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Monday, August 29, 2016

How 2 Chainz Made $2 Million Dollars in 30 Days

2 Chainz

2 Chainz is a multi-platinum selling rapper from College Park, Georgia with several singles and albums that have charted in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100. At 38-years old, he has been very successful not just with his music sales, but also by selling apparel and other merchandise.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Smokey Robinson and Wife Launch New Skincare Line Called Skinphonic

Smokey Robinson with wife, Frances

The song "My Girl" recorded by The Temptations was a number one hit in 1965. It was written by Smokey Robinson who followed with several solo hits of his own, including "Cruisin", "Being With You" and "Just to See Her". So, what's Smokey up to these days?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kobe Bryant Launches $100 Million Venture Capital Fund -- Shares Investment Advice With Retired NBA Players

Kobe Bryant and Jeff Stibel

Former NBA professional basketball star, Kobe Bryant, may be retired from sports but he is anything but retired. His latest endeavor is creating an investment fund that will help media, technology, and data start-up companies over the next few years.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Black-Owned Toilet Paper, Mouthwash and Laundry Detergent Brands

Kamose Muhammad, CEO and founder of Freedom Paper Company
Typically, we don't give much thought to who is the owner of the companies that produce the products we use. From toothpaste to mouthwash, soap to laundry detergent, bathroom products, and all the other products we use on a daily basis, all are made by companies that were started by entrepreneurs with an idea to solve a problem or make life a little easier. And guess what? Some of these entrepreneurs are African American.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Single Mother Creates School Supplies That Celebrate Black Culture

Nneka, founder of Innovative School Supplies

Remember how exciting it was as a kid to go shopping for school supplies -- boxes of crayons, pencils, notebooks? But every one's stuff looked the same -- until now. Introducing Innovative Supplies, a black-owned online store that sells unique school supplies that celebrate black culture.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Black-Owned Vacation Rental Web Sites Help Counter Discrimination

African American woman traveling

Imagine trying to book a reservation at a Bed & Breakfast and being rejected, not because of credit issues, but because you are black. Sadly, this is happening often with online vacation booking sites. So two black entrepreneurs started their own vacation booking web sites that offer vacation booking services -- without discrimination.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

8-Year Old Starts His Own Bakery -- Says He Wants To Buy His Mom a House

Jalen Bailey, 8-year old founder of Jalen's Bakery

Jalen Bailey, an 8-year-old boy from Fresno, California is running his very own home-based bakery called Jalen's Bakery where he sells everything from cookies to bread to pastries. He says his plan is to buy a house for himself and his mom, Sharhonda Mahan.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Top 10 Black Business Expos Across the Country -- And Minority Business Expos Too!

Black business expo attendees

Business expos are conventions or trade shows that provide local small businesses an opportunity to showcase their products and services. For many Black and mininority-owned businesses, these events are very critical for them to network and find new customers.

Monday, August 8, 2016

$1 Million Dollar Loan Fund Launched to Help Caribbean Women Start Businesses


Business women in the Caribbean are all about helping each other. It's not easy for them to get funding, so two successful business women have decided to "pay it forward" by creating FundRiseHER - a $1 million crowdfunding campaign to help other women start their own businesses.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Entrepreneur Launches Mobile Hair Salon Service For Black Women That Brings the Stylist to Your Home

Antonia Opiah, founder of Yeluchi

Many new businesses are launched as a result of the business owner wanting to solve a problem, or provide a service or product that is sorely needed. Take hair care for Black women, for example. It takes time and a stylist who specializes in ethnic hair to do it right, not to mention the extra time involved in traveling to the salon and back.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

First Ever Black Woman-Owned Lexus Dealership


Women are a dominate force when it comes to purchasing automobiles; 85 percent of auto purchases are made by women, according to several sources like Auto Trends. Yet, less than 8 percent of all car dealerships across the nation are owned by women, and only about 1 percent are owned by women of color.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Black Students Develop New "Smart Mat" Idea to Help Diabetics Avoid Amputation


4 genius college students have created new technology that promises to reduce the risk of amputation among people with diabetes.  Chevan Baker and Jann Butler (pictured above), along with Jordan Barber and Frederick Harris, are all engineering majors at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Top 10 Local Black-Owned Farms That You Should Support

Farmer working at Black-owned farm

There are Black-owned farms all across the country, but according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), they make up only 2 percent of U.S. agricultural land. With these odds, it is very difficult for African Americans and others who want to support Black-owned farms.

Monday, July 25, 2016

#BankBlack -- Top 23 Black-Owned Banks, Credit Unions and Other Financial Institutions

Executives at Industrial Bank, a Black-owned bank in Washington, DC

The #BankBlack revolution has already began. Thousands of African Americans across the country are transferring their money to Black-owned banks that invest in urban communities and businesses. Initiated by several celebrities like Solange and rapper Killer Mike, the initiative is in response to years of police brutality, discrimination, and other racial problems that have long existed in America.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

First Black-Owned Vodka Company in South Africa Launches


A new vodka will soon be hitting the shelves in South Africa. Distinkt Vodka, created by chemist Sibusiso Sibis, will be South Africa's first Black-owned vodka brand.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Black-Owned Fashion Organization Empowering Women All Around the World to Become Entrepreneurs

Willow Tree Roots Fashion Designs

Entrepreneur Tiffani Sharp is the founder of Willow Tree Roots, a non-profit organization that helps women to succeed as entrepreneurs. Tiffani says the idea grew from a seed of love from her heart, and she aims to improve the socioeconomic status of women all over the world.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Black Money Matters! Entrepreneur Launches Nationwide Program Giving African American Families Their Very Own Personal Accountant

Randy Hughes, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Long-time entrepreneur and accountant Randy Hughes, via Counting Pennies, his accounting and tax preparation firm based in Orlando, Florida, is now offering affordable and much-needed financial services to urban and low income families across the country. The program, called Black Money Matters, especially aims to give African American families nationwide the opportunity to have their very own personal accountant!

8,000 People Open Accounts At Black-Owned Bank In Atlanta

Staff at Citizen's Trust Bank

Citizen’s Trust Bank, a historic Black-owned bank in Atlanta, GA, has seen a huge spike in business. In just five days, 8,000 people have submitted applications to open an account.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Black College Student Launches Affordable $40 Shoe Brand That Gives Back to the Community

Daniel Abaraoha, founder of Vita Shoes

Daniel Abaraoha, a college student at Cornell University who lives in Arlington, Texas, has launched a unique philanthropy-driven shoe company that was created from a childhood dream of his. The company, Vita Shoes, offers customers a quality and affordable sneaker while giving a portion of their profits to homeless shelters and charity organizations.

Monday, July 18, 2016

7 Web Sites and Apps to Help You Find and Support Black-Owned Businesses

We Buy Black

There are so many reasons why it is important to support black-owned businesses. Black-owned businesses represent just 7 percent of all small businesses in the U.S., but they create jobs and contribute to the economic strength of urban communities.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Black-Owned Cupcake Enterprise Named "Family Business of the Year"

Mignon Francois, founder of The Cupcake Collection

Every year, Black Enterprise names one family-operated business as "Family Business of the Year." This year's prestigious award went to Nashville, Tennessee-based cupcake company, The Cupcake Collection, owned and founded by entrepreneur Mignon Francois.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Black-Owned Funeral Home Celebrates 100 Years in Business

JW Woodward Funeral home, oldest Black-owned funeral home
Kay Woodward, current president of the 100-year old family-owned company

Five generations have worked at the J. W. Woodward Funeral Home in Spartanburg, South Carolina since it's beginning 100 years ago. They are not only celebrating their 100th year in business, but they have the distinction of being the oldest black family-owned business in Spartanburg.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Shaq's Affordable Shoes For Kids Have Sold Over 120 Million Pairs at Walmart

Shaq's shoes at Wal-mart

Former NBA basketball star, Shaquille O’Neal, knows a lot about playing the game. Now he's also showing others that he knows a thing or two about athletic footwear. And he has proven it by selling millions of pairs of affordable shoes for kids at Walmart.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How One Retired NBA Player Built A $400 Million Fast Food Empire

Junior Bridgeman

You may not have heard of Junior Bridgeman, but he was an NBA player for 12 years for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. Like all players, he eventually retired. But unlike most players, who, according to Sports Illustrated, go broke within 5 years after retiring, Bridgeman became much more successful after retirement than he was during his years playing basketball, building a $400 million fast food empire.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Top 7 Black-Owned Doll Makers and Designers

Black/ African American dolls

Doll making has been around since the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The first usage of dolls as toys has been documented in Greece around 100 AD. The most well-known doll makers and designers in the U.S. include Mattel, Hasbro, and others. But there also many African and African American entrepreneurs that are in the business!
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