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Monday, July 22, 2019

Black Woman-Owned Digital Marketing and PR Firm Celebrates Having 200+ Clients

ThinkZILLA Consulting, founded by Velma Trayham, has expanded to become the first multicultural, woman-owned brand engagement firm that truly understands how to reach and connect with broader audiences.

Velma Trayham, CEO of ThinkZILLA
Velma Trayham, CEO of ThinkZILLA
Recognizing the growing diversity of the United States and the power of engaging with consumers in a meaningful way, ThinkZILLA Consulting has expanded from a digital marketing firm to a multicultural brand engagement firm, dedicated to pursuing bold ideas to initiate powerful conversations in communities across the country. ThinkZILLA’s ability to continuously strengthen brand relationships makes a difference for businesses seeking to engage with increasingly diverse audiences.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Meet the 12-Year Old Genius Who Has Invented a Robot That Folds Laundry

Fathia Abdullah, 12-year old Nigerian girl who invented a robot that folds laundry

Fathia Abdullahi, a 12-year old girl from Nigeria, has created the solution to one of the most tedious household tasks - folding the laundry. At such a young age, she has invented a robot that folds clothes by itself in just about 3 seconds!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Magic Johnson Partners With HBCU to Develop New $6.7 Million Dining Renovation Project

Magic Johnson, former NBA champion and founder of SodexoMAGIC

NBA superstar Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who is the chairman of dining service provider SodexoMAGIC, has just recently teamed up with Grambling State University, an HBCU in Louisiana, for a partnership that will upgrade on-campus dining. The $6.7 million renovation project will focus on the specific dining needs of the students.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Black-Owned Telecommunications Company Debuts First 5G Smartphone Designed in the U.S.

Freddie Figgers, inventor of the first 5G smartphone designed in the U.S.

Black inventor, and self-taught software engineer, Freddie Figgers, has released the newest phone from his telecommunications company, the Figgers F3. Changing the narrative of the smartphone as we know it, the F3 comes equipped with record-breaking storage capacity of 1TB, meaning users will never run out of storage, and a 4K ultra high-definition screen.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Black Woman-Owned 7-Eleven Franchise in Texas Celebrates 5 Years in Business

Kim Eboreime, Black woman 7-Eleven franchise owner in Texas

Kim Eboreime, the only Black woman to outright own a 7-Eleven franchise in the Austin-Round Rock area in Texas, has just recently celebrated her store's 5th anniversary! There are over 8,500 7-Eleven franchise stores across the United States, and it has played a significant part in the growing trend of African-American business ownership.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Designer Creates Black Dolls With Vitiligo For Kids Who Suffer From the Disease

African American doll with vitiligo

Recent studies show that children are strongly impacted by the appearance of the toys that they play with. That's why designer Crystal Kaye decided to create a line of custom-made Black dolls that highlight the unique and diverse features of real people, including those with vitiligo - a skin condition that millions of people around the world suffer from.

Monday, July 15, 2019

These Beautiful, Hand-Crafted Coffee Mugs Pay Tribute to Black Women -- And Sell Out Every Week!

Ohh She Did That Black-owned Coffee Mugs

Dorothy Jones, an extremely talented illustrator and art designer from Mobile, Alabama, creates beautiful custom crafts that pay homage to the natural beauty of Black women. Her company is called Ohh She Did That, and her most popular products are her handmade, hand-crafted coffee mugs.

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Top Black Business Conferences, Workshops, and Seminars:
Every year, many Black business conferences are held across the country that specifically cater to established or aspiring African American business owners, professionals, authors, bloggers, and more. Literally thousands of people travel to network and do business at such events. These events are usually held in cities like Atlanta, Chicago, and New York, and typically include extensive training workshops, powerful speeches, power networking sessions, grand hall expos, and more. [Find an event to attend...]

Top Black and Minority Business Grants and Funding Opportunities:
From time to time, there are Black and minority business grants available to help African American and other minority entrepreneurs. Sometimes, they grants are offered by major companies, non-profit organizations, and even government agencies. Admittedly, such opportunities can be very difficult to find as many have been discontinued. Others in the past were offered as one or two year programs and did not renew. Despite this, such opportunities are real and are more often offered through local programs compared to national. [Get funded...]

Top Black and Minority Business Organizations:
There are many non-profit Black and Minority business organizations that aim to be of assistance to African American business owners. They are very helpful resources that offer valuable assets including grants, seminars, literature, consulting, and professional networking opportunities. There are also several government agencies that aim to assist minority business owners, including Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and even women of all ethnic backgrounds. [Find the right organization for you...]

Top Black Business Magazines, Publications and Blogs:
Believe it or not, there are hundreds of Black business magazines - that is, business-focused magazines that target African American readers. There are also many publications that are focused on professional career development. Some are local, some are national, and some are even international. Many are even available as digital publications via your laptop, tablet or smartphone. There are also many blogs that can be very helpful and resourceful to both aspiring and established Black business owners. [Find a publication that meets your needs...]

Interesting Facts & Statistics About Black-Owned Businesses:
Black-owned businesses accounted for about 28% percent of all businesses in Washington, DC, the highest ratio in the nation. Second, was the state of Georgia, where 20% of businesses were Black-owned, and the state of Maryland, with about 19% in Illinois. The state of New York, however, has the most Black-owned firms at 204,093 but this only accounts for 10.6% of the businesses in the state. Second is the state of Georgia, third is the state of Florida, and fourth is the state of Texas with the most Black-owned businesses but not necessarily the highest ratios. [Learn more...]