Andrea Polk was very serious about her entrepreneurial dreams. So
serious she routinely socked away money from her corporate day job to
fund her purpose. Her vision — a skin care business targeting men. Her first venture
was hit and miss, but eventually she struck success with the launch of
Solo Noir, an organic grooming line for men of color. Here, Polk talks to TNJ.com about going Solo.
The fatal shooting of Black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO ignited civil unrest. And for CheyOnna Sewell, a PhD student in
criminology, it was a time to take action. She founded
The Yarn Mission in Ferguson, a collective she organized in October 2014
in response to the violence and police brutality in nearby Ferguson.
The aim of the Yarn Mission is to “use yarn to promote action and change
to eradicate racism, sexism and other systems of oppression.”
Harrison Blake Apparel offers a one-stop online shop for men’s
accessories. The Black-owned company has a wide array of everything from
neckwear and pocket squares to lapel pins and watches. Consumers can
buy online or join the company’s monthly subscription service.
Knotted Handcrafted Bowties has the perfect gift for the softened
gentleman on your holiday shopping list. The company was launched with just $30 earlier this year
by newly engaged couple Jay Hendrix and AJ Washington. Based in Mobile,
Al, its mission is to create the most unique, handcrafted bow
ties available. And it seems like they are succeeding.
You can tell a lot about a man from his watch, so they say. And
Virginia-based entrepreneur Randy Williams was very particular about his
watches, so much so in October 2014 he started his own watch company,
Talley & Twine. He tells TNJ.com just how.
Torin Ellis has been in
the recruitment game for 17 years. His aim? To change the face of the
American workforce. And if you let Ellis tell it, it starts with
diversity in tech and rolls out from there. Here, Ellis talks to TNJ.com about "the art of recruitment" and his star turn on Netflix's “Top Recruiter - Reign of the Bosses."
There are many ways to describe Niki Okuk. Among a variety of things,
she is a small-business owner; lifelong activist; and worker for social,
economic, and environmental justice. She recently launched Rco² Material Reuse, a tire waste upcycling company that diverts tens of millions of gallons of petroleum waste
from landfills into new products annually while also creating numerous green-collar jobs in Compton.