In recent decades, Black women have created new businesses at an unprecedented rate. There has also been more focus in recent years from the national retailers to diversify their supply chains and partner with more female and minority founders. They have as much experience, if not more, navigating the changing retail industry and dominance of the big chains as any successful entrepreneurs. Even with unique product ideas and passionate consumer bases, getting into the big retail stores wasn’t easy, and they have all learned valuable lessons, from pre-pitch research to post-pitch operations, on how to build a retail partnership that makes sense for a growing small business. They recently shared some of their early wins and misses, mistakes and hard-earned business wisdom. Read more at CNBC.