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Friday, December 6, 2019

8-Year Old Bestselling Author Creates Innovative App For Kids

Nicholas Buamah, author and creator of augmented reality app

8-year old Nicholas Buamah and his mother realized that younger kids and even some parents were having difficulties pronouncing the expanded words in his bestselling book series, so he decided to create an augmented reality app called Kayla & Kyle to help with this. The app can be used to have his books read aloud, and to make the illustrations in his books come to life.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Oldest Black-Owned Bookstore in the Country Founded 60 Years Ago is Still Thriving

Marcus Books, the oldest Black-owned book store in the country

Marcus Books, based in Oakland, California, is known as the nation's oldest Black-owned bookstore. Founded by the Richardson family in the 1960s, the establishment is still going strong and is still very relevant in the publishing world, allowing Black history and creativity to be recognized and preserved.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Ex-Felon Opens First Ever Black-Owned Barbershop Inside a Walmart

Shaun Corbett, founder of first Black-owned barbershop in Walmart

Shaun "Lucky" Corbett, a 40-year old ex-felon turned barber and entrepreneur from Charlotte, North Carolina, has opened his very own barbershop called Da Lucky Spot Barbershop. Located inside of a Walmart store, Shaun has made history as the first Black entrepreneur to ever do this.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

4-Year Old Entrepreneur Launches Baked Goods Business

Mariah Morning, 4-year old entrepreneur from Cleveland

At the young age of 4, Mariah Morning has already launched her own business in Cleveland, Ohio selling homemade baked goods and sweets called Mariah's Munchies. With the guidance of her mother, she is already treading the path to be a successful young entrepreneur.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Meet the Black Entrepreneur Who Operates 37 TGI Friday's Restaurants... and Counting!

Daniel Halpern, co-founder and CEO of Jackmont Hospitality

Daniel Halpern is the co-founder and CEO of Jackmont Hospitality, an Atlanta-based restaurant management company that owns and operates 37 different TGI Friday's restaurants and other independent concept restaurants. The company was co-founded in 1994 by the late Maynard Jackson, the first Black mayor of Atlanta, and his family.

Meet the Billionaire Whose $100M Program Will Create 10,000 Black Entrepreneurs In 10 Years

Tony Elumelu, Nigerian billionaire

Tony Elumelu, a Nigerian billionaire entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, launched a 10-year entrepreneurship program worth $100 million in 2015 with a goal to support 10,000 entrepreneurs across Africa. Now in its 5th year, the program has already helped more than 7,500 entrepreneurs of African descent.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Support These 25 Black-Owned Businesses on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black customers buying from Black-owned businesses

Black Friday is the most popular sales day of the year in the United States. Small Business Saturday is also a huge sales day, and Cyber Monday is the most popular day in the states for online sales. Every year during this weekend (which follows the Thanksgiving holiday), retailers generate billions of dollars in revenue from anxious customers looking for the best deals. Sadly, Black-owned businesses are not as well supported.



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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...]