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#FridayReads: ‘Soar!’ By T.D. Jakes Tells You How to Take Flight as an Entrepreneur

With Soar!, Jakes teaches a master course on the risks and rewards of the entrepreneurial…

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Baltimore Entrepreneur Creates Co-Working Space for Beauty Industry Pros

Hair stylists, barbers, manicurists, and other beauty professionals are all welcome

Entrepreneur Wilson Nolley, Jr. had a mission: To help beauty industry professionals prosper. So he…

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The Unique Seat creators Shirley and Addison Hayden with Steve Harvey on Steve Harvey's Funderdome

Mompreneur and Son Invent Unique Product and Pitch Steve Harvey

How a frustrating day at the beach sparked their invention idea

Shirley and Addison Hayden pitch their product, The Unique Seat, on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, winning…

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7 Best Venture Capitalists for Black Entrepreneurs

You are more likely to find success raising capital with these folks

These venture capitalists are not only some of the top investors but many of them…

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Former Kapor Capital Director Launches Founder Gym

Founder Gym is the first online training center for underrepresented tech startup founders

Founder Gym is the first online training center by underrepresented tech startup founders for underrepresented…

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This Young Black Robotics Engineer and CEO Just Landed a Sweet Deal with Apple

Reach Robotics has raised $7.75M in funding to date

Reach Robotics will sell its line of MekaMon real-life gaming robots in Apple’s flagship U.S.…

By Samara Lynn

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Women of Color Small Business Owners: Access to Birth Control Is Vital To Our Success

The ACLU has plans to sue the Trump administration

The poll, which including over samples of 100 African-American and Latina small business owners, found…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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DNA Simple CEO Olivier Noel Pitches on ABC's Shark Tank

Young Geneticist Gets ‘Shark Tank’ Mogul to Invest in His DNA Startup

He strikes deal with Mark Cuban to support breakthrough medical research

Olivier Noel pitched DNA Simple, a new way to support cutting-edge medical research, on a…

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Jesse WIlliams - Blebrity at AfroTech (Image: Instagram)

Jesse Williams Just Released the Blackest App Game You’ve Ever Played

"Can you please throw us a crumb? We're not with that," says the entertainer

Jesse Williams, known for his activism and stirring speeches, just released a new Afrocentric app,…

By Sequoia Blodgett

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Cut Buddy CEO Joshua Esnard pitches on ABC's Shark Tank

His Invention, ‘The Cut Buddy,’ Keep Edges Looking So Sharp, Daymond John Just Invested In It

Pitch participant makes the cut on 'Shark Tank'

Cut Buddy CEO and BE Modern Man Joshua Esnard pitched his unique grooming tool on…

By Brandon Andrews

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What Every Venture Capital Investor Is Thinking When You Pitch Them

Two important investing concepts to know when seeking business funding

Every investor has one major question on their mind: “What is your exit strategy?” i.e.;…

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Interview: Christina Milian On Expanding Her Entrepreneurial Venture, Viva Diva Wines

The singer-actress looks to a sparkling future

Milian used her savvy to position Viva Diva Wines on her E! Network show “Turned…

By Tia Walker

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This Woman’s Plan to Improve the Quality of Life for Dialysis Patients

The healthcare startup tackles a serious and common chronic condition in the black community

Eboni Gee a wife, mom, registered nurse and woman on a mission to help dialysis…

By Kandia Johnson

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What Stages of Venture Fundraising Look Like in the Black Community

Let's break them down

Here are the various stages of fundraising and what they typically look like from the…

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13 Black Corporate Board Members Who Served in the Military

Their careers in the armed forces led to impressive business accomplishments

In honor of Veteran’s Day: A list of BLACK ENTERPRISE Registry of Corporate Directors members…

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Black Businesses More Likely to Have a Disaster Recovery Plan; How to Set Up Yours

Having a plan in place can keep your business going during a crisis

Most owners say they don’t have formal disaster recovery plans in place, though catastrophic weather…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Black Veteran Awarded $25,000 to Scale Her Business

This African American veteran won cash and an opportunity to talk business with Daymond John through the Bob Evans Farms “Heroes to CEOs” initiative

Charlynda Scales, an Air Force veteran who launched Mutt’s Sauce in 2015, said it was…

By Selena Hill

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4 Things Every Black Entrepreneur Can Learn From EMPIRE’s Cookie Lyon

It's a study on building wealth

Cookie Lyon and her enchanting black girl magic is what she uses to lead her…

By Charlene Rhinehart

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JPMorgan Makes $4.2 Million Investment in Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Helping those who served to realize their business dreams

To support veteran-owned small businesses, JPMorgan Chase & Co announced a $4.2 million commitment as…

By Samara Lynn

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Military Background Helps Black Veterans Run BE 100s Companies

Businesses run by African American veterans growing in number

There were 13,170 firms with paid employees owned by male or female black veterans in…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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How To

Password Protect Your Flash Drive In Two Simple Steps

Flash drives, thumb drives, USB sticks: whatever you want to call them, they’re more than…

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Black Female Voice Actor on How to Break into the Lucrative Voice-Over Business

“The secret society [of the voice-over business] is due in part because it’s a career…

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