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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Meet the Founder of the First Black Woman-Owned Tax Franchise System in the Country

Alniesha Carter, Founder of TaxPrep Evolution Inc, the first Black woman-owned tax franchise

Alniesha Carter, CEO & Founder of TaxPrep Evolution Inc. (TPE), is making a revolutionary impact across the nation in the tax industry. The renowned tax professional has a passion for making an imprint on the world by offering an amazing opportunity for people looking to become their own boss and gain financial freedom at an array of levels; whether it be a Virtual Tax Preparer or a TPE Franchise Owner.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Black Entrepreneur Launches Harlem’s First Ever Mobile Barbershop After His Rent Went Up 143%

Linwood Dillard, founder of the Harlem's first mobile barbershop

Linwood Dillard, a owner and founder of the DaBarberGodd Barbershop in Harlem New York City, is one of many business owners that have been affected by gentrification in the area. So when the rent for his storefront increased to a very unreasonable price, he was forced to get creative. He decided to buy an old bus previously used for dog grooming and launch the city's first ever mobile barbershop.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Black Entrepreneur Becomes One of Few Nationally Certified Business Loan Brokers

Devin Robinson, founder of Urban Business Lending Group

Devin Robinson, affectionately known as Professor Devin, due to his longtime experience as a current professor of two institutes he started and as a former Oglethorpe University economics professor, launched Urban Business Lending Group earlier this year to immediate success. Since opening its doors in January 2019, Urban Business Lending Group has disbursed almost $2M in seed funding for new entrepreneurs, primarily from black communities.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Master P is Now the Owner of a Professional Wrestling League

Percy "Master P" Miller, a former basketball player turned rapper/ entrepreneur, continues to make boss moves to further grow his business portfolio. He recently purchased House of Glory, a  professional wrestling league, and is now planning to dominate the business side of the wrestling industry.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Top 8 Black-Owned Handbag Brands That You Should Support

Black-owned handbags

American women spend as much as $160 on a handbag and own an average of about 11 handbags. Ten percent of women have more than 20 bags in their closet, 20 percent spend over $200 on a handbag, 8 percent spend over $400.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Black Entrepreneur Opens First Ever Coworking Space For Women of Color in Los Angeles

Blackbird House of Coworking, created by Bridgid Coulter, provides a wellness oasis and creative incubator for women of color and allies to thrive in business and life.

Bridgid Coulter, Founder & CEO, Blackbird House of Coworking

Blackbird House of Coworking, the first-ever private global coworking space designed by and for women of color, has opened its first location headquartered in Culver City, California. Founder, Bridgid Coulter, designed Blackbird House to foster a collective of women of color and their allies, of all ethnicities and genders, with similar values rooted in diversity and inclusion.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Black-Owned Pharmaceutical Company Takes Charge to Closing the Black Health Disparity Gap

Dr. Wayne Whitest, MD, President/CEO of Wayne Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Wayne Whitest, MD, President/CEO of Wayne Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Wayne, CEO of Wayne Pharmaceuticals, Inc, is dedicated to closing the health disparity gap in the Black community. Based out of Cordele, Georgia, Dr. Wayne operates one of the only Black-owned pharmaceutical companies in the nation. Wayne Pharmaceuticals shares an 18-acre campus with the MD Whitest Medical Institute, right in the heart of Cordele’s west side, the most socio-economically deprived area of the city.

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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...]