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He launched Black Business Ink magazine in May 2003, and despite a curtailment in magazine advertising nationwide, Black Business Ink has continued to grow in size and scope over the ensuing 16 years. It currently is largest-circulated minority publication in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad region.

Richard remains dedicated in making sure that Black Business Ink, BBM Marketing+PR, and the State of Black North Carolina Conference keep their fingers on the pulse of the African American community. Each corporate entity stands ready to promote black-owned businesses in the region in our publication, to provide comprehensive marketing and public relations consulting to business and/or community organizations, and to speak truth to power at our annual conference.

Richard is a charter member of the Winston-Salem African American Chamber of Commerce; Dollars & Sense magazine named Richard among America’s Best and Brightest Business and Professional Men and Women; he has been an honoree of the Black Achiever in Business and Industry from the Winston Lake Family YMCA; and for years he was listed among Outstanding Young Men of America.

Richard also received awards from the New York Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Newspapers Publishers Association, the latter of which was accompanied by a congratulatory letter from United States President William Jefferson Clinton.