Broward Black Cham­ber in the mak­ing

South Florida Times - - BUSINESS - Sha­heewa Jar­rett Gelin SHA­HEEWA JAR­RETT GELIN shwah07@ya­hoo.com - pro­vide Time: 6-8pm Host: Dale Hole­ness Busi­ness: All Broward Realty Lo­ca­tion: 4325 West Sun­rise Blvd., Plan­ta­tion, FL 33313 Time: 6-8pm Host: Jahra McLawrence Busi­ness: The McLawrence Law

By en­tity to push the Vend Black move­ment in Broward County! It is hard to be­lieve that Broward County does not have a black cham­ber of com­merce ad­vo­cat­ing for our busi­nesses on the mu. nic­i­pal, county, state, and fed­eral lev­els.

We have im­por­tant is­sues that we have to tackle in our com­mu­nity, as well as in the public and pri­vate sec­tors. The truth is our busi­nesses strug­gle to sur­vive be­yond the two-year mark, our non­prof­its take in fewer do­na­tions, and our or­ga­ni­za­tions have smaller bud­gets. The ma­jor­ity of our small busi­nesses have one em­ployee and are in the lower rev­enue gen­er­at­ing in­dus­tries.

With African Amer­i­cans hav­ing over 1.3 tril­lion is spend­ing power na­tion­ally, we should be thriv­ing. In­stead, we have a wealth gap, spend only two cents of every dol­lar with a black owned busi­ness, and our dol­lar cir­cu­lates in our com­mu­nity for a pal­try six hours.

In ad­di­tion, al­most eight years have passed since Broward County Gov­ern­ment is­sued its re­port “The State of Mi­nor­ity- and Women- Owned Busi­ness En­ter­prise: Ev­i­dence from Broward County” on Novem­ber 22, 2010. The study found both sta­tis­ti­cal and anec­do­tal ev­i­dence of busi­ness dis­crim­i­na­tion against mi­nor­ity and women owned busi­nesses in the pri­vate sec­tor of the Broward County mar­ket area.

With­out an en­tity to pro­mote, sup­port, and ad­vo­cate on be­half of our busi­nesses, non-prof­its, pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tions, and as­so­ci­a­tions, we won’t make any col­lec­tive progress. When we come to­gether, we are strong, as demon­strated with past move­ments and the re­cent Bank Black move­ment. It is time to stop talk­ing about do­ing some­thing. It is time to act.

In Au­gust 2018, the newly minted Broward County Black Cham­ber of Com­merce, will of­fi­cially launch and wel­come mem­bers. In or­der to add value and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for your busi­ness, the Cham­ber will fo­cus on the fol­low­ing:

1) Ac­cess to Cap­i­tal - fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to credit, loans, and other fi­nan­cial in­stru­ments.

2) Ad­vo­cate - lobby for laws and poli­cies that pro­mote small busi­ness growth and ad­dress the chal­lenges faced by black busi­ness own­ers.

3) Ca­pac­ity Build­ing - aid and sup­port the process of de­vel­op­ing and strength­en­ing the skills, abil­i­ties, and re­sources for black busi­nesses to en­able them to grow be­yond a small busi­ness.

4) Com­mu­nity Ser­vice - fa­cil­i­tate and host events that will pro­vide train­ing, in­tern­ships, and em­ploy­ment to our com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially our youth.

5) Con­nect - pro­vide ac­cess to busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties by con­nect­ing busi­ness own­ers with de­ci­sion mak­ers in the pri­vate and public sec­tors.

6) Ed­u­cate en­trepreneur­ship and busi­ness man­age­ment train­ing.

7) Pro­mote - ac­tively en­cour­age the use of mem­ber com­pa­nies through­out the re­gion and na­tion.

Al­though there is a vi­sion and a set of pri­or­i­ties, we want to en­sure that we will cre­ate a cham­ber that will meet your needs. There­fore, we are host­ing a se­ries en­ti­tled “Lis­ten­ing Tour: Your Busi­ness Mat­ters” through­out the county be­cause we want to hear from you. We want to un­der­stand your ex­pe­ri­ences and your dif­fi­cul­ties. We are lis­ten­ing. To­gether, we will build a cham­ber that works for you, cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties, ex­pands our busi­nesses, and pro­vides a space for us to col­lab­o­rate.

Please at­tend a ses­sion to find out more. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing you as a new mem­ber. Tour de­tails are listed be­low:

Date: April 9, 2018

Time: 6-8pm Host: Gar­rie Har­ris Busi­ness: Al­pha1 Staffing & Search Firm, LLC Lo­ca­tion: 3350 SW 148 Av­enue, Suite 110, Mi­ra­mar, FL 33027

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