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Friday, December 7, 2018

Today’s Top Black-Owned Skincare Brands

Woman using Black-owned skincare products

Every purchase you make has the power to do good. Support Black-owned skincare companies that speak to your passions and create honest, thoughtful products. Your money can celebrate entrepreneurs that are paving the way for others in their communities. These black-owned skincare brands create products that celebrate skin with natural, unprocessed ingredients that will have you singing their praises.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

7 Black-Owned Watch Brands You Should Make Time For

Black-owned watch brands

"Time is the only luxury," musician Kanye West once said. While timepieces or watches are usually a luxury for most, there are several Black-owned brands that create and market high-quality watches that won't break the bank... and they are definitely worth taking time to look at!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Meet the Former Toys ‘R’ Us Manager Who Just Opened His Own Toy Store!

Glendon Warner, former manager at Toys R Us

Glendon Warner, a former manager at a Toys 'R' Us store, was one of those who lost their jobs when the giant toy retailer decided to close its U.S. locations. While most of the former employees were disappointed with the sudden layoff, Warner saw it as an opportunity to finally pursue his dream of opening his own toy store.

Monday, December 3, 2018

These Black-Owned Businesses Killed It on Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Quinn Conyers and other Black entrepreneurs

Billions of dollars in revenue were generated for small and large retailers this past Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making it the most profitable weekend after Thanksgiving ever. And this time around, quite a few Black-owned businesses were able to benefit from this nationwide sales extravaganza. Some made a couple thousand dollars, some made a couple hundred thousand dollars, and some even made more than $1 million.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Here's How Steve Harvey Still Made $44 Million This Year Despite Daytime Talk Show Woes

Steve Harvey with new beard

Despite having a few issues with his daytime talk show, Forbes reports that Steve Harvey still earned approximately $44 million and secured the 5th spot in the magazine's list of the world's highest-paid TV show hosts this year.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Did This Black Entrepreneur Really Make $1 Million in 90 Minutes? Yes, She Did!

Reynell Supa Steward, founder of The Crayon Case

Yes, it's true. Reynell "Supa" Steward, founder and CEO of The Crayon Case, really did generate $1 million in sales in less than 2 hours on Cyber Monday. In fact, it was $1.2 million to be exact. The Crayon Case is a cosmetic line dedicated to amateur make-up users and aspiring makeup artists. The brand is best known for its eyeshadow palette that encourages women to treat their face as a blank canvass.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Once a Broke College Dropout, This Black Entrepreneur Now Owns an Upscale Nail Salon and Coffee Bar!

Mpoomy Ledwaba, founder of Aneno Nail & Coffee Bar

Mpoomy Ledwaba was young and broke when she planned her own business after deciding to drop out of college. She has no money, no experience, and the people around her did not believe in her. Amidst all the challenges, she fought for her dreams and finally opened Aneno Nail & Coffee Bar which has always been jampacked with women since its launching.

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...]