The Black Burdell is aiming to Build more Black Businesses, One Student At a Time; With Brandon Miller

ATLANTA – It is projected by the year 2020 that millennials will make up over 50% of the global workforce, but what we are seeing is that millennials are also making up a large portion of new entrepreneurs. With African American women being the fastest growing segment of business owners, The Black Burdell, Inc. is steadfast in giving young, black entrepreneurs the access and resources to build successful businesses.

On January 23rd, The Black Burdell launched their second annual Cultivating Entrepreneur scholarship to combat the financial burden of higher education and to reward those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Usually with education awards there is only one winner, not in this case. With the focus being on the creation of a business plan and pitch, every applicant is one step closer to creating a brand-new business or elevating an existing one – everyone wins.

Thanks to donations, sponsors, hard work and success in 2016, The Black Burdell was able to launch two NEW scholarships targeting high school students and students with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The scholarships are now open to high school students in the Metro Atlanta area, as well as undergraduate and graduate students at all accredited Atlanta colleges and universities, who are current or aspiring entrepreneurs. Applicants must submit a business plan, a video of their business pitch, have a 2.75 GPA and be of Black, African, or African American decent. Applications close on March 25, 2017, visit for more information.

The Black Burdell, Inc. focuses on creating a successful community of minority, student entrepreneurs through various events, workshops, Tulsa Times newsletter, online resources, community partnerships and their signature School of Entrepreneurship Conference.

Georgia Tech entrepreneur, Michole Washington, credits The Black Burdell on influencing her to start her company, Afrithmetic. “The Black Burdell’s workshops and resources were without a doubt an influential part of making my company. The support and motivation was needed and The Black Burdell stepped onto Tech’s campus right on time!” Washington added, “Afrithmetic was just a blemish until The Black Burdell told me I could change the face of entrepreneurship.”

Washington, the 2016 Cultivating Entrepreneurship Scholarship recipient, not only went on to successfully launch Afrithmetic, her math tutoring company but this past December she became only the 9th African American woman to graduate from Georgia Tech with an Applied Math degree. This achievement whirled Washington to become a viral sensation and she is the definition of Black Girl Magic.  Washington was also accepted to one of the top Ph.D. programs for Educational Studies in the nation.

For more information on The Black Burdell, Inc. or their Cultivating Entrepreneurs Scholarship, contact The Black Burdell via email at

Figure 1: Black Burdell, Inc. Staff (pictured from left to right): Darren Sanders, Brandon Miller, Henderson Johnson II, and Milton Patton


About The Black Burdell, Inc.:

The Black Burdell, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded to support, promote, and cultivate black-owned businesses. We aim to provide existing and aspiring entrepreneurs access to knowledge, resources, and networks in an effort to efficiently build black businesses in our communities. For more information about The Black Burdell, Inc, visit

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