BE Next 2010: Blazing a Path to Success

Meet the sophomore class changing the game

JamailLarkinsBENext2010Jamail Larkins
Larkins Enterprises and Asension Aircraft

Corporations with private jets have been under fire for wasteful spending. How do you work around a company’s reluctance to lease or purchase a plane given potential public backlash?

The most important thing is just showing them the facts. You show them a spreadsheet of how an airplane can actually save them money, save executive time, improve quality of work life for their employees—whether it’s senior level executives or a mid-level manager. The reality is, owning an airplane can actually be more cost-effective than flying on an airline.

If you’re travelling to multiple cities in one day with multiple people for meetings, a lot of the time, commercial airplanes only go to about 500 airports throughout the United States. There are over 5,000 private airports throughout the entire country. If I was flying myself privately, I could fly directly from my home airport, whenever I wanted, to a local, general aviation airport that’s typically [closer to my destination] than commercial airports. I could go to my meetings and leave when I wanted to leave.

Tip for young entrepreneurs: Make the most out of every opportunity and every meeting that you have. Ever single time you get the chance to meet someone, see if there’s anything you can pick up and learn and apply to your life or your business.

Check out our behind-the-scenes footage from Black Enterprise magazine’s January 2010 BE Next cover shoot here.

Renita Burns is a staff writer at


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  • Frederic

    That’s a lot of revenue for a medium level site.

    And 500000 visitors a day seems on the imagined side.

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  • Ms. Truth

    Wow I am proud of all of them! Natasha, your site is a joy to read. Witty and informative.

    To Frederic: You said that 500,000 a day seems imagined? Not so. If you took the time to break down the numbers, then you have to go further. That same 500k is also equivalent to 10k people per state. And if you want to go further, that could be spread out to 500 people among 20 states. So, it is very possible especially in the more populous cities like LA, NY, Chi, Houston, Miami, etc. They may have 2000 per city. Not to mention the celebs themselves take a look at what is being printed. So I said that all to say, it’s very possible. I know a lot of readers myself. Go Tash!

    – Proud Reader in the niche black female market(yes I am an accountant. hence the numbers rant 🙂

  • AJoy

    This is so awesome, I am so excited for each and everyone of these people. Go Go Go!

  • sean

    I have to agree the claim of 500,00 is definitely hype, even the revenue estimate of $500,000 – $1 million. seriously? is this called reporting? That range is huge, especially for a small business. BE please get your act together, this is a fluff piece full of PR releases.

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  • Ha Ha

    Haters in here!
    Great job guys!
    What seems out of teach to some can be minute to others!

  • pprez

    I do agree. 500,000- 1-million dollars is a bit far-fetched and deceiving. If YBF is generating this much income wouldn’t Necole Bitchie and Concreteloop be in the same weight class? The ad’s they sponsor are the same. I doubt the amount of records sales, and on-line advertising has boosted up any celebrities sales: chrisette michelle, breezy, and i doubt music executives are going to waste their time forking over millions of dollars in this saturated economy.
    The only blogger that i can think about generating this much revenue is Perez Hilton. Not only does his blog generate 6 figures but he also does TV appearance and im not just talking about appearing on BET ‘next” segment.
    I understand the dire next to exemplify young black entrepreneurs in such fashion,but lets not be misleading,and report false numbers in the likelyhood of boosting up your article Renita.
    Bad journalism, and execution. in this day and top in the technological age you can get away with a lie.
    I like The ybf. its different than the hate-monger that is Sandra Rose, and steps out of the ATL circles that seem to control the blog contents .
    Congratulations Natasha.

  • So nice to read these wonderful profiles. Thank you for providing.

  • Ms. Chris G

    I am a faithful reader and I believe that it the earning potential is accurate!! I happen to be a part of that demographic that advertisers are trying to reach and I see those ads on a daily basis. I think her website is different because she doesn’t jump the gun and give you assumptions! I always tell my mom “Don’t believe it ubtil Natasha puts on the YBF” lol

  • This is a great start to go where you dream of being.

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  • Liking your site over here, it’s well made lol.

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