UBR Morning Post: How Farrah Gray Builds His Newest Business By The Book

Farrah Gray (Image: Press)

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy gets an insiders glimpse into Farrah Gray Publishing, the new book publishing venture of UBR contributor, author and entrepreneurial icon Farrah Gray.

A best-selling author and motivational speaker, Gray made his first foray into entrepreneurship as a 6-year-old salesperson of home-made body lotion and book-ends made of hand-painted rocks. By the time he was 16, Gray had launched nearly a dozen small businesses and social enterprises, already gaining national media attention. Today, as CEO of Farrah Gray Publishing, he has a distribution deal with Health Communications Inc., publishers of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Books published by Gray’s company include Dear Dad by Ky-Mani Marley (son of reggae legend Bob Marley) and Why Do I Have to Think Like A Man?: How to Think Like A Lady and Still Get the Man by Shanae Hall.

As a BE Next generation entrepreneur, Gray has earned dozens of awards and recognitions, including a Young Entrepreneur Trumpet Award, an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters from Allen University and being named to The Network Journal‘s “Forty Under Forty” Achievement Awards and The Urban Business Roundtable‘s Top 40 Game Changers of Chicago.

Also on this week’s edition of The Urban Business Roundtable, contributor Renita Young speaks with Jamail Larkins, the 27-year-old founder and CEO of Ascension Aircraft, the 2010 BE Next Small Business of the Year Award recognizing entrepreneurs between the ages of 21 and 35.

VIDEO: Jamail Larkins in “BE Next: Making the January 2010 Cover”

VIDEO: Larkins’ Entrepreneur of the Week profile on The Black Enterprise Business Report

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