Celebrating National Black Business Month
August 1 – 31, 2012
If this is the first that you’ve heard about National Black Business Month
then, that’s a wonderful thing!
That means after nine years, we’re finally getting it right.
National Black Business Month
is being celebrated, today, August 1st
through the end of the month.
According to BlackMoney.com
, “National Black Business Month encourages consumers and institutions to visit at least one black owned business on each of the 31 days of August.”
On January 31, 2012, in a written proclamation by the sitting President of the United States of America, Barack Obama
, February 2012 was announced as “National African American History Month, 2012
” with the official theme being “Black Women in American Culture and History.” As Black Americans are given recognition for their contributions to the building of America, culturally and historically, Black business owners should to be recognized for being the backbone of the community and the lifeline of our people, through trying times.
We are being asked to seek out Black businesses and give them our support each day of the month -- 31 Ways, 31 Days.
Chicago’s Black Business Network
is delighted to invite you, our members, friends and associates to get on broad with a conscious effort to reach out and give support in any way possible, particularly to small business owners on the CBBN website.
And, support does not always come in the form of a financial handout or purchase, although, realistically, that is what pays the bills.
Here are a few suggestions and we’re positive that you can come up with hundreds of others that will make this month a prosperous one for all:
· Visit the website or blog of a CBBN member and leave a comment or suggestion;
· Review the product or services of a business and come up with a way to collaborate on a future joint-venture, no matter how small, that will create a win-win situation for both parties;
· Sometimes the cash flow is a little low, so think about what you can barter or exchange for services. After all, folks have been bartering for thousands of years; and
· Last, but not least, not by any means, visit some of the small businesses in your community. Don’t drive pass them. Walk up to the door. Go in and say “Hello.” If you don’t buy anything, that day, look around and maybe you will buy something another day. It would be great, if you could make even a small purchase, if not, why don’t you leave them with a word of encouragement. At times, that is more valuable than money.
Up in Harlem, Mr. Templeton is planning a great celebration for the month of August, including recognition of the “50 Top Names in Black Food
Black America, we expect you to spread the word, so that next year and all year, we make it Black Business Month.
Don’t forget to attend one of Chicago’s Black Business Network’s upcoming webinars, that are designed to take your business to the next level of success. “How to make your own 30 second commercial” is our next scheduled webinar on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm CDT, sponsored by WJPC FM CHICAGO, The Soul of Chicago, who is giving away FIFTY commercial ad spots to every attendee. We’re doing our part to make National Black Business Month a success by gifting a ticket to the company or organization that you select, upon your paid registration. (Support a non-profit organization or a potential client, the choice is yours, but you’d better hurry, as spaces are limited.) Visit http://www.AnyMeeting.com/CBBN or call us at 773-609-2226.
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Black Wall Street Chicago is pleased to offer promotional support those allies in the spirit and example of The Black Wall Street Movement which includes Sonja Perdue and The Chicago Black Business Network and Ron Carter, Chairman Emeritus of Black Wall Street Chicago and Chair of The Black Wall Street Districts mobilizing across Chicago claiming city blocks for the development of Black owned and operated businesses, jobs and institutions.
Mark S. Allen, Chairman
Black Wall Street Chicago and Chief of Staff to National Black Wall Street USA National President Rev. Michael Carter 4655 South King Drive, Suite 203 Chicago, Illinois 60653 www.blackwallstreetchicago.com