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.
There is no denying the Black haircare industry big business. It is
after all a $684-million industry. And according to market research firm
Mintel, one that would be worth an estimated $761 million by 2017. But
until recently, the industry retail outlets were dominated by Korean
immigrants. But now more and more Black entrepreneurs are getting in on
A new mobile app is harnessing the $1.3 Trillion buying power of the African-American community. Now, Shopping Black (aka buying exclusively from African American owned
businesses) has recently become more accessible thanks to the new “Where
You Came From” app. Here, we speak to app creator and serial entrepreneur Dionne Mahaffey.
The name alone is intriguing--H.I.M-istry. What H.I.M-istry
provides is even more so intriguing: it’s a unique line of skincare and
grooming products for men targeting at multicultural men. Here, we caught up with Darnell Henderson who created it in 2004 in South
There’s a new food movement in Englewood, Chicago. Howard Bailey is
bringing healthier food options to the area. Bailey, an Inglewood
resident, found it difficult to locate fresh food in the area, so he
opened up the Dream Cafe & Grille, serving up healthier alternatives
with the help of Chef Russell Moore, who was a finalist on the PBS
show, “Cooking Under Fire,” in 2005.
Egypt (Ify) Ufele wasn’t going to let a bunch of bullies stop her. So she figured out a way to help other victims of bullies--and to
use her love of fashion to do so. She not only launched a nonprofit
called Bully Chasers she also debuted her own clothing line called