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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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

First African American To Hold a Patent For a Natural Hair Care Product

Gwen Jimmere, founder of Naturalicious

The first and only African-American so far to hold a patent for a natural hair care product is Detroit native Gwen Jimmere. She wanted to create a solution for black women that would reduce the amount of time they spent washing and conditioning their hair. Not only that, she wanted it to contain natural ingredients. While she experimented with products at home, two life-changing events were her inspiration to become an entrepreneur.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

First Ever Black-Owned Organic Ice Cream Chain Enjoying the Sweet Taste of Success

Mercy Kitomari, founder of Black-owned ice cream chain

Mercy Kitomari is the founder of Nelwas Gelato, a Black-owned organic ice cream chain. Based in Tanzania (East Africa), her company makes 30 different flavors of rich and creamy ice cream. Truly, what began as a woman's dream to make her own ice cream has turned into the sweet taste of success!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Top 7 Black-Owned Restaurants in New Orleans (The Best Gumbo, Jambalaya and More!)

Black-owned restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana is known as one of the culinary capitals of the United states. Food served in this amazing city reflects the local Cajun, Creole, and French roots. Visitors come from all over the world just to taste it's exquisite gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish, red beans and rice, and more. And every summer, hundreds of thousands of African Americans come to New Orleans to attend the Essence Music Festival.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Whoopi Goldberg Launches Organic Medical Marijuana Products to Help Women Deal With Menstrual Cramps

Whoopi Goldberg's Medical Marijuana product line

Another positive use for medical marijuana has been targeted by actress and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg who recently launched a new cannabis line that is specifically designed to relieve painful menstrual cramps. She has partnered with entrepreneur Maya Elisabeth to launch their new company called Whoopi & Maya.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Meet Jelani Aliyu -- The Genius Who Designed GM's Flagship Electric Vehicle, the Chevy Volt


As a child, Jelani Aliyu always loved cars and it was his dream to design cars when he grew up. Now, he is known around the world as the genius who designed the Chevrolet Volt, which is considered to be the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the market today.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

At Age 11, He Built His Own Radio Station -- But Now, He's the CEO of His Own Tech Company

Kelvin Doe, founder of KDoe-Tech Inc

How does a young man from a small town in Sierra Leone become the CEO of his own tech company? Kelvin Doe can tell you it's all about using your passion for engineering and being focused.

Top 7 Black-Owned Swimwear/ Bikini Brands

Black-owned swimwear and bikinis

Not all swimsuits are the same, just as not all bodies are alike. Buying a swimsuit is like buying a pair of jeans. There are so many brands and styles on the market, and no two fit alike. These top 7 swimsuit and bikini companies are black-owned, and they have designs to fit any woman from a small, athletic body to a full-figure women with lots of curves.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Black Entrepreneur Sells His Tech Firm for $20 Million

Darrell S. Freeman, founder of Zycron, Inc.
Darrell S. Freeman, founder of Zycron, Inc.
One of the largest Black-owned businesses in the nation just sold for a whopping $20 million. Zycron Inc., a customer-focused information technology services and solutions firm in Nashville, Tennessee, founded by Darrell S. Freeman, was bought by BG Staffing Inc.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Oldest Black-Owned Business in the U.S.

E.E. Ward Moving and Storage Company

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently recognized a Columbus, Ohio business as being the oldest African-American owned business in the United States. This year, they celebrated 134 continuous years in business. Can you guess what company it is?
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