A black business network is of great interest to industry professionals within the African American community for networking, social connection, and business development opportunities. This is why online networks such as TNJ.com offer industry professionals in the black business network invaluable opportunities to connect with others throughout the black business network both locally, nationally and internationally as well. African American industry professionals have much to learn from each other, and much that they can learn from others who are successfully building businesses and careers in diverse and impactful arenas of influence. The mentoring element as African American black business network leaders guide and support the next generation of successful African American entrepreneurs and business leaders, is another key facet in connecting black business networks, and is crucial to the continued forward movement of the community as a whole.

Each year there are a number of highly prestigious and visible black business network events, such as TNJ.com’s 25 Influential Black Women and the Forty under 40 network, which celebrates young up and coming entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout the black business network both nationally and internationally. Leading industry professionals in the African American community step up to keynote such notable events as the Essence Women’s Conference, the Executive Leadership Council’s Annual Mid-Level Managers’ Symposium, and others.

From rising stars to recognized black business network leaders, industry professionals in all stages of their career can benefit from the wealth of expertise, experience, and wisdom that industry giants can offer. Those at the top of the industry lead by example. They encourage African American business owners and professionals to support each other by buying from black owned businesses and hiring black employees. They mentor the young and promote complementary black owned products and services in mutually beneficial partnerships. Gaining access to a powerful network of black business leaders and industry professionals holds value for each member of the network and for the network as a whole.

Connecting with a black business network has benefits beyond those who are involved in business, finance and commerce. With the number of rising and established African American stars in the arts, entertainment, fashion, media, social services, community building, education, and food services industries, it is apparent that the power in connecting with leading individuals in the black business network means better business practices and profits for all participants.

The bottom line is clear–the community that stays together grows together and supports its own from the inside out. Industry professionals from all walks of life in the black business network have the power, expertise, and influence to build a better life and bigger opportunities for African Americans everywhere, from local communities to national enterprises and around the world. News media platforms such as TNJ.com are just one such medium by which local and regional members can connect with the greater African American community to create a truly global impact and visibility for the black business network in its position of power and influence.