Black Progress Matters
Black-Owned Business Incubator
Currently, BPM is successfully incubating Black-owned businesses in the following categories:
Big Data Technology
Staffing & Professional Services
Beauty & Wellness
A key pillar of our Black Progress Matters mission is our Black-Owned Business Incubator Program. The BPM Founding Partners have pledged BPM’s entire profits to this ambitious incubator program. Our BPM Black-Owned Business Incubator, in conjunction with the significant support of Advantage Global Resources, now has seven new Black-owned startups in various stages of development, including OG Culture, Walker Sports Audit, BP Alliance, M&L Devine Resources, UnBiasIt, Katini Skin, and Cocoa by CeCe - and we are just getting started.
Most importantly, the profit from BPM’s share of these partnerships goes entirely to fund even more BPM incubated businesses. The potential of our BPM programs and Black-owned start-ups is limitless.
Success for Blacks has traditionally come in sports and entertainment, while success in business has often taken a back seat - until now. Today, we are fortunate to have some inspirational Black role models in business, and while most of them like Michael Jordan, Jay Z, Oprah, Shaq, Serena, etc. have come from sports and entertainment, they are showing every person of color that success in business is even more fulfilling than success in sports and entertainment.
I believe we are on the threshold of an explosion of Black talent and entrepreneurship in business, and BPM is committed to leading the way.
– Dean Haynesworth, BPM CEO
While each opportunity will encourage additional investment, we are confident that the pledged profits of BPM will continue to provide substantial start-up funding. Ultimately, the real success of every BPM incubated business will come from the full engagement and business savvy provided by the executive Black ownership.
The first solution to provide enterprises with an immediate deterrent to inherent bias in their organization.
UnBiasIt has developed various data management and compliance solutions in order to fully enable organizations to recognize and eliminate inherent bias and misconduct throughout their enterprise - as well as transforming their data as a resource which can easily and accurately be drawn upon when needed for the critical information governance that is increasingly demanded of every enterprise.
The remarkable offering that has emerged from this initiative is our UnBiasIt Data Stack. The UnBiasIt Data Stack is the first solution to provide enterprises with an immediate deterrent to inherent bias in their organization, as well as delivering the most advanced data management solution available in the marketplace today.
Walker Sports Audit
Independent audit and rating of your trusted advisors.
Walker Sports Audit ensures you are receiving representation from trusted advisors that (have your financial well being at the forefront of all we do) you can trust. In short, we watch the people watching your money. We offer our clients a very valuable and necessary audit and evaluation with a degree of separation that ensures no compromising agenda or misplaced loyalties.
Advancing the hiring of Black coaches and executives in professional sports.
One Global Culture is being created as an interpersonal and dynamic event networking organization designed to advance the hiring of Black coaches and executives in professional sports. The fact is that 80% of jobs, promotions, and raises are filled and are awarded because of personal networking connections. At OG Culture, in conjunction with the leagues and participating teams, we will develop proactive networking events to provide the personal connections necessary to build a proactive access and hiring environment for Black coaches and executives. We will also offer essential networking resources and support enabling Black candidates and Black-owned businesses to successfully navigate the business landscape in professional sports.
Black Progress Alliance
We are in the business of identifying and vetting Black-owned businesses that can perform.
Black Progress Alliance is committed to creating a total solution for Black-owned businesses and large corporations. Black Progress Alliance provides a range of support services to help Black-owned businesses compete for and win public and private sector contracts while assisting large corporations in meeting their diversity spending goals. Black Progress Alliance CEO and Founding Partner Linda Chatmon has over 30 years of experience helping businesses to develop the capacities and capabilities needed to perform successfully in the public and private sectors.
The Black Progress Alliance strategy begins with identifying, vetting, and training a diverse supply chain with a focus on Black-owned businesses. We utilize our proprietary rating system, PARS™, to reduce risk and ensure performance and compliance for Black-owned business participation goals.
M&L Devine Resources
Your partner in executive search and placement.
M&L Devine Resources is an executive search and placement firm that helps you find the best leaders for your organization. We work with entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to leading Fortune 100 companies. We have the expertise to help you find the perfect candidate for your company’s culture and needs. We understand what it takes to be a great leader, and we’re here to help you find the right person for the job.
M&L Devine Resources is committed to finding the next great leader who will take your organization and transform it into a powerhouse.
Inspired by the natural connection between plants, people, and places.
Katini Skin has developed products with consciously sourced ingredients from Australia, Africa, Japan and beyond. The simple yet elegant, and deeply considered formulations have been created to satisfy our skin and elevate our beauty.
Cocoa by CeCe
Build confidence. Change the world.
We are a mission-oriented beauty brand founded by CeCe Olisa and Black Progress Matters. Setting the new standard in beauty beginning with a collection of Cocoa-infused goodness to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
BPM College Advisory Program
Developing the Black Leaders of Tomorrow.
BPM College Advisory Program [CAP] is committed to helping high-school Black scholars find their perfect match academically and financially to achieve success in college and beyond.
Experts argue that high school counselors too often overlook the needs of Black students. With proper mentorship, we believe that Black scholars not only find the financial resources they are entitled to pay for their college decisions, but they are also able to find purpose and direction amid the most significant intersection of their lives.
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was born into slavery and rose to become a leading African American intellectual of the 19 century, founding Tuskegee University in 1881 and the National Negro Business League two decades later. Booker believed that solutions to the problem of racial discrimination were primarily economic and that African American entrepreneurship was vital. Thus, he founded the league to further the economic development of African American businesses in order to achieve social equality in American society.
Washington advised Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. His infamous conflicts with black leaders like W. E. B. Du Bois over segregation caused a stir, but today, he is remembered as the most influential African American speaker of his time.
"The wisest of my race understand that the agitation of questions of social equality is the extremest folly and that progress in the enjoyment of all the privileges that will come to us must be the result of severe and constant struggle rather than artificial forcing."