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Sweet serendipity leads bakery owner to business school and a full scholarship

Jul 12, 2022
In August, Rita Magalde of Utah is starting a nine-month master's program to help grow her baklava business.
"While working at a Greek-owned restaurant in high school and college, my love for baking baklava blossomed," Rita Magalde says on the Sweet Ambrosia website. Above, baklava arranged on trays at a bakery.
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For Black entrepreneurs in Nashville, a pop-up market brings new opportunity

Apr 14, 2022
The pandemic spurred a small-business boom, and that included many Black entrepreneurs looking for new ways to reach consumers.
Karii Jones, the owner of Majik Trap, sets up her booth at Black Market. Majik Trap sells oils, incense and crystals.
Ambriehl Crutchfield/WPLN

A mobile bookstore in the Bronx “is where my heart is” 

Apr 13, 2022
Storefront prices were too high, so Latanya DeVaughn of Bronx Bound Books used savings, a grant and a bus to realize her dream.
Courtesy Latanya DeVaughn

How could additional capital for banks in communities of color help local businesses?

Apr 7, 2022
The Treasury Department provided $9 billion to lenders in underserved communities, allowing them to expand and support entrepreneurs.
Toriano Fredericks, owner of Boricua Soul in Durham, North Carolina. It was difficult, but his restaurant was able to survive the pandemic and remain open.
Leoneda Inge/WUNC

This banker-turned-dog-groomer travels nationwide to help pet parents

Mar 28, 2022
Brian Taylor wants to travel to all 50 states and groom more than 10,000 dogs.
"My ultimate goal is to do all 50 states and groom over 10,000 dogs," said Brian Taylor. Above, he holds a Maltese.
Courtesy Taylor

"We've taken the licks, and we've gotten back up," Baltimore cafe owner says

Feb 14, 2022
Terence Dickson says his Terra Cafe stands for "Black awesome." After 12 years in business and many scars, "we're gonna keep it going."
Terence Dickson, owner of Terra Cafe in Baltimore, says he's been dealing with higher food costs, labor costs and supply shortages.
Courtesy Terra Cafe

After 18 months on lists of Black-owned businesses, her clothing company is "leveling out"

Dec 23, 2021
Aliya Wanek's clothing line is still more popular than it was in 2019, so she reduced her hours at her day job.
Aliya Wanek now works part-time as a speech therapist to devote more time to her clothing business.
Photo courtesy Aliya Wanek

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The holidays are a good time to be in the baklava business

Nov 15, 2021
Rita Magalde, owner of Sheer Ambrosia, is shifting to working full time on making and selling her confections ahead of the holidays.
“It’s going to be a long two months," said Rita Magalde about what's likely to be a hectic holiday season for her bakery, Sheer Ambrosia.
Armend Nimani via Getty Images

For one self-starter, a bad experience spun a new business venture

Nov 11, 2021
Adella Colvin began her yarn-dyeing business, LolaBean Yarn Co., after noting how few makers of color there were in the industry.
Adella Colvin with her daughter, Lola, who inspired the name for LolaBean Yarn Co. “I didn’t see many makers of color" in yarn and textiles, Colvin said.
Photo courtesy Adella Colvin

Building a Black-owned brewery through the pandemic

Oct 13, 2021
Teo Hunter of Crowns & Hops Brewing is creating a brand that can be "a case study to what it means to be accomplishing racial equity."
Teo Hunter, left, and Beny Ashburn, the founders of Crowns & Hops Brewing. Said Hunter: "Our goal was always to give something beautiful, something that was indicative of Black and brown excellence, to the community."
Courtesy Beny Ashburn