For the month of February in celebration of Black History Month, I’m continuing my annual blog series on Black Entrepreneurship. This will be a segment of Q & A’s and/or exclusive interviews on local black entrepreneurs and business owners who are working hard at being awesome, while leaving their mark and building their legacies.
I started this series in 2011 to acknowledge some of the local black entrepreneurs I came into contact with, and decided to continue on with the series because I absolutely L-O-V-E Love shedding some light on the progression and success of everyday African Americans- dreaming, believing, and achieving their way to business success. I know this isn’t exactly history, but it is history in the making, and that counts for something!
I like to read about the everyday unsung heroes; the firefighter, the caretaker for the elderly, the advocate for the youth, etc. I want to share a fresh perspective from the people we know and grow up with; familiar people who are taking risks to own that dream business, or build that personal brand.
Many small town or inner-city raised blacks are at the forefront of community development. They step to the plate as leaders and mentors to students and troubled youth. They bring employment opportunities to the jobless and donate to charitable causes. I want to acknowledge the African Americans who bring about positive reinforcement against the negative stereotypes that deter hopes and ambition.
My “interviewees” are full-time small business owners, solopreneurs, and side-hustle champions. One thing they all have in common is that they are defining success on their own terms, and working hard to align their brand with their vision. Black History in the making is definitely something worth celebrating!
Please take a look at the profiles of my past guests entrepreneurs for inspiration, and encourgament, and be sure to show them some support by sharing with your network.
This year I have an awesome line up for you and can’t wait to share what I have in store.
See you next week!
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