I Am Black Enterprise. Are You?

When's the last time you checked out Black Enterprise? You might be surprised at what you find.

It’s 2010 and Black Enterprise magazine is celebrating its 40th anniversary in August. But after 40 years, we are definitely not your parents’ Black Enterprise. As personal finance, business, and the workplace have changed over the generations, so have we. Proof of that is in our coverage of young, gifted, innovative business achievers in every industry, the brightest current and future corporate professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders. It’s also evidenced in the new campaign we’ve launched, I Am Black Enterprise.

So, with all of that said—where do you fall in the mix? Are you on the rise in your company? Have you started your own successful company? Are you making strides and affecting positive change in a particular industry?

Are you Black Enterprise?

Leave a comment below and let us know.

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  • Candi Phillips

    I am black enterprise due to the fact I am a single-mother raising 4 beautiful sons. One son is 19 years old and will be attending college this fall. I have a 17 year old that is an honor student that is ranked in the top three of his class and will be attending law school. I have another son that is 13 years old and will be in the 7th grade and plays football and wrestles. I have an 11 year old son that plays football, basketball, and wrestles. I have worked three jobs for over 18 years old to maintain my household and to provide my children with what they need. I don’t need a hand out if anything I need a hand up. In the midst of single parenting, working three jobs, and going to school myself, I entrust that my integrity and ambition speaks volumes. I don’t complain, I just do it. I also attend church on a regular basis and am in a true believer in physically, spiritually, and business wise taking care of myself. My faith only comes from God. Without him I have nothing. I thank him everday for the good and the bad in my life because it made me the person that I am today.

    • Mrs. Davis

      God Bless you, young single mother, for all you do. I am a teacher and I only wish I could clone you. Our community (black community) needs more black parents who are willing to walk-the-walk of parenthood instead of just talking the talk and making babies for others to provide for. You are blessed among women. Pat yourself on the back. I’m sure your sons appreciate all that you do, too, and will show their love and appreciation many times over when they are older.

  • Christopher “Bruce Wheyn” Crossley

    I am black enterprise because I’m a young man about to go on 30, doing my Bachelors in Business Computing and from small family of four here in Trinidad and Tobago. I currently hold the position of a System Support Technician working for the government, I’m the CEO and production Dj of an Independent record label Flip City Entertainment, I host 2 radio shows online and I’m about to open an advertising company reshaping the way businesses sell their product online. My faith in God and learning how to manage my money is going to pay off in the long run.

  • mckela_simon20@live.com

    I am a Black Enterprise because i am a single mother of one who going back to school to work on a degree in nursing. I am attend homeownership class because i have a dream of own my own house one day. I move to richmond va in jan of 2009 to better my self i work as a cna in a nursing home. i love work with the elder because the inspire me to reach for the sky. They all tell me the sky is the limit dont let no one stop you from reach the sky if they aint try to reach they limit with you then leave them be.I work hard study hard and a good parnet. My son has (ADHD) and had it for the last six year now. I am just learn how to manage my money as a single parnet. I took Fresh start class for single mother a gradution from them in the spring of 2010. I have strong Faith in God if it wasnt for him i dont know what pathi would be walking I attend First Baptist Church Of South Richmond Pastor Dwight C. jones is my pastor since i became a member of frist baptist and put god frist i see a whole new out llok on my life and my son life. I am not a businesses owner as of yet but one day i hope to be. I have my mind focus in all the right place and i am also walk in the VA Beach RockNRoll Half Marathon (2010-09-05) – http://pages.teamintraining.org/va/rnrh10/msimonmrps so please vist my page and give me a hand to rech my goal also on that. Put god first will pay of as all ways.

  • http://toni9201@att.net Antoinette Brunson

    I feel that I am black enterprise. I am a single mom of 2 boys one that is 2 and my oldest is 10. I was told in 10/09 that I will not be able to work any more due to having Lupus (SLE). So I had to leave my full time job and file for SSI Disability but I was denied. So in order to take care of my family I started doing hair at home. Yes I am a licensed cosmetologiest and I do not do hair in my kitchen I have a shop in my home. No matter how much pain I’m I get up in do hair. I was to the point where I couldn’t let nobody touch me but it’s under control so that I can at least do something. I don’t want to depend on ssi when my appeal date comes so I started to take classes online majoring in business administration. I wish I had the finances to open a beauty supply store and have a small shop in the back. Dreams do come true and I will work hard on achieving my goals. God will make a way as long as I have faith.

  • http://www.jibbyjobbywear.com Tiffany Gilliam

    I am Black Enterprise! I am a 29 year old wife, mother of 3, sister and daughter to my family. I work for a company that allows me to teach others a trade that will allow them to become self sufficient for themselves and their families. Most of my students are young women who are experiencing higher education for the first time, or they have home situations that temporarily will not allow a traditional college setting to be an option. I not only teach them technical skills but I also teach them how to be a young, intelligent professional who can take pride in their budding careers. I give my all to my job because I was once where my students currently are, but hard work, determination and faith in God guided me to my educational goals. On the side, I am trying to grow my own business, Jibby Jobby Wear, LLC. My company hand designs infant attire with a creative and playful appeal. I am Black Enterprise because I have a husband who supports me in my endeavors and has his own goals that I also support him in.

  • http://www.blackenterprise.com patricia hamilton

    I like to have information as to how to start up a transportation van service business?

  • http://www.blackenterprise.com patricia hamilton

    I like to have information as
    to how start up a transportation van srvice service business?

  • http://www.theblanketfoundation.com Patricia L. Doyle

    I am Black Enterprise, one evening as I was driving my daughter to the emergency room I saw a gentleman preparing himself for sleep on the streets of Sacramento Calfornia. It was very cold and wendy he had only one blanket and the blanket was not large enough to keep him warm. Inspite of the elements he was faced with he struggled to keep himself warm, as I watched him struggle and wishing there was something I could do to help him and so many others like himself I knew something must be done. The very next day “The Blanket Foundation” was birthed in my spirit. Myself and a core group of friends have been blessed to speak on behalf of the homeless community expressing the needs to others of the plight of the homeless. I am the Founder/CEO of The Blanket Foundation, we are not only focused on what is happening in our backyard, we give out blankets and sleeping bags, our mission is global. We will take the plight of the homeless and bring it to the forefront nationally bringing about awareness. We must end this trend of homelessness and we know with help and exposure this will be possible. So as you can see, I am Black Enterprise… Please visit our website http://www.theblanketfoundation.com Thank you….

    • http://www.againstalloddsnj.org Christine Carter-Davis

      I am moved, having once been homeless this hits close to home. I salute you Patricia and the Blanket Foundation for your efforts!

  • Everlastene Jacobs

    I am Black Enterprise because I am young, a single mother, and I go to school for business management. With my business degree I plan to follow my father’s footsteps and open up a boxing gym/ Exercise room for inner city youth, and adults. I have my cosmetology diploma, and I also want to open up a salon! I took some money management classes that tought me how to budget my money better. However I need this money to clean up my debt, becasue when your in the business field after you graduate you will basically be on your own! This money will help me clean up my debt, and put me into the position of recieving some small loans for my business ventures! I hope I am the one you choose!

  • Kim Lanier

    I am Black Enterprise because I have taken advantage of the enormous resources which this fablous magazine has given an not only enhance my personal life but business life as well. The principles which are in each magazine has help me to bless people in business consulting. I I have graduated with a bachelor degree in business and a Master Degree in Business. I have become an owner in businesses through stock purchases. I taught classes on business practices. I have continue to pursue various avenues of advancement through the enormous resources which are given in each of your magazines.

  • http://www.ashantichocolat.com Serwaa

    I am proud of my 9 year-old daughter who is “Black Enterprise.” She creates unique beaded bookmarks that are truly works of art and sells them at arts and crafts events. An avid reader, she was inspired to create bookmarks so that she could stop using mommy’s mail as bookmarks. My daughter is learning how to buy supplies, save money and nurture interpersonal skills.

  • http://www.bazialinimusicgroup.com Llewellyn “Bazialini”

    Being BE-Black and Enterprising is not enough to embody what Black Enterprise is. We are ALL (BE) but we don’t always live that way. I’m a pure Black and Enterprising individual who’s actions and effort have earned my place in society as a successful “man” first who is “black” in a high tech environment in Silicon Valley; not a easy task.
    To truly live the Black Enterprise creed, to focus only on being successful in business would only be a small part of the story. As a father with 2 children I also raise on my own, it takes more than doing what is expected of us; our parents called that sacrifice (Our youth call that being predictable or boring.) yet simply show the world what being Black and Enterprising means through our positive living example; not by driving an Escalade on 22’s (Yes we all love shiny things but we have to move beyond material wealth and back into mental health / family stability and the “Show the Jones” mentality.) I believe/know I am Black Enterprise not because of the material success I have achieved, or focus on self or dedication to my friends / loved ones and family. I believe I am Black Enterprise because of the way I live life and lead by example; enjoying my life’s wins, and learning from my life’s mistakes. I am Black Enterprise because I choose to be more than what you see. That’s what being Black Enterprise is to me.

  • http://www.ezshine.com Jeffrey Baker

    I am Black Enterprise because I manufacture car wax . To my knowledge , I’m the only Black who manufactures his own product which has the potential to be generational. Blacks spend over $100 million dollars a year on car care products and not one dollar is circulated within the community from the major manufacturers . I assure you that my product will not take a back seat to any car wax that is on the market today .My product is brand is EZ SHINE ,you simply wipe on and wipe off .My website is http://www.ezshine.com and on the website I have a video showing how great the results will be . It’s been a struggle and a fight ,but quitting is not a option.

  • http://www.ezshine.com Jeffrey Baker

    I am Black Enterprise because I manufacture car wax . To my knowledge , I’m the only Black who manufactures his own product which has the potential to be generational. Blacks spend over $100 million dollars a year on car care products and not one dollar is circulated within the community from the major manufacturers . I assure you that my product will not take a back seat to any car wax that is on the market today .My product brand is EZ SHINE ,you simply wipe on and wipe off .My website is http://www.ezshine.com and on the website I have a video showing how great the results will be . It’s been a struggle and a fight ,but quitting is not a option.

  • http://www.chastangenterprises.com Kenosha Chastang

    I am Black Enterprise, as a young minority, female, small business owner I am turning a dream and vision into a reality. Through Chastang Enterprises I am trying to better comunities throughout the country by giving education and career placement services to people who cannot usually afford this type of training. I work very hard to continually build my business and help others while doing so. I am like Black Enterprise in the fact that I strive to obtain great sucess by helping and promoting Black business owners and people as a whole.

  • http://www.chastangenterprises.com Kenosha Chastang

    I am Black Enterprise, as a young minority, female, small business owner I am turning a dream and vision into a reality. Through Chastang Enterprises I am trying to better comunities throughout the country by giving education and career placement services to people who cannot usually afford this type of training. I work very hard to continually build my business and help others while doing so. I am like Black Enterprise in the fact that I strive to obtain great sucess by helping and promoting Black business owners and people as a whole. http://www.chastangenterprises.com and http://www.globaltechnicalinstitute.com

  • http://www.chastangenterprises.com Kenosha Chastang

    I am Black Enterprise, as a young minority, female, small business owner I am turning a dream and vision into a reality. Through Chastang Enterprises I am trying to better comunities throughout the country by giving education and career placement services to people who cannot usually afford this type of training. I work very hard to continually build my business and help others while doing so. I am like Black Enterprise in the fact that I strive to obtain great sucess by helping and promoting Black business owners and people as a whole. I am currenlty working on my Juris Doctorate and raising and training my 4 year old son. http://www.chastangenterprises.com and http://www.globaltechnicalinstitute.com

  • http://www.yeahdesigns.com Robbie Phillips

    I am Black Enterprise; I am a 17 year Old Entrepreneur who used my web design and marketing skills to start my own Web Design Firm/ Internet Marketing Company. While other teens were out partying, i was either at home or at the library doing research. I plan on venturing off into other ideas that i have that will greatly impact the world. I will be attending the University of North Texas this fall for Entrepreneurship. My website is http://www.yeahdesigns.com and you can contact me directly at the number on my site or at my email: yeahdesigns214@gmail.com

  • http://n/a Olivia Suggs and Faith McHaney

    We are Black Enterprise. I, Olivia, am 21 and Faith is 22 years old. We are striving to make our community better by buildng it up. There isn’t many things to do in our hometown because it is small. Most of the teens here either run the streets or go out of town to party. We want that to change. We are in the process of opening an Internet Cafe so that the teens will have somewhere cool to go and hang out after school. We will order our coffee products through Starbucks and have computers with internet access for public use. Wi-fi will also be available. At least one day out of the week for an hour we will teach an internet course for those unfamiliar with the internet, especially senior citizens. At first we wanted to get out our town so that we could do something bigger to make an impact, but then we decided that the best place to start would be at home. Anyone willing to offer us any adivce can contact us at CnH_Productions@ymail.com. Anthing would be greatly appreciated.

    • http://www.againstalloddsnj.org Christine Carter-Davis

      I think this is wonderful! Thank you for having the foresight to do launch such an innovative program! Where is your hometown? I would be more than willing to help!

  • http://www.againstalloddsnj.org Christine Carter-Davis

    I am Black Enterprise because I had the “Audacity to Serve.” Despite a childhood plagued by abuse, neglect and homelessness, I took a stand—not for myself but for the countless children whose stories echo my own. I was used as a drug mule at the age of 6, exchanged for crack by my mother and by all accounts destined to fail. Orphaned after my parents died from AIDS, this little black girl from the projects personifies Black Enterprise and achieving Against All Odds. The culmination of an intense education, unmarked determination and guts, I created a nonprofit (Against All Odds Foundation) 5 years ago at the age of 24; which serves children & families throughout the entire state of New Jersey. To date, we’ve served over 3,000 at-risk youth and under-served families through innovative educational & social service programs. I have one goal and one goal only: to provide children with every resource and opportunity to succeed…Against All Odds. It would be an honor if our mission led us in celebrating 40 years of Service! I am Black Enterprise because I AM Against All Odds.

  • Olivia Suggs

    Our hometown is Russellville, AL. And thank you so much! We greatly appreciate anyone who wants to help or just have any advice for two young black females trying to make a change. Feel free to email us at CnH_Productions@ymail.com and thank you for the positive feedback!

  • jahmal waldon

    I AM BLACK ENTERPRISE I have many goals and dreams at the tender age of 20. i currently work at WELLS FARGO, go to school full-time, run track , and to top that i have a 7 month old son who i support. i always have wanted to be a success in life i want to one day own my own company and for once call the shots. i grew up thinking i would be a pro track runner, but i ended up having a child and have now faced life as a whole. im really looking for a mentor who i can talk to, so they can show me the way to go about making my dreams and goals come true. if there is anyone who is willing to be my mentor please let me know. i am young and very focus on life and becoming all i can be in life. i can even see myself being the next warren buffett. if you are willing to share insight with me please contact me at jwaldon08@gmail.com

  • Dr. S. Fenner

    I am Black Enterprise because I am an African American Principal of an elementary school and it is my goal and focus to educate and prepare our future youth for this everchanging society we live in. I also try to be a great role model for them by showing them that in this society you have to have several back up plans because you never know what will happen on a daily basis. I am also a radio personality and have 2 radio shows that I do as well as a TV show. These shows are all about educating and informing the community. I am also a writer of several publications and in the African American publication I am always focusing on ways we can better our America: Black America. I spend everyday teaching our youth that they can do whatever they put their minds to. Ignore the hate, racism, and jealousy that will live until the end of time. Represent and follow your heart.

  • Kelly Morgan

    I AM BLACK ENTERPRISE! After being dedicated, hard-working and yes, comfortable, in a corporate Human Resources management career for over 10 years, one Friday afternoon in 2008 I was called into my HR Director’s office and given an ultimatum: to close my coaching business or be fired. Although I had NOT violated any company policies and admittedly done noting wrong, they saw my coaching (in other industries and non-profits) as a potential conflict of interest. Ignoring other known businesses with direct company conflicts, they focused on me. After several months of “discussions,” the mental, physical and emotional stress of this situation got the best of me: my doctor put me on a medical leave for several months. During that time my world continued to be very dark and I felt my life was spiraling out of my control. I did not know what to do or what my life would look like. The only thing I knew for sure is life would never be the same. Over time, with lots of tears and prayers and talks with my mom, I slowly began to redesign my life. I began to put my pain, anger and fear into positive action. I began to write down my thoughts and how I could use my situation to help others. Eventually, I found myself writing and publishing my first book: Journey to a Place Called THERE: A Navigation Guide for Creating a Balanced Life. THERE is your ideal place in life and may be a physical location, an emotional state of mind or a dream realized. What I learned is that my life was out of balance in the 4 primary areas of Relationships, Health, Spirituality and Finances. I had to create a plan for myself since I intended to use this OPPORTUNITY to live the life I truly desired and asipired to live. So as opposed to closing my coaching business (SAGE Professional Strategies, http://www.SAGE-PS.com) as instructed in April 2008, I resigned in December 2008 and expanded my business forming Coach Kelly Speaks (www.CoachKellySpeaks.com) which includes the inspirational speaking, life coaching and writing (books and articles) sides of my overall business. Ironically, or in God’s time, one year from the ultimatum in April 2009, my book was published through my sister’s company, Scribe, Etc (www.Scribe-Etc-Publishing.com)! As an entrepreneur, I feel empowered and much more rewarded with every person I meet who says that sharing my story and reading my book has helped to inspire them to do what they have aspired to do for so long! I was featured on BlackEnterprise.com in December 2009 and quoted in the Breaking Bad article of the magazine in July 2010. (thank you!) I have been interviewed on WDTN TV2 in Dayton and on several blog talk and AM radio shows. In 2010, I co-authored three additional books: Living Your Vision and Purpose (chapter: Stimulate Your Life; Professional Woman Publishing); GPS (Goals and Proven Strategies) for Success (chapter: Journey to THERE; Insight Publishing) and The Self-Architect: Redesigning Your Life (chapter: Your Blueprint for Success; Professional Woman Publishing). God is continuing to bless me and prosper my business! I know that this is my mission in life. I know my exprience was not just for me to suffer through, but instead to be a light, a partner and inspiration for others. My message is that you can live the life you desire and deserve as long as you have a specific plan, are not afraid to fail, plan for barriers and stay focused on reaching your “Destination THERE”! As evident through my true life story, coaching and facilitating training sessions to help others….I am Black Enterprise!

  • http://www.dynamicprop.com Michael Morings

    I am/ we are black enterprise because we are the largest black owned Asset Management Company in Charlotte, NC and soon to be the USA. What company do you know who builds and manage multifamily afordable housing apartment complexes for families and the elderly. We currently manage projects in NC, VA, SC, TN and very soon all over the US. Were only three years young and have over 25 employees. In the mist of a recession, we have implemented a company 401k plan, health, dental and vision plan. We are B.E. because we represent the vision of our forefathers who alwyas wanted to leave something for the next generation, we are doing this. We name the properties after our children, etc Jonathan’s Joy apts, Malinda’s Melody Apts, Mekkah’s Mission apts, Jay’s Place, and many many more. Our website is http://www.dynamicprop.com and we can be reached at 704-315-5286

  • http://www.phillyposh.com Tania Ghee (The Posh Girls)

    My name is Tania Ghee. I own and operate a retail clothing boutique in Philadelphia, PA with my twin sister Kia Wongus. As young self proclaimed “fashionistas,” we were in the prime of our shopping careers when we decided to open Totally Posh Boutique, a retail space in Philadelphia upscale Manayunk neighborhood that catered to women with the same upscale urban tastes in the Fall of 2007 with a longtime friend. What we didn’t know was that the country would face its toughest economic reality since the Great Depression. As consumers everywhere began to tighten their purse strings, we looked for new and innovative ways to generate revenue, including traveling trunk shows and fully catered private shopping parties. Despite our best efforts, in a little over two years we saw retail sales plummet and go down the drain with the bulk of our life’s savings forcing us to close the business.
    Over a short period of time, the business of fashion proved to be one that wasn’t easy to shake. Never losing touch with Philly’s local fashion scene, we became quickly known as “the Posh Girls.” We realized more than ever that women still wanted to look fierce. They just didn’t have or want to pay a lot of money to do so. So, in mid-May 2010 we decided to take a second chance on luxe and open Posh! Boutique in the very trendy Northern Liberties Neighborhood. Without our longtime friend and third partner, we borrowed money from friends and family to launch a brand new beginning in our Posh! World.

    While keeping our core principle of “getting the look for less”, we set out to once again offer the best in quality and service for less. Only this time with very little financial cushion, the business concept was put on a serious budget. A visit to the new Posh! Boutique shows that we were able to maintain a very upscale look, while keeping prices very affordable. Our short-term objective for 2010 is to end the year in the black. However, the long term goal is to make Posh! a must visit attraction when people from all over the country visit Philadelphia. We are on mission to show the entire east cost that you don’t have to spend a million dollars to look like it. We are Black Enterprise.

  • http://www.phillyposh.com Tania Ghee (The Posh Girls)

    My name is Tania Ghee. I own and operate a retail clothing boutique in Philadelphia, PA with my twin sister Kia Wongus. As young self proclaimed “fashionistas,” we were in the prime of our shopping careers when we decided to open Totally Posh Boutique, a retail space in Philadelphia upscale Manayunk neighborhood that catered to women with the same upscale urban tastes in the Fall of 2007 with a longtime friend. What we didn’t know was that the country would face its toughest economic reality since the Great Depression. As consumers everywhere began to tighten their purse strings, we looked for new and innovative ways to generate revenue, including traveling trunk shows and fully catered private shopping parties. Despite our best efforts, in a little over two years we saw retail sales plummet and go down the drain with the bulk of our life’s savings forcing us to close the business.

    Over a short period of time, the business of fashion proved to be one that wasn’t easy to shake. Never losing touch with Philly’s local fashion scene, we became quickly known as “the Posh Girls.” We realized more than ever that women still wanted to look fierce. They just didn’t have or want to pay a lot of money to do so. So, in mid-May 2010 we decided to take a second chance on luxe and open Posh! Boutique in the very trendy Northern Liberties Neighborhood. Without our longtime friend and third partner, we borrowed money from friends and family to launch a brand new beginning in our Posh! World.

    While keeping our core principle of “getting the look for less”, we set out to once again offer the best in quality and service for less. Only this time with very little financial cushion, the business concept was put on a serious budget. A visit to the new Posh! Boutique shows that we were able to maintain a very upscale look, while keeping prices very affordable. Our short-term objective for 2010 is to end the year in the black. However, the long term goal is to make Posh! a must visit attraction when people from all over the country visit Philadelphia. We are on mission to show the entire east cost that you don’t have to spend a million dollars to look like it. We are Black Enterprise.

  • http://www.funwithforeignlanguage.com Yani Peyton

    I am Black Enterprise. I am a 38 year old African-American woman of Costa Rican parents who founded Fun with Foreign Language (www.funwithforeignlanguage.com) , a business that helps to prepare young children for the future by teaching foreign languages. After graduating from business school and having twins, I left corporate America and pursue my dream of helping to prepare young people for the global world. My program teaches children as young as 18 months old Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. I am not only teaching children a much-needed skill, but I’m teaching my community about the benefits of a second language education and why parents should start when their child is young. My vision for Fun with Foreign Language is long-term; my commitment is strong..every child has the right to be prepared for the future—and foreign language education should be part of that future.

  • http://www.chosenphotography.com Monica A. Kinnaird

    I am an African American female Christian photographer, single mother (raising two children…the youngest diagnosed autistic) owner of two businesses in Southern California. I specialize in Praise Portraiture, Christian Symbolic Art & the portraiture of special needs children & I also am the owner/designer of a Christian Clothing line. The photography, the retouching, the design of the website, the marketing & promotion, the clothing design, the business card design…are my own…by the grace of God. I am here in Southern California with a vision…to bring a visual praise…to give the gift of portraiture and memories to those who have challenges and require special care and patience…to stand on belief… In faith. “I am ‘Black Enterprise’.”

    Monica A. Kinnaird, Owner/Photographer
    Chosenphotography.com “Capture Your Blessings…”

  • https://www.jerseygirlsports.com Angela Davis

    I AM BLACK ENTERPRISE because I, along with a friend, launched “Jersey Girl”– a lifestyle brand for women who like to watch sports. We present sports from a female perspective. Think of us as an ‘ESPN’ for women. We’ve only been in business one year, but are already making deals with major car companies and several of the leagues. I am B.E. not only because I own a business and run a business, but mostly because I can see what other’s have missed and can now CREATE BUSINESS! Creating Jersey Girl allows a very dynamic, yet untapped niche market to be force to be reckoned with in a very male-dominated industry. Jersey Girl is where women and sports meet on OUR terms! (I’m ready for football!)

  • http://melaccessories.ecrater.com Melissa

    I am BLACK ENTERPRISE because i feel i exemplify an example of an african american individual who lived life in the privacy of their home around loving individuals; but still was able to get the exposure and experience things that would impact so many other lives; despite my being exploited …. I was fortunate in that i had the opportunity to gain a college education; and have work experiences that allowed me to advocate for youth and adults; and also to learn about the social system so i could gain custody of a relative in the system. Unfortunately while working on these jobs i began to experience civil violations which forced me to resign but i was able to bounce back somewhat and feel somewhat of importance working in the teaching profession as a substitute teacher. Through my trials of civil misconduct i began to explore the ideals of entreprenuership, I even volunteered for Black Enterprise mag. during one tennis conference :) i also began to appreciate and participate in the craft of poetry “written expressions” which allowed me to put some of my pain on paper. I began to connect with poets somewhat because at one point I didnt understand what they were “wineing about” but now I do. I gained exposure to civil rights organizations one infamous one based in NYC and was able to learn more about “our struggles” and the significance of such organizations. I attended several meeting when folks around me who knew me for years were saying, “whats up with you?’ why are you wasting your time, those organizations are jokes and they use people when you are with them you lose. And believe it or not, that organization was the one to give me more noticable awareness of our first black president while he was still a senator in Chicago. It was there i received his black, white and gold business card. Now i am still out in the world sorta with the same struggles but not so much trying to fight so hard anymore because its difficult ;but I think I made my voice in my own way. Iam now attempting to pursue a craft that will put me on the path to entreprenuerial success God willing. The beauty of being black and enterprising, we live we learn, we try again. We are all so unique & colorful but yet the same in a lot of ways just look at the songs we sing.

  • http://www.goyall.com Sherry W

    I am Black Enterprise because I am a product of God’s creative expression of Himself! He is first in my life and He (God) is the only I AM according to the word. My company; Go Y’all was founded on the principle of expressing love to others through entertainment; specifically, music, broadcast media etc. God knew and planned my life long before even my parents met and He placed the gift of songwriting inside of me. I am the CEO of Go Y’all, LLC; an entertainment company which focuses on reaching out to the world through songs, plays, and television and film for the purpose of drawing the masses to the very ONE who created everything….God. My company effect positive change especially for teens who have dreams of “becoming” people of greatness because my focus is to mentor them by showing them that they all have gifts and talents; not solely for themselves, but to share to the world to affect the world for the good.

  • JNW

    I am black enterprise and blessed to be a young leader of innovative consciousness. I am a young entrepreneur, engineer, designer, and business strategist who is making a path of success for the youth the next generation. I am a retired military veteran who has served proudly and through travels, networking, and marketing I have developed an awareness of successful business ventures. In today’s evolving economy with regards to technology, communications, and industrial changes its imperative to reinvent your concepts, ideas, and work ethics to a 21rst century vision. I am a serious advocate for helping the youth to develop and create their own pathway to becoming tomorrows leader. I volunteer as a proud parent of 4 to Fathers.com where men all over the world who make an impact on their children as well as their children’s peers lives make a difference. Generational wealth starts at home and works its way right out the door into the community, county, city, and progress as far as that individuals imagination see’s. For me these possibilities are endless and will forge and shape our future, and our children’s, children’s future. 

  • http://www.nnennalovette.com Nnenna Lovette

    23 year old female. —College Graduate. —–CEO of Nnenna Lovette Graphic Design & Consulting Firm. —-Servicing clients all over the world with cutting edge business soultions in the area of graphic design, web design and marketing. —– I AM BLACK ENTERPRISE

  • http://Mycollegebookshop.com Johnnie Walker

    Hello, I am a 23 year old college student attending Baruch College in NYC in which is the 6 best undergraduate entrepreneurship school in the U.S. I am an entrepreneurship major and I am also the founder of MyCollegeBookShop.com. MyCollegeBookShop LLC is an online college book mediating network Service Company that is currently located virtually in which it is a new start up company. We connect students to one another and give them the opportunity to buy used college textbooks for less and sell their textbooks for more. Picture eBay, Half.com, and Amazon, but with a college feel and a niche for used college textbooks for meeting on campus. We are the first to do this, with the most efficient business model in that we combine all of the strengths of brick and motor and e commerce companies, with non of their weaknesses. We have launched a couple of months ago and have about 1,000 students already through word of mouth. We will start our promotional efforts by trying to strategically partner with Historically Black Colleges (HSBC) (Just to give back to our kind first) that operates their own bookstores in hopes that we could embed an API code or banner on their online bookstore website for promotional purposes. This will allow students to be able to afford college(especially in this economy these days) and their expensive textbooks, be more environmentally friendly with less trees being cut for newer version books, and give the college a goodwill image of offering services for the betterment of their student’s college experience. As a young black entrepreneur with many ideas and a gift at recognizing opportunity. I will not only change the way business is looked at currently as white collard and boring, but also be a trendsetter for a new creative and stylish wave of young black, bright, motivated, creative, leading, wealthy, and independent entrepreneurs. I will be the richest black entrepreneur ever, a true serial entrepreneur, and with the help of Black Enterprise, I WILL BE BLACK ENTERPRISE!!!! Stay Tuned and I hope to hear from you!!!

  • Wanda Archer

    I am Black Enterprise, I am blessed and highly favored! I am a women who raised three young black males. They are positive, serving in our military and educated. I also own several businesses…one in particular is my nonprofit organization The Delon Project. The Delon Project mission will be to “To Empower, To Evolve and To Educate Young Men Everywhere”. We will empower young men to make positive changes from their current state of being thru education and self sufficiency; by helping them to obtain freedom, rebuild self respect and become self sufficient in their personal and career lives. This will be accomplished by developing, mapping and creating a step by step plan conducive to their possibilities. Our future rest in the lives of our young men. My parents taught to me to “reach one and teach one”. I am Black Enterprise.

  • http://www.trinitydesignsinc.com Niccole Graves

    I am black enterprise. I am a single mother of 2, full time radiation therapist and doll designer for the largest designer and manufacturer of minority collectible fashion dolls. My company, Trinity Designs, Inc. launched its first 16″ doll “The Essence of a Delta” this summer 2010. Our upcoming designs include The Essence of Lady Ivy, The Essence of a Zeta and The Essence of Lady Sigma which are scheduled to launch Winter 2010. I have managed to design and manufacture my current series with little debt. My company also is 100% woman owned. My future plans are to launch my 1st Annual Holiday doll in Spring 2011 as well as my children’s doll line by Christmas 2011. My goal is to become the company of choice when looking for african american and hispanic dolls for collectors and children as well. I anticipate that our product line will reach 12-15 dolls by the end of 2011. Watch for us as we break into an industry otherwise dominated by big businesses.

  • http://www.trinitydesignsinc.com Niccole Graves

    I am black enterprise. I am a single mother of 2, full time radiation therapist and doll designer for the largest designer and manufacturer of minority collectible fashion dolls. My company, Trinity Designs, Inc. launched its first 16″ doll “The Essence of a Delta” this summer 2010. Our upcoming designs include The Essence of Lady Ivy, The Essence of a Zeta, The Essence of Lady Sigma and The Essence of Lady Lambda which are scheduled to launch Winter 2010. I have managed to design and manufacture my current series with little debt. My company also is 100% woman owned. My future plans are to launch my 1st Annual Holiday doll in Spring 2011 as well as my children’s doll line by Christmas 2011. My goal is to become the company of choice when looking for african american and hispanic dolls for collectors and children as well. I anticipate that our product line will reach 12-15 dolls by the end of 2011. Watch for us as we break into an industry otherwise dominated by big businesses debt free and with positive cash flow. My mission is to offer fine collectibles that celebrate and showcase the beauty of african americans. We will serve our community that is underserved and underrepresented in the doll industry. We hope to also encourage our children to love the skin their in by launching our 12″ children’s dolls. Celebrate with m as I create an inheritance to my children and a legacy for the african american and hispanic communities in our display of artistic excellence in doll design and manufacturing.

  • Ekedigwe Raymond

    I am a Black Enterprise,and my name is Raymond Ekedigwe who have remained undunted in the mirst of tryal and tribulations of life to come up with a new concept in energy drink.OSMO ENERGY DRINK a newage product aimed at revolutionise how energy can be utilised without leaving the body in a crash state.It is an all-natural product,coming against the prevailing practise of fortifying all the energy drink in the market with artificial preservatives and caffein.I am looking for an angel investor who know what it takes to put a new product into the market.I can be reached using my e-mail (ekrayibo@yahoo.com)

  • jacquie johnson

    I am Black Enterprise.  I was fired yesterday.  I do not know why.  I know that I have hated my career for twenty years.  I know that I am a proud, strong, creative individual who has raised two boys to be proud, strong creative individuals.  I know that I have worked since I was 16 years old with never a hand up or a push from below from anyone.  I know that I work to support my family at a job I hate while at the same time creating a skin care line, events planning company and I buy and sell items online.  I know that I am Black Enterprise because I thank the universe every day that I have the strength to do strive to be better.  I know that I strive because I don’t know how not to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeighhall James Hall

    I am Black Enterprise! I know that like our ancestors, in order to achieve elite success and “wealth for life” you must have struggle. Dreams can come true in just one night at the instance of realizing that faith, perseverance, education and hard work pays off. I am Black Enterprise because I may be at my lowest point in life, but I’m blinded by the vision of my highest point in life soon to come.

    After a unexpected job close, eviction, and a continued struggle to find any type of work, I am working to start my own creative business and non-profit organization. At the age of 21 years old, with a bachelors of science degree in Digital Arts & Design, I am Black Enterprise because I will be on the cover of Black Enterprise one day.