Business and Commerce

Seun Adedeji

Seun Adedeji: Being Black and Selling Cannabis

When I was just 13 years old, I began selling small amounts of marijuana, in response to our family’s desperate circumstances. Only 10 years later, at age 23, I became the youngest African American to own a cannabis retail establishment in the United States. I opened my first Elev8 Cannabis dispensary in Eugene, Oregon, in …

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The Rise of Urban Community Gardens and Why They Matter

Urban farming isn’t a new concept, but it has experienced a major resurgence in cities. Residents in urban centers throughout the U.S. have reclaimed abandoned spaces and turned them into community gardens. Detroit has been an epicenter of the movement to bring neighbors, organizations and community leaders together to grow and share food.  Detroit’s Urban …

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Mandela Food Cooperative Sign

The Past, Present and Future of Worker-Owned Businesses in the Black Community

Most people have heard of or shopped in a grocery coop at some point in their lives. But few realize how many positive contributions collectively owned businesses make to their communities, when they’re run correctly and supported by local consumers. When they’re fully owned and operated by the people who work there, the benefits are …

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coworking space nyc blueprint + Co - Daymond John

Coworking Space in New York City

blueprint + co. founded by Daymond John opened last month. Its offerings – ergonomic workstations, printing, high-speed Wi-Fi, public and private meeting spaces, event access, perks – and membership fees are similar to other coworking spaces in New York City. Its vibe and energy are its own.