National Black Business Month is a data-driven initiative to channel the creative energy of 2 million African-American entrepreneurs as a driver of the global economy. To participate, learn about black businesses in all 50 states through Job Creation and Innovation: State of Black Business, 9th edition.
Wednesday, Aug. 1 Support the $6 billion African-American food service industry. Buy grocery products; visit a restaurant; book a caterer; buy produce or meats from a farmer. Find restaurants, farm coops, manufacturers in Say Grace and Wipe Yo' Hands. Join 50 Top Names in Black Food at Schomburg Center in Harlem for the opening event of National Black Business Month.
SAN JOSE -- When the new editor of the San Jose Business Journal walked into a breakfast at the San Jose Athletic Club in 1987, he was surprised that four of the dozen technology business leaders welcoming him were African-American.
"They were pretty shocked that I was black too," recalls the author of Success Secrets of Black Executives (ASPIRE SAN FRANCISCO), first African-American to edit a business newspaper.
John William Templeton soon organized a group called the Black Executive Forum, where one could only gain admittance with budget authority in excess of $10 million. More than 200 eventually showed up for the monthly meetings.
WASHINGTON -- The Executive Leadership Council wants corporate boards to wake up and smell the coffee from the Nov. 6 election results. A changing electorate is also a sign that business executive suites should change as well.
CHICAGO -- The reelection of President Barack Obama offered an unexpected plug for serial inventor Dr. Juan Gilbert, project manager for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's design of a universal voting machine. The lone unscripted remark in his acceptance speech, just after noting the long lines at polling booths, was "we need to do something about that."
WASHINGTON -- No one was happier with the election results than Virginia Ali, who has continued--with her sons--the legacy her husband began with Ben's Chili Bowl in 1958 on U Street.
Just before the Inauguration four years ago, the President-elect Barack Obama came into the restaurant with the mayor of the nation's capital, ordered its signature half-smoke and paid with a $20 bill, telling the cashier "We straight."