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State of African-American Owned Businesses

70% of African-American entrepreneurs say they are either “somewhat happy” or “very happy” with their businesses. 72% say their businesses are profitable. Read more

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How to Get Certified as a Minority-Owned Business

In a climate of intense awareness for the fair treatment of all minorities, getting your business officially certified as minority-owned can open important contract opportunities. Read more

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Why Black Entrepreneurs Struggle to Secure and Receive Funding and Investment Grants

Systemic racism has made it difficult for Black entrepreneurs and business owners to be successful over the past century. We take a look at why this barrier exists and resources... Read more

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Small Business Resiliency and Creativity in a Time of Covid

Article Language: English
August 4, 2021

The stories behind this year’s four winners of our Black Entrepreneur Pitch Event highlight the resiliency and creativity of small businesses in a time when so many small businesses were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pitch Winner: Mark Dozier and The Compass

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July 9, 2021

It is a good thing that Mark Dozier has an air of calm and confidence about him. For 20+ years, he has helped businesses plan and prepare for all types of crises from mass casualties to cyberattacks. Building on this experience and expertise, Mark founded his own ‘continuity of operations’ company in 2012, Critical Path Solutions, which has primarily worked with government clients.

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Pitch Winner: Charlene Brown and CNA Simulations VR

Article Language: English
July 7, 2021

The shortage of Certified Nurse Assistants pre-dates the pandemic, but it was the pandemic that stirred public health physician and technology entrepreneur Dr. Charlene Brown to tackle the issue. With the aging Baby Boomer generation, the problem would grow only more acute.

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Pitch Winner: Sonia and Bill Massey and The Restroom Kit

Article Language: English
July 6, 2021

The Restroom Kit started out as a practical solution for Bill Massey. In his travels around Washington, DC and elsewhere with his young family, he often encountered public restrooms missing essential supplies. So, Bill created small packets of bathroom necessities to take along with them – toilet paper, hand-fashioned toilet seat covers and wipes. That was back in 1997. Now, some 24 years and multiple prototypes later, Bill and his business partner and wife Sonia have turned that simple family solution into a small business success.

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Pitch Winner: Libra Riley and SWOOP Hanger

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July 6, 2021

Necessity is truly the mother of invention. Libra Riley was trying to hang a full-length gown in her clothes closet so its hem would not touch the floor. Seeing a drycleaner’s metal hanger nearby, she was suddenly struck with the idea of “swooping up” the bottom half of the dress over the metal hangar and then clipping the two hangers together. Libra knew she had something here.

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Small Business Resilience - Tools Small Businesses Use to Remain Resilient

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September 14, 2021, 5:00pm EDT

We will look at the impact of COVID and delve into how the pandemic has affected U.S. small businesses and what resources are available to help businesses survive and thrive. Read more

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9 Resources To Help Black Owned Small Businesses

Article Language: English
August 5, 2021,

From looking into local chapters of Black Business Association to the Black Owned Everything website, there are several resources that can help the continued growth and success of Black-owned small businesses for years to come.  

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Black Business Owner Spotlight

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February 23, 2021,

Black businesses and Black business owners have faced increasing challenges during 2020 and into 2021. Rieva Lesonsky talks with three Black business owners to get their advice and perspective.

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