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January 26, 2021

Black Farmer's Antibiotic-Free Meat Products Now Available in Grocery Stores and Online

Ricky Dollison, farmer and owner of of Warrior Creek Premium Meats

Meet Ricky Dollison, a fourth-generation African American farmer who is the owner of Dollison Farms located in Poulan, Georgia. He is also the owner of a company called Warrior Creek Premium Meats that produces responsibly raised, antibiotic-free bacon, sausage, ground beef, ribeye steaks, pork tenderloins, and chicken leg quarters.

January 25, 2021

Black Woman Beats the Odds, Continues Launch of $800K Multicultural Salon in Downtown Detroit Despite Delays Due to COVID-19

Katrina Wilson, founder of Creme Brulee Detroit

Despite the pandemic, Katrina Wilson, founder of Crême Brûlée has been proclaimed as "recession-proof" and is moving forward to develop her multicultural salon in downtown Detroit.

January 20, 2021

Meet the First Black Entrepreneur to Invent a Solar Powered Backpack

Mike Bellot, creator of Solo Bag

Meet Mike Bellot, the CEO and Co-Founder of Solo Bag - an innovative school backpack that provides light for reading and power for charging mobile phones and tablets. The backpack was cleverly designed with a built-in solar panel to help students in third world countries who have little to no reliable access to electricity.

January 19, 2021

Television Executive of 30 Years Launches Streaming Service Called Black Wall Street TV

Darnell Washington, founder of Black Wall Street TV Network

Darnell Washington, a native son of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who has over 30 years of experience in television broadcasting sales, management, and ownership, has created a new streaming service called the Black Wall Street TV Network. He says he was inspired by the extraordinary success of the original entrepreneurs of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 1900s.

This 10-Year Old Entrepreneur Just Bought a School Bus to Convert It into a Food Truck

Micah Harrigan, 10-year old entrepreneur who bought a school bus

Micah Harrigan, a 10-year old entrepreneur from Philadelphia who started selling lemonade on the sidewalk last summer, is ready to upgrade his business. In fact, he just purchased a school bus that he plans to convert into a food truck.

January 18, 2021

This Black-Owned Vegan Grocery Chain to Open Stores in Every Major City By 2024

Black-owned vegan restaurant

Vegan Fine Foods, a Black-owned all-vegan grocery store based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is planning to open locations in every major city across the United States by 2024. The expansion will happen by rapidly opening both franchises and company-owned locations.

January 15, 2021

Founder of Black-Owned Graphic Design Agency Creates Unique Funeral Programs

Loved ones are remembered through memorable keepsakes

Venroy Joseph, owner of veJov Design

Meet Venroy Joseph, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of veJov Design, LLC, a Black-owned graphic design firm based in Pennsylvania that has been creating funeral programs since its founding. However, when the pandemic began, the agency began to receive a much larger demand for funeral programs for loved ones.


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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...]