As Black Enterprise prepares for its 20th Annual Entrepreneurs Summit, May 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, we honor those who’ve paved the way for others to follow in small business success.
A 2010 BE Next finalist, Natasha Eubanks, founder and CEO of entertainment gossip site Young, Black & Fabulous (The YBF.com) has earned her entry into the Small Business Hall of Fame.
Turning her blog into a celebrity site back in 2005, she now boasts more than 600,000 page views daily, more than 15 million monthly, and $1 million plus in annual income. After leaving law school and blogging for fun, her first $10,000 in ad sale profit opened her mind to the possibilities. “Start it without intentions of becoming so big. Be in it for the long haul,” says Eubanks when giving advice to those who want to follow in her footsteps. “The making-money aspect of it is a whole other beast. I work 24 hours and I sleep with my laptop. If you build it, they will come. Have a passion for it, and be willing to do it for free.”
These days, as her site’s name rings bells in households who love to dish on the latest celebrity news, Eubanks boasts ads from major brands including Head & Shoulders and Suave, along with companies like the Ad Council. “I’m working toward become a household name. I’m working with brand strategists to correctly position myself to do that. I want to do it correctly, whether it’s TV, doing some different things in radio,” she says. “I just want to expand my brand.”
The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit hosted by Nationwide is set for May 13-16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Expect innovative sessions, high-powered speakers, and an early peek at the products, trends, and services you’ll need to stay ahead of the curve. To register and find out more, visit www.blackenterprise.com/es/. Join us at the Entrepreneurs Summit, Where Innovation and Capital Meet.