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Black Developer to Execute $41 Million South Madison Project

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A black developer and entrepreneur, Brandon Rule, who is also the owner of Rule Enterprises have been recommended by the City of Madison staff to be awarded the contract of building a 30,000-square-foot grocery shop, 150 –unit apartment and 345- parking space on a city-owned plot in South Park Street.

The proposal submitted by Rule Enterprises surpasses that of other firms, which include Valeo and McShane Construction, Welton Enterprises, Baehr Inc, and Gorman & Company.

Rule is a community developer based in Milwaukee, and he has developed several mixed-use projects and affordable housing in Milwaukee. Though this is his first project in the capital city, he is not new to Madison as he had formerly worked in the capital city between 2014 and 2016 when he was with Forward Community Investments.

Upon approval by Madison Common Council, Rule Enterprise would be responsible for the development of the former Truman Olson Army Reserve Center at 1402 South Park Street. The 3.5 acres of land is beside Pick ‘n’Save, which was listed for demolition to build the SSM Health Clinic. The outburst by community members led to the delay of the demolition. The community people believe the demolition of the grocery store would cause food scarcity in the South Side.

The demolition of Pick’n’Save is the main reason why Rule included the grocery store in his proposal. Rule said he is already in talks with potential tenants for the grocery store, and he is optimistic that he will meet up with the January 16 deadline given by City.

Rule also added that the Lutheran Social Services had been engaged to grant services to low-income inhabitants, and the SSM will help people with health services ones their new hospital is completed.
Rule believes that the development will have a significant impact on the neighborhood.

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Black Entrepreneur Launches Digital Community For Black-Owned Small and Medium Organizations to Collaborate

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Uhai is a Black-owned Software as a Service (SaaS) Company. In the year 2020, the company will be unveiling a permission-based messaging & linkup solution for present-day firms.

The CEO of Uhai, David Abeiku Cole Jr, stated that the innovation is designed for small to medium scale black-owned companies to create a digital community where, Black-owned profits and non-profits organizations, women club, associations etc. can linkup and communicate.

Uhai will adopt the middleware framework on the Microsoft ASP.NET developers platform to create the all-in-one solution. The software will contain; individual/group messaging, video conferencing, task assignment resource, file sharing and collaboration, searchable platform and live streaming services which can be accessed through a PC and Smartphone.
The software is currently being used by top organizations and companies such as NATO, Deutsche Telekom, Achieva Credit Union, Teoco and many others from different part of the world.

Uhai believes that the software will provide small and medium scale Black-owned companies with a secure and reliable messaging and collaboration solution that will eradicate time drain, email fatigue while enjoying increased efficiency in productivity.

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Check Out this Black-Woman Entrepreneur Who is the Founder of a Truck Company in Houston

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Fourth Holdings is one of the few Black-owned truck firms in Houston. The company was co-founded by Kristi L. Jackson and Kevin Muhammed and offers transportation and freight logistics within the U.S.

Reports have it that Black women are the most successful entrepreneurs in the U.S. hence, we can say that Kristi is making history by being a female truck business owner and also confirming the reports stated above.

Kristi hails from Alexandria in Louisiana but now based in the same city as her business which is in Houston. She is also the founder of the Woman CEO project, a company that creates new ideas or advice on how to carry out new ideas and also assist in the development of business primarily for women entrepreneurs. The organization anchors over 40 courses on business yearly.

Jackson has also consulted/affiliated for significant firms such as IBM, JP Morgan & Chase, The White House, Wells Fargo, Capital One, Google, and Apple. She has Major Awards to her name such as the “22012 Humanitarian of the year “award and the “2013 Women’s Organization of the year.

The truck company is currently in need of drivers as it plans to increase its fleet to expand its operation.

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Check the First Black-owned Food Delivery Service in Philadelphia

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David Cabello has made history by creating that which wasn’t in existence.
Cabello and his twin brother Aaron spent only three semesters at Shippensburg University before they quit school following Donald Trump’s election as president of America. The twin who hails from Bristol Borough in Pennsylvania shifted base to Philadelphia after doing thorough research on how they can make a change to the black community.

The twins co-founded the first Black-owned food delivery service in Philadelphia which they named Black and Mobile. The company accepts the Black community by only delivering food for Black-owned restaurants.

David explained that he decided to start the company when he realized he was making good money as a delivery guy for Uber Eats, Postmates, and Caviar and that there was no Black-owned delivery company. He also stated that for now they only offer their customers delivery from restaurants that do Jamaican, soul and vegan food, but hopes to add more African and Haitian soon.

For David, the major challenge for their business is that Black-owned restaurants don’t trust him even though his price is lesser compared to do competitors. He added that they would rather not have a delivery service than to partner with him.

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Check Out Lionel Richie’s Hello Fragrance Collections

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According to reports, Lionel Richie has launched his first his-and-her collection of fragrances called Hello by Lionel Richie.

The Eau de Parfum version of Hello by Lionel Richie is a classy and sensual fruity-chypre fragrance with floral and oriental nuances. While the Eau de Toilette version is a Luscious and scintillating fougère scent with warm amber tones. The available sizes for both fragrances are 30ml, 50ml and 100ml, with a price range of $36 to $59.

The fragrance collection was named after one of Lionel’s most famous love ballads, “Hello,” which was his third single from the album Can’t Slow Down (1983). After the song was released in 1984, it hit number one spot on three different Billboard music charts: the pop chart, it maintained number one spot there for two weeks, it retained the top spot for three weeks on the R&B chart, and six weeks on the adult contemporary chart.

Richie started as the lead singer of the Commodores, went on to pursue a solo career after leaving the group. In his later career, he sold more than 90 million records worldwide and won Grammy Award for Album of the year for Can’t Slow Down, Producer of the Year 1985 (Non-Classical), 1983 Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Truly.”

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Check Out the First Black-Owned Coworking Space in Wilmington

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There is a new shared workspace and incubator at 300 Martin Luther King Blvd., Wilmington. The coworking space is called Win Factory, and it has a slogan “When one wins, we all win.”

Win Factory houses the Win Factory Wealth League (WFWL), which commenced its operation at CoIN Loft coworking space that is no longer inexistent. The founders of WFWL, led by Tamara Varella have tried in the past one year to create a society that provides support, ideas and expertise to create a level playing ground for entrepreneurs who doesn’t have adequate representation.

The new coworking space used to be the office of Delaware 87ers and was also used as a slaughterhouse before then. This is the first of its kind in Wilmington which is owned by black entrepreneurs. Though the new space isn’t meant for just black entrepreneurs, the goal is to have a community of equal support for entrepreneurs who are not privileged to have inherited wealth and connection to influential persons.

Varella is the founder of the Manifest Business Consultants, which has been in operation for two decades and recently anchored WFWL seminar on “Black Tax,” i.e. the money which black entrepreneurs/professionals usually give back to assist heir families, hence making them unable to build wealth for their next generation. The program which holds weekly invites experts from Delaware and beyond to the program. This is one of the benefits of WFWL.

Other benefits that members will enjoy from 2020 include a crowdfunding session with Pedro Moore. With this, entrepreneurs can showcase their business plans to the various investors and community members. There will also be a tour of GGA Construction work to be anchored by the company’s president Lorri Grayson.

The six founders of Win Factory are – Pynk Print founder Linda Watson, Malcolm Coley, Kenyon Wilson, Newdy Felton of Influencers Lab Media, Alfred Campbell and Varella. They comprise a group of entrepreneurs who has what it takes to assist upcoming entrepreneurs to raise funds, design or do social media marketing. Fifteen businesses have currently joined the coworking space, and there is still space to accommodate more business owner who needs a personal work table. Soon they will unveil a common workplace.

The opening ceremony was held on Dec. 3, and the Mayor was in attendance as well as other guests.

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Black Entrepreneur Launches Board Game that Teaches Aspiring Entrepreneurs How to Run a Successful Business

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A black entrepreneur, Elliott Eddie, who won more than five state and two international public speaking awards have invented a board game that will teach children and adults how to begin and run a successful business from the solace of their house. The game is called The Entrepreneur Game and created by Elliot’s company EEspeaks.

Elliot, who runs over five thriving black companies, has put all his experience and passion from public speaking, teaching, and entrepreneurship in a board game. He hopes it will broaden the knowledge and trust of anyone who would plan to be the top player in the industry, especially those in underserved and abandoned communities.

The brilliant invention by Elliot has attracted the attention of many persons all over the globe. In September 2018, Elliot took the idea to crowd funding on Kickstarter, and in less than five hours, The Entrepreneur Game had been fully funded. Within two and a half week of being on the crowd funding platform, the amount raised for the game was like three times the estimated budget from more than 350 people from 8 different countries. Toys R Us in Canada is also about to procure the French version of the game for its 180 stores.

The game is developed for persons between the ages of 12 and above. The game is fun, interactive and educative. The game can be played with 2-6 players and require you to start your home-based business, run and develop it into an empire by budgeting, investing, marketing, deals negotiation and decision making all in a bid to avoid bankruptcy.

For every game, you play the scenarios and challenges are different, so you can play as much as possible to sharpen your skills and become a successful business person. At the end of the game, the person with the highest cash and non-cash assets wins. When you become a millionaire, every other person will say your name and also say; “You are an incredible entrepreneur, please teach me your wisdom.

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Check Out the Cruelty-Free Beauty Products Launched by this Black-Owned Company

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Mademoiselle Ayanna and Ayanna Beauty is one of few Black-owned companies to unveil a line of beauty products without inhumane testing on animals. Also, the products don’t contain; parabens, talc, sulfate, are vegan, parabens and silicon.

According to the CEO and founder of the Company, Ayanna Henderson, she said the products capitalize on expertise, science and nature to produce the most effective products in the skincare and beauty industry. Also, the products are made from the highest quality of ingredients gotten from different part of the world and her very safe for use.

The products of Mademoiselle Ayanna are J’Adore L’Amor Biotin Boost Hair Serum, Le Blanc Eye Corrector Serum, Le Noir Detoxifying Charcoal Mask, Le Rose Wrinkle Recovery Serum, and Le Rouge CC Serum with Vitamin C.

The Products are suitable for increasing moisture and improving elasticity while reducing wrinkle, and replenishing lost nutrients. They can be used for skins detox, exfoliation, dry scalp, dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

Ayanna was born in one of the most poverty-stricken cities in the Los Angeles area, precisely Compton in California. But she is now based in Santa Monica, which is where she also runs her business. Aside from being into skin and beauty product, she is also a professor teaching business and advertising in colleges, and a thriving digital marketer.

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Black-owned Firm launches Financial Literacy Curriculum to Reduce Wealth Gap For Future Generations

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A black-owned firm, Black Wallstreeter Consultation Services is rendering a financial education curriculum for young lads. The primary purpose of the course is to make youth financial literate and disciplined, hence reducing the wealth gap for the coming generations. The course is named “Junior Wallstreeters: Empowering youth with Financial Wellness.”

The class being offered by Wallstreeter is unique from that being provided by other firms. Wallstreeter’s financial literacy class will cover, introduction to financial literacy concepts, tools on starting and running an investment club, and investing in the stock market. One of the topics above will integrate Kevon and Kamari Chisolm’s ebook title Financial Legacy: Building Wealth Through Investment Clubs.

The Investment club aspect is what stand Wallstreeter literacy classes out from that of others. With this aspect, the participants will be able to practically apply the financial knowledge from the course in stock markets investment. Hence, participants become equipped with the resources they need to become investors of top brands such as McDonald’s, Nike etc. Vance High School in Charlotte, North Carolina has adopted the curriculum.

Wallstreeter is organizing Junior Wallstreeter camps during the summer of next year, with the adoption of the same curriculum discussed above.

Visit the Wallstreeter website for further information.

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Check out this 13-Years Old Black Teenager Whose Clothing Line is Taking Over Philly’s Fashion Industry

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A black teenage boy, Trey Brown already have a company of his own at age thirteen, and he is sure enjoying his life. Brown is the founder and CEO of SPERGO, a clothing line with about 30,000 followers on Instagram. He has had contact with various celebrities and has been on a Times Square billboard. The amount the company has made in the first year is enough to take care of his mom retirement.

SPERGO was launched in January 2018. The brand focuses on stylish shirts, hoodies, flip flops and sweatshirts. Brown explained that the violence in Philadelphia inspired him to start the company; he wanted to prove and inspire other youths that they could do great things without been violent or touching drugs.

SPERGO started as a small business. With permission from his mum, Brown designed his first few shirts with his birthday money that he has been saving and also marketed and sold them via Instagram. Even at that time, he goes to barbershop around his locality to sell. In a short while, he was able to exhaust his stock. After then, he started his online store and began sending his designs to cities in Africa, Bermuda, and even Germany.

Brown admitted that at the beginning, he wasn’t sure the brand would launch or even make wave but now that it has gotten to this level, he is very optimistic about the future.

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Alumna of Howard University Opens First Creative Space in Mount Rainier For Black-Owned Businesses

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Distinctly Creative was opened in September in a 1947 three-story brick building, which is situated at 3510 Rhode Island Ave., Mount Rainier. The building is currently under renovation by Daniel Simon, owner of Hyattsville’s Palmer Building, where you have Vigilante Coffee and other prominent businesses.

The owner/founder of Distinctly Creative, Morgan Davis, is a business strategist, graphic, and fashion designer. She has worked with Google’s AdWords team and assisted big corporations such as George Mason University, the University of Maryland, and the National Trust of Historic Preservation to handle their branding and creative tasks. She founded Distinctly Creative in 2016, aside from offering branding and creative service, she also give coaching and advice to entrepreneurs and other business owners.

According to Davis, the new creative space will be a hub where black entrepreneurs can network, hold seminars, exhibitions, and also sell their goods.

The space will also have a coworking center, called Goldn Roots, where black entrepreneurs in the creative line can meet with clients and work outside their house/dorm. It has a ‘marketplace’ which consists of fifteen black-owned brands, mostly from the fashion, skin and hair care, home goods, and visual arts sectors. She already has her line of apparel in the marketplace called “Black Creatives Matter.”

Davis Morgan moved from Michigan to D.C. when she got admission into Howard University. She recently relocated from Hyattsville to College Park.

Distinctly Creative is the first creative space in Mount Rainer, and it’s akin to other coworking and events places like Five Points Business Center in Woodridge, CAMPSpaces, and Dream Village in Hyattsville.
The new creative space will be opened on Thursdays through Sundays from 2 to 7 pm.

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The First Black-Owned Beauty Supply Opens in Harrisburg

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On the 23rd of November 2019, the door to L&L Beauty Supply opened for business on 310, Reily Street, Harrisburg. According to the founders, it is the first beauty supply store in Harrisburg owned by blacks.

The owners of the shops are Lynnae Armstrong, her husband Leroy Armstrong, and her mother, Anita Holmes. The setting up of the shop was fast, as the team only started putting the shop in order in September.

Armstrong revealed her readiness to collaborate with other small businesses to develop new business in the community by assisting other black-American entrepreneurs.

The owners of L&L Beauty Salon are working on producing a documentary show about black-owned businesses.
Lynnae Armstrong is working on gathering money that will help see her through trade school education in the future.

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New Projects in Progress to Increase the Minority-owned Businesses In Ohio

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The Black Caucus of Ohio’s Legislative, some business owners and state leaders, revealed that they are working tenaciously to increase the number of minority-owned businesses in Ohio.

Democratic Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) discloses that there are two developmental projects in progress to increase the 125,000 minority business. The projects involve the partnership between local minority communities, state and local governments, and businesses to assist aspiring entrepreneurs to start-up their business.

The projects are working with Ohio’s non-profit job creation company, JobsOhio and ELITE Americas – which is a British company that has followed the footsteps of the London Stock Exchange to make Cleveland the headquarters of its US investments.

JP Nauseef, The CEO and President of JobsOhio, says that minority small businesses are employers to about 53,000 Ohioans.

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Check out how this Teenage Black Boys Started their Bottled Water Company in Baltimore

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“The squeegee boys,” a group of five teenage black boys from Baltimore, recently launched a company that sells bottled water. They named their product Korner Boyz Water.

The five teenage entrepreneurs Deauntae, Khalil, Taetae, Keyon, and Leroy, started as windshield cleaners in their locality. Their mode of operation was to stay by the corner of North Avenue an Mount Royal in Baltimore, wave down vehicles, and ask the drivers if they could help them clean their windshield for a token, which they use to buy food.

Doing the business at such an age wasn’t an easy task due to insult and derogatory comments from people. Their story took another turn when they met a community liaison for the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA), Office of Strategic Initiatives, Kai Crosby-Singleton.

Kai invited them to participate in the annual Baltimore Thinkathon. The event is an initiative between the Baltimore Cultural Alliance and MICA, and it enables the participant to showcase their creative skills and business ideas before the City’s top creative mind. The event allowed the participants also to network various entrepreneurs with bright ideas.

At the end of the event, the boys agreed to start the business of selling bottled water. The support the boys received from the community was excellent. People donated money for them to start their business; a lawyer helped them to draft their business agreement, and a graphic designer created a logo for them.

The boys are still doing the windshield business, while the Korner Boyz water is currently on sale. They are hoping to get wholesale buyers and soon start a flavored and sparkling water.

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Dr. Key Hallmon Creates The Village Market ATL For Black Business Owners to be Successful

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Dr. Key Hallmon Creates The Village Market ATL For Black Business Owners to be Successful

Dr. Key Hallmon realized that her friends needed a platform to start their business, she acted by creating The Village Market ATL. The Village Market ATL provides opportunities for black business owners to present their products and services to prospective consumers.

Dr. Hallmon and her team also offer free master classes on financial literacy and the growth of entrepreneurship to serve as a platform for entrepreneurs to start. They also use the event as an opportunity to expose those attending to foods and holistic products based on plants.

The mission of the Village Market ATL is to support socially conscious, community-minded, black entrepreneurs and black-owned startups ‘ sustainability. Currently based in Atlanta, the Village Market hosts three big markets each year, one in the spring, one in the summer, and a Black Friday Festival, scheduled for Nov. 29, 2019.

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Vanessa Braxton Black-Owned Vodka Brand “Black Momma” to Open Cafe and Bar

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Vanessa Braxton Black-Owned Vodka Brand “Black Momma” to Open Cafe and Bar

Black Momma Vodka’s owner, Vanessa Braxton, is expanding her burgeoning empire. Braxton plans to open next year’s 4,600-square-foot cafe and bar in Wheatley Heights, New York, according to Black Business.

In preparation of the debut of Black Momma Tea & Cafe, she has recently taken over three storefronts in a New York shopping plaza. 160 different tea varieties, three flavored agaves and vegan and organic food products such as muffins and wraps will be served at the proposed restaurant.

Braxton, 50, from Dix Hills, started making her own Black Momma vodkas in 2013 and opened a factory in Wyandanch in 2016. She also started making teas, followed by flavored agaves, and now has 33,000 customers online and wholesale, selling $2.9 million. She plans to open distribution centers in several states, while the Wheatley Heights building will serve as the company headquarters and training facility for the nearly 300 franchisees who are interested in working with her.

Braxton said she looked at many properties, according to Newsday, but chose Wheatley Heights because among its 5,100 residents it was about 60 percent black and Latino. “I have plenty of places to go,” says Braxton, a retired structural engineer from the MTA. “But I wanted to take the opportunity to see what I’m doing for the community for people who look like me to step up and do the same thing.”

“I’m using a lot of small, minority, women, and veteran-owned vendors who’ve never had the opportunity with bigger places,” she said. “It’s economic inclusion for everyone,” said Chris Black, president of the Concerned Taxpayers of Wheatley Heights / Dix Hills Civic Association. “What she brings is a different flavor to the city center and it’s upscale.” “We want this in the community.”

Braxton is Black Momma Vodka and Black Momma Brand’s CEO and president. She is also the country’s first African American female distiller, master blender, and manufacturer of a nationally distributed vodka, and the founder of the country’s first black-owned tea and beverage plant.

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