Creating a family legacy is the aim of the founders of Urban Essentials Coffee Cafe.
Oct 18, 2023
Timing and persistence are what gave this Black-owned business a fighting chance.
Apr 13, 2023
A budding entrepreneur is defying all odds while running his own business.
Apr 10, 2023
The power of an influential social media platform has transformed this couple’s business .
Mar 31, 2023
The saying “lift as you climb” is often heard among entrepreneurs. However, in addition to the importance of building fruitful connections, Angel Gregorio is amplifying the imperative need for affordable commercial space for Black business owners, especially Black women.
Jan 17, 2023
Talk about taking the saying “if you don’t like how something is done, do it yourself” to a whole new level! After working in corporate human resource roles for years Antisha Walley found herself disagreeing with the ways operations were being run. At the top of 2020, she made the decision to take matters into her own hands and launched her very own human resources consultancy company, Make the Change, LLC, according to Insider. Despite kick-starting her own business in January 2020, the 39-year-old Air Force veteran did not quit her day job until 2021. By then, her sales grew to over $50,000. However, in the beginning, she had one paying client who brought in $3,000 in sales. On the other hand, her full-time job brought in a guaranteed $80,000 per year.
Aug 19, 2022
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we are not talking about Christmas. The world is in the middle of Amazon Prime Day, and packages are being shipped out like an Oprah giveaway — everyone gets a box! However, in good AfroTech fashion, Amazon Prime Day is an opportunity to support all Black-owned businesses and brands. As a company, Amazon has been intentional with its support of Black-owned businesses. As a part of its support over the last several years, the e-commerce giant has amplified the voices of Black business owners by creating a landing page for consumers to navigate. We took some time to navigate through all of the brands created by Black people, and we found some dope stuff. From beauty brands to cooking essentials, there is literally something for everyone during this “prime” shopping season. Check out this list of brands and creators available to shop with on Amazon below:
Jul 12, 2022
Ice Cube is leading the forefront of change by joining forces with the National Football League (NFL).
Jun 30, 2022
Founder April Showers started June with a bang as she became one of the first Black female-owned brands to partner with Walmart’s celebrations party category.
Blossoming from the heart of Houston, another Black-owned vodka company has hit the market. Houston Chronicle reports 10 Black entrepreneurs and peers from Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, Wiley College, University of Houston, and Cornell University have joined forces to launch General Orders No. 3. (GO3) — named after the order which freed enslaved people on on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas. The group wanted to launch a Houston-made vodka encapsulating the spirit of Texas’ heritage and culture.
Dr. Juliette Nelson is making way for Black women in the eyewear industry with her luxury eyewear brand, NURILENS . With its signature wooden frame and imaginative designs, NURILENS seeks to enrich the lives of all through its quality. Being of Haitian heritage, Dr. Nelson understands what it means to be a trailblazer. That belief has helped drive her initiative. AfroTech was able to catch up with Dr. Nelson on the heels of Haitian Heritage Month to highlight her vision for this eyewear brand, and to encourage us all accordingly.
Jun 9, 2022
Black owned businesses in Atlanta are getting prime exposure with some help from the BeltLine and The Village Market . According to local news station , KESQ News Channel 3, the BeltLine MarketPlace is an inaugural program a part of the BeltLine’s initial small business incubator. Used as unconventional storefronts, Black business owners will have access to shipping containers and possibly food trucks to host their businesses. Set up along the Westside and Eastside trails, there will be room for up to six businesses at a time. Atlanta entrepreneur and owner of Mr. Cake Me Happy, Jerard Brown, was excited about the news. Brown sells his pastries and desserts to millions of patrons each year along the popular city trail. “The BeltLine is of course one place I’d love to open my business,” Brown said. “It’s a lot of customers out here, very busy, that’s why I’m out here today.” In a press release from the BeltLine, Inc., the mission of this installment of the small business incubator...
Apr 14, 2022
If you’re a sneakerhead, EBkicks isn’t just a luxury — it’s a requirement. Made of all-natural and biodegradable materials, EBkicks — helmed by the husband-and-wife team of Kenny and Elin Berbick — is safe for all shoe materials. The Las Vegas-based duo has achieved exponential success as a family-centered lifestyle brand. As life and business partners, Elin and Kenny Berbick, pride themselves on being the original sneakerheads. The duo’s passion for sneakers inspired them to put their hard-earned money to develop low-cost top-tier biodegradable sneaker cleaning products. EB and Kenny have even become influencers in their own right with over 180,000 followers on Instagram and over 365,000 followers on TikTok, amassing nearly 5 million likes on the latter platform. What’s more, the solution can keep your expensive shoes lasting a lot longer — and looking a lot better in the process. The product was also recently featured in GQ, when popular sneaker influencers Miguel and Grace...
Mar 11, 2022
Antwain Fowler’s legacy continues! After taking the social media world by storm with his classic catchphrase, “Where We About To Eat At?” — users fell in love with Fowler and looked forward to his mother sharing more clips of his charismatic personality. According to Christina Burns — Fowler’s mother — shortly after birth, he was diagnosed with Auto-immune Enteropathy and sadly passed away due to the illness on Nov. 21. Now, TMZ reports that she has a mission to keep his memory alive with plans of launching a restaurant in honor of the late viral sensation’s catchphrase. Burns shared that while she once considered the restaurant a dream following the family’s original viral moment, as a mother of three, she just could not find the time to do so.
Nov 30, 2021
Jermaine Dupri is in the ice cream business. According to Veg News, the Grammy award-winning producer has teamed up with Malcolm Stogo and Big Innovations Group Inc. to launch JD’s Vegan, a three-flavor collection of vegan ice creams inspired by his hometown of Atlanta, GA. JD’s Vegan, which is made from a coconut cream base, comes in the following flavors: “Welcome to Atlanta Peach Cobbler” (made with golden peaches and dotted with crumbled cobbler); “Apple Butter” (a buttery apple base swirled together with toasted cinnamon streusel crumble); and “Strawberry Sweetheart” (featuring strawberry chunks and swirls). View this post on Instagram A post shared by ClassicDupri (@jermainedupri) Jermaine Dupri is making these ice creams available at Walmart, but he’s also launched a website where you can purchase the ice cream by the pint for $6.79 each, as well. “Walmart and I share the same vision of providing consumers with the best products and making healthy alternatives accessible...
Nov 18, 2021