The topic of business and free enterprise comes up on this site. We see talk about being empowered thru supporting our own i.e. businesses etc. So what are your feelings about black own and run businesses? There, IMHO, is a stigma about them. Do you support them? Have you had any bad experiences? Is there a problem in your opinion?
I have always been angered when I hear someone say that they will no longer take their business to a black run business simply because of one bad experience. I ask them would the stop go if it was white run and owned? Or would they complain and make it know to the owner/manager their dissatisfaction allowing them to correct the problem. We boycott a white business i.e. CompUSA when we think they aren't doing right by the black community why not a black company?
However, with some of my past experiences I constantly have to preach this to myself.
I live in an area that is very middle/upper middle class. But we have problems with our schools, the services are the worst. No good restaurants or other shopping. They just built a new shopping center. When first proposed it was reported that many upscale companies i.e. Macy's didn't want to come to the area once they learned that it was predominately a black area. Just today their was some "disturbance" their on the news. A very well known mall that was very upscale years ago, I am told, recently went under. Before doing so it became a haven for you thugs and miscreants. It will probably soon is extra parking for Redskins Stadium.
I have had quite a few bad experiences when trying to support black business. The contractor hired to do work in my house didn't start on time, didn't call when being late or not showing up, did ok work and didn't complete all he was hired to do. BUT had the audacity to send me a flier in the mail. I had other people looking for his services but his piss poor performance cost him referrals.
My wife had similar issues when planning our wedding. She want to support black businesses. One caterer we meet with never got back with the final information we request, when contacting another at a conference we were promised a call in a couple of days and it took a week. We ended up with a white caterer who was excellent. We did do well with the black photographer – he was also excellent.