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Nathan Brown Is Making His Mark In Houston, TX, As A Franchisee Of A New Orleans-Inspired Coffee Shop

Nathan Brown is the proud franchisee of a New Orleans, LA-inspired coffee shop. However, he didn’t grow up as a coffee consumer. Instead, the graduate of Indiana’s Ball State University developed the interest while working for a Big Four accounting firm, which he described as a “grind house.” “Working late hours pretty regularly, a part of the culture developed into a habit, and I became an avid coffee drinker,” Brown, 33, told AFROTECH in an interview. “As the years went by, I got more into quality. So, I started off getting any sugared-down caffeine I could find. Then, I graduated to drinking black coffee. Then, I started to be able to decipher the taste of coffee.” Brown moved from Indiana to Texas in 2015 and became a homeowner four years later. While living in Third Ward, a neighborhood in Houston, TX, he discovered the nearest coffee shop was a 15-minute drive. He then felt led to open a coffee shop closer to home, and it became possible with the help of a family member and...

Feb 21, 2024

Entrepreneur Dale Thornton Donates $500K To Miles College, The Largest Donation By An Alum In The HBCU's History

A passage in the Bible says to direct your children on the path they should follow, and when they are older, they won’t depart. And, entrepreneur Dale Thornton is a testament to this.

Oct 18, 2022

HBCU Alumna Asia Thomas Becomes The First Black Woman To Own A Subway Franchise In This Georgia City

A Subway in Georgia is now under the ownership of this history-making Black woman! reports that Asia Thomas is now the first Black woman to own a Subway franchise in Duluth, GA. As a single mother of three, she says that this is only the beginning. “I’m definitely going to buy more,” she said. “I would feel like a quitter if I didn’t buy more.”

Apr 1, 2022

Megan Thee Stallion Becomes A Popeyes Franchise Owner In Her Hottest Deal Yet

When Megan Thee Stallion isn’t being a superstar on stage, she’s signing a business deal and the latest just rung our favorite “H-Town Hottie” in as a franchise owner! Popeyes announced today their new extensive deal with the rapper, Adweek reports. The news comes in as Megan’s biggest deal so far in her career. Courtesy of CNW Group/Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. “I’m appreciative of Popeyes commitment to empowering Black women and look forward to opening Popeyes Restaurants,” said Megan Thee Stallion in a statement. “Teaming up with Popeyes is such a milestone in my journey and evolution as an entrepreneur. I’ve always been a fan of the Popeyes brand and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join the brand and help create the new Megan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce for their line-up.” Megan becoming the fast-food chain’s newest franchise owner is unlike your typical restaurant-celebrity partnership. It also appears that the partnership won’t be short-term. “Popeyes one-of-a-kind...

Oct 14, 2021

Franchisor Hakika Wise Is Using Her Business Of Stretching To Boost Wellness And Generational Wealth

When franchisor Hakika Wise — founder of Kika Stretch Studios — set out to establish her many stretching studios across the country, she had a mindset of being a boss who also helps build others up to achieve boss status too. As one of the first Black women franchisors in the world, Wise knew she had stumbled across something historic in growing her business. However, she knew the work didn’t stop there. With very few Black and brown franchisors, Wise took it upon herself to use her business as a vessel to encourage others to join her on the path to becoming self-made business-owners. As AfroTech previously reported, Wise’s idea to start her own franchise of stretch studios was fueled by her desire to stand out in the business world with a concept not many others were invested in. Through her unique stretching technique and chain of studios, Wise has been able to prove just how lucrative the fitness and wellness industry is. Not only has she helped thousands of people improve their...

May 20, 2021

Entrepreneur Dennis McKinley Says 'It All Starts With A Desire,' When It Comes to Successfully Franchising A Business

“It all starts with a desire. How hard do you want to go?” is the question that Dennis McKinley says all people should ask themselves if they have the interest in hopping on the franchise board. The Black Tech Green Money podcast is all about giving listeners the necessary keys to not only get to the money but achieve success while doing it. Host Will Lucas is joined this week by McKinley, who automatically has that hustler spirit having been born and raised in Detroit, MI. An investor, restaurateur, and all around serial entrepreneur, McKinley not only secured the rights to The Original Hot Dog Factory housed in Atlanta, GA, back in 2015 but revamped and rebranded the business to set it on a new path to success. He tells Lucas about how it all started at Subway, explains how he stumbled upon The Original Hot Dog Factory and gives us the blueprint on how to achieve that same success as a franchise operator. For McKinley, he was blessed at a young age to have mentors and teachers who...

Jan 19, 2021

Meet the 31-Year-Old New Franchise Owner On A Mission to Own 25 Smoothie King Locations

Although the median age for franchise owners is between 45-54-years-old, according to statistics, this new franchise owner doesn’t seem to fall in that category. Skyler Blacknall, 31, belongs to a unique group of entrepreneurs who are able to secure the capital needed to get started at a young age. Blacknall recently purchased his first Smoothie King located in Forth Worth, TX, and is currently negotiating his second with the ultimate goal of owning a total of 25 locations. “I’ve always been big on health, so that drove the decision,” he told Black Enterprise. “I lost my mother, my brother, and my cousin all to different health-related issues, so in a way, my career choice is also a dedication to them as well. I researched different brands and healthy concepts prior to making my decision. I knew that with an investment this size, [it] had to be something I could stand by.” Blacknall also opens up about the difficulty in finding plant-based options in Texas. “As someone with a...

Dec 4, 2020