Black and Latinx entrepreneurship series

15+ Business Development Resources for Black and Latinx Entrepreneurs in Philly

January 11, 2021

Philadelphia promotes itself as a friendly place to do business. But we also hear in our reporting that opportunities for funding, networks and other resources are harder to come by — both locally and nationally — if you’re a person of color. In’s recent series profiling the professional journeys of local Black and Latinx […]

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‘When I Win, I Uplift’: Kristal Sotomayor on Finding Support For Media Makers of Color

December 23, 2020

Growing up as a child of immigrants, ¡Presente! Media cofounder Kristal Sotomayor frequently found ways to make money however possible. Money could be scarce for their family, so even trips to play at the park presented an opportunity for the youngster to profit, selling bracelets to other kids. “Immigrants are the biggest hustlers,” they told […]

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LeRoy Jones Exited a Company. Now, he’s Using His Biz Experience to Help New Entrepreneurs Thrive

December 17, 2020

Growing up in West Oak Lane, EREflow founder LeRoy Jones always had an instinct for making it on his own. He sold bus tokens at one point before eventually pursuing his bachelor’s degree in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and later his master’s degree in management of technology from the University of Pennsylvania. In […]

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Backed by Local Resources and Corporate Lessons, Emeka Oguh’s PeopleJoy is on a Mission to Boost Financial Wellness

December 11, 2020

When PeopleJoy founder and CEO Emeka Oguh’s parents emigrated to the United States from Nigeria, they made it clear that education would be his way to success. Oguh was an astute pupil and earned an undergraduate scholarship to Rutgers University. After graduation, he worked on Wall Street in financial services at Merrill Lynch. It was […]

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Fishbox’s Napoleon Suarez is Finding Ways to Deliver During a Year of Constant Change

December 4, 2020

As the son of two people who met while serving in the Navy, Fishbox founder and CEO Napoleon Suarez was determined to find a way to earn his own money in high school. He couldn’t see his parents shelling out $100 for the new sneakers he wanted and had to get creative. He noticed that […]

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From Turntables to Tactile: How Marc Coleman Designed a Career in Entrepreneurship

October 23, 2020

When he was a senior in high school, The Tactile Group president and CEO Marc Coleman seemed to have it all figured out. The Philadelphia native got an internship through Inroads that was carved out for aspiring minority engineers and wore a suit each day when he went to work for a company downtown. He […]

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