Business

Molly Maid Franchisee Is Cleaning Up With Her House Cleaning Service

By: Nancy E Williams

Eleven years ago, Lisa Johnson, owner of Molly Maid Playa Vista in Southern California, realized she didn’t want her upcoming retirement dictating how she spent her time. The former clinical psychologist knew it was time to venture onto her own business but had no idea what type of business she would...

Chicago’s Last Black-Owned Bank Gets $20 Million Cash Infusion

By: Jeffrey McKinney

In an effort to spark economic development activity within the black community, the city of Chicago has deposited $20 million into ISF Bank—the oldest and last black-owned Chicago-based bank.   The bank, formerly named Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan Association, plans to use the money for multiple purposes, says...

Mamapreneur Invents Innovative and Eco-Friendly Baby Teething Solution

By: Brandon Andrews

Tara Darnley is the co-founder of Yummy Mitt Teething Mitten—an innovative baby teething solution that allows babies to self-soothe while sucking on the teether. Recently, Darnley pitched her product on the TV show Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships sat down with Darnley after the show to find out more about...

Despite Calls to Postpone, 2017 National HBCU Week Conference Goes On as Scheduled

By: Robin White Goode

Earlier this week—in spite of calls from Rep. Alma Adams, the Congressional Black Caucus, UNCF, and others to postpone the 2017 National HBCU Week Conference—the conference was held Sept. 17–19, as originally scheduled. (Image: iStock/Weekend Images Inc.)   Trump did not attend, nor did several HBCU college presidents, news outlets have...

Nielsen Study Quantifies the Power and Influence of Black Girl Magic

By: Selena Hill

The power of Black Girl Magic just got real. More than a hashtag or catchphrase, Black Girl Magic is a mantra that celebrates the achievements, strength, and sisterhood of black girls and women around the diaspora. Those three simple words profess our beauty, creativity, and brilliance, which has been imitated...

Chance the Rapper’s Intern Shares Tips and New Business Venture

By: Mia N. Hall

Since responding to Chance the Rapper’s tweet looking for an intern with a package that would impress even a Grammy-winning hiring manager, Negele “Hospey” Hospedales’ life has never been the same. I'm looking for an intern, someone with experience in putting together decks and writing proposals— Lil Chano From 79th...

Singer Andra Day Channels Billie Holiday in Google Racial Justice Effort

By: Samara Lynn

On Wednesday, Google launched Andra Day’s cover of Billie Holiday’s classic song about the lynching of black people in the South, “Strange Fruit” on its “Lynching in America” site. (George Meadows, “murderer & rapist,” lynched on scene of his last alleged crime. George Meadows was lynched at Pratt Mines (in...

Apply Now: Black Enterprise TCX Pitch Competition for Tech Startups

By: Samara Lynn

It’s tough for entrepreneurs of color to raise capital—any dollar in funding helps. This year, Black Enterprise is launching its first-ever pitch competition for tech startups at the TechConneXt Summit.   To enter the Black Enterprise TCX Pitch Competition sponsored by Prudential, simply record and upload your best 60-second technology...

Interview: Pretty Ricky’s Spectacular Makes Money Moves with Adwizar

By: Sequoia Blodgett

You may know him from Pretty Ricky, but did you know that “Spectacular” Blue Smith is also a tech innovator? While folks were boppin’ their heads to “Grind with Me” and “Your Body, Spec was trying to figure out other ways to secure the bag. Some years later, after discovering that...

How This Texas Etiquette Coach Is Growing Her Business With Facebook Live

By: Selena Hill

For Misty Harris, the director and owner of Texas Etiquette, her passion is all about transformation. “I love what I do! I can just see how it changes people’s lives,” Harris said. Though her business originally started out targeting local areas, Harris is beginning to grow its reach by offering online...

The $2 Charge That Dropped My Credit Score 169 Points

By: Selena Hill

So, my personal credit score dropped a whopping 169 points the other day. I’m almost embarrassed to admit it. After all, I co-founded a company passionately devoted to teaching entrepreneurs how to avoid that kind of headache.   (Image: iStock/AndreyPopov)   How did it happen? I’m glad you asked. A...

GM Catapults Launch of Black Girls Code Detroit Chapter

By: Sequoia Blodgett

Black Girls CODE has frequented the media a lot as of late, particularly for turning down a $125,000 grant from Uber that the founder, Kimberly Bryant felt was disingenuous. Bryant told TechCrunch that, “it seems a bit tone-deaf to really addressing real change in how they are moving towards both inclusion...

Brother-and-Sister Entrepreneurs Create Unique Laundry Basket

By: Brandon Andrews

Najma and Yusuf  Jamaludeen are siblings that collaborated to create an innovative laundry product, BasketMate. The duo pitched their product recently on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships sat down with Najma and Yusuf after the show for an interview with the brother-and-sister team.   (Najma and Yusuf Jamaludeen with Steve...

This Entrepreneur’s Mobile Recording Studio Can Save Emerging Artists Big Money

By: Brandon Andrews

Brandyn Armstrong is CEO, founder, and inventor of the Studio Stick, a device that allows artists—musicians, podcasters, lecturers, book recorders and others—to record their songs/ideas at the moment they’re inspired while giving them a full mobile recording studio experience. Recently, Armstrong pitched his product on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships...

How theBOM Makes it Convenient to Shop Black-Owned Businesses

By: Kandia Johnson

To promote economic empowerment and provide a space to encourage support for black business owners, Michelle Dalzon launched theBOM (aka the Black Owned Market), a New York City-based curated pop-up market experience. Since its December 2016 launch, theBOM has worked with about 25 businesses to date and attracted over 300 people...