In a world filled with talent and thriving industries, Black women aspire to rise above the clamour; building profitable businesses, and creating legacies that resonate for generations. The art of personal branding is one of the keys to unlocking this transformative journey. This dynamic approach enables entrepreneurs to stand out, exhibit their authentic selves, and make an indelible impression on their target audience. In this blog post, we will explore the lasting impact of personal branding and how it will empower you to find your unique voice and inspire others on their path to success.
Having a side hustle can be invaluable for both personal and business reasons. It is a great way to connect your life experience with things you are naturally good at. It also presents an opportunity to try something different from your chosen career path.
Starting a side hustle is appealing, however, if you need help figuring out where to start, our Side Hustle Support Programme is a great way to ease yourself in, with only a 4-hour weekly commitment. Being a Black side hustler does not have to be something you do alone when you can join an ambitious and incredible community of other side hustlers.
Although you can start a side hustle for next to nothing, you may wonder how to know which side hustle is perfect for you. Read on to discover 12 steps you can take today to find the perfect side hustle.
Black and Good Co-working is part of our monthly co-working sessions, which are held at and in partnership with Ustwo in Shoreditch. At Black and Good, we believe community is vital, and these co-working sessions were created to bring fellow entrepreneurs together to work, connect, relax, focus and build their network.
Changing our work environment can do wonders for our minds, inspiration, and overall focus. Therefore these sessions serve as a dedicated space for you to work, connect and support your business to blossom gently. An afternoon of refreshments, intentional working, connection, and mindful interaction will leave you feeling refreshed and prepped for the week. This is the place devoted to crafting your success. We want to ensure everyone has a genuinely comfy space to work and chill, so please sign up if you want to join us.
Our monthly Black and Good: Mindset Series is a space for entrepreneurs who wish to connect and grow through authentic conversation. This series provides opportunities to hear from special guest entrepreneurs about their experiences and approach methods.
In these panel discussions, we explore themes based on the entrepreneurial mindset, shared challenges, and what a business journey can look like from the inside.
Our mindset gently shapes our experience and how we move forward - as do the people, places, and experiences we are surrounded by. The Mindset Series serves as a space to inspire, to re-adjust your mindset, and help you carve a new path forward that supports your growth. Sign up for our next series, Growing through Challenges. In the meantime, please read about our most recent event below.
The Brunch and Learn session was part of the Black and Good business skills programme for both the Starting up, Starting out, and Build, Hustle, Grow programme. The session takes place on weekends where we begin with a wellness/meditation session and then transition onto a 'speed dating' segment in which all participants have 5 minutes of 1-2-1s to connect. We then share brunch virtually together with the Deliveroo vouchers gifted to everyone on the programme and lastly, comes the learning, where we explore our brand story and what type of business we are building and why.
In a recent session, the two wellness segments of the programme were led by two alumni of the Black and Good business programme; Tamara, founder of FaithWellFit, and Priscilla, founder of Vivify Therapy. The main focus of this segment was wellness for Black women founders. During the session, we discussed mindfulness, permission to slow down, how our inner critic can hold us back in business, and where it stems from. Both sessions included a grounding meditation with Priscilla sharing with us a powerful quote by Audre Lorde:
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
Demo Day is a part of the Black and Good business training programme. Throughout the duration of the programme, we support participants to create outstanding pitch decks to present their business venture, along with continued support to practice, refine and feel at ease presenting to their community peers and a panel of judges. We ran two Demo Days in November 2022 to support those on the Starting up, Starting out, and the Build, Hustle, Grow programmes.
Demo Day aims to create a supportive and inspiring space for the participants in the programme to pitch their business to panel guests. This day creates the opportunity for participants to receive valuable feedback and insight on their pitch presentation, idea, and offerings. With this, they have a strong foundation to move forward from when raising investment, funding, and sharing with others about who they are and what they do. The day is a celebration for everyone on the programme to bring together all the knowledge they have gained, connect, and be encouraged through the powerful words, sounds, and stories shared by our special guests.
Last week we held our first in-person Black and Good event of the year. It was a night of connection, laughter, inspiration and all-around good vibes. When you host a room full of creative entrepreneurs, passionate followers and change-makers beautiful things take place. An uplifting energy fills the space and potential and possibilities make themselves known.
It was wonderful to connect in person, even more so because our special guest speaker, Mary Mosope Adeyemi, coach, executive director, author, and viSHEbility founder guided us with empowerment and a supportive offering of courage on how we can tap into and capitalise on our strengths.
Mary spoke with wisdom, humor, and ease. Being in her presence, and listening to her words and her stories ignited a sense of power that comes from knowing we each have something special to bring to this world, we each have something to offer. It is ours to tap into and not to be doubted. We all hold a unique combination of strengths, personalities, and experiences - these are within us to be utilised.
Do it Now Now’s initiative, Black and Good, is holding a business skills course for female entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs and is fully underway. In just a few short weeks we have formed close bonds, a strong network and grown knowledge to develop foundations and support the further flourishing of our businesses.
It is a joy being together each week and for a very special touch we recently held a Brunch and Learn session to give zest to the learning experience and further encourage creative flow.
It began with peace and tranquility, a special guest visit from the beautiful soul, Rebecca Moore. Rebecca Moore is a deeply loved meditation, breathwork facilitator and intuitive wellbeing guide. Having launched IDOL magazine, running her own soul work practices and co-founding non-profit organisation We Are Formless, Rebecca understands the entrepreneur’s journey and the importance of supporting our wellbeing along the way.
Black and Good is an online community for Black people interested in entrepreneurship and leadership. Our mission is to ensure that you have access to the tools, knowledge, skills, and resources you need to build or further develop your leadership abilities or business that leads to a better life for yourself and the people around you.
Meet Aquayemi-Claude Garnett Akinsanya, a 24-year-old creator, living in London. After Aquayemi-Claude's own negative experiences, he started the "The Claudes SEN Law” Campaign, a petition to reduce inequality in education.
“The Claudes SEN Law” campaign aims to deliver and execute an "Inclusive equal world for Neurodiverse, people with hidden, visible disabilities. It aims to create awareness of how society judges an individual based on their appearance and abilities. Aquayemi wants to change that narrative by uprooting the current system for an inclusive, diverse world with equal opportunities in addressing low efficiency of representation in government and society.
There are not enough positive stories for Black business owners out there, so we are doing all we can to find and highlight those stories.