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September 18, 2020

DJ Envy and Wife Gia Casey Invest in Black-Owned Water Brand, Positivity Alkaline Water

DJ Envy and Wife Gia Casey

Gia Casey, DJ Envy’s wife of 19 years, has gifted him with a stake in a Black-owned bottled water company, Positivity Alkaline Water LLC, a subsidiary of StarWalker Industries LLC, is founded by Atlanta Business Attorney David M. Walker, Esq.

Meet the 1st Black Woman to Launch a Solar Energy Company

Kristal Hansley, founder and CEO of WeSolar

Kristal Hansley, a woman entrepreneur and advocate for the use of solar power, has made history after launching WeSolar - the first-ever Black woman-owned community solar energy company. She created the company to help families in underserved communities reduce their monthly utility bills.

Black Entrepreneur Launches D.I.Y. Course on How to Make Home Decor, Gifts, and Crafts

Chaketa Renee’, founder of Power2Manifest

Chaketa Renee’, founder of Power2Manifest, has launched a DIY entrepreneurship course that offers women a way to work from home while learning a new way to use their creativity. It's called the Power2Manifest Cricut Class Bundle, and it teaches a simplified way to use a Circut vinyl cutting machine to create personalized shirts, cups, paper crafts, and home decorations. Typically a craft with a steep learning curve, the class bundle is made up of three classes for on-demand step-by-step direction on how to use the software Design Space. Do any crafty ladies out there want to be a woman in business?

16-Year Old Entrepreneur Makes History, Opens Beauty Supply Shop In Brooklyn

Paris McKenzie, owner of Beauty Supplyz in Brooklyn

At the age of 16, Paris McKenzie has opened her own beauty supply shop called Paris Beauty Supplyz in Brooklyn, New York making her the youngest person to ever do so. Already equipped with a lot of business experience, she has so far been running the business smoothly.

September 17, 2020

Black Entrepreneur Gets Saucy, Signs Deals With 30 Grocery Stores

Reggie D. Smith, founder of STL Pure Heat

Reggie D. Smith, founder of one of the fastest-growing Black-owned line of gourmet sauces called STL Pure Heat, started out creating delicious meals for just his friends and family. Now, however, he is the owner and CEO of one of the hottest food products in the country.

September 16, 2020

Black-Owned Vegan Cookie Brand Sees 10,000% Spike in Sales

Maya Madsen, founder of Maya's Cookies

Maya's Cookies, a San Diego, California-based Black-owned vegan cookie brand, has notably experienced a 10,000% increase in their sales even during the pandemic. Maya Madsen, its founder and owner, believes the growing support came after the recent rebirth of the Black Lives Matter movement.

September 15, 2020

Technology Leader, Irvin Bishop, Jr., Named CIO of Black & Veatch

Digital strategist to accelerate infrastructure leader’s digital transformation effort to enhance customer experience and program execution

With an increasing focus on digital transformation, analytics, robust customer experience programs, and the acceleration of distributed projects, assets, and workforces, Black & Veatch has announced Irvin Bishop, Jr. as Chief Information Officer (CIO).

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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...]