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Black Woman-Owned Brand Afro Unicorn Becomes One Of The First To Join Forces With Walmart For Party Supplies

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.

Jun 17, 2022

Buy From A Black Woman: Tracee Ellis Ross Joins H&M To Bring Attention To Black Female Entrepreneurs In An 'Authentic Way'

Tracee Ellis Ross has become an ambassador for a partnership championing Black women entrepreneurs. According to a press release, H&M will carry on its collaboration with Buy From a Black Woman. The nonprofit, created in 2016 by Nikki Porcher, is on a mission to ensure Black women excel in their entrepreneurship journey by providing educational programs, an online directory, and funding, its website states. On the other hand, H&M plans to donate $250,000 toward the nonprofit and sponsor the Buy From a Black Woman Inspire Tour that will spotlight various businesses across the nation. “I feel like part of what’s happening here with H&M and Buy From a Black Woman is this really authentic way to bring attention to Black female entrepreneurs,” Ross told ESSENCE.

Jun 13, 2022

Proptech Startup Sugar Raises $2.5M Seed To Transform Apartment Buildings Into Interactive Communities

Amid the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, proptech startup Sugar Living emerged to help enhance the at-home quarantine experience for everyone stuck indoors. Now, over a year later, the Los Angeles-born company is expanding that mission to further connect people in their residential communities through technology. This week, Sugar announced the raise of a $2.5 million seed funding round as it strives to transform apartment buildings into interactive communities with its visionary technology. The round gathered funds from strategic investors across property tech, community and innovation — including MetaProp, Agya Ventures, Concrete Rose, Debut Capital, The Community Fund, Consonance Capital, Lightspeed Scout Fund, and entrepreneur Jason Calacanis’ LAUNCH syndicate. PropTech angels investors who participated in the round also include Wasserstrum and Diran Otegbade, Oleksiy Ignatyev, and Zillow board member Claire Cormier Thielke. According to Sugar founder Fatima Dicko, the new...

Aug 27, 2021

Martell Cognac Teamed Up With Marketing Maven Karen Civil to Spotlight Black Women-Owned Businesses

Karen Civil continues to be the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic! According to Black Enterprise, the media and marketing maven teamed up with Martell Cognac to continue the celebration of Black History and commemorate Women’s History Month. Together the two created 115 trunks that highlight products created by Black women. The items — which were hand-selected by Civil — were delivered to women of color who are smashing ceilings in their respective fields. While the trunk spotlights Black women-owned businesses, Civil also notes that Martell paid for all of the featured items. “They understood the importance of highlighting female-owned Black businesses, [and] not just the popular ones, but new ones that we should also shed a light on,” said Civil in an interview with Black Enterprise. Each trunk includes a bottle of Martell coupled with items like a box of coffee and a gold mug from Cool Coffee Clique made by The Mane Choice’s Courtney Adeleye , rose herbal infused oil from Herlistic...

Mar 17, 2021

Visa Partners With Black Girl Ventures to Digitize Black & Women-Owned Small Businesses in the U.S.

In honor of Women’s History Month, Visa has announced a new locally-focused joint program with Black Girl Ventures to help digitally enable Black and women-owned small businesses across the U.S. The program — She’s Next — offers $10,000 grants and a one-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching Membership to 60 Black women-owned businesses. It aims to address the needs of local entrepreneurs who populate cities with the highest concentration of Black-owned businesses in America – including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C., a press release shares. The new slate of programming includes grants and mentorship, new educational and technology resources, as well as direct community relationships in partnership with Black Girl Ventures. “Black Girl Ventures is proud to partner with Visa to assist these entrepreneurs and provide a megaphone to each community’s most pressing needs,” said Shelly Bell, founder of Black Girl Ventures, in a statement. “While the Black...

Mar 4, 2021

Jennifer Hudson Joins Forces With Mastercard to Uplift Black Women-Owned Businesses

Jennifer Hudson and Mastercard are on a mission to uplift Black women-owned businesses! According to Businesswire, the company has announced the Strivers Initiative — a consumer-facing platform that will elevate the visibility of Black female business owners who are overcoming obstacles to grow and maintain their business. Strivers Initiative kicks off with a national ad spot that will not only feature Black women business owners from across the nation, but GRAMMY Award winning singer/songwriter Jennifer Hudson will make an appearance too. The initiative will partner with Fearless VC, a fund built by women of color for women of color, to sponsor a grant program. This will also include a multi-city educational road show to drive awareness of the state of minority and women-owned businesses in cities across the U.S. while also providing insight to actions that cities can take to create an equitable climate. No mountain can stop Black women business owners. Join us and @IAMJHUD – shop,...

Feb 19, 2021