Entrepreneurs of Color 2012

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For the month of December 2012, The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education celebrates the entrepreneurial achievements of people of color.

Through this feature, we hope to make a contribution to the broader debate about diversity among business leaders and to highlight the strides made by entrepreneurs of color past and present.

Whether they are established figures or start-up leaders, each of these individuals strengthen the entrepreneurial tradition that the U.S. is known for.

The profiles selected are by no means an exclusive list. We hope that you will join the conversation and suggest notable figures from your community. Tell us what you think and what we can learn by sending a message to features(at)mije.org.

Please follow this link to view our 2011 Black Entrepreneurs feature.

Min Cho
November 30, 2012
Min Cho is CEO of Nova Datacom in Chantilly, Va. Born in Korea and raised in Argentina, Min Cho says her varied childhood inspired her entrepreneurial spirit. "My parents have been a living example of how hard work and determination leads to success... more »
Stephen Mills
December 1, 2012
Stephen Mills takes is pride in his Chumash Indian heritage, and his company AQIWO, which provides programs and IT services to government agencies—is a reflection of that. From the name itself—AQIWO means "light" in Chumash—to Mills' outside... more »
Andy Liu
December 2, 2012
Andy Liu is co-founder of BuddyTV in Seattle, WA. As an American born son to Chinese immigrants, Andy Liu says watching his entrepreneurial father influenced his business sense tremendously. "I probably have more perseverance than most when it comes... more »
Janice Guy
December 3, 2012
Janice Guy is the president of P3I, an integrated services and technology firm in Hopkinton, MA. Janice regrets the distance between her work in Massachusetts and her beloved home of Hawaii, but she is used to the separation. Guy's father was a... more »
Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati
December 4, 2012
Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati is the founder of The Literary Media and Publishing Consultants (a public relations firm that specializes in publishing), The African American Children's Book Project (they produce the largest and oldest African American... more »
Devon Henry
December 5, 2012
Devon Henry is founder and CEO of Team Henry Enterprises in Newport News, VA. Devon has always had the entrepreneurial itch: "It started out small, but before I knew it—it was a rash," he jokes. In 2006, Henry founded Team Henry Enterprises, a multi... more »
Fiona Gathright
December 6, 2012
Fiona Gathright is the founder and CEO of Wellness Corporate Solutions in Cabin John, MD. After taking a few years off from business to stay with her children, Fiona Gathright was itching to get back into the entrepreneurial game and in 2004 founded... more »
Marc Barros
December 7, 2012
Marc Barros is CEO of Contour, based in Seattle, WA. Marc Barros’ father moved to Seattle from Brazil when he was 25 to start a new life. Barros, who launched Contour, a company that manufactures video cameras, while he was still an undergraduate in... more »
Mariama Levy
December 8, 2012
Mariama Levy is founder and CEO of Verdi Consulting, based in McLean, VA. Mariama Levy never imagined herself as an entrepreneur, but in 2002, she founded Verdi Consulting. The company, which moves up the list from No. 409 last year, provides... more »
Christine Do
December 9, 2012
Christine Do is CEO of Soft Tech Consulting, based in Chantilly, VA. At 17, Soft Tech Consulting founder Christine Do was forced out of war-ridden Saigon by the American withdrawal from the Vietnam War. Her family immigrated to the United States and... more »