The 25 Urban Entrepreneurs To Follow


Just in time for “follow” Friday, BrandMakerNews presents The 25 Urban Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter.

Without question- The best part about working here at BrandMakerNews is the opportunity we have to connect with incredible urban entrepreneurs all over the world. Even though we may all work from different sides of the country (or the world for that matter) we’re able to easily swap resources, inspiring thoughts and valuable content with each other through our Twitter streams.

This week, our team here at BrandMakerNews came across a lot of powerful tweets, that we wanted to share with you, but instead we decided to take you straight to the source. That way, you’ll continue to catch all the encouraging messages, great advice and helpful information that these entrepreneurs have to share.

The 25 individuals on this list are not only building successful businesses, but they are also dedicated to sharing their trade secrets, tips, and resources to help others along the way. We encourage aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners to add these names to your Twitter stream. These entrepreneurs’ powerful words are bound to give you the pep talk you need to go out and conquer the world.

Here are the 25 Urban Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter
(in no particular order):

1. L Michelle Humphress @mstrategiesCEO
CEO, Emerging & Traditional Media Strategist, Communications Trainer, and Entrepreneur.

2. Tynisha Thompson @TynishaThompson
Multi-passionate entrepreneur, author, speaker and business consultant empowering biz owners to GET KNOWN using Online Publicity & Marketing.

3. Paul Wilson Jr @pwilsonjr
Dream Catalyst for Christian leaders and entrepreneurs… passionate about empowering people to thrive on Purpose!

4. Sophfronia Scott @Sophfronia
Sophfronia is a writer who helps entrepreneurs to write and publish books to market their businesses.

5. Cheryl Isaac @startupbiztalk
Entrepreneur in love with business! Wrote the book on simple business planning around your purpose.

6. Shonika Proctor @teenbizcoach
Pioneer of Teen Entrepreneur Coaching; Dream Walker; PBS Nightly Business Report Writer.

7. Frank Mitchell @0Frank
Life Architect / Career Coach / Entrepreneur / Chef / Author / Rainmaker! / Future Philanthropist / WordSmith / Oh…and of course Super Guy!

8. Elijah Young @elijahryoung
Owner of @YoungUniversity, Serial Entrepreneur, Teacher, Only Child, Left Handed, Generation Y Advocate, Technology Enthusiast, Monopoly Master.

9. Terence Williams @TerenceWilliams
Online Business and Marketing Coach * Blogger * Computer Technician * Entrepreneur * Social Media and Networking Guru.

10. Naomi Trower @NaomiTrower
USC Alumni, Engineer by degree, real estate, mortgage broker, internet entrepreneur, love blogging, social media marketing, internet marketing.

11. Wayne Sutton @waynesutton
New Media, Social Media, Technology Evangelist, blogger consultant, strategist, podcaster, video blogger, entrepreneur.

12. Pam Perry, PR coach @pamperry
Social Media Marketing Expert, Radio host who is Marketing the Message! Wife, mother & Branding Super Star!

13. Adrienne Graham @talentdiva
Founder/CEO of Empower Me! Corp, helping you live your best professional & business life. CEO of Hues Consulting & Mgmt Inc.

14. TC Coleman @upwardaction
Lawyerpreneur. Brand Development Consultant. Online Business Development/Rainmaking Strategist.

15. Lisa Irby @2createawebsite
I make a living online & tweet about blogging, affiliate marketing, and making money.

16. Rosetta Thurman @rosettathurman
President of Thurman Consulting. Gen Y evangelist. Writer, Speaker & Co-Author of How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar.

17. Tai Goodwin @TaiGoodwin
Coach, consultant, mom and blogger. I connect people, ideas, and information, helping people take their career and business from bright to brilliant.

18. Kim Beasley @kimbeasley
Startup Business Strategist; WordPress/Drupal/social media specializing in developing websites.

19. Tiffanie Tillman @TiffanieTillman
Gripping Conversations: The People’s Media Grass-Roots Discussions Driven By Everyday People…YOU!

20. Melinda Emerson @SmallBizLady
Host of #SmallBizChat, author, speaker, & biz coach. Expert in start-up, social media marketing & reinventing a biz.

21. Lynnette Khalfani-Cox @themoneycoach
Personal Finance Expert, Author of the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom.

22. Robin Tramble @empowermentdiva
Discover your authentic self, get unstuck & realize your best empowered life! Dynamite authentic Life Empowerment Coach, Mentor & Public Speaker.

23. A.Michelle Blakeley @simplicityinc
Join the experts who know Blakeley is a master at growing small businesses …and doing it w/ “Simplicity.”

24. Darren Scott Monroe @darrenmonroe
Business Ideas, Entrepreneur, Blogger, Marketing, SUPER Idea Guy! FYI: I tweet A LOT of Entrepreneur info to educate Entrepreneurs Online.

25. RobCoats @RobCoats
I’m bringing Sexy Back to Networking! I turn acquaintances into friends and Contacts into Contracts.

Since there are so many urban entrepreneurs on Twitter who inspire us every day, this list will continue to grow. So, check back for more recommendations in the near future.

Of course, you should follow @BrandMakerNews and the cool people behind the scenes  @DHarley and @TiaJackson, if you haven’t already. And- check out the top ten books for urban entrepreneurs for more great advice on how to brand yourself and your business. For networking, check out The 25 Facebook Groups For Entrepreneurs.

Be great!


  1. Posted September 23, 2010 at 2:50 PM | Permalink

    Wow what an honor. Thank you so much. What a great group to be a part of.

  2. Posted September 23, 2010 at 10:59 PM | Permalink

    What a FANTASTIC surprise! I greatly appreciate your support and nod of confidence. Fabulous group of individuals. I’ll be sure to connect all the way around. All the best, AMB

  3. Posted September 23, 2010 at 11:02 PM | Permalink

    This is a fantastic list and I am honored to be included. Thank you so much!

  4. Denice S.
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 11:27 PM | Permalink

    I’m VERY surprised not to see Daymond John (@thesharkdaymond) on your list. As a self made multi millionaire and fashion mogul, I’m always amazed at the access and advice he gives on his website, facebook, and Twitter. No disrespect to the others on your list, but I really think it needs some rethinking.

  5. Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:48 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for the SHOUT OUT. Typically the “urban” folks are left off all the lists…. BUT We urban folks do work hard…….and play hard. We also “crush it” and add a little “flavor to the flow” you know what I mean?

    I love blogging….and connecting.

  6. Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:23 AM | Permalink

    Tremendous honor to be included on this list. Thanks so much. Currently, I am in Santiago, Chile…truly expanding the brand INTERNATIONALLY. I am working on launching Latin America’s first 24/7 mixed use Entrepreneurship and Innovation Campus.


  7. Posted September 24, 2010 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

    What a great shout out for some amazing people! I am connect with @ Kim Beasle and could not agree with your more that she is an Urban Entrepreneurs To Follow. Not only is she full of fabulous content…she engages and shares on Twitter, which is the most valuable thing an entrepreneur can do on social media! Thanks for sharing with us…and I look forward to putting everyone in my “nest” of fabulous!

  8. Posted September 24, 2010 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the honor of including me on the list. I truly appreciate it and look forward to continuing to connect and share information with my Twitter followers.

  9. Posted September 24, 2010 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for including me in this great list! :)

  10. Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:02 PM | Permalink

    Congrats again to all the great entrepreneurs on this list! It was our privilege to shine a little light on the great work you do every day. People are paying attention to your words, and you are helping to make the entrepreneurial journey a lot easier for so many people. So, please continue to share your wisdom and encouragement as you rise to the top. Be great!

  11. Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

    Hi, Denise. Thanks for your comment. While we applaud the public figures and celebrities who share their business wisdom, they were not the focus of this list. We did, however, spotlight the contributions of these notable folks on our 10 Must Reads for Urban Entrepreneurs list.

    There are tons of other great entrepreneurs who deserve to be acknowledged, so we will continue to expand this list and make new ones down the road. If you have any other names to shout out, feel free to add them below so we can continue to spread the word.

  12. Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:18 PM | Permalink

    Goodness! I am beyond delighted to be on this list and in such fabulous company. Thank you so much for supporting urban entrepreneurs.

    ~Tynisha Thompson

  13. Posted September 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for this honor. It was a great week for me as this was 1 of 2 wins this week.
    I appreciate you taking the time to highlight our work. Glad to be part of such a great list of

    Empowering you!

    Robin Tramble aka Empowerment Diva

  14. Posted September 25, 2010 at 8:36 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations to those who made the list. I do, in fact, recognize a few of the names. I’d love to know your definition of “urban” as it relates to this list. Do you mean black folks who only cater to black folks or those who have a BROAD base? One woman who was left off is Regina Baker and she should be one of the tops on everybody’s list. I’m not a slouch either but I guess it’s all in how you define “urban.” I always thought it was about substance and not flash and dash.

    • Posted September 25, 2010 at 9:16 PM | Permalink


      Thanks for commenting. We spent a very long time compiling our list and because we kept the number to a lean 25, some hard decisions had to be made. That said, it’s our mission to spotlight urban entrepreneurs from across the globe, so keep shining! Congrats to the 25!

      Be great,

  15. Posted September 28, 2010 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

    Thanks BrandMakers News for including me on your Top 25 list. It was a very unexpected, but exciting surprise when I found. I look forward to continuing to post ideas and information that engages, encourages, and empowers the people who need it the most.

    Paul Wilson, Jr.

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