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May 6, 2021

Founder of Largest Black-Owned Supplier of Mannequins Making Millions

Judi Henderson-Townsend, founder of Mannequin Madness

Meet Judi Henderson-Townsend, the founder and CEO of Mannequin Madness, a Black-owned business that generates millions of dollars selling and renting recycled mannequins. She started the company in 2001 as a side hustle renting out mannequins from her backyard, but now it's a global enterprise with millions of dollars in annual sales.

May 5, 2021

2 HBCU Grads Launch First Black-Owned Alcohol Delivery Service

HBCU grads and founders of Quikliq

Meet Navarr Grevious and Mikael Pyles, two HBCU graduates and fraternity brothers who founded QuikLiq - the first Black-owned alcohol delivery service. They met on campus while attending Clark Atlanta University back in the early 2010s, and have since become business partners that have developed a game-changer for the alcohol industry.

Rapper Lil Yachty Launches Nail Polish Line For Women (and Men!)

Lil Yachty's new nail polish line for men and women

Rapper Lil Yachty is set to launch a gender-neutral nail polish line called Crete that is designed for both men and women. He says he hopes to inspire people of all genders to express themselves freely through the brand.

May 4, 2021

Meet the Black Women Raising Capital to Roll Out Six New Vending Machines That Sell Footwear

Dawn Dickson and Danielle Shortt of Flat Out of Heels

Two entrepreneurial Black women — Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene, founder, and Danielle Shortt, CEO of Flat Out of Heels — continue to make history in technology and innovation. Their company, which uses advanced automated retail technology to sell stylish, machine-washable flats from innovative vending machines, is now raising at least $250K in capital to support the rollout of six new machines to scale operations.

Black Woman Entrepreneur Lands Historic Deal With Resorts World New York

Donyshia Boston-Hill

Resorts World New York has retained Donyshia Boston-Hill, founder and CEO of Keeper of the Brand, a Black-owned marketing and digital agency, to lead their company's first-ever virtual job fair production. Resorts World New York, the largest gaming resort in NYC and the state of New York, is expanding its facilities to include a brand new 400-room hotel and 4 new dining outlets. They are looking to hire an enthusiastic and dedicated group of professionals to become a part of its winning team.

May 3, 2021

Mambacita Apparel Line Honoring Kobe Bryant's Daughter, Gianna, Sells Out in One Day

Vanessa Bryant and family wearing the Mambacita apparel

A new apparel line called Mambacita that honors the life and legacy of Kobe and Vanessa Bryant's daughter, Gianna, quickly sold out the same day it launched. The concept was created in partnership with a woman-owned apparel company called Dannijo.

April 29, 2021

CEO of Black-Owned Marketing Agency Launches Affordable Services to Help Small Businesses

Andra Taylor, founder of TaylorMade Global

Meet Andra Taylor, the CEO and founder of TaylorMade Global (TMG), the number one small business solutions provider in the world. When Black-owned businesses lack ingenuity, strategy, and execution, they seek TaylorMade's umbrella of services to weather their storms.


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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...]