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March Contract Opportunities in the 757

Many exciting informational events for black business owners interested in contract opportunities are coming to our community in March! From the Tidewater Gardens Redevelopment to the up and coming Rivers Casino, we have listed three major opportunities to get involved.  Tidewater Gardens Redevelopment – March 10th  With the redevelopment of the Tidewater Gardens public housing,…

Why Zoom?

Pre-COVID19 video conferencing was a small, mostly underutilized option for remote teams and some C-Suite executives working across the country. Now, everyone uses some form of video to communicate – especially with loved ones! It’s also become the primary source of business communication. Video conferencing is definitely here to stay.  But not all businesses have…

5 Reasons To Attend Black Diamond Weekend 2020

Black Diamond Weekend will be here before you know it: November 27th – 29th. We are going digital; and prioritizing your safety and comfort, Black BRAND will deliver our entire event straight to your living room, home office, or even your back porch.  For those who haven’t attended Black Diamond Weekend before, or even our…

How to Grow Your Social Platforms Organically

Growing a business following on social media is usually a marathon rather than a sprint. There are definitely businesses that are overnight sensations, but those are rather rare. In our digitally connected world, there are two opportunities for black business owners to gain a social media following: paid and organically. Since paid is often too…

Should I Apply for Another Grant?

Should I apply for another grant?  Yes! Absolutely. The grant application is daunting – it’s time-consuming. It feels incredibly intrusive. It makes us vulnerable. We may be rejected. Very true. But, accessing the capital we need is more accessible this year than it has been in years past, and the process should not deter us.…

3 Common Website Mistakes

According to trusty Wikipedia, Digital Marketing is “… the component of marketing that utilizes the internet and online-based digital technologies such as desktop computers, mobile phones, and other digital media and platforms to promote products and services.” For many black business owners, digital marketing may simply refer to your website; and like marketing in general,…

4 Reasons Your Business Needs A Lawyer

Many established and brand new businesses only “resort” to seeing a lawyer when they absolutely have to. Maybe there is a lawsuit against your company? Perhaps you need to bring a lawsuit against another business or vendor? Maybe a vendor, contractor, or partner broke an agreement that was in writing?  Unfortunately, these events can happen…

How To Start A Business In The 757

Not only does Black BRAND help existing black business owners, but we also provide resources for companies to establish themselves throughout the region, including in the  Hampton Roads peninsula. One way we can help is to offer a simple, practical guide for starting a business. Since this can be a complicated process, we broke down,…

Google Analytics For Black Business Owners

Many black business owners may have heard of Google Analytics (GA), but how exactly is it used, and how should you be using it for your business?  Why Should You Use Google Analytics as a Black Business Owner?  Many businesses already have a website, but do you know how that website is performing for you?…