As a former professional quarterback, restaurateur Micheal Jackson is
used to being on the offensive and knows how to avoid being tackled by
the competition. He has parlayed this same tactical and no nonsense
approach from his days on the scrimmage line into how he runs his
upscale bar and restaurant business, Jacksonville, in the economically
impoverished city of Paterson, New Jersey.
In recent years, black-owned businesses have been one of the fastest-growing segments in the U.S. economy. But according to experts, some African-American
small-business owners limit their revenue growth because they don’t
reach beyond their comfort zone and build relationships with businesses
led by other demographics. Here are two African-American small-business owners who have successfully chartered that path.
been called one of the "Most Influential Women in D.C." And Dr. Avis
Jones-DeWeever does indeed have a lot on her plate. When not being
interviewed by the likes of CNN, Al Jazeera America or C-Span, she is
president and founder of Washington, DC-based Incite Unlimited, a
boutique consulting firm. TNJ.com spoke with Jones-DeWeever about her business and the obstacles facing Black women in business.
If it's branding you want, then you might want to try the GOTO Ladies. The agency focuses on key branding, digital media, communications, and
thought leadership. Launched by Aniesia Williams, the fledgling company
offers support to a diverse set of clients to include sports, lifestyle,
non-profits and media personalities.
Carmen Blackmon’s road to entrepreneurship started with a nonprofit. In 1999, she left her lucrative corporate job to start the Above and Beyond Learning Center, a community-based
after-school program to help students who needed additional support but
whose parents couldn’t afford private tutoring. Fourteen years later, the program has grown exponentially.
The fashion industry is hard to break into but Mimi Plange has done the
impossible. First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Mimi Plange A-line skirt to
an appearance on the "The View." Today, Plange's designs can be seen on
celebrities and fashionable women worldwide.