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Friday, January 18, 2019

10 Black-Owned Tech Companies You Can Invest in Right Now

Founders of Black-owned tech companies

We have all heard the underwhelming statistics about the success of Black technology founders (men and women) raising money from venture capital investor. A recent article in the Baltimore Business Journal states that ‘despite gains, most Black female founders still get no funding”, and the last ProjectDianeState of Black Women Founders’ report in 2016, found that since 2009, Black women have collectively raised 0.0006 percent of all tech venture funding (yes 0%).

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Meet the Couple Behind New York City's First Ever Black-Owned Professional Sports Team

Corey and Tamara Galloway

Corey and Tamara Galloway had always dreamed of having a professional sports team in New York City. Now, the power couple themselves have made history by giving NYC it's first ever Black-owned sports team, and have became two of very few African Americans who outright own a professional sports franchise.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Alaffia CEO Olowo-n’djo Tchala & His Extraordinary Journey to Becoming a Modern Day Superhero

Olowo-n’djo Tchala, CEO and founder of Alaffia

Olowo-n’djo Tchala (pronounced “Oh-loe-in-joe Cha-la”) was born and raised in the village of Kaboli in Togo where he shared an 8’ X 10’ room with his mother and seven siblings. No longer able to afford it, Olowo-n’djo dropped out of school after only making it to sixth grade. After leaving school, he supported his mom by working alongside her on their farm. In 1996, he met his future wife Prairie Rose Hyde when she was volunteering with the Peace Corp. The couple fell in love and shortly after moved to the U.S.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Founder of Black-Owned Food Truck Expands to Multiple Storefront Locations — In Just 3 Years!

Greg Tillery, founder of We Dat's Chicken & Shrimp

When Greg Tillery started We Dat's Chicken & Shrimp, a popular New Orleans-based food truck, he didn't expect that a lot people would line up waiting for their orders. But within just three years, this Black entrepreneur has grown his food truck business to two locations, developed a new product line, and established a partnership with the NBA!

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Top Black-Owned Coffee Shops to Visit in the U.S.

Founder of Black-owned coffee shop
Dorian Bolden, founder of Beyù Caffè in Durham, NC
A new year means new resolutions and new beginnings. This year, try supporting local coffee shops instead of the massive chains, like Starbucks and Caribou Coffee. Check out this list of our top Black-owned coffee shops to visit in the U.S.

Meet the East Coast’s First Ever Black Female Comic Book Store Owner

Ariell Johnson, founder of Amalgam Comic & Coffee Shop

Representation is necessary for children to grow up with positive self-thought. When children of color don’t see people like them in novels, comics, movies, or TV, they think they can’t achieve greatness. Without representation, it’s so difficult for people to recognize that there are other people like them succeeding and thriving in whatever they set their minds to. As children, our idols show us that we can do what we set our minds to—if they can do reach for their goals, so can we.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

How Black Barbers Are Supporting Their Communities

Brennon Jones, Black barber

For decades the African-American community has deemed barbershops and beauty salons as sacred space. Many people share a unique relationship with the person behind the clippers, while also using the shop as a way to connect with the rest of their community. It’s a place where you can be vulnerable and open up to others who understand your situation. Today, you can find many Black barbers who give back to the community by using their shops to inspire hope in those around them.

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...]