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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tyler Perry to Split From Oprah's OWN -- Signs Major TV/Film Deal With Viacom and BET

Writer, director, producer, playwright and actor Tyler Perry has recently signed a long-term deal with Viacom that is certain to make the media conglomerate a stronger and more competitive television network for African-American programming. Industry experts say the move represents a huge loss to the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Meet the Mother and Two Daughters Who Own 13 McDonald’s Franchises

Three black women owners of 13 McDonald's franchises

Patricia Williams and her daughters, Nicole Enearu and Kerri Harper-Howie, have built an empire of McDonald’s franchises in the Los Angeles, California area. Combined, they employ more than 700 people in the community and generate annual revenues of almost $50 million.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Black Mom Makes $1 Million in First 60 Days By Starting This Business

Black-owned Business Express Smile Atlanta

Ramona Griggie grew up in Section 8 housing in St. Croix, and later moved to Atlanta, GA where she got married, had a child, and became a housewife. One day, she decided to give her son, who was graduating from Duke University, a gift of teeth whitening.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Program Offering $40K in Funding to Black-Owned Tech Startups in Maryland

TEDCO employees McKeever E. “Mac” Conwell II, deal team coordinator and Angela Singleton, deal team member/ portfolio manager
TEDCO employees McKeever E. “Mac” Conwell II, deal team coordinator and Angela Singleton, deal team member/ portfolio manager. 

A new program called Minority Business Pre-Seed Fund (MBPF) is promising to make investments of up to $40,000 to qualifying tech start-ups owned by African American entrepreneurs. The funding, provided by Columbia, MD-based TEDCO (Technology Development Corporation), will allow these entrepreneurs to reach a critical development milestone, and advance their ideas to the next level.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ray J Takes Off With His New E-Bike Company

Electronic biking has taken off on a whole new level, thanks to Ray J's new E-Bike company, Raytroniks, which produces the Scoot-E-Bike. This two-wheeled electric bike has everything you need, including Bluetooth connectivity for music, a wireless key lock, and the ability to charge your smartphone via a USB port. Wow!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Black-Owned Construction Company Owned By Twin Brothers Now on Track to Make $4.5 Million This Year!

Jonathan and Jarrett Logan, founders of Castle Black Construction

Twin brothers, Jonathan and Jarrett Logan, are the owners of Castle Black Construction in Memphis, Tennessee. One of few Black-owned construction companies in the country, they launched their company back in 2005, and after re-branding themselves, they have tripled in size.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Woman Buys 100 Hats Then Decides to Buy the Whole Hat Factory For $100K

Georgiette Morgan-Thomas, owner of American Hats LLC
Georgiette Morgan-Thomas, owner of American Hats LLC

What do you do when you own 100 hats? You start your own hat business! That's what Georgiette Morgan-Thomas did when she bought the S & S Hat Company in Philadelphia in 2015. The hat manufacturer is now called American Hats.

Monday, July 3, 2017

This 7-Year Old Entrepreneur From Arkansas is Running Her Own Food Truck

Kyleigh McGee, 7-year old girl running her own food truck

Kyleigh McGee, a 7-year old African American girl from Little Rock, Arkansas is running and operating her very own food truck. The second grader told ABC News that she started out with a lemonade stand, but decided last year to expand her business to be more mobile and serve more refreshments such as fresh pineapple juice and snow cones.

Black Family-Owned Restaurant Finds Success Serving Up Super Delicious BBQ Favorites

Founders of The BBQ Restaurant in Baltimore, MD
Marcus Bradford and Maurice Bradford Jr., founders of The BBQ
Who doesn't love a good barbecue? The next time you're in Baltimore, Maryland, be sure to check out this new Black-owned family restaurant. It's called The BBQ and they serve delicious barbecue favorites like ribs, pulled pork, pit turkey, baked beans, and their infamous BBQ Sandwich.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Woman Opens First Ever Black-Owned Grocery Store in Compton

Kia Patterson, owner of first Black-owned grocery store in Compton
Entrepreneur Kia Patterson in her Grocery Outlet franchise
36-year old Kia Patterson is the owner of the first ever Black-owned grocery story in Compton, California. She is an independent owner of a Grocery Outlet franchise, and the whole city is celebrating her success. But she didn't do it just for the money; she says wants to provide fresh and better food choices at affordable prices for people who live in predominately Black and low income neighborhoods.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Her First Novel Sold 8 Million Copies and is Available in 42 Languages -- How She Did It

Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy is a political activist, human rights advocate, and a best-selling author. In 1997, she published a book entitled, The God of Small Things. Within months, it had sold 400,000 copies and won the Booker Prize. Fast forward 20 years later, and the book has sold more than 8 million copies and is available in 42 languages.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Two Sisters Launch New Sunscreen Product Line Specifically For Black Skin

Chinelo Chidozie and Ndidi Obidoa, founders of Bolden skincare products

Many people believe that if you are Black, you are not susceptible to sun burn and skin damage. But the truth is that the sun affects Black skin as much as white skin. That is why two Nigerian sisters, Chinelo Chidozie and Ndidi Obidoa, have introduced a new skincare product line called Bolden USA - made specifically for people of color.

Monday, June 26, 2017

This Black-Owned Resort in Barbados Will Blow Your Mind

It took six years for African American husband and wife entrepreneurs Michelle and Guy Jenkins to open their luxury resort in the Caribbean. Located on the west coast of Barbados, Villa La Maison Michelle is the only Black American-owned private luxury resort in Barbados.

Monday, June 19, 2017

This Black Family-Owned Enterprise Owns 16 Fast Food Restaurants in Southern California

Reginald Webb and his children, who are owners of McDonald's Franchises
Reginald Webb and his children, who are also owners of their own McDonald's Franchises
67-year old Reginald Webb started his career at McDonald's in 1973 and was manager and then regional vice-president for 12 years when the company offered him an opportunity to own his own franchise. He and his wife, Rene, did not hesitate.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

27-Year Old Black Entrepreneur Raises $7.2 Million in Just 3 Days

Chrissa McFarlane, founder of Patientory
27-year-old Chrissa McFarlane, founder of Patientory
Atlanta-based Patientory, the company behind an advanced healthcare app, has raised $7.2 million in a very successful online Blockchain token sale (not via Kickstarter, as previously reported). The block-chain startup, founded by CEO and Black entrepreneur, 27-year-old Chrissa McFarlane, enables the connecting of digital medical records without compromising privacy.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

9-Year Old Queen Running Her Own Home-Based Line of Bath Products

Jelani Jones, founder of Lani Boo Bath

Jelani Jones from Fredericksburg, Virginia is only 9-years old, but she runs her business... like a queen! In addition to making and selling her own line of bath products, Lani Boo Bath, from her home, Jones is also a straight “A” student in school. How does she do it?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Is This Government Program Failing Black and Other Minority-Owned Businesses?

Black entrepreneur

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) runs a program designed to help minority businesses - that is, businesses owned by African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and/or disabled veterans.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

12-Year Old Boss Launches Gourmet Vegan Popcorn Company

Jayden Hammond, founder of J-Rock's Pop Gourmet Vegan Popcorn

12-year old Jayden Hammond from Chicago, IL is the founder of J-Rock's Pop Gourmet Vegan Popcorn, which sells organic popcorn made with premium ingredients like organic coconut oil. The business idea was inspired by his desire to live a healthy lifestyle, a life-long love of homemade popcorn, and a passion for social entrepreneurship.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Black Entrepreneur Making Millions From Dried Fish Skin

Newton Owino, founder of Black-owned dried fish skin business

Newton Owino from Kenya has a very unusual business. He lives in Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya, the principal city of western Kenya, where he makes bags, shoes and belts -- from fish skin, scales and innards!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How This Black Woman Entrepreneur Came to be the Queen of Event Planning -- Hosting More Than 2,400 Corporate Events

Carolyn Howell, the founder of Events USA, is a brilliant entrepreneur, a visionary, and also the queen of event planning. Over the past two decades, her Washington, DC area-based company has planned, organized, and hosted more than 2,400 successful corporate events. Her clients include Time Warner, Cox Communications, Accenture, BMW, Samsung, Microsoft, the American Diabetes Association, and many, many more.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Black-Owned Vegan Restaurant Challenges the Fast Food Industry With Healthy Food Alternatives

Co-founders of Grub Factory in Baltimore, Maryland

The Grub Factory, based in Baltimore, Maryland at 1210 North Charles Street, is a Black-owned vegan restaurant. Founded by three entrepreneurs, Hurani Ame, Heru Mertief, and Imhotep Fatiu, the restaurant serves gyros, reubens, pepper steaks, shrimp salads, and curry “chick’n” -- all vegan.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

26-Year Old Black Woman Entrepreneur Launches Low Cost Organic Grocery Store

Olympia Auset, founder of SUPRMARKT
Olympia Auset, founder of SUPRMARKT
26-year old Olympia Auset, a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Howard University, grew tired of having to travel 2 hours by bus every time she wanted to buy healthy vegan food. She live in Inglewood, and it quickly became clear that if she wanted better health around her, she would have to do something. So, she created and launched her very own organic grocery store.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Black-Owned Construction Firm Awarded Contract to Replace Contaminated Water Lines in Flint, Michigan

Rhonda Grayer, vice president of W.T. Stevens Construction
Rhonda Grayer, vice president of W.T. Stevens Construction
W.T. Stevens Construction, a Black-owned construction firm with about 25 employees, has been awarded a multi-million dollar service contract to replace more than 18,000 lead corroded pipes across the city of Flint, Michigan. The company is one of just four companies recently contracted under a court order to complete the project.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Young Genius Brothers, 11 and 14 Years Old, Graduate from High School and College

Carson and Cannan Huey-You, genius kid brothers
Carson and Cannan Huey-You
Two genius brothers from Texas, Carson and Cannan Huey-You, have simultaneously graduated from high school and college. Carson, who is just 14 years old, just graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in physics. He was the youngest graduate in the school's history.

Friday, May 12, 2017

15-Year Old Black Teen Entrepreneur Signs Licensing Deal With the NBA

Moziah Bridges, founder of Mo's Bows

Young entrepreneur Moziah “Mo” Bridges was just 12 years old when he appeared on ABC's Shark Tank to promote his Memphis based company, Mo’s Bows, which manufactures handmade bow and neckties. Now 15, this young Black teen just signed a licensing deal with the NBA, giving him the rights to manufacture his products with the logos of NBA clubs.