According to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report,
commissioned by American Express OPEN, women are starting an average of
1,072 new businesses each day and since the recession, the number of
women-owned firms has grown at a rate five times the national average
(up 45%, vs. a 9% increase among all businesses). Here, we talk to one woman, Tracy Grace, who is making her mark.
Thanks to concerned mother and “girl power” advocate Jacqueline Glass, minority girls between the ages of 13-18 from
low-income communities have been afforded the priceless
opportunity to attend a two-week program, at Princeton University no
less, designed to build leadership skills and promote college readiness. Here, Glass tells us all about it.
Adèle Dejak is considered one of the most success Nigerian jewelry and
accessories designers currently on the market. Her Adèle Dejak brand,
sold worldwide via online, creates handmade fashion accessories inspired
by African shapes, textures, and using traditional techniques.
Tristan Walker is no stranger to success. He is the founder of CODE2040, a much-needed program that matches
high-performing Black and Latino undergraduate and graduate coders and
software engineering students with tech firms for internships. Now, his Walker & Company
is poised to make major headway in the health and beauty industry.
Eleven-year-old Marley Dias wanted more diverse reading in school and
she took action to encourage it. The West Orange, New Jersey-based
Thomas A. Edison Middle School student created a campaign called
#1000BlackGirlBooks. The social movement promotes books with “strong,
Black female” main characters. You see, Dias was tired of reading books about boys and whites. Here, Dias tells TNJ.com about the movement and why she likes helping her community.
This week, 4D Healthware, an online personal health dashboard specializing in chronic care management, announced it closed a $710,000 seed investment
round that included a mix of private equity and angel investors,
including multiple physicians. Here, we caught up with founder Star Cunningham, who formerly led global infrastructure at IBM, for an exclusive interview.
Denise Hamilton ditched her many years in corporate America to go out on
her own and recently launched WatchHerWork .com. The Jamaica-born,
Brooklyn, NY-raised Hamilton, 45, wanted to create an online network and
resource for professional women, providing curated advice, helpful
videos and assorted information. Then there are the WatchHerWork
networking and mentoring events nationwide.
Some major corporations say they have trouble finding, recruiting and
retaining minority candidates. So Porter Braswell and Ryan Williams
came up with Jopwell which is a platform that lets companies connect with and
recruit minority candidates for internships and jobs. Here, we caught up with the duo who started their early careers on Wall Street.
A consortium of people of color doing business in the same
community with the clever catch phrase, entrepreneurial enclave, is a
key element in creating black wealth says small business advocate Kevin
Wortham. As the director and co-founder of a nationally revered program
that guides teens into owning their own businesses, Wortham is at the
forefront of forming commonwealths that are chock full of minority-owned