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Christopher King is the founder of We Are Marcus (WAM), an education technology venture that creates scalable character analytics for students of color to affect suspension rates and substance abuse disorders.   We spoke with King about the importance of education technology for creating opportunities for Black kids. What is We Are Marcus and what is…

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Donnel Baird is the CEO of BlocPower, a proptech startup that is greening American cities by helping residential building owners modernize their heating and cooling units. Using renewable energy and smart monitoring tools, BlocPower is creating better health and environmental outcomes for the inner city. We caught up with Baird to talk about the need…

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Nate Yohannes is the product leader of artificial intelligence and mixed reality engineering at Microsoft. After a stint with the Obama administration on the Broadband Opportunity Council and SBA’s Office of Investment and Innovation developing policies to improve the U.S. government investments in technology, Yohannes entered the private sector serving as an executive adviser on…

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Felicia Phillips is excited about recent headlines suggesting that African American women are leading in entrepreneurship and executive leadership opportunities. Rolling out spoke with her about that and her MogulCon conference taking place Oct. 24-26, 2019, in Atlanta. How is MogulCon different than many of the other female entrepreneurship conferences? Most conferences geared toward women are…

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Yvette Williams is the founder of Lady Yvette’s Teacakes in Grand Prairie, Texas. After enjoying a successful career in sales at both PepsiCo and Sprint, the budding entrepreneur took a leap of faith and set out to turn her talent for baking into a business. Williams cheerfully refers to herself as the CTO, the chief…

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Spelman College ended its 10-day, start-up competition with a pitch night for teams of aspiring female entrepreneurs. This pitch night, held Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, consisted of nine groups of aspiring entrepreneurs who presented what they’ve been learning during 10 days in the Spelpreneur program to a “Shark Tank”-style panel of judges. During the program, the student…

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Day Edwards, the CEO and founder of Church Space, took first place at Texas Black Expo’s annual CEO Roundtable and Pitch Competition. Texas Black Expo is a nonprofit organization that aims to stimulate growth and development in urban communities by strengthening businesses, inspiring youth and building better lives. During the first round of this year’s competition,…

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The co-working space has expanded significantly over the years. If you are in Atlanta and want to expand your network and grow your business, then you need to become a member of The Gathering Spot, a Black-owned, exclusive members-only club. The community space was co-founded by Ryan Wilson and TK Peterson in 2016. It has since flourished…

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Entrepreneur, author and international motivational speaker Chris Gardner is giving us a lesson on how to become successful. Reaching his goals did not come without hardships and obstacles. As a child, the Milwaukee native struggled as a victim of rape, domestic violence and abandonment. He would later find himself as a homeless single parent. Today,…

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Real estate is a goldmine for Atlanta and one young lady has made it her business to grab a piece of the pie. Kira Oliver is closing real estate deals all over the city. Her infectious personality matched with a strong work ethic makes her a millennial realtor to look out for. In this interview, we…

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As the age-old saying goes, food is the universal love language. Good food is always a great highlight of everyday life, and Chef Deborah VanTrece has mastered the art of it all. Owner of Edible Art Café and Gourmet Catering, VanTrece is a celebrated culinary artist that puts her own spin on all of our favorite…

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Who doesn’t love a great seasoned steak or chicken breast? Everyone loves to eat great food, especially when it’s seasoned correctly. A lot of African Americans love to season their food heavily thus leading to an increase in their blood pressure. New Orleans native Derek Robinson Jr., who is known as the Mad Chef, developed…

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The SpiceSuite is the culminating vision of owner Angel Anderson’s love of good food and people. The SpiceSuite is an interactive spice bar that features house-made infused cooking oils and spice blends. Guests can also create their own custom spices at the monthly “bar,” lounge in the comfortable seating area and enjoy a “spiced” lemonade or…

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Whether you’re an employee or an entrepreneur, you must prepare for success. CEO and founder of Jackets for Jobs, Alison Vaughn helps others reach success with a viable community resource. During its 17 years in operation, JFJ has assisted over 21K people with obtaining employment. Featured on the “Today” show and “The View,” the organization also earned…

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Leader. Speaker. Real talk connoisseur. These are just some of the titles that describe Bärí Williams, the head of business operations management for StubHub’s North America division. From serving as a practicing attorney to previously running a legal department at Facebook, the Oakland, California, native has learned many valuable business lessons that are helping her teach…

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ONCELOGIX: CEO Trinity Manning, COO Rod Brown, CFO Ty McLaughlin courtesy: ONCELOGIX   OnceLogix is a Black-owned health care software company that provides innovative solutions. They service almost 450 companies in several states, a majority of which are also minority-owned. Based out of North Carolina, CEO Trinity Manning, COO Rod Brown, and CFO Ty Mclaughlin are…

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In 2012, Kemetria Lilly found herself in a state of uncertainty about her future. Being a recent college graduate, she struggled to find her purpose in the world and didn’t know how to step out of her comfort zone. Always being in love with fashion, Lilly found it difficult to picture herself a part of…

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“You know how your cousins are.” Sound familiar? You have either heard or said this about a janky product or poor customer service at a Black-owned business (BOB). All businesses encounter common issues, but the impact is greater for BOBs. Our history is filled with the reality of facing stereotypes, unfair biases, and unethical and illegal…

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