Initiative to Elevate Black and Brown Entrepreneurs

Our Mission


Newark Business Hub’s 501(c)3 aims to empower 1 million Black and Brown entrepreneurs globally and provide them the skills, mentorship, and community they must have to succeed.


Our 501(c)3 has earned the Gold Seal from Guidestar, a designation earned by only 5% of non-profits.

Impact Maker

Corporate Social Responsibility Leader 
Elevating Black Women Entrepreneurs in Africa, the US and the Caribbean

Our Partners

Newark Business Hub’s non-profit has partnered with corporations and organizations across the country to answer the most important call to action of our generation, to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive economy post COVID-19.   Their support has empowered entrepreneurs with the business skills they must have to start and grow successful businesses.
Express Newark
Rutgers University Newark

Let’s Build an Equitable Economy Together

The global movement to build an equitable economy post COVID-19 is building momentum. From our inception, we have been responsible stewards of our environment and community, and champions for women, LGBT, and Black and Brown people. Newark Business Hub’s 501(c)3 non-profit is the social impact catalyst that aims to elevate 1 million Black and Brown entrepreneurs globally.

We are the trusted DEI partner to corporate social responsibility leaders and non-profits that seek to elevate and empower Black and Brown entrepreneurs in the US and around the world.”

Your company can make a real and measurable impact by empowering Black and Brown entrepreneurs with the skills and tools they need to start or grow their business. Whether you want to make a difference for 25, 125, or 2,000 entrepreneurs, Newark Business Hub’s program is your partner to deliver measurable impact and communicate your success to all of your stakeholders.

How we Partner with
Companies for impact

Our program, delivered in partnership with Rutgers University, helps non-profit, social responsibility, and community leaders to impact and elevate Black and Brown entrepreneurs. Through Newark Business Hub’s program, your company can provide Black entrepreneurs with free access to the Newark Business Hub online learning community that includes live interaction between participants and coaches, a 24/7 community to get answers and advice, and one-on-one coaching. Whether you want to impact and elevate 25, 125, or 2,000 entrepreneurs, Newark Business Hub is your partner to deliver measurable impact.

The number of entrepreneurs you support is based on your funding level. Your financial support provides the Newark Business Hub learning community to these entrepreneurs for 3 mos. Our partner, Rutgers University, will provide a unique code to the entrepreneurs that enables enrollment for the number of entrepreneurs you have decided to support.

When we partner to launch your program, your organization can expect: 

  • Dedicated support to manage the entire program; recruitment, program setup, engagement, reporting, participant needs, marketing , and scheduling activities in the community
  • Metric reporting on enrollment, engagement, learning progress and business growth
  • Success stories to highlight the impact on real people and their community
  • Entrepreneur insights during the program that will help us to further refine our empowerment approach

Newark Business Hub

Program Overview

Level-Up Your Business Skills

Being a successful business owner is about good management skills and creating the products that customers value, but it is also about overcoming personal obstacles to fulfill your potential. Our learning modules, coaching and community, empower the person and the business to succeed.

Weekly Group Coaching

Think of how much time entrepreneurs will save, and not to mention money, when they can get answers quickly from a trusted business coach. We have their back.

24/7 Community

Whether it's the middle of the night or early morning on a Saturday, entrepreneurs have access to tap in to seasoned mentors and their fellow entrepreneurs.

100s of Resources

From marketing plans, business model canvas, customer persona to various legal documents, our entrepreneurs have 24/7 access to the digital resources and template documents they will need to succeed.

Entrepreneurs speak for themselves

Newark Business Hub has really motivated me to take a deeper look at how I am positioning my company's brand in the industry. I took the advice seriously and now our sites are a vital resource for the public to learn more about our productions.

Evoné Waters

Artribute Performing Arts

I learned how to create an LLC that encompasses all of my talents and is a platform for me to become the social entrepreneur I am destined to be.

Shane Fuller

Camp Clarity LLC

What makes us the experts?

Our founders – serial entrepreneurs Kimberlee Williams and Jeff Billingsley designed the Newark Business Hub learning community in partnership with Rutgers University, as a 360 initiative for Black and Brown creative entrepreneurs to build essential skills to grow and sustain their businesses.  When Kimberlee and Jeff self-funded their respective start-ups in the 90’s and 2000’s, they faced the same struggles that Black and Brown entrepreneurs face today, scarce funding options, no in-roads to sponsorship, and poor business management skills.  

The story and lessons from their  journey inspires the next generation of innovators, social entrepreneurs, and small business owners to this day.  Our founders business success, community building and unwavering dedication to solving social problems through business, has been recognized by the World Economic Forum, TED, NAACP, Rutgers University and Black Enterprise.  We have a firm grip on what’s needed to see these Black and Brown creative entrepreneurs thrive.


We are grateful to the diverse group of advisors  who bring their professional expertise and unique perspective to advance our mission to empower 1 million Black and Brown entrepreneurs globally.  Their willingness to be on the leading edge of this diversity, equity and inclusion effort is making a difference in communities across the US and worldwide.
Andrea Holmes-Thompkins

Andrea Holmes-Thompkins

ACE Media Group

Vinnie Brown

Vinnie Brown

Naughty by Nature

Chuck Creekmur

Chuck Creekmur

Samad Davis

Samad Davis

Pan African Group Holdings