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Monday, September 16, 2019

BET and Tyler Perry Team Up to Launch African American Streaming Service

Tyler Perry

BET and Tyler Perry have partnered to launch a new ad-free subscription video-on-demand service called BET+. The joint venture between Viacom's BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios is set to launch on September 19.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Entrepreneur Opens Free Sewing Camp to Teach Kids How to Run Their Own Business

Enkeshi El-Amin, founder of the Sew it, Sell It program

Enkeshi El-Amin, a sociologist who is also a professional seamstress, has launched a free sewing camp to teach kids not only how to sew but also how to run their own businesses. With the support of her local community in Knoxville, Tennessee, she was able to pull off the Sew It, Sell It program and is already producing young entrepreneurs.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Black Entrepreneur Develops New Hair Tool That Blows Away Traditional Hair Dryers

MC Professional Hot-N-Happy Hair Tool with Secure Combs

A newly designed hair tool known as the MC Professional Hot-N-Happy Hair Tool with Secure Combs will be launched in the United States. Developed by entrepreneur Peggy Williams, it is the first ethnic hair drying and styling tool specifically for women and men of color worldwide. MC Hot-N-Happy Hair LLC announces its innovative new hair tool that works much like a hand held dryer but with attachments that attach securely eliminating unnecessary duct tape/accessories.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Nipsey Hussle's Puma Apparel and Sneaker Collection Sold Out in Just One Day

Puma released its PUMA x TMC (The Marathon Continues) collection to pay homage to the legacy of rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle. To no one's surprise, the 19-piece collection sold out in just one day.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Entrepreneur Creates Flashcards That Teach Children About Black Millionaires and Billionaires

Thiah Veona created the Raising Black Millionaires Flashcards after being inspired by Robert F. Smith’s generous donation to pay off Morehouse graduates' student loan debt.

Thiah Veona Muhammad, founder of Raising Black Millionaires Flashcards
Thiah Veona Muhammad, founder of Raising Black Millionaires Flashcards

New Orleans-based media company, Raising Black Millionaires, has just released the first volume in their series of Raising Black Millionaires Flashcards, to empower parents and educators of Black children with an effective and easy tool that builds self-confidence, high self-esteem, and limitless earning potential for all ages. The once blog turned media company produces infotainment products and resources to help raise Black children to be wealthy and maintain wealth, and they’re causing huge mental shifts for Black families and classrooms across the nation.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Founders of Black-Owned Natural Skincare Line Are Fed Up With Harsh Chemical-Based Products

Starting a business is never an easy undertaking. Everyone’s dream is to be successful but the inner city youth aren’t often given the tools to get there or even shown the right direction to start off. These are the factors that bonded the millennials at Ancient Cosmetics together as they took a leap of faith into the Beauty Industry.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Black-Owned Construction Firm Completes Affordable Housing Units to Fight Gentrification in Atlanta

H.J. Russell & Co., an Atlanta-based Black-owned construction firm, and its sister real estate development arm, Russell New Urban Development L.L.C., are fighting against gentrification in one of the nation's largest cities for African Americans.

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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...]