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Monday, January 27, 2020

Meet the Founder of the First Black-Owned Brewery in the South

Jon Renthrope, founder of Cajun Fire Brewing

Jon Renthrope, a 32-year old entrepreneur and founder of New Orleans-based brewery Cajun Fire Brewing, has made history as the first Black brewmaster in the state of Louisiana. He is also the first African American to own a brewing company in the South.

Friday, January 24, 2020

11-Year Old Boy With Autism Launches Lemonade Brand Already in Grocery Stores

Aubrie Green, founder of Breezzy's Lemonade

Aubrie Green, an 11-year old entrepreneur with autism, is the founder and CEO of his own lemonade brand called Breezzy's Lemonade. Available in several flavors, his products are already available at a local grocery store in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Meet the CEO Who Just Opened Her 4th Real Estate Company Within 6 Years

Tamairo Moutry, founder of 4 real estate companies

Tamairo Moutry, a very successful real estate broker, is celebrating the launch of her fourth real estate company. She now has real estate companies in four different states - Wisconsin, Georgia, Florida, and Illinois. She operates all of her businesses virtually, has close to 25 realtors working on her team, and has recently beefed up her recruiting efforts for all four companies.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Once Homeless, This Single Mom Now Owns Her Own Restaurant in Ohio

Brooke Coleman was once homeless, trying to make ends meet as a pregnant single mother five years ago. But she wasn't hopeless, she had a dream and she was determined to achieve it. Last year, she successfully opened her very own restaurant called Stuffed Enuff in Dayton, Ohio, and her customers have tons of positive feedback!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Black Entrepreneur Receives $596K in Funding to Open a Luxury Beauty Salon in Detroit

Katrina Wilson has always been passionate about helping people look their best through hairstyling. Now that she has received $596,000 in funding, she is achieving her dream to launch her own multicultural luxury beauty salon called Creme Brulee - the first of its kind in downtown Detroit.

Monday, January 20, 2020

3-Time Olympic Champion Dominique Dawes to Open Her Own Gymnastics Academy

Dominique Dawes

Dominique Dawes is a three-time Olympic champion and the first Black woman to have won an individual Olympic medal in women's gymnastics. Now at 43-years old, Dawes is taking on a new journey as an entrepreneur and is planning to open her very own gymnastics academy in Maryland.

Friday, January 17, 2020

How Kobe Bryant Turned $6 Million into $200 Million

Kobe Bryant

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant has already proven that his greatness transcends from the basketball court to the business world. Through his investment firm, BryantStibel, he made his first investment in the sports drink BodyArmor. And within just 4 years, his return on investment has multiplied by more than 30 times - one of the the biggest investment returns for an athlete in the business world.

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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...]