Member Spotlight: Nehemiah Frank, The Black Wall Street Times

October 9, 2019

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Nehemiah Frank is the founder and editor in chief of The Black Wall Street Times, a digital news media company. Their organization seeks to amplify stories that are often ignored or not adequately detailed in mainstream media. Nehemiah was also featured in our podcast, The F Word, talking about how the failure he experienced in other entrepreneurial endeavors prepared him to create one of the state's most progressive news sources.

How, where and when do you get your best ideas?
I can be inspired to research and write by almost anything. Usually, the topic has to move me in some profound way. Sometimes, my ideas blossom from random conversations that I have with family members, friends, or acquaintances.

What's a work tool or ritual that you couldn't live without?
I couldn't live without my computer. It is the most basic tool that one needs to run a business successfully in the 21st Century.

What skill would you like to master?
My next greatest ambition and career goal is to master the art of public speaking. Having that type of skillset, coupled with charisma, can really skyrocket one's career.

What advice would you give to someone seeking to launch or grow a business?
First, make sure that you are genuinely passionate about the business you are launching, or you'll risk feeling unfulfilled. Secondly, research business models similar to your idea and ensure you will fill a niche.

What's a big "win" you experienced in the past year?
The Black Wall Street Times has experienced tremendous growth, not only in Tulsa but across the state and nation. We've reached over 15,000 subscribers and are embarking on 15,000 social media followers. Lastly, our website has had over 380,000 visitors in the past year.

What are you most looking forward to in the year to come?
I am most looking forward to developing new relationships with community organizations and businesses that are interested in making Tulsa a more diversified, unified and inclusive city.

Why 36 Degrees North?
36 Degrees North is unique for new developing businesses. The work environment contagiously produces a spirit of entrepreneurship. The uniqueness of being housed at Camp II is that the location allows for The Black Wall Street Times to reside in the original Greenwood or Black Wall Street district. Henceforth, I get to honor the inspiring legacy of my community every time I walk through our office doors.

Do you want to give any shoutouts?
I want to give a shoutout to 36 Degrees North and the many individuals and organizations that crafted Tulsa's hub for entrepreneurship. Thank you! In addition, I'd like to give a special shoutout to Skye Advisors LLC and the Tulsa Community Foundation for their generous sponsorships. I truly appreciate the lift up.