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How Nebraska's largest Black-owned business is approaching the post-pandemic era

Jul 1, 2021
"We are at an inflection point," said Carmen Tapio, founder and CEO of North End Teleservices.
"We are at an inflection point," said Carmen Tapio, founder and CEO of North End Teleservices in Omaha.
Courtesy of North End Teleservices

Checking in with Black-owned bookstores, 1 year since George Floyd's murder

May 24, 2021
Business is still up, although not quite as much as it was in the six months following George Floyd's death.
James Fugate, co-owner of Eso Won Books, speaks with a customer at his store in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, Nov. 24, 2020.
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An errand business delivers for its owner, despite the pandemic

May 24, 2021
Although many Black-owned businesses disappeared during the pandemic, one North Carolina concierge service has thrived.
Tina Travis, founder of Errand Girl of Durham.
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At this Detroit framing shop, demand is outstripping supply

Mar 25, 2021
For Eric Vaughn, picture frame demand is up as customers spend more time at home. But can supply keep pace?
"Since we've been back open, it's been pretty busy," said Eric Vaughn. "We've had to kind of change the way we do business, simply because we have people on top of each other."
Courtesy Eric Vaughn

Black small business owners are optimistic about 2021

Feb 22, 2021
According to a new survey, most expect revenue to rise, and many expect to hire more staff.
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"Miss Juneteenth" tells the story of a Black woman trying to build a better economic future

Feb 8, 2021
Writer-director Channing Godfrey Peoples discusses her debut film and the economic realities it draws upon.
Turquoise (Nicole Beharie) with her daughter, Kai (Alexis Chikaeze), in "Miss Juneteenth."  Channing Godfrey Peoples' story was inspired by Black women in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.
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New generation is helping to revive Black-owned farms

Feb 2, 2021
Black farmers have struggled, but young entrepreneurs are finding ways to support them.
Gabrielle E.W. Carter and Derrick Beasley of Tall Grass Food Box, which strengthened Black growers' supply chain to get fresh food to customers.
(Photo by Leoneda Inge)

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What a busy holiday season meant for a Utah baker

Jan 29, 2021
Rita Magalde was "swamped" with orders for her baklava in December. When it was over, she called her realtor.
Rita Magalde with some of her sweet treats. Her business boomed during the holiday season.
Carlos Linares/Photo courtesy of Rita Magalde

"The past couple of months have been pretty crazy": How one clothing business grew in 2020

Dec 28, 2020
As her collections continue to sell out, Wanek is adjusting to increased demand for her clothing.
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Small company puzzles out delivery logistics with sudden demand

Dec 25, 2020
How 2020 created a thriving market for one Black-owned company in Washington, D.C.
Puzzle Huddle founder Matthew Goins in his family’s living room, which currently doubles as a warehouse.
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