Christina Lewis Halpern was juggling many things. She is philanthropist;
had been a reporter at the Wall Street Journal; is the author of a memoir about her famous father, trailblazing
African-American businessman Reginald F. Lewis; and served 20 years
on the board of directors of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation. There were many more avenues open for Lewis
Halpern, but she chose to use
her energies to help others, particularly young boys of color.
Fabipops...it's a piece of cake! It's the slogan of a unique company
called Fabipops, which sells cake on a stick. The popular pastry even
has its own shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The Fabipop is also known as a
"cake pop" or "cakesicle" and is the brainchild of Fabiola Scarbrough.
Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and President Obama are among the
celebrity fans of Fabipops.
Yvette Davis Gayle has traveled the world for work and pleasure. But it
was a trip to Ethiopia that inspired the Brooklyn-born, L.A.-based
veteran entertainment publicist to venture into her own business--a line
of luxury scented candles called The Sitota Collection. Fragrances
include Coco Noir, Blue Nile, Havana, and Aigyiptos.
Talk about having an early start. Moziah Bridges launched his unique bow
tie company, Mo's Bows, when he was just nine years old. Now 12,
Bridges has built his company into a success--and media favorite. The
Memphis-based business has been showcased on such major television shows
as the "Today" show, "The Steve Harvey Show,""Fox Business," and by
Melissa Harris Perry on MSNBC.
As a former professional quarterback, restaurateur Micheal Jackson is
used to being on the offensive and knows how to avoid being tackled by
the competition. He has parlayed this same tactical and no nonsense
approach from his days on the scrimmage line into how he runs his
upscale bar and restaurant business, Jacksonville, in the economically
impoverished city of Paterson, New Jersey.
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.