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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Started out as a Makeup Artist, and Then Launched Her Own Makeup Line Now Worth $1 Million

Suzie Beauty was created by entrepreneur Suzie Wokabi, a US-trained makeup artist who runs her business in Kenya and initially found it hard to source quality makeup for her work. This motivated her to create her own makeup line. She struggled to receive financing for several years, using her home as a laboratory for her makeup collection. But now, her company is worth over $1 million.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Black College Student Finds Sweet Success Selling Dessert-Like Candles

Dominique Shawn Norwood, founder of Doms Dessert Candles
Dominique Shawn Norwood, founder of Dom's Dessert Candles
Dominique Shawn Norwood from South Orange-Maplewood, New Jersey, is a college student at William Paterson University, but she is also the CEO and Founder of Dom's Dessert Candles. Her company produces candles that look like delicious desserts - with delicious flavors that vary from strawberry shortcake to apple pie to banana cheesecake to peach cobbler and many more.

Black-Owned Couture Bridal Wear Brand Develops Huge Following -- Helping Women Say "I Do"

Yemi Osunkoya, founder of Black-owned Bridal Wear Brand Kosibah
Yemi Osunkoya, founder of Kosibah Creations
Every bride wants to look amazing on her wedding day, and it takes a special designer to make every bride beautiful, no matter what their size. One fashion designer is winning all kinds of awards and gaining an excellent reputation for making every bride look fabulous. His name is Yemi Osunkoya, and the name of his couture bridal wear brand is Kosibah Creations.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Once Struggling Black-Owned Doll Company Now Sells About 9,000 "Queens" and "Princesses" a Month

Taofick Okoya, founder of Queens of Africa
Taofick Okoya, founder of Queens of Africa dolls
Queens of Africa is Nigeria's first major line of fashion dolls created by local entrepreneur, Taofick Okoya. The company is so successful that they sell around 9,000 dolls each month.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

21-Year Old Kenyan Entrepreneur Launches Safi Pads - Affordable Reusable Sanitary Pads For Low Income Women

In 2013, 21-year-old Kenyan entrepreneur Barclay Paul Okari noticed problems caused by the unavailability of sanitary pads for teenage girls in the rural settlements of Western Kenya, Eastern Uganda and Southern Sudan. So, he decided to make a product that was half the market price of commercial sanitary pads on the market.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Successful Black Women in Business Do These 3 Things Differently

Billion Dollar Boss bookcover

The fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America today are African American women. Businesses owned by black women have increased to over 300 percent since 1997, according to American Express Open's 2015 State of Women-Owned Business Report. What makes this group so successful? They do some things differently.

From High School Dropout to Teen Mom to Millionaire -- How Did She Do It?

Stormy Wellington

Stormy Wellington was raised in Miami, Florida, where her mother worked the streets for a living, leaving her to be raised by others, including her brothers, family and friends. She was in and out of foster homes, even dealt in drugs and worked as a stripper. But all that ended for her the day she realized she could do better - much better.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

2017 Black Enterprise Small Business Awards Now Open

Black Enterprise Small Business Awards
Previous Black Enterprise Small Business awards winner

Black Enterprise is seeking entries for its annual Small Business Awards, which provides special recognition to African American entrepreneurs who embody the entrepreneurial spirit. The magazine wants to honor companies and individuals who are bringing new products to the forefront, redefining sales strategies, and discovering new and profitable markets.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

This Black-Owned Barbershop Has Been in Business For 40 Years

Snazzy's Barbershop in Aiken, South Carolina

Snazzy's Barbershop sits right on Barnwell Ave NE in Aiken, South Carolina. It's the oldest Black-owned business in Aiken County and will soon be in business for 40 years. But it's more than just a place to get your hair cut. Snazzy's is a historic landmark in the local community.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

17-Year Old Becomes First Black Student to Win Google Hacking Competition

Collins Nji, first Black student to win Google hacking competition

In 2016, during a comptition Google Code-In, Google rewarded hackers more than $3 million in 2016 for reporting vulnerabilities in the tech giant's software and devices. At just 17 years old, Collins Nji from Cameroon was the first Black student to win the competition.

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
Founders of
(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!

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