How Becoming a Beautiful, Bald Bella Gave Life to a New Business

On Episode 2 of Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, Ehdra – the “Beautiful Bald Bella” Frazier from Atlanta, pitched her product, Dome Essentials. Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships sat down with Frazier after the show for an exclusive one-on-one conversation.   (Image: Facebook/Ehdra Beautifulbaldbella Frazier)   Brandon Andrews: Tell us the Dome Essentials story. Ehdra “The Beautiful Bald Bella” Frazier:  My experience is in marketing, […]

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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 30: Earl Graves Sr. and Magic Johnson Close $60 Million Deal to Create Largest Black Pepsi Franchise

For the 45th Anniversary of the BE 100s—the nation’s largest black-owned businesses—we share 45 milestone events that have had widespread impact on black economic development and American industry across four decades. This tribute salutes the iconic companies and CEOs found on BE‘s annual list of the largest black-owned companies. Today we reveal No. 30 in the web series “Great Moments […]

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Houston Black Chamber Establishes Relief Fund for Harvey-Ravaged Black Businesses

The Greater Houston Black Chamber is setting up the GHBC Foundation 501(c)3 Relief Fund to assist black-owned businesses in jeopardy from Hurricane Harvey.   GHBC is issuing a call-to-arms via an online campaign requesting funds for the relief effort. Within the next 24 hours, the GHBC website will have short applications for Houston business owners to complete to request access […]

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Kirston Pittman’s Startup, Get Rich in The Struggle (GRITS), Inspires Through Clothing

On Episode 4 of Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, Kirston J. Pittman pitched his company, Get Rich in The Struggle (GRITS). On the show, entrepreneurs pitch in a head-to-head competition to “The Funderdome” (a live studio audience) for the chance to win up to $100K in capital. The pitch that gets the most votes wins the money. Before the winner is announced, both competitors […]

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Echoing Katrina, Harvey Threatens to Devastate Houston’s Black-Owned Businesses

It was just last May that Black Enterprise held its annual Entrepreneurs Summit in Houston. The city earned the reputation of the “next black business mecca,” and with good reason. The March/April edition of Black Enterprise magazine featured a quote from Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, citing the reasons Houston is so opportune for black entrepreneurship: “Our thriving black business community, the […]

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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 31: John H. Johnson’s Enduring Lessons on Growing Black Businesses

For the 45th Anniversary of the BE 100s—the nation’s largest black-owned businesses—we share 45 milestone events that have had widespread impact on black economic development and American industry across four decades. This tribute salutes the iconic companies and CEOs found on BE‘s annual list of the largest black-owned companies. Today we reveal No. 31 in the web series “Great Moments […]

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Steve Harvey’s Funderdome: PoundPoms Creator Sherry Leetham

On Episode 4 of Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, Sherry Leetham pitched her product, PoundPoms—weighted cheerleading pom poms for working out. Leetham is a former cheerleader. Hosted by Steve Harvey, entrepreneurs pitch in a head-to-head competition to “The Funderdome” (a live studio audience) for the chance to win up to $100K in capital. The pitch that gets the most votes wins the money. […]

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