MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) – August is National Black Business Month and there are many black-owned businesses in the Greater Mankato Area.
“The Mankato area and how diverse it is becoming highlights the need for businesses to accommodate different demographics in the area as well,” said Greater Mankato Diversity Council Executive Director Mohamed Alsadig.
According to Minneapolisfed.org in 2017 there were 26,506 black owned businesses in Minnesota and this number has continued to grow in the last 6 years.
“The Mankato area has seen an influx of minority-owned businesses in recent years. In my opinion, it is not enough and we need to push for more ownership,” continued Alsadig.
Black-owned businesses like Mirrored Image Salon and Unique Hair and Ink are calling Mankato home and providing much-needed services.
“Celebrating, learning, being aware of different cultures and hopefully being able to learn something from those cultures about doing those things, why they do those things, what’s important to them,” explained the owner of Unique Hair And Ink Richmond Clark.
“So I think the importance of having a diverse salon like this in this area is extremely important. “A lot of times, we go to other areas that don’t offer the services we need or have the education or knowledge needed to be able to serve the diverse clientele here,” said Mirrored Images Salon owner Valerie Hines.
Richmond Clark, owner of Unique Hair and Ink, and Valerie Hines see the importance every day of highlighting black-owned business in their community.
“I think when it comes to a small business whether it’s clothing, hair, music. Everything we are bringing forward to bring awareness to the community as well as develop our community to grow further. I think it’s extremely important,” Hines said.
“And then now to be a part of Black-Owned Business Month, as well as just in the minority culture within Minnesota and Mankato. It’s been great, it’s been really great,” added Clark.
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