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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Designer Creates Black Dolls With Vitiligo For Kids Who Suffer From the Disease

African American doll with vitiligo

Recent studies show that children are strongly impacted by the appearance of the toys that they play with. That's why designer Crystal Kaye decided to create a line of custom-made Black dolls that highlight the unique and diverse features of real people, including those with vitiligo - a skin condition that millions of people around the world suffer from.

Monday, July 15, 2019

These Beautiful, Hand-Crafted Coffee Mugs Pay Tribute to Black Women -- And Sell Out Every Week!

Ohh She Did That Black-owned Coffee Mugs

Dorothy Jones, an extremely talented illustrator and art designer from Mobile, Alabama, creates beautiful custom crafts that pay homage to the natural beauty of Black women. Her company is called Ohh She Did That, and her most popular products are her handmade, hand-crafted coffee mugs.

Friday, July 12, 2019

10 Black-Owned Products to Support on Amazon Prime Day!

Black-owned products on Amazon

Amazon is the world's most popular online retailer. The site generates more than $1 million in sales every day, and almost $5 billion dollars every year on Prime Day. However, many people don't know that there are tons of Black-owned products being sold on their web site. If you want to support Black entrepreneurs by buying their products, it's not as hard as you may think!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Kanye’s Yeezy Brand is Expected to Reach $1.5 Billion in Sales This Year!

Kanye West with his Yeezy shoes

Kanye West is taking over not only the music charts, but also the world of footwear. His Yeezy sneaker label, a partnership with sportswear giant Adidas, is reportedly worth a billion dollar and is expected to grow to $1.5 billion in sales in 2019, according to Forbes.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Mary J. Blige Signs Multi-Million Dollar Production Deal With Lionsgate

Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter, and actress Mary J. Blige is also winning as an entrepreneur after having recently signed a first look deal with Lionsgate reportedly worth several million dollars.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Black-Owned Restaurant to Open New Locations Inside 3 Walmart Stores

Adenah Bayoh and Zadie Smith, co-founders of Cornbread restaurant

A Black-owned farm-to-table restaurant called Cornbread will soon be opening their newest locations inside 3 Walmart stores in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year. Through their expansion, Cornbread hopes not only to serve more people with soul food dishes, but also to create more job opportunities.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Black Entrepreneurs Like This Rideshare App Better Than Uber and Lyft

Black woman driving

Everybody knows about Uber and Lyft, but there's a new rideshare company called Tryp that is becoming especially popular with Black and other minority entrepreneurs. It's the only rideshare platform that allows drivers to keep 100% of their fares plus tips.

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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...]