Entrepreneurs

Ashley Butler Celebrates Love, Inspires Through Her Higher Level Greetings

By: Lem Satterfield

By Lem Satterfield Ashley Butler was scarcely out of diapers when she began using her imagination to inspire people to feel better about themselves. Three decades later, Butler has a website, Higher Level Greetings, which designs obituaries, business logos, cards and brochures, custom greeting cards, graduation invitations, wedding invitation suites,...

Pre-Hispanic Art Comes To Life On Mexican Baker’s Cookies 

By: Julio Guzmán

By Julio Guzmán Diego Barranco, a baker from Ozumba, in the State of Mexico, has created cookies with designs inspired by the country’s pre-Hispanic art. He defines his work as “craftwork with bread dough.” Pre-Hispanic cultures are a group of civilizations that settled in most of what today makes up Mexico,...

3D Na’ Tee Puts Much-Needed State-Of-The-Art Studio In New Orleans East

By: Percy Lovell Crawford

By Percy Lovell Crawford The devastation of Hurricane Katrina is still being felt in many areas of New Orleans 16 years after the massive storm made landfall. That’s especially true of New Orleans East. Viewed as a dangerous “do not enter” zone by many, rapper/entrepreneur 3D Na’ Tee hopes to...

Access To Capital Remains A Problem For Most Black Businesses

By: Kevin Michael Briscoe

By Kevin Michael Briscoe By many accounts, access to capital has stunted the ability of minority business owners to maintain cash flow and cover operating costs. In fact, more than half of black business owners polled in a recent national survey cite lack of access to cash as the main...

VIDEO: College Classmates Set Their Sights On Growing Eyewear Industry

By: Mark Gray

By Mark Gray BROOKLYN, New York — At the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, two enterprising African-American women saw an opportunity to capitalize on their passion for stylish glasses and created their company from scratch. Tracey Vontelle Green and Nancey Harris of Brooklyn, New York, chose to venture into unchartered...

These Black Entrepreneurs Are Battling On Three Fronts To Keep Businesses Alive

By: Nzinga Aku Temu

By Nzinga Aku Temu WASHINGTON — The Washington, D.C., area is home to a bustling population of food trucks. Streets surrounding the city’s monuments are often lined with stationary trucks vending shawarma, hot dogs and many other foods. Clearly, the competition for such vendors is intense. Against that backdrop, Jerk At...

El Nopalito Delivers Hope To Small Businesses

By: Marcelo Wheelock

By Marcelo Wheelock Amid the pandemic, Mila Johnson Pérez started a business in an industry that has seen unprecedented growth in recent months. Johnson Pérez, of Mexican descent, launched El Nopalito Delivery in April 2020. El Nopalito Delivery is a home-delivery service for community products that operates mainly in the south and...

Pharmacists Deliver Hope And Care

By: Hamil R. Harris

By Hamil R. Harris WASHINGTON, D.C. — While corporate pharmacies are the order of the day, one Washington, D.C., pharmacy has become a prosperous neighborhood enterprise. Two classmates from Africa have found a prescription for success. Instead of having people wait in line at their Dupont Circle Pharmacy, Cyprian Sabah and...

Minority Entrepreneurs Face Uphill Battle To Enter Legal Marijuana Market

By: Kevin Michael Briscoe

By Kevin Michael BriscoeMario B. Williams has never been one to shy away from a fight. As head of NDH Law, the Atlanta-based attorney has worked on behalf of jail inmates, immigrants, the mentally disabled and minorities who have won settlements against police agencies,. Now, tapping his entrepreneurial instincts, Williams will...

Smoothie Operator: Independent Blender Bringing Healthy Food To The Streets

By: Percy Lovell Crawford

By Percy Lovell Crawford NEW ORLEANS — Good food and music are staples of New Orleans, Louisiana. Unfortunately, that food usually comes in the form of seafood, gumbo, jambalaya, king cake and beignets — items that make your taste buds happy and your waistline expand. However, 5th Ward native Domonique “Dinero”...

Rapper Tone Trump Puts Projects On Hold To Focus On Ramadan 

By: Percy Lovell Crawford

By Percy Lovell CrawfordWhen you look up the word hustler, a picture of Philadelphia’s Tone Trump should be next to it. The self-proclaimed “Greatest Hustler Alive,” seems to be into everything. Wearing his passion on his sleeve, Trump continuously builds on those passions, which include, fashion, music and his love...

Digital Marketing Maven Goes Solo

By: Percy Lovell Crawford

By Percy Lovell Crawford When Chaz Cervino started his first business out of his parents’ basement with just $400, expectations were modest at best. However, after securing several high-profile athletes as clients, those expectations blossomed into a multimillion-dollar company. Now, Cervino looks to take his experience as the former CEO...

Rob Parker Takes A New Swing At Pro Baseball

By: Nina Maden

By Nina MadenRob Parker has been a baseball fan his entire life. His dream as a child was to play first base for the New York Mets.  However, once visions of becoming the next Ed Kranepool ended, Parker decided being a sportswriter was the next best way to stay close...

Rejection Was The Mother Of Creation For ‘Concrete Park’ Co-Creator 

By: Brian Fishbach

By Brian FishbachLOS ANGELES — Working in Hollywood for years, actress and writer Erika Alexander has suffered her share of rejection. But one stung deeply — ultimately making her more creative and determined. By the early 2010s, Alexander was well-known for her role as attorney Maxine Shaw on Fox’s “Living Single.”...