many years later after immigrating to the United States, her son began to suffer with a skin condition called eczema. So, she tried shea butter and found that it not only improved his eczema but also made her own skin glow from using it. So, she decided to start her own business!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Entrepreneurs Launch New Service to Help More African Business Owners Accept Online Payments

Shola Akinlade and Ezra Olubi, founders of Paystack
Shola Akinlade and Ezra Olubi, founders of Paystack
Online retail is a booming industry in the U.S. with sales expected to increase by 45 percent this year, but in Africa only about 1% of all transactions happen online. So, two Nigerian entrepreneurs have developed a product that offers a centralized way for African online merchants to accept online payments, and they just received $1.3 million in seed investment to help fund their company which is based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Genius 11-Year Old Entrepreneur in NYC Selling 5 Minutes of Emotional Advice for $2


Ciro Ortiz, a sixth-grader from New York City, has found business success helping stressed-out New York subway-goers. For just $2, passerbyers in need of some advice or encouragement can stop and have a 5-minute consultation with him. And so far, the idea is a very profitable one!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Founders of Black-Owned Subscription Box Service Receive $100K in Funding

Founders of MyBest Box
(L to R) Lawrence Morris, technology officer; Fatima Dicko, DEO; and Ryan Middleton, chief marketing officer

For the last 5 years, Accelerate Baltimore has been helping innovative companies in cybersecurity, edtech, health and consumer startups in Baltimore by giving them $25,000 in seed funding. This year, they added a bonus award of $100,000. The first company to win this award was MyBestBox, a Black-owned subscription box service company based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

These Two Black Entrepreneurs Are Fighting Gentrification -- One House at a Time!

Andrew Colom and David Alade, founders of Century Partners
Andrew Colom and David Alade, founders of Century Partners

What does a real estate developer in Mississippi and a banker in New York City have in common? On the surface, nothing, but inside, both are gentrification fighters, having a burning desire to revitalize neighborhoods in Detroit, one house at a time.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Twin Brother Entrepreneurs Celebrate Their First Year in Business!

Marlon and Mark Whitfield, founders of Hawk Time LLC

Hawk Time LLC is a St. Louis-based marketing and consulting firm founded by twin brothers and entrepreneurs, Marlon and Mark Whitfield. Growing up twins, they did most everything together, so it made sense for them to also go into business together, especially since they both share a unique approach to offering marketing and consulting services to their customers. They are now celebrating one year in business.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

How This Blogger Secured $50K in Sponsorship Deals in 120 Days

Michiel Perry, founder of Black Southern Belle

Black Southern Belle launched over a year ago. Founder Michiel Perry created the web site to fill a need for more black vendors in the area of good food, black art, quality merchandise, home decor, and slow southern living. She actually stumbled across the idea when planning her wedding. Within just four short months, Perry secured $50,000 in sponsorships.
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