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Coalition Vice-President recognized by ISU for Supporting Entrepreneurship

We are proud that our Vice-President, Dana Boone was featured for her work bringing the Untraditional Start-A-Thon to Iowa entrepreneurs.  Her story shows one way The Iowa Black Business Coalition is building a strong Iowa.

Dana Boone Featured by ISU

Coalition Member SocialWise Media Group Selected to Advise at Drake University

The CEO of SocialWise Media Group Ini Augustine was chosen to critique Capstone projects for PR students at Drake University. Congratulations on growing your business! 

Shea Glam Natural Skincare and Cosmetics Launches New Online Store

West Des Moines, Iowa

Beauty is now within easy reach. Shea Glam Natural Skincare and Cosmetics, an emerging name in the field of natural skin care and cosmetic products, recently launched a new online store.  This Black and woman owned skincare line is reaching cult status among beauty mavens nationwide.


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Nicole’s Story- Mysterious Disease Attacks Black Women

It started with being sensitive to the sun as a preschooler and undergoing testing for Sickle Cell disease. In my last year of high school I had unexplained hives. What was causing my symptoms?Nicoles_lupus_story.png

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Join the U.S. Small Business Administration (@SBAgov) for “Tips for Women Entrepreneurs Starting or Growing a Business” Twitter chat

Have a question about growing or starting your business? Ask the U.S. Small Business Administration on @Twitter! In honor of Women’s History Month, please join the U.S. Small Business Administration (@SBAgov) for “Tips for Women Entrepreneurs Starting or Growing a Business” Twitter chat on March 23 at 3pm ET.
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We can change the game in Iowa for minority and woman owned businesses!

We can change the game in Iowa so that future news articles will showcase the black, women, and minority-owned talent we've always known is here.



             Epiphany 365

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Do you want to start a business, but do not know where to start?

Do you already have a business that you started a year ago and need help finding more customers so the business can grow?


Do you have an established business and are wondering what you will need to do to pass it on or sell it successfully to someone else?


These questions and many, many others are answered daily by the experienced advisers of America’s SBDC Iowa.


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Loans and Business Support Available for African American Owned Businesses


Amelia Lobo, Director of Lending, Iowa Center for Economic Success

If you own a small business, you know how hard it is to obtain funds for your business. We are here to help! We offer loans up to $50,000 for established businesses and $30,000 for businesses with less than 6 months of operations. Interest rates range from 3% to 10% and we do not charge any fees.

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Minorities, Women Defy Blizzard to set record during Global Entrepreneurship Week

16 Minority and woman owned businesses triumphed over the forces of nature to launch their startups during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Des Moines, Iowa. Participants pitched their business ideas for the opportunity to compete for $40,000 from the US Small Business Administration (SBA).

Beatrice Edwards, Founder of Minerals by Bee Organic Spa & Salon, with Mary Ellen Miller, Executive Director of 50/50 in 2020.

A special thank you to the board members, volunteers and sponsors of the Untraditional Start-A-Thon: Iowa State...

Posted by Iowa Black Business Coalition on Monday, November 23, 2015
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100 businesses in 24 hours: Iowa Black Business Coalition

NonTraditional Start-A-Thon

This type of event represents an unprecedented effort to help women and minorities across Iowa become legitimate business owners-on the spot.” Dana Boone, Editor-in-Chief, Epiphany 365




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