OUR MISSION

Women In The Black New York Inc. is a Harlem based entrepreneurial organization created for the purpose of educating, training and supporting women business owners.  Women In The Black is committed to educating and equipping women with the skills and resources necessary to start, build, lead and grow successful small businesses in their communities, primarily in the New York metropolitan area.

OUR VISION

We are committed to strengthening our communities through fostering the growth of women owned businesses and promoting entrepreneurial excellence through innovative programing, extended learning and networking. 

WHY ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Entrepreneurship provides freedom to explore your passion while creating an opportunity to build a best-in-class Business.  As entrepreneurship grows in this country women of color will account for the highest growth rate of all new entrepreneurs over the next decade.  

While many will start low-entry, service and home based businesses they will continue to look for creative ways to enhance their business skill sets.  These women owned businesses create new jobs for both themselves and others while bringing a unique management style to their industries.

NEEDS

Studies show that women of color face increasing obstacles as business owners; limited resources, competing demands on their time and access to capital.  This greatly contributes to the underperformance and under capitalization of their businesses. 

goalS

To provide women of color in underserved communities with the skill sets to open and build new businesses; to give them the encouragement to pursue non-traditional industries; to build a network of support around them to increase their business survival rates; and to highlight women business owners as an untapped important source. 

IMPACT

  • Independence
  • Financial Literacy
  • Increase Annual Revenue
  • Create Employment Opportunities
  • Build Legacy Businesses  

 

Board of directors

PRINCESS JENKINS, President                                                                                     The Brownstone | Majestic Images                                                Entrepreneur, Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker

In 1998, Princess Jenkins founded Women In The Black with one goal in mind, to provide support and resources to female entrepreneurs like herself.  She is the President of The Brownstone, Harlem's Contemporary Women's Clothing Boutique, which has been featured on Good Day New York, Good Morning America, Living It Up With Patti LaBelle and a host of other TV and Cable shows.  She is a graduate from The College Of New Rochelle, where she is currently a professor in their CEO Program.  She also hold a BA in Communications from The College of New Rochelle.  Ms. Jenkins is an award winning business owner and is the recipient of many accolades including; Small Business Administrators Champion of the Year, Elliot Spitzer Small Business Award, the Crain's Magazine 8th Annual Small Business of the Year Award, the Harlem Chamber Small Business Award and the Stern School of Business-Business Plan Writing Award.  She is the only African-American featured in a permanent exhibit on entrepreneurship  at the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street.

TIMOTHY GREENE, Vice President                                                                                     Harlem Masters Barbershop                                                                                                 Entrepreneur

President of Harlem Masters Timothy "Polo" Green  has been a master barber for over 20 plus years.  He has established himself as a community leader and serves as a mentor to many small business owners. He went on to quickly build brand recognition for Harlem Masters... his clients include award winning entertainers, politicians, lawyers, and the everyday working man. His celebrity client roster includes award winning entertainers, actors and professional sports players. As part of his community endeavors Mr. Green started The Barber Shop Classic Summer Basketball Tournament which donates hundreds of school supplies to area youth. Harlem Masters was also runner-up of the Hot 97 radio station “Best Barbershop On The Block” competition, winner of The USA Network-“KOJAK Bald-Head Competition” and has been featured in the Richard Karz, documentary 9/11/03 and the Al Sharpton Barbershop Series. Harlem Masters continues to generate media exposure that increases business and positively supports the Harlem community.

HARRIET ROSEBUD, Director                                                                                Rosebud New York                                                                                                           Millinery Designer / Entrepreneur

Originally from St. Petersburg FL, Ms. Rosebud earned a BS in political Science from Florida State University, but her creative side needed to find its own path. She returned to school, attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and studied Millinery Arts. She decided to follow her passion and develop her own business, now called Rosebud of New York, with offices in New York and Atlanta. She currently sells her collection to over two hundred boutiques and department stores across the country. She also designs private collection for a well-known hat manufacturer. Combining her knowledge of political science and millinery arts, Ms. Rosebud has taught many seminars at conferences, museums and schools on, "The Power of the Hat, Our African American Journey In Crowns". In 2004, Ms. Rosebud was approached by Sandy USA to recreate her hats in miniature art form, paying tribute to all American and AFrican American Women who wear hats. The Rosebud miniatures and products can be found in stores like Borders, Life Way Christian bookstores, Hallmark Cards, art galleries and Military bases worldwide.

COLBY SIMONS JENKINS, Treasurer

Colby Simons Jenkins is an example of what it means to be a selfless, independent African-American woman who found a way to overcome life obstacles at a young age and become an example for other women. In her youth she became an entrepreneur and started her own business and became interested in community work volunteering with Hope for the Future (a ministry that helped feed senior citizen and the homeless).  Colby became PTA president at Children’s Aid Society daycare organized parenting groups, fundraisers, and parenting workshops.  After graduating from Project Renewal with a degree in Culinary Arts and business management, she then went on to start Colby Food for the Soul where she specialized in catering  to the entertainment  industry where her clients  included Lil Kim, Fat Joe and  comedian Capone.  Ms. Simons was soon after hired by  Sleepy’s where she was quickly promoted from sales assistant to Store manager.( 1.5 million dollar grossing store located in Yonkers, NY)  However always the entrepreneur she created Gemstarr a special events and entertainment company.  She is and active member of International Order of the Eastern Star, District 12- Bx, NY New York State Ethiopian Queen  2009, Pass Associate Matriton of Chapter Queen Bilkis #444. Colby is also member of the New York Women Chambers of Commerce and the  recipient of the 2008 Angel of Love award from Love your Breast a New York 501C3 organization.

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DARYL MILES, Board Member

Mr. Miles, launched Beyond Styles By Miles in 2015. He is a fashion industry innovator known in the tri-state area for showcasing emerging and known designers, models and milliners on the runway. Specializing in fashion show coordinator and behind the scenes in productions, Daryl continues to garner rave reviews with recognition by the likes of Editor-In- Chief Sophia Davis of Fashion Avenue News Magazine. Mr. Miles is a formidable force to watch out for. Mr. Miles serves on the Community Advisory Board at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

He is also a member of ACLU and NAN.