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April 9, 2020

Entrepreneur Training Black Women How to Profit From Public Speaking Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

Quinn Conyers, public speaking coach for entrepreneurs

Quinn Conyers, a public speaking coach for entrepreneurs, is training Black women in business how to pivot to an online platform and continue profiting from public speaking during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the current reality of many speakers who've had speaking engagements canceled, and corporate training events postponed. However, Quinn says that speakers can still give their voice a platform on 'virtual' stages.

Black-Owned Smart-Vending Startup, Popcom, Raises Capital to Solve Retail Woes Amidst COVID-19

• PopCom is an automated retail company that leverages facial detection, machine learning and blockchain technology to help retailers collect valuable customer insights

• In the age of COVID-19, PopCom validates the need for vending and retail automation

• PopCom has the technology to securely verify customer identity to sell regulated products including cannabis and alcohol in vending machines

Dawn Dickson, founder and CEO of PopCom

PopCom, a leading automated retail technology company specializing in smart vending and kiosk solutions, has announced its second equity crowdfunding campaign on Start Engine. The company aims to grow its operations, build its sales team, reach more customers, and meet the demand for more automated retail machines in the wake of COVID-19, with their proprietary vending machine, the PopShop Kiosk.

April 8, 2020

Founder of Non-Profit Black-Owned Beauty School Launches Online Training Program

Patricia Thompson Terry, founder of Touched By an Angel Beauty School

Patricia Thompson Terry is an Atlanta-based entrepreneur and visionary who is creating prosperity for both women and men in the billion dollar hair & beauty industry. She is the founder of Touched By An Angel Beauty School and Salons, which aims to transform students’ dreams into a professional reality. She has two locations in Jonesboro and College Park, Georgia.

Meet the Woman Making History as the First Black CEO of AARP

Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP

Jo Ann Jenkins is the first African American CEO ever to be appointed at AARP - the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. Since joining the organization in 2010 and heading it since 2014, she has transformed AARP into a leader in social change, dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live and age.

April 7, 2020

Earl G. Graves, Sr., Founder of Black Enterprise Magazine, Dies at 85

arl G. Graves, Sr., founder and original publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine

Earl G. Graves, Sr., the founder and publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine, has sadly passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 85-years old and was one of the most influential and well-known executives in the world.

Black Couple's Patented Mobile App Allows Courts to Issue Marriage Licenses Electronically

JC and Randy Banks, founders of WebWed Mobile

JC and Randy Banks, a married entrepreneurial couple from Atlanta, are the founders of WebWed Mobile - a patented app with cyber jurisdiction that allows various courts across the country to issue marriage licenses electronically. Their technology allows people to get a marriage license, and legally get married in the same day - without having to leave home!

April 6, 2020

This $1 Million Relief Fund For Black-Owned Businesses is Real

SheaMoisture Fund founder and partners

SheaMoisture has announced, under its long-established Community Commerce business model, a $1 Million Fund to support entrepreneurs of color and small businesses. The grant intends to show the power of Black-owned businesses to help communities, while also hoping to minimize the financial disruptions that many are experiencing from the current global crisis.​

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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...]