Celebrating National Black Business Month with Empowering Audiobooks

August is National Black Business Month! We’re highlighting inspirational and integral titles from Black business owners, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. The audiobooks on this list empower and encourage budding entrepreneurs and business-minded individuals with the tools to take charge of their careers, begin necessary conversations with employers about equity and diversity, and approach their personal business journeys with a keen eye.

Author: Deanna Singh
Read By: Deanna Singh

Are you tired of hollow promises about diversity, equity, and inclusion in your organization? Do you want to take steps towards real change – beyond issuing mission statements, signing checks, and holding listening sessions – but don’t know where to start? This book is your answer. Designed for teams to read together, Actions Speak Louder offers a comprehensive blueprint for leaders and teams who are ready to get out of their own way, look at their surroundings with new eyes, and turn their energy into a concrete plan.

Build the Damn Thing is a hard-won, battle-tested guide for every entrepreneur who the establishment has left out. Finney, an investor and startup champion, explains how to build a business from the ground up, from developing a business plan to finding investors, growing a team, and refining a product. Finney empowers entrepreneurs to take advantage of their unique networks and resources; arms readers with responses to investors who say, “great pitch but I just don’t do Black women”; and inspires them to overcome naysayers while remaining “100% That B*tch.”

Cashing Out, by financial experts Julien and Kiersten Saunders show how to design a life that allows you to enjoy the little things now while setting yourself up for future financial security. Drawing from their journey paying off $200,000 of debt in five years, quitting their high-stress corporate jobs, and retaking control of their finances, this book will teach you-  Why the mantra and glitz of “Black Excellence” is an unsustainable motivation for wealth building, how to prioritize the right goals at each stage of your career so you can quit in 15 years or less, how to talk about money with your loved ones without coming to blows, and practical strategies to bring more money in without robbing you of time and energy you don’t have.

How to Talk To Your Boss About Race is a crucial handbook to moving beyond fear to push for change. In this clear and accessible guide, Hutchinson equips employees with a framework to think about race at work, prepares them to have frank and effective conversations with more powerful leaders, helps them center marginalized perspectives, and explains how to leverage power dynamics to get results while navigating backlash and gaslighting.

Like many business owners, renowned politician and activist Stacey Abrams didn’t start a business because she dreamed of calling herself an entrepreneur. For the first time, Stacey and Lara share their inspiring and relatable personal story and lessons learned the hard way to show how every business owner can confront the forces that conspire to keep small businesses small. Fifteen years into their entrepreneurial journey together, they have tackled the obstacles that many business owners face: how to grow sustainably, hire thoughtfully, and keep up with the Goliaths in your industry. Level Up arms readers with the confidence, know-how, and savvy to overcome the obstacles that hold their businesses back.