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Emanuel Roland

Coming Full Circle: Emanuel Roland Turns College Business Plan Into Black Business Magic With The Roland Experience

Emanuel Roland was intent on going to the Air Force after graduating college. Unfortunately, his zoned high school did not have Air Force JROTC, so his father drove him to Hixson High School 30-minutes outside of Chattanooga every day. Upon graduation, as a freshman at Tennessee State University, Emanuel spent

EJ Odom NBIC

Taking Flight: EJO Ventures Takes Innovative Tech

For many small businesses, zeroing in on a niche market is difficult, especially when starting. For EJ Odom, however, taking the niche approach provided the runway he needed to launch a business working exclusively within the aviation industry. EJO Ventures was founded in 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee. Sixteen years later,

From Business Owner To Small Business Advocate: Nashville Business Incubation Center’s Angela Crane Jones Is Living Her Truth

Building sustainable businesses has been the singular focus of the Nashville Business Incubation Center since it opened its doors 35 years ago. NBIC has been the launching pad of several successful minority and women-owned businesses such as Slim & Husky’s and The Grilled Cheeserie. The program’s foundation is built on

Breaking Conventions: Autumn “Ace” Copeland Earns More By Charging Clients Less

Driven by her passion for helping others, Autumn “Ace” Copeland launched Threeye Creative to “crack the code” of traditional business models. Unlike other website design agencies, Threeye Creative specialized in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for custom builds, not templates, giving them a clear advantage over overpriced cookie-cutter agencies. The agency’s

From the Heart: A&M Marketplace Brings International Cuisine to North Nashville

Grounded by faith and family, Martha Lupai founded A&M Marketplace to bring international food and culture to the North Nashville community. The international grocery store, located in the Nashville Farmers Market, stocks a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grab-and-go meals, baked goods, and packaged foods from local and international suppliers.