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May 17, 2022

Founder of Black-Owned Food Service Business Wins $17M Contract With Boston Public Schools

Sheldon Lloyd, founder and CEO of City Fresh Foods

Sheldon Lloyd, founder and CEO of City Fresh Foods, a Roxbury, Massachusetts-based Black-owned food service business, has landed a deal with Boston Public Schools to provide food to its thousands of students. The $17 million contract is reportedly the largest non-construction contract the city has awarded to a Black-owned business.

April 20, 2022

33-Year Old is Making History as the First Black CEO of P.F. Chang's

Damola Adamolekun, CEO of P.F. Changs

Meet Damola Adamolekun, the CEO of P.F. Chang's China Bistro, a popular Asian casual-dining restaurant chain based in the U.S. Since 2020, he has been leading the company to ensure its continued growth and success.

April 19, 2022

Black Entrepreneur Who Almost Died as a Teen Signs Major Grocery Store Distribution Deal for Her Line of Low-Sodium Seasonings

Emily Avonya Jefferson

Meet Emily Avonya Jefferson who had a severe reaction to a medication that almost took her life when she was 16. She was hospitalized for several days due to this reaction. Her road to recovery was long, in which she had to go through physical therapy to help her walk again as well as speech therapy. Today, she is the 23-year-old owner of Avonya’s Blends, a Black-owned brand of unique seasonings that are all-natural, low-sodium, and contain no artificial preservatives or anti-caking agents.

April 18, 2022

Black Chef With His 2 Sons Open New Restaurant in Detroit With Soulful Egg Rolls as its Main Dish

Founders of Bink's Grill

Meet Chef Bink and his two sons, the founders of Bink's Grill, a newly opened Black-owned restaurant located in Detroit, Michigan. One of their most notable specialties is their soulful "world-class egg rolls" which have been a huge hit both nationally and internationally in the world of cuisine.

April 11, 2022

Couple Opens Black-Owned Grocery Store in Memphis in a Food Desert

Jerrell Spencer and Ursula Martin

Jerrell Spencer and Ursula Martin, a couple from South Memphis, Tennessee have opened a Black-owned grocery store called BL Grocery which aims to provide fresh produce and hot meals to a community that has become a food desert.

April 8, 2022

Siblings Who Launched Black-Owned Delivery Service in Philly Are Now in 4 Other Cities

It has only been just 3 years since twin brothers David and Aaron Cabello launched Black and Mobile, the first Black-owned delivery service, and they have already expanded to 4 more cities and they plan to add more.

March 30, 2022

Single Mom Launches Black-Owned Alcohol Start-Up, “Tips” the Scales in the Canned Cocktail Industry

Toni Gilliard, founder of Tipsy Lady

Meet Toni Gilliard, founder and CEO of Tipsy Lady, a Black-owned premium Caribbean-inspired canned cocktail company that is making an impressive debut in the online direct-to-consumer retail channel. Following its recent partnership with a small distributor, the Charleston, South Carolina-based brand has launched its online store, and plans to expand its placements into other cities are already in the works. Currently, Tipsy Lady is available in retail markets in CA, FL, NY, and NJ and online in over 30 states.

March 25, 2022

Asia Thomas is the 1st Black Woman to Own a Subway Franchise in Duluth, Georgia

Asia Thomas

Asia Thomas, an entrepreneur and a single mother of 3, owns and operates the first Subway franchise in Duluth, Georgia that is owned by a Black woman.

March 21, 2022

Meet the CEO of the Largest Black-Owned Food Bank in the Southeast

Elisabeth Omilami, CEO of Hosea Helps

Elisabeth Omilami is the CEO of an Atlanta-based food bank in Atlanta called Hosea Helps. Her father, a civil rights leader named Hosea Williams, started it in 1971, and today it's the largest Black-owned food ban in the southeast part of the U.S.

March 14, 2022

Family Makes History, Opens First Ever Black-Owned Restaurant on New York's City Island

Darryl Lelie and family, owners of Seafood Kingz 2 restaurant

Meet Darryl Lelie and his family, the owners of Seafood Kingz 2 on City Island in Bronx, New York, making it the first Black-owned restaurant in the area.

February 15, 2022

Founder of Black-Owned Grocery Store in Chicago Receives $2.5M in Funding From the City

Elizabeth Abunaw, founder of Forty Acres Fresh Market

Elizabeth Abunaw, founder and CEO of Forty Acres Fresh Market, a Black-owned startup grocer that offers fresh and healthy food options on Chicago's West Side, has been awarded $2.5 million in grant funding from the city. She plans to use the funds to transition her pop-up store to a brick-and-mortar store.

February 9, 2022

Founders of Black-Owned Plant-Based Food Manufacturer Close $6M Series A Funding Round

The investment round will fuel their revolutionary, plant-based food company’s rapid expansion.

Duane Myko Cheers and Danita Claytor, founders of Everything Legendary

Meet Duane “Myko” Cheers and Danita Claytor, the co-founders of Everything Legendary, a Black-owned plant-based food brand with legendary flavor, that have just closed $6 million dollars in Series A funding. The round was led by CircleUp Growth Partners with additional investments from the venture capital arm of General Mills, 301 INC, and Mark Cuban. Also, International Entrepreneur and Record Executive, Russell Simmons joined the all-star team as a Senior Advisor.

January 28, 2022

Black Mompreneur and Her 4 Kids Launch Successful Gourmet Popcorn Brand

Shaunese Alexander and her kids, founders of Popcorn Munchies

Meet Shaunese Alexander and her four children — Destiny, Trinity, Serenity, and Joshua — the founders of Popcorn Munchies, one of the fastest-growing Black-owned gourmet popcorn brands in the country. Their Maryland-based company's most popular specialty is their caramelized pecan flavor.

January 26, 2022

Entrepreneur Makes History as Black-Owned Franchise Owner, Buys 21 Donatos Pizza Restaurants

Ron Jordan, founder of Jordan Hospitality Group

Ron Jordan, the CEO and founder of Jordan Hospitality Group, has acquired all 21 Donatos restaurants in the Indianapolis market, making him the largest Black-owned franchise partner for the Columbus, Ohio-based company in its 59-year history.

January 5, 2022

Single Black Mom of 2 Buys Her Kids a Vending Machine to Teach Them About Business

Ciearra Baker, a mompreneur from St. Louis, Missouri

When Ciearra Baker, a mompreneur from St. Louis, Missouri, decided to buy a vending machine as a gift for her two young kids to start teaching them about entrepreneurship, she had no idea that it would be controversial. When she posted about it on social media, her post drew mixed reactions from her followers. Some of them criticizing her decision while others praised her for her unique and practical gift idea.

December 1, 2021

The Creators of the Black Foodie Finder App Have Acquired BlackChef.com

Black Foodie Finder and BlackChef

Black Foodie Finder, a popular app database of Black-owned eateries and restaurants, has acquired BlackChef.com to bring about a more solid relationship and interaction among Black chefs, kitchen managers, caterers, and restaurant owners.

November 25, 2021

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.

November 20, 2021

HBCU Grads Make History, Become Youngest Owners of Black-Owned Wine Brand

HBCU graduate owners of Michael Lavelle wine brand

HBCU graduates Aaron Michael Coad and Terrence Lavelle Low along with their partners Brandon Crump and Devin Kennedy are the founders of the newest Black-owned luxury wine brand called Michael Lavelle, making them the youngest African Americans to own such a company.

November 5, 2021

5 Black Female Family Members Make History, Launch New CBD Infused Cooking Oil Line

Founders of Black-owned CBD cooking oil brand

Meet the founders of The B.E. Well Company, which has launched the first and only Black-owned line of CBD-infused cooking oils that are both organic and non-GMO. Created by five family members (one aunt, twin sisters, and their two cousins), the company has launched a line of infused cooking oils to specifically help women get a daily serving of CBD along with the benefits of good healthy fats versus using regular oils, margarine, and butter.

October 18, 2021

Meet the Founder of the Fastest-Growing Black-Owned Rice Brand in the World

Nana Owusu-Achau, founder of Agro Kings

Meet Nana Owusu-Achau, the founder of Agro Kings, a Ghana-based company that produces the thriving locally-grown rice brand called Nana's Rice.