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hashtag props

On the Road With ‘Shark Tank’ 2017: Meet the Co-Founder of Hashtag Props

This producer of custom signs recently pitched his small business during the 'Shark Tank' Diversity Tour

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For the sixth stop of the nationwide Shark Tank Diversity Tour,…

By Brandon Andrews

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women in business

How Women in Business Can Help Other Women Break Barriers

Jessica Smith, a business counselor at the Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia, gives us some insight

Jessica Smith
 
Considering women of color are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the United…

By Kandia Johnson

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mobile bartending

Sumptuous Spirits Is Bringing Luxury Mobile Bartending to Metro Detroit

The one-year-old company targets “social professionals” in entrepreneurial, professional, and corporate communities

Sumptuous Spirits
As a college student at Miles College in Alabama, Lauren Daniels was always…

By Danielle D. Hughes

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living with intention

Living With Intention Allows Your Purpose to Guide Your Life

How finding my purpose prepared me for my entrepreneurial journey

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You never know where your life will lead you. Believe it or not,…

By Cameka Smith

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Bank Black

Why the Bank Black Movement Is Essential to Small Businesses

Black banks have historically been a staple in communities of color and continue to support entrepreneurs and those turned away by large banks

At the 2017 Entrepreneurs Summit, a panel of bank owners and professionals discussed the #BankBlack…

By Selena Hill

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Moziah Bridges

Moziah Bridges of Mo’s Bows Talks About Building A Business: Interview

Moziah Bridges gives an in-depth interview about his rapidly growing neckwear business

“When you’re impacting others’ lives in a way that is both inspiring and meaningful, it…

By Rochelle Soetan

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inventors

AOWIE 2017: A Conference for Black Women Inventors

An empowering gathering of female inventors and entrepreneurs

Our conference was filled with women inventors, patent attorneys, manufactures, producers, strategists and directors who…

By Lisa Ascolese

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business presentation

5 Steps to Mastering a Winning Business Presentation

This is how you win over new clients, partners, and investors

At the 2017 Entrepreneurs Summit, Jonathan Sprinkles shared tips on how business owners can improve…

By Selena Hill

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climbing

Life Lessons: The Hike I Didn’t Want But Needed

Life as an entrepreneur means you find a way to keep climbing

Given the opportunity to spend some time in the exotic Guadeloupe islands in the southern…

By Aniesia Williams

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collaboration in business

Why Compete When There’s More Than Enough Opportunities for Us All?

Collaboration is the key to growth and success

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Competition is dead, collaboration is the key!
Why do people compete in the…

By Cameka Smith

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African American politicians

Keeping the Doors of Opportunity Open for Black Businesses in Houston

African American politicians are working to keep business open for blacks in the conservative state

One politician who has seen the dramatic political shifts on the local, state, and county…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Carlecia Wright

See How This Financial Maverick is Helping Black Businesses Grow in Houston

Carlecia Wright is helping to turn Houston into the capital of diverse business innovation

In her role as director of the Office of Business Opportunity, Carlecia Wright helps foster…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Kase Lawal

Kase Lawal is One of the Biggest Power Players in Houston’s Oil Industry

Lawal is chairman of the only energy company that is controlled by African Americans on the New York Stock Exchange

Nigerian-born Kase Lawal represents one of Houston’s greatest power sources. He serves as chairman of…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Sherman Lewis III

How Sherman Lewis III Became the Largest Black-Owned Employer in Houston

Sherman Lewis III risked it all to open up a profitable business franchise

Sherman Lewis III says that he may be conservative by nature but he “bet the…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Tap Into 7 Key Sources of Opportunity for Innovation

Don't miss these common opportunities for business and career growth

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“Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” That quote…

By Preston Charles

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influencer marketing

4 Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Consider Influencer Marketing

How to harness the power of the influential

Influencer marketing includes content creation as well as distribution across social media channels, and this…

By Kandia Johnson

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AfroFemmism

Creativity Begins At Home

Remembering what sparked my creativity

Creativity… an innate gift that is inspired by loved ones and begins at home. Last…

By Lisa Ascolese

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A Recipe for Success: 3 Easy Ways to Achieve Personal and Professional Consistency

Achieving consistency is a critical, yet overlooked skill all entrepreneurs must master

When I think of consistency, I think of smooth cake batter—the kind that my mother…

By Cameka Smith

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Who Is on Your Dream Team? Meet 6 Key Players That Can Make Your Business a Success

Could you pick out a 'Dream Team' from your inner circle?

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The NFL Draft is the topic of the day. I don’t follow it,…

By Cameka Smith

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Secret to Improving Business Performance: The 14 Points of Quality

These tips from noted business expert W. Edwards Deming should be practiced by businesses large and small

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Face it, there are times when anyone can forget lessons learned from the…

By Preston Charles

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change

“The only woman in the room” & how to change that by 2186

With passionate voices working every day to redefine the standard for gender equality, I believe…

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manage

Ask Sheree: How to Manage an Overload of Work

It is very common for a busy professional to feel overwhelmed with their job commitments…

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