New Organization Helps Black Business Owners Unite, Support One Another

Black Business Association Supporting Entrepreneurs was founded by Sandra Moss. Its purpose is to unite black business owners so that they may support one another.

Black entrepreneurship can be a wonderful experience for the black community and the business owner if you have the right plan and the funds. Enabling ourselves to provide an opportunity for someone else to have a job is something that we really should have more of in the African American community. Sadly, many black professionals don’t know the other black business owners in their area.

So instead of being able to support a fellow black business, we 0ften take our business elsewhere; however, there is a new program that is dedicated to helping black business owners reach out and support each other. The West Virginia State University Extension Service’s Economic Development Center in Charleston wanted to develop a group of black business professionals that would act as a sort of meeting club or directory of black business professionals, making it much easier to connect and produce projects together.

The end result was BBASE, which stands for Black Business Association Supporting Entrepreneurs. Sandra Moss is the business development agent responsible for the idea coming to fruition. “It’s about gaining strength within. It’s about building ourselves up,” Moss said. “It’s another resource to say I know John the handyman, instead of having to look in the yellow pages to find a John the handyman that you don’t know.”

I think this is an excellent idea and I’m positive that some amazing things will be produced because of the brotherhood and solidarity that a group of this kind perpetuates.

Malcolm Morrow, a Your Black World Network contributor, is a senior, criminal justice major at The University of Southern Miss.

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  7. Thank you Ms. Moss and everyone else who worked on
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  8. I’m glad to see that there are people using the opportunities that have been offered to them. I hope that you achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself.

  9. I am a sudent (full time) at WVSU and will be attending the first meeting on Sat. Feb 2, 2013

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