COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – “When you invest in a black business, that black business is investing in the community,” says Toyia Tucker, Columbus City Councilwoman.
Earlier this month, the River Valley Black Chamber of Commerce received a proclamation recognizing Black Business and Black Philanthropy Month.
Tucker says the River Valley Black Chamber of Commerce was created to support black businesses and provide resources to help manage these businesses and keep them afloat.
“Black Business Month was created in 2004. It’s really to bring more awareness and encourage individuals to support black-owned businesses.”
According to Tucker, awareness of these businesses is a step toward addressing the racial wealth gap.
“A lot of us are good at our craft, we’re good at what we do, but then we lack the knowledge sometimes in trying to go out and apply for financial loans and grants to operate as a business,” he says. Tony Taylor. Taylor is general manager at Taylor Funeral Home in Phenix City.
Taylor says the key to being a successful business is prioritizing relationship building.
“People can see the passion you have for your business. They will be more inclined to come out and do business with you. So we as business owners need to market ourselves and get out into the community. Business is about relationships.
Despite the difficulties, area business owners say they are happy to receive positive recognition during August. One, in particular, is the owner of Chester’s Barbecue in Columbus, Trenton Chester.
“I think it’s very important to have the support of the community, being a black-owned business is often very challenging in itself, just having the support of the community really helps,” says Chester.
Everyone is encouraged to take the time to show their support this month by visiting local black-owned businesses.
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