When Nneka Brown decided to make Black-inspired notebooks for 2016’s
back-to-school market, she had no idea she would get 8,000 orders the
first day she advertised them through an online marketplace. But then
again, these are the days of social media. Here, we speak with Brown about the enterprise and her commitment to making a difference in her community.
There are a few stores that most every urban area needs. One of them is a
laundromat. So when Tyesha Offiong decided to leave her career in
corporate America to become an entrepreneur, she picked a somewhat
practical business to go into. But her A&Q Laundry Room is anything
As more and more women of color turn to natural hairstyles, they need
the tools to help them manage and maintain their hair. Tamiah Bridgett, a
licensed cosmetologist, is creating such tools through her company
Diversamé, which specializes in making hair care easier for those with
curls. The company’s first product: a hair dryer specially designed for
styling textured hair anywhere on the curly continuum.
Businessman and serial entrepreneur Reggie Cummings has created a
Facebook community for people who share an “interest in cultivating new
friendships and epic experiences through international worldwide
travel.” Today, it has more than 11,600 members and he looks to turn the community into a full-blown business. Here, he tells TNJ.com
Step into the Harlem Haberdashery in Harlem, New York, and you will be in good company. The
store, a custom-made
family-owned apparel company, has made clothes for countless celebrities. Here, we caught up with co-owner Guy Wood to talk about the business.
Don't count Black owned farms out--some are still surviving and going
strong. A 2012 Census of Agriculture found that the number of Black
farmers has actually increased 12 percent since 2007, even though Black
farmers still make up less than 2 percent of the nation’s farmers in
total. And some Black-owned farms are in major cities. Here, we take a look at some of them.
Kevin A. Joseph and Lakai Worrell are among today's visionaries who are running arts organizations. Here, TNJ Senior Editor Sergie Willoughby talks to the duo who launched their cultural dance company Purelements 10 years ago in East New York, Brooklyn to expose children in underserved communities to careers in the performing arts.
New York-based marketing firm BLKBOX (formerly The Strategy Collective)
aims to stand out from the pack. In fact, the founders declare that
BLKBOX is a new kind of agency. Different because it more than serves;
BLKBOX is “about product and solutions.” It builds custom analytics
platforms to help better understand customers and influence business
Entrepreneur, author and philanthropist Chris Gardner is no stranger to struggle. But he did build a multimillion‑dollar brokerage firm in the face of a turbulent stock market and the ever‑changing
demands of running a business. His story was even brought to the big screen in "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith. Today, he's in town to promote a small business campaign with AT&T. Here, we share with our readers this business veteran’s take on the road to entrepreneurship.