There are so many reasons why it is important to support black-owned businesses.
Many more people would like to support black-owned businesses by buying their products and services, but they often lack information on where exactly they are located.
This is a major reason why the black dollar doesn’t last long in the community. It leaves just as quickly as it comes in. My generation was constantly taught to get a good job with a good company. That was the main goal. Business ownership was not really stressed because it seemed risky. However with so many people being laid off the last few years more emphasis has been placed on ownership so this issue should change. Not only more businesses, but also a variety –including food markets, and laundry among others.
Black Business prices are too high.
I have been to several black businesses where I felt the price was a little higher than normal. Now we all have the right to spend our money any way we choose, and have no obligation to support any business we do not want to. However there are times when I decided to pay a little extra just to support a black business. Many times (not all), they may have to charge extra because their operating cost may have been extremely high so they had to charge higher prices to compensate. Their rent may have been higher, or they may have negotiated a bad deal on their part. As long as the prices weren’t astronomical I tend to give them an opportunity and see if the service warrants the extra charge.
None of us want to pay extra for anything, but while the business down the block may be less once you give them your money, it leaves the community to never come back, but with the Black Business at least it will stay in the community a little longer.
Black Business service is terrible.
This is a stickler for me. No matter how few businesses there are, or how low or high your prices are, the service has to be excellent. I would say two out of every 10 Black Businesses I have done business with have provided me with bad service. People tend to exaggerate and say every Black Business gives bad service. Which is simply not true. I have also noticed that most people are more forgiving with other races, and will give them a return visit but will turn away completely from the Black Business. I have generally found the service even better at a Black Business because they have to value the customers because they really need them to stay in business.
The media portrayal of blacks.
The images in the media, TV, videos, and news have greatly impacted people’s perception of blacks. Turn on the TV, or read the newspaper, and 90 percent of the images of black people are not positive.
If you see the same commercial everyday it will affect your belief about that product. Well, if day after day we see crimes by blacks, killings by blacks, domestic abuse by blacks, shootings by blacks, it will affect your belief about black people as a whole. I have never killed, shot, or abused anyone, but because of the images all around when some people see me (even in my suit) they will deal with me based on those images.
They think, “I can’t support his business, he may not use proper products, he may not know what he is doing, and he may be trying to rob me.” This is one reason why I try to go out of my way to support Black Businesses because they are so many reasons, and obstacles that they have to face. Sure, like all businesses there are some that should not be in business but overall there are plenty of solid, professional black business who need our support, so let’s check them out. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ernest-owens)
So let’s get serious about that right now. It doesn’t take much to start implementing positive steps toward helping make black-owned businesses matter, because in essence this is making black lives matter as well.
Ms. Diva Michelle
Michelle Ambrose aka Ms. Diva Michelle is a community oriented, event planner, project manager, basketball coach and single mother, with an urge to express her zest for food, travel, mingling and making connections. Given all she's learned in the event planning industry about hospitality and quality dining and by staying in the loop on upcoming events, Ambrose has created this online spot for what's hot and what's not.