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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.

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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

PRESS CONTACT:
Ena Jones
Roots & Vine Produce and Café Inc.
773-979-0199
EJones@RootsAndVineInc.com

Posted on October 6, 2018 By Staff With 1 comment

It’s True! More African Americans Are Investing in the Stock Market

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A recent national study by Chicago-based Ariel Investments shows that more black Americans are investing in the stock market. For years, blacks stayed away from stock investments, but that trend is beginning to change.

67% of Blacks are investing

According to the study, stock market investing has grown among the black population over the years. In 1998, 57 percent of blacks were investing in stocks or stock mutual funds. By 2010, that number had grown to 60 percent, and today 67 percent of blacks invest in stocks or stock mutual funds. One reason suggested is that more employers are offering 401K programs for their employees. Since employers match 401K deposits up to various amounts, black employees consider this a very important reason to invest and grow wealth.

Investment attitudes different based on race

Investment attitudes and behaviors differ between blacks and whites. Blacks and Hispanics invest less money, and their investments are in safer yet low-returning assets, making their wealth levels about 90 percent lower than the wealth levels of median whites, even when their level of income is only 40 percent lower. This has an effect on the growth of overall wealth.

But wait, there’s more!

In addition, while blacks always considered their homes to be their “best overall investment,” that, too, is changing, falling from 61 percent in 2004 to its current level of 37 percent. How they view stock investing, however, is changing in the opposite direction. In 2004, only 28 percent of blacks felt that stocks were their best overall investment. But in the recent survey, that number increased to 41 percent.

What all of this may point to is closing the gap in wealth inequality between black and white Americans as the upward trend for more black investors in the stock market continues.

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For more details about the study, visit www.arielinvestments.com/content/view/3006/1850/

 

Posted on December 6, 2017 By Staff With 1 comment

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/
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Posted on May 1, 2017 By Staff With 1 comment

8-Year Old Starts His Own Bakery — Says He Wants To Buy His Mom a House

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Jalen Bailey, an 8-year-old boy from Fresno, California is running his very own home-based bakery called Jalen’s Bakery where he sells everything from cookies to bread to pastries. He says his plan is to buy a house for himself and his mom, Sharhonda Mahan.

 

Bailey and his mom live alone in a small rental house, and he feels that as the little man of the house, he has to step up and provide a better place for them to live.

“I just love to bake”

As a natural entrepreneur and although still very young, he actually got started with baking while in pre-school when he used to helped his mom bake goods to give away to others for Christmas.

Their story, which has gone viral on social media, was recently featured in Peoplemagazine, and Baily told them: “I just love to bake. It’s fun! I want to buy a house with a pool and a big back yard and a kitchen, so me and my momma can bake and make memories.”

How he got started

His mom comments, “I used to bake sweet potato pies to get extra money for the holidays, and he was always in the kitchen, asking if he could help.” But she says her son quickly progressed to other ideas. “It got to where he could make his first peanut butter cookies all by himself,” she says. “He said, ‘Mom, I got this. I don’t need any help.'”

Making the first steps

When she realized just how serious he was, she sent him to a business workshop for kid entrepreneurs where he learned everything he needed to know about sales, marketing, and how to reach a target audience. Soon after, he obtain a business license from the city and legally formed his very own company.

Now, Bailey and his mom are taking and delivering orders everyday from local customers, but their goal is to soon be able to ship orders nationally and even internationally.

For more details about Jalen’s Bakery, visit www.jalensbakery.com

To make a donation to help him take his bakery to the next level, make an online donation at www.gofundme.com/2hvsjzas

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Posted on September 5, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

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

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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

Entrepreneur Making Global Impact with First Ever African Inspired Home Decor Business

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The home décor industry has gone through loads of changes in the last couple of years. Despite the recent economic downturn, its market growth has shown no signs of slowing down.

From the emergence of brands like Ballard Designs, C&B, and Anthropologie, not forgetting heaps of other global materials that have found their way into people’s homes, now the latest development in the home décor business involves the use of African prints and designs for homes. LakayDesigns.com, based in Miami, Florida, is the new pacesetter.

Owned by savvy entrepreneur Jojo, LakayDesigns.com is a first of its kind African Decor Business that is dedicated towards restoring the rich cultural heritage of African designs to homes, as well as adding the beauty of African ‘colors’ to the everyday life of African Americans.

Renowned as a provider of unique home décor services, their products which covers the; Kitchen, Bathroom, Living Room, Dining Room and Bedroom Essentials, is quickly becoming a favorite for conscious African-Americans in the USA, Caribbean and even the United Kingdom.

“After taking a careful look at what was already available in the home décor industry, I decided to produce an enviable line of product offerings that would make an impact, and which everyone could have 100% confidence in,” Jojo explains.
The company has created an innovative distribution channel by selling direct to wholesalers and retailers via their website. It is noteworthy to mention that most orders placed by 1pm are shipped on the same day.

Additionally, the LakayDesigns.com wholesale program features a low-cost system for other entrepreneurs to get involved in a fast growing business. They also have an affiliate program where affiliates can earn as high as 20%-40% commission on any sale they refer, which can add up fast.

“We’re helping to empower organizations in the community with our specialty items, which in turn generates income and pride back to the community,” says Jojo.
“I’ve had calls from all over; US, Canada and the Caribbean. Plus, the website has received requests from England, and loads of other European countries,” Jojo explains.

The company’s African print designs are available globally through the website and from authorized wholesalers. “I bought one a while back, my mom took it from me. They’re excellent material and the big pockets are very useful. Very satisfied with the purchase, now I just need to get another for myself again,” says Princess Dixon, one of their numerous satisfied customers.

Always on the cutting edge, LakayDesigns.com has a new line of Bath, Bedding, Kitchen Essentials and Home Decor that would be released and available for purchase very soon. To learn more about their line of products visit http://www.lakaydesigns.com/store.html

About Us
“Home is Home! Small batch manufacturing and distribution of African print designs for your home as well as everyday life.

LaKay Designs is a way for you to jazz up your home or business with gorgeous unique one of kind pieces. Our African print fabrics have the capacity to inspire the most intriguing conversation. Our designs set the tone for your culture.
We know YOU’RE different; you set your own standard! Show off your unique style with LaKay. LaKay means ‘Home’ in Haitian Creole. Support black business.”
To know more about Lakay Designs, visit – http://www.lakaydesigns.com/about.html

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PRESS CONTACT:
Jojo Pierre
Tel: 513-873-9255
home@lakaydesigns.com

Posted on June 2, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Haiti becomes part of the African Union

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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!

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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

Take Your Business To Haiti with The Film Black Friday

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Take Your Business To Haiti Reserve your space today! http://bit.ly/haititour2016

Take Your Business To Haiti with The Film Black Friday

Join an amazing tour and see what opportunities are available to you outside of the United States. BBE and The Film Black Friday Director Ric Mathis will help you discover the opportunities that are just waiting for you. The tour will start from July 28 to July 31, 2016. The team will be filming on Haiti and interviewing participants and choosing the ones that will be featured in the next film.

Black Friday is a documentary that takes a deeper look into the spending behaviors of African-Americans in the US. Every year, 1.2 trillion dollars leave African-American communities. According to Nielsen Company’s recent survey, African-American consumers shop more often and are more aggressive patrons of media. They shop more, watch more television, buy more ethnic grooming and beauty products and read more economic magazines than any other group.

Black Friday shows the incorrect financial education of African-Americans and the economic drawbacks that continue to prevent the community from progressing and growing. Black Friday aims to improve the financial responsibility and economic awareness of African-Americans and thus, presents solutions that will help better manage the money spent by the African-American communities. The film also emphasizes the importance of leaving an ethical and economic legacy for the next generations.

Reserve your space today! http://bit.ly/haititour2016

Ric will release the next Black Friday film on Black Friday in 2016. The tour will be a great chance for businesses to connect with African-American to bring their business to Haiti to grab the opportunities that await them.

The tour will also benefit the Centre orphelinat du bon berger de l’Archaie, an orphanage  established by Pastor Valembrun Estinfil in 2008. The extreme level of poverty faced by many Haitians prevents parents from taking care of their children. To help them meet their needs and live a better life, we are accepting donations for African centered books, school supplies, clothes, sneakers cleats and other items that will make life easier and more comfortable for the children. Your donation will be given to children aged 12 months to 13 years old. We are accepting new or gently used items.

Please call 9134BUYBLK 913-428.9255 to arrange your donation or if you have questions about this trip.

Haiti’s Growing Economy

The devastating earthquake in 2010 dealt a great deal of damage to Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. It also resulted in significant financial losses almost equal to the nation’s GDP. The international community has pledged around US$10 billion to support the country’s reconstruction projects. Haiti’s economy is progressively improving. There are also a lot of great opportunities that provide SMEs with their much needed strategic support, financial expertise and funds.

Haiti’s economy is growing. The country has a free-market economy that boasts a pro-business government, capital demands and low-cost labor that will only continue to improve in the future. Moreover, the Haitian government has joined forces with the international community to create more job opportunities for the young workplace by making it easier for foreign groups to invest in the country.

The proximity of the country to the United States, which is also its main trading partner, the massive support from the global community and the low-cost yet eager and motivated workforce are other factors that will contribute to Haiti’s growth. For businesses that are planning to invest in Haiti, here are the main strategic advantages of the country.

  • Pro-business government – The first on the list would be the pro-business government. Haiti’s president, Michel Martelly, has promised to create more than 500,000 jobs in the next 3 years. The Haitian government also has started to streamline steps on starting a business and loosen restrictions on foreign land ownership.
  • Strategic Location – Haiti’s strategic location is another factor that will attract businesses. The country is located between the largest economy in the world (USA) and developing economies in South America (Columbia and Brazil). The economic development throughout the region would benefit Haiti. The country is also located in the Caribbean, which provides Haiti with great maritime trade access.
  • Favorable Economic Signals – Haiti’s 8 percent GDP growth in 2012, economic incentive from billions in foreign support and free-market economy make up for favorable economic signals.
  • Growing Trade Integration – Haiti has been a member of WTO since 1996. It is also near large economies, which guarantees low costs for transporting products to international markets. The implementation of Special Economic Zones also provides exemptions on taxes and tariffs.
  • Unexploited Resource Potential – The country has abundant, unexploited mineral deposits of copper, calcium carbonate, bauxite and gold as well as a young, low-cost workforce.
  • Expedient Labor Conditions – Haiti has plenty of trainable and motivated workers.
  • Geography – The country has natural sea ports at Jacmel, Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien and Gonaives as well as 1,700km of coastline and topnotch unspoiled beaches.
  • Massive International Support – Over US$10 billion of foreign support has been given for reconstruction projects. More than 3000 non-government organizations are also working in the country to provide the necessary support services. The Inter-American Development Bank offered more than US$2.2 billion for development and recovery projects. United States HOPE and HELP Acts will also help in rebuilding the country’s garment industry.

If you’re thinking of doing business in Haiti, now is your best chance. Join the tour and learn how you can maximize the business opportunities in the country. You should arrive in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on the 28th of July 2016, at least three to four hours in advance. Bring your passport and another identification form. We have to check in two hours in advance and clear all customs properly.

Reserve your space today! http://bit.ly/haititour2016

Posted on May 4, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

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

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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.

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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

6 Black-Owned Beverage Companies — Stirring Up Wines, Teas, and Energy Drinks

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African American entrepreneurs are widening out and starting companies in all kinds of industries. They are no longer just owners of barbershops, hair salons, and restaurants. Nowadays, they are investing in bigger more global ideas like tech companies, investing firms, and global food and drink distribution.

When it comes to beverages, the most popular brands are Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Snapple, and Lipton, but there are also some brands that were created by African American business owners.

Here are 6 Black-owned beverage companies that you can find online and in local grocery stores:

#1 – SoRen Tea: a luxury lifestyle brand with a gourmet selection of blended, loose teas. Established in 2011 by African American sisters Sonnia Shields and Rena Williams, SoRen Tea is one of the first fashion-forward lines of loose leaf teas. The brand has received a tremendous amount of local and national press. In its first year of business, SoRen Tea was invested in by Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson.

#2 – Ellis Island Tea: an all-natural, antioxidant-rich hibiscus tea founded in 2008 by Nailah Ellis-Brown. She got the recipe from her late great grandfather, who told her, “This recipe is to be sold, not told. Ellis Island Tea is a smooth, flavorful Jamaican blend, steeped in family tradition, brewed and bottled in Detroit, Michigan.

#3 – Jin+Ja: a revitalizing, anti-inflammatory and metabolism boosting tea brand that was started in the summer of 2009 by entrepreneur Reuben Canada (pictured above). He initially made the drinks for himself and for friends, but then realized that he had something bigger on his hands. After doing a test at a local retailer, the product kept selling out every 3 days for first three months and the rest is history!

#4 – MoFaya Energy Drinks: As the first 100% black owned beverage company in South Africa, these energy drinks use high quality ingredients to create an energizing & stimulating effect, which enhances endurance and boosts performance. They also have a product formulated for extreme hydration that contains electrolytes, minerals, and carbohydrates to promote optimal fluid replacement.

#5 – Heritage Link Brands: a delicious wine brand founded by entrepreneur Selena Cuffe after she learned there that, out of South Africa’s $3-billion wine industry, less than two percent were owned by blacks despite them representing 80% of the country’s population. Recognizing an untapped opportunity to introduce a new era of producers to the American market, the idea for Heritage Link Brands was born. Today the company serves a customer base of over 4,000 outlets, including household names from Disney to Whole Foods, and their award-winning portfolio is represented in over 40 U.S. states, South Africa, Nigeria, and literally, worldwide, on three different airlines.

#6 – Bee D’Vine: a popular brand of honey wine that was created by entrepreneur Ayele Solomon after he realized that flowering trees in Ethiopia were an ideal source of nectar and pollen that bees use to make valuable honey. This set him on a quest to better understand the art and business of creating honey wine. He evaluated production in Ethiopia and South Africa, but settled on the world-class wine region of Sonoma – not far from where he grew up – using California honey for the first varietals.

http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2016/03/black-owned-beverage-companies-wines-teas-energy-drinks.html#.VxQ5edQrK2w

Posted on April 17, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

How 1 man single-handedly opened the only grocery store in the 9th Ward

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Burnell Cotlon is talking intently to the soft-spoken woman on the other end of the line.

“Can you hear me, Grandma? What’chu want down there?” he asks. ” Some bread, some ham and cheese?”

The woman requests a jug of Hawaiian Punch.

“I’ll drop it off to you, okay?” he confirmed. “Yes, ma’am.”

It was a quick phone call for Cotlon, but a lifeline for the woman he calls Grandma and the thousands of other residents who live in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward.

More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans and all but destroyed the Lower Ninth, Cotlon has sunk every cent of his life savings into restoring the quiet neighborhood to the family-friendly community he remembers from his childhood.

Visit him here: 

Lower 9th Ward Market 

2036 Caffin Ave

New Orleans, LA
 (504) 319-8855

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Read more: http://www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/2016/04/burnell_cotlon_9th_ward_grocer.html

Posted on April 9, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment

3 Super Easy Ways To Support Black-Owned Businesses

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Small businesses represent a very important aspect of our entire economy. The same is true about businesses owned by African Americans and other minorities. There are many people in America who really do want to support black businesses, but they may have no idea how to go about it.

Here are three great ways in which we can all lend support to black-owned businesses.

#1 – Look for them: it may take some homework to identify black-owned businesses because they are not as abundant in communities. Maybe you have to drive a little further, but know that by doing this, you are supporting a black-owned business.

#2 – Try something new: this is a great opportunity for consumers to mix it up and try different products and services they may end up liking even more than those they were used to purchasing from mainstream businesses. Nix the stereotyping and respect black products.

#3 – Recommend them to others: whether it’s word of mouth, social media, recommendations to friends, or actually taking the initiative to reach out to a black-owned business, do it. Whenever you have the opportunity, promote a black-owned business.

It’s not enough just to avoid discrimination

Not discriminating is, without saying, absolutely necessary. But taking positive action to reach out and include black-owned businesses in your B2C or B2B plans is an action that will make a difference. You will be not only supporting black-owned businesses but also showing them that black economy matter as well.

 2 Million Jobs Movement!

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Posted on March 27, 2016 By Staff With 6 comments

Get in Shape With These 7 Black-Owned Fitness Companies

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When it comes to supporting black-owned businesses, we often think of all the retail industries, restaurants, hair care, financial services and other types of industries that are owned by blacks. But there are other industries to also keep in mind, like fitness centers.

Getting in shape is the goal of millions of Americans, and there are so many successful, black-owned fitness businesses that are good at it, and make it fun, too. Here are the top 7:

  1. KTX Fitness – these Atlanta-based fitness centers are led by Keith Thompson whose trademark is cycling to urban and hip-hop music. The centers also offer boot camps, step classes and total body workouts. Their classes also travel to places like D.C., NY, Cincinnati, and Toronto.
  2. Mr. Shut Up and Train – Rahman Grayson leads this Atlanta-based fitness program that offers free workout plans. Grayson offers fitness challenges as well as personal training services that are designed to push people out of their comfort zones in order to accomplish their fitness goals.
  3. Black Girls Run – launched in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, Black Girls Run now has 69 running groups in 30 states across the United States. Their goal is to help African Americans fight obesity and stay fit.
  4. Brukwine – this fitness company, founded by dancers Tavia and Tamara, combines a very rigorous routine of dancing and workout. For those who want to learn Caribbean dance as a way to stay fit (Rihanna, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez like it!), classes are currently being held in New York.
  5. Shaun T – is one of the most popular fitness gurus. His fitness infomercials include Insanity, T25, Hip Hop Abs, and Rockin’ Body, and he has sold 10 million DVDs. He tailors his workouts to fit every one’s style and makes it fun, too.
  6. Black Men Run – helps black men fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke by scheduling running/jogging events in cities across the U.S. The organization started in 2009 to develop a healthy brotherhood for African American men.
  7. JJ Smith – is a popular nutritionist, certified weight-loss expert, and author who shares advice about losing weight and getting healthy. She has appeared on shows such as The Steve Harvey Morning Show, The Montel Williams Show, The Jamie Foxx Show, and The Michael Baisden Show and has been featured in magazines such as Glamour, Essence, Heart and Soul, and Ladies Home Journal.

Posted on March 21, 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!

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

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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 2 comments

ORGANIZE BLACK YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS EXPOS IN 2016

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. 

ORGANIZE BLACK YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS EXPOS IN 2016

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

Recommended Reading

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Posted on March 10, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

100 BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT 365 DAYS A YEAR

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100 BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT 365 DAYS A YEAR

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! 

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BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES RUN BY CHILDREN 

#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

BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN MIAMI- DADE COUNTY

# 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

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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

NAIL POLISH

#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.

BLACK OWNED NAIL SALONS & SPA’S 

#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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BLACK -OWNED HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE

#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.

BLACK OWNED BANKS

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

RETAIL STORES OWNED BY BLACK MEN 

#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.

BLACK OWNED FOOD BRANDS IN YOUR LOCAL STORE 

#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.

BLACK-OWNED HEALTH CONSCIOUS FOODS 

FOOD/DRINKS

#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.

HAIRCARE

#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.

SKINCARE

#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.

BLACK-OWNED HANDBAGS 

#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.

BLACK- OWNED SHOE DESIGNERS 

 #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

BLACK-OWNED FIRMS THAT HELP OTHER BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

#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

In 20 Years, Black-Owned Women Businesses Have Skyrocketed More Than 300%

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It’s official; the growth in the number of businesses owned by black women is off the charts! The growth has reached 322 percent since 1997. In fact, businesses owned by African-American women represent the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America, according to a new study.

African-American women the fastest-growing entrepreneurs

The latest report, the 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, showed that black, women-owned businesses grew 1.5 times more than the national average for business growth between 1997 and 2015. Their skyrocketing success has resulted in:

  • Generating $52.6 billion in revenue
  • Employment for 300,000 people


Black women own almost half of all black-owned businesses

Black women own about 14 percent of all businesses in the U.S., or approximately 1.3 million businesses. They are also the owners of 49 percent of all the black-owned businesses in the nation. And as their businesses grow, so does their clout. In states such as Georgia (35 percent), Maryland (33 percent), and Illinois (22 percent), these entrepreneurs represent greater percentages of women-owned firms than the national average, which is 14 percent.

Given the steady growth of black-owned women businesses, it’s likely that we will continue to see these numbers grow, along with increased economic power and influence for these amazing entrepreneurs.

 

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Posted on March 8, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment

8 Black-Owned Cosmetic/ Make-Up Brands You Should Know About

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In America, the cosmetics industry alone rakes in about $55 billion per year, according to Statistica, an online research and data source. Forbes also reports that globally, the beauty business is at $382 billion. Most people immediately think of Estee Lauder, Revlon, and MAC, but here are 8 black-owned brands of cosmetic/ makeup products you should know about:

#1 – IMAN Cosmetics: this popular brand is owned by supermodel Iman who started her beauty products company in 1994. Designed for African American, Asian, Latina and multi-cultural women, the company markets its products in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. They can be purchased at Target, Walmart, Walgreens and other national retailers.

#2 – Fashion Fair: owned by Eunice W. Johnson, who created the Ebony Fashion Fair, and her husband John H. Johnson, who is the publisher of Ebony and JET magazines. The company began in 1973 and was one of the first to make cosmetics for women of color. It is considered the largest black-owned cosmetics companies in the world and sells it products at fine department stores across the U.S., Canada, and internationally.

#3 – Black Opal Beauty: specializes in foundation sticks for women of color. The company was founded in 1994 and makes products for skin care, hair care, makeup, and other beauty products for women, and men, of color. Products can be purchased online or at national retail chains such as Walmart, CVS, and Rite Aid.

#4 – Shea Moisture: has been selling natural beauty products since 1912. The company was founded by Sofi Tucker in Sierra Leone and was founded on natural ingredients like Shea butter. They make products for the face, hair, body, and bath for both women and men.

#5 – KA’OIR Cosmetics: owned by CEO Keyshia Ka’oir and features fun color lipsticks, eye shadows, nail products, and blush. Products are affordable and are shipped all across the world. Lipsticks are gluten free.

#6 – Ginger + Liz: started in 2010, this company makes nail products that are vegan friendly and toxin-free. The company was created by friends Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett. Their products feature vibrant colors and ingredients that are free of harsh chemicals and carcinogens like toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and DBP.

#7 – Black Up Cosmetics: is the first luxury makeup brand created by professional make up artists for ethnic skin tones and women of color. Their products can be purchased online.

#8 – Vera Moore Cosmetics: owned by former soap opera actress turned entrepreneur, Vera Moore. Her products have been used on various TV shows including the Cosby Show and the Wendy Williams Show, and used by various celebrities and news anchor women.

 

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Posted on March 8, 2016 By Staff With 4 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.”

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Posted on March 4, 2016 By Staff With 11 comments

Black Financial Expert Releases the World’s First Investment Book For Children

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Wesley Learns to Invest by Prince Dykes is the world’s first investment book that targets children readers. The fictional book is about an 11-year old boy (Wesley, named after his 4-year son) who wants a gaming system, but instead learns about the importance of hard work, investing, and choosing stocks wisely. In the story, the boy’s father teaches him about the stock market, setting goals, and making smart decisions related to finances.

Wesley Learns to Invest by Prince Dykes is the world’s first investment book that targets children readers. The fictional book is about an 11-year old boy (Wesley, named after his 4-year son) who wants a gaming system, but instead learns about the importance of hard work, investing, and choosing stocks wisely. In the story, the boy’s father teaches him about the stock market, setting goals, and making smart decisions related to finances.

 

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Black Financial Expert Releases the World’s First Investment Book For Children

Wesley Learns to Invest uses real world experiences to teach children valuable financial principles and practices while they are still at a young age. The book emphasizes that nobody can always have what they want. Children wanting material things have an opportunity to learn about managing finances, and even investing, from this innovative narrative.

The book was released in June 2015, and is already very popular – especially in the state of Hawaii where the author is based. It has been added to several local school libraries and public libraries throughout the state. Its currently available for purchase at Amazon.comBarnesandNoble.com, Books-a-Million, Kindle, and iBook. Order yours today!

About the Author

Prince Dykes is a 31-year old active duty service member stationed at Pearl Harbor, but he has a lot of business and finance experience and knowledge that inspired him to author an investment book for children. He works as a logistics specialist in the military with 12 1/2 years of responsibilities related to finances, he has an associate’s degree in general studies, bachelor’s degree in management, and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and he has a Series 65 license (Federal Investment Advisor), a Series 63 license (Securities Agent), a life insurance license, and a health/accident license.

In 2012, he started Royal Financial Investment Group, which  invests in Black-owned businesses like Dewalt Brewing Company (winner of several beer festival awards) and The Global Art Gallery, which was listed on the Game Changers List for 2016 as selected by the National Association of Experts, Writers, and Speakers.

Royal Financial Investment Group has also created and published the world’s first captain venture app for the general public Investors and Business Owners Hub (IABOH). Available at the Apple app store and Google Play, it enables entrepreneurs to find investors while opening the general public up to the world of capital venture.

The firm has been featured on various Internet radio shows, and in the True Citizen newspaper, iHeart Radio’s “The Rick Hamada Show”, Fortune Magazine, The Huffington Post and Apple/Andriod apps.  They were also featured in the January 2016 edition of Fortune Magazine.

Dykes is also married with a 4-year old son Wesley.

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Posted on February 26, 2016 By Staff With 2 comments

Love Shoes? Here are the Top 5 Black-Owned Shoe Brands

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For most women, shoes and handbags are where it’s at when it comes to fashion. The fact is, some of the most stylish and well-made shoes on the market today are made by black women and men. Here are the top 5 black-owned shoe designers:

#1 – Artyce Designs: Designer Candra Palmer launched her footwear company in 2004, with locations now in Los Angeles and Houston. The beautiful custom designs are sought after by those wanting a shoe that is both stylish and comfortable, and caters to events such as weddings and special social events. Her shoes have been featured in many publications!

#2 – Samantha Shoes: Owner Samantha Joseph wants every women to have at least one pair of great shoes. Her customers include Tyra Banks, Debra Messing, Sanaa Lathan, Wendy Williams, Geena Davis, Sophia Bush, Queen Latifah, Rachel Bilson, and Rihanna. Her shoes sell in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Russia.

#3 – Amina Abdul Jillil: Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, this former professional dancer turned shoe entrepreneur launched her women’s shoe collection in 2012. Her dancing career, performing with top stars like Britney Spears and Janet Jackson, led to another creative field, selling designer shoes in Los Angeles boutiques and also online.

#4 – Jhung Yuro: Owner Kris Wright created his line of luxury men’s footwear because he felt there was a lack of quality shoes for men. Kris incorporates styles that reflect global influence and offers a luxurious, exclusive line of footwear for men. His UK-based store launched in 2005.

#5 – Fever Shoes: Owner Natischa Harvey studied political science at Clark Atlanta University, but it was while working at Bakers that she developed her love for shoes. By 2004, she had enough knowledge and experience to open her own shoe stores. Her shoes are sold in stores throughout the U.S., Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and Dominican Republic.

Note: If you are wondering why Pastry Shoes by Angela and Vanessa Simmons isn’t on the list, it’s because they sold the company back in 2011 for a reported profit of $15 million dollars. The company still exists at www.lovepastry.com, but is no longer Black-owned.

Posted on February 25, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment

South Africa’s Only Black Billionaire — 5 Things To Know About Him

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Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe has the golden touch, which has made him not only one of South Africa’s wealthiest men but also the country’s only black billionaire. How did he do it? Gold.

Motsepe started to invest in gold in 1997 which led to his creating African Rainbow Minerals, the first South African black-owned mining company. We could stop here and say the rest is history, but here are 5 things you should know about this billionaire entrepreneur.

#1 – His culture motivates him to help others: Following the spirit and tradition of Ubuntu, which means “I am because you are,” Motsepe is committed to helping care for those who are less fortunate.

#2 – He distributes much of his wealth: Motsepe donated half of his wealth in 2013, through the Motsepe Foundation, to help improve life for the poor, the disabled, unemployed, women, youth, workers and other needy South Africans.

#3 – He is named after the former Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo: His name, Patrice, comes from Patrice Lumumba, the first elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo who helped the country gain their freedom from Belgium.

#4 – He owns a football team: Motsepe owns Mamelodi Sundowns, nicknamed The Brazilians. The football team wears yellow and blue uniforms reflective of Brazil’s national team.

#5 – He’s very rich: Not only is Motsepe South Africa’s only black billionaire, he is the 847th richest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $2.2 billion. He is one of seven South Africans in the list, and the only black man.

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Posted on February 24, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

FIRST EVER BLACK-OWNED BANK — THE FOUNDER WAS ONCE A SLAVE!

Rev. William Washington Browne, founder of first black-owned bank

Rev. William Washington Browne, founder of first black-owned bank

FIRST EVER BLACK-OWNED BANK — THE FOUNDER WAS ONCE A SLAVE!

From slave to bank owner

Reverend William Washington Browne established the bank to serve the financial interests of black depositors. He wanted a bank that would serve to protect the finances of black clients to ensure their finances could not be monitored by whites.

The name of the bank came from the Grand Fountain United Order of True Reformers, a black fraternal organization established by Browne in 1849. Racial tension remained high after the Civil War, so Browne established the first black-owned bank in Richmond, Virginia, which initially operated out of his home. Two years later, the bank moved to its location several blocks away at 604-608 North Second Street.

Thrived despite the economic depression

The bank did very well. When the U.S. economic depression of 1893 hit and people were panicking and rushing to the banks to withdraw their money, Browne’s bank was one of the few that survived. In fact, it was the only bank in Richmond that was able to pay out the full value of it’s customers’ accounts and remain in full operation.

After Browne’s death in 1897, the bank continued in operation. It also expanded into other areas, such as newspaper, real estate, a retirement home and a building and loan association. It’s growth included operations in 24 states.

The downfall

However, under the new president, Reverend William Lee Taylor, the bank was mismanaged, often making unsecured loans which defaulted. The straw that broke the camel’s back was a bank embezzlement of $50,000 by the bank’s cashier. By 1910, the State Corporation Commission ordered the bank closed. But, it remains in history as the first bank owned by African Americans in the United States.

FIRST EVER BLACK-OWNED BANK — THE FOUNDER WAS ONCE A SLAVE!

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Posted on February 16, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment

NEW BLACK OWNED GROCERY STORE IN NORTH BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA

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NEW BLACK OWNED GROCERY STORE IN NORTH BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA

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.

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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.

 

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Posted on February 11, 2016 By Staff With 30 comments

7 Black-Owned Magazines That Are Still Available in Print

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Magazine publishing in general is struggling, but black magazines in particular are having a tough time surviving. Publishers are constantly challenged to change in many ways that include content relevance and technology, and many black magazines have done an excellent job doing both.

Successful black magazines such as Ebony, Jet, EssenceBlack Enterprise, and Rolling Out have survived due to their resilience. But these 7 black magazines in particular have also survived and are still publishing content, not just online, but also still in print:
#1 – The Network JournalThe Network Journal, headquartered in New York City, is both an online and quarterly print magazine that publishes information for black professionals and business owners. The magazine was founded in 1993.

#2 – Heart & Soul Magazine – Headquartered in Bowie, Maryland, this magazine was founded in 1993. It publishes information that promotes physical, spiritual and mental well-being specifically for women of color and their families.

#3 – HBCU Connect Magazine – This Ohio-based magazine was founded in 1999 and is the first magazine targeting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) audiences. It provides a social network for HBCU graduates as well as information on professional and educational opportunities.

#4 – Atlanta TribuneAtlanta Tribune has been around since 1987 and is considered Atlanta’s No. 1 business lifestyle publication. The magazine features the latest information on technology, wealth building, careers, and other business-related information for executives, professionals and entrepreneurs.

#5 – Black Business NewsBlack Business News is published by the Black Business Association (BBA), a non-profit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California. The magazine strongly supports black business by publishing information of interest to black business owners, corporate buyers, contractors, community organizations and elected officials across the nation.

#6 – Savoy Magazine Savoy Magazine is a culterally-focused magazine that appeals to progressive, modern and sophisticated African-American consumers. Content includes news, entertainment, business, culture, sports, arts, and education for the African-American community.

#7 – Cuisine Noir Magazine – Founded in 2007, Cuisine Noir is the first food and wine lifestyle magazine for African-Americans. The magazine features the talents of African-American culinary and wine professionals across the country.

CORRECTION #8 – Upscale Magazine – This magazine, produced by Atlanta’s very own Bronner Brothers, is the ultimate lifestyle magazine addressing the needs of stylish, informed and progressive African- Americans. It has been brought to our attention, that they too are still in print, and going strong!

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Posted on February 10, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment

DETROIT 9-YEAR-OLD LAUNCH A CLOTHING BOUTIQUE FOR BOYS

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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.

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Posted on January 31, 2016 By Staff With 7 comments

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

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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

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Posted on January 27, 2016 By Staff With 11 comments

BLACK MAN, TURNS A PASSION FOR SOCKS INTO A BOLD BUSINESS IDEA

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Yes,  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. Website: http://kimchisocks.com/

Kimchi Socks is here to take care of your gift giving needs when flowers and candy is not enough. Kimchi Socks is working to become the leader in helping family members, long distance friends, professionals, and digital nomads send gifts remotely. Relationships are important personally and business wise. When you are busy and not at near to build those relationships. You need Kimchi Socks’ help. You need something that you can send as a good gesture from you care. You don’t want to send flowers because they die. You don’t want to send candy because the moment they eat it, you are no longer on their mind. You want to send socks as a gift. This is something they can wear often year round. Also, when people ask them about the cool Kimchi Socks you sent them, they will think and mention you. I am a 28 years old black man from New Orleans. I am currently in the Air Force stationed in S. Korea and I run this business part time but in 2017 I will leave the Air Force. I am hoping for this business to support my family while I go back to University of New Orleans for Computer Engineering.

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Kimchi Socks not only sells socks but we also sponsor social projects with a portion of our profits. Below are the projects we sponsor because we believe in the positive mission they are set out to achieve. Therefore, you are not only buying socks but also helping us make the world a better place.  http://kimchisocks.com/index.php/about/who-kimchi-socks-sponsor/

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Make sure to join Kimchi Socks on all social media:

Website: http://kimchisocks.com/

Twitter: @KimchiSocks 

IG: @kimchisocks

Facebook: Kimichi Socks

And since it’s Friday, make sure you gift a pair today!

Kimchi Socks is one of the many small business taking on the challenge to create #2MillionJobs in America. This is how we create our own solutions to our own problems.

Posted on January 22, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment

TOP 5 BLACK -OWNED HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE

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TOP 5 BLACK -OWNED HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE STORES 

Looking for  home decor and furniture near you, preferably from a Black-Owned business? There are plenty to choose from. If you are looking for custom furniture & help with room plans & design, come visit these companies first, who knows, you may find what you are looking for.  You’ll love the price and quality.

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

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

#3 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.

#4 Lakay Deisgns located in Miami, FL & OH. Home is home, and all areas of the home must be ‘home’ to the occupants.  Lakay Designs Home Decor, a first of its kind African Decor Business, which specializes in using African Prints and Designs for home and business.  Nothing however can make any home attractive except the unique decor of the home.

#5 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.

So, next time you’re looking for home decor, accessories and furniture; look for the small business owner who happens to be black.

Let’s continue to make this movement for #2millionjobs on #eachandeveryfriday grow. Don’t you think our youth deserve us setting up a foundation for them to live comfortable lives? Ponder on that the next time you’re ready to make a purchase.

 TOP 5 BLACK -OWNED HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE STORES 

Posted on January 21, 2016 By Staff With 7 comments

10 BLACK-OWNED HEALTH-CONSCIOUS BUSINESSES SELLING ORGANIC AND ALL-NATURAL PRODUCTS

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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:

Food/Drink

#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.
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#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.
Skincare

#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

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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

Top 8 Black-Owned Restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland

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Top 8 Black-Owned Restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland

The Baltimore area is know for great food, whether it’s the fresh seafood, tasty desserts, or the delicious soup and sandwiches. If you are planning to visit Baltimore, Maryland, or if you live there already, it’s good to know where to find the best black-owned restaurants. Not only will you be supporting minority business owners, but you will find that the food is so good, you’ll want to come back again and again.

Here are seven amazing black-owned restaurants in Baltimore:

#1 – Terra Cafe: This community-centered and family oriented restaurant, founded by entrepreneur Terence J. Dickerson (pictured above), offers a wide range of delicious food, and a menu complemented with daily specials and seasonal items. The restaurant is also a commonly-used gathering spot for local artists, college students, and more.

#2 – Southern Blues: Soul food at its best can be found in the heart of Baltimore at Southern Blues. This popular restaurant, opened in 2000, serves favorites like barbecue chicken and ribs, cornbread, collard beans, sweet potato pie, banana pudding, and lots more.

#3 – Darker Than Blue Cafe: This restaurant opened in 2007 and serves country cuisine and jazzy music 6 days a week. Their specialties include cornbread with sweet potato and honey butter, Cajun shrimp and oven fried salmon cakes, grits, oven roasted Free Range Chicken with macaroni and cheese, glazed sweet potatoes, and sautéed spinach. (CLOSED)

#4 – Fresh Fresh Seafood: If seafood is your bag, guess what this restaurant serves? You’ll find all kinds of seafood, including gumbo, shrimp, crab, catfish, and delicious sides like mac and cheese, collard greens, and sweet potato fries.

#5 – Dessert Fantasies: If you have a real sweet tooth, you must try the cupcakes at Dessert Fantasies. Owner Tosha draws customers in with her row house with the bright pink accent wall. Once inside, you’re hooked with cupcakes like strawberry shortcake, banana pudding, blueberry lemon, cookies and cream, smores, red velvet, and oh, ice cream, too!

#6 – Flight Restaurant & Bar: For a nice relaxing dinner, try Flight’s varied menu, which includes vegan dishes. They will accommodate special dietary requests, too. Whether you go for happy hour and appetizers, soup and sandwiches, or a dinner entre, you are sure to find a wide selection of home cooked favorites.

#7 – St. Mary’s Restaurant & Bar: For a peppy atmosphere along with authentic Jamaican cuisine, try St. Mary’s located in the beautiful Charles Village neighborhood. From roti to wings, oxtail to Codfish Callaloo with bananas, fried dumplings, and fried plantains, you will love the Jamaican cuisine as well as the reggae music on Saturday nights.

#8 – Shareef’s Grill (House of Wraps): This restaurant is known for their healthy grilled shrimp wraps. They use all fresh ingredients, which is probably why you see their food truck all over town.

Top 8 Black-Owned Restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland

Source: Blog.BlackBuisness.org

Posted on January 18, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

BBNOMICS A CROWDFUNDING SITE

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BBNOMICS A CROWDFUNDING SITE

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

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.”

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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.

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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.

This Article (The Man Who Dreams And Builds Things Will Start Selling First Ever Made In Ghana Cars [Images]) is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author and AnonHQ.com

 

Posted on January 9, 2016 By Staff With 5 comments

Top 7 Black-Owned Firms That Help Other Black-Owned Businesses

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According to federal statistics, there are more than 2 million Black-owned businesses in the country, but many are struggling to stay afloat. Many generate revenues of less than $100,000 a year, and have few employees. So what’s the plan for 2016?
Here are 7 Black-owned marketing, public relations, and diversity recruitment companies that can help:

#1 – 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.

#2 – 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.

#3 – 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.

#4 – 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).

#5 – 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.

#6 – 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.

#7 – 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!

Source: blog.blackbusiness.org

Posted on January 7, 2016 By Staff With 4 comments

Welcome to Afrikmall, the unique African Mall

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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 5 BLACK-OWNED HO– USEHOLD NAME BRAND COMPANIES

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No matter if we’re talking about paper tissue, syrup or detergent, products featuring nationally recognized name brands tend to cost more than their brand counterparts. But the assumption that higher price means higher quality is fading and since it is, here is the top 5  great companies to support in your quest to buy local or Black:

  1. 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.
  2. True Laundry Detergent  –  A company is only as good as the promises it keeps. We promise the quality of our products will always exceed the value.We promise to be committed to our community It is the mission of True Products,LLC to build a company that will become an institution that will provide opportunity and benefits for generations to come.

    TOP 5 BLACK-OWNED HO– — USEHOLD NAME BRAND COMPANIES

    Maple Creme Syrup

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  3.  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!
  4. 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.
  5.  TGIN (Thank God I’m Natuaral) –  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.  Back then and even today, there were so few hair care products made with natural ingredients for women with kinky, curly or wavy hair, that Chris-Tia felt she was at a complete loss when it came to achieving a professional style that did not require her to chemically straighten her locks.After years of research and development, and as a follow up to her Amazon #1 best-selling bookThank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Natural Hair, Chris-Tia has launched tgin (Thank God It’s Natural), a complete line of products made with natural and organic ingredients for ethnic hair and skin, including shampoos, conditioners, styling aids, handmade soaps, body creams and lip balms. Under Chris-Tia’s leadership, the company plans to expand into healthy snacks, cookbooks, supplements, and fitness apparel in the near future.

Many of these items can be found in large stores, if you can’t demand they carry them. Spread the Buy Black movement!

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Posted on December 30, 2015 By Staff With 8 comments

TOP 5 BLACK OWNED BUSINESS RUN BY CHILDREN

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Photo credits: Maya’s Ideas Website

Every business begins with an idea. Coming up with that idea is one of the coolest feelings in the world. It makes you daydream during the day and keeps you awake at night. However, that idea doesn’t come easy, and once our youth bring them to reality it is worthy of us celebrating and supporting.

So we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 black owned businesses run by children in our community. Every business listed started out of their living room, so what are you waiting for?

 

  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

TOP 5 BLACK OWNED BUSINESS RUN BY CHILDREN

Posted on December 22, 2015 By Staff With 18 comments

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR BLACK-OWNED LOUNGES AND CLUBS IN ATLANTA

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

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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

In the U.S., There Are 2 Million Black-Owned Businesses — And 10 Other Facts About Black Entrepreneurs

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According to the United States Census Bureau, there are more than 2 million businesses in the country that are owned by African Americans. That statistic dispels a lot of rumors that African Americans are not successful in business. On the contrary, Black-owned businesses are a huge asset to the U.S. economy. But wait there’s more!

Here are 10 more little-known facts about Black businesses:

LOCATION:

#1 – The highest ratio of Black-owned businesses is in Washington, DC where 28% percent of ALL businesses there are owned by African Americans.

#2 – The second highest ratio of Black-owned businesses is in the state of Georgia, where 20% of ALL businesses there are Black-owned.

#3 – Although the ratio is only 10.6%, the state of New York actually has the most Black-owned firms at 204,093.

EMPLOYEES:

#4 – Of the 2 million Black businesses in the U.S., only about 107,000 of them have actual employees and they employ more than 920,000 people with a total annual payroll of about $23.9 billion.

INDUSTRIES:

#5 – Nearly 38% of Black businesses are in health care and social assistance, repair and maintenance, and personal and laundry services.

#6 – Other popular categories among Black businesses include advertising firms, auto dealerships, consulting services, restaurants, barbershops, beauty salons, and more.

TOP BUSINESSES:

#7 – World Wide Technology, a global technology consulting firm based in St Louis, MO, is the LARGEST Black-owned business in the country. Founded by entrepreneur David Steward, they post annual revenues of more than $2 billion.

#8 – There are actually many Black-owned businesses that generate millions in annual revenue. For example, Oprah Winfrey’s Harper Productions and Bob Johnson’s RLJ Companies. There is also GlobalHue, an advertising agency in Detroit, that generates more than $480 million in annual revenue; and many, many others.

WHERE IMPROVEMENT IS NEEDED:

#9 – African Americans make up more than 13% of the U.S. population, but only own 7% of the businesses.

#10 – Nearly 1.9 million of the 2 million Black-owned businesses do not have paid employees. If each of these were able to hire just one or two employees, experts say that would be a huge solution to Black unemployment.

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In the U.S., There Are 2 Million Black-Owned Businesses — And 10 Other Facts About Black Entrepreneurs

Source: Blog.BlackBusiness.org

Posted on December 17, 2015 By Staff

MEET THE WOMAN TAKING THE NATURAL HAIR INDUSTRY TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL, IAMMENATURALLY

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Manicka Thomas is the CEO of Thomas Community Consulting LLC, which she started to assist nonprofit organizations and small business to begin  changing the conversation about their businessess….to begin focusing less on the problems that exist, and more on solutions that could be addressed through Public Relations campaigns, Event Planning, Community Outreach and Professional Development training opportunities.

In addition to being an entrepreneur, Manicka also worked at Sinclair Community College in the School and Community Partnerships Division. There, she coordinates the Seniors to Sophomores Program. As the Coordinator, she worked with rising high school seniors who enrolled full time at Sinclair, while simultaneously completing their high school graduation requirements.  In addition to these duties, she also serves as Chair for the Division Marketing Committee and works as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Social Work Program at Sinclair.

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1. Why am I in business?

I am in business to begin creating wealth for myself and my family. I want to create a business that I can pass down to my children. There is no better feeling then being your own boss, and spending time building something for yourself where you directly benefit. I’ve never wanted to spend my time working to build someone else’s business when I could spend time building my own.

2. How did you choose your business name. The overall name for my company is Thomas Community Consulting. I’ve always said, Thomas is who I am, Community is what I love, and consulting is what I do! Under the TCC brand is I Am Me Naturally No Lye, which is my give back initiative for nonprofits. I created a natural hair calendar for girls. I created this name by researching the power of the words “I AM’ for bringing positive changes into your life and because I wanted a name that embodied the mission of empowering mom and girls to love and embrace their natural hair no matter the length or texture.

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3. I started the I Am Me Naturally brand because I noticed a gap in the natural hair community where we were talking more about products and styles and less about how to own and control the products within this new industry we created. Furthermore, I did not see a lot of conversation in the community about how we could empower ourselves economically within the movement. I wanted to create a space for this dialogue to take place.

4. My background is in Social Work. I have a Masters degree in Social Work and am a Licensed Social Worker for the State of Ohio. I have an extensive background working in various social service positions in the nonprofit sector. I am also an Adjunct Faculty member at Sinclair Community College where I teach Cultural Competence in a Diverse World and Introduction to Social Work.

5. I started my business in 2011 and I work with nonprofit organizations on solving problems within their businesses that could be addressed by event planning, professional development training, PR and fund development. I also assist new organizations with applying for their 501c3 tax exempt status.

6. Business form: LLC

7. Advantages of LLC. Protects your personal assets in the case of getting sued. Creates a vail between my personal assets and asset acquired through the business

8. How did I acquire skills?

I made a lot of mistakes and asked a lot of questions. I would schedule meetings with business owners whose business models I liked. I also spent a large amount of time researching businesses and reading various books on business development. I also have gained transferable skill set from the jobs at which I worked

9. Where do I see my business in the next 5 years? I would like to acquire an office space. Any small business owner can attest to the fact that the hardest part of starting a business, especially a black owned business, is access to capital. My goal is to build my business credit so that I can have a physical space to operate and to be able to hire at least 2 employees.

10. No I do not have employees at this time.

11. What I learned from this interview is that I have made pretty significant progress in my business, having been the 1st in my family to start a business. There are also a few areas that I need to sure up, specifically, what would happen to my business if something where to happen to me

Manicka’s passion for her community is evident in her leadership roles and service. She has served as past Chair of the NAACP Education Committee and served as a member of Dayton Public Schools’ Accountability Panel. She currently serves as a Board of Trustee member for Wesley Community Center and is a 2012 graduate of the City of Dayton’s Neighborhood Leadership Institute.

 

Manicka has worked, for four years, as a Contributing Writer for the Dayton Weekly News, which is the longest running African American newspaper in the city of Dayton. She has published several articles on topic related to women’s health, community news activities and nonprofit fundraising events.

She participates actively in her local community by facilitating workshops, conducting training and working on various political campaigns. In May of 2014, Manicka was named by The Business Journal as one Dayton’s 40 under 40-area individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their professions and communities.

She is frequently selected to speak at local conferences, training and seminars as an industry expert. Her work has been featured in key digital and print media publications such as Health Magazine.com.  In addition, Manicka often appears on Living Dayton: WDTN Channel 2 as an industry expert.

She graduated in 2005 from Freed-Hardeman University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She continued her education at The Ohio State University, receiving a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in School Social Work in 2006. Manicka is also a Licensed Social Worker for the State of Ohio.

Would you like to carry  IAMMENATURALLY calendar in your establishment or business? Please contact Manicka directly.

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Posted on December 4, 2015 By Staff With 0 comments

5 BLACK-OWNED FOOD BRANDS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR LOCAL GROCERY STORE

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Two of the best ways to support black-owned businesses is to shop in their stores and recommend their products to others. It’s not always easy though because sometimes its hard to know if a company is black-owned.

So here are 5 food brands owned by African Americans that you can look for and purchase at your local grocery store:

#1 – Glory Foods: Founded in 1989 in Columbus, Ohio, this company offers 85 products, including seasoned canned greens, bagged fresh greens and other vegetables and seasoned cooking bases. Glory Foods, founded by William F. “Bill” Williams and three partners, sells their products at retailers nationwide.  * Glory food is owned by  McCall’s, sold  in 2010*

#2 – Michele’s Syrup: Located in South Holland, Illinois, makes maple syrup in three flavors — Maple Crème, Honey Crème and Butter Pecan that you can even eat on ice cream. The company was founded by Michele Hoskins who started by cooking up batches of her syrup in her mother’s basement. She launched her company in 1984 and has been a supplier to Denny’s, Walmart, General Mills and Sara Lee.

#3 – Comfort Cake Mix: This company is owned by Amy Hilliard and specializes in premium poundcakes made from scratch. A native of Detroit, Amy launched her company in 2001 and sells her products online and nationally through foodservice and retail channels. Amy’s products have been featured on CNN, Fox, The Food Network, AOL, Home Shopping Network, Fortune, Black Enterprise, Essence and other national publications.

#4 – Southern Culture Foods: This Decatur, Georgia-based company makes pancake and waffle mix, bacon rub and syrup. Owner Erica Barrett starting cooking for her family at the age of 9. Her first break came when she took first place in a food contest being held by The Food Network and Lea & Perrins, winning $10,000 and a trip to New York City. The rest she says is history.

#5 – Cookie Kahuna: Wally Amos started his career in 1975, but has called Hawaii his home for 40 years. Using his Auntie’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies, he opened the world’s first gourmet cookie store and now sells his famous cookies over the Internet and in local Hawaii grocery stores. Most people remember him as Famous Amos.

5 Black-Owned Food Brands To Look For in Your Local Grocery Store

According to : blog.blackbusiness.org

Posted on November 30, 2015 By Staff

WATCH: BLACK PEOPLE WILL NOT CHANGE THEIR BLACK FRIDAY HABITS

OHIO RISE UP

OHIO RISE UP

 

Ohio Premier of Film About Black Wealth, Black Friday, on Black Friday in Columbus

Columbus, OH – Community leaders and activists with the Blackout Coalition are hosting a screening of the new film Black Friday at the King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. Taking a stand against the American tradition of spending billions outside of the community on the day after Thanksgiving, the film event takes place on November 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM and will offer the opportunity to shop with black owned businesses instead.

Atlanta-based filmmakers, Ric Mathis and Brad Lewis, will attend the event to take part in the after-film discussion panel and call to action. Other special guests include Dr. Boyce Watkins, scholar, finance expert and political analyst; Michael Imhotep, talk show host and President of the African History Network; David Anderson, cast member of the film and founder of the Empowerment Radio Network.

The documentary, Black Friday, takes an in-depth look into the spending habits of African-Americans in America. The film chronicles the financial mis-education of many African-Americans and explores the economic pitfalls that continue to derail the progress of the community-at-large. In an effort to heighten the economic awareness and financial responsibility in the community, the film, Black Friday, presents solutions on how to better manage the 1.2 Trillion dollars that leave African-American communities annually. In addition, the film champions the importance of leaving a financial and ethical legacy for the next generation.

WATCH: BLACK PEOPLE WILL NOT CHANGE THEIR BLACK FRIDAY HABITS

The film will be followed by a discussion and call to action for African-Americans to focus on economic empowerment as the missing key to solving issues such as social injustice, mass incarceration, poverty, gentrification, joblessness, and the school to prison pipeline. Community members and organizers from cities including Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, and surrounding states are planning to attend and are encouraging others to do the same.

General admission tickets are $10 online and $12 at the door. Opportunities are available for display ads before and after the film. For tickets, vendor or business packages, and more information, visit blackoutcoalition.org.

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The Blackout Coalition is dedicated to sharing the urgency of economic empowerment for people of color throughout the African diaspora. We encourage and support black business growth and sustainability, by urging Black America to redirect their spending habits to pull the plug on the injustices all across the nation. The Blackout Coalition called for #BlackOutMonday in 2014 and there were reports nationwide showing that #BlackOutMonday was a huge success. With momentum and energy, tens of thousands geared up to continue the BLACKOUT each and every Friday. This form of protest doesn’t require the time needed to march through the streets, but it can leave a lasting impact. It’s all about choice in your daily routine. Now we take on #BlackFridayOhio as we reclaim this day as ours!

WATCH: BLACK PEOPLE WILL NOT CHANGE THEIR BLACK FRIDAY HABITS

Posted on November 22, 2015 By Staff

TOP 8 BLACK-OWNED REAL ESTATE COMPANIES MAKING BILLIONS

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(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

 

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted on November 9, 2015 By Staff With 2 comments

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

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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

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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

JUST IN TIME FOR ‘DASHIKI DAY’,BRIDGING CULTURAL BARRIERS

National Dashiki Day takes place on Oct. 30, 2015, where it is referenced across the internet, including 1000’s of  mentions on Twitter & Instagram. 

National Dashiki Day. (Rally)
Muslim, Christian, Jew, black, white, red, brown or blue. Whatever or Whoever you are-Stand-Up and Stand-Out against hatred, racism and spiritual persecution! Gather your neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers and participate in the National Dashiki Day. Wear yours to work, shopping or school. Anywhere and everywhere! Get creative! Host the˜best dashiki’ contest. Get the kids involved! Then post your pics on all over social media and on the net.
More info on Dashiki Day can be found on the Wiki page for Dashiki, or on social media  ‘About National Dashiki Day’ , via twitter & Instagram, use ‘#DashikiDay’. 

JUST IN TIME FOR ‘DASHIKI DAY’, BRIDGING CULTURAL BARRIERS

Check out BBNomics Interview with KemiPosh, based out of Columbus, OH.  

Why are you in business? I am in business to earn additional income other than the typical 9-5 jobs.

How did you choose your business name? My first name is Kemi and since I consider myself to be Posh, I added that to it.

Why are in this type of business? I have always loved the idea of buying and selling. It’s a thrill each time you’re able to multiply a dollar and being in retail allows you to do just that.

What is your background? Education, Work Experience.. I was born and raised in West Africa, Nigeria to be precise. I’ve a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and I’m currently working as a Business Developer.

Can you provide me with a description of your business? How long have you been in business? My business consist of selling the popular materials called Dashikis in different beautiful styles and colors. I’ve been in business since April of 2012 but began selling dashikis earlier this year.

In this business? In other businesses? This is my only business, for now.

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What type of business form do you have, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation? Sole Proprietorship 

What are the advantages of this form of business ownership? The advantage of being in business on your own is that you can be yourself. You get to make the decisions and be your own boss.

How did you get started in this business? I started back in 2012 by selling vintage items online under the name KemisKloset. I would shop in different hidden boutiques for rare pieces and resell them online. Then gradually, I started selling Brand New items such as clothes, purses, jewelries, shoes and so on. I stopped selling when I entered my senior year in college because school got busy and  I was working a full time job at the same time. Earlier this year, I opened my business back up under Kemi Posh.

How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business? Other than the fact that I studied business in school, I have always been interested in the act of making a living through commerce.

How do the social, economic, environmental, technological, legal and political environments impact your business? Oh my! I can’t imagine owning a business without these tools. My business is impacted by the use of social media, technology and so forth. It helps in reaching out to people worldwide and spreading the word everyday.

Do you know who your competitors are? Of’course I do. If you do not learn who your competitors are, then you’re not really in business.

How do you market your business? As I mentioned earlier, I use social media to my advantage. I’m constantly spreading the word on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. 

How are people aware of your business? Majority of my customers are aware of my business through my active use of the social media and my business cards.

Please explain what ways do you give back to the community, how & why you choose this particular method? I give back to the community by involving myself in programs that enables me to share my experience in the retail world. I’m constantly encouraging people to think beyond their 9-5’s. I choose this method because it is important to show people how to invest instead of spending.

Where do you see your business in the next year? God willing, I see my business tripling. 

In the next five years? The next ten years?… In the next five to ten years.. Oh my! I’ll let God handle that one.

How has technology, such as computers and the internet, impacted on how you conduct business? I operate an e-boutique business so the internet is where I spend most of my time.I use the internet to run my business, advertise and to constantly promote my store website in whichever way I can.

Why is your business located at this site? I run my business online because operating a brick and mortar store is far more expensive.

Whom do you seek advice from for your business? God, no seriously.

What do you do with your profits? I put all my profits back into the business.

Does your business have a stated mission statement, the reason that this business exists? I’m still working on that.

Can you describe your customers? My customers are people who love to look unique. They are excited about new pieces and love to show them off. My customers are awesome!

Why do your customers select you over your competitors? I believe they select my store because my pricing is lower than some of my competitors and also because I always deliver on time.

What is your management style? I’m hard on myself. I don’t do things any way because I no one to report to. Things have to get done regardless of what is going on in my personal life because there are people out there counting on me to deliver.

What are the biggest issues for running this business? There are fast and slow days in running a business and these are issues one has to familiarize themselves with. The biggest issues for me are slow days and making sure tomorrow is not slower.

If something happens to you, what will happen to your business? The business will most likely die seeing that I am the only one running it, unless someone decides to pick it up, but I am working on that.

What did you learn from this interview? I learned to reinforce my future goals.

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Posted on October 25, 2015 By Staff

WHEN YOU DIE, WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE BEHIND, BILLS OR BENEFITS?

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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

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Posted on October 25, 2015 By Staff With 0 comments