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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Childhood Trips To Prison Gave This Entrepreneur a Very Profitable Idea!

Kristal Bush, founder of Bridging the Gap Transportation

Entrepreneurs often start businesses in order to fill a need or to solve a problem. That was the case with Kristal Bush from Philadelphia, PA. Her idea came from a very unlikely source - years of traveling to prison to visit her father.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Actress Keke Palmer Releases Two New Shoe Collections

Keke Palmer's shoe collections with Shoe Dazzle

Actress, singer, songwriter, and television personality Keke Palmer is up to her heels in style. In addition to all her other accomplishments, she has just unveiled her new shoe collection with Shoe Dazzle.

Monday, October 17, 2016

First Ever Black Woman-Owned Full-Service Security Firm Was Launched With Just $500 -- But Is Now A Multi-Million Dollar Enterprise!

Mary Parker is the genius entrepreneur that founded All-N-One Security - a thriving, multi-million dollar security enterprise with a workforce of more than 200 employees. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, her company is the first ever Black woman-owned full-service security firm, and one of the nation’s largest and most experienced, fully-certified security firms.

Friday, October 14, 2016

$62 Million Dollars Gone -- Another NBA Player Files For Bankruptcy

Darius Miles, former NBA player

Darius Miles, a former player for the L.A. Clippers star, has filed for bankruptcy. The 6 ft 9 in professional basketball player was the 3rd overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft and played for the Los Angeles Clippers. His nine-year contract earned him $62 million, but now it's gone. It's hard to comprehend $62 million gone so quickly. What happened?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Black-Owned Start-Up Called "Airfordable" Offers Layaway Plans For Expensive Plane Tickets

Founders - Craig Henry II, Ama Marfo, and Emmanuel Buah
Airfordable, launched by a group of Chicago-based Black entrepreneurs, allows users to create a payment plan when buying airline tickets. Users can secure a plane ticket with a deposit upfront, and pay the remaining balance in bi-weekly recurring payments before the departure date.

Monday, October 10, 2016

How Kevin Hart Made $87.5 Million Last Year -- Making Him the Highest Paid Comedian (More Than Jerry Seinfield!)

Kevin Hart

For the very first time in several years, Forbes' annual list of celebrity money-makers has a new comedian topping the list. For years, Jerry Seinfeld topped the list. But for the first time since 2006, a new name is at the top: Kevin Hart. What makes Kevin the top-earning comedian?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Black Entrepreneurs Create Mobile Grocery Stores to Help Disadvantaged Communities

Founders Market Boxx Community Stores
Jay Holmes (left), Naurice Fitzgerald (middle) and another founder of Market Boxx Community Stores
When low income families can not get access to fresh produce, why not take the produce to them? Entrepreneur Jay Holmes, one of the founders of Market Boxx Community Stores, thought this would be a great idea. So, he started building his first grocery store on wheels in Milwaukee, WI and hopes the idea will catch on in other cities.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

NYC Mompreneur is Red Hot With Her New Black Haircare Line Called "Dope Hair"

Iasia Smith, founder of Dope Hair

Iasia Smith, a New York City-based Master Hair Stylist with more than 11 years dedicated to superior styling and innovation, has recently launched "Dope Hair" - a unique Black hair care line designed for all natural textures as well as chemically treated locks and hair extensions.

Monday, October 3, 2016

These Black CEOs Were Denied Business Loans (But Now They Run America's Fastest Growing Companies!)

Black CEOs that were denied business loans
Edwin Bosso, Anastasia Gentles, and Zawadi Bryant
Every year, Inc. magazine publishes a list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the nation. They also publish the Inc. 5000. Among all those fast-growing companies, only 73 of them are run Black-owned and/or run by Black CEOs.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Meet Henry T. Sampson -- The Man Who Created the First Cell Phone Back in 1971

Henry T. Sampson, inventor of the cell phone

What do Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Henry T. Sampson all have in common? They are all geniuses who pushed technology into the next century. We all know that Bill Gates founded Microsoft, which became the world's largest PC software company, and Steve Jobs as an information technology entrepreneur and inventor and co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. But who is Henry T. Sampson?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Black-Owned Spa/Salon For Men Raises $200K After Being Turned Down on "Shark Tank"

Michael Elliot, founder of Hammer & Nails salon
Michael Elliot, founder of Hammer & Nails salon
Many people know Michael Elliot as the Hollywood screenwriter behind films like Brown Sugar, Like Mike and Just Wright. But he is also a successful entrepreneur who, you might say, owes his success to Shark Tank for turning him down on a deal. That's right, they turned him down and actually told him his idea of nail salons for men would never work.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Meet Robert F. Smith -- The Little-Known Black Billionaire Who Made a $20 Million Donation to the African American Smithsonian Museum

Back in 2013, when the founders of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture were seeking donors, they were encouraged to reach out to a man named Robert F. Smith. And that turned out to be a great idea because he later gave a $20 million donation to the project, making him the museum’s second-biggest private donor. Oprah Winfrey was the biggest private donor with her $21 million donation.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Top 6 Black-Owned Construction Firms in the United States

According to Forbes, the construction industry is showing continued strong growth across the country. In fact, as of 2016, construction is the fastest growing small-business sector, generating double-digit growth (10.6 percent) among those analyzed in one study. Contrary to popular belief, many of these successful construction firms are Black-owned!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

First Black Woman Director Ever of a $100 Million Film

Ava DuVernay

Filmmaking, like many other fields, is dominated by men. It's not that women have no interest in filmmaking or film directing. In fact, half of all graduates of film schools are women. But, only 1.9 percent are directing big budget films. That small group includes Ava DuVernay, the first Black woman to direct a $100 million film.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Chicago's Only Black-Owned Comedy Club Forced to Shut Down

Mary Lindsey, founder of Jokes and Notes in Chicago
There are many Black-owned comedy clubs across the country, but quite a bit of them are closing down. Earlier this year, Chicago's only Black-owned comedy club, Jokes and Notes, was forced to shut down due to declining business.

Monday, September 19, 2016

This Woman is Investing $25 Million into Black and Latino-Owned Businesses

Small businesses need three things to survive and grow: capital, networks, and expertise. That is exactly what Monique Woodard is providing as a venture partner through 500 Startups -- a $25 million dollar microfund established to make early stage investments in businesses owned by Blacks and Latinos.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

30-Year Old Jamaican Woman Opens Her Own Hotel With No Money -- How She Did It!

Kalisa Martin, founder of Runaway Bed & Breakfast in Jamaica

A dream became a reality for 30-year-old Kalisa Martin who believes that "If you’re scrappy and resourceful, you can change your life with less than you might think." So she did. And she did it with no money! She quit her job, and moved from New York City to Jamaica to start a Bed & Breakfast.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Top 5 Black Owned Restaurants in the U.S. -- 4 of Them Are in New York City

Black-owned restaurant owner

If you're looking for good soul food, all you have to do is ask around. Another way is to check out a recent list published by Black Enterprise. Their top 5 picks are not only restaurants owned by successful African Americans, but they also serve the best soul food in the country!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Black Entrepreneurs Find Success as Naturopathic Doctors -- Treating Their Patients Without the Use of Drugs!

Black naturopathic doctors

Health is big business, and billions of dollars in revenue is generated every year in the pharmaceutical industry. But a lot of doctors also find success in the world of naturopathy - that is, alternative medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs, by techniques such as control of diet, exercise, and massage.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Top Black-Owned Apparel Lines For Young Black Girls and Teens

Young black girls

There are many places to buy clothes for children, especially girls. But if you want to take a break from typical places like Walmart, Target, and Children's Place, there are several Black-owned apparel companies that make high-quality clothing for children.

Friday, September 9, 2016

This Woman Entrepreneur Built an App Without Knowing How to Code -- and Now She's a Millionaire!

Tara Reed, creator of Kollecto app and Apps Without Code

Building an app without knowing how to code? How is that possible? Ask Tara Reed from Detroit, Michigan. This genius entrepreneur created a successful app, even though she knew nothing about coding - and little did she know that it would make her a millionaire!

7 Amazing Black-Owned Businesses in Paris, France

Myriam Maxo, Paris-based designer of African-inspired fabrics

Paris is the capital and the most populous city of France. It is also one of the most romantic cities to visit. It has the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, museums, fashion and restaurants. It is also home to these 7 amazing black-owned businesses:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

7 Black-Owned Businesses That Sell 100% Organic, Healthy, and Eco-Friendly Products

Eco-friendly products are organic products that do not harm the environment in anyway, whether it's in the production process or at the time of disposal. Such products include foods, drinks, skincare, haircare, and more. A record number of consumers are now more health-conscious in their buying habits because they believe in preserving the environment, as well as their own personal health.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

This Woman Entrepreneur Owns 2 IHOPs and Manages $225 Million in Real Estate

At the young age of 27, Adenah Bayoh, a former West African refugee, was able to open her first IHOP franchise in New Jersey. But now at the age of 35, she owns two IHOP locations (one in Paterson, NJ and one in Irvington, NJ) and she manages more than $200 million in urban real estate projects.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Top 5 Black-Owned Necktie and Bowtie Companies

Black-owned bowtie company

Neckwear is a multi-billion dollar industry around the world. Since the early 1800's, in many countries wearing a necktie or bowtie has been considered the proper attire for a formal occasion. There are thousands of companies that produce neckwear, but very few them or owned by Black entrepreneurs.

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