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.
On the heels of Small Business Week, TNJ.com talks to entrepreneur Rica Elysee whose digital brand, Boston Naturals, developed into the formation of BeautyLynk after the brand garnered 25,000 followers online. Here, Elysee shares her biggest business lessons, her methods for getting clients, and how to tell the difference between opinions and actionable advice.
This week, the African American Chamber of Commerce honored business
leader Cory Nettles, founder and managing director of
Milwaukee-based Generation Growth Capital Inc, whose peers regard him as someone who is passionate about economic development and wealth creation. In recognition of Small
Business Week, we interviewed Nettles. Here, he shares advice for aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs.