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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Meet Cynthia Marshall, the CEO of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks

Cynthia Marshall, the CEO of the Dallas Mavericks

In 2018, the Dallas Mavericks hired Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall to become the franchise’s new CEO. Cynthia grew up in Richmond, CA, and earned degrees in business administration and human resources management from the University of California-Berkeley. In addition, she holds honorary doctorate of humane letters degrees from Livingstone College and Bennett College.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Meet the Black Entrepreneur Who Owns 7 McDonald’s Restaurants in Atlanta

Vicki Chancellor, owner of 7 Black-owned McDonald's franchises

As a female entrepreneur, Vicki Chancellor, has experienced a lot of defeat and rejections. But despite this, she still managed to transition from a housewife and mother to a franchise owner that employs almost 500 people at the 7 McDonald's restaurants she owns and operates herself in the Atlanta area!

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Founder of the Largest Black-Owned Fundraising Firm Has Already Raised $800 Million For His Clients

Bridge Philanthropic Consulting (BPC), the first and only full-service Black-owned fundraising firm in the U.S., has proven to also be the most prosperous after raising over a whopping $800 million for their wide range of clientele in just over two years. Dwayne Ashley, its founder and CEO, is determined to keep the streak going!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Top 4 African Restaurants in the U.S. According to Us

African restaurant

African restaurants in the U.S. have recently garnered recognition on a national level. Celebrate African cuisine at some of the most famous restaurants in the U.S.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

11-Year Old Boy Who Crochets Goes Viral and Lands Major Book Deal!

Jonah Larson, crochet prodigy and author

Jonah Larson, an 11-year old prodigy from Wisconsin who was recently featured in La Crosse Tribune for his outstanding crocheting skills, has just signed a major book deal after his story went  viral.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

9-Year Old Entrepreneur Opens Coffee Shop, Employing People With Special Needs

Camden Myers, a 9-year old entrepreneur from North Carolina, has recently opened his first coffee shop called Cam's Coffee Creations. Having personally experienced developmental challenges, he combined that and his knack in business to also open job and training opportunities for people with special needs in his coffee shop.

Monday, March 11, 2019

This 11-Year Old Entrepreneur Has Her Own Brand of Organic Dog Treats

Ava Dorsey, founder of Ava's Pet Palace

All her life, Ava Dorsey, an 11-year old from Chicago, has exhibited tremendous creativity and drive, and now she is expanding her career as an ambitious “kidpreneur”. She has spent a great deal of time and energy launching her organic dog treat business, Ava’s Pet Palace.

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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...]