A few years ago Ngozi Opara was so sure that a natural hair wave was
going to hit the U.S., that she opened up a new business in
anticipation. Already the owner of NZO Hair Studio in Washington, D.C.,
she went on to found Heat Free Movement and Heat Free Hair in 2013. And
she left her job as a financial analyst to get ready for the hair
trend. Here, TNJ.com talks to Opara.
It's been more than 15 years since New Jersey entrepreneur Tracey Syphax's company, Capital City Contracting, became an SBA certified 8(a) contractor for the federal government. The catalyst, Syphax says, put his business on solid ground where it still
Compliments of Whitney DuBois Gardner, CEO of Minoritize LLC, Chicago
residents now have a way to search for Black-owned businesses. McCabe Market Minority Business Locator is an online portal for
those seeking ways to control their buying power and further their
support of minority owned businesses.
Jason Young, 33, hopes to impact 20 million young people with his
education technology company. As the CEO and co-founder of MindBlown
Labs (MBL), he designs products intended to help the youth better
navigate in the real world.
Pitch competitions are fast becoming very popular for those wishing to
get cash for their start-up ventures. Dawn Dickson is one of those
entrepreneurs. Recently, she competed against three companies and took home the
$25,000 cash prize at the Essence Festival 2015 for the PowerMovesNOLA
‘Big Break’ pitch competition.
Following her many successes, interior designer Courtney
Sloane has opened a brick-and-mortar store in Jersey City, NJ, called
Sloane Square, a lifestyle retail showroom. Sloane, creative and artistic director of 20-year-old Courtney Sloane
Design, is an award-winning interior designer whose roster of A-list
clients has included the likes of Queen Latifah, Diddy and Jay-Z.