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Entrepreneur And Owner Of A Louisiana Apartment Complex Pays It Forward By Covering December's Rent For Local Families

Beyonce’s hit song “Diva” defines the term as a female version of a hustler. This cultural reference and meaning gives literal context to New Orleans, LA, native and entrepreneur Britni Ricard. Her journey hasn’t been easy, but she has turned all her “Ls” into lessons. This holiday season, Ricard is paying it forward by covering the rent of all the tenants in a 10-unit apartment building she owns.

Josh Rodgers

Dec 7, 2023

Tiffini Gatlin Is Set To Make History As The First Black-Owned Faux Hair Designer To Launch On QVC

This founder’s story represents how a delay does not mean a denial.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 2, 2023

Wellness Founder Jessamyn Stanley Found A Way To Create A Yoga Platform Built On Inclusivity And Positivity

Jessamyn Stanley is considered a powerfully-acclaimed voice in wellness who has been able to merge 21st century yoga with intersectional identity to launch an inclusive and positive platform for users of all walks of life. As the founder of The Underbelly — a streaming wellness app that offers digital yoga classes — Stanley has made it her life’s mission to help wellness-curious individuals find themselves authentically through the art of yoga. Amid the pandemic, Stanley and her team saw a huge uptick in subscribers for the platform and have since continued to help users achieve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being through the power and convenience of technology. Now The Underbelly is focusing on its slate of upcoming classes as Stanley gears up to release her new book, “Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance,” set to hit shelves on June 22. AfroTech caught up with Stanley to discuss the origin story of The Underbelly, her experience has a founder in wellness and tech, and why...

Njera Perkins

Apr 12, 2021

This Founder Secured $600M Worth of Construction Projects Then Landed Airport Contracts

For entrepreneur Jeanie Hunter, her current occupation isn’t what she originally had in mind for her life but she’s still making strides that are defying the odds for Black women in business. According to Atlanta Black Star, she started out pursuing a career as a real estate developer and then transitioned over to the male-dominated field of construction to launch a lucrative business in 2003 called Synergy Development Partners. “As a career path, construction wasn’t something that I thought about when I went to college,” she shares with the outlet. “I thought in construction you really had to have a hammer or some type of trade experience.” Though she lacked traditional construction experience, that didn’t stop Hunter from taking a leap of faith as an independent business woman. The hard work is paying off for her now as her company recently inked an airport contract for canopy modernization at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Although Hunter’s company is now finally being...

Njera Perkins

Apr 1, 2021

Kindred Media & Entertainment Founder Leah Hill Launches New App to Help Creatives Become Investors

There’s a new platform on the market that’s putting the value power back in creative freelancers’ hands. Entrepreneur Leah Hill — f ounder of Kindred Media & Entertainment — has announced the launch of a new app dedicated to connecting creatives with job opportunities and transforming them into investors. Kinfolk App is a first-of-its-kind platform that’s offering these creatives a unique opportunity to both invest and generate funds. By eliminating the pressure of networking between creatives and project leads, Kinfolk App is creating a two-sided solution to help simplify the marketplace. “Creating an app like Kinfolk was sparked out of personal necessity. There have been numerous times it seemed impossible to fill a role for a team I was working on. In fact, finding a mobile app developer to work with on Kinfolk proved to be a much harder task than I anticipated,” Hill shared. “Also, whenever I went on social media I was seeing posts searching for creatives with certain skill...

Njera Perkins

Mar 15, 2021

Founder Chaymeriyia Moncrief Raised $1.05M For Her Startup to Fill the Void in the Consumer Electronics Market

The consumer electronics market is known to be a competitive space, especially for minorities looking to break into the industry. Now Black tech entrepreneurs are taking matters into their own hands to make room for more diversity. According to Black Business, Chaymeriyia Moncrief — founder of consumer electronics startup NSPRE™ — took advantage of the void in the tech market early last year when she launched her Montgomery, AL-based company. Amid the pandemic, her tech startup launched with an aim to give consumers a variety of options for electronic selections. To support the brand’s mission, Moncrief was able to raise $1.05 million from private and angel investors, as well as funding from her previous investors in her first startup — Tesix Wireless. “The focus with our funding is Talent and Retail acquisitions, R&D, and Product Design,” Moncrief shared with Black Business. “We have also moved forward with the opening of our headquarters and in this transition, we need to begin...

Njera Perkins

Jan 5, 2021

This Founder Secured $4M in Funding So Her Startup Could Keep Offices COVID-safe

Indoor air quality has become a growing concern for many amid the COVID-19 pandemic as evidence has shown that the virus can remain airborne for longer periods and farther distances than originally thought, the EPA reports. However, Yodit Stanton and her startup company OpenSensors have been working to combat this issue with its innovative business model that’s making workspaces much safer during this time. OpenSensors — a tech-based air monitoring platform — offers a transformative and environmentally-friendly solution for those concerned with working out of office buildings. “Initially it just started as a fun hobby project. I was playing around with IoT as in my daughter has asthma, so I was monitoring air quality up in our neighborhood to try to see if I can correlate the particulates spikes and so forth with her asthma attacks,” Stanton told TechCrunch. “I released it as a project for my community to monitor air quality. But it became, I guess a real thing when people asked if...

Njera Perkins

Dec 16, 2020

22-Year-Old Anna Spearman Went From Grad to Founder of a Tech Staffing Startup Amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented itself as quite the obstacle for many small businesses and startups this year, but entrepreneurs are still proving to be resilient in the face of adversity. For 22-year-old Anna Spearman — a recent University of Virginia graduate — her ideal post-grad plans were derailed as a result of the pandemic. However, this offered her a unique opportunity to capitalize on her dream of owning her own tech company. Using her graduation gift money and funds from her Postmates delivery job, Spearman was able to self-fund her brainchild, Techie Staffing, LLC. Techie Staffing — an agency that specializes in direct-hire technology roles for technology departments nationwide — was launched to resolve the issue of discovering hard-to-find talent that internal job recruiters don’t have the bandwidth to identify, Spearman shared with Voyage LA . According to her, Techie Staffing works to “reduce the timeline and improve the efficiency of the hiring process for these...

Njera Perkins

Nov 5, 2020

CEOs Dawn Dickson & Natasia Malaihollo Merge Companies to Revamp the Future of Retail

Longtime friends and CEOs Dawn Dickson and Natasia Malaihollo have joined forces to further innovate the automated retail industry through their two companies. Recently, tech company PopCom — an automated retail company that leverages facial detection, machine learning, and blockchain technology — announced their recent acquisition of game-based survey company Wyzerr as part of its plan to shape the future of retail. “The acquisition of Wyzerr marks an exciting new chapter for PopCom,” said PopCom founder Dickson in a statement. “Natasia and I have the same goals in mind, and together we will continue to make waves and change the whole look of the automated retail industry.” Wyzzer — which was founded by Malaihollo in 2014 — was created to make surveys fun and easy to supply. As the company looks ahead, it hopes to align with PopCom in a way that will allow them to thrive post-pandemic. “My journey with Wyzerr was incredible, and we made a real impact on the companies we worked...

Njera Perkins

Sep 22, 2020

Black Twitter Uses Its Influence To Protect Black Owned Business Being Digitally Attacked By Racist Trolls

The Honey Pot , a black woman-owned company that specializes in all-natural and plant-based feminine care products,  is currently sold in Wegmans, Walgreens, Whole Foods, and Target stores nationwide. As part of Target’s Founders We Believe In campaign, The Honey Pot founder Beatrice Dixon discussed her thoughts on the retailer taking a chance on stocking her product and how she hopes to inspire young black girls to one day become business owners as well. “The reason why it’s so important for Honey Pot to do well is so the next black girl that comes up with a great idea, she can have a better opportunity, that means a lot to me,” said Dixon in her ad. Unfortunately, the recent commercial spot ruffled the feathers of a few people online and they took to to leave negative reviews about Dixon and her products. The negative comments included racist language and several people who did not understand why a Black woman would want...

Stephanie Ogbogu

Mar 2, 2020

I Became Debt-Free, Then Helped Others Do the Same

Becoming debt-free is no easy feat, but by the age of 24, I was able to pay off $37,000 in student loans. Through sharing my story, I uncovered fears hidden within my friend group. A common theme was believing they had too much debt, the practice of avoiding debt, the shame of accumulating more debt, and uncertainty about how to stop living paycheck to paycheck. Once the fears were in the open, there was an opportunity to heal and grow. After helping my friends, one friend noted that the information was life-changing and too valuable not to share on a larger scale. From there, CreateFinStew was born. What began as a journey of helping my social circle developed into building a company that creatively transforms the financial stewardship of individuals and organizations. Financial Stewardship Financial stewardship is important to me and should be important to everyone because it helps foster good intentions about our present and our future. We are called to be good stewards of the...

Jasmine Paul

Dec 10, 2019