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BlackConnect.com is the missing link in social media that connects social interaction and business networking for millennials and connects Black business owners, entrepreneurs, and consumers in a universal way. BlackConnect.com is a distinct business community that provides tools for business owners, consumers, professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs to engage across all areas of the network to promote their business, sell products and services, build partnerships and more while connecting on a professional and personal level. The mission of Black Connect is to elevate existing Black-owned businesses and to encourage millennials and successive generations to pursue entrepreneurship.The network fills the void left by other social media platforms by connecting business owners, entrepreneurs, and consumers in a holistic way. Download the Black Connect mobile app for Android in Google Play and IOS in the App Store.
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My work is dedicated to leveling the economic playing field for African-American entrepreneurs and business owners by making it easier to meaningfully connect, collaborate and compete in the American market on a local and national level. Whether through my litigation management firm or my philanthropy, I enjoy helping others WIN.
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by August 12, 2019
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Why You Need These 7 Personalities On Your Team If You're an Entrepreneur Every entrepreneur and business owner needs the right people on their team to be successful. It doesn't matter how viable your business idea is. Without the right team, your idea could never come to fruition, or your business might not reach its maximum potential. A winning team has the right mixture of individuals with different personalities, skills, resources, and work styles. For a team to be successful, each person ...
by March 10, 2019
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Are we done chasing those conjoined twin unicorns known as Diversity & Inclusion? Or nah?  For those of us that never fell for the okey-doke and cringe every time those two words are uttered together like peanut butter & jelly, you will breathe a breath of fresh air to know that an attorney in North Carolina has called bullshit on the facade that is called diversity and inclusion at her workplace. The lawsuit filed by a Black attorney, Sharika Robinson, against her Charlotte, North Carolina fir...
by September 9, 2019
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I stumbled upon the internship opportunity with Black Connect while I was surfing different internship websites to find something to fill up my summer. I hoped that I would not only valuable to the company — in fact, I was looking for an opportunity that would be of equal value to me.  I am a recent graduate of Chapman University, receiving my B.A. in English and journalism. I have taken on many challenging roles throughout college. What I loved about interning at Black Connect, is that I was a...
by December 31, 2019
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Integration of the races and placating tactics like affirmative action, diversity & inclusion, and body cameras for police officers have led Black America to become complacent or turn a blind eye to the disparities that the civil rights movement vowed to eradicate.   The racial wealth gap is persistently widening, police brutality and racial animus is on the rise, and schools are becoming increasingly segregated to the detriment of our Black students. These disparities in economics, education, ...
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by July 27, 2019
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Luxury brands are associated with a high price and superior quality.  Brands like Gucci, Porshe, and Rolex come to mind when someone mentions luxury brands. Because of their high price tags, consumers often align with luxury brands as a pronouncement of their financial success or social strata.  A brand is termed luxury when it is desirable more than necessary.  Luxury brands offer exclusivity, superior craftsmanship, sophistication, and innovation with careful attention paid to details in desig...
by March 19, 2019
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By:  Angela Majette Owner of Just Write Legal www.justwritelegal.com   I’m a mom, creative spirit, analytical thinker, beach bum, and introvert.  All of these realities contribute to the fact that for the last 17 years, I have been a proud member of the micro business club.  It’s an affordable club anyone with focus and determination can easily join.  If you have just started your new micro business – welcome to the club!  If you have been thinking about making the move, the good news is tha...
by March 10, 2019
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Are we done chasing those conjoined twin unicorns known as Diversity & Inclusion? Or nah?  For those of us that never fell for the okey-doke and cringe every time those two words are uttered together like peanut butter & jelly, you will breathe a breath of fresh air to know that an attorney in North Carolina has called bullshit on the facade that is called diversity and inclusion at her workplace. The lawsuit filed by a Black attorney, Sharika Robinson, against her Charlotte, North Carolina fir...
by June 5, 2020
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Right now, America is seeing its most dramatic shift in its social climate within modern American History. For the first time, people of all races are stepping up on the frontlines of nationwide protests in order to protest police brutality against African Americans. Also for the first time, people of other races and especially white people, are witnessing first hand the sinister nature of police brutality, as since protests began police have been documented using extreme force against peaceful ...
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by August 12, 2019
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Why You Need These 7 Personalities On Your Team If You're an Entrepreneur Every entrepreneur and business owner needs the right people on their team to be successful. It doesn't matter how viable your business idea is. Without the right team, your idea could never come to fruition, or your business might not reach its maximum potential. A winning team has the right mixture of individuals with different personalities, skills, resources, and work styles. For a team to be successful, each person ...
by September 9, 2019
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I stumbled upon the internship opportunity with Black Connect while I was surfing different internship websites to find something to fill up my summer. I hoped that I would not only valuable to the company — in fact, I was looking for an opportunity that would be of equal value to me.  I am a recent graduate of Chapman University, receiving my B.A. in English and journalism. I have taken on many challenging roles throughout college. What I loved about interning at Black Connect, is that I was a...
by June 10, 2020
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Enslaved by a color that condemns human life to accept unpaid labor, racial slurs and, aggression as the only reality of the Black life in America, the pressure is building to break free, breathe easy and be whole. It has been a long wait since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr led the historic non-violent protests for civil rights in the 1960s. Mobility inched upwards at snail’s pace and it has always been a tight bargain for life, dignity, and a righteous share of prosperity. The world makes progress...
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by July 27, 2019
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Luxury brands are associated with a high price and superior quality.  Brands like Gucci, Porshe, and Rolex come to mind when someone mentions luxury brands. Because of their high price tags, consumers often align with luxury brands as a pronouncement of their financial success or social strata.  A brand is termed luxury when it is desirable more than necessary.  Luxury brands offer exclusivity, superior craftsmanship, sophistication, and innovation with careful attention paid to details in desig...
by March 19, 2019
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By:  Angela Majette Owner of Just Write Legal www.justwritelegal.com   I’m a mom, creative spirit, analytical thinker, beach bum, and introvert.  All of these realities contribute to the fact that for the last 17 years, I have been a proud member of the micro business club.  It’s an affordable club anyone with focus and determination can easily join.  If you have just started your new micro business – welcome to the club!  If you have been thinking about making the move, the good news is tha...
by March 10, 2019
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Are we done chasing those conjoined twin unicorns known as Diversity & Inclusion? Or nah?  For those of us that never fell for the okey-doke and cringe every time those two words are uttered together like peanut butter & jelly, you will breathe a breath of fresh air to know that an attorney in North Carolina has called bullshit on the facade that is called diversity and inclusion at her workplace. The lawsuit filed by a Black attorney, Sharika Robinson, against her Charlotte, North Carolina fir...
by September 6, 2021
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Black Connect has partnered with NorthOne  to drive better money management for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and freelancers. We sat down with the team at NorthOne to discuss their approach to banking for small businesses. Black Connect:  Let's talk about the problem.   What are the current pain points in the corporate banking industry? NorthOne:  Our Co-Founder and CEO, Eytan Bensoussan, grew up in a family of small business owners. As a child, he remembered that they’d work nights and we...
by June 5, 2020
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Right now, America is seeing its most dramatic shift in its social climate within modern American History. For the first time, people of all races are stepping up on the frontlines of nationwide protests in order to protest police brutality against African Americans. Also for the first time, people of other races and especially white people, are witnessing first hand the sinister nature of police brutality, as since protests began police have been documented using extreme force against peaceful ...
by October 21, 2019
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Purposeful people act in ways that are personally meaningful and socially beneficial.  It gives a unique feeling of accomplishment when you contribute to a cause that aims to transform lives. And there’s no better way of achieving this than volunteering for a nonprofit organization. As little as an hour of your time devoted to volunteerism could have a positive effect on your community, career, and sense of purpose. Volunteering for a nonprofit organization goes beyond a single donation to supp...
by August 28, 2020
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From a young age, I had always stuck up for those that were being bullied or mistreated. My older brother is mentally disabled and I hated seeing people laugh at him or make fun of his disability. This led me to be overly protective of those that were being bullied in any way especially at school or on the playground. I would always step in to try and defuse the situation or stick up for the person that was being bullied. I always had to say something. It wasn’t until 2016 that my passion for s...
by August 8, 2021
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Disclaimer: The views, opinions, and content expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Black Connect.  Feel free to express your thoughts on this subject in the comments. Written by Jack Strongman ME: CDC, should I get poked if I already had Covid? CDC: “Yes, you should be poked regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.” ME: Oh, okay, we ...
by January 23, 2020
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Design has the power to capture and influence our opinion of every product, service, event, and experience.  And despite the gross underrepresentation of African-Americans in the design industry, these entrepreneurs are running successful businesses while working to bring more diversity to their profession. They stand on the shoulders of pioneering Black designers like Emory Douglas, who centered art around civil and equal rights, and Archie Boston, who challenged racism through his designs and...
by December 11, 2019
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Netflix made awards show history by dominating the 2020 Golden Globes nominations, scoring its first-ever Best Picture nods for four of its films. The streaming service led the nominations in both film and television, with a total of 34 nods.   However, despite widespread acclaim, Ava DuVernay’s Emmy winning Netflix series “When They See Us” was completely ignored by the Globes.  In fact, the lack of melanin was obvious and telling.   Academy Award winner Mo’Nique has been outspoken against ...
by October 16, 2019
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As we work hard to develop our professional lives, it is important not to let our own wellness fall to the wayside. Self-awareness is key to the overall success of our businesses and communities. This kind of self-sustainment is how we close the racial wealth gap.   Responsibility is the bane of adulthood.  ‌ Without it, we’d all seemingly be filled with joy, full breath of life and pure euphoria over the lack of stress and commitment.  However, that is not the dream life many of us experience...
by September 3, 2019
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In last week's blog, we asked: "Are We Past Integrity?" We posed this question, in part, because of Jay-Z's announcement of a partnership with the NFL and the ensuing backlash.  Previously, Jay-Z declined to perform at the Super Bowl and encouraged other entertainers to do the same after the NFL's mistreatment of Colin Kaepernick.  Kaepernick protested police brutality against African-Americans by kneeling on the football field during the national anthem. When asked about his abrupt change i...
by September 22, 2019
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It is undeniable that social media plays an important role in impacting our culture, our economy and our overall view of the world.  Social media has had a huge impact on today's society - both positively and negatively, and African-Americans are digital leaders, with 91% accessing the Internet on a mobile device.   Despite their confirmed status as digital leaders, African-Americans exist as a subculture on large social media platforms.  Black Twitter refers to Black people who use the social...
by December 9, 2019
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Socialism is en vogue and trending with Black millennials.  Many relate to millennial Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Corte, who proudly calls herself a “democratic socialist.”   Capitalism is often considered the most effective economic system because it is linked with economic progress. For those in America who were allowed to freely participate in the economy,  capitalism has delivered many of those people out of poverty, improving their standard of living and multiplying their wealth with ...
by November 8, 2020
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When George Floyd Cried Out For His “Mama” it cause a Black Mama to Take Action. Crying Out To Her Own Black Community !   Asking for a change in the mindset, you can’t keep doing the same things , and expect a different result, the killings are increasing we are gaining in this fight. Blacks must understand that, Our Power is in the black dollar, it’s the only way to make a point in America. We must demand our respect, marching won’t do anything, we’ve been marching since Dr King. Rioting don...
by December 24, 2020
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by September 9, 2019
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I stumbled upon the internship opportunity with Black Connect while I was surfing different internship websites to find something to fill up my summer. I hoped that I would not only valuable to the company — in fact, I was looking for an opportunity that would be of equal value to me.  I am a recent graduate of Chapman University, receiving my B.A. in English and journalism. I have taken on many challenging roles throughout college. What I loved about interning at Black Connect, is that I was a...
by June 10, 2019
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According to a  recent report by Shareaholic, Social media is driving most share of traffic to business websites. Since social media platforms are where the crowd is, businesses are striving hard to make their brand's presence felt on these platforms. Unfortunately, many start-ups and small businesses without a marketing team are struggling to make their presence felt. In this article, you will learn some of the rookie social media marketing mistakes new businesses should avoid. Social media e...
by July 16, 2019
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Top 10 HBCUs For Aspiring Entrepreneurs Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) are iconic features in the United States higher education landscape. They came into existence before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The essence of establishing these institutions was to serve the African-American community. There are several HBCUs that offer entrepreneurship as a major. These institutions will train you to become a full-fledged entrepreneur. In this post, we have researched the top 10 HB...
by August 12, 2019
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Why You Need These 7 Personalities On Your Team If You're an Entrepreneur Every entrepreneur and business owner needs the right people on their team to be successful. It doesn't matter how viable your business idea is. Without the right team, your idea could never come to fruition, or your business might not reach its maximum potential. A winning team has the right mixture of individuals with different personalities, skills, resources, and work styles. For a team to be successful, each person ...
by December 31, 2019
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Integration of the races and placating tactics like affirmative action, diversity & inclusion, and body cameras for police officers have led Black America to become complacent or turn a blind eye to the disparities that the civil rights movement vowed to eradicate.   The racial wealth gap is persistently widening, police brutality and racial animus is on the rise, and schools are becoming increasingly segregated to the detriment of our Black students. These disparities in economics, education, ...
by July 1, 2019
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Starting a business is always very exciting. There is a sense of fulfillment and freedom that comes with being your own boss and bringing your ideas to life that every person should have the opportunity to experience. Although, along with great reward, entrepreneurship comes with considerable risk. The risks can be costly and take a mental, emotional, and financial toll on the brave souls who dare to blaze their own trail. The average time it takes an entrepreneur to start earning profit from a...
by October 7, 2019
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photo credit: Steven Lee It was spring, the second semester of my freshman year. I had chopped off all of my chemically processed hair, and I was doing the damn thing. I mean, my fro was out in all of its glory. The sun made my melanin shine bright. I needed a new parking sticker, and I was headed into the Public Safety office. And that's when it happened. A car full of white men roll the window down and yell "Nigger!" and sped away before I could even process what had just happened. I walk int...
by March 17, 2019
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You know, without a doubt, that you are ready to kiss your 9 to 5 goodbye and be the boss of you.  You are ready to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to start your own business.  There’s only one problem:  you need a business idea. If you are having trouble coming up with a business idea, don’t sweat it.  It doesn’t mean that you cannot or should not be an entrepreneur. Sometimes knowing what business to start does not come naturally or easily.  Often, it takes focus, analysis, and care...
by June 17, 2019
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Launching a startup is a daunting undertaking. Even if you have the best product or idea, it is challenging to bring your idea to the market, gain traction and attract the attention of investors. The two most common challenges entrepreneurs face when launching or growing a startup are limited capital and exposure in the market. Participating in pitch competitions is one way to overcome these challenges.   What Is A Pitch Competition? A pitch competition is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to...
by July 8, 2019
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We have all heard the phrase, "work smarter, not harder." This nugget of wisdom should be the credo of every small business owner.  Forming strategic partnerships is one way that small businesses can work smarter.  Strategic partnerships can have a significant impact on small businesses.   Forming partnerships (or alliances) is a business strategy that every business should consider. It is often challenging for small businesses to gain traction in the market, but if you are strategic in your m...
by September 2, 2019
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Networking in business is not just desirable but a necessity, especially for entrepreneurs. They are new to the world of business, usually have fewer connections, less experience of facing diverse challenges, and step into the market with big dreams. So, online networking for entrepreneurs is a great way of allowing blooming businessmen to build relationships around the world, growing business, tapping into resources, reaching a wider market, developing business skills, and branding themselves. ...
by December 10, 2019
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Black McDonald’s franchisees are at a systematic disadvantage.Larry Tripplett, the head of McDonald's black franchisee group, the National Black McDonald's Owners Association (NBMOA), said in an internal letter earlier this year that "the trajectory of the treatment of African American Owners is moving backwards.”   Black franchisees make hundreds of thousands of dollars less a year, on average, than their white counterparts.  Surviving as a franchisee has become increasingly difficult for all...