After years of working as a corporate trainer for a major financial
services company, Marsha Barnes of Charlotte, N.C., bought a school bus on
Craigslist for $3,500 and hired an interior designer to create comfy
work stations where Barnes could consult with people on their finances.
Thus, The Finance Bar was born in November 2014.
African-American women spend a whopping $7.5 billion annually on beauty
products and spent 80 percent more on cosmetics and skin-care products
than the general market, according to Essence’s Smart Beauty research
study in 2013. Obviously, Black women love their cosmetics and
more and more are looking to flex their spending power on Black- owned
beauty companies, such as A Maven’s World. It was founded in 2014 by Anna Foster.
Omar S. Kinnebrew came up with an unique product. He handcrafted
something called the Perfect Pocket Square Holder. It is a luxury pocket
square holder invented to prevent pocket squares from slipping into a
man’s jacket pocket. Here, Kinnebrew told TNJ.com more about his new invention and company.
It was out of frustration that in 2004 Jasmine Lawrence started EDEN
BodyWorks--at the age of 13. There was a lack of natural haircare
products readily available on the market. Here, Lawrence tells TNJ.com how she got started and what the future holds for the brand.
William S. Matthews’s resume is impressive. In addition to owning his own successful event planning
company, RSVP with Will: Event Planning, he is an author and his work includes community outreach, project management, workshop facilitation,
fundraising and keynote speaking. Here, Matthews spoke to TNJ.com about his new book and thriving business.
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.