August is Black Business Month – Week 4

August 26, 2021

In an article published in Forbes, it noted supporting Black-owned businesses should be more than just a trend. During the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, the Google search for Black-owned businesses reached a value of 100 (the peak popularity for a term) during May 31 to June 6, 2020 period. Since then, according to the Forbes article, the interest over time for the search term has largely been on a downward trend, with a few spikes in June and July of 2020.1 Support of Black-owned businesses should be more than a “trend” but a movement where people are supporting Black businesses regularly. The author of the Forbes article offered these suggestions to support Black-owned business throughout the year:

1. Add them to your list of go-to places.
2. Tell people about them.
3. Follow and post about them on social media.
4. Write positive and constructive reviews.

This week, in celebration of Black Business Month, we will feature a variety of businesses in our community. You are encouraged to support your favorite Black-owned business.

Carter Creations

Carter Creations has provided countless floral arrangements and flower deliveries for the Greater Milwaukee area for more than 15 years. It has been their passion and pleasure to serve with a smile as well as making every recipient feel special. Carter Creations is located at 1727 West Hampton Avenue, Milwaukee 53209.

Columbia Savings & Loan Association

Founded in 1924, Columbia Savings & Loan Association has been dedicated to the task of ensuring a better quality of life for the citizens of Milwaukee’s inner city. Located at 2020 West Fond du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee, Columbia Savings & Loan Association stands as a guiding light for progress in the community, providing viable opportunity for minorities to apprentice in banking and business, as well as the establishment of homes for every family that wishes to obtain their dream home. Check them out online at: https://www.columbiasavingsandloans.com/ and see them for your banking needs.

Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper Printing & Publishing Co.

The Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper is the only Blue-Chip Community Newspaper, an NCON Publication serving the Milwaukee Area. The Milwaukee Times is a full-service newspaper which includes a sections for Arts & Entertainment, Obituaries, Classified Ads and Christian Times and Community Resources. The Milwaukee Times is also the sponsor of the Black Excellence Awards, now in its 37th year, which celebrates the achievements of Milwaukee African Americans who might otherwise go unrecognized for their achievements. The banquet is a scholarship fundraiser for deserving Milwaukee-area high school seniors and is co-hosted by WISN-TV Channel 12. Check the Milwaukee Times online at: https://milwaukeetimesnews.com/. Digital editions are also available.

Milwaukee Community Journal

The Milwaukee Community Journal report narratives, legacies and opinions that educate and empower and refuses to publish anything that demeans or undermines Black people’s journey towards freedom. Publisher Patricia Pattillo was the first female president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (1987). MCJ is the winner of numerous awards for photojournalism; best editorial; best marketing plans; best special edition, best woman’s column, among others. Check them out online at: https://communityjournal.net/ for news, to advertise or to find job listings, etc. Beloved, I am blessed to have been asked to serve as a columnist for both the Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper and the Milwaukee Community Journal. Both newspapers allow me to exercise my passion for writing as well as participate in their history-making in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

Source: 1 King, Anna, Forbes Media, LLC, “Supporting Black-Owned Businesses Should Be More than Just A Trend.” (9/8/20 accessed 6/27/21).

Next week: Series Conclusion

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