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.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, $296.3 billion a year is spent
on business travel while $650.8 billion is spent on leisure travel.
Further, U.S. residents logged 455 million person‑trips for business
purposes in 2015, and 1.7 billion person‑trips for leisure purposes the
same year. This is good news for Elizabeth Blount McCormick, president
and co-owner of UNIGLOBE Travel Designers.
A mere 4 percent of female-led startups are run by Black women. One of
those women is Sarah Kunst. But discouraging stats aside, Kunst is not
letting the numbers stop her. After building a more than impressive
career in the tech world, Kunst has launched a new fitness app called
A recent Harvard Business
School survey indicated that it's easier now to open a business compared to a decade
ago, and that barriers have been lowered considerably. In support of aspiring entrepreneurs, lifestyle coach and media expert Harriette Cole has created an avenue to get the
information, training and contacts needed to bring their business
ambitions to life. Last month, she launched her DREAMLEAPERS retreat, and here, she talks to TNJ.com about it.
Soldsie lets people shop via Facebook and Instagram. The e-commerce service allows businesses to sell straight to people on Facebook and Instagram through the comments section. The idea for Soldsie, which first launched in May 2012, is so intriguing and viable that it raised $4 million in Series A funding from First Round Capital. Here, founder Chris Bennett tells us more about this unqiue venture.
Amplify 4 Good, an Atlanta-based nonprofit, assists underserved communities in solving problems by using the
resources they already have available. In order to achieve this,
the company has built a huge database with an ecosystem of resources,
mapping needs and creating recommendations for collaboration. Here, founder Joey Womack tells TNJ.com the who, what, when, where, and why behind it.