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By Kristin Tajlili

The Triangle has a rich history of Black entrepreneurship spanning back to the late 1800s when Durham’s John Merrick established several businesses that provided services previously inaccessible to the African American community. Today, the Triangle is home to the largest and oldest African American life insurance company, North Carolina Mutual, in the country and remains a hub for budding Black entrepreneurs. With both new and legacy black-owned businesses, the Triangle has plenty of options for those looking to buy Black. Here are five places to get you started.

1.) Visit (or donate to) The Black Farmer’s Hub

Many areas of Southeast Raleigh are considered food deserts…


Launchmark Guest Writer Series

A few simple, no-cost steps to get your local business set up for online search success with our guest SEO expert, Sam Lloyd.

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A yellow arts and crafts cut out of a website screen super imposed inside of “talking” dialogue box. There is a magnifying glass on top of the cut out paper image.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the ability to optimize your website to rank in Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs). A SERP you are likely familiar with is Google. SEO is organic or unpaid, meaning you do not invest advertising or marketing dollars into the process, aside from outsourcing the work, if needed. A proper SEO strategy centers around setting up the right on-page SEO elements with valuable content. We’ll explore how to jumpstart your local shop’s search engine optimization strategy.

The first step in any successful search engine optimization strategy is to perform your keyword research and understand your competitors’…

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