Entrepreneur Stories

'I Remember Riding Past Here as a Kid and Imagining What Life was Like for Those who had Lived Here': Black Owners of an Antebellum B&B Seek to Transform the Narrative About Plantations

Plantation homes are not often considered business opportunities for many Black Americans who view these structures as reminders of the horrors of enslavement. However, three Black entrepreneurs are looking to shift the narrative of a famed bed and breakfast in Natchez, Mississippi.

In March, Natchez native Joseph C. Smith, as well as Michael and Tiffany Clinton of Los Angeles, purchased The Guest House, an expansive bed-and-breakfast that was once a plantation home.

“I remember riding past he

Thriving Real Estate Investor Who Grew Up In Poverty Shares Books That Will Provide a Framework For Success

Real estate investor and co-founder of KayJay Consulting Kevin “KayR” Robinson learned two important lessons at an early age: That people who possessed power owned assets and that if he wanted to be successful, he’d need to take control of his life.

“Success does not like speed,” Robinson said. Things done well are done soon enough.”

After attending Bowdoin College in Maine on a full scholarship, Robinson graduated from Dartmouth Colleges’s Tuck School of Business with his master’s in business

'Remember Your Why': How One Black Entrepreneur Fought for Funding for Her EdTech Startup

When Joanna Smith-Griffin was working as a student engagement director at Excel Academy Charter Schools in Boston, she discovered there needed to be a more streamlined process for curbing chronic absenteeism in her school. And soon she learned this was not an isolated issue — but one that allows the achievement gap to persist in K-12 schools. The solution: an app that would identify children at risk of chronic absenteeism.

Today, Smith-Griffin is the founder of AllHere, an edtech company that u

How 10 Latinx Business Owners Persevered and Overcame Challenges

Latinx entrepreneurs are making incredible contributions to the world of small business. According to a recent study conducted by The Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI), Latinx entrepreneurship has grown 34% in just the last ten years.

Yet, that doesn’t mean that success comes easily. These ambitious Latinx entrepreneurs don’t just have to overcome self-doubt or know how to pivot quickly during moments of a business slowdown. They also face significantly less access to funding a

10 Asian Entrepreneurs Celebrating Culture and Community

Throughout US history, Asian Americans have made massive contributions to society and advancements in virtually all industries. However, like other BIPOC, Asian entrepreneurs have also faced an enormous amount of racism and discrimination. In recent months, acts of violence against Asian Americans have highlighted the disturbing nature of social injustice.

Beyond the violence, appropriation of Asian culture by businesses – from Mahjong to yoga – is commonplace. While many aspects of Asian cultu

10 Black Entrepreneurs and Side Hustlers You Should Know About

Check out the work of these independent professionals and get inspired

Throughout US history, African-Americans have used entrepreneurship as an outlet for creativity and as a way to uplift the community. From Booker T. Washington establishing the National Negro Business League during the Jim Crow Era to Earl G. Graves launching Black Enterprise magazine in 1970, entrepreneurship has played a crucial role in African-American culture.

A recent study conducted by Guidant Financial and the Lendin