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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Meet the Newest President of University of Maryland, College Park

Darryll J. Pines, President of the University of Maryland

Darryll J. Pines is the newest President of the University of Maryland, the state's flagship institution with more than 40,000 students. Pines, who previously served as a professor and Dean of the university's Engineering School for over 20 years, is only the second African American to become President since the institution was founded 164 years ago.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Brooklyn Entrepreneur Launches Black-Owned Champagne Brand

Marvina Robinson, founder of Stuyvesant Champagne

Marvina Robinson, an entrepreneur from Brooklyn, has been passionate about bubbly and sparkling wines since her college days. Now, she has turned her passion into her own champagne brand called Stuyvesant Champagne, making her one of very few Black entrepreneurs in the country to have done so.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Local Black-Owned Convenience Store Celebrates 70 Years

Henry Schipes, owner of Mr. Discount Plus Store

Meet Henry Schipes, the owner of Mr. Discount Plus Store, a Black-owned convenience store in Bakersfield, California that has continued to operate for 70 years and still remains strong until today. The family-run business is proud to celebrate, not just their successful years in the business, but also their long-term service to the community!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Largest African American Owned Kentucky Bourbon Distillery Debuting in Lexington

Will offer unique Bourbon recipe developed by first African American Master Distiller since slavery

Fresh Bourbon Distilling Co. proudly announces the upcoming development of the a new 34,000 square feet distillery in Lexington, KY and release of a new beverage alcohol spirits line, Fresh Spirits, marking multiple firsts for African Americans in the KY Bourbon industry.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

This Father-and-Son Black-Owned Firm Has Closed $1 Billion in Real Estate Deals Since 2015

Osei Rubie, and his son, Nadir, founders of National Standard Abstract

National Standard Abstract, a title-insurance firm based in New York City, is one of the very few Black-owned business enterprises in the area. The company's CEO, Osei Rubie, and his son, Nadir, equipped with a decade of experience in the title insurance industry and entrepreneurial knowledge from their other family-owned businesses, have led the company to more than $1 billion in real estate deals since 2015.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Woman Surprised With Her Very Own Hair Salon After Donating Her Kidney to Her Mentor

Acia Williams receiving her salon from Chet Bennett

When Acia Williams willingly donated one of her kidneys to her friend and mentor, Chet Bennett, she never asked for anything in return. So she was pleasantly surprised when Bennett decided to gift her with the very hair salon she used to manage for years to thank her for her selfless act. Williams is now the owner of the salon she renamed A New Image By Acia.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Meet the Black CEO Helping to Manage the World's Busiest Airport

Dr. Kofi Smith, CEO of Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company

If 2020 is the year of seeing clearly, Dr. Kofi Smith’s vision for the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company (AATC), which operates Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is brighter than ever. After nearly a decade with AATC, Dr. Smith has delivered notable results when it comes to employment, client and employee satisfaction, technology, energy savings and more.

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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...]