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.