How Tracee Ellis Ross’s Company Celebrates Black Beauty–a Business That’s All Too Rare



a person standing posing for the camera: Tracee Ellis Ross


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Tracee Ellis Ross

Pattern is the hair care line she’d always wanted but no one had created–until now.

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As an entrepreneur, Tracee Ellis Ross would seem to have some clear advantages: She’s an award-winning actor, producer, and activist–and the daughter of Diana Ross. Yet her first steps into starting her own business brought her the same frustration and rage that so many founders–especially female founders–know all too well. A few years ago, Ross brought the idea for Pattern, a hair care line for curly, coily, and tight-textured hair, to her contact at her talent agency. “She made me cry,” recalls Ross. “She was like, ‘Why would anyone want hair products from you? You’re an actor.’ ” Like many entrepreneurs, Ross was motivated by her own experience: She knew, from years of trying to mold her hair to society’s idea of beauty–and damaging it

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Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB)

LANSING, Mich. – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) awards program, a prestigious annual competition that recognizes successful growing businesses and their supporters. The winners will be honored at the 17th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala on May 4, 2021.

The awards program provides an opportunity for business owners and supporters of small businesses to nominate a company that is growing and making an impact in Michigan.

The nominations for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award are open for second stage companies, defined as having six to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants. Additionally, the companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan.

“Michigan Celebrates received 575 nominations for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award in 2020, which surpassed the 2019 record of 425 nominations,” stated

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Thriving Through the Pandemic – Black and Women-Owned Financial Services Firm, Master Plan Investment Group Celebrates One Year in Business

PENNINGTON, N.J., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Master Plan Investment Group announces a major milestone, their one-year anniversary! The financial services firm, launched last year to help families, businesses and organizations manage investment portfolios, develop and implement plans to achieve financial goals, such as retirement, protect assets in the event of long-term care needs, and manage corporate 401(k) retirement plans with an emphasis on employee financial education and wellness.

Hard work, client service and dedication are my mottos. As a black and woman-owned business and specifically, in the financial services industry, we were determined to thrive and serve our clients in excellence. We do what we say we are going to do – help families and businesses manage their investments, organize finances, communicate throughout this market volatility and listen, to understand, and best meet their needs – we deliver,” says founder and CEO, Ka’Neda N. Bullock,

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