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Thursday, January 16, 2020

CEO of Black-Owned Fuel Supplier Lands Multi-Million Dollar Deal with the City of Detroit

Moses Shepherd, CEO of ACE Petroleum

Moses Shepherd, founder and CEO of ACE Petroleum, has made history after securing a five-year, multi-million dollar deal with the city of Detroit. ACE is the first Black and minority-owned company to ever provide fuel supply services to the city’s fleet of vehicles including police cars, fire trucks, buses, emergency medical services and other on-road and off-road transportation units.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Former NFL Player is Now a Corporate Banker Investing in Black Communities in South LA

Malcolm A. Johnson, former NFL star turned investment banker

Former NFL star Malcolm A. Johnson has made an interesting career shift. After playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets for two years, he is now a corporate banker that prioritizes investing his local community. As the executive director of Community Development Banking at JPMorgan & Chase, he is helping to rebuild South Los Angeles one block at a time.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Founder of Black-Owned CPA Firm Restructures to Help Delinquent Taxpayers

Kedra A. Flowers, founder of Dallas-based CPA firm

Kedra A. Flowers, founder of her own Dallas-based CPA firm called Kedra A Flowers CPA PC, has successfully negotiated and settled cases in the millions over the last two decades for taxpayers being targeted by the IRS. These cases include individual and businesses from all industries, cultures, and walks of life without exception. However, she doesn’t hesitate to share that in her experience, the majority of the cases impact those on the lower end of income spectrum and those of minority and immigrant backgrounds.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Meet the 9-Year Old Entrepreneur Who Designs Fashion Dresses For Barbie Dolls

Nevaeh Woods, 9-year old aspiring fashion designer

Nevaeh Woods, a 9-year old aspiring fashion designer from Michigan, recently caught the world's attention on social media when her unique doll clothing designs made of household items went viral. She has even caught the attention of Mattel, the big name toy company that manufactures Barbie.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

At 67-Years Old, She's Not Your Typical Model — But She's Working It!

JoAni Johnson

JoAni Johnson, a 67-year old woman from Harlem, is breaking fashion stereotypes by pursuing a modeling career despite her age. Recently featured in The New York Times, the popular model has also been hired by singer Rihanna to be a model for her Fenty Beauty cosmetics brand.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

This Black-Owned Construction Firm Went From Broke to Billion Dollar Contracts

Founders of C.D. Moody Construction Company

In 1988, C. David Moody, Jr. established C.D. Moody Construction Company, now one of the largest Black-owned construction companies in the US. But he didn't reach the top easily; He built the company from scratch while trying to raise a family, struggling to make ends meet, and even being buried in debt.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Four Siblings, All Under Age 11, Launch New Cookie Empire Called Yummy Brothers

Founders of Yummy Brothers

Meet the Billingslea brothers from Atlanta, Georgia — 11-year old Joshua, 9-year old Isaiah, 7-year old Caleb, and 5-year old Micah. They are the young founders of Yummy Brothers, a gourmet catering company that makes cookies 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...]