In recent years, black-owned businesses have been one of the fastest-growing segments in the U.S. economy. But according to experts, some African-American
small-business owners limit their revenue growth because they don’t
reach beyond their comfort zone and build relationships with businesses
led by other demographics. Here are two African-American small-business owners who have successfully chartered that path.
been called one of the "Most Influential Women in D.C." And Dr. Avis
Jones-DeWeever does indeed have a lot on her plate. When not being
interviewed by the likes of CNN, Al Jazeera America or C-Span, she is
president and founder of Washington, DC-based Incite Unlimited, a
boutique consulting firm. TNJ.com spoke with Jones-DeWeever about her business and the obstacles facing Black women in business.
If it's branding you want, then you might want to try the GOTO Ladies. The agency focuses on key branding, digital media, communications, and
thought leadership. Launched by Aniesia Williams, the fledgling company
offers support to a diverse set of clients to include sports, lifestyle,
non-profits and media personalities.
Carmen Blackmon’s road to entrepreneurship started with a nonprofit. In 1999, she left her lucrative corporate job to start the Above and Beyond Learning Center, a community-based
after-school program to help students who needed additional support but
whose parents couldn’t afford private tutoring. Fourteen years later, the program has grown exponentially.
The fashion industry is hard to break into but Mimi Plange has done the
impossible. First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Mimi Plange A-line skirt to
an appearance on the "The View." Today, Plange's designs can be seen on
celebrities and fashionable women worldwide.
The name itself is intriguing--Royal Jelly Harlem. But the products are
even more so--clothing for men, women and babies crafted into using
fabulous African fabric. The idea came to Maya Gorgoni after a visit to West Africa.
In April, we reported on Uncharted Play, creators of the innovative SOCCKET--a soccer ball that
harnesses and stores energy from play for later use as a portable light
source targeted to undeveloped regions of the world. Recently, the creators opened an online store. Here, TNJ.com spoke with Jessica Matthews to find out more about the launch and the goals of the store.
Dion Fearon has a passion for entrepreneurship. Jamaican born, Baltimore
raised and L.A. based, Fearon is a self-starting, self-taught feature
film and television producer who has now been in the entertainment
business industry for the last 20 years. Now she has added a second business—a line of scented candles through the Dion Fearon Collection.