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Black-Owned Consulting Firm Thinkzilla Celebrates 11 Years of Advancing Racial Equity and Economic Opportunity | National News
PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec. 6, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- For the past 11 years, CEO Dr. Velma Trayham and her team at Thinkzilla Consulting have been addressing inequality by building and managing programs with the support of public and private partnerships, advancing economic opportunities across diverse and underserved U.S. communities. In addition to the many holidays this month, Dr. Trayham and Thinkzilla, one of the fastest-growing consulting firms in the country, have a lot to celebrate.
ATHENS, Ga., Dec. 6, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- FormFree® today announced the appointment of former hip-hop/rap recording artist-turned-techpreneur Victor D. Lombard, professionally known as DIVINE, as head of culture. DIVINE is the CEO and founder of Solvent, a fintech focused on financial empowerment for marginalized groups.
The Black Chamber of Arizona Leads Advisory Board Growth of Impact AZ 2025, Arizona’s Largest Supplier Diversity Readiness Program | National...
PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 1, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Expanding its advisory board and impact statewide, IMPACT AZ 2025, a three-year supplier diversity readiness program designed to close the racial wealth gap for diverse business owners, is maximizing its growth strategy under the leadership of the Black Chamber of Arizona, Millionaire Mastermind Academy announced today.
Millionaire Mastermind Academy Awards $30,000 In Grants To Black Small Business Owners In Arizona | National News
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 6, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Millionaire Mastermind Academy, a national nonprofit organization addressing the barriers to economic mobility for systemically underserved minority entrepreneurs, proudly announced that it will award $30,000 in grants to local Black-owned small businesses through Elevate Together® powered by Round It Up America® to accelerate their growth and prosperity.
Arizona’s Largest Business Accelerator Program Hosted Successful Supplier Diversity Matchmaking Event Powered by JPMorgan Chase | National News
PHOENIX, Ariz., Aug. 15, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Fostering new connections and diverse business growth, the Millionaire Mastermind Academy, a leading nonprofit organization that has helped more than 8,000 diverse entrepreneurs across the country, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. hosted a Supplier Diversity Matchmaking event on Aug. 7 in support of IMPACT AZ 2025.
Leading Nonprofit, Millionaire Mastermind Academy, to Host Diversity in Finance Economic Empowerment Fireside Chat, July 17
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 27, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On July 17, 2023, the Millionaire Mastermind Academy, a leading nonprofit organization addressing the barriers to opportunity for underrepresented businesses, will host an economic empowerment "Diversity in Finance" Fireside Chat. The virtual event is part of an ongoing program and is sponsored by Blaylock Van, LLC, the nation's longest-continuously operating Black-owned investment firm.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., June 26, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Award-winning hair salon, Hi Texture Salon, is gearing up to host the third Annual Teen Texture Camp. This year's event is scheduled for July 17, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants will learn basic hair regimens and go-to hairstyles to take them through the school year.
Dr. Velma Trayham, CEO of Thinkzilla, Joins over 2,400 CEOs in Unprecedented Commitment to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 23, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Thinkzilla Consulting has joined the growing coalition pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. One of more than 2,400 CEOs that have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, Dr. Velma Trayham is committing herself and Thinkzilla to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Leonard Jones Joins Blaylock Van, Wall Street’s Oldest Continually Operating Black-Owned Firm, as Executive Director of Municipal Banking, Public Finance
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., April 13, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Industry veteran Leonard Jones has been named Executive Director of Municipal Banking and Head of Public Finance for Blaylock Van, LLC, the nation's longest-continuously operating Black-owned investment firm. In this role, he will lead the firm's banking team and solutions for local and municipal government organizations with a focus on financial and risk management.
IMPACT AZ 2025 Kicks Off Arizona’s Largest Supplier Diversity Readiness Program with More Than 50 Black-owned Businesses
PHOENIX, Ariz., April 11, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Setting the stage for dramatic change among Black-owned Arizona businesses, IMPACT AZ 2025 is kicking off its supplier diversity readiness program to close the racial wealth gap for business owners through a three-year supplier diversity readiness program, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.
IMPACT AZ 2025 Announces JPMorgan Chase as Title Sponsor and Program Details for Supplier Diversity Readiness Initiative
PHOENIX, Ariz., Jan. 31, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Millionaire Mastermind Academy announced today that IMPACT AZ 2025, a nine-month supplier diversity readiness program designed to close the racial wealth gap for black and minority business owners, is proud to announce JPMorgan Chase as its title sponsor. Since 2015, JPMorgan Chase has spent $11 billion with diverse suppliers. In 2020 alone, the diverse supplier spend was over $2 billion.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Jan. 17, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In its year-end report spanning financials, deals, and community investment, Blaylock Van, LLC, the nation's longest continuously operating Black-owned investment banking firm, reported 23 percent growth in notional deal volume year-over-year, with 67 debt capital markets new issues representing nearly $186 billion notional. From 2018 to 2022, Blaylock Van's closed transactions increased by a CAGR of 23 percent and dealt notional value by 50%.
IMPACT AZ 2025 Keys in on Supplier Diversity Readiness to Close Racial Wealth Gap for Black-owned Businesses
PHOENIX, Ariz., Jan. 13, 2023 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Designed to make an impact for Black-owned businesses in the new year and beyond, IMPACT AZ 2025 focuses on supplier diversity readiness to close the racial wealth gap for diverse business owners. The Millionaire Mastermind Academy program is accepting applications from serious entrepreneurs interested in a solutions-driven accelerator program, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.
Sage Investment Club, a California African American Women Partnership, Celebrates 25 Years of Stock Market Education
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Sage Investment Club, an investment firm managed by an all-female, African American leadership team, today celebrates 25 years since the launch of its investment platform. Founded by Sonya Weaver-Johnson, the group offers investment education and co-investment opportunities.
Business and Empowerment Leader Dr. Velma Trayham Named Keynote Speaker for Black Changemaker Series Presented by ASU and the State of...
TEMPE, Ariz., Nov. 1, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- With a focus on building generational wealth, award-winning B2B/diversity consultant and leader Dr. Velma Trayham will serve as keynote speaker for the Black Changemaker Series on Nov. 9. The Black Changemaker Series: Building Generational Wealth, Empowering the Black Entrepreneur will share conversations and tools around growing wealth and using education as a springboard, connecting the local community to higher education leaders and entrepreneurs.
PHOENIX, Ariz., Aug. 22, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Blaylock Van, LLC, the nation's longest continuously operating Black-owned investment bank, will serve as a sponsorship partner for the 2nd annual United Diversity Business Summit, Presented by Thinkzilla Consulting Group & The City of Scottsdale. The Sept. 14 summit will convene diverse business leaders and entrepreneurs across Arizona.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 12, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Response from the business community has been strong as the 2nd Annual installment of Arizona's top conference on diversity and inclusion grows closer, with several major sponsors on board and a list of expert speakers committing to the event, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.
Co-Chairs Announced for 2nd Annual United Diversity Business Summit, Cameron Robb, Jackie Johnson and Art Hamilton
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 2, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Building on the impact and success of 2021 "United Diversity Business Summit, bringing together a trifecta of leadership and insight, the 2nd annual Summit has announced its distinguished co-chairs: Cameron Robb, Senior Development Consultant at APS; Jackie Johnson, City of Scottsdale Diversity Director; and former Arizona State Representative Art Hamilton. Presented by Thinkzilla Consulting Group and the City of Scottsdale.
2nd Annual United Diversity Business Summit Announced Sept. 14 to Improve Economic Diversity Outcomes
PHOENIX, Ariz., July 22, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Building on the success of 2021 "United Diversity Business Summit Day," which included a special proclamation from Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega, the second annual United Diversity Business Summit will be held on Sept. 14, 2022. Presented by Thinkzilla Consulting Group and the City of Scottsdale, the summit will engage business and community leaders in efforts to create more diverse and inclusive outcomes.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., June 23, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Blaylock Van, LLC, the nation's longest continuously operating Black-owned investment firm, recently entered into a strategic partnership with Seaport Global, an independent institutional sales and trading powerhouse known for its broad global reach to institutional investors. As part of the agreement, Seaport Global recently purchased a minority stake in Blaylock Van.
MIAMI, Fla., May 12, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Bringing programming and education on the importance of diverse representation in commercial real estate and other industries to Florida, "The Gathering of Queens" will commence in Miami on June 11, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today. Following on the heels of successful events in Atlanta, Phoenix, and Houston, the women's economic empowerment event is sponsored by M&T Bank.
Keynote Speakers Magic Johnson and Mike Tyson Announced for Recession Proof Convention May 27-28 Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev., May 10, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Sharing their competitive fire and strategies for success, professional athletes Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Mike Tyson were just announced as keynote speakers for the upcoming 4th annual Recession Proof Convention, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today. Slated for May 27-28 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, this wealth strategy celebration from "Recession Proof" founder Marcus Barney will welcome an all-star line-up of attendees and speakers.
HOUSTON, Texas, April 28, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Honoring her remarkable leadership and service, Dr. Velma Trayham was recently awarded the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by President Joe Biden. The annual awards honor a select few who "exhibit outstanding character, work ethic and dedication to their communities." Dr. Trayham is the CEO of Thinkzilla Consulting.
Recession Proof Convention with Wealth Strategist Marcus Barney to Elevate Members in Challenging Economic Times
LAS VEGAS, Nev., March 25, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- While inflation and financial struggles are challenging many across the United States, wealth strategist and "Recession Proof" founder Marcus Barney and his members have a lot to celebrate this year, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today. With a theme of "Elevation," the 4th annual Recession Proof Convention will convene members for an exclusive entrepreneurship event on May 27-28, 2022 at The Mirage in Las Vegas.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 18, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Supporting greater diversity in real estate and entrepreneurship for minority women across the country, the Millionaire Mastermind Real Estate Accelerator Program has successfully concluded its fall 2021 program in partnership with American Landmark, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.
Scottsdale Mayor Ortega Welcomes Minority Business Accelerator participants during Spring kickoff event
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 16, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- With a welcome from Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega and President of the Black Chamber of Commerce Arizona Robin Reed, the Minority Business Accelerator Program, in collaboration with the Millionaire Mastermind Academy, kicked off on March 8, welcoming more than 40 women-owned small businesses, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.
Completing the Circuit: From Autumn to Winter – partnership season has brought overflowing blessings for the holidays
FLINT, Mich., March 2, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Jonathan McKay better known by his social audience as RoarJMcKay, founder of Keeping Tabs Media, dedicates this winter's accomplishments to his grandmother through COVID-19 recovery and daughter Kali McKay as she celebrates her first birthday. Being a strong influence throughout childhood his grandmother instilled strong beliefs in literacy, mathematics, and fashion.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Feb. 15, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Blaylock Van, LLC, the nation's longest continuously operating Black-owned investment firm, recently announced as co-manager for State Street Corp.'s $1.5 debt issuance.
Thelma Wright, Philadelphia’s Beloved ‘American Gangster’ Empowers a New Generation with Mentoring and Reform
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Feb. 10, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- It has been well over a decade since Thelma Wright, once reputed to be one of the most dangerous and powerful Black women in Philadelphia, came to the forefront and shocked the nation with true confessions in her memoir, "With Eyes From Both Sides - Living My Live In and Out of the Game." Today however, Thelma Wright is impacting her city and the tri-state area in positive ways with her mentoring program, The Thelma Wright Empowerment Program.
Minority Business Accelerator Program Expands to Support Small Underrepresented Female Entrepreneurs in Arizona, Georgia and Florida
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 12, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- ThinkZILLA Consulting, announced its 15-week entrepreneur accelerator program for female minority entrepreneurs. The only firm that combines program management resources with extensive DE&I expertise, a network of thousands of minority-led business suppliers and full-service marketing capabilities, has expanded programming to combat poverty and support entrepreneurs in need of access.
Wall Street’s Oldest Continually Expands Partnerships and Push to Increase Women Investment Leaders through Corporate DE&I Goals
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Jan. 6, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today: As the nation's longest continuously operating Black-owned investment firm, Blaylock Van, LLC recognizes and embodies the power of diverse, equitable and inclusive leadership. To further expand its commitment to DE&I and employee success, the firm aims to increase the number of women leaders in the company in 2022 and beyond.
Audiosha Has Redefined the Occupational Health and Safety Services Industry with Technology, Diversity and Entertainment
FRISCO, Texas, Oct. 26, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Audiosha™ originated as a company whose sole focus was workplace health and safety, specifically for industrial worksites. As the company grew at an unprecedented pace and against all odds, it transitioned to become a full-service creative workplace solutions provider offering safety equipment, tools and training for employees in companies of all sizes.
CEO of California Black Chamber of Commerce, Jay King, Liaisons Critical Support for Small Business Landmark, Hawkins House of Burgers
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- When Hawkins House of Burgers restaurateur Cynthia Hawkins found herself on the other end of a Caltrans state issued decree requiring the removal of part of their building, former Compton resident A.K. King, got wind of the dilemma via social media and reached out to Jay King, the CEO/President of the California Black Chamber of Commerce.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., April 5, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Association for Black Economic Power (ABEP) is reaffirming its commitment to bringing a black owned and operated Credit Union to North Minneapolis.
International Black Business Museum Created to Honor the Genius of Black Entrepreneurs and Inventors
BEACHWOOD, Ohio, Dec. 10, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Look out! The International Black Business Museum is here. The IBBM is the first and only museum in the world of its type, a repository that will enshrine the monumental accomplishments of Black entrepreneurs and inventors in the United States and other countries of the world.
Black My Business CEO Damon Tindall Launches Ambitious Post-Election Black Education Plan for African-Americans
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Damon Tindall, an Australian CEO and founder of Black My Business, just announced a major Crowdfunding initiative to help fund 1,000 full tuition African-American scholarships by December 25, 2020. In the wake of the Democrats' victory, Tindall has seized the opportunity to initiate meaningful action in support.
Plenty of Fish Seafood: Sibling Entrepreneurs Beat Pandemic Odds Opening Eatery in California’s High Desert
LANCASTER, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Billy Wright II and his sister, Bree Wright recently opened Plenty of Fish Seafood, their first restaurant in a chain of seafood eateries, in Lancaster, Calif., the heart of the valley's high desert!