Black Dollar Black Lives is currently a volunteer backed organization dedicated to improving the economic environment for the minority business community, and fostering business development and prosperity. BDBL focuses its efforts on four major areas:
∙ Economic Development
∙ Community Development
∙ Public Policy and
∙ Membership Services
BDBL invests financial and other resources to implement relevant programs for members and which affect the orderly growth and development of the community. It is the catalytic agency that brings together all of the forces, public and private, through which common goals can be resolved. The fundamental mission of BDBL is to create and promote a climate where minority businesses can operate in a productive and profitable manner.
Meet the founders below.
Multi-millionaire social media strategist, business builder, and digital marketing expert King Ashley Ann. This southern gal turned business mogul is turning everyday African American women and men into successful business owners.
Ashley Jones of Ashley Ann’s Events is a talented award-winning wedding and event designer. She is equipped with a B.A. in Finance and M.B.A. She is also an outstanding businesswoman excelling in social media lead generation, lead magnets, content creation, funnels, conversion, and return paths.
In the business world, Ashley is known for getting results, so that her clients can quickly achieve their desired outcomes. She pays exquisite attention to every detail in both the boardroom and the ballroom.
Ashley has helped almost 7,000 people generate money online and over 500 of them create six and seven-figure incomes. Her clients recognize her creativity and passion.
Financial Educator| Credit builder| Public Speaker| Saved 350+ people up to $170k by turning their finances into tools
I've been in the finance and credit world for 8+ years. I teach and train people on how to properly use their finances and credit. I've worked for major and local banks which has helped equip me with experience to branch out on my own to help others. So far I've helped over 350 people save up to $170k including $20k in student loan interest, $10k on car purchases, $1k on monthly budgeting and spending habits, $3k on credit card interest & $170k on a home.
Brand Strategist | Digital Agency Owner | Lifestyle Ambassador for Moët & Chandon | Entrepreneur
Mikos is a brand strategist with over 8 years of specializing in consumer packaged goods marketing. He helps businesses and brands succeed by increasing their visibility, consumer engagement, and sales. Mikos applies his extensive digital expertise with social media to manage experiential marketing campaigns, online advertising, entertainment, and brand development programs.
Adams most recently was a Lifestyle Manager for Combs Enterprises, which is a portfolio of businesses owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs. In this role, he managed marketing programs for brands such as Ciroc Vodka, DeLeón Tequila, Bad Boy Ent., and Sean John. He also led overall strategies/roadmap of marketing initiatives and developed social media content to position the brands.
Diversity Equity & Inclusion | Employee Engagement Strategist | Speaker | CEO at AAE Corporation
I am the CEO of AAE Corporation and have made it my life’s work to provide innovative organizations with expert solutions. Through AAE Corporation, my team and I serve clients all around the world, from start-ups to multi-billion dollar Enterprises.
A 5-time award-winning Certified Master Trainer and Speaker, I lead my organization in consulting organizations worldwide in Multi-generational Workforce Engagement, On-Boarding and Off-Boarding, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Business Acceleration. I currently split my time between Nashville, TN and London, UK. CEO of AAE
Success Coach | Helping Corporate Executives & Entrepreneurs Accelerate Their Goals | Int'l Speaker | Educational Cons
AIM Educational Services based in Kingston, Jamaica provides College and Graduate School advisory and placement services. AIM also provides preparation for the SSAT, SAT, ACT and GRE exams - serving students all over the US and wider Caribbean. Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), the Overseas Association for College Admissions Counseling (OACAC).
Specialties: College Placement & Planning, Graduate School Placement, SAT / ACT / GRE / GMAT/ SSAT Prep, Education, Teaching, Tutoring, Student Development, Coaching & Mentoring.
Mrs. Cope-Ward is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Mrs. Cope-Ward graduated with her Master's Degree in Social Work from Howard University in 2001. She has completed the Level 3 training for couples counseling through the Gottman Institute She is also an approved Gottman Educator for The Seven Principles workshop. Helping couples make sound healthy choices in their relationships and navigate through conflict with ease is her mission. She is located in our Laurel, MD office.
Leon Howard doesn’t fit the usual profile of a Wall Street expert. Howard grew up in New Orleans, where chaos sometimes seemed normal. At the age of nine Leon witnessed his mother being shot. From there Leon routinely found himself on the other side of the law and at the age of 16, he was sentenced to 10 years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for attempted murder and armed robbery. But today Leon is committed to showing Black America a very different hustle, moving “From The Trap To Wall Street.”
Leon defines the “Trap” as “a state or condition of a people being financially trapped, unable to find the path to financial freedom no matter how many jobs or side hustles worked.” Further, the trap is “a place that encourages our men and women to engage in illegal activities that ultimately devour them, causing them to be funneled into a justice system that strips them of everything financially, emotionally, and mentally, creating a trapped mindset.” Wall Street, on the other hand, simply represents a place where wealth is the norm. Black Wall Street is the destination and Leon is determined to help his people understand that investing is critical to reach it. The first step is understanding how to play the game.
Dr. Kia James is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She provides individual and couples counseling services. She graduated from Bowie State University with a BA in Psychology, and she continued her schooling, eventually gaining her Masters and Doctorate from Argosy University, also known as, The American School of Professional Psychology. Dr. James has completed the level 3 training for couples counseling with the Gottman institute. She is also an approved Gottman Educator for the Seven Principles Workshop. Dr. James has a passion to help couples strengthen their relationship and build healthy happy families.
Ms. Trotman is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She provides individual, group, and couples counseling. Ms. Trotman has always dreamed of working with couples since childhood. She provides counseling around communication. She is currently completing her PHD in Clinical Sexology, therefore, she has some additional training to make sure your sexual needs are met in your relationship. Ms. Trotman is currently taking appointments in the Lanham office.
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