Booker T. Washington
“At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.”
“If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.” ~Dr. Carter G. Woodson
It doesn’t have to be local
Though supporting local Black owned businesses will greatly improve your local economy, don’t feel restricted when it comes to purchasing things you need. Local Black owned business are expanding but we still have far to go so finding specific products might require a bit of research. Thank heaven for the internet! The internet is a great tool to find products you’re looking for that are Black owned when they are not available in your area.
Make it a priority
Black owned businesses are not always accessible. You may have heard of the beauty supply across town or the grocery store in the other county and you’ve plans to support these businesses but you never have the time. The solution is simple…make time! Being that Black owned businesses are not a dime a dozen you have to active in seeking them out.
Don’t be put off by a bad experience
Black owned businesses are not professional. Black owned businesses are not organize. Black owned business lack good customer service. We’ve all had separate experiences with supporting Black owned businesses, some great and some…not so great but we can’t let those bad businesses deter us from supporting our people.
Spread the word
This one simple….spread the word about Black owned businesses whenever and whenever you can. Most Black owned businesses are small and don’t have the marketing budget like larger companies and corporations so help them out. Share their social media pages, tell you friends and family. If you have your own business build a partnership with them.
Supporting Black owned businesses goes deeper than allowing Black dollars to circulate our community longer than fifteen minutes. When we get to the point of owning and controlling resources and becoming a viable component in America, we will start seeing respect from our counterparts, from our communities and from our government.
“At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence. “Booker T. Washington
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Toni Larue is an author, entrepreneur and women’s empowerment advocate. She is the author of fiction novels, Abandoned Secrets (available now) and No Kissing (release date TBD), and the co-owner and COO of Team Jon Doe Management and Entertainment and Sounwave Music.