28 Jan 2017

President Trump’s Best Bet With Communities of Color

Supporting minority-owned and operated businesses may be his best opportunity to successfully engage communities of color In his inaugural address, President Trump said, “We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore...
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23 Jan 2017

Weekly Small Business Thought — 1/23/2017

Each week, I share a short small business thought; a new idea, a big upcoming event, or a question to consider during the current week. What does the Trump Administration mean for small businesses? In a Weekly Small Business Thought earlier this month I said: “The combination of...
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12 Jan 2017

EXPECT TO SEE MORE BLACK ENTREPRENEURS ON ‘SHARK TANK’ SEASON 8

Latangela Newsome created “Grease Bags” after trying—unsuccessfully—to find a safe and easy way to dispose of used cooking grease. On Friday, Jan. 13, the “momtrepreneur” will pitch her business to the sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank. When she does, she will join an increasing number...
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09 Jan 2017

Weekly Small Business Thought — 1/9/2017

Each week, I share a short small business thought; a new idea, a big upcoming event, or a question to consider during the current week. What does it mean to start a business in a strong economy? The “Great Recession” constricted the American economy. Market uncertainty froze...
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21 Oct 2016

Black Female Entrepreneurs Shine on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’

In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, this post celebrates black female entrepreneurs from this season of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” while highlighting the value of African American women as small business owners in the American economy…  ...
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17 Oct 2016

Millennial Week 2016 – Bootstrapping, Crowdsourcing & Backing Your Startup Recap

On October 12, 2016 I moderated the Millennial Week Bootstrapping, Crowdsourcing, & Backing Your Startup session at 1776 with Nicecream CEO Sandra Tran; Cofound/Harlem Founder John Matos, and Ben Bruce, Small Business Leader at Wells Fargo #MWDC16 [View the story...
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12 Oct 2016

31 Brilliant Black Businesswomen to Support During National Women’s Small Business Month

October is National Women’s Small Business Month #NWSBM. There are at least 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States. Women-owned firms employ 8.9 million people, and generate receipts of $1.4 trillion according to the Survey of Business Owners (SBO). Black women...
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26 Sep 2016

What Millennial Entrepreneurs Need to Hear in the First Presidential Debate

As Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare to discuss “America’s Direction, Achieving Prosperity, and Securing America” in the first Presidential Debate of 2016, Millennial entrepreneurship is key to all three topics. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump are old. In fact, barring an...
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26 Sep 2016

Clinton and Trump Should Speak to Black Entrepreneurs in the First Presidential Debate

Tulsa and Charlotte are grappling with the all too familiar reality of black men being killed in recent police involved shootings. As Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare for the first 2016 Presidential Election Debate, the nation is — again — asking why. In the past week,...
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31 Aug 2016

The Stark Reality about Entrepreneurs of Color

The stark reality about entrepreneurs of color is that their brilliance, ingenuity, and grit are boundless. Values Partnerships leads a nationwide casting tour focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to ABC’s hit show Shark Tank. In 2016, we hosted 12 casting calls in...
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