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J’Mel Dowdell’s thirst for entrepreneurial life started when he was young. “My mom and I moved to Los Angeles; we were living in a hotel for months,” he recalls. “She had a hot plate and she’d fry chicken and fish and make sandwiches. We’d go sell them in MacArthur Park close by. We used the money to survive. That’s really what gave me my fearless, entrepreneurial spirit.”

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Alizabeth Jetter describes herself as an inventor who has always known she was destined to start her own business. And that’s exactly what she has done. Jetter, a South Side native, is the owner of the only Black owned distillery in that country that is run by a female. The distillery and her product is […]...

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If you still haven’t heard of billionaire Robert F. Smith, it’s time to start paying attention.   The Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners has lived his life mostly under the radar, granting limited interviews about how he’s built a …...

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The late black media pioneer John H. Johnson will get a speaker series in his name at Howard University this month....

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Negest Dawit, a savvy businesswoman from Ethiopia, steered her 1998 Mercedes Benz past a vacant building on 9th Street near downtown D.C. and gazed into her future. That was 10 years ago....

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Sometimes what's stopping you is you: Telling the difference between caution and fear, between addressing risks and making them up....

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The prolific rap artist remains cultural relevant years after his death because of how hard he worked all of his brief life....

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Quintin E. Primo III knows all too well the life lesson of his favorite quote from the late British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill: “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”As the chairman and CEO of Chicago-based Capri Investment Group, Primo, 61, is the quintessential success story. His passion...

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Black Tech Week held its second annual tech conference last week, which brought several innovators and entrepreneurs to South Florida. One particular panel, called Prison to Wealth, shared the story of Frederick Hutson, CEO of Pigeonly. Hutson’s story not only shared how his company fills a white space in communications but also how he became a s...

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The number of businesses owned by minority women has increased from 1 in 6 in 1997 to 1 in 3 in 2015, per the 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express OPEN.While non-minority women-owned firms grew 40% over the 18-year time period, black women-owned firms grew 322% and Latina-owned firms grew 224%. Women now...

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