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March 22, 2023

Her App Has Recirculated $10M into Black-Owned Businesses, Now She's Expanding to Ten More Countries

Mandy Bowman

Meet Mandy Bowman, the founder and CEO of Official Black Wall Street (OBWS), an innovative marketplace app that is now the fastest growing platform for finding and supporting Black-owned businesses in the United States. All in all, Mandy says that her app has already recirculated about $10 million in sales and business services back into Black-owned businesses. Now, she is focused on expanding her services to ten other countries including Canada, South Africa, France, the UK, and the Netherlands.

Entrepreneur on a Mission to Help 10,000 Black Women Become Bilingual with Her Spanish Program

Kaywanda Lamb

Meet Kaywanda Lamb, the founder and CEO of the Spanish for Black Girls™ program. As a seasoned certified educator with over 18 years of Spanish teaching experience, she is on a mission to help 10,000 professional Black women become bilingual with her program and international immersion experience.

March 21, 2023

Army Veteran Turned Serial Entrepreneur Launches CEO Camp to Empower Micro Business Owners Across the Nation

Danielle Johnson, founder and CEO of The Platinum Gallery

Danielle Johnson, founder and CEO of The Platinum Gallery, a Black-owned publishing and consulting company she founded in 2012, is excited to announce her upcoming CEO camp. The camp is designed to provide valuable resources and tools for entrepreneurs looking to take their businesses to the next level. It will be held from April 21-24, 2023.

March 20, 2023

HBCU President Makes History, Opens First Ever Black-Owned Footwear Factory in the U.S.

D’Wayne Edwards

Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, a legendary footwear designer, has been designing shoes for almost 40 years, and now he is making history as the founder and CEO of JEMS, the country's first ever Black-owned footwear and shoe factory. Edwards is also the President of Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design (PLC), a Detroit, Michigan-based HBCU formally known as Lewis College of Business.

March 19, 2023

Black Couple’s Online Academy Becomes the First to Be Accredited to Use Non-Human, AI Avatar Instructors

DeMario and Dawn Nicole McIlwain

Meet DeMario and Dawn Nicole McIlwain, the founders of South Carolina-based Skilldora Inc., a Black-owned AI EdTech and eLearning platform that is the first online academy to receive global accreditation to have their online courses taught by AI Avatar Instructors. They have been accredited by CPD Standards Office, a world-leading CPD Accreditation Body located in Staines, England.

March 18, 2023

Black Couple Secures $250K Deal on 'Shark Tank' For $2.4M Frozen Yogurt Startup

Ehime Eigbe and Michael, founders of Sweetkiwi

Ehime Eigbe and her husband, Michael, the founders of a Black-owned frozen greek yogurt brand called Sweetkiwi, have successfully secured a deal for $250,000 on Shark Tank. The idea was inspired by the healthy dessert alternatives that Ehime discovered when she was battling uterine fibroids.

March 17, 2023

Couple Secures $250K Deal on Shark Tank for Black-Owned Virtual Bridal Company

Meet Charles and Ashley Young, a married couple who are the co-founders of a virtual bridal company called Bridal Babes that designs bridesmaids' dresses that are body-flattering catered for curvy Black women. After appearing on Shark Tank and securing a $250,000 deal, their Maryland-based company has become one of the fastest-growing brands in the wedding industry.

March 16, 2023

Founder of Award-Winning Black, Woman-Owned Branding Agency Makes History with Buy with Prime Partnership

Diamond Spikes

Diamond Spikes, founder and CEO of DS Creative Design Studio, an award-winning Black woman-owned branding studio, has announced an amazing partnership with Amazon's Buy with Prime program. The partnership brings comprehensive branding workshops to Black-owned businesses, helping them to take actionable steps to grow and improve their overall brands.

March 15, 2023

Founder of Black-Owned Vegan Nail Polish Brand Wins Pitch Competition

Kemah Duopu

Kemah Duopu, Founder and CEO at Harmon Polish, is celebrating having won $5,000 at the Heaven Center Pitch Competition at Awakening Trade & Conference held in Plano, Texas. The Awakening Africa Hub, a one-stop-shop resource for helping today’s entrepreneurs build tomorrow.

March 14, 2023

Black Entrepreneur Expands Vending Machine Company to Include Travel Product Kits For Babies, Children, and Families

Jasmin Smith, founder of Babyvend

Jasmin Smith, the founder and CEO of Babyvend LLC, has expanded her network of vending machines to include custom travel and activity kits. The kits known as “Go Boxes” have been curated and customized for travel essentials and activity essentials.

March 13, 2023

Founder Gets Emotional After Becoming the Largest Black-Owned Makeup Brand in Target Stores

Melissa Butler, founder and CEO of The Lip Bar

Melissa Butler, the founder and CEO of The Lip Bar, recently become emotional in an Instagram post after revealing that her brand is the largest Black-owned makeup brand available in Target. Her brand's continuous massive success comes years after being harshly rejected on Shark Tank.

This Black Entrepreneur Made $40K From a Cookie Vending Machine, Then Opened a Storefront

Mike Evans, founder of Alibi Cookies

Mike Evans, a 33-year-old Black entrepreneur from St. Louis, Missouri, is the founder of Alibi Cookies which he started by selling cookies through a vending machine and has eventually scaled up to multiple storefronts. Evans, who used to work in the restaurant industry, was among the numerous people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic. During that time, he sat down and thought of other income sources. That's when he recalled his previous idea of a Japanese vending machine so he invested in one that dispenses cookies.

March 10, 2023

Black Author Helps Entrepreneurs Soar to New Heights With New Book

Elzie D. Flenard

Elzie D. Flenard, III has released his latest title Flame Starter - The Art of Self-Mastery, an Amazon Best Selling book that is a must-read for high-achieving entrepreneurs looking to elevate their game without burning out.

March 9, 2023

Founders of Black-Owned Eyewear Line Make History, Sign Licensing Deal With Nickelodeon

Nancey Harris and Tracy Vontélle Green

Meet Nancey Harris and Tracy Green, the founders of Vontélle, the first Black women-owned eyewear company to have established a partnership with Paramount and Nickelodeon. Their licensing deal allows them to exclusively make fashion-forward eyewear products for kids using popular characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Baby Shark, and Rugrats.

March 8, 2023

Black Entrepreneur Who Secured $200K Deal On 'Shark Tank' Made $1.8M Last Year

Raquel Graham, the creator of Headlightz who scored a major deal on Shark Tank back in 2020, is reporting now generating millions of dollars in sales. When she appeared on the show, she ended up landing a deal with Kevin O'Leary and Peter Jones for $200K in exchange for 20% of her company plus a one-dollar per unit royalty until they recoup $600K.

March 7, 2023

Entrepreneur Makes History as the First Black Private Mortgage Lender With a $100M Warehouse Line

Troy Smith, founder and CEO of G1 Commercial Mortgage

Meet Troy Smith, founder and CEO of G1 Commercial Mortgage, a faith-based Private Credit Fund based in Charles County, Maryland, the wealthiest African American County in the nation. His company is a direct lender that offers finance options to real estate investors, and he is the first African American mortgage lender to have delegated underwriting authority over a $100 million warehouse line.

March 3, 2023

Black Mom-Daughter Duo Create Unique Tool That Unbraids Your Hair

Natasha Anderson and Khadija

Meet Natasha Anderson and her daughter, Khadija, the co-founders of The Original UnBraider which is an innovative product that can take down 4 to 8 braids simultaneously while combing your hair. This makes the process a lot easier and results in a lot less hair damage.

February 28, 2023

Founder Creates Black Dolls with Real Human Hair That Can Be Washed, Braided and Styled

Meet Yelitsa Jean-Charles, the founder and CEO of Healthy Roots Dolls, a toy company that creates Black and brown dolls with facial features, skin tones, and realistic curly hair that can be styled in any way. Through the toys, Yelitsa aims to teach Black children about the beauty of their natural hair and how to embrace it.

February 24, 2023

$125K in Donations Pour in as Oldest Black Publishing Company Suffers Devastating Flood

Dr. Keith Gilyard

Last year marked the 55th anniversary of Chicago-based Third World Press Foundation, the oldest, independent, continuously operating Black publishing company in the nation. The Foundation marked the momentous occasion in the Fall of 2022 with gusto and invited their supporters, friends, authors, and family to celebrate with them at headquarters.

February 22, 2023

Meet the Black Woman Whose Company Cleans Sports Arenas For Major Events Like the World Series

Sheena Parker, founder of 4SYT Industries

Meet Sheena Parker, the founder and CEO of 4SYT Industries, a Black woman-owned facility maintenance company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her company has secured big contracts with major buildings and venues including the Citizens Bank Park in Philadephia in preparation for the 2022 World Series.

February 21, 2023

Great-Granddaughter of First Black Millionaire Madam C.J. Walker Celebrates 100 Years with Brand Relaunch

Founders, granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker

More than a century later, A'Lelia Bundles, the great-great-granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, has launched a new line of Black hair care products to honor her grandmother's legacy. The brand, called Madam by Madam C.J. Walker, is already available in over 3,000 Walmart stores and online.

February 19, 2023

Ex-Convict Opens Vegan Donut Shop, First Ever Black-Owned Business in Brooklyn Heights, NYC

Derrick Faulcon

Derrick Faulcon, who was formally incarcerated for 11 years, is now the founder and CEO of Cloudy Donut Co., a vegan donut shop that just became the first-ever Black-owned business in Brooklyn Heights, New York City where the population is 72% white. Their donuts are 100% vegan, made with ingredients such as applesauce, coconut milk, and shortening instead of animal products.

February 17, 2023

Black Entrepreneur Puts New Spin on Outdated Backpack Designs, Partners with HBCUs

Chad Porter, founder of Wearpack

Meet Chad Porter, the 23-year-old founder and inventor of the Wearpack, a patent-pending detachable front handbag and backpack combined as one with an adjustable shoulder and waist bag. Because of its unique design, it’s lighter and easier to carry. He already has exclusive partnerships and licensing deals with three HBCUs  North Carolina A&T, Hampton University, and Simmons College.

February 16, 2023

32-Year-Old Black Entrepreneur, Mom of 4, Secures Over $15M in Funding for Clients and Students

Laine Bradley

Laine Bradley, a 32-year-old Haitian-American woman from Raleigh, NC, has helped small businesses and nonprofit organizations secure over $15 million in grant funding. She is the founder and CEO of Vraiment Financial, a full financial firm focused on providing innovative client solutions. In addition, she is the creator of the Grant Capital Society, a funding resource community for new and existing small businesses and organizations that provides information, resources, and training to become grant ready.

February 15, 2023

Entrepreneur Makes History, Opens First Ever Black-Owned Bank in Arkansas

Arlo Washington

Meet Arlo Washington, the founder and CEO of People Trust Community Federal Credit Union, an accredited, full-service credit union in North Little Rock, Arkansas that provides access to capital to low and moderate-income communities. It is the first and only Black-owned financial institution in the entire state of Arkansas.