Successful enclaves in urban areas in America have seen a reverse
migration of black residents within the past six years. After nearly a
century of migrating out of the South to forage a better source of
income, black Americans are beginning an exodus back to their hometowns. Michiel Perry, recently
returned to her hometown to pursue her own business after quitting her
job in Washington with Google. We
caught up with Perry to talk about her business, Black Southern Belle,
and to find out what’s so southern about it.
Tina D. Howell, a mother of three, became a brand new Wingstop
franchisee in 2002. Today, she is raking in $1.5 million annually making
her a top production franchisee for the chain In South Florida. Howell, a former school teacher who also owns home agency Virtual Home
Care Inc. in Dallas, opened her first Wingstop location in Miami in
2003. In 2016, she opened a second. Howell told TNJ.com how and why she got into the franchise business and what’s ahead for her.
Nothing tops off an outfit like jewelry, and when Traci Lilly could not
find the style of jewelry she wanted, she started her own jewelry
company. In spring of 1984, Traci and her mother, Norma Lilly, went into
the jewelry business--Imani Jewelry.
One of the toughest challenges about starting up a venture is funding,
and often times that means taking on investors. And the type of investor
you will want is a “ride or die” investor. This is an investor who
understands the risks of a new business and will hang tough with the new
company through thick and thin.