Olivia Scott, former CMO of Carol's Daughter, vice president of
alliances at Live Nation, associate publisher of VIBE Magazine, and
current adjunct marketing professor at New York University, saw a
business opportunity in 2012 and took it. It was the year she launched
NY-based Omerge Alliances, an integrated marketing communications
consultancy dedicated to independent video, film and music properties.
To say Dr. Mary M. Gillam has had a diverse career would be an
understatement. Gilliam is a retired Air Force Colonel after spending
nearly 30 years in the military; a former senior executive with the
Department of Defense (DoD), where she served as the Director of
Technology, Innovation, and Engineering; an Amazon #1 best-selling
author; and founder of tech consulting and management company M2G
Dynamic Leadership Solutions, LLC.
Holt Brothers Construction LLC today announced it has been awarded roles
on three upcoming construction projects in the Raleigh area. Led by
former N.C. State and NFL stars Terrence and Torry Holt, Holt Brothers
Construction will work with several of the Southeast’s largest general
contractors on essential community projects that will propel the region
For business owner Tamara Mangum, the Super Bowl will always be a pleasant memory—not due to its
outcome, but because her company—Sharpened Image was one
of only a handful of African American vendors in the metro area to nab a
lucrative contract with Met Life/NFL for Super Bowl-related services. Mangum recently sat down with TNJ.com to discuss her company and how the
Super Bowl was, indeed, a kicker of sorts, to her business.
Ayo Ogun-McCants had always been fascinated by natural do-it-yourself beauty treatments. Her thinking was
ahead of the curve as there has been a beauty industry revival of all
things natural--from natural beauty products to natural hair. And
Ogun-McCants' Soultanicals, launched last November, offers both. It's a
fast-growing, toxin-free, vegan hair and body product company.
Determined to be more than just another greasy spoon in the
neighborhood, restaurateur Vonda McPherson, advocates health
and wellness through healthy eating at her place—Vonda's Kitchen. This
may be why her popular soul food eatery in Newark, New Jersey is making its mark and
holding its own in tough and tenuous economic times.
While Randy Edme, who uses the name Jonez Bush, enjoys his job as a
paraprofessional in a charter school in Harlem, he always had a dream to
be in business for himself. He is not alone. More than 627,000 new businesses are launched
each year in the U.S., according to the SBA. But it can be rough
going for new businesses--nearly 595,000 businesses close each year, as of