Black Enterprise held the BE Next kick-off reception, Tuesday, in New York City to celebrate its latest endeavor in spotlighting young entrepreneurs and corporate executives. We welcomed a number of movers and shakers to the Moet Hennessey headquarters for the launch of the BE Next Franchise.
“What is BE Next? BE Next is youthful risk takers with tenacity a little bit of swag,” said small business editor Tennille Robinson, who is also the mind behind the franchise. “We’re looking for 21-to-35 year olds who have had a measurable impact in their companies, as entrepreneurs, all for the purpose of changing the business landscape.”
As the cameras flashed and attendees networked,Black Enterprise welcomed a night full of possibilities and birthed a brainchild years in the making. More than 80 tastemakers gathered for the momentous occasion, including singer Estelle; Shane and Shawn Ward, founders of an eponymous shoe line, who were also featured on the January 2007 cover; Mona Scott-Young, founder of Monami Entertainment, Ebro Darden, programming director at Emmis Communications, and many others.
These game changers—all under the age of 35—had successfully launched businesses that continued thriving in a rough economy. Last month, Black Enterprise published the second BE Next issue with four more fearless entrepreneurs. With an emphasizes on developing cross-platform content featuring innovators between the ages of 21 and 35, Black Enterprise is welcoming the future with open arms.
Renita Burns is a staff writer at BlackEnterprise.com