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Invest in the First Black Woman-Owned Cafe & Farmers Market Franchise That Will Be Owned by the Community

Nationwide — Roots & Vine Produce and Café, spearheaded by Ena Jones, a single mother of 3, born and raised in Chicago, has set its Grand Opening for this fall 2018 on Chicago’s South Side in the Morgan Park Community. The plan is to create a Wi-Fi friendly café with a healthy menu, coffee, smoothies, and juices as well as tempting pastries.

Their in-house farmers market, supplied with fresh produce and bulk dry goods, are grown from black farmers nationwide. The company aspires to be a low cost and cashless grocery chain at the convenience store level to help eliminate food deserts across the country.

With nearly a quarter of the American population living in a food desert, access to fresh and healthy produce is crucial in the battle to reduce diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and other food-related illnesses in our families. Stop by to join in healthy discussions with their #GreenTableTalks, food demos and workshops; as they create jobs and unique franchise opportunities for people of the community.


Roots & Vine is a solution looking for investors. There is an opportunity to join their mission and invest at BuyTheBlock.com, with as little as $100. You can look at their offering and truly encourage the community, family and friends to live a healthy life. The momentum of Roots & Vine Produce and Café as they sprout up to bring water to food deserts across the country will quickly make the new startup a household name.

This startup is dedicated to addressing the problem of urban food deserts and revitalizing blighted communities. Connecting farmers directly with consumers and employing community residents, Roots & Vine aims to strengthen communities in several ways:

#1 – Offering fresh produce and bulk dry goods at the convenience store level.
#2 – Providing Farmers an economic opportunity to market their products in every store.
#3 – Providing local employment opportunities in serving communities.
#4 – Providing Communal Space in a daily open, free Wi-Fi café.
#5 – The café will offer food demos, workshops, and education on nutrition and meal planning that will enable those of the community to take control of their own health.

About the founder

Ena Jones is a caterer and seasoned entrepreneur with twenty years of experience and counting. She is also a self-published writer & owner of Everyday Butterfly Home Spa Collection, a self-care product line of 100% natural and organic ingredients.

Notes for Editors: Invest in their effort and bring water to the desert, visit their Buy the Block page at https://buytheblock.com/campaign/connecting-farmers-to-people-reconnecting-people-to-real-food

Ena Jones
Roots & Vine Produce and Café Inc.

Posted on October 6, 2018 By Staff With 0 comments

After Waiting 8 Years, Black-Owned Company Finally Wins $700 Million Contract to Redevelop South Central LA Community

Quintin E. Primo III, CEO of Capri Investment Group

A $700 million project to redevelop a neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles has been approved by The Los Angeles Planning Commission. The proposal was made by Black-owned Capri Investment Group, headquartered in Chicago, and includes homes for low-income earners and an expanded and revitalized shopping mall.

Chairman and CEO of Capri, Quintin E. Primo III, has been waiting for approval for 8 years. After final approval from the Los Angeles City Council, he can begin his master plan which includes 961 condos and apartments, a new 400-room hotel, a 10-story office building, retail stores, and restaurants. By tripling the plaza’s size to over 3 million square feet, the new complex will provide additional retail/restaurant services and replace surface parking with new housing conveniently located near public transit.

More housing and jobs coming to South Central LA

Some initially had concerns that the new complex would hurt black residents from nearby areas with limited financial resources. However, according to Luci Ibarra, a senior city planner with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, no one would be directly displaced by the redevelopment project because there are no homes currently at the site. In fact, the project will result in more, affordable housing and better housing choices for low-income residents.

In addition, 25 percent of all jobs created during construction and operation of the expanded plaza will be offered to local residents, resulting in more jobs, more housing, and a better place for people to live, work and enjoy a good quality of life.

Making history

The $700 million investment by Capri is the first time that amount of private commercial capital has been invested in South Los Angeles. Primo is very optimistic about the value it will add to South Central Los Angeles, adding, “While there still is a governmental and community process to be completed for this large, complex and socially impactful investment, we believe its redevelopment holds the potential to become the new City Center for South Los Angeles, a chronically underserved minority area.”

Stores and businesses that will remain and continue to operate include the 15- theater Cineplex, anchor stores Macy’s and Sears, and all other retailers at the mall. Final approval by City Council is expected to be attained later this year.

For more details about Capri Investment Group, visit www.capri.global


Posted on October 4, 2017 By Staff With 0 comments

Black Owned Crowdfunding Site Reaches $100k in Funding – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

Black multi-generation family outside, the power of the crowd. Black Owned Crowdfunding Site Reaches 100k in Funding – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

Nationwide, May 1, 2017 – To be successful, it is vital to have the courage to go for it. At a time where it was unpopular to birth and run a black owned crowdfunding site, Lynn Da, a young budding entrepreneur out of Cincinnati has taken the bull by the horn to make the impossible possible.

Founded in the year 2012, with the aim of helping members of the black community get funding for their businesses, Suffice it to say that in April, BBNomics has been able to raise over $100,000 in funding.

Speaking excitedly, Lynn, the organization’s founder said; “I am thrilled about this latest development. This particular feat will go a long way in strengthening our hearts and increase our faith for a better tomorrow for the black community, as we all work together to make it happen. Even though the journey is long and tough, this has made us believe that it is achievable.”

In recent times, BBNomics has funded some notable projects such as; Kimchi Socks (a young socks company), Bringing More Healing to the hood (a mental health clinic in Chicago) and much more. “My personal goal is for BBNomics to raise one million in funding to help entrepreneurs and organizations open their doors to the public, and I know we are almost there” Lynn added.

It is noteworthy to mention that ‘Basil Health Fund’ and ‘Buy The Block’ are some of the campaigns that BBNomics is currently spearheading. While the former focuses on raising funds for Basil Elby, the alleged mastermind of the I-85 Atlanta bridge collapse, the latter presents a platform that will allow groups and individuals to pool resources, share knowledge, vote on the property to invest and efficiently manage investments.

According to their website, anyone can start a campaign and get funding for businesses, organizations, social causes and more. For more details about BBNomics, visit – www.bbnomics.com or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bbeconomics/

Posted on May 1, 2017 By Staff With 0 comments

Young Black Entrepreneur Farmers in Detroit Finding Success, But Still Struggling Because of This!


In 1910, African Americans owned nearly 20 million acres of land in the United States, most of it rural farmland. Today, they own less than 8 million acres. In Detroit, where the population is 83 percent black, black farmers want to own land and grow their own food but they have one big problem — it’s almost impossible for them to buy land!

The real problem

The problem is not that Detroit (and other cities in the state of Michigan) don’t have enough land to go around. Detroit has enough acreage to fit all of Manhattan, Boston, and San Francisco. The problem is that most of the land is controlled by speculators and investors, making it difficult for small, black farmers to purchase their own land. Detroit’s City Council is approving the purchase of prime land at below market prices, shutting out black farmers.

Malik Yakini, executive director of the Black Food Security Network, tried to purchase land to build a farm, and after two years, the most he got was a 10-year agreement to use the site. He was unsuccessful in purchasing the property.

Not enough help

The Detroit Land Bank initiative was designed to allow purchasers to buy empty plots of land next to their homes, which they could use to grow their own food. The program has sold 4,000 lots, which might seem like good progress. However, it is a drop in the bucket to the 97,000 lots that are still owned by the city. And it does not help farmers who want to purchase larger lots not next to their homes for growing larger quantities of food.

The whole deal smells like rotten tomatoes. “Food is essential to a quality life, and the fact that it is not available to black people is disheartening and crushing,” says Bianca Danzy, a student farmer at the urban farm Earthworks.

The black population wants to gain access to fresh, healthy food, but the location of many supermarkets are not providing access since one-third of Detroiters do not own a car. All they want is land so they can produce their own food and have a chance to increase their quality of life.

Local urban farming organizations to know about:

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network – www.detroitblackfoodsecurity.org

D-Town Farm – www.d-townfarm.com

Keep Growing Detroit – www.detroitagriculture.net

Detroit Food Justice Task Force – www.detroitfoodjustice.org

Southeast Michigan Producers Association (SEMPA) – www.sempafarmers.com


Source: http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2016/06/young-black-entrepreneur-farmers-detroit-no-land-ownership.html#more

Posted on June 14, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Haiti becomes part of the African Union


Haitian Ambassador to South Africa, Jacques Junior Baril says Haiti finally being part of the African Union (AU) is a place that the country earned as they paved way to other African countries to be free today.

The Caribbean state of Haiti will officially become a member of the AU come the next AU Summit which will take place next month in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Former African Union chairman, Jean Ping said: “We have attachment and links to that country. The first black Republic…that carried high the flame of liberation an freedom for black people and has paid a heavy price for so doing.

In 2012, Haiti indicated its interest to move from its observer status to member status. It will be the first time any nation with no geographic connection to the continent of Africa to join the AU.


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Posted on May 10, 2016 By Staff With 10 comments

Black Woman Rejected by Airline Decides to Start Her Own Airline — And Does!


When Sibongile Sambo, a 42-year old woman from South Africa, was told by South African Airways that she did not qualify for a flight attendant position because she did not meet their minimum height requirement, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
She became an entrepreneur, and started her very own airline called SRS Aviation, and until this day, her company is the only Black woman-owned and operated aviation company in Africa.

So, how did she do it?

Starting an airline is not an easy or cheap thing to do, but despite this, she was still able to get it off the ground.

First, she formed her company and gave it the name of SRS Aviation. Then, she bid and won a contract for cargo transport issued by the South African government and formed a partnership with MCC Aviation – a South African-based fixed & rotor wing charter operator. Finally, she sold her car and cashed out her mother’s pension to help her obtain an Air Operating Certificate from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). It wasn’t an easy process, but she was able to raise the needed capital and make it work!

Now, Sambo’s company offers their clients professional and personalized flight options to destinations in Africa and around the world. Their services include VIP charters, tourist charters, cargo charters, game count & capture, and helicopter services. Her customers pay anywhere from $1,000 USD to $200,000 USD per flight.

Her vision

Sambo’s vision is to be the number one choice in affordable air service solutions for individuals and businesses, locally and worldwide, by providing an unparalleled air service. She also aims to uphold the highest safety standards.

When it comes to giving back to her local community, she is also very passionate about helping young people by sharing her knowledge and expertise. During a recent interview with CNN, she commented, “I’m where I am today because somebody invested in me. It’s my opportunity now to invest in other people.”

For more details about SRS Aviation, visit www.srsaviation.co.za

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Posted on May 10, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Top Five Black Farmers, Black Farming is back on the rise!

After a Century in Decline, Black Farmers Are Back and on the Rise

These Black farmers don’t stop at healthy food. They’re healing trauma, instilling collective values, and changing the way their communities think about the land.

Blain Snipstal, second from left, with members of the Black Dirt Farm Collective. Photo courtesy Blain Snipstal.

Blain Snipstal and Aleya Fraser
Farm:Black Dirt Farm Collective
Location: Preston, Maryland
Number of Years Farming: 7
Revered Elder: Harriet Tubman

About 80 miles southeast of Baltimore, Black Dirt leases 2 acres that long have been home to the Black freedom struggle. Harriet Tubman once rescued her parents and nine other people from enslavement in this place, which was one of the first stops on the Underground Railroad.


Vegan farmers JoVonna Johnson-Cooke and Eugene Cooke raise corn and other native crops at their Stone Mountain farm. Photo by Nicole Bluh.

Eugene Cooke and JoVanna Johnson-Cooke
Farm: Grow Where You Are Collective
Location: Atlanta and Stone Mountain, Georgia
Number of Years Farming: 14
Revered Elder: Wangari Maathai

Collaboration is also key for the nine members of the Grow Where You Are collective, who operate a 3-acre farm and food forest in Atlanta, as well as a 5-acre farm in the nearby rural community of Stone Mountain.

Yonnette Fleming holds a Rhode Island Red hen at the Hattie Carthan Community Garden. Photo by Quincy Ledbetter.

Yonnette Fleming holds a Rhode Island Red hen at the Hattie Carthan Community Garden. Photo by Quincy Ledbetter.

Yonnette Fleming
Farm: Hattie Carthan Herban Farm
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Number of Years Farming: 16
Revered Elder: Hattie Carthan

Yonette Fleming’s passion for agriculture comes through in the poetic urgency of her words. So it’s surprising to learn she once tried to escape it. She was raised in Guyana, where her family cooperated with indigenous communities to grow coconuts, sugar, rice, and other crops. She took a detour into corporate America before finding her way back to the land.

Lindsey Lunsford gathers peppers at TULIP’s community garden. Photo by Wil Sands.

Lindsey Lunsford gathers peppers at TULIP’s community garden. Photo by Wil Sands.

Lindsey Lunsford
Farm: Tuskegee United Leadership and Innovation Program (TULIP)
Location: Tuskegee, Alabama
Number of Years Farming: 2
Revered Elder: Booker T. Washington

The educator and activist Booker T. Washington once sent a letter to every resident of Tuskegee’s Greenwood neighborhood, encouraging them to grow home gardens in order to build self-sufficiency. Through her work with TULIP, Lindsey Lunsford is continuing his legacy.

Chris Bolden-Newsome shows off a basket of marshmallow root he grew at Bantram’s Garden. Photo by Owen Taylor.

Chris Bolden-Newsome shows off a basket of marshmallow root he grew at Bantram’s Garden. Photo by Owen Taylor.

Chris Bolden-Newsome
Farm: Community Farm and Food Resource Center at Bantram’s Garden (a project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Number of Years Farming: 12
Revered Elders: Rufus and Demalda Newsome (his parents)

Before the “food justice” movement existed in the United States, Black farmers in the Mississippi Delta were cooperating to feed the community. Raised by farmers in that movement, Chris Bolden-Newsome assumed that growing food was something everybody did and was shocked to find otherwise when he moved north. He now manages a 50-bed community garden in his current home of Philadelphia, where he reconnects Black people to their agricultural heritage.

Source: Leah Penniman wrote this article for YES! Magazine. Leah is a farmer and educator based in the Albany, New York, area.



Posted on May 6, 2016 By Staff With 5 comments

Black-Owned or Nah?: Why These Entrepreneurs Don’t Reveal Their Businesses are Black-Owned


In growing a business, most entrepreneurs adopt key strategies that help them attract and maintain consumers. For Duane Draughon, owner and operator of VizX Design Studios, hiding the fact that his business is Black-owned is the key.

Draughon avoided putting pictures of himself and his family on the company website and introduced himself to potential clients as a project manager, NOT the owner. He even brought on a white insurance representative to carry out job interviews and put together a white sales team.

“I never said I wasn’t the owner,” he told theChicago Tribune. “If asked, I would admit it.”

Draughon is among some business owners who keep hidden the fact that their businesses are Black-owned, for fear of losing clientele. Preconceived notions that the product or service is solely geared toward Blacks — and racial intolerance on the part of potential customers — could drive business into the ground.

“As soon as you say it’s Black-owned, white people will believe it’s only for Black people, and Black people will look for something wrong with it,” said Chicago tech entrepreneur James Parker.

Parker had no intention of revealing himself as a Black business owner either, until now. He even went so far as to keep his picture out of promotions for his discount date site, BestDateNight.com. Some founders use similar tactics, lessening the number of Black images in advertisements or eliminating them altogether.

Alysia Sargent, CEO of Go Dutch Today, said she “doesn’t want her brand to be Black.” She wants African-Americans to utilize her services of course, but also wants to ensure that her marketing is “very broad and multicultural.” She and two other African-American women founded the dating website and app.

“It’s kind of unfortunate, but if we want to go further and appeal to venture capitalists and angel investors, we can’t just be Black,” she added.

But aside from the factor of race, what would draw consumers to invest in Black-owned businesses over white-owned businesses?

Luke Visconti is the founder and CEO of Diversity, Inc. Magazine and attempted to answer this question in his column titled “Ask the White Guy.” In the column, readers pose questions and Visconti answers from the perspective of a white business owner.

“With all things being equal, and with the above circumstances, there are several reasons for a white businessperson to decide to do business with a black-owned business over a white-owned business,” he wrote. “It’s called ‘supplier diversity.’ Supplier diversity is not charity. It is a process by which companies improve their business. Properly implemented, supplier diversity lowers costs and increases margin and/or revenue.”

So, telling the world your business is Black-owned might not be so bad after all.


Black-Owned or Nah?: Why These Entrepreneurs Don’t Reveal Their Businesses are Black-Owned

Posted on May 2, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

The Presence of Black Businesses in the Community Helps to Reduce Local Crime Rates



An increase in Black-owned businesses in any local area will result in a decrease of crime, according to Karen Parker, professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware.

Parker is also the author of the 2013 study, The African American Entrepreneur – Crime Drop Relationship: Growing African American Business Ownership and Declining Youth Violence, and she says that when we address unemployment, poverty and joblessness in urban areas, we are also addressing the crime rate.

Is she right?

It seems so because according to the finding in her study, since 2001, Black-owned businesses have increased by 60 percent (from 1.1 million businesses to 1.9 million), and the crime rate in those areas that have high volumes of Black businesses has decreased by 29 percent. Why?

Researchers point to three primary reasons for the cause-and-affect discovery.

  • Black-owned business owners serve mentors and positive role models for black youth in particular
  • Black-owned businesses raise morale throughout their communities
  • Black-owned businesses create more local jobs and economic opportunities for African Americans that reverse poverty

Influence is more than economic

Like other business owners, black business owners are very much involved in their communities through business and social organizations, churches and schools. They support the black community by hiring black employees, bringing jobs and infusing more money into their communities.

But it is more than that! Black-owned businesses are a powerful influence to youth and others. They demonstrate that, if they can do it in spite of huge obstacles, others can do it, too. They bring not only economic advantages, but hope.




Posted on April 26, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

6 Amazing Black Tech Organizations That Are Making a Difference for Young People!



It is no secret that there is a severe shortage of blacks in Silicon Valley. Although more and more minorities are graduating from college with degrees in computer science and computer engineering, many are not getting hired — even though they qualify.

Here are 6 black technology companies that support high-tech job opportunities for black youth:

#1 – Black Girls Code: this non-profit organization established in 2011 offers workshops and after-school programs to young girls of color with the goal to grow the number of black girls seeking careers in technology. The organization teaches young girls in underrepresented communities skills such as computer coding and programming languages.

#2 – New Me, Inc: this company was started in 2011 by Angela Benton, technology expert and entrepreneur. The company teaches entrepreneurs, particularly women and minorities, to identify and use their non-traditional backgrounds to create thriving businesses.

#3 – Teens Exploring Technology: this organization helps young men of color from low-income communities to learn skills that will turn them into technology leaders. The organization was established in 2010 and their programs are open to young men of color from grades 7 to 11.

#4 – NSBE, Jr: this organization helps young black students envision themselves in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) by providing students in grades 6–12 with fun, educational STEM activities and events. They also offer NSBE and corporate-sponsored scholarships to students entering college to major in STEM fields.

#5 – All Star Code: this non-profit organization prepares young men of color for careers in technology fields. Their programs provide mentorship, exposure to the technology industry, and intensive training in computer science. The program is located in New York City and is FREE for all accepted students and includes daily transportation and lunch.

#6 – Yes We Code: the goal of this organization is to help urban youth create promising futures in technology. The Oakland, California organization’s goal is to make 100,000 young black men to be the best computer coders in the world. The program focuses on giving technology skills to low-income youth.



Posted on April 15, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

What is Happening to All the Black-Owned Book Stores? Only About 50 Are Left

Desmond Reid, owner of Dare Books, a once-popular book store in Brooklyn, New York that closed back in 2009 after more than 22 years.

Desmond Reid, owner of Dare Books, a once-popular book store in Brooklyn, New York that closed back in 2009 after more than 22 years.

What is happening to black-owned bookstores? By 2012, 66 percent of black-owned bookstores in America disappeared. Since that time, half of the remaining bookstores have also gone away. Is it something black bookstore owners are doing wrong? Not necessarily, according to The National Endowment for the Arts.

What is happening to black stores everywhere

The fact that black-owned bookstores are closing everywhere is not necessarily a negative reflection on the owners. One of the biggest problems in America right now is that people are not reading as much anymore. The National Endowment for the Arts stated as far back as 2004 that “…literary reading in America is not only declining among all groups, but the rate of decline has accelerated, especially among the young.” If reading is on the decline, bookstores are no longer a viable business.

Other factors

There are, of course, other causes for the close of black bookstores, such as a weak economy, rise in rent costs for bookstore owners, and bad business management. But the largest, most contributing factor appears to be also the most disturbing factor, and that is the lack of interest in reading books. Even web sites that feature books by African Americans and about the African American culture are suffering.

With other sources of information available now through technology, black and white bookstore owners are facing a tough business environment. Some have suggested that, instead of just books, bookstore owners need to be creative to get people in the door by selling other products they would be interested in. Others have speculated that black bookstores have added to their demise by focusing just on the black community and need to expand their products to include books of interest to a wider community.

Friday, March 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM we will take the #2MillionJobs campaign on the road to support a local black owned bookstore. #EachAndEveryFriday #SupportBlackBusiness Help us save black owned book stores!


Smith & Hannon Bookstore Address: 1531 California Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45237

What do you think?

Read more at www.aalbc.com/blog/index.php/2014/03/31/54-black-owned-bookstores-remain-america/


Posted on March 21, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment


Child Entreprenuer Day

Let’s get our youth involved in business. We encourage you to work with our children this summer and aid them in starting their own business. Also, if you currently own and operate a business or businesses teach our children to play an active roll in your company. Please take pictures, record videos create social accounts for our children to spread the word.

Kids can learn how to prepare for the future by running their own business. It can also help build their confidence.

Give your child some food for thought when it comes to deciding on their kid business idea:
-What are their interests?
-Do they like to work alone, with other kids, adults?
-Do they like work outside (like at the pool?)
-Do they have any interests in sales?
-Is there a best friend they want to partner with?
-Can they help with your own family business?

“We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open”….Harry Edwards

Here are some tips to planning your own ‘Black Youth Entrepreneurs Expo”:

  1. First decide how the money will be handled, since you are working with children maybe using tokens or tickets in exchange for currency in order for people to purchase good and or services.
  2. Next, find a location that can host several youths at the same time, if this is your first time, try someone with a huge backyard. Make certain where the event is going to be held is accessible.
  3. Third, get interested parents together, choose date and time. Note* try not to make the event longer than three hours, they are children and their attention will wonder after a few hours. 
  4. Finally, each youth with their family need to decide what to sell.  

Here are some additional resources below to engage our children in their entrepreneurial endeavors. 


Business For Kids

Teaching children about business at a young age is important for the future of business as a whole. When kids are taught the specific lessons of money management and organizational skills, they can not only apply their skills towards building a business for themselves, but they can also apply the skills they have learned to their personal lives. Once your children become of age to start their own business, they can start off by building a lemonade stand and managing the money they have earned. There are also other business ideas for kids at a young age such as dog-walking or craft-making.

Business Lesson Plans

Money Management Lesson Plans

Business Games for Kids

Business Ideas for Kids

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Posted on March 10, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments


Image of happy young businessman looking at camera at workplace in office

Where are most Black businesses located?
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%.

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.

What types of businesses do African Americans own?
Well, it varies, but most offer some type of service, opposed to selling products. For instance, nearly 38% of Black businesses are in health care and social assistance, repair and maintenance, and personal and laundry services. Other categories include advertising firms, auto dealerships, consulting services, restaurants, beauty-care (barbershops/beauty salons), and more.

How many people are employed by Black businesses?
Not very many. Of the 2.5 million Black businesses, only about 107,000 of them have actual employees. Such firms employ more than 920,000 people with a total annual payroll of $23.9 billion. The other 1.9 million businesses do not have paid employees.

Who are some of the top Black-owned businesses?
There are few Black-owned firm that generate billions of dollars in annual revenue, but many that generate millions. For instance, GlobalHue, an advertising agency in Detroit, Michigan, generated more than $480 million in revenue in 2015. RLJ McLarty Landers Automotive Group, a chain of car dealerships throughout the country, generated more than $540 million in 2015. And, World Wide Technology, a global technology consulting firm and the largest Black-owned business in the country, posted revenues of more than $2 billion.

Why are there so few Black businesses?
It’s true that the numbers should be higher. African Americans make up more than 13% of the U.S. population, but only own 7% of the businesses there. The answer to this question will vary depending on whom you ask, but most agree that racism, discrimination and predatory lending are all factors because many aspiring Black business owners have been unfairly turned down by bankswhen applying for small business loans.

Another factor is that there is a lack of economic and business resources in African American communities. This leads to a lack of education on how to properly start and manage a successful business.

Are there resources available to help?
Yes, there are many programs available to assist African Americans and other minorities. Banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America have special lending programs that make sure that African American business owners are getting the loans they need. Many non-profit organizations give grants and free training via workshops to minorities. In addition, many Black business events (conferences, workshops, etc) offer unique opportunities for African American professionals to network with key decision makers and others who can be of assistance. Finally, there are many magazines that offer weekly or monthly news and advice for Black and minority business owners.


Posted on March 10, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment

Black business owners see progress, opportunities in industries while challenges still loom

DANNY TINDELL / DOTHAN EAGLE Dr. Russ Nichols, a dentist in Enterprise, works on patient Steve Hicks during a recent appointment at Nichols' office, Fresh Wave Dental Care, earlier this month.

Dr. Russ Nichols, a dentist in Enterprise, works on patient Steve Hicks during a recent appointment at Nichols’ office, Fresh Wave Dental Care, earlier this month.

Jerry Hollins said it wasn’t uncommon in the 1960s for his father, a sharecropper, to jump in the back of a pickup truck for work even though the seat in the cab of the truck, beside a white driver, was empty.

Such memories of life on a farm in rural Mississippi are what Hollins said fueled his decision to join the military as an aircraft mechanic after graduating high school in 1979. His drive to be self-employed and sustain residual income led him to the ownership of his own commercial trucking line, Inheritance Transportation in Dothan, after retiring from the Army.

Black business owners see progress, opportunities in industries while challenges still loom

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Posted on March 9, 2016 By Ras Das




Jermaine Dupri and Killer Mike kicked off Black History Month by joining Usher and the Influencer Coalition family at Atlanta’s only Black-owned financial institution, Citizens Trust Bank. We decided to create a list of 100 businesses you too can support all year round.

A statement from Usher,  “Empowerment starts with ownership. We’re here supporting Citizens Trust Bank as a Black bank, but it also stands for the support of all the Black businesses that they support. It’s all about supporting our own,” Usher explained.

Let us take it a few steps further, by supporting as many black businesses we can find all year round. Also, remember to join our #2millionjobs campaign by supporting local or online black businesses #eachandeveryfriday. 

Visit or  2millionjobs.com for more details. 

Here is your list of 100 Black-Owned Businesses to support – LET GO! 



#1 – Lemonade from Bee Sweet Lemonade – Today, the award-winning BeeSweet Lemonade is buzzing off the shelves of Whole Foods Market, the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, and available at a growing number of restaurants, food trailers and natural food delivery companies.

#2 – Bow ties at Mo’s Bows – Mo’s Bows is a company I started in Memphis, TN in 2011 when I was just 9 years old. I couldn’t find fun and cool bow ties, so one day I decided to use my Granny’s scrap fabric to make and sell my own. I like to wear bow ties because they make me look good and feel good. Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place. -Moziah

#3-  Clothing and accessories at Maya’s Ideas – I’m a 15 year old philanthropist, environmental activist, entrepreneur, eco-designer, inspirational speaker, artist, animator, coder, (I make animated short films), illustrator, and writer. I am the CEO of Maya’s Ideas, a company I started in 2008 when I was just 8 years old. I create eco-friendly clothing and accessories. My designs are sold all over the world and I have customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. I love to use my creativity to give back. 10-20% of my profits go to causes local and global charities and environmental organizations.

#4 – Cookies from Mr. Cory’s Cookies – Cory has always had a dream of making the world better for everyone he knows.  That passion, combined with a love of treats and an entrepreneurial spirit, led Mr. Cory to be the owner of Mr. Cory’s Cookies at just 9 years old.  His delectable cookies are all-natural and made from high-quality ingredients – not wacky ingredients with names that you can’t pronounce. In 2009, Mr. Cory told his mother he was tired of taking the bus to school and he wanted to buy his mom a car. He crafted the idea to sell hot cocoa to raise the funds. Mr. Cory put all his spare time into selling hot cocoa at the Roman Inn in Englewood, NJ, and later in front of his home.

#5 – Gourmet popcorn from E & C Popcorn Shop – E & C Popcorn, aka Ethan and Collier Popcorn Company, is an Atlanta based online retailer of homemade “gluten-free”gourmet specialty Caramel popcorn. As a way to reward their two young sons for having a productive day at school and to teach them about business and entrepreneurship, Monique and Ben Evans along with their sons, Ethan and Collier started E & C Popcorn Company, and this families love of popcorn was born


# 6 – Bahamian Connection Restaurant  – Bahamian Connection Restaurant was established in 1978 by Arlington Ingraham better known as Big Links from Tarpun Bay Eluthera and Bain Town, and West Street Nassau Bahamas. Bahamian Connection Restaurant is a family owned business operated by Andy, Philip, Richard and “Mike” Ingraham of Fort Lauderdale Florida
4400 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127
Contact: 305-576-6999

#7 – Jamrock Cuisine – Bridging Jamaican eats with Chinese delicacies, this former Jamaican grocery store dishes out the best of both Caribbean and Asian worlds. The bright and casual dining room with homey furnishings and framed island prints is as cozy as the menu is exotic. Jamaican patties with coco bread, curried goat and brown stew fish please islander palates, while Chinese Jamaican dishes include pork with ham choy and chicken dun goo with mushrooms. Patrons who want to treat Chinese Jamaican cuisine as more than just a spectator sport can purchase some of the imported staples and seasonings from the family-owned marketplace.
12618 SW 88th St., Miami, FL 33186
Contact: 305-598-7625

#8- Aunt I’s Jamaican Restaurant – Aunt I’s is not only the name of the restaurant but the nick name of a real person, Inez Grant. The vision was born out of a mother’s exceptional Jamaican country-style cooking ability, a love for people and a heart for service. Inez had a yearning to open a restaurant ever since she moved to Florida from Kingston, Jamaica.
19934 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33169
Contact: 305-654-9638

#9 – Sheri Restaurant – Sheri African Restaurant is a concept that transports Nigerian home cooking to America. Southern Nigerian cuisine is a combination of traditional foods (gluten, lactose and dessert free diet) and colonial foods (sweet and savory pastries) influences. At Sheri Restaurant they specialize in authentic traditional cuisine. Their food is handcrafted from scratch with fresh and natural ingredients; they do not use artificial ingredients, butter and sugar.

16595 NW 27th Ave., Opa Locka, FL 33054
Contact: 305-622-310

#10 – Chef Creole Seafood & Catering – At Chef Creole, their menu contains an enticing array of seafood, inspired by a mixture of Bahamian/Haitian flavors and has become the standard for fresh seafood the owner “Ken Sejour” has grabbed his native Haitian cuisine by the fishtail and created Haitian seafood for the masses

13105 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami, FL 33161
(305) 893-4246
NW 54th St., Miami, FL 33127
Contact: 305-754-2223
1392 NW 119th St, Miami, FL 33167
(305) 769-9440200

7957 N.E. 2nd Ave.
Phone: 305.754.2298

20356 NW 2nd Ave (441)
Phone: 305.651.4761


#11 – Adore Her Nails – Former model turned nail lacquer enthusiast, Devorne Love, created this eye-catching and affordable line that also has a fun and flirty appeal.

#12 – Polish and Company – From cosmologist and nail expert, Theresa Williamson, this brand was created for the beauty bombshell with the aesthetics of a Southern belle.

#13 – Underground Nail Queenz (UGNQ) – Created by former army brat, Jacklyn Berry, this new, chic & revolutionary nail polish brand promises to add a shimmering iridescent shade with a special touch.

#14 – Ginger + Liz – Created by Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett, this line is heavily influenced by arts, travel, entertainment and especially the Classic Chic, Modern Luxe, Bohemian Hipster, and Rock Glam fashion driven lifestyles.

#15 – Bernadette Thompson Nail Care and Color – Created by Bernadette Thompson, a trend-setting nail artist, this line give a seasonal presentation of slick, sophisticated, fun colors that literally put the latest fashion trends on women’s finger tips.

#16 – Lisi Cosmetics – Lisa Hill, a make-up, and nail artist, created this brand that boasts a nail lacquer line with a vast selection of glitter-crazy, and delectable glimmering colors.


#17 – Symmetry MedSpa – D’Livro L. Beauchamp, MD is a Board-Certified Physician of Urgent Care Medicine. Dr. Beauchamp earned a Doctor of Medicine from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He performed General Surgery Residency Training at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Beauchamp has a special interest in aesthetic medicine and anti-aging medicine

#18 – Gigi’s Mind Body & Soul – Gigi’s was founded by Germaine Abraham-Leveen in 2009. Gigi’s strive to bring you the best current treatment methods customized to your specific skin type For the past 4 years, Gigi’s personal mission has been to provide clients with the most professional and relaxing experience. The Day Spa services all your skin care needs from head-to-toe. Gigi’s believe in providing a “personal touch” to each client that give a sense of individuality in resolving their skin care concerns.

#19 – Delord Clinical Skincare – Since the start of her esthetician career, Traci Williams, Ph.D., Integrative Esthetician, Beverly Hills Facialist, has been on the cutting edge of esthetics, as she developed the Alternative Acne Therapy and Medical Esthetician training protocols in 1990. After studying Health Science at a local university she also received her holistic nutrition degree’s through Clayton College of Natural Health.

#20 – Lady Dee’s Day Spa  – We have a unique approach to skincare which delivers the best results in a very short period of time. During your initial visit to our studio, you will be seen by a para-medical esthetician who will provide an in-depth analysis of your skin, addressing your specific concerns. Your skincare program will have two distinct stages. The first is to achieve the desired results, and the second is to maintain those results. 

#21 – AM Salon & Spa – AM Salon and Spa is owned by Toney Canty and Ana Marquez, offering you a diverse group of experienced hair stylists and the ultimate in pampering and renewal. 

#22 – Le Skintique Day Spa and Beauty Salon – Full service salon and day spa for women and men.  Skin care,  body rituals, make-overs, waxing, complete ethnic natural and synthetic hair care, men’s grooming.  Call for an appointment now and receive a free skin analysis and complimentary samples of products. 

#23 – Sanctuary MedSpa – Sanctuary MedSpa services include SmartLipo, Botox and Fillers, Laser Hair Removal, Bio-Identical Hormones, Laser Skin Treatments, Microderm and Peels, Facials, and more. 

# 24 – JoJuDa’s Salon and Day Spa – We offer a wide selection of professional services including styling, cutting, color, weaves / extensions, braids, makeup application, brow shaping, nail care, facials, massage therapy and more. 

#25 – Nailphoria Day Spa – Manicures, Pedicures, Skin Care for Men and Women, Waxing, Eyelash Enhancements, Brow and Lash Tinting, Massage, Herbal Foot Soaks with Massage, Spa Parties, Mobile Services Available for your Special Events. 

# 26 – Violet J Spa & Wellness – Violet Johnson, PhD developed a spa menu to reflect her background as a nurse midwife and psychologist and her skill as an acclaimed esthetics professional. Violet is also a leading expert in the unique issues of multi-ethnic skins, including pigmentation problems, sensitivity and acne. 

#27 – Essenza Medi Spa – Dr. Edythe Woodruff Stewart is the Medical Director for Essenza Medi Spa.  Dr. Stewart attended medical school at the University Alabama-Birmingham.  Always one devoted to the health and well-being of all people, her most recent endeavor is to heal not just the body, but to raise the self-esteem of both men and women in the Central Valley.   She has a full staff of Registered Nurses, licensed Aestheticians, and certified Massage Therapists who are all qualified to help you look and feel your best. 

#28 – 2GORJIS Spa – Kim Evans is a licensed Aesthetician, Makeup Artist, Holistic Massage Therapist, Business Woman, Nutrition Educator, Consultant and owner of  2GORJIS Integrated Health & Wellness, a private facial practice for both women and men for a decade plus.

#29 – Francine’s Salon and Day Spa  – Francine Austin is the proud owner of Francine’s Salon and Day Spa, the first African American Salon & Day Spa in Hartford County, located in Bloomfield, Connecticut for over a decade. She is a 20 year plus veteran of the cosmetology industry were she utilizes her passion to inspire others to embrace their outward appearance, but more importantly their inner beauty.

# 30 – Beautiful Spirit Salon & Spa – Bernadette Johns is a licensed beautician and cosmetologist providing the best hair care using quality products.  Offering natural hair and weaves, braids, scalp treatments, manicures, pedicures, lash extensions and facials. 

#31- Edward’s Wellness & Skin Care  – Thelma Carole Edwards is a Licensed Aesthetician (Skin Care Therapist), Certified Massage Technician (CMT), Reflexologist, and a Nationally Certified Make-Up Artist. Come enjoy the art of wellness in Skin, Body, and Spirit.

#32 – Raquel’s Signature – Racquel has been in the Beauty Industry for more than 20 years. As Master Stylist and Image Consultant her expertise ranges from Cosmetic Hair Extensions, Precision Hair Cutting, Hair Care, Hair Coloring, Relaxers, Hair Texturizing, Alopecia Or Hair Loss reconstruction, Custom Wig Making, Lash Extensions, Makeup, Brow Shaping and more. 

#33 – Flawless Wax & Spa  – We provide the ultimate spa experience while being Downtown Orlando’s premier wax and skin spa. Specializing in waxing, eyelash extensions, semi permanent makeup, and skincare.

#34  – A Visible Difference Beauty Concepts – A Visible Difference is a source of refuge, a place where you can retreat then return to your normal routine anew. The menu of services is specially created with the wilted flower (a tired woman) in mind to help rejuvenate and restore you to a striking beautiful flower. Our technicians are highly trained individuals with over 30 years combined experience. The goal is to have you, the client, leave our establishment feeling refreshed, looking beautiful and anxiously waiting to return.

#35 – Iwi Fresh Garden Day Spa – iwi fresh Garden Day Spa is located in the Castleberry Hill art district in Downtown Atlanta, GA. We offer garden fresh skincare products, made by-hand, and provide one-of-a-kind spa and salon services Tuesday thru Sunday of every week.  

#36  – Too Groovy Salon & Spa – Founded in 2003 by healthy hair care innovator, Robin D. Groover, Too Groovy Salon has transformed the hair of thousands of women from coast to coast. Our Hair Care Specialists use award winning techniques in the arts, sciences and methodology of advanced hair care to achieve optimal results.  Too Groovy Salon has won numerous awards, to include the Bronner Brothers Icon Award and the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Award for best Hair Salon.  Come and experience for yourself why so many women travel for miles to indulge themselves in the most sought after chemical-free system for silky-smooth-straight styles, and textured styling for those seeking definition, elongation and curl manageability. 

#37 –  Nubiance Spa & Salon – Indeed, Master Hairstylist and Color Specialist Vicki Pouncie proudly possess a very creative, eclectic, and classy sense of style that emanates from her heart, mind and soul, which she takes great pride in displaying to her clients via her innovative hairstyling techniques and exceptional hair color application services. 

#38 SoKai Salon & Spa – Sokai Spa Salon is an upscale salon located in the heart of the East Atlanta Village. Forever finding new ways to pamper clients, Sokai Spa Salon offers a fun, relaxing atmosphere in which clients can feel comfortable and at ease.  

#39 – Suite 20 Salon & Day Spa – We have more than 20 years of industry experience, and our licensed dieticians and stylists take pride in providing personalized services to help you look and feel your best. Kristy Gaiters, our owner, strives to provide the community with affordable and healthy services. 

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#40 – Harmony Designs Furniture & Interior – located 115 SOUTH 4TH AVE  MT. VERNON NY 10550; PH: 914-699-0809

#41 – Home Beautiful Decor – located Address: 502 W Kearney St #200, Mesquite, TX 75149; PH:(972) 288-0705

#42-  Ali Sandifer Studio – located in Detriot, MI. Design is our passion and craft is our medium. Ali Sandifer is a design studio and workshop with a particular fondness for furniture. Our work is born from a simple belief that design, material, and craft must work together to achieve intelligence, beauty, and longevity.

#43 – Lakay Designs –  located in Ohio. THE  PLACE FOR ALL YOUR AFRICAN INSPIRED HOME AND BUSINESS DECOR. Home is home, and all areas of the home must be ‘home’ to the occupants. But this can only be achieved when the ambiance of the home is fascinating. Nothing however can make any home attractive except the unique decor of the home.

#44- Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles – located 832 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130; PH:(215) 546-9616 Secondhand furniture & decor, with sales supporting the African People’s Education and Defense Fund.


#45 – 65 – (21 Black-Owned Banks) – click here for an interactive map http://blackoutcoalition.org/black-u-s-banks/


#66 – Kimchi Socks – Jason V. Holmes a native of New Orleans is stirring up competition in the very low-tech industry of socks. This brother is turning his passion into a great business model, as well as giving back to the community.

#67 – Talley & Twine -was founded on two principles: legacy and lifestyle. We want to set the standard for future generations, and we want to look good doing it. The number seven on the face of our watches represents completion while giving our timepieces a distinct look that sets us apart from other brands.

# 68 –  Mechael Grey  Footwear – Superior Design comes from a concept… A concept derived from experiences in the world around us, or the truly imaginative mind. Life, travels, studies, technique, and my passion for creation is the very DNA of MICHAEL GREY FOOTWEAR. A distinctive blend of Industrial design + architecture, combined with vintage looks of years before, form my unique line.


#69 – Freedom Paper Company  – Freedom Paper Company LLC (FPC) is a privately owned distributor of bathroom tissue and other paper products headquartered in Baltimore Maryland. The company is unique from other corporations as it is born from the foundation of grassroots movement combined with the best of corporate culture and business acumen.

#70 –  Michele’s Food – Sunday mornings at the Hoskins home began with a gathering and a tradition of delicious homemade waffles, a variety of breakfast meats and a special concoction of honey, cream and butter that was made just for the occasion.  This secret syrup recipe was created by America Washington, a former slave, and the great, great, great grandmother of the only daughter in the household, Michele Hoskins.  America Washington created the recipe in the 1800s as an alternative to molasses for her plantation owner’s family.In the early 1980’s, this family delicacy was passed down to Michele from her mother and she continued the tradition by making it for her three (3) daughters and friends. “My mother inherited that secret recipe and when I married, it was given to me.”  The pancake syrup soon became the talk of the neighborhood. Its delicate honey taste and its rich, creamy consistency brought compliments from all that tasted it and ultimately requests for more!

#71 – 2TWater –  2T Waters, LLC – is committed to introducing premium beverages that are made with the finest quality of water. We are a health conscious company that mainly focuses on health beverages. We believe our water source is one of the purest natural springs known with no artificial mineral additives or demineralization.We specialize in presenting different beverages using our water source to provide our consumers with the healthiest beverages possible.

#72 – TGIN (Thank God I’m Natural) –  When Harvard graduate, Chris-Tia Donaldson  started her first law firm job, she wore a wig to disguise the fact that her hair was naturally kinky.



#73 – Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar – Located at 402 H Street NE in Washington DC, this award-winning juice bar/ restaurant was founded by Khepra Anu, a raw foodist who has dedicated his life to sharing his knowledge of systematic fasting and detoxification.

#74 – Karyn’s – Located at 1901 N. Halsted in Chicago, IL, this Black-owned restaurant serves cooked, conscious vegan comfort foods such as pizza, burgers, fries, meatloaf, taco salad, eggplant, and more. They also have a well-complimented vegan brunch and serve raw dishes for lunch and dinner.

#75 – The Grain Cafe – Located at 4222 W Pico Blvd in Los Angeles, CA, this restaurant appeals to vegans and vegetarians as well as meat-eaters. They serve veggie wraps as well as deluxe burgers with red berry ice tea or mint lemonade. Even their coffee is natural and organic.

 #76 –  Tassili’s Raw Reality  –  Located at 1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd Atlanta, Georgia is a fast casual restaurant located in Atlanta, Georgia.  They specialize in raw vegan cuisines and provide a unique variety of raw vegan entrees like spicy kale salad, kale wraps, and more.

#78 –  Land of Kush – Located at 840 N. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD Voted 2015 Best Vegan Crab Cake by Baltimore’s City Paper!  They are the Ultimate Vegetarian Experience!  THE LAND of KUSH inspires you to feed your spirit.  They are Vegan Soul!  Celebrate a new way of life with healthier food.


#79 – CURLS: This Black-owned company is a nationally recognized leader in the natural hair care industry for their unique formulations of certified organic ingredients. Supported by Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, Nia Long, Tia Mowry, and more.

#80 – Curl Kitchen: This Chicago-based company sells natural/ organic-based hair care products tailored to those who wish to embrace their tresses in its naturally ethnic state. Their products are for women and men with waves, curls, kinks, coils, and/or locs.

#81 – Indigofera Beauty: This Black-owned Etsy store produces a variety of all-natural, chemical-free hair care supplies that are made from plant-based ingredients and infused with essential oils. They are known locally and nationally for selling the best products for natural hair, coils, kinks and locs.


#82 – Beija-Flor Naturals: This Black-owned Etsy store produces organic skin care and natural hair products. The brand is inspired by the owner’s Brazilian background and uses the best ingredients from the Amazon rain forest to the Savannahs of East Africa.

#83 – Blac Minerals: This Black-owned company sells 100% non-toxic, high quality, high performance, hand-crafted mineral makeup formulated for women of all colors. Their natural makeup products are lightweight, and blendable, helping your skin to breathe.


#84 – Minku – Minku is considered the Hermes of Africa when it comes to handbags. They are all handmade and can take up to 50 hours to complete and are lined with repurposed items of Yoruba ceremonial dress. The Nigerian company was started by founder Kunmi in 2011 and is a family-run business.

#85 – ZAAF – ZAAF offers handcrafted luxury leather handbags made in Ethiopia. They are crafted with the finest materials and produced in a remote Ethiopian village. The company was founded by Abai Schulze, a remarkable CEO who is under the age of 30.

#86 – Gregory Sylvia  – This handbag designer was co-founded by Gregory and Terri “Sylvia” Pope. The husband-wife team started their company in Charlotte, North Carolina and are known for their luxury, elegant handbags crafted from fine leather.

#87 – Adela Dejack – These African-inspired designer handbags are made in Kenya. Their collection of handbags, jewelry, and other accessories are inspired by African shapes, textures, and techniques. Designer Adèle Dejak had plenty of design experience in England and Italy before moving her company to Nairobi, Kenya in 2005.

#88 – Christopher Augmon – Christopher Augmon high-end luxury designer handbags are made in New York and reflect the richness of various cultures. His distinctive handbags can be found in boutiques around the United States and online at augmon.com.These designer handbags are made by many of the designers for both women and men.


 #89 – Artyce Design –  The vision of Artyce Footwear (named after the designer’s mom) officially came to light in 2004. Candra Palmer (Designer, Owner) brought her dream to life by creating a comfortable and stunning custom footwear collection catering to brides and those attending special events.

#90 – Samantha Shoes – Every woman needs at least one great pair of shoes. Women that wear larger shoe sizes, desire current fashion trends and are frustrated by the lack of availability. Samanta Shoes is dedicated to solving this global problem.

#91 – Amina Abdul Jillil – Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska Aminah began as a professional dancer in Los Angeles, performing with some of the biggest names in music including Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. She’s appeared in commercials for Pepsi, Mazda and New Balance and recently performed as lead character “Crimson” in Cirque du Soleil’s BELIEVE.

#92 – Jhung Yuro  – Launched in 2005 Jhung Yuro recognized a void in the men’s luxury lifestyle footwear market and filled it with a brand that offers detail, hand craftsmanship and limited availability for its products.

#93 – Fever Shoes and Swimwear – Natischa Harvey’s first foray into the shoe business came via Bakers.  While studying political science at Clark Atlanta University she moonlighted at the store, earning $6 an hour.  She treated it as a “paid internship” and by 2004 knew enough about the industry to open her own boutique


#94 – The Front Page Firm  – This firm, launched by PR executive Tosha Whitten Griggs (best known for her work with BET), is a full-service publicity boutique specializing in executive and talent visibility; television and film campaigns; red carpet premieres; and special events. They are known for being the go-to publicists for mainstream/urban media cross-over campaigns. Their clients include Bounce TV, the Queen Latifah Show, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and Spelman College.

#95 – Foote Communications – This firm, launched by marketing and PR veteran Neil Foote (best known for his work with the Tom Joyner Morning Show), combines traditional public relations and content management and social media for entertainers, entrepreneurs, corporations and educational institutions. His services include public relations, graphics & design, social media strategies, web site management, and more. Their clients include the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the African American Museum of Dallas, Rickey Smiley, and J. Anthony Brown.

#96 – BlackPR.com – This company, launched by marketing guru Dante Lee, offers an extensive press release distribution service to all the African American newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations. For just $150, they can help you get your story in some of the country’s top Black publications, and they can even help you get radio and TV interviews. Their clients include the NAACP, the Tom Joyner Foundation, Tavis Smiley, Iyanla Vanzant, TV One, and BET.

#97 – HBCU Connect – Looking to hire African American college students and graduate? This company, launched by social media pioneer Will Moss, can help you do that for as little as $249. Their online career center offers various options including posting simple job listings to options for banner ad packages and employer showcase listings. Their clients include Microsoft, FedEx, United Negro College Fund, Merck, and many Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUs).

#98 – PR, Etcetera – This company, launched by African American PR veteran Toni Beckham, offers several professional marketing communication services including branding, crisis communications, public relations, media training, and even technical writing/proofing. Their clients include the Bay Area Black Expo, Rainbow/PUSH Silicon Valley Project, the City of Oakland, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

#99 – TaylorMade Media – This company, launched by PR expert, media coach, and best-selling author Karen Taylor Bass, creates strategic public relations, branding, and marketing campaigns for corporations, luxury brands, celebrities, athletes, and entrepreneurs. Karen has been featured on Dr. Oz, CNN, BET, NBC Today, Fox-TV, and in Essence Magazine.

#100 – BBNomics Crowdfunding Site –  Building a Platform to aid Black people in pooling their resource and gain financial independence. BBNomics is all about group reliance, real money wisdom, for our people who want to beat the odds, prove everyone wrong and become a beacon of light in the world by living life with a purpose.

The aim is making an impact by providing a platform for everyone to actively engage in fundamental principles of group economics, group-love, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. It’s for our people who are serious about taking their lives — and their POWER — to the next level!

By Lynn (@lynnbbnomics) 


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Posted on March 9, 2016 By Staff

Most Black-Owned Businesses Fall Into One of These 9 Categories


Between 2002 and 2015, black-owned businesses in the U.S. increased 60.5 percent, totaling 2.5 million firms, according to BlackDemographics.com. Almost half of them, or 4 out 10, operate in healthcare and social assistance, and in other services.

Top industries for black-owned businesses

Out of all the 2.5 million businesses owned by blacks in 2015, here is the breakout by industry:

  1. Health care and social assistance – 365,140/ 20 percent
  2. Other services, including repair, maintenance, personal and laundry services sectors – 358,443/ 20 percent
  3. Administrative Support, waste management, and remediation services – totaled 216,763/ 11 percent
  4. Transportation and warehousing – totaled 168,386/ 9 percent
  5. Professional, scientific, technical – totaled 163,761/ 9 percent
  6. Retail – totaled 148,181/ 7.8 percent
  7. Construction – a total of 125,818/ 6.6 percent
  8. Real estate, rental, leasing – totaled 92,655/ 4.8 percent
  9. Arts, entertainment, recreation – a total of 86,357/ 4.5 percent

The remaining 10 percent are in education services, finance, insurance, food service, information, wholesale trade, manufacturing, agriculture, utilities, other industries, and management of other companies.

To read more, visit www.blackdemographics.com/economics/black-owned-businesses/

Posted on March 8, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

First black-owned pharmacy opens in Baconton, GA

Dr. Teresa Mitchell, owner of Total Care Pharmacy, says this is an exciting opportunity for her./ Jarvis

Dr. Teresa Mitchell, owner of Total Care Pharmacy, says this is an exciting opportunity for her./ Jarvis


Totalcare Pharmacy

Phone Number  229-787-5765

149 E Walton St, Baconton, GA 31716-7705

At the corner on East Walton Street in Baconton sits a small brick building.  But it’s not just any building, it’s the first black owned pharmacy and a ribbon cutting was held Monday morning to celebrate its opening.

Dr. Teresa Mitchell, owner of Total Care Pharmacy, says this is an exciting opportunity for her. “I’m very excited to be a leader and entrepreneur in the area,” said Mitchell.

No stranger to Baconton, Dr. Mitchell has been a practicing pharmacist for over 20 years and she’s also from Mitchell County. Recently she taught the pharmacy technician program at Albany Technical College. Being an entrepreneur is something Mitchell has dreamed about for a while.

“We started back in September 2014, and for me I would say that it was a God move,” Mitchell said. “As far as the area, it was a seed that my father planted before he passed. He told me that if I ever wanted to start a business, to start it in Baconton because it was the hub, it was the center, it was going to grow.”


Posted on March 4, 2016 By Staff With 11 comments




North Baton Rouge has seen over the past decade several grocery stores leave and none come in to replace it, so this store is a huge step in the right direction. With that step comes the responsibility of the community of north Baton Rouge to support this business and help it flourish. By doing so, the community says to businesses that they can sustain in an urban market.


Tyrone Legget franchisee of Save A Lot Grocery store at 12250 Plank Rd. in north Baton Rouge. Photo by Tamara Williams director of photography for TRC.

The reality is that over 25,000 people a day drive past the location where the Save A Lot store is now opened. The potential is limitless, if we simply are willing to engage and spend at the store.

As an African American business owner, I understand the difficulty of trying to grow a black owned business. It often comes with unique challenges, but a supportive consumer base changes all that. It also gives a great opportunity for the residents of north Baton Rouge and those who support economic development happening in north Baton Rouge to go by the Save A Lot store and do your shopping.


Photo by Tamara Williams director of photography for TRC.

Photo by Tamara Williams director of photography for TRC.


Source: http://therougecollection.net/therouge/new-black-owned-grocery-store-in-north-baton-rouge-lets-do-our-super-bowl-party-shopping-there/

Posted on February 11, 2016 By Staff With 30 comments





If you‘re looking to sample a little local flavor while taking a break from the your daily routine, stop by one of these great locations,  in Oakland, CA  neighborhood. You won’t regret it! Join the #eachandeveryfriday movement and help us create #2millionjobs

#1. Lena’s Soul Food Cafe
1462 High St
Oakland, CA 94601
b/t Bancroft Ave & 14th St – East Oakland
Phone number (510) 842-3510
Business website: lenassoulfoodcafe.com

Feedback: V J. Oakland, CA 5 Stars!
OMG, the food at this restaurant is so good I eat it daily to my shame. When I first found out about it I was skeptical and thought it was going to bed of those wanna be soul food places. To my surprise it was real soul food. I was eating so much I had to cut back not only on portion size but what I was consuming. Everything is good there I mean everything. I am very picky eater with taste and texture. They are so accommodating that they were all separate your side dishes to get the chicken or fish wet.

The food is fresh and hot not over salted and seasoned to my idea of perfection. I am in love with this place!

The staff is incredible and smart! They listen! I have yet to get the wrong items. They make you want to come back! Everyone is polite and ready to serve you with a Big smile. The portion size is perfect and so is the price$

A BIG Thank You to all the staff at Lens’s for tickling my taste buds am making my bellyfull.

#2. Miss Ollie’s
901 Washington St
Oakland, CA 94607
b/t 10th St & 9th St – Old Oakland
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Phone number (510) 285-6188
Business website: realmissolliesoakland.com

Feedback: Christopher B. North Hollywood, CA 5 Stars!

Listen… if you want to understand what healthy soul food taste like. Carry yo but on down to Oakland and allow your mouth to sink it to the creamiest, most delicate, mouth watering soul food around.

Sar Ah is a master chef. Her flavors are all natural and they merge together so well. Her recipes take you back to a time where your grandma took her time and cooked so long that the house smelled like the last meal she cooked-all the time.

What a savory treat this place offers.

The servers are polite and attentive. And the portions are super on point.

I really digged the oxtail and rice. Good googly moogly! I’m going to bolt bus back from LA for the chicken ;) I heard it’s the best thing going. You did that Ms. Sar Ah! My friend and I sat at the bar and we were treated to beautiful new company. The patrons were as down home and friendly as the food.

I could not help but try a few different drinks because the cute bartender was a definite mixologist! She had style in her tending.

I watched Ms Sa Rah as she directed her kitchen with the utmost grace. I was so impressed I wanted to take a selfie with her. But I didn’t want to take her out of her zone.

This place is a must stop if your in Oakland! Get on that oxtail. Forreal.

And enjoy the journey down gourmet soul food memory lane.

#3. Home of Chicken and Waffles
444 Embarcadero W
Oakland, CA 94607
b/t Broadway & Franklin St – Jack London Square
Phone number (510) 836-4446
Business website: homeofchickenandwaffles.com

Feedback: David P. Fresno, CA 5 Stars!
Came before the super bowl for a bite to eat..great chicken and waffles and garlic fries. Would definitely come back again!

#4. Picán
2295 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
b/t Grand Ave & 23rd St – Uptown
Phone number (510) 834-1000
Business website: picanrestaurant.com

Feedback: Chives S. Antioch, CA 5 Stars!
Update review. Went lastnight on a Sunday very packed house with some soft R&B music playing in the back ground to a candle lit restaurant. You must, I do mean must take your lady here major brownie points. Lol. Will be back very soon.

#5. Brown Sugar Kitchen
2534 Mandela Pkwy
Oakland, CA 94607
b/t Campbell St & 26th St – West Oakland
Phone number (510) 839-7685
Business website: brownsugarkitchen.com

Feedback: PG H. San Rafael, CA 5 Stars!
What a great charming place with great tasting food, coffee and service. Get there early unless you are one for long waits.



Posted on February 11, 2016 By Staff With 9 comments

Muskogee, Oklahoma Black Business District You May Not Know Anything About


Muskogee, Oklahoma Black Business District You May Not Know Anything About

Even before the city of Muskogee came into existence, the Three Forks region was rich with cultural diversity. A large African American presence has existed in the region since it became a part of the U.S. following the Louisiana Purchase.

Both free and enslaved blacks were a part of the Indian removals that brought members of the Creek and Cherokee tribes to the Indian Territory. Interviews of Cherokee and Creek freedmen indicate that those held as slaves had a surprising amount of latitude. They worked almost as tenant farmers, choosing their own home sites, earning money from skilled labor, even owning guns for hunting.

Following the Civil War, many of the now freed tribal members returned to their former homes in the bottom lands of the Three Rivers. They rebuilt their homes on land they could now claim as their own. They also built institutions such as schools, churches and farming cooperatives, like cotton gins.

The antebellum years also brought an influx of “state blacks,” those former slaves of the South seeking a better life in the Indian nations. At first, there was some mistrust between the tribal freedmen and state blacks, but over time the two groups melded together.

When the mostly black and Indian community of Creek Agency became the new railroad town of Muskogee in 1872, the population continued to be dominated by freedmen. In Muskogee’s first municipal election, there were more black voters than white.

This gradually changed when the federal court was placed in Muskogee and an influx of attorneys came to town. The Dawes Commission also brought a battalion of government workers and shifted the demographics of the city.

Still, Muskogee’s black community was vibrant and successful. Despite the injustices of segregation, which became the law at statehood in 1907, freedmen descendants built businesses, pursued quality education in their schools, established churches and organized civic clubs.

Though some black residents worked as general laborers, porters and domestics, just as many occupied skilled trades as plumbers, bricklayers, machinists, butchers, tailors and carpenters. They owned small businesses such as grocery stores, millineries, livery stables, and blacksmith shops.

There were a number of African American members of the professions as well, working as lawyers, teachers, physicians, surgeons, dentists and pharmacists. Black entrepreneurs opened funeral homes, clothing emporiums, restaurants, hotels, newspaper offices and photography studios.

The black business district clustered along Second Street and Market Street and served the black neighborhoods that bordered these corridors.

Smaller businesses could also be found within those neighborhoods where elementary schools named Langston, Dunbar, Douglass and Wheatley were built.

A Negro Business Directory published in 1942 proudly proclaimed that Muskogee and neighboring Taft had a black population of 15,000. Driven by a well-organized black businessmen’s club, the directory stated that “Muskogee Negroes enjoy a (prestige) unequaled anywhere else in America.”

Quoting a long-time Muskogee resident, the publication proclaimed, “There’s more Negro lawyers, doctors, realtors, etc., to the square foot than there is anywhere else in the world.”

The success and vibrancy of this part of Muskogee’s past should be celebrated as testimony to what a community can accomplish when it strives for the best.

Muskogee, Oklahoma Black Business District You May Not Know Anything About


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Posted on February 8, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment



Location is Church Boy Clothing at 8900 E. Jefferson Detroit, MI 48214 (off of Marina drive)

Address: 8900 E. Jefferson Detroit, MI 48214

Phone: 586-894-8335

Hours: The store is open Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

First, his dress code was different from the rest, always wearing dress clothes while going to church, among other occasions. In church, most kids would wear casual attire while he would be wearing suits. It began quite early for him; he asked how to tie a bowtie at the age of four, something that wasn’t readily available for children of his age. When he turned 7 years old, he already started thinking of how he could provide a place where young boys would purchase formal wear.

At some point, Hill asked his grandma why children used to attend church services dressed casually. His grandma told him that such clothes are expensive. This inspired him further to think of providing a destination where such clothes would be affordable. But it wasn’t that alone. Understanding that there are those who would still stick to casual wear, regardless, he thought of starting a business that offered both official and casual attire.

To put the idea into reality, Hill reveals that he received support from his grandma, parents, family members, and his church. Ironically, his parents didn’t take him seriously when he started talking about starting a business; yet, he persistently asked for it. Finally, when he was seven-years-old, they managed to get for him a business license.

Getting a location for the business was another challenge, but lucky enough, Vees Boutique allowed Hill to get a spot in her shop.

Running a business isn’t that easy, particularly for a young boy who’s still going to school. Asked how he manages to balance school and his business, he said: “First I have to see what day I have an activity and I know what to do. I play football, piano, sing and I’m a worship leader at church.  I do my homework between 4:00-4:30 and I practice the piano at night. I get all A’s and B’s and I’ve been on the honor roll since kindergarten (Now in the 5th grade). I’ll work my store on Friday evenings and Saturday Afternoons. My grandmother and Ms. Vee will operate it the rest of the days.”

The name of his boutique is Church Boy Clothing and it opened in November in Detroit. His store provides different clothes and accessories, including socks, cufflinks, belts, men bracelets, among others.

He’s looking forward to being either a lawyer or obstetrician, and he’s planning to study either at Princeton or Howard University. To meet his college tuition needs, he’s planning on saving his profits.



Posted on January 31, 2016 By Staff With 7 comments

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


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.

The next time you have a sweet tooth, consider supporting one of these top 7 black-owned dessert companies/ bakeries: (Most of them ship nationally!)

#1 – Patti Labelle Cakes and Sweet Potato Pies: Yes, it’s THE Patti Labelle bringing her sweet taste for yummy desserts like caramel cake, vanilla pound cake, and sweet potato pie to Kroger, Walmart and other stores around the country.

#2 – CamiCakes Cupcakes: These yummy cupcakes were the inspiration of African American entrepreneur Andra Hall. She named the cupcakes after her daughter Camille (pictured above) and includes over 25 different varieties like sweet potato, banana cream, salted caramel, red velvet and more. Order online or visit one of her 7 locations in Florida and Georgia.

#3 – Jimmy Jamm Pies: This Chicago-based restaurant features 50 different recipes using sweet potatoes, including pies, cakes, and cupcakes. It’s a favorite in the heart of Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood.

#4 – Eat Moore Cakes: Cakes are the specialty at this Black-owned bakery based in Lockport, Illinois. They make cakes, pies, and cupcakes for any occasion that are not only beautiful to look at but mouthwatering. You can even order online.

#5 – Petsi Pies: This indie bakery and coffee bar serves handmade pies and pastries from four locations in Massachusetts. The bakery was founded in 2003 by Renee “Petsi” McLeod. Cupcakes, cookies, muffins, breads and scones are made fresh daily!

#6 – The Black Cake Company: Caribbean rum cakes are the specialty at this bakery. They use fresh ingredients and recipes that have been handed down for generations. The company has been around since 1987 and ships cakes around the world.

#7 – Make My Cake: This Black-owned bakery has two locations in Harlem and is a family business that started 15 years ago. People come from miles and line up to get a slice of butter cake, a piece of sweet potato pie or red velvet cheesecake. They have cupcakes and cookies, too!

BONUS – Pink Cupcakes: Based in West Orange, NJ, this Black-owned bakery sells cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods for all occasions. The owner, Natalie Dominique, and her bakery have made some amazing creations for celebrities like Victor Cruz, Wendy Williams, and others!

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

According to Blog.BlackBusiness,org

Posted on January 27, 2016 By Staff With 11 comments

These young Africans are about to disrupt the way you ship from overseas to Africa


Introducing Shypmate

Shypmate is a peer-to-peer delivery service that allows individuals buy products online and get it delivered through home-bound travelers, especially in Nigeria and Ghana. Shypmate’s end goal is affordable and fast international delivery.

In an exclusive interview with two members of the team (Chisom Ebinama and Perry Ogwuche) , Co-founder, Perry remarked:


“We traveled to the US for college and have been there ever since. We saw the problem of trying to send stuff back home, because it was expensive to ship these items”.

The founders, — Chisom Ebinama, Kwadwo Nyarko, Perry Ogwuche and Tochukwu Okoro — who have a uniquely mix-and-match Nationality (3 from Nigeria and 1 from Ghana) and area of expertise (3 with background in Engineering and 1 in the field of Business) are based in San Mateo, California USA where they all met. In Shypmate, the founders found a struggle they all could relate with and decided to use technology to solve it.


Prior to the emerging company’s official launch today 21st January, 2016, Shypmate has validated its effort with a over 100 successful transactions in Nigeria and Ghana within just 2 months of its user acceptance test.

See How Shypmate Works:

There are basically 3 steps to getting started with Shypmate and also 3 people smiling at the end of the transactions.

Website: http://www.shypmate.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shypmate/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shypmate

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shypmate/?ref=bookmarks

Source: https://techpoint.ng/2016/01/21/shypmate-feature/

Posted on January 22, 2016 By Staff With 2 comments



5 Reasons Why African-American Children Should Consider Homeschooling

1. Politicians sacrifice the black community over and over again.

2. Public schools are still segregated.

3. Public schools expect less from black students.

4. Private schools are not a solution.

5. Homeschooling solves a huge number of educational problems for black kids.

75% of the students said they had to make special efforts to fit into their school communities; 82% reported that they had had negative experiences at their schools; and 40% did not believe that the school treated all students the same.

The National Black Home Educators (NBHE) is a resource network founded by Eric and Joyce Burges in July 2000. This association will encourage, support and offer fellowship to families who are exploring benefits of home education. Eric and his wife, Joyce, have home-schooled for nearly l4 years.  http://www.nbhe.net/

Rise in Black Parents Home-Schooling Children Produces Many Benefits

Kunjufu also pointed to another benefit of home-schooling: The ability to keep students focused during the summer months.

“Research shows that there is a three-year gap between white and black students. Some students do not read or are (not) involved in any academic endeavor during the summer. Those students lose 36 months or three years if you multiply three months times 12 years (grades first -12) Home-school parents do not allow academics to be forsaken for three months,” he wrote.

“Finally, in the home-school environment, parents are allowed to teach their children values,” he concluded. “Large numbers of parents are teaching their children faith-based morals and principles. And many are teaching their children with the Afrocentric curriculum SETCLAE. These children are being taught truths like, Columbus did not discover America; Abraham Lincoln did not free the slaves; Hippocrates was not the father of medicine and that African history did not begin on a plantation, but on a pyramid.”

Yes, Black People Homeschool Their Kids, Too

Challenges overcome

As a family we have overcome a host of challenges as it relates to homeschooling. We had to learn early on the art of living on one income. I believe that sacrifice and pursuit has been just as important in the lives of our children as the process of educating them. I mentioned our desire to find other Black families with the same schooling goals. It took a few years for us to connect with those families, but we did it. Along the way, we were able to embrace all of the families that we met, whether through support groups or extracurricular activities.

Home, Private and African Centered School Resources:

Nationhouse – Washington, D.C. (Private)

Roots Activity Learning Centre – Washington, D.C. (Private)

Roots Public Charter School 

Nubian Village Academy – Richmond, VA. (Private)

Nsoromma School – Atlanta, GA. (Private)

Imhotep Center of Education – ” ” (“)

Higher Ground Academy – St. Paul, MN. (Public)

Woodlawn Community School – Chicago, IL. (Public)

DuSable Leadership Academy Charter High School – Chicago, IL. (Public)

Freedom Home Academy – ” (Private) freedomhomeacademy@gmail.com

Ijoba Shule – Philadelphia, PE. (Private)

Ile Omode Preschool/Elementary School – Oakland, CA. (Private)

Little Sun People – Brooklyn, NY.

Pearl Academy – Atlanta, GA. (Private)

New Concept Preschool – Chicago, IL. (Private)

Urban Prep. Academies – Chicago, IL. (Public)

Kamali Academy – New Orleans, LA. (Private)

New Orleans Liberation Academy – ” (Private)

Kuumba Learning Center Preschool – Washington, D.C. (Private)

Lotus Academy – Philadelphia, Penn. (Private)

Sankofa Academy – West Chester, Penn. (Public Charter)

Joseph Littles’ Nguzo Saba Charter School – West Palm Beach, Fl. (Public)

Sankofa International Academy – Brookyln, NY (Private)

Nelson Whynder Elementary School – North Preston, ” (Public)

The Nubian School – Trinidad (Private)

Kemet Foundation School – Ghana (Private)

K-12 (not African Centered, but an excellent FREE source to home school)

African American Home School

We know there are way more than this out there, please send more via the contact us page.

Reference Resources:

– Homeschooling Basics (101) by Beverly Hernandez, About.com Guide

– “The new pioneers – Black Homeschoolers,” Home School Legal Defense Association Magazine, July/August edition.

Athelda Ensley is a freelance writer and author who writes at her Speed of Life blog.


Posted on January 20, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments


Khepra Anu, raw foodist and owner of Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar in Washington, DC

Khepra Anu, raw foodist and owner of Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar in Washington, DC

10 Black-Owned Health-Conscious Businesses Selling Organic and All-Natural Products

Being healthy is the new trend, and thousands of companies are profiting big-time on organic and all-natural products. Such companies sell various products including food, clothing, haircare products, skincare products, and even furniture. If you are a big supporter of this industry, here are 10 Black-owned companies that you may be interested in checking out:


#1 – Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar: Located at 402 H Street NE in Washington DC, this award-winning juice bar/ restaurant was founded by Khepra Anu, a raw foodist who has dedicated his life to sharing his knowledge of systematic fasting and detoxification.

#2 – Karyn’s: Located at 1901 N. Halsted in Chicago, IL, this Black-owned restaurant serves cooked, conscious vegan comfort foods such as pizza, burgers, fries, meatloaf, taco salad, eggplant, and more. They also have a well-complimented vegan brunch, and serve raw dishes for lunch and dinner.

#3 – The Grain Cafe: Located at 4222 W Pico Blvd in Los Angeles, CA, this restaurant appeals to vegans and vegetarians as well as meat-eaters. They serve veggie wraps as well as deluxe burgers with red berry ice tea or mint lemonade. Even their coffee is natural and organic.

 #4 –  Tassili’s Raw Reality:  Located at 1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd Atlanta, Georgia is a fast casual restaurant located in Atlanta, Georgia.  They specialize in raw vegan cuisines and provide a unique variety of raw vegan entrees like spicy kale salad, kale wraps, and more.

#5 –  Land of KushLocated at 840 N. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD Voted 2015 Best Vegan Crab Cake by Baltimore’s City Paper!  They are the Ultimate Vegetarian Experience!  THE LAND of KUSH inspires you to feed your spirit.  They are Vegan Soul!  Celebrate a new way of life with healthier food.

#6 – CURLS: This Black-owned company is a nationally recognized leader in the natural hair care industry for their unique formulations of certified organic ingredients. Supported by Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, Nia Long, Tia Mowry, and more.

#7 – Curl Kitchen: This Chicago-based company sells natural/ organic-based hair care products tailored to those who wish to embrace their tresses in its naturally ethnic state. Their products are for women and men with waves, curls, kinks, coils, and/or locs.

#8 – Indigofera Beauty: This Black-owned Etsy store produces a variety of all-natural, chemical-free hair care supplies that are made from plant-based ingredients and infused with essential oils. They are known locally and nationally for selling the best products for natural hair, coils, kinks and locs.

#9 – Beija-Flor Naturals: This Black-owned Etsy store produces organic skin care and natural hair products. The brand is inspired by the owner’s Brazilian background and uses the best ingredients from the Amazon rain forest to the Savannahs of East Africa.

#10 – Blac Minerals: This Black-owned company sells 100% non-toxic, high quality, high performance, hand-crafted mineral makeup formulated for women of all colors. Their natural makeup products are lightweight, and blendable, helping your skin to breathe.

10 Black-Owned Health-Conscious Businesses Selling Organic and All-Natural Products

Source: Blog.BlackBusiness.org

Posted on January 19, 2016 By Staff With 19 comments

Oldest Black Owned Travel Agency in the United States


The honor of being the oldest, continuously operating, African American owned travel agency goes to Rodgers Travel Bureau, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rodgers Travel Bureau opened their doors in 1949. The company was started by Harold Rodgers, an African American medical student who was working as a porter for TWA at Philadelphia International Airport to help pay for medical school. He knew the business well, and when he opened his agency, he was the only black-owned travel agency in the U.S.

Business booming

Business was booming, largely due to Rodgers’ loyal black customer base. Rodgers provided a valuable service for black customers at a time when the “whites only” segregation rules made it difficult to impossible for blacks to travel. Even after desegregation, his customers remained loyal. By the late 1960’s, the company was able to open a Rodgers Travel location in Washington, D.C. that targeted affluent African Americans and was a great location to black organizations who had headquarters in D.C.

Changes — all good

In 1954, William Griffin purchased the business from Harold Rodgers and soon added partner Fred Russell to manage the business. By the 1970’s, Russell’s daughters Norma Pratt and Joanne Ussery joined the management team. When their father passed away in 1980, his two daughters took over. It was now company president Norma Pratt who took the lead to secure the company for further growth. She took advantage of SBA’s 8(a) business development program to enter into the federal government marketplace. In 1991, she bid on and received Rodgers’ first federal government contract – a $10 million per year contract servicing Scott AFB.

The company is pleased that they have not only secured a place in history but also secured the future of the company.

For more details about Rodgers Travel Bureau, visit www.rodgerstravel.com

Oldest Black Owned Travel Agency in the United States


Source: Blog.BlackBusiness.org

Posted on January 19, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments





We love the idea of crowd funding. So we decided to create one specifically for African/Black Owned business with BBNomics to create a self-help approach to the funding issues BOB’s face in this current market.  Crowd Funding is a perfect mixture of social media, wisdom of the crowds and good old-fashioned business. For those of you who don’t know what crowd funding is, it’s a way of collecting funds for a project, product or initiative. We are specifically targeted projects in predominantly black neighborhoods.

The concept is simple; people commit to funding your project but are only charged if you reach some pre-defined target. We specifically use PayPal’s for this idea and we used for a few reasons – mainly because it works internationally, unlike the alternatives which are USA only.

Through BBNomics you create an entire project; post it and we promote it for you our site and users can commit to funding your project directly from here. This has some massive benefits. All the time we spend marketing your project will benefit your own concept.

In order to qualify your concept must be 100% Black or African Owned, you have to do your homework; business plan, financial worksheet, research, a legit business model and much more. In addition, we will need 100% accountability once you meet your funding goals.

After you pay a few minimal processing fees, you keep 92% (partial proceeds to Paypal and the other portion to BBNomics) of your funders’ contributions. That’s more money for you to get your project started.

Another huge benefit is that you can create any type of project you want. As long as you aren’t breaking any of Crowdfunding or PayPal’s rules (which would only really prohibit illegal projects), you’re free to fund whatever you want.

What to do once you decide you want to crowdfund a business or project on BBNomics? 

  1. Tell your story. 

    As the old adage goes: facts tell, stories sell. When it comes to eliciting customer engagement, a campaign with a good story is an unparalleled strategy. Did you experience some kind of obstacle on your path to entrepreneurship? Did a major life event influence your career choice or business decisions? Tell your story in your crowdfunding pitch to make a connection with backers and encourage engagement.If you don’t have a personal story to share with your audience, share facts and highlights about your start-up, product or vision instead. Describe the problem (and severity of the problem) your product will solve, or discuss the vision for your start-up. Keep your tone and messaging personal to make backers feel closely connected to you and your project.

  2. Provide value for value. 

    Crowdfunding campaigns hinge on reciprocity. If your start-up offers fantastic products, rewards or opportunities, you’ve created a huge incentive for backers to pledge to your campaign. When choosing your reward tiers, reflect on whether the incentives would appeal to you if you were the consumer; ask friends, family members and business acquaintances for their honest opinions as well.

  3. Introduce scarcity. 

    A basic law of economics dictates that scarce supply inherently creates greater demand. Create greater demand for your start-up by limiting one or more of the higher level rewards to just a few — this will inflate demand for those rewards and result in higher pledge amounts for your crowdfunding campaign!

  4. Create a marketing event. 

    People love to feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves. Try to build a feeling of excitement and rally others around your crowdfunding campaign by tying the launch to a large, well known event. You can connect your product to a holiday, sporting event, or season to increase the momentum surrounding your launch. You can leverage the emotional connection surrounding these events to get people excited about your product and engage them in discussions.This is especially useful for connecting with backers through social channels, capitalizing on trending topics and popular hash tags to get more eyes on your fundraise!

  5. Highlight examples of social proof. 

    Going back to the human desire to feel like a part of something bigger than themselves, most people don’t want to be the first or only supporter of a crowdfunding campaign — they want to see other influential advocates joining in. Do you have someone notable as an adviser, backer or endorser of your start-up? Share your list of partners and patrons to give confidence to new backers and let them know that they won’t be the only one at your party.

  6. Build credibility and legitimacy. 

    Many backers will believe it when they see it. In other words, they require some kind of evidence  that your start-up is legitimate and picking up steam before deciding to back your crowdfunding campaign. Show your backers what they’ll be supporting in detail — how it works, how you came up with the idea, and even pictures or videos if you have a prototype. Remember that you will likely never meet your backers, so the more proof you can provide that your start-up is legitimate the better.

  7. Interact with your supporters. 

    Don’t leave your backers in the dark for weeks after they’ve supported your project. Interact with your audience through frequent updates, thank-you emails or social media outreach, and responses to their questions and feedback.You can build anticipation and increase engagement in many ways. Post updates counting down to a big surprise regarding your project, conduct a product giveaway, or even host a contest involving your crowdfunding campaign. The opportunities here are endless and can be tailored for your specific start-up. When interacting with your backers, always encourage an open dialogue and engagement. In general, people would rather talk than listen. Treat your updates and outreach as a conversation rather than a one sided message.



Posted on January 14, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments








Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – BBNOMICS is proud to announce its Black Business generating crowd funding site, which serves as a means of creating the capital necessary to launch entrepreneurial endeavors. BBNOMICS has a built-in Marketing Program that will serve the business pursuits of black businesses entrepreneurs and organizations around the globe. Crowd funding is the perfect mixture of social media, business sense, and word of mouth crowd wisdom. Crowd funding is a way of collecting funds for a project, product, or business initiative in which both the investor and project recipient get rewarded for their submission to the project. It is also an engine of change for a new way of economics spurred by the power of cooperative investment. This crowd funding venture has at its core a goal of empowering predominantly black neighborhoods across the globe by circulating community dollars in a way that will foster the spirit and activity of business cooperation.

The concept is simple, people simply commit to funding your project and are rewarded once the project or organization reaches  the pre-defined goal. Through BBNOMICS you can create an entire project and promote it on the site for viewers to choose, at the minimum contribution of $5.00 anyone can enjoy investing. This has some massive benefits. For the duration of time your project is posted on BBNOMICS it will benefit tremendously from marketing and advertisement, giving your product or service a solid foundation to launch from. It is the purpose and desire of BBNOMICS along with its affiliates to the see the projects of its participants get funded and we are not afraid of the hard work and personal touch necessary to see your business dreams a success.

BBNOMICS in its concept and internal organization will have the awesome potential of creating a funding source for Africans globally. Cooperative Economics entails a group of people working together for the mutual benefit of their community and future. The goal is to create a minimum of 24 business owners per year; or in other words raising capital for 24 funded and fully functioning business entities, with a target funding goal of $1.8 million annually.

The plan is generate capital for small business by using unique and creative methods.  The way this organizations will do this is from good ole’ fashion investment backers contributing directly to the website and being rewarded for doing so. The other opportunity is created from BBE Investment Club.  BBNOMICS users will have the option of signing up for BBE INVESTMENT CLUB, which is a capital creating club that give individuals and our group access to thousands of dollars as an alternative to traditional funding.

Here’s the company’s message: “Get funded on BBNOMICS! We want to meet a 97% success rate; this we believe is possible through our $5.00 minimum contribution, as well as our commitment to have our backers rewarded for their contribution. Be there when our community is looking for meaningful projects to support. We now have a platform which assists the funding of Black/African Owned businesses worldwide. Connect with your backers by joining us and allow people to find you. Encourage your friends and family to visit the site and share, rate, recommend, and get rewarded for patronizing a business or organization of your choosing. BBNOMICS also provides an open forum for black business men and women to dialogue about economic topics relevant to collective success.”

BBNOMICS has a space where users can add photos, a company or personal bio, and a 180 second promotion “pitch” video. They allow users to make the most of their project by giving them an opportunity to showcase it to savvy backers who are searching for worthy projects to support. This continuous cycling of black-owned business activity will produce economic revitalization across the African Diaspora.


As part of the BBNOMICS program, users have access to the following benefits:


When conducting a crowdfunding campaign, you may also generate traction for your start-up. This will be demonstrated through large amounts of backers, pre-orders of the product or service your start-up offers, or a significant amount of media interest. Generating traction is an important step to prove success and prepare for investor pitching.

Social proof.

When potential clients show interest in your start-up’s product or service, you’ve generated social proof. This is essentially showing that other people believe in what you’re doing. Another way to generate social proof is to take on advisers prominent in their respective (related) fields.

Press coverage.

Helpful media coverage could include a feature on your company in a popular news station, blog, or print publication. Press coverage will generate more eyes on your campaign and create brand awareness for your start-up. It’s also a great way to bring in backers outside of your personal network.


Throughout the course of your crowdfunding campaign, you’ll have the opportunity to engage supporters and grow your audience. The result? Your campaign doubled as marketing for your start-up!

Potential investor interest.

Investors are interested in ambitious entrepreneurs whose ideas have garnered traction and social proof. Whether they read about your new product on a popular blog, or hear about your innovative campaign from a friend, a successful crowdfund is a great way to capture investor interest.

The plan of BBNOMICS is to create the mindset and practice of cooperative economics. This method will encourage us to launch businesses, garner support from our community, all the while encouraging those same businesses to be responsible to the community.

For more details, visit the web site at www.bbnomics.com or contact inquiry@bbnomics.com or [913-4BUYBLK].



BBNOMICS website translates into 60 different languages. Join today and give today.


Posted on January 13, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

First Ever Made In Ghana Cars

When Apostle Dr. Kwadwo Safo, owner of the Kantanka Group of Companies displayed his talents on technological skills he, mystically, had acquired some ten years back in Ghana, but many Ghanaians were skeptical about his inventions.

Some described him as a wizard. Others also said his inventions are not scientific, and cannot be trusted to be safe.

Back then, among the many technological gadgets Dr. Safo displayed, was a television set that switches on after just a simple clap or by blowing air. He did not hide it. He said he never had a sophisticated technical or technological education. He only dreams and creates whatever he builds, implying that he is being taught by superhuman beings in the world beyond our knowledge.

When asked by a BBC journalist in 2010 why he chose to manufacture items that require strange human application before it could function, he replied “I do it because I can, I go to bed and dream about the innovation then write it down. My workers then make it. They are learning the skills they can use somewhere else.”



The company’s chief operating officer, Kwadwo Safo Jnr explains that the clean energy cars run on rechargeable batteries.

“The non-engine vehicle does not rely on a combustion engine to move. It is an electric motor powered by rechargeable batteries; the batteries can be recharged with solar energy or electricity. As you drive the car on the road, it converts the energy from the sun into mechanical energy which powers the car’’, he said.

To give you detailed information on the clean energy cars, there are two charging systems for the car-an external charging system and an internal charging system. The internal charging system uses an extra accumulator to power an invertor and the invertor simultaneously charges the 12 batteries while the car is accelerating. The internal charging is manual and can be switched on or off when the car is in motion.

The external charging system uses 144V which makes it suitable for the market. The charging modes are Quick Charge Mode and an Overnight Charge Mode. The Quick Charge Mode takes a maximum of 15 minutes to complete the charging and the Overnight Charge Mode takes a maximum of three hours to complete the charging. The life span of the accumulators is estimated to be a year.ghanapolice

As we said earlier, public perception about the durability of Dr Safo’s inventions was not encouraging. And to make the public believe that the cars are good, in 2015, he donated some free of charge to the Ghana Police Service to test its quality. The police administration has since testified and endorsed the cars.


Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo was born on 26th August 1948 at Bekwai, a town in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. As a child, it is said he had a deep passion for science and technology. And after closing from school, he would quickly do his home work and rush to the farm to get sticks for designing cars, helicopters, planes, etc. He designed toys machines and cars that had never been seen in the town.

His inventions include automobiles, military equipments, electrical gadgets, medicines, aeronautics amongst others.  He has a Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from the University of Ghana and has also been honored as the Order of the Volta (Member Division) in 2007 by the Ghanaian government.

Some people who support his inventions have warned that Ghana will regret if the country fail to make meaningful gains from his skills and knowledge before he passes on to eternity. He has quite a number of apprentices who are learning from him.

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Posted on January 9, 2016 By Staff With 5 comments

Welcome to Afrikmall, the unique African Mall


What is Afrikmall?

Afrikmall is a place that Africans living in Colorado can call home, providing a range of business services, as well as cultural, community and social opportunities and events. There are many thousands of Africans living in Colorado, from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and other African countries.

What will Afrikmall offer?

Afrikmall will provide the best of African business, entertainment, products, services and cultural experience to the general public. This may include African restaurants and cuisine, a grocery store, a coffee shop, a beauty salon, art shops, clothing retailers and business office space, along with an event center and a cultural center. It is also envisioned that Afrikmall will also house a credit union or bank.

Who is behind the project?

Cobina Adu Lartson, Ph.D., is the CEO of Afrikmall, and also a science educator with Denver Public Schools; Edward K. Mensah is chief operating officer of Afrikmall and executive director of TMG Global; Albert K. Quartey is the chief financial officer of Afrikmall and also a supervisor with Unicircuit Inc.; Emmanuel K. Eliason is Afrikmall’s chief business development officer, as well as the president and CEO of Eliason Consulting Group; Seth Assabil, Afrikmall’s chief of facilities, works in security.

Where is it located?

Afrikmall will be located at 10180 E. Colfax Ave. in Aurora, in a 56,281 square-foot building on three floors. Afrikmall, LLC, the management company overseeing Afrikmall operations, has a long-term lease on the property, which was purchased by 10180 E. Colfax, LLC, an ownership entity created by Colorado-based Northstar Commercial Partners.

Why was that area selected?

The Downtown Aurora location provides proximity to thousands of expected visitors to Afrikmall. Afrikmall is located within the Aurora Cultural Arts District on the Colfax corridor, in a radius that includes the Stapleton and Lowry developments, and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical.
Welcome to Afrikmall, the unique African Mall. We are changing the customer shopping experience, one city at a time.

When will it open?

 An official ribbon cutting ceremony took place on July 16, 2015. For current update click here.

Posted on January 3, 2016 By Staff


Top 10 Most Popular Black-Owned Lounges and Clubs in Atlanta


Atlanta, Georgia has tons to offer in the way of food and entertainment. Residents of Atlanta may know where all the good restaurants and lounges are, but for visitors, especially those who want to support black-owned businesses, they may need a little help locating them.

Here’s our pick of the top 10 most popular black-owned lounges and clubs in Atlanta:

  1. Boogalou Restaurant & Lounge –  is a popular Atlanta hot spot with a chic decor, comfy couches, and swings instead of bar stools. They are known for their great mojitos, and they also serve good food.
  2. The BQE Restaurant & Lounge – not only are they known for their southern cuisine, but the lounge is elegant and inviting for those who love the old historic Atlanta district.
  3. Cafe Circa – is a hip lounge that offers exotic libations, R&B music, happy hours, fine wines, and an overall great midtown experience.
  4. Time Restaurant and Lounge – features great drinks, excellent food, top notch service, and beautiful ambiance – decor, lighting, furniture, the whole set up
  5. Cirque Daiquiri Bar and Grill – if you’re looking for daiquiris that will ‘shut yo mouth,’ this is the place to go. Daiquiris like a Pink Panther, Miami Vice, Island Breeze and Wonder Woman are enjoyed by many patrons.
  6. Mardi Gras Cafe’ and Lounge – features live music and entertainment throughout the week, including after-work happy hours. It’s a great place to meet your friends, network, and enjoy good food and drinks.
  7. Suite Food Lounge – offers you dinner and a comedy show, live jazz, Suite Life Fridays, Uptown Saturdays, and ending with brunch on Sundays.
  8. EVilla – no baggy jeans or flip flops at this upscale lounge. Dress to kill and enjoy a sophisticated night on the town with dancing and special parties. Turn it up with some good looking party animals.
  9. Museum Bar – offers food, drink and dance in a unique setting. It has a New York feel with beautiful interior stonewalls, gothic columns, thirty foot ceilings and three levels of entertainment space.
  10. Scales 925 – this happening lounge features comedy, hip-hop music, rooftop entertainment, and weekly happy hours.

Top 10 Most Popular Black-Owned Lounges and Clubs in Atlanta

Source: Blog.Blackbusiness.org

Posted on December 21, 2015 By Staff With 3 comments

Black Families in These 10 Cities Are Doing the Best Economically — But They Aren’t Exactly Rich

Black Families in These 10 Cities Are Doing the Best Economically — But They Aren’t Exactly Rich


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently published a survey of the top 10 U.S. cities in which African Americans are doing the best economically. The ratings were based on median household income, home ownership rate, and the percent of those self-employed.

Here are the top 10:

  1. Atlanta, GA – Median household income: $41,047. Home ownership rate: 51.5 percent. Self-employed: 17.1 percent.
  2. Raleigh, NC – Median household income: $42,285. Home ownership rate: 46.7 percent. Self-employed: 12.8 percent.
  3. Washington, DC – Median household income: $64,896. Home ownership rate: 49.2 percent. Self-employed: 15.1 percent.
  4. Charlotte, NC – Median household income: $36,522. Home ownership rate: 43.9 percent. Self-employed: 13.6 percent.
  5. Baltimore, MD – Median household income: $47,898. Home ownership rate: 46.2 percent. Self-employed: 15 percent.
  6. Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA – Median household income: $40,677. Home ownership rate: 43.8 percent. Self-employed: 13.2 percent.
  7. Orlando, FL – Median household income: $33,982. Home ownership rate: 43.8% percent. Self-employed: 11 percent.
  8. Miami, FL – Median household income: $36,749. Home ownership rate: 44.9 percent. Self-employed: 11.2 percent.
  9. Richmond, VA – Median household income: $38,899. Home ownership rate: 47.8 percent. Self-employed: 12.7 percent.
  10. San Antonio, TX – Median household income: $41,681. Home ownership rate: 40.8 percent. Self-employed: 9.3 percent.

Source: Blog.Blackbusiness.org

Read more at www.ajc.com/gallery/news/10-cities-where-african-americans-are-doing-best-e/gCQpt/

Posted on December 18, 2015 By Staff


5 Black-Owned Businesses Still Standing in Ferguson, Missouri — One Year Later


Jerome and Cathy Jenkins, owners of Cathy’s Kitchen in Ferguson, MO

It has been well over a year since the shooting of 18-year old African-American Michael Brown, the unarmed teen that was gunned down by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a northern suburb of St. Louis. Many businesses, including those owned by blacks, were destroyed in ensuing riots. But many survived, including these 5 amazing black-owned businesses:

#1 – KZK Beauty Supply – was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Gathungu in August 2014. They knew it was a critical time in Ferguson but counted on the community viewing them as a trusted source for beauty supplies. Fear did not hold back these amazing entrepreneurs from opening their business.

#2 – Fashions R Boutique – was burned to the ground, but was able to rebuild. The business is owned by Juanita Morris. Donations from GoFundMe, an online donation platform, and others who pitched in to help, enabled Morris to re-open her 30-year-old business.

#3 – Briant Mitchell’s BKM Fitness Bootcamp – was vandalized twice, even though it is located near the Ferguson police department. With help from the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and money from his own savings, owner Briant Mitchell keeps going and is determined to continue helping Ferguson residents live long and healthy lives.

#4 – Cathy’s Kitchen – located in downtown Ferguson, is owned by husband/wife team Jerome and Cathy Jenkins. The diner remains open, serving breakfast and lunch, but getting the former dinner crowd has been a challenge.

#5 – Sam’s Meat Market – was looted and vandalized three times, but they are open for business. It took the family-owned grocery store and meat market a year to rebuild but they celebrated with 600 pounds of barbecued ribs for their customers.

5 Black-Owned Businesses Still Standing in Ferguson, Missouri — One Year Later

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According to Blog.Blackbusiness.org

Posted on December 4, 2015 By Staff With 1 comment


(left to right) Robert L. Johnson, Victor B. MacFarlane, and Emmitt Smith

(left to right) Robert L. Johnson, Victor B. MacFarlane, and Emmitt Smith

Across America, successful real estate companies are literally making billions every year in the business. Eight of these are owned by African Americans, and some of these are celebrities you should recognize. Their services include real estate development, real estate management, and construction.

Here they are:

#1 – The Peebles Corporation: With offices in Miami, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C., this company is the most successful black-owned real estate business in the U.S. It is owned by Donahue Peebles, Chairman and CEO.

#2 – Capri Capital Partners: Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Chicago, this company was started by Quintin Primo III in 1992 and has grown into a global real estate investment management company with more than $2.7 billion in real-estate assets.

#3 – H.J. Russell & Company: Founded in 1952 by Herman J. Russell, this company is one of the largest minority owned real estate firms in the United States and the oldest black-owned company. The company has a current net worth of $200 million.

#4 – RLJ Development, LLC: This real estate company was founded in 2000 in Bethesda, Maryland, by Robert (Bob) L. Johnson, the founder and former chairman of BET. It is the largest African-American owned hotel investment company in the nation.

#5 – MacFarlane Partners: This leading black-owned real estate investment management company was founded in 1987 by Victor B. MacFarlane, and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. It has $2.2 billion in investor equity and $6 billion in managed properties.

#6 – Omni New York, LLC: This real estate group is owned by former Major League baseball MVP, Mo Vaugn and Eugene Schneur. It was originally started to revitalize neighborhoods in New York and other states. The company now owns 4,461 units of affordable housing throughout the U.S.

#7 – Emmitt Smith Enterprise: Owned by NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, this real estate development firm was formed in 2005. In his spare time, Smith also raises money for charity through the ESmith Legacy, Inc. in Dallas, a premier real estate development and asset management firm. Both companies are 100 percent minority owned.

#8 – Integrated Capital LLC: This real estate company was founded by Kenneth Fearn in 2004 and now has assets exceeding $285 million. It is a leading, hotel-focused, private real estate investment firm.

Top 8 Black-Owned Real Estate Companies Making Billions

According to: Blog.BlackBusinessBlog.org

Posted on November 12, 2015 By Staff

30 Ways You Can Practice Group Economics


African American family together inside their home

African American family together inside their home

  1. Produce a product
  2. Produce a service
  3. Outsource tasks to a member of the community
  4. Open an online store
  5. Open a physical store
  6. Host community events
  7. Use Black Business Directories
  8. Create community gardens
  9. Start making and selling your own clothes and accessories
  10. Source Black produced products
  11. Start or Join a Black Investment Group
  12. Find and join a Black Bank
  13. Crowdfund to raise capital
  14. Do A Weekly Sou-Sou
  15. If you don’t have money, barter
  16. Change your buying habits
  17. Vote with your dollars
  18. Create Trust Funds for your children OR an Endowment for an organization
  19. Fight for reparations
  20. Use “gentrification” to our benefit
  21. Build a co-op
  22. Hire Blacks
  23. Study Economics
  24. Join or Create a buying club
  25. Refer a Black business to someone else
  26. Share-A-Ride Ghetto taxi
  27. Buy Black but sell to anyone
  28. Improve your Financial IQ
  29. Hustle and Persistence
  30. Share this article Just one of these tips has the power to change lives and communities.

Produce a product

A product is any physical item that you create to sell. Look around you: everything you see is a product that someone else has created. You can do the same. The best products are those that solve a pressing need. Think toilet paper, books that teach readers to solve a problem or understand an important subject, or items that help customers express themselves.

You can also improve on an existing product. Create a better faucet. Create a better toilet. Create a better way to change your oil. Will it be hard? Sure. Will it be worth it? Hell yea.

Case study: I knew a Sistah that worked at a well-known coffee shop. She hated her job, but would make special custom drinks for customers that weren’t on the menu. When the job didn’t work out, she remembered her recipes, bottled them, and now sells them in the city she lives in to the same customers. Instead of the company getting the lions share of the product profit, it goes straight to her. That’s how you create a product.

Produce a Service

A service is any skill that you possess that the market needs and is willing to pay for. Plumbers, mechanics, HVAC, barbers, tattoo artists, computer programmers, and painters all have skills the market is willing to pay lots of money for.When considering a service that you may be able to provide, you will know if it is a good idea or not by answering the following question:

Is this something people could do by themselves?

If the answer is yes, come up with a better idea.

  • I can mow my own lawn
  • I can do my own grocery shopping*
  • I can wash my own car
  • I can clean up my own house

I am not paying you to do those things for me. But can I give myself a haircut? Can I fix my own car? Maybe you can, but I cannot. Can I program my computer (hell naw). These are services that people are willing to pay for. If you have skills that the average person doesn’t, there is your opportunity.

Think about all of the services you use on a weekly basis. Find a Black service provider to perform all of those same services for you.

* With so many Baby Boomers entering retirement, the need for personal services will skyrocket. Many elders can no longer do their own shopping, so there may be a market there.

Outsource tasks to a member of the community-Top

Buy Black

In business, outsourcing is the contracting out of a business process to another party. If you are in business, you cant do everything yourself. Outsourcing is like hiring a mercenary to take care of one-time tasks. Outsourcing is not as expensive as it may sound.  If you have $5, you can outsource web design, computer programming, accounting,

Want help with your natural hair? Try Marsha Willis. At only $5, she is cheaper than buying a book.

Need a Black male to do a voice over for your commercial? My man, cardi937  has done work for us (including our podcast) for $5.

Even if you cant find a Black service provider, use someone from outside of the community to get you into business. Here are a few:

Web and Graphic Design for $5

Business Planning for $5

Marketing and Branding Services for $5

Get your website on the front page of Google for $5

Facebook, Twitter, Other Social Page designs for $5

Open an online store –Top

Once you have created products to sell, or you have found someone who is willing to wholesale the product to you, open an online store. This Queen can help you do it for $5…yes….$5!

By opening an online store, you will have access to the entire world of customers. You will need to package and ship the products in a timely manner when orders roll in, but if other people have done it and make a living at it, you can too!

In order to open an online store, you will need to buy a domain name (for example, www.yournamehere.com) and hosting (the place where all of your words, pictures, and videos are stored online). We are one of the very few Black Web Hostingcompanies in the world. You can buy very cheap and reliable web hosting from us by clicking here.

You may also want to purchase a domain name from Godaddy. Domain names can cost anywhere from $1 to $13 per year. Buying your domain name ensures no one steals your idea, and is an important first step in getting started. Click here to register your Godaddy domain name.

30 Ways You Can Practice Group Economics

Open a physical store

While it may be more expensive to open a physical store versus an online store, there are many benefits. First, when discussing group economics, physical stores provide “anchors” in the community. Many people consider the businesses around them as a benefit of living in a particular area.Think popular barber shops or convenience stores.

If the businesses are Black owned and providing quality goods or services, that can have a positive impact on the entire community. There is also less competition, since anyone can open an online business, but everyone is not willing to physically open doors!

Host community events

Host community pot lucks, local group economic seminars, community yard sales, and other events that teach the rest of the community to put these tips into practice. Find a community center, boys and girls club, or a school with an auditorium or gym and get to work. The more people see their community coming together, the more they will be willing to participate.

Schools are particularly receptive to farmers markets setting up on school grounds on the weekend, so turn it into an event and an opportunity to make things happen.

Use Black Business Directories

There are seriously thousands of Black Business directories in existence. These directories range from the local to the global, and feature literally hundreds of thousands of businesses. Why aren’t you using them? Many of these directories have mobile device apps, or are mobile friendly, and let you search using your zip code to find the closest Black business to you.

If you are a business owner, add your listing to ALL OF THESE directories. If you are a consumer, use these directories to keep Black dollars in Black hands.

  1. Black Owned Biz – featured on BET, the directory has a growing list of 10,000 Black Businesses from all over the United States
  2. Black Trade lines – A convenient, easy to use Android and Apple app that lets you find nearby businesses using your cell
  3. Buy Black Economics – Cooperative Directory with reward incentives.


Create community gardens


Start planning and gathering everything you will need for planting in the springtime during the fall and winter months. If you are getting started in the spring, there are fall and winter crops that you can grow and either eat, sell, or turn into a product to other members of the community.

My grandmother had a fig tree, a pecan tree, and a small garden in her back yard. She could make dozens of products from these few resources, including fig preserves and jams, deserts, pecans for sale by the pound (and pecan trees produce a shit ton of nuts), pies, etc. What we couldn’t eat, she would sell. What she couldn’t sell, she would give to the church or the homeless.

Community gardens also create opportunities to get the kids and the elderly in your community engaged. The mothers in nursing homes would appreciate being able to get back outside, or the opportunity to create products with fresh ingredients. Cleveland is an example of for-profit community gardens that we should be following. Check out what they are doing.

Start making and selling your own clothes and accessories-Top

Start by selling T-Shirts and hoodies online using a site called Teespring. Get a graphic designer create our T-Shirt designs on a site called Fiverr. For $5, you’re able to produce more than 12 profitable T-Shirt campaigns, earning us about $9,000 in profit. You have no excuse. Again, here are the resources: Fiverr – Use a graphic designer to create your T-Shirt designs. Most use Photoshop, and will have your order ready in 24 hours. Just be specific about what you want.

Teespring – Launch a campaign here. Start out with a low number as your goal until you get a feel for it

Repeat step 1 and 2.

Need proof we actually did this?

Source Black produced products-Top

Find low priced products from Black vendors and sell them for market value. If you can find a vendor in Liberia selling wood carvings for $10 and the store around the corner is selling them for $50, you have found an opportunity. Buy low and sell high. Use sites like Alibaba.com, Aliexpress and use Google searches to find suppliers.

Start or Join a Black Investment Group

An investment group or investment club is a group of family members, friends, co-workers, or like-minded individuals who pool a regularly invested dollar amount into a common banking account for the purpose of purchasing stocks, bonds, mutual funds, businesses, property, or other assets. There is no limit to the number of members your group can have, but as the African saying goes; “many hands make light work”. The more capital that is pooled, the bigger the ventures that your group is able to involve itself in.

Find and join a Black Bank

We have created a list of 21 Black banks still in business. These Black banks control a combined 4.7 Billion in assets. Banking with Black businesses is the very foundation of group economics! Check out the list here.

Crowdfund to raise capital

Many of us have mistaken soliciting online donations for crowd-funding. Crowd-funding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people. In exchange for contributing to a cause, you must be willing to give the donors something. Again, you don’t get away with just collecting up donations.

Case in point: When Tariq Nasheed wanted to fund his documentary, Hidden Colors, he offered donors anything from a complete DVD to your name listed as an Associate Producer on the film credits. The result? He raised more than $25,000 and is now on his third installment of the nationwide theater release.

Do A Weekly Sou-Sou

The concept of Sou-Sou is new to Black Americans, but sou-sou have served as a community savings plan for Blacks in the diaspora for generations. Read up on Sou-Sou in the article we published on the subject: Sou-Sou and the Path to Economic Empowerment

If you don’t have money, barter

Money isn’t always necessary to make an economy work. In fact, the definition of an economy is the wealth and resources of a country or region, especially in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services. If you have a product or a service to trade for other things you need, don’t be afraid to negotiate.

Trade hair-styling for babysitting. Trade web programming for car repair. Trade a free apartment in your building for 24 hour maintenance.

Change your buying habits

It can be inconvenient to track down Black businesses that provide the goods and services that you are looking for. Practicing group economics means changing some of your buying habits to benefit your community. For instance, rather than using Google to find a business that has what you want nearby, use a Black business directory. Rather than shopping in physical stores, use the internet to find Black producers and shop for items before you need them.This reduces the need to run out and buy toilet paper at the last minute. You may have to drive a little further, or spend a little more, but the return on our community investment can outweigh the inconvenience.

Vote with your dollars

In his book, Powernomics, Dr. Claude Anderson discusses the link between group economics and politics. Politicians have the power to write economic zones into policy, giving the protection of law to Black operations and economic zones.

Put politicians and councilmen on notice: either take care of Black dollars, or we will take away your dollars. It worked in Ferguson, it can work anywhere.

Create Trust Funds for your children OR an Endowment for an organization

A trust fund is assets belonging to a trust (an arrangement that allows a third party, or trustee, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries) held in a Black Bank (!) that can be distributed to your children. If you don’t have any children, or you wish to give your wealth to an organization after you ascend, use an endowment.

Endowments represent money or other financial assets that are donated to universities or colleges. The sole intention of the endowment is to invest it, so that the total asset value will yield an inflation-adjusted principal amount, along with additional income for further investments and supplementary expenditures. Typically, endowment funds follow a fairly strict policy allocation, which is a set of long-term guidelines that dictates the asset allocation that will yield the targeted return requirement without taking on too much risk. – Source

This is how we perpetuate group economics beyond our lifespans.

Fight for reparations

Some may not see reparations as practicing group economics, but if the TRILLIONS of dollars that have been given to other races, or that remains locked in the bank accounts of white nations (Belgium is still earning interest on the money made in the Congo under King Leopold III), were released back into our possession, that money could be used to regain control over the sources of production, land, and manufacturing. That alone could change our economic position for decades.

This article, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the best written cases for reparations. You owe it to him and to yourself to read it. His article will clarify your perspective on reparations once and for all. Click here to read the article.

Use “Gentrification” to our benefit-Top

One of my close associates was featured in this documentary that specifically addresses how we can use “gentrification” to our benefit. Watch and learn:

30 Ways You Can Practice Group Economics

Build a Cooperative –Top

A Cooperative is the professional title for a group of people working together for mutual benefit.  A cooperative business belongs to the people who use it – people who have organized to provide themselves with the goods and services they need, while making money at the same time. Member-owners meet regularly, present and hear reports on their business and investment activities, and hire General Managers to handle day-to-day affairs in their companies. Members invest in the businesses to provide capital for a strong and efficient operation,  and once the businesses start making money, the profits are returned to co-op members.

There are over 100 million people involved in 47,000 U.S. cooperatives that are in every sector of our economy. If they can do it, we can as well.  Read our article on the subject: Building a Black Cooperative Empire and then watch this video that breaks down how Cooperatives work:

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30 Ways You Can Practice Group Economics

Hire Blacks

In her book, The New Jim Crow (If you haven’t read it yet, leave this post and go buy it.) Michelle Alexander teaches us that one of the aims of this new era of mass incarceration is to prevent Blacks from entering the job market. By hiring your own people, you can give an opportunity to a member of the community that may not have had the chance to prove their talents in the job market.

While its not easy to train and retain employees, if you are willing to put forth the effort it will pay off in an expanding business and an overall improvement in the conditions of our people.

Study Economics-Top

This should go without saying, but if you don’t understand economics, you are less able to “come up” and make economics work for you. The fastest way to get up to speed is by reading the following two books. If you haven’t read these, now is the time to pick them up:

  • Powernomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America
  • Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice

Join or Create a Buying club

We have talked a lot about building a Black Consumer Cooperative, aka a buying club, The following FAQ was taken from How To Start A Buying Club.

Why should I start a buying club?

There are many different reasons why one would decide to start a buying club. The motives range from controlling food sources to saving money by buying in bulk. Others include wanting to help local farmers, minimizing a product’s carbon foot print or simply yearning to get closer to the food system. This is just a small list, and the reasons vary for each buying club. We’ll see how the answer to this question impacts decisions below.

What are the different models of organization?

While the concepts behind most buying clubs are similar, their structure can vary greatly. Some models include:

  • Owner Run – In this instance, a single owner would operate the buying club as a business. Any price markup or member fees would be profit for the owner. While there could be a few part time employees, more often than not this model is a one person show.
  • Member Only Club – This type of club is generally more exclusive, sometimes even imposing a member limit. The members would be the owner, and may choose to hire employees to run the group. Member fees and markup help cover the business overhead, but the goal is maximize savings for the members.
  • Worker Co-op – Like most worker co-ops, this buying club would be comprised of a group of members, each required to volunteer a set number of hours per month. Since no one is paid, the price markups and membership fees can be kept very low and while the group enjoys bulk discounts.
  • Farm Owned – Occasionally a farm will decide to sponsor a buying club. Some sell only their products while others will also place orders with other distributors. This type of club is great if you’re looking to establish a relationship with your local producers.

There are infinite variations on the above models, but these are the basic type of buying clubs currently operating. That is one of the best things about starting your own buying club, you can feel free to pick and choose elements from each model and create something that works best for your group.

Who else, besides me, wants to be in the buying club?

Depending on where you live, this could either be an easy or difficult task. In some communities, uttering the words ‘raw milk’ could set off a three hour discussion about micro-flora and the FDA. Conversely, some towns might require an equally long discussion to explain why we would want to buy directly from farmers versus supermarkets.

Either way, below are a few ways to gauge interest in your local area:

  • Farmer’s Market – At a local farmer’s market you’re bound to be surrounded by people who take food pretty seriously. From the farmers to the patrons, strike up a conversation with a few people and see how they react. Also, depending on the rules at your local market, you might even be able to set up a stand. Bring a sign, some quarter-sheet handouts and a have a notebook ready to collect e-mail addresses.
  • Local Produce Markets – People who frequent or work at a smaller produce market might have some interesting insight into the local food scene. At the very least, you might be able to get some information on potential distributors.
  • Internet – The ‘Community’ section of Craigslist.com could prove to be useful. Publish a post explaining your plans and ask people to send along emails if they’re interested. Another site that could be useful is Meetup.com. Start a meetup group surrounding food and see if anyone’s interesting. Even if you don’t have an actual meetup, the site’s discussion tools are pretty useful.
  • Cooperative Extension – No matter how successful the prior avenues are, a phone call or meeting with your local cooperative extension would most likely prove fruitful. These people deal in the agriculture and community on a daily basis, and are always a wealth of knowledge.

What type of product (food, seeds, vitamins) do we want to buy?

Most people assume a buying club would be associated with products normally found at a supermarket, but that’s not always the case. At the very least, it can be just the beginning of a buying club’s scope. For instance, in one buying club members got together and ordered a palate of glass gallon jars. These jars were great for storing the bulk items ordered through the club. In another instance, the same group bought several dozen fermentation crocks at wholesale price. Nothing prompts the purchase of ten pounds of cabbage like a three gallon crock.

The point being, you can start with local produce from a farmer in your area. You can buy seeds in bulk for your respective gardens in the winter. Or, you can even purchase an entire animal in the spring to be split among the club’s members. What ever product you decide to buy as a group, it will inform future choices, such as…

Who can we buy these types of products from?

There are several types of distribution to consider when forming a buying club. This decision will require the group to really focus on what it’s trying to accomplish. Cheaper food for members? Getting food closer to its source? Generating more profit for the producer? These points and many others all have pros and cons.

Once the goals of the group are determined, there are three tiers of producers:

  • National Distributor – There are several national distributors that work with buying clubs. The benefits include lower prices, greater range of products, order credit plans and organization. Some of the drawbacks are non-local product sources and greater transportation distances. Also, some companies require commercial loading zones for delivery, which is something we’ll talk about more later.
  • Local Distributor – The existence of a local distributor in your area isn’t guaranteed, but there is normally at least one handling fresh produce. The pros in this case are locally sourced product, generally smaller delivery vehicles and the possibility of forming a close relationship with the company. Downsides can include less formal delivery schedules, cash on delivery (COD) requirements and large inventory fluctuations.
  • Direct from Producer – Buying the product directly from the producer is an excellent choice if possible. Not every farmer/producer is willing to deal in small quantities typical for buying clubs, but if an agreement can be reached this can lead to excellent business relationships. The plus to this arrangement is freshness of product, intimate knowledge of its source and the potential to even have a say in the product types available. Potential pitfalls range from a lack of delivery options, payment prior to delivery and inventory instability.

How do we collect member orders?

There are many ways in which clubs gather and organize member orders and they vastly range in technical requirement. Some groups get together in one place and compile the order together. Others telephone and/or email orders to one point person who then creates the order.

In more recent years, clubs have began embracing the use of Internet for this job. There are several software based options for on-line ordering and some groups even use the collaborative power of shared Google Spreadsheets.

How often do we place an order?

This can depend on needs of the buying club and the inventory of distributors. Some clubs order as often as once a week, while others order monthly or even quarterly. One scheduling detail that can be very important is being consistent on what day the order is final. It could be every Wednesday, or the first Tuesday of every month. Whatever it may be, members often find it helpful if a system is established and followed.

Where do we receive deliveries and split bulk items?

This ultimately depends on several factors, including how many people there are in your buying club, how large your orders are and who you’re ordering from. If your club is small and the distributor can deliver it to a members house, a residential living room or garage can suffice. If the club is a bit larger and/or a national distributor required a commercial loading zone you may have to consider a larger venue. Such spaces include churches, grange halls, community centers and even unused commercial spaces for lease.

Collecting and Compiling Member Orders

Depending on the size of your club, this will vary. If you’re five to ten people, simply emailing or calling in orders to a single order compiler would suffice. However, if your group is larger, you might want to consider an Internet based tool. On the simpler side of things, you could use a Google Spreadsheet and share it with all of the members. It can be useful to have a dedicated member watching this spreadsheet, in case product names, prices or orders are entered incorrectly.

If your group continues to grow, and the spreadsheet begins to hit its limits, there are several on-line software options to help manage member ordering and order compilation. Click here to see these tools under our Tools & Resources page.

Submitting the Order

This task depends on which distributor(s) you’ve decided to deal with. In some instances, faxing or calling in your order is an option, mainly with small vendors. However, a bulk of distributors will either prefer or require the order to be submitted electronically. In this realm, it’s usually either via email or an on-line form.

For example, Frontier accepts orders through an on-line ordering tool. This tool is extremely handy in that as your enter products, it will indicate if said product is in stock, back-ordered, or sold out entirely.

If you’re submitting your order by email, vendors usually prefer a spreadsheet format of some sort. Some will provide the format, others are just happy to be getting it electronically. Both the aforementioned spreadsheets and software option help take a lot of the busywork out of preparing the order for submission.

Receiving the Goods

Again, this section is dependent on the distributor. That said, you’ll almost always have to have someone meet the delivery. Be it the vendors own truck or UPS, it’s helpful to have a member available during the drop-off time window. Beyond ensuring the safety of your club’s food, you might also need to pay the delivery driver.

If possible, having multiple members at drop-off will be best. These people can help cross check the delivered items with the invoice and quickly discover any damaged or sub par items. After the delivery is complete, this small team can help organize the order and move any perishables into refrigerators or freezers.

In some clubs, these members can also begin splitting or weighing some of the items. Over time, you’ll be able to determine which products are best to do right after delivery, such as meats and/or cheeses. This may drastically help the next step of the process.

Splitting the Goods

An important part of splitting the order is giving yourself the right amount of time. This will take a couple of tries to figure out the optimal time, and is also dependent on how large the order is. For the sake of this explanation, let’s say it will take two hours to split the order.

Before you do a split, its also important to have the proper tools for the job. If there are items like flour or vegetables, you’ll need glove, scoops, bags and scales. You’ll also need a good amount of pens and markers.

Beyond the tools, you’ll also have to prepare several copies of the ‘split sheets’. These sheets list out, by product, which members purchased said product and in what quantity. Again, the on-line software tools are extremely helpful in this task. Also, if you’re using a Google spreadsheet to order, there may be scripts available for you to create split sheets.

With tools and split sheets in hand, have your splitting team meet two hours and fifteen minutes before the club pickup time. Initially, set up one or two areas with scales for weighing items, if needed. Another task is to set up a box or bag for each member’s order. Often times these can be place on chairs to avoid constant bending over. Each of these boxes should also have either the member’s name on it or their receipt, or both. This will help avoid confusion once the distribution of items begins.

In most orders there are items that need to be weighed and bagged, while others can simply be placed in the member’s box (dry beans vs. dozen of eggs). Split the group into several teams, with some weighing and bagging and the others distributing the rest of the product. As the items are placed in their proper box, it can help to check that item off of the member’s receipt. Once all of the product has been split and distributed, it is a good idea to double check everyone’s box, making sure that all items on the receipt (that were delivered) are in the box. Now you’re ready for pickup.

Managing Pickup and Checkout

Member pickup can be an extremely social, fun time. That said, it’s also important that the process is organized as multiple business transactions will occur. The longevity of your buying club may depend on financial accuracy, especially in the beginning.

If you’ve opted to place each member’s order in a box, clearly marked with their name, the member shouldn’t have any issue finding their order. It can also help to put said boxes in alphabetical order. It is important to remind everyone that they should double check their order box with their receipt. This will help prevent any issue after they leave.

For checking out, you can have one or many people taking money. Sometimes it can help to have someone walking the line, reminding people the payment options, who to make checks out to and fielding questions. This way, once a member reaches a checkout station, they are as prepared as possible.

As mentioned before, it depends on the size of your club and your preference, but generally its a good idea to have an organized means of tracking who’s paid what? This will be invaluable in the reconciliation step, instead of trying to remember who paid with cash or a check hours or days after the fact.

Some things to keep track of are member name, amount paid, if that amount is paying for other items such as past orders or another members order. Keeping track of cash, check or credit is also helpful. If you are collecting checks, be sure to note the check number.

Once all orders have been picked up and each member checked out one final and important part is left, cleanup. Regardless of if you’re renting, borrowing or own your space, its imperative that there be people tasked with cleaning the space after pickup and checkout. If possible, its good to have these cleaners be someone other than splitters or checkout people, as those people are normally fairly tired by this point.

From there, the money must get to the person who will deposit it into the bank, and the final numbers must be shared with people in the club who’ll need them.

Reconciling the Order

This less communal step is very important to the fiscal health of your buying club. Here, you want to make sure that the amount of money that came in from your members roughly equals the amount you have paid, or will be paying the distributor. Some things to consider are products that weren’t delivered, broken or spoiled products and any price changes in products after the order was placed. There are a whole slew of other possible hang ups in the reconciliation process, but if the checkout process was organized and well recorded, it shouldn’t be anything insurmountable.

If there are any discrepancies, you’ll possibly have to contact the distributor and determine a solution and/or alter credits or debits on a member’s account. Like any business, you’ll have to determine your own threshold when dealing with losses.

Case study: The Ujamaa Food Coop Food Buying Club is a program of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Through this program, members of the club are able to purchase a wide variety of healthy foods, supplements, and household items at very discounted prices.

Every four weeks, members submit orders through our vendor, United Natural Foods (UNFI), which is the largest natural foods distributor in the United States. Each member receives a user name and password, with which they can log into the UNFI web site, browse products and choose items to order. Their orders are submitted electronically, and are delivered to the Detroit address of the food buying club.
UNFI has an extensive selection of items to choose from, including bulk beans, nuts, and grains, frozen and refrigerated items, cereals, vitamins and supplements, soaps and detergents, etc; anything available through popular local health food stores is available through UNFI, except for fresh produce which is supplied to the group by a farm.


Refer a Black business to someone else

Marketing a business is expensive and time consuming. Word of mouth has proven to be the most effective way of giving some shine to a Black business,  so actively and consciously make an effort to recommend and exceptional barber shop, restaurant, retailer, or service provider!

Use social media to re-share their content, and engage with others who use the products and services of a company that you like. If you own a business, let us know and we will give you some shine.

Share-A-Ride Ghetto taxi

Unless you live in a city like New York (with excellent public transit infrastructure), if you don’t have a car it can be hell getting around. Public transportation is filthy, crowded, and unreliable. Why not team up with someone in the community who may be unemployed but has a car?

If you are the driver, determine how much the trip would cost in gas using this site, and use that as a basis for charging your customer. Of course, you could do Uber or Lyft, but we are trying to practice group economics by providing a service to the community, earning, and spending our money among ourselves!

This is not a hard idea to put into practice, and judging from the success of both Uber (which made $213 Million in 2014) and Lyft (which made around the same) we could use a service like this. Use our Black Business Directory, or any other for that matter, to advertise your service!

Buy Black but sell to anyone

A self-explanatory statement, but create businesses that cater to everyone. Everyone eats Chinese food. You can find a German BMW in every inhabited country on Earth. Tommy Hilfiger hates Blacks, but will happily sell his clothing to them.

Improve your Financial IQ-Top

Financial IQ

Once you have started making money, the next step is to learn to properly manage it and use it to make more of it. This is not step one, nor should learning about money take the place of action. There are 5 key areas that you should become familiar with:

  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Personal Finance
  • Business Systems
  • and Banking

Understanding these areas will help you maximize the money that you are able to make and keep. Subscribe to this site for articles and resources on these subjects written by members of the community that work in these sectors.

Hustle and Persistence

Being Black and “in business” doesn’t mean you will succeed. Nobody owes you anything. Money is hard to come by, particularly in the Black community. To get customers to part with their hard earned dollars, you will need a heavy dose of hustle, business savvy, and a willingness to over-deliver.

Entrepreneurship is hard work. If you’re not struggling then you’re not operating at a high enough level.  From the moment you get up to the moment you go to bed, you want to be over-scheduled and HUSTLING.

There will be setbacks. Blood will be drawn. Friends and family will set you up for failure. Maybe even steal or destroy your ideas. Things will break down. That’s the fog of war. If you cant persist through challenges (and there WILL be challenges) you don’t deserve survival. In this world, only the strong survive. This is a harsh truth, but truth nonetheless.


Posted on November 9, 2015 By Staff With 2 comments

Top 10 U.S. Cities for African American Economic Success



The recession was hard on everyone, but particularly harsh on African Americans. While the median income among whites fell 11 percent during the recession years, the decline was worse among blacks — 31 percent. But the good news is that, although success varies across the country for blacks, these 10 cities are reported by Forbes to offer the best opportunities for economic success.

Top 10 U.S. Cities for African American Economic Success

  1. Atlanta, Georgia – a population growth of 49.9 percent from 2000-2013 and over 46 percent home ownership rate makes Atlanta the number one city for economic success.
  2. Raleigh, North Carolina – Raleigh’s population grew 55.9 percent in 13 years and also has a high home ownership rate of 46.7 percent.
  3. Washington, D.C. – has two factors in its favor: a high median income of $64,896, and almost half are home owners — 49.2 percent.
  4. Baltimore, Maryland – this city has had its share of problems, but it still boasts a healthy median income of $47,898 and home ownership rate of 46.2 percent.
  5. Charlotte, North Carolina – Charlotte’s population has grown almost 15 percent over the last 13 years and has a strong home ownership rate of almost 44 percent.
  6. Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Virginia – a large population growth of 34.6 percent, healthy median income of $40,677, and 43.8 percent home ownership make this city number 6 on the list.
  7. Orlando, Florida – Orlando’s population grew a whopping 58.9 percent in the last 13 years, offering much opportunity for economic success.
  8. Miami, Florida – this popular Florida spot has much to offer, including population growth and strong home ownership rates.
  9. Richmond, Virginia – has one of the highest home ownership rates at 47.8 percent, and 12.7 percent are self-employed.
  10. San Antonio, Texas – a median household income of $41,681 and strong population growth of 43.3 percent made San Antonio among the top 10.

These cities represent increasing median household incomes, large percentages of people owning their own homes, and growing populations — all of which are positive factors for African Americans as well as other business entrepreneurs to experience economic success.

Top 10 U.S. Cities for African American Economic Success

Read more by visiting www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2015/01/15/the-cities-where-african-americans-are-doing-the-best-economically/

Posted on October 28, 2015 By Staff With 0 comments



By: James Clingman

When you die, what will you leave behind, bills or benefits?

That’s the main question posed by the upcoming documentary film by Atlanta videographer and filmmaker, Ric Mathis. The question is applicable on a personal and collective level, and one each of us should honestly answer. Mathis has captured the essence of that question, as well as the practical solutions to the frivolous Black spending phenomenon, in his upcoming film, Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave? He transposed all the Black Friday rhetoric into appropriate action, not only for that day, but throughout the entire year and for the rest of our lives.

Topics of discussion in the film include negative spending habits, introduction of financial literacy to our youth, and the absence of support for African-American owned businesses by Black consumers.

“Black Friday is the Noah’s Ark of Economics, if you are not up on this you risk drowning in a sea of debt,” says Mathis.

After discovering the alarming imbalance of Black spending compared to economic growth within the Black community, Mathis used his videography expertise to educate and stimulate appropriate behavioral change with his film. He lays out the deficit-based economic model by which most of our people are living, and then presents an asset-based model for which we must strive.

As I stated on Montoya Smith’s Atlanta radio show, Mental Dialogue, considering the fact that Black Friday has saturated our mental tablets to the point of becoming just another cute phrase with no substance, writing and even doing a film on the subject of Black Friday is tantamount to trying to find a new angle to sell a bag of ice.

Even though I heeded the calls for blackouts and stayed home on that day, my response has always been that blackouts would not really make a difference unless we implemented a long term strategy that directed the dollars we withdraw back to ourselves and our own businesses. It’s not just about what not to do— it’s more about what to do.

Mathis deals with my contention in a positive manner by covering the short term and the long term repercussions of our withdrawal and recycling of Black dollars in his film. It’s not just about Black Friday itself or the few days preceding and following Black Friday. Rather, it captures the various aspects of a successful economic empowering strategy, beginning with an introspective question each of us can answer, and then building a foundation of information regarding frivolous spending, economic literacy, saving, investing, business development and support, cooperative and collective economics. Mathis caps it all off with practical solutions to stop the bleeding and reverse our trade deficit with other groups in this country.

Explores the Validity of ‘Black Friday’ Protests with His Insightful Documentary

The term Black Friday did not emanate from Black people. After several iterations of the term as far back as 1961, it has been promoted as a positive reality of businesses reaping huge profits not only from Black consumers but from all consumers. Although quite apropos when it comes to the Black consumer, vis-à-vis our penchant for spending our money on everything anyone else makes, the term “Black Friday” does not have to be our reality, which is the basic message from the film. We deserve what we accept, and we must stop accepting the self-deprecating images and self-defeating characterizations attributed to Black people as it pertains to our economic interests. Our economic imperative must be rooted in the reality of our relative economic position in this country.

Many of the stories we read on social media are centered on Black athletes and entertainers who spend tremendous sums of money on material things and/or waste it in clubs on liquor and strippers. We read about robberies and murders by young people who want a certain pair of shoes or a jacket—and the latest craze—young girls are stealing hair!

Except for Black Enterprise Magazine and a few other Black-owned print media, the stories about Black entrepreneurs and others who are doing great things in the economic arena are buried, if they are in print at all. So who bears the responsibility of changing that reality? A long time ago I wrote, “The answer to media bias is ‘media by us’.” Ric Mathis has answered that call of responsibility, and I dare say obligation, to produce a video that will not only enlighten us but also move us to action—move us to take responsibility for the financial resources with which we have been blessed.

As we reflect on our answers to Black Friday’s questions, let us also ponder our economic condition and then commit to making appropriate change toward true economic empowerment for Black people.

For more information visit TheFilmBlackFriday.com.

Explores the Validity of ‘Black Friday’ Protests with His Insightful Documentary


Posted on October 25, 2015 By Staff With 0 comments



“Our mission at Buy Black Economic Investment Group (BBEIG) is to provide valuable educational experiences that promote and sustain interest in investment portfolios. Through the acquisition of resources, continuous education, sharing of information, and hands-on experiences, members will develop meaningful relationships with the financial community aimed at building economic stability. Managing real dollar investments, members learn about important aspects of finance and investing with a long-term perspective, while developing strong leadership skills.

The primary aspiration of BBEIG is to increase the financial knowledge and wealth of our members, building a body of interested individuals who are committed to creating economic prosperity, social integrity, and accountability for the group and facilitate rebuilding the Black community.”
BBE Investment Group, LLC, is a strategic global asset management. Our company is built around an investment approach we describe as the backbone of black communities.  Our unique investment process is focused on outcome-based results that may be aligned with your personal investment goals. BBEIG is “the Asset Manager with Black People & Community in Mind,” clearly communicating the rationale for each trading decision with you and your financial adviser.

With a minimum investment of $35 per month, you too can invest in businesses, IPO’s, stocks & much more…, but you must join us!  BBEIG is a group of fewer than 100 people who meet for investing; we meet periodically to make investment decisions as a group through a voting process, recording of minutes, or gather information and perform investment transactions as a group.

So, if we’ve piqued your interest and you’d like to get the skinny on what it takes to join/take part in an investment club/group; you’re in the right place. There is some commitment involved to join BBEIG, but if you follow these easy steps, you will be on your way to joining the largest investment group in no time!

First, register for the next webinar. We meet the 1st Monday of every month. Or visit our website to contact us http://bbeinvestmentgroup.com/. 

Posted on September 24, 2015 By Staff




A complete year has passed since we began #EachAndEveryFriday; a grassroots campaign boycotting and buying from Black Owned Businesses only each & every Friday.  Ending with over 80,000 black households participating, I’m proud to say that we’ve recycled over $120 million & and over a $200 million economic impact (that we can account for)! Congratulations to all who put this Cause over their conveniences. We are just steps closer to creating the economic infrastructure necessary for our culture to operate, hire, and build on its own. The following are estimates of our 1st Annual economic boycotting efforts of #EachAndEveryFriday:


Time Period: September 8th, 2014 – September 8th, 2015

Total Facebook participants: 87,700+

Total Official Boycott Days: 53

Minimum Amount of Participation: $20

Minimum Revenue recycled back to our Culture: $123.2 million!

Minimum Economic Impact: $200.6 million!


In analyzing these figures, here’s some important lessons to we learned:

  1. Look how such a small dedication yielded huge results!

87,700+ (58,000+ from main BlackOut pages & 29,000+ from various affiliate groups) confirmed spending a minimum of $20 per boycott day (53 days officially). In that analysis, our online family alone has made an $200 million minimum economic impact (millions away from other cultures and millions back into our culture’s economy) in our first full year!


  1. Signs of growth are already present!

There were literally over a thousand of businesses, organizations, community groups, and other entities that are beginning to receive uncounted revenue, donations, investment, client referrals and volunteer assistance from one another as well. Many are also using our leverage here to tackle larger projects to fulfill our needs for economic infrastructure by 2020!





  1. It’s not a trend but a lifestyle!

The majority of our boycotters also patronize more than one day a week, making the “$20 per boycotter weekly participation” figure very much a minimum figure. This means that our people are putting their money where their mouth is; not just a “pro-black” trend but a lifestyle change in their spending habits and their effect on our culture’s economic cycle!


  1. The elephant in the room is being addressed!

As of yet, we have no accurate way to determine the untold sum who participate offline. But we can estimate our potential reach and influence with the numbers we have. For example, the average black family size is about 2.74 per (us census). If we times that by the average friend group size (Dunbar’s number) is 150, each of our 87,700 also has an influential reach of 36.05 million; which is over  80% of U.S.’s black population. What this means is we already have ample amount of networking in the grass roots/social media arenas to make our economic activity grow into the international standard it deserves to be!


  1. Many are asking “What’s Next?”

Offline activities in various communities are being planned and implemented (cash mobs, specific cultural projects and protests, community gardens, community events, business mixers, etc.). There are also many partnering factions of our economic revolution who also assist in our regional activities on the ground. New campaigns are forming as well; #BBEFiveDollarChallenge is now this year’s goals to build savings towards the time to come! Many are also opening accounts with black owned banks and starting businesses and institutions with our people in mind. There are also groups working on creating a complimentary currency to employ, trade, invest, & finance our own developments.


The vision for 2020 is to have our black dollars recycling at a minimum of 20% of discretionary income by 2020 (NOTE: If you’re already boycotting #eachandeveryfriday, you’re already more than half way there!).  At that economic recycling level, we’d have enough economic resources & capabilities to buy/sell to one another virtually any product, anytime, anywhere; all while providing employment and ownership.




Family, be of good courage!

Power is in the Love and Action for one another; not the circumstances and reaction for others! Because when the circumstances and reactions fade, those rooted in then fade right along with it! We’re creating the demand necessary to build real economic infrastructure that ….

– Gives black retailers the leverage to become black Distributors and Suppliers; hiring our people by the hundreds and thousands!

– Empowers black entrepreneurs to create new businesses and long term employment for our people!

– Engages our people to form Co-Ops and CDCs to possess Both Ownership & Accountability for our communities!


And we’re just getting started! So, when you see anyone talking black empowerment, tell them to put their money where their mouth is!



Rashad H. Elliott

EVP, Black Tie Business Solutions, Inc.







BLACKOUT International Boycott  was such a huge success! [WATCH THIS VIDEO] http://blackoutcoalition.org/blackout-a-huge-success-black-businesses-report-an-increase-in-sales-nationwide/

The ball is rolling and it can’t be stopped! We kept the momentum going #eachandeveryfriday.

Continue to invite and share with others! Go to the website for business directories & local resourceshttp://eachandeveryfriday.com/

Join the largest Economic MOVEMENT OF OUR TIME! @buyblackeconomics.com

We must continue to fight for our rights! The only thing that people respect is our ability to alter their way of doing business. Please join & share.


ConyersBbnomics recently discovered The Purse Paparazzi on our quest to find more black businesses and….. we’re pleased! Yes! We know you dread spending your hard earned money with brands that could care less what happens in our community, so this for us is an excellent find. It’s definitely worth our time to support a couple taking this industry by storm! BBnomics looks at this couple and see opportunity for growth.

…And we’d like to highlight that The Purse Paparazzi recently won $10,000 in a business pitch competition and plan to use the money to obtain the Delta Sigma Theta License as well as launch their custom clutch line for breast cancer survivors and supporters.

And what really put the Purse Paparazzi on the map is their custom clutches for sororities.11802662_10101312036909628_7873669726721677747_o

See the pictures below! The $10K they won from the business pitch competition we will use to the Delta Sigma Theta Inc. License. Currently they are licensed to produce products for Alpha Kappa Alpha Soroirty Inc. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. 

Quinn said,  “Also in October we will launch our Clutches for Clause clutches which 10% of all profits will go to the Susan G. Komen FOundation of MD. We have already designed 1 clutch for survivors and 1 for supporters. ” 

Women love our custom magazine clutch designs!


GO Sorors!!! Let’s support Black Businesses!  


As I sit and chat with Quinn, she shared some great insight about their family business…

What type of business is The Purse Paparazzi?

Women love handbags and our unique twist on the magazine clutch helps us stand out from competitors.

What is your background? Education, Work Experience:

My background is Sales/Marketing. I hold a Bachelors Degree From West Chester University and a Masters from Howard University. My business partners background is in Sales/Retail. He earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from Coppin State University.

Can you give me description of The Purse Paparazzi? How long have you been in business? 

The Purse Paparazzi is a chic and edgy bag business specializing in custom magazine clutches for women organizations and fashionable handbags, purses and clutches any special occasion. 

How did you get started in this business?

My business partner/husband was originally selling bags, t-shirts and jeans. After about a year of dating I joined him and we exclusively focused on selling the bags. We became licensed, created a website  and began to host purse parties to expand.

How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business?

Trial and error was our true teacher but we also attended workshops and seminars to grow.

Do you know who your competitors are? How do you market your business? How are people aware of your business?

Our competitors are other bags businesses who have price points under $100. Currently we market our business using facebook ads and we do a lot of vending and tradeshows. We also have a newsletter with almost 2,000 subscribers. Lastly we are present or have an active page on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

In the next five years? The next ten years?

In the next 5 to 10 years I see the Purse Paparazzi solely focusing on custom clutches for women organizations, creating bags for women conferences and obtaining the NFL license to product sports team inspired magazine style clutches.

Do you plan to compete in the global market place? If yes, how? If no, why not?

We are already global having sales outside the U.S. and a website that can reach the masses.

How has technology, such as computers and the internet, impacted on how you conduct business?

Our business is based on three things, E-commerece, Events and an Experience. E-commerce  is how we make 60% of our income when we are not vending or doing a trade show. The internet or online sales is an essential piece of sales strategy.

Whom do you seek advice from for your business?

We have several mentors who help us with the business.

Do you have employees? How many?

We are a husband and wife team!

Can you describe your customers?

The bulk of our customers are women who belong to an organization or associate with a group of women who share a common interest.

Why do your customers select you over your competitors?

Customers select us because we customize our magazine clutches around a group there are a member of or  a cause they associate with.

More information about the Purse Paparazzi visit www.ThePursePaparazzi.com



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Posted on August 8, 2015 By Staff


 Black Community dream crushed! 

Soul City advertisementSoul City advertisement in the June 1977 issue of Black EnterpriseSoul City, a small town located one mile off U.S. 1 between Warrenton and Manson in Warren County, is a symbol of black economic aspiration fueled by the civil rights gains of the 1960s and 1970s. McKissick Enterprises, headed by civil rights activist Floyd B. McKissick (1922-91), financed the development of an African American community mainly with federal loan guarantees, grants, and contracts totaling $31 million from 1971 to 1978. With completion of the infrastructure, including a water treatment plant, hope abounded for the community’s success. However, job-creating industries did not come, and housing construction dragged. The developer also faced damaging federal audits and political opposition, eventually defaulting in 1980.


220px-Soul_City_entranceAlthough the federal government foreclosed on the Soul City project, the community continued to grow. In the mid-1980s the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation gave a grant of $20,000 to renovate the historic Green Duke House and turn it into a Jobs Link Center. By the early 2000s Soul City was a 5,000-acre development with a few hundred occupants and assets that included a fire station, a janitorial supplies manufacturer, a poultry-processing plant, the Healthco Clinic, the Floyd McKissick Assisted Living Center, a Head Start preschool center, and recreational facilities.


  • floydFloyd McKissick  –

  • Floyd Bixler McKissick was born in Asheville, North Carolina on March 9, 1922. He became the first African-American student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Law School.Wikipedia
  • Died: April 28, 1991


References:Jason Alston, “Soul City’s Dream Is Unfulfilled, but Not Dead,” Durham Herald-Sun, 30 Aug. 2003.Osha Gray Davidson, The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South (1996).Floyd B. McKissick, Three-Fifths of a Man (1969).

Additional resources:

Articles in NC LIVE

Image Credit:

Soul City advertisement originally appeared in the June 1977 issue of Black Enterprise. Accessed via Google Books, January 2014.


North Carolina History Project http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/encyclopedia/462/entry/

Posted on August 8, 2015 By Staff


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Economic freedom is the most essential route to greater opportunities and good standard of living for all in any society.

It is the freedom to select how to create, market, as well as use your own resources, while respecting others’ rights to reciprocate. In simple principle, economic freedom is an engine that drives success and prosperity worldwide and is the distinction between why some societies thrive while others do not.

It is the freedom to flourish and prosper within a nation without intervention from a government or financial authority. People are free to safeguard and protect their human resources, labor and personal property. The practice of economic freedom is common among capitalist states and it involves integrating various other constitutional and human rights to its operation in order to be economically free.


Importance of Economic Freedom


We cannot over emphasize the importance of economic freedom. It influences all aspect of a man’s life and his environment. When you live in a nation with a high level of economic freedom, it means you will earn higher income or pay, revenues and salaries. There is high reduction in unemployment rate, reduces hardship, brings about higher life expectancies and a conducive atmosphere to operate and live in. It brings about increase in the level of food security and security of individual life and properties.


How is economic freedom measured?


Indexes of how economic freedom is measured are found in Heritage and Fraser foundation to track economic freedom in the world. The Fraser Institute’s annual report, the Heritage Foundation’s annual report, the Economic Freedom of the World report, is produced in collaboration with Florida State University and Southern Methodist University, and also it evaluates five sub-components to gauge a nation’s degree of economic freedom.

These sub-components include the worth of the government based on income, expenditures and taxes; its legal framework and its protection of the rights to property of individuals; accessibility to money; freedom to move and trade internationally; and regulation of credit, business, and production factors – Land, Labor, Capital, and Entrepreneurship & Wealth.

How it works


In any economically free economy, citizens are free to do their business without interference from the government. It reduces inequalities in three prominent ways:

*It increases the rate of employment as well as enhances earnings flexibility: As economic freedom increases, there is increase in employment opportunities and a decrease in unemployment level, helps in the generation of higher revenue mobilization.

*It raises wide range of opportunities: That economic freedom brings about economic growth is essential. Growth typically brings more opportunity and a much better standard of living for everyone in any economy.

*It reduces corruption: Most people get their income from the jobs they do. However, in countries with high levels of corruption people closely related to corrupt officials could use these connections to get favors from them. These connections can help them get some benefits or unique and special treatment that others could not have access. Corruption is a bad disease and takes good things away, wastes limited sources and lowers the level of economic freedom in any society.

The impact of economic freedom on inequality is merely this: one of the most financially cost-free nations is also some of the equal. A nation cannot be referred to as economically free if it does not allow its citizens to operate in an atmosphere free from its interference and free from the introduction of some limiting economic policies.

business200x300-200x300What should we do to obtain it? 

Economic freedom, not “economic equality” must be our goal.  Equality requires measurement; it requires the party seeking equality, by default, to elevate someone else and seek his standard and his approval.  It also requires an effort to be accepted by the party to which one aspires.  It makes little sense to get into that game because every time we reach that standard it can—and will be changed to an even higher standard.

Economic freedom is the clarion call in years past and now.  Many have propagated that message and we have yet to heed it in a collective manner since we lost our minds over politics in 1965.  Economic freedom means setting our own standards, and not having to meet those set by others.  Economic freedom means the ability and willingness, and dare I say eagerness, to create jobs for our children.

Economic freedom means that we have multiple streams of income that can, of course, empower us individually and then empower us collectively.  Economic freedom means producing, manufacturing, and distributing; it means owning natural resources to whatever extent possible and vertically integrating our businesses.

Economic freedom, as Claud Anderson advocates, means aggregating our dollars and utilizing them to our own advantage rather than some else’s.  Economic freedom means what Pastor Jonathan Weaver and the Collective Empowerment Group are doing: leveraging the large number of church members and their spending capacity, and obtaining reciprocity from the marketplace.   Economic freedom means, as S.B. Fuller and Malcolm X said, “Control.”

The new black economy is the transition
from mostly a service-based economy to a
manufacturing, distribution and
retail-based economy.

Are you ready to achieve this? Join the movement @ buyblackeconomics.com  

Lynn – Creator of BuyBlackEconomics & BBNomics Crowdfunding Site. Pres. BBEIC Economic muscle & brain behind — I’m on a mission!


Posted on August 5, 2015 By Staff


We took some of the key complaints we hear about black businesses and decided to showcase some of the VERY best customer service submissions, by real people who supported them.

1. “Customer service is terrible with black-owned businesses.”

2. “The prices of black-owned businesses are higher than at other firms.”

3. “There aren’t any black products that I really want to buy.”

The assumption that all black-owned businesses are inferior is a false. There are many that are doing extraordinary things. These businesses should not be overlooked. A change in self-perception is needed in order for us to thrive in this global environment.

Here are our the top 5 black businesses that made the list:




Simply Wholesome – Simply Wholesome

Health Food Store

4508 West Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043

A. Clark – “Not only is the service remarkable, but they do so much in the community.”



Cami Cakes – Cami Cakes


2221 Peachtree Rd NE , Ste B ,Atlanta, GA 30309

R. Nelsontoyou – They’re ingredients are real very natural. They are polite and fair priced. They close a bit early but if you call and are a regular customer they will stay open for you.


Before The Vows Inc. – Before The Vows Inc

Wedding Store

185 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Z. H. Wigglesworth – The owner, Helene Davis and her staff made my child’s christening a wonderful, professional and joyful occasion. The one of a kind black angel sculptures were the absolutely the most creative and authentic pieces I’ve ever seen. The catered affair provided many delectable delights for the palette. Overall Before the Vows was the most affordable, customer friendly and talented event planner I could have chosen.


Steps by Stephen – Steps by Stephen



A. Flowers – I nominate Steps by Stephens! Found them a while back looking for black sneaker designers. The shoes are stylish/casual & comfortable. I also like that according to their mission statement they give a meal for every shoe sold.


3041North – 3041North

Social Club

3041 W North Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

D.  Z. Macon – 3041North because it offers something that no other venue in the city and that is live entertainment for older adults (jazz and blues music). This is not a bar, but instead a club where members are able to bring entertainment and other venues that interests them.


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Posted on June 25, 2015 By Staff




When most people think of growing affluent communities in North Texas, Frisco, Flower Mound and Southlake come to mind; DeSoto should also come to mind.

The southern Dallas County community has grown from 15,000 residents in the 1980’s to more than 50,000 people who now call the city home.

Taj Clayton is a partner in the law firm Fish and Richardson and his wife Tonika is a vice president at an education technology company. With their pick of places to raise their two daughters and son, they chose DeSoto.

“DeSoto, for our perspective, was the best place to live, ” Taj Clayton said. “It was just a hidden gem that a lot of people didn’t know about. There are beautiful hills, undulating landscapes, incredible parks. I feel fortunate to live on a golf course.”

According to the U.S. Census, 55.3 percent of businesses in DeSoto are owned by black or African-American people.

Did you read it? Yes, 55.3% of the businesses in Desoto, Texas are Black Owned. :D

Tochi Osuji moved her business, My Choice Spa and Wellness Lounge, to DeSoto a year ago. It’s located next door to her husband’s medical practice.

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Zillow – House For Sale

Source: Affluent Black Texas


Posted on May 25, 2015 By Staff With 1 comment



Business can be a huge driver of change around the world, but it has to be the right kind of business, run the right way.

How do you profitably sell to a customer who earns less than $2 per day?

It is probably the most daunting business question in the world. As well as the most important, because that’s the earning power of nearly one third of humanity, the 2 billion people at the so-called “base of the pyramid.”

Business can be the great engine that lifts billions out of poverty, but it needs to be a new kind of values-driven business.
The challenge is immense. The typical base-of-pyramid customer lives in a remote rural village, in a cramped hut with no clean running water, electricity, or indoor toilet. The household is typically illiterate, unreachable by traditional marketing channels, has no savings or access to affordable credit, and is dangerously vulnerable at any moment to disease, injury, or natural disaster.


Hire individuals with the entrepreneurialism and drive to create change on the ground. You can’t solve the problems of the “last mile” from a headquarters in Washington. It takes local entrepreneurs, empowered to adapt swiftly to the nuances of local markets, to succeed.


Social entrepreneurs don’t just want to make more sales, they want to change a whole system. That means thinking about how to turn your product or idea into a movement, so that the impact can go far beyond what one organization is doing.

Jordan Kassalow understands this. Kassalow is the founder of VisionSpring, a social enterprise which has sold more than 1.6 million affordable eye-glasses to low-income visually impaired people in India, and is en route to doubling that within two years.

You have to be dedicated to a cause. It’s mission, not money, which is the great motivator of people.
Kassalow stepped down as CEO of VisionSpring last year to focus on building a global movement for affordable eye care.

“We realized after we had sold our first million eyeglasses that VisionSpring alone wasn’t going to make a dent on the problem,” says Kassalow. “There are 700 million visually impaired people in the developing world whose lives are blighted by lack of something as simple as a pair of eyeglasses. We’ve proven that access to affordable eye care is one of the best ways to impact lives. If we can make vision part of the global development agenda, we have a real chance of reaching those 700 million people.”


Social entrepreneurs actively welcome competition. It means there are more people trying to solve the problem.

In the hands of the right entrepreneur, price itself can become a weapon in the battle to scale impact. No one does this better than David Green, founder of multiple medical programs and device companies that provide radically lower cost products and services for low-income people. In the early ’90s, when Aurolab, a company that Green founded, first began selling intraocular lenses for cataract surgery, the market price for such lenses was $300. Green’s company began selling them at $10, profitably.

“Our competitors were making huge margins on their products, and locking out the low-income markets that couldn’t afford them,” says Green. “After we began showing that you could sell at $10 and that there was a profitable market serving the great unmet need, other new entrants got into the act, making lenses that were competitive on both price and quality.”

Price competition eventually drove down Aurolab pricing from $10 to $2. As a result of this price competitive industry in eye care, cataract surgeries in India increased more than five-fold over the ensuing decade. Today, Aurolab sells over 2 million lenses annually with approximately 9% of the global market share.


If you really want to succeed in the toughest market on Earth, you need more than a sales plan and a profit motive–you need a mission.

People who are in this just for the money “simply won’t last the course,” says Greg Van Kirk, founder of Community Enterprise Solutions, which creates sales networks employing hundreds of women entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean in order to facilitate access to vital technologies in isolated communities.

“You have to be dedicated to a cause. It’s mission, not money, which is the great motivator of people.”


David Green calls this Empathetic Capitalism. “Business can be the great engine that lifts billions out of poverty, but it needs to be a new kind of values-driven business, where profit is the enabler, but not the sole motive. We’re demonstrating that companies can succeed which seek to serve as many customers as possible, while covering their costs, rather than maximizing profit for its own sake.”

These entrepreneurs are showing that mission-driven business can improve the lives of the world’s bottom billion. As one participant put it, “wouldn’t it be great if ‘billionaire’ was re-defined to mean someone who had improved 1 billion lives?”


Posted on March 5, 2015 By Staff




“…we’ve got to strengthen black institutions. I call upon you to take your money out of the banks downtown and deposit your money in Tri-State Bank. We want a “bank-in” movement in Memphis. Go by the savings and loan association. I’m not asking you something that we don’t do ourselves at SCLC. Judge Hooks and others will tell you that we have an account here in the savings and loan association from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

We are telling you to follow what we are doing. Put your money there. You have six or seven black insurance companies here in the city of Memphis. Take out your insurance there. We want to have an “insurance-in.”

Now these are some practical things that we can do. We begin the process of building a greater economic base. And at the same time, we are putting pressure where it really hurts. I ask you to follow through here.

Now, let me say as I move to my conclusion that we’ve got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end.

Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis. We’ve got to see it through. And when we have our march, you need to be there. If it means leaving work, if it means leaving school — be there. Be concerned about your brother. You may not be on strike. But either we go up together, or we go down together.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on January 2, 2015 By Staff With 0 comments


In a beautiful display of the diversity and creativity of Black women, Lucette Jefferson compiled a  list of 36 Black-owned Etsy stores.   Even though it originated over at Huffington Puffington, the list was too good to pass up because the list is comprised of some amazingly talented Black women (and men). While Lucette got the list going, the comments section exploded with even more links.

Turns out there is a group called Etsy Artists of Color( EAOC) the also have their own EAOC blog and they have at least 800 Etsy Artists of Color in the group. I’m inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and beauty.


  1. that Artista – LOVE! The artist is Philece, she lives in Atlanta and she has a sale going on today. 
  2. Dope Crochet – Crocheted accessories
  3. Shevon Gant Ceramics– Handmade pottery.
  4. A Holey Moley Lyfe:Stud earrings
  5. Azuha: Handmade Crochet Accessories & Semi Precious Stone Jewelry
  6. lkdKids: Children’s accessories From crib quilts to onesies to dolls.
  7. LifeOrganics: All Natural Skin and Hair Care Products
  8. Three Little Birds Tees – T-shirts with a positive message.
  9. Au Naturel Diva: Natural Hair apparel- yes, I’m going to buy a bucket load of these.
  10. Haute & Low
  11. AfriqueLaChic:Jewlry and natural hair accesories
  12. Indigofera – Real Plant Based Hair Care
  13. De-Mes’tiks New York
  14. By EA: vegan knitwear and accesories by Elizabeth Antoinette –Didn’t know this existed. 
  15. BoutiqueDeBandeaux – Thick, Curly, & Natural Hair Accessories!
  16. QuellyRue Designs -handmade tote bags, hair accessories, African jewelry, contemporary jewelry, crocheted hats and scarves, brooches, tech accessories and more.
  17. Diggs Design Studio – Art Prints, Note Cards and Necklaces
  18. Calabash Creations – an eclectic mix of handmade cards, art, and gift items
  19. nlVibez: Crochet Garments, Accessories.
  20. Skinfolk – Mother Nature’s Raw and Exotic Fruit Body Butters
  21. 2 Chic Designs – Handbags, clutches, wristlets, accessories
  22. My Junky Trunk – Original Canvas Paintings, Prints, T-Shirts, & More!
  23. Onion
  24. Nzingah Designs
  25. Amani at Home – unique pillows are inspired by African cultures mixing traditional with modernism.
  26. Urban Heirlooms – Leather Bags & Accessories Featuring Antique Keys
  27. Marcus Kwame – Prints
  28. Yes Lioness – Original Paintings & Illustrations, T-shirts, Journals, Keepsake boxes, Cards
  29. Brown Butter Beauty – Natural Hair & Body Products
  30. Beija-Flor Naturals – Organic skin care and natural hair products
  31. PEACE IMAGES – Jewelry
  32. thepairabirds – Amazing prints by artist Tabitha Bianca Brown.
  33. Primrose Press – Eco-friendly letterpress stationery that connects sender and recipient in more meaningful and personal way than everyday electronic correspondence.
  34. Flowers From Fatima – Flower Hair Clips and Accessories for All Occasions
  35. Junkprints – Clothing, Accessories, Art and General Dopeness
  36. Shadra Strickland Illustration
  37. Mangobeat  –  Natural Amplifier & Speaker for Cell Phone, No Electricity – Battery – Plug-In – Mangobeat Large
  38. Embrace Desires –  Embracedesires.com’s unique lines of sensual and sophisticated items are carefully selected to inspire wondrous occasions and memories.
  39. Well this list keeps growing because folks are shouting out their etsy stores  in the comments section. So Why stop.
  1. http://www.etsy.com/shop/SassyEars?ref=search_shop_redirect
  2. There are several African American Quilters on Etzy, such as Aisha Lumumba,http://www.etsy.com/shop/obaquilts, and O.V Brantley,http://www.etsy.com/shop/OVBrantleyQuilts.
  3. My shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyJewelryThings is Black Owned.
  4. Please check out Kedul jewelry supply Etsy shop.. Happy Creativity!http://www.etsy.com/people/KedulKreation?ref=pr_profile
  5. Save 10% storewide at JenSan Home and Body now through Cyber Monday.https://www.etsy.com/shop/JenSanHomeAndBody?shopname=JenSanHomeAndBody
  6. This list is awesome! For exquisite, handmade leather journals crafted from reclaimed and repurposed leather, check out this black owned business: www.etsy.com/shop/artfuladdie
    Order this weekend and get free shipping by using the coupon code ARTFULLY2
  7. Thank you :-)
  8. My shop, www.etsy.com/shop/brooklynbydesign, is Black Owned. Thanks so much for this post!
  9. Use code BLACKFRIDAY20 to get 20% off of your order at http://jazjewelz.etsy.com
  10. My shop is black owned. I just opened it approximately 5 days ago.I make and sell dolls and quilts. Checkout http://www.etsy.com/shop/JYCCRAFTS. Thanks
    My shop of Spiritual Gemstone Energy Jewelry is Black Owned …
    Please visit my shop and like me on facebook ;-)
  11. http://www.etsy.com/shop/KaiaCouture
  1. This is my shop … it is Black Owned ;-)
  2. http://www.etsy.com/shop/SimonesBoutique
  3. Hello, I collect African trade beads and make jewelry, my shop on Etsy is Simone’s Boutique. I also sell my jewelry at various community events and festivals in the Sacramento and SF Bay Area. Save 15% off your purchase with code “SBLAUNCH” at checkout!
  4. don’t forget to add to the list – TLC Naturals on Etsy
  5. Another black-owned etsy store

Even if you aren’t in the mood to buy, you should definitely check out the pages, their products are works of art.

My name is Shante Kennedy and someone reached out to me and said to send an email to this address requesting to be added to a list of women’s online stores. My website is listed below and feel free to contact me should you need further information.  handmadebytay on Instagram

Posted on December 3, 2014 By Staff


Economic Challenge

Take the 30-Day Economic Challenge

In the next 30 Days, do something that you’ve never done before

  1. Take the 30-Day Economic Challenge

    1. Get a US Passport  —  Get a US Passport (DON’T DELAY)

    2. Open an investment account

    3. Learn to code

    4. Review your finances and make some adjustments.

    5. Travel to a different country, next stop Haiti?

    6. Raise money on a crowdfunding site, preferably BBNomics

    7. Travel to Silicon Valley and ask for venture capital to start your business

    8. Take a trip to Wall Street and kick down some doors

    9. Reach out to some Black Investment groups, kick down some doors.

    10. Mentor someone

    11. Invest in gold or platinum

    12. Start a Roth IRA

    13. Write your will

“Next year at this time, you will wish you would have”… PG



Posted on November 15, 2014 By Staff


 Economic Investment Tour in Haiti 

Re-Educate, Agitate and Organize 

Investment & Business Tour

Thursday, November 20th – 23rd, 2014


ENJOY 4 days and 3 nights

In the magnificent country called – HAITI!

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  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Transportation
  • Nightlife 
  • Investments and Tours.

We must meet in Ft. Lauderdale, FL no later then the morning of 11/20/14 to join the flight.  

Please keep this mind when booking your flight from your location to (FLL). 

  • We would like you to arrive at in (FLL) Ft. Lauderdale at least 3 to 4 hours in advance. 
  • We must check in 2 hours in advance. 
  • We (ALL of us) must clear customs.
  • Make sure you have your passport and another form of identification.

Here is the details below: (Space is limited)

Air Travel Departure:

Jet Blue

Outbound Travel: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) – Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP)

Date: Thursday, 20 November 2014

Flight: 1709

Depart: 1:11 pm

Arrive: 3:14 pm

Stops: 0

Air Travel Arrival:

Return Travel: Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP)-Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

Date: Sunday, 23 November 2014

Flight: 1510

Depart: 9:17 am

Arrive: 11:34 am

Stops: 0


Estinfil Guesthouse (Bed & Breakfast)


To and from airport and around the city


Tour of the site Haitian Revolution, Day at the beach Mulin Sur Mer, night, life and much more…


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (included)

Tours, Lectures & Presentations:

Doing Business in Haiti, Investment Tour and more…

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(Taking Donations)

We are sponsoring an orphanage COBBA (Centre orphelinat du bon berger de l’Archaie). COBBA was created in 2008 by Pastor Valembrun Estinfil. Due to the extreme poverty level that many Haitians are forced to live everyday, Many parents are unable to take care their children in Haiti. We are accepting donations for clothing (boys and girls), school supplies, shoes, sneakers cleats, dolls (black), soccer balls, African centered books etc…your donation is tax deductible. The age range is 12 months to 13, New or Gently used. 

Call to arrange. 9134BUYBLK 913-428.9255 

Business in Haiti:

The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti caused significant damage to the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and resulted in fiscal losses roughly equal to the country’s GDP. In response, the international community has rushed to Haiti’s support and pledged approximately US$10 billion for reconstruction projects. As Haiti’s economy steadily begins to improve, great opportunity exist to provide much needed capital, financial expertise and strategic support to SMEs in the country.

Haiti is now poised for growth. Haiti has a free-market economy with low-cost labor, a pro-business government, and capital demands that will continue to increase for the foreseeable future. The Haitian government, with the help of the international community, is attempting to create more jobs for its young workforce (the average age in Haiti is 21.4 years) by making it easier for foreign entities to invest in Haiti.

Furthermore, Haiti is well positioned to prosper in the coming years due in part to its proximity to the United States (its primary trading partner), the vast support from the international community, and its motivated and eager low-cost workforce. Haiti’s key strategic advantages are outlined below.

  • Pro-business government
    • President Michel Martelly is considered pro-business
    • Martelly has pledged to create over 500,000 jobs in the next three years
    • Haiti’s government has begun to streamline steps to start a business and loosen curbs on foreign ownership of land
  • Broad International Support
    • Over US$10 billion of foreign assistance has been pledged to help rebuild the country
    • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) offered over US$2.2 billion alone for recovery and development projects
    • Over 3000 non-government organizations (NGOs) are operating in Haiti providing much needed support services
    • United States HOPE and HELP Acts will help rebuild Haiti’s diminished garment industry
  • Strategic Location
    • Located between the world’s largest economy (USA) and emerging economies in South America (Brazil and Colombia), Haiti is well-positioned to benefit from economic growth throughout the region
    • Situated within the Caribbean provides the country with prime access to maritime trade
  • Promising Economic Signals
    • Free-market economy
    • Projected 7.8% GDP growth in 2012
    • Economic stimulus from billions in foreign assistance
  • Increasing trade integration
    • Introduction of Special Economic Zones provide exemptions on tariffs and taxes
    • Close proximity to large economies ensures lower costs for transporting goods to international markets
    • WTO member since 1996
  • Untapped Resource Potential
    • Copious, untapped mineral deposits of bauxite, copper, gold and calcium carbonate
    • Young, low-cost labor – median age is 21 years
  • Advantageous Labor Conditions
    • It has one of the world’s lowest-cost workforce
    • Abundance of hard-working, trainable workers
  • Geography
    • World-class pristine beaches and 1,700km (1,100 miles) of coastline
    • Natural sea ports at Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien, Gonaives, and Jacmel

If you’re considering doing business in Haiti, please review this file, Doing Business in Haiti. Or download the PDF file [media-downloader media_id=”2120″ texts=”DOING BUSINESS IN HAITI “]

Note* You need a passport in order to exit and re-enter the US.

If you do not have one, your local  Post Office would be the best source to obtain one click, here.


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  • Nightlife
  • Investments and Tours.

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Please be advised that the Minister of Tourism in Haiti now requires all foreign travelers (Non-Haitian passport holders) to pay a Tourist Fee upon arrival into Haiti in the amount of US $10.00 (10.00 Euros or CAN $10.00).
The only exemptions are:
Children under the age of 5 Official or Diplomatic passport holders
This fee will be collected per traveler on arrival at bank counters provided for this purpose in the various ports and airports of entry into the country and at the level of different border crossings.

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Posted on October 8, 2014 By Staff With 0 comments



How many Black Owned Businesses?

How many Black Owned Businesses?

Attention community leaders and organizers. Tired of protesting, marching, and organizing with little or no results? The root of most of the problems your community faces stems from racism and the lack of economic opportunities. While you can’t make a racist get some sense overnight, you can do something about economic opportunities in your community right now. Use your organizing skills to build economic independence without begging for money or help from the government or white-owned corporations.

Here’s how…

Pick a community that is predominately Black.  Take an inventory of all the businesses that exist in that community. Make note of any businesses that are missing (grocery stores with quality produce sourced from Black farmers, gas stations, construction companies, department stores, solar panel installers, banks and ethical financial services companies, private security companies, etc.). Take note of which of the existing businesses are Black-owned. Go down the list of non-Black-owned existing businesses, prioritizing businesses that sell basic necessities first (food, energy/gas, water, clothing, shelter), and start boycotting them one by one.


all black everything

All Black Everything

For example, if the local grocery store is not Black-owned, find a Black grocery store executive with experience running a store. Get her to help you write a business plan on how to finance, staff, and run a store. Raise money from people in the community (churches might be able to help with this if you can find a pastor that hasn’t lost his mind and sold out…very rare these days, but worth a shot). Get everyone in the community to stop shopping at that store. Provide transportation to another store temporarily if people have no alternatives. With no customers, the targeted store will quickly go out of business. If they don’t, resort to more aggressive measures to “encourage” them out of business.

Once they are ready to close the business, come in and buy it for pennies on the dollar. Re-open as a Black-owned business that is socially and environmentally responsible. Train and hire people from the community to help run the business. Use the profits from the business and community funds to help acquire the next business on the list described above and start new businesses that need to be started. Source products and raw materials from other Black-owned companies or African companies whenever possible. Repeat this process until most of the businesses in the community are Black-owned and community-owned. Use profits from those businesses to fund institutions that empower the community (free clinics, independent Afrikan-centered schools and training centers, etc), security, and infrastructure.

This plan has worked for other communities. This plan has worked for Black communities in the past. This plan will for Black people today with some updates to the current environment and learning from past mistakes. We have the knowledge and skills available in our communities. Whether Black people have the will and intestinal fortitude to go through with it is the only question. Your current so-called leaders will probably not support this. They are token leaders, put in place by people that do not care about you. Pick new leaders that have relevant experience…so no lawyers, academics, pastors, or politicians.

Now Hiring!

Now Hiring!

Finally, some people will call this strategy reverse racism. Some will call it divisive. It probably is, get over it. News Flash: Black people did not create these artificial divides…but we do have to live with them until the rest of humanity evolves to understand and practice what Black people have always understood…that we are all human and we are all connected. Every other community engages in this self-interested behavior…it just comes natural to them, so they don’t have to make it so blatant, but the result is the same. Frankly, it is sad that this has to be spelled out like this, but being politically correct apparently hasn’t worked so far.

Name calling is for children. Let the children call you whatever they want as long as they stay out of your way while you direct your own destiny. If people want to slap a label on you, then so be it. So what! If they stand in your way, remove them from your path. Grow up, stand up, and make your own way or be content working for those children for the rest of your life.

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Posted on September 9, 2014 By Staff