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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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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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According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months, and while the number of Blacked-owned businesses in the U.S. is on the rise, the numbers are still significantly disproportionate in comparison to those owned by non-Black owners. Chief operations officer Rod Brown the award-winning tech company, OnceLogix, is…

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On the heels of completing the city of Atlanta’s Inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI), Adrienne J Media (AJM) has proven to be a leading female-owned business after revealing a revenue increase of 18.21 percent, making AJM one of the top performing businesses to have participated in the city-funded initiative. “Being a part of WEI has…

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In the world of Instagram brands (the ones who don’t have a website and simply sell through their page), it’s easy to believe that get-rich-quick businesses are the way to go. Wrong. If you don’t establish your business on a solid foundation, you’re going to struggle to sustain any success you’re lucky enough to come…

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Getting your business off the ground is no easy task. Every major company today once started off small and naïve. According to Business Insider, 70 percent of small businesses are owned and operated by a single person. With most small businesses starting off as a one man band, organization can seem like a balancing act. In…

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If you’re looking for a late-night bite in Detroit, then look no further. The restaurants featured below are sure to delight. Here are some restaurants you may want to check out. Motor City Brewing Works The Midtown Area, which is full of restaurants and small businesses, is where you’ll find Motor City Brewing Works. They…

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What’s holding you back from starting your business? There is something but you can’t quite seem to put your finger on it. Or maybe you can put your finger on it and choose to ignore it. You cannot continue to use excuses to justify your reasons for staying put, and not moving forward on your…

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networking

1. Networking is about listening We are all eager to get out there and talk about our business. We are even more excited to tell others about our services and our products. But have you ever met someone at a party, or in the clothing store line waiting to check out who just could not…

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Whether you are an entrepreneur or corporate hustler, we all have to learn the art of self-promotion. Kanye West, Beyonce, P. Diddy, Rihanna, and DJ Khaled are self-promoting themselves at any given moment. They promote themselves just as much as they are promoting their music. You need to be able to present your product or…

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You are ready to take the step into the world of business ownership. You’ve read books, researched business startup information, and are knowledgeable about your industry. Now it is all about putting your ideas and plans into action. As you begin the startup phase there are a few things that many say you must do or…

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We are continuing our series From idea to business in five steps with part two, which focuses on getting feedback, business operation fundamentals, and getting started. Get feedback It is important to get feedback from friends and family on your idea. Speak with the people that you may know who work in a similar industry. It does not hurt…

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From idea to business

Step 1: Why do you want to start your own business? The most important thing to do is take time and really think about why you want to go into business for yourself. Make a list and look at it with a critical eye. Will starting your own business help you to realize these things?…

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