According to Andrea Wynn, owner of Wynn Works, Inc., all African-American business owners have the ability to achieve if they are committed to doing right thing.
On Sept. 21, entrepreneurs and business owners gathered at Sadiq’s Bistro to participate in a forum for Black-owned businesses.
Organized by entrepreneur Marie Decuir-Jackson, the forum featured an open discussion on ways African-Americans can move forward in the world of business.
In discussing ways to generate business and foster economic empowerment, a consensus among participants was that in order for one to succeed in business, he or she must first learn to listen.
“Young people must listen and take time to think about what they want to do and stick to it,” Wynn said.
Establishing a network of African-American businesses was another important by-product of the summit. Poet Curv Brown created a list of Black-owned businesses, in an attempt to promote opportunities for networking and to increase the support of like-minded people and organizations.
Jackson emphasized the importance of authentic minority ownership. She pointed out that although some businesses are controlled by African-Americans, that does not necessarily mean the business is owned by an African-American.
Most of the attendees were interested in learning ways to better support their fellow business owners. The forum was successful in its attempt to promote diversity in business practices among its participants, as there was participation from a variety of African-American owned businesses, from banks to yoga studios.
Novak Young, entrepreneur and image consultant, believes that in order for Black businesses to be great, it is important to look at where they all began: the home. He stressed that it was essential to apply the same level of pride and care to our businesses as homemakers do to their homes.
At the end of the event, the attendees shared key business strategies and ideas, exchanged contact information and spent time getting to know their fellow attendees on a more personal level. Young emphasized that better business practices become commonplace once business owners develop a sense of loyalty and trust with one another.
Jackson is excited about the possibility of further unifying Black businesses and business owners within the Atlanta area.