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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Our 8 Favorite Black-Owned Spas for Ultimate Rejuvenation

Woman getting a massage at a Black-owned spa

If winter and your busy schedule are stressing you out, it’s time for some serious self-care. Thankfully, there are plenty of amazing Black-owned spas across the country that want to help you relax and refresh. These are some of our top picks.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

#BankBlack -- Top 23 Black-Owned Banks, Credit Unions and Other Financial Institutions

Executives at Industrial Bank, a Black-owned bank in Washington, DC

The #BankBlack revolution has already began. Thousands of African Americans across the country are transferring their money to Black-owned banks that invest in urban communities and businesses. Initiated by several celebrities like Solange and rapper Killer Mike, the initiative is in response to years of police brutality, discrimination, and other racial problems that have long existed in America.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

7 Black-Owned Dessert Companies That Make Amazing Pies and Cakes

Camille Hall of CamiCakes, a black-owned cupcake company

Soul food goes way beyond chicken and waffles, collard greens, cornbread and a good barbecue sauce. It also includes delicious cakes, cupcakes, pies, and other pastries.

Monday, February 18, 2019

This Black-Owned Chemical Free Hair Color Product is Taking the Industry By Storm!

Women wearing hair coloring from Mysteek Naturals

Electra S. Davis, founder of Mysteek Naturals, is believed to be one of the first women to have created a chemical free hair color product - having started developing the product in 2016. The company is a Black woman, veteran-owned small business. She’s a 35-year old divorcee who let that fire push her further to the top, and mother of two beautiful children, and Bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration of accounting.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Founder of Black Hair Care Brand to Receive $1 Million Investment from Shea Moisture CEO

Muhga Eltigani, founder of NaturAll Club
Muhga Eltigani, founder of NaturAll Club
NaturAll Club, a Black-owned all-natural hair care brand, has been chosen to receive a $1 million investment from Shea Moisture co-founder Rich Dennis. It makes NaturAll Club the first hair care brand to get funding from the $100-million New Voices Fund that Dennis initiated to empower more women of color entrepreneurs in reaching their full potential.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

3 Successful Black Comic Book Creators You Should Know

Black comics

Black Panther broke down barriers last year when it hit theaters, earning a billion dollars at the box office and landing a best picture nomination for the 2019 Oscars. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was another film that received critical praise after successfully introducing a Black Spider-Man to the masses. However, despite all the recent success of these two Black-led superhero films, comic book writers of color are still scarce across the medium.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

5 Famous Black Athletes Turned Entrepreneurs

George Foreman, Venus Williams, and Magic Johnson

Although professional athletes are known for having one of the highest paying professions in the world, this doesn’t stop many of them from pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors. In fact, a few of these athletes end up making more from their business ventures than from their time as an athlete.

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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...]