What National black business month means to America

Entrepreneurship has long been valued in the Black community and is a vital contributor to the national economy. Recent external forces like the pandemic and the wavering economic crisis have reminded us why we have to celebrate black entrepreneurs, who our communities are, and how to keep growing.

This historic annual event allows consumers and business owners to not only support Black businesses, but also give them a platform to grow their business and build wealth for current and future generations of African Americans.

The origins of National Black Business Month can be traced back to 2004 when two Black entrepreneurs, engineer Frederick E. Jordan and John William Templeton, president and executive editor of eAccess Corp., a scholarly publishing company, designated August as such. Jordan was obligated to highlight and encourage Black business owners like himself after overcoming significant obstacles.

The duo aimed to “drive the policy agenda affecting the 2.6 million African American businesses, to highlight and empower Black business owners all over the world.

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Great Non-Profit Alert!

Minor-I.T., a black-owned tech nonprofit, provides opportunities for African American and black minority children to participate and excel in the information technology sector through education, equity, and empowerment. This organization hopes to have individual volunteers who are also people of color available to answer questions and provide additional mentorship, in addition to providing tools to learn programs within the I.T. career path.

According to the nonprofit, it will ensure cultural competency for all young people who express an interest and will remain committed to seeing them develop into the next generation of information technology leaders

Minor-I.T. operates in a similar manner to a tech start-up, but students learn how to support, stand up, code, lead, and build almost every aspect of I.T. in a corporate setting.

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