In 1870, Frederick Douglass began to publish New Era, a Washington DC-based newspaper intended to embolden the cause of the country's newly-freed men and women. Understanding the new challenges these citizens faced, the paper was devoted to the promotion of self-determination and growth. In that same spirit, New Era Ventures is a DC-based, social-minded conglomerate with a mission to democratize industries. New Era Ventures seeks to achieve this by creating products that reduce barriers of entry for aspiring entrepreneurs and increasing capital for low- to moderate-income people. The growing company currently owns businesses in skincare, technology, and real estate.
about the founder
Mr. Andre Byers is a serial entrepreneur, academic and investor with wide-ranging interests. His efforts mainly focus on creating ways to reduce barriers of entry for aspiring entrepreneurs and increasing capital for low- to moderate-income people.
As an academic, Byers serves as a Lecturer at Howard University and serves as Director of the University’s Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Development. His courses and program direction focus on economic development with the intent to provide students with the knowledge, skillset and tools needed to play a proactive role in community revitalization processes in cities throughout the world. His published works include the following:
- "The Indirect Displacement Hypothesis: A Case Study in Washington, DC" - published in The Review of Black Political Economy (an academic journal), and
- "Presenting Research to Decision Makers for Action and Results: A Resource Guide for Advocates" - published by the Howard University Center on Race and Wealth
Mr. Byers recently served as the President & CEO of the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights (DCCH), a community development corporation whose purpose is to further the economic development of Washington DC, with a particular focus on the Columbia Heights neighborhood. The Corporation seeks to achieve this by increasing commercial, business, and housing developments with a particular focus on opportunities for socially or economically disadvantaged persons.
Prior to leading the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, Mr. Byers worked at the District Government’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, where he served as a Director. At the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, Byers negotiated and closed real estate deals across the City utilizing various private and public funding sources. He also supported established businesses and startups in underserved neighborhoods as Director of the City’s Great Streets Initiative where he managed its Tax Increment Finance program and created its Small Business Capital Improvement Grant. As the Director of Great Streets, Byers aggressively expanded the Initiative in two years – multiplying its grant funding by five (5x) and increasing the number of qualifying corridors from 1 to 11 without incident or waste.