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When Arielle Martin is not selling a home, she is selling products that will make your home leave a lasting impression on whoever enters it. The 23-year-old real estate agent is also the creator and owner of Front and Scenter luxury candles and handmade fragrances, which specializes in coconut-soy wax candles and room/linen sprays. Martin started her candle business in December 2017 and the flame has been burning hot ever since.

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Jevona Watson pleads guilty of doing what most people do in their neighborhoods.

“As a resident, I too have been guilty of minding my own business to the detriment of the community,” says Watson, an attorney, who decided to do something to improve the Bagley neighborhood on Detroit’s west side where she has lived since 2005.

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Fourteen years ago, Dawn Hendricks, 45, was ready to carve out her own path, take control of her destiny and earn a salary that mirrored her responsibilities. So she co-founded FM Talent Source, a professional services firm headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., where she now serves as president and CEO.

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Janice Bryant Howroyd, 65, is founder and chief executive of Act 1 Group, an employment agency that also provides consulting and business services, including background checks and screening. She’s the first African-American woman to operate a company that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue, according to Black Enterprise Magazine.

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Meryanne Loum-Martin is a Parisian lawyer turned entrepreneur and founder of Jnane Tamsna, a boutique hotel located in Marrakech, Morocco. Beyond the fact that she has the only black woman-owned hotel in the area, she and her husband purchased land in 2000 and in less than one year, they built the hotel from the ground up.

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The natural hair care market is getting more and more crowded by the day. Shoppers now have more options on store shelves than ever before. That’s why when Monique Rodriguez launched Mielle Organics in May of 2014, she made sure her products for natural hair stood out above the fray.

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In a year that has seen more jolts around gender issues than any in recent history, a wave of women’s empowerment products have flooded the market. From “shattered glass ceiling” necklaces to entire wardrobes worth of #TimesUp T-shirts, “Nasty Woman” leggings, and controversial pussyhats (sooo 2017!), today’s women’s movement has triggered a booming industry of femme-boosting swag.

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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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It’s been an exciting year for Karese Cain, co-owner of a British Swim School franchise in Miami. Not only has she been profiled in the media—now she’s looking to expand after less than two years into the business.For someone that never considered business ownership, Cain’s story is quite remarkable.

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The compact space at 744 Dudley St. has a few bright-red chairs and two wood tables that fold out from the wall for inside seating when needed, but most customers come in for meals-to-go or fresh seafood to cook at home. On a given day the fresh display is likely to contain whole grouper, porgy, red snapper, jackfish and tilapia and fillets of...

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