by Chamidae Ford
As the holiday season approaches, many are looking to put their money where it is most needed. One of those places: small, Black-owned businesses.
It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the small businesses that make up the heart of our communities. While massive corporations like Amazon have flourished during these times, small retailers, which often rely on in-person sales, have taken a huge hit.
If you’d like a way to support small, local businesses this season, Olu Productions has crafted a cheat sheet for you. The company’s annual Holiday Catalog features the work of many young, Black entrepreneurs who are hoping to create a successful business selling everything from clothing and body products to snacks and performance skills.
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by Elizabeth Turnbull
While long lines, capitalism, and chaotically close crowds seem to epitomize the essence of Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving that many retail stores depend on to stay afloat — some young Black entrepreneurs are providing an opportunity to holiday shop and promote Black wealth at the same time this Friday.
After the early morning Black Friday frenzy on Nov. 27, young Black business owners in the “It’s Never 2 Early 2 Create & Innovate” virtual marketplace will showcase products that include unique clothing, cosmetics, oils, engraved items, and T-shirts. It all takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. this Friday.
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It’s Never 2 Early 2 Create & Innovate: A Black Youth Entrepreneurial Virtual Market Place
From the host (Olu Productions): The event was designed to feature companies created by young people of African Descent, as well as showcase entertainment by young Black performers. It is our belief that as these young Black entrepreneurs grow and mature and their businesses grow and mature they can potentially be in the position to hire Black employees as well as contribute to a variety of socioeconomic justice and community building efforts. Those businesses can then create and pass on multi-generational Black assets and wealth. Black wealth that remains with Black people can lead to the building of a community that has a sound economic base and infrastructure. We also encourage parents, caregivers, and adults in the Black community to support Black youth entrepreneurship believing that we are building a future legacy of cooperative economics, interdependence, and self-reliance within the Black population.
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