Daymond John remembers hawking hats outdoors the historic Apollo Theater within the ’90s. After promoting his wares, he’d return house, activate the tv and watch Showtime on the Apollo.

Black Entrepreneurs Day

Now, he takes the stage to packed crowds.

“It seems like a full circle second,” the FUBU founder and Shark Tank star informed Entrepreneur.

John is internet hosting the third annual Black Entrepreneurs Day Offered by Chase on the Apollo Theater in Harlem on October 27. The occasion will characteristic a number of iconic Black entrepreneurs, together with Shaquille O’Neil (who has a franchise portfolio value greater than $100 million), tennis champion Venus Williams, Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee and plenty of extra.

This yr, the occasion will probably be gifting away $150,000 to Black entrepreneurs and enterprise house owners by the NAACP Powershift Grant. Purposes for the grant and free tickets to the occasion can be found on The occasion may also be live-streamed.

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Entrepreneur talked to John about Black Entrepreneurs Day and what it takes to get a shark to spend money on your organization.

What can viewers and attendees anticipate this yr at Black Entrepreneurs Day?
This yr, we added a pitch competitors, a Shark Tank-style occasion the place folks can pitch their companies. Not like Shark Tank, although, it’s free cash. You can also make errors with this cash. We aren’t taking any proportion of your organization, no fairness, it is only a grant saying we imagine in you and what you are promoting. We even have conversations with entrepreneurs who’ve [won] Oscars and [championships] like Spike Lee and Venus Williams.

What are you in search of in an entrepreneur?
I am in search of folks I can relate to. Individuals I wish to be in enterprise with. I do not care in case you are making use of at my workplace to be an assistant or asking me to speculate $1,000,000 in your organization. I deal with everybody the identical if I imagine you might have a chance to develop.

What are a few of the commonest errors you see first-time entrepreneurs make?
They spend an excessive amount of cash too early. It is essential to coach your self and discover ways to keep away from landmines forward of time. Within the Black neighborhood, many individuals do not have monetary literacy. Our households did not come from legacy wealth, and once we earn cash, we would spend it on the fallacious issues.

Spending on enterprise or spending basically?
Each. One other mistake I typically see is over-funding. Entrepreneurs will take a $100,000 mortgage to open an enormous retailer when actually what they wanted was $1,000 to open a Shopify web page. They earn cash, however then do not know what to do with it.

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Have you ever had any cash failures that you have discovered from?
Sure, not being financially literate made me virtually lose my mom’s home. I closed down FUBU 3 times from 1989-1992. I blew my first $20 million, not on shopping for lavish issues, however as a result of I used to be not financially literate. I did not know the way this stuff function. I did not speak to anybody at Chase. I did not go right into a financial institution. I did not know what I used to be doing.

Are there any offers you remorse not making?
No, we get so many provides, I haven’t got any regrets. However I do have purchaser’s regret typically.

Care to elaborate?
No, I would not try this to any entrepreneurs. However I’ve invested in a number of firms the place I’ve regrets. If I made an funding in your restaurant, however I am within the again within the kitchen washing dishes and cleansing, I’ve made a mistake.

Is there something outdoors of labor that helps you as an entrepreneur? You have stated on Shark Tank that you simply get pleasure from fishing as a interest.
I haven’t got a fishing interest…fishing is life. All of this, every thing I do, Shark Tank, the investments, pays for fishing. I fish each morning. It brings me pleasure. Entrepreneurs undoubtedly want an escape, whether or not you are working the Chicago Marathon or practicing yoga, [it] will make it easier to [be a better] entrepreneur. For me, it is also household. I will be within the air for 12 hours simply to see my little lady for eight hours. Being together with her helps me keep grounded.

Would you ever take into account investing in a fishing firm?
No, I would not need it ruined by having to take care of Kevin[O’Leary] and Barbara [Corcoran].

*This interview has been calmly edited and lower for readability.

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