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July 19, 2021

Meet the HBCU Grad Who Just Bought the TV Station Where She Once Worked as an Intern

April Ross, reporter turned TV station owner

Meet April Ross, an HBCU graduate of Alabama State University who is now the owner of WJCN TV-33, a local television station based in LaGrange, Georgia. As an entrepreneur, she is especially proud of her success because she used to work at the same station as an intern!

July 15, 2021

Gayle King Surprises 14-Year Old Black CEO With $50K Investment

Gabby Goodwin, a 14-year old girl from Columbia, South Carolina who is the CEO of and founder of GaBBY Bows, is extremely grateful after receiving an investment worth $200,000, of which $50,000 is from broadcast journalist Gayle King.

July 12, 2021

Meet the Sole Black Female Owner of the Milwaukee Bucks

Valerie Daniels-Carter, an African American female entrepreneur from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is one of the minority owners of the NBA team Milwaukee Bucks. She is the only single Black woman, alongside mostly men, to own part of the team.

July 8, 2021

28-Year Old Making History With Black-Owned Cookie Brand Gone Global

Lara Adekoya, founder of Fleurs et Sel

Lara Adekoya, a 28-year old Black woman entrepreneur from Los Angeles, launched Fleurs et Sel, a cookie company last year after being laid off from her job due to the pandemic. Now just one year later, her cookies are some of the most sought-after by Hollywood stars and clients from all over the world.

July 7, 2021

Scientist Launches Black-Owned Tech Startup, Aims to Revolutionize Footwear Technology

Dr. Von Homer, founder and chief scientist of HX Innovations

Meet Dr. Von Homer, Founder and Chief Scientist of HX Innovations, a first-of-its-kind tech startup that aims to map a client’s body to ensure that his or her biomechanics (body movements) align with the individual’s chosen footwear. This helps to not only mitigate or avoid future injury but also to fulfill movement goals while perhaps running a marathon or walking around the block with a grandchild.

July 6, 2021

Black Chef Shares Unique and Delicious Summer African Cooking Classes Online For Kids, 3 to 15-Years Old

Mirabel Umenei, founder of Motherland Cooking Xperience

Mirabel Umenei, a mother of three and the founder of Motherland Cooking Xperience, has launched interactive, virtual cooking lessons for children ages 3 to 15-years old that highlight Africa’s culinary diversity. The online classes combine cooking lessons with singing, Kiswahili lessons, and live music.

July 5, 2021

Master P Uses New NCAA Rules to Help His Son Ink Historic $2M Endorsement Deal

Master P and son, Hercy Miller

Hercy Miller, the son of rapper and entrepreneur Master P, has inked a historic multi-million dollar endorsement deal. He is one of the first student-athletes to take advantage of the new NCAA rule that allows athletes in college to profit off their own name, image, and likeness.


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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...]