Black Businesses are... Take the poll and then dialogue...
Far and few in between
Not supported enough by black community
Not supported enough by mainstream community.
Not professional enough.
Less expensive than white counterparts.
Only focused on limited markets (liquor, entertainment, food, clothes)
Need to sponsor more community events and non-profits
Really helpful and sensitive to my needs.
Where I spend MOST of my money.
Here in Montreal we need to see more black businesses but we need to see more of a community. The community is getting dispersed because prices on the island are getting too expensive for our cost of living. Now I live far from the community in a place I can afford, but there are some that have come out our way. Not enough. I can think of 3 streets in all of Montreal that have black businesses.
There Are Some Black Businesses In The Chi Area ,mostly Restuarants And Bookstores.... As For The Restuarants The Businesses Seem To Have A Problem With Professionalism , We Tend To Treat Our Own People Any Way When It Comes To Service And Then Treat Whitey With The Most Respect ,as If Both Of Our Money Don't Spend The Same , As For The Black Bookstores The Prices Are Higher Than Say Borders Or Whatever Mainstream Bookstore Some Of Our People Have A Problem With Paying More For The Same Materials, I Personally Understand The Prices Are Higher Because We Don't Have The Same Connections With Book Publishers That Whitey Does So A Higher Price Is Part Of The Game Until The Black Business Grows To Be A Contender, But The Business Won't Grow Unless We Support It, So Knowing And Seeing All These Things Occur I Have Pledged My Money To Black Businesses That Are About Helping The Communities They Work And Live In
Long Live Black Owned And Operated Businesses!
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Black Businesses are LACKING in human, financial social and almost any other type of capital imaginable.
There are many things that can be corrected by African businesses. however, in the context of a developing people, I choose to give nrg to the opportunity that a resurgent "If It Is To Be, It's Up To Me" generation of Africans who start businesses.
Keeping it real, not every resource has been brought to bear on helping African businesses make the transition to "mainstream" company and service performance. I believe that can chang, and is changing.
Many African business owners did not set our to fail in serving their markets and customers. For many African businesses, the owners live a subsistence existence, where the profits from their operations support themselves and their families. Capital is need to grow and expand businesses, and INFORMATION and RESOURCES are not sourced-out and put to use in making these businesses thrive.
How many of us who have the human capital and skill to assist these business offer to help these entrepreneurs with business development, offer workshops and hook-ups with information that will move them up and forward?
How many will pay that little more overstanding that the size of the business dictates that they not be able to match a big-box store due to volume?
I worked in my uncle's corner store from the time I was 10 years old, and is the reason I studied business in College. I was willing to return after college to help build the business (trying to help "Ike") -however family being family...
I grew up in a working class neighborhood, and as everybody was talking about moving out, I was looking around and seeing the potential!
We're a people who have been looking down and looked down upon for so long that we oft' times don't see anything when we look forward!
We are where we are, and recognizing that, we got nowhere to go but UP! Let's get climbing.
"Humpty Dumpty was PUSHED"
that its hard to find one first of all.
Secondly, half of the ones you find have terrible service. Then negroes wanna call you a TOM when you go to the asian/white man/jew......At least they treat me like they want my money....they might call me all kinda coons and nappy heads when I leave, but while I'm there they kiss my ass cause they want me to come back...they want my business....I can understand they have to charge more to stay competitive with the big chain conglomerates...But if thats the case, the sevice should be 50x better cause they really need it!!!!!!!!!
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I support all black business's that i know of and frequent them as often as possible.I have gotten bad service in yt,arab and korean establishments and in some of the Afrikan business and i make it a point to talk to management when i feel that the service is poor.
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There are maybe 2 black businesses here where i reside besides hair salons and barber shops. An art gallery/bookstore and an insence/oils/shea butter products store. I support both of these. If I lived in a major "black" city I would have more options. I live in Grand Rapids,second largest city in the state of Michigan...full of former slave masters (south afrikaaners)
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In general, I dont expect any support from others as they don't directly reap any of the financial rewards of my success. (Unless they are family.) They have their own lives and financial situations to be concerned with, while some may "help out", in general I have no hard feelings if they won't. Afterall, I am the only one getting a check at the end of the day. Now helping by buying or speading the word - thats fundamental. My obligation is have a competitive product, reasonable pricing and abovepar customer service. Their obligation should be to look for black merchants first.Originally Posted by CreatorsCollege
Also, workshops and "hook-ups" (which is a word that makes me nervous) can usually only be provided by other successful business owners. On occasion I see non-business owerns trying to give advice to entrepreneurs, which I think is a terrible mistake. You can't help someone build something that you haven't even tried yourself. But I would like to see more people in the same industries helping one another. This has be mandatory in the future.
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Originally Posted by IfasehunReincarnated
As far as "workshops" go, there are many African subject matter experts who don't run their own business who have the experience and information that can boost a businessperson's return on their efforts (sales, finance, marketing, strategy, Information Technology, etc.)
The "hook-up" that I was referring to is providing information or directing someone toward a resource that they may not know exists, or how to utilize.
Being that lack of financial capital is a general handicap among Africans, we must maximize other capital, primarily human and information resource.
"Feedback" is a term applied to "non-business owners" who offer advice to business owners. The merits of the advice has to be weighed on the same terms as if it were given by an "expert." Subjectivity, a euphemism for prejudice, has cost many a person lost time, money and opportunity because they discounted the value of input from a seemingly "unreliable source."
We may not be able to "help someone build someting that we haven't even tried ourselves," though we can make a contrbution. I was taught to accept advice in the spirit that it is given.
That you don't expect others to contribute to your success is because they won't fincially benefit from it suggest to me the reciprocal -that you won't contribute to another African's success unless you financially benefit.
Growing forward, the 'notion' of African unity, I suggest will have to expand to include the idea that when another African is successful, Africa/ns are successful. To contribute to the success of one African is a contribution to all.
Many of us calling for change among Africans don't want to become it. As far as I'm concerned it's all on the table, including how Africans perceive, value and support one another. There's not an idea not worth considering nor a person not worth listening to.
"Humpty Dumpty was PUSHED"
I see where you are headed in terms of support. Legal advice, tax help, sales strategy, accounting tips, etc. On that note, I feel you.
But I am opposed to for example, a lady at the bank that processes loans telling someone what their niche should be or that they should consider another location. Why? Many bankers are not well versed enough to make such suggestions, which is why your business plan is read by someone else, not by them. (any lady at a desk in a bank that tells you that she is the one making decisions on the sustainability or profitability of your business plan is outright lieing.) Also I object to family members giving substantial business advice. Its take business experience to conduct business.
Not so. (I am actually surprised that you think I would take that position.lol)That you don't expect others to contribute to your success is because they won't fincially benefit from it suggest to me the reciprocal -that you won't contribute to another African's success unless you financially benefit.
Again, I send a lot of work to others. And I help a lot of people that turn out to not be a good fit as client for me, to find another businesses that can help them. I just dont expect the same in return. Not because its not right, but because most people arent that morally developed. lol If this were not the case we wouldnt have seen the demise of locally owned health food stores, greeting cards stores, organic farmers, book stores etc. All of these businesses are in jeopardy or all but gone for one reason - customers didnt see it as their duty to save businesses, but to go whereever they had five choices in product over 2 choices. It was a critical error! But a business owner has to be realistic. The only thing that keeps me afloat is my ability to compete and my ability to compel people to try me over a more established business. Expect anything else and most people will disappoint.
I will tell you people even want to get paid to work the polls at school board elections where their kids are impacted! So with that lapse in morality, we see where people are in terms of "supporting or assisting" black business owners.
All in all, I think we agree but you are focusing on what "needs to happen" and I am focusing on what "is happening right now". But I agree with your direction.
What I am eager to hear you explain is how customers can be convinced to provide assistance free of charge or without the lure of "discounts". What city are you in by the way? We need to rap! If we are close enough, we could work on some things together.
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That sista' at the bank is better suited to assisting with administrative skills, and explaining the (bank) PROCESS!! LOL, I "see" where you're coming from.
Communication is a wonderful thing and all that, but you 'aint sayin' nothin' if you don't understand, I misunderstood, and meant no offense. Thanks for not lettin' me have it.
You know, I used to "try to kelp Ike" and many times I was "rode hard and put away wet."
Until I tamed that HORSE and RIDER, got my consciousness together.
I've always been a sucker to "what could" as apposed to "what IS."
I'm in Kemet/Cairo, and the nature of an Arab is (Warning: slight generalization), is that they won't tell you that Jesus is around the corner, even if they knew you were about to bump into him!!
One of the things I have learned to do is put aside pride/shame. I ASK!
After every coaching session, I ask my Speakers -what I call my coachees, was today's session uselful to you? Are you getting what you need? What can I do better? Everything was "perfect' in the eye of the client initially. When I kept asking, and I guess they were convinced of my sincerity and openness to feedback, I began to revieve it. So much so that some began to "teach" me - if you know that I mean. Some thought we were not partners.
LMAO, feedback beings its own communication challenges. The biggest benefit I have gotten from it is by opening communication with our customers and clients, we're inviting them to participate in our success.
I have built a smal core of "raging customer evangelists" that assist my growth in the most effective way possible word of mouth advertising.
I also assist clients and customers and potential customers with off-topic information and resources that move their agenda along. I provide web-site links and .pdf versions of books unavailable in Egypt. Give of my time to support my clients in areas outside of our defined relationship, -building relationship equity.
Being that most of my clients are corporations, I ask the training manager, people who know the person/s I'm coaching for feedback and imput as well.
The primary way that I know how to get feedback from customers is to integrate it into my communication and business processes. Str8-up ask, and give the person your full attention when they respond, and acknowledge that they have been heard! This is critical whether or not you will act on their feedback.
My mantra is "we're ALL in sales."
One of the most powerful skills that Africans possess is what is now termed "Emotional Intelligence" and is all the rage in business. Basically, how to combine your emotive senses with effective communication techniques in dealing with others. And companies are paying GOOD MONEY to have their executives trained on this common sense mess.
Dealing in the sociopathic environment of the U.S., Africans have overdeveloped this skill.
MWBATR (meanwhile, back at the ranch), In my MIND, I am a solution provider, and have PARTNERED with my clients and offer to partner with others to provide a solution to them.
I focus on the experience and ensuring that I deliver the solution that WE AGREED would be implemented. So, in my MIND, I am now an extenstion of that person/business as I have agreed to partner with them in achieving THEIR success.
To me whether is a product or service, it comes down to the customer experience, because we're still dealing with humans. Improving the customer experience requires customer input and feedback. ASK.
Invite a client or colleague to lunch, letting them know you want to pick their brains. Use that opportunity to ask your client/s what are what they would consider non-intrusive ways to get feedback and suggestions. What communication channels are best suited for it given the nature of relationships in your business or market.
Ask for some feedback during the lunch, too!
The first things I would consider are:
1. What type of feedback are you desiring?
2. In what form do you want/need it? Oral, written, survey?
3. What are you planning/willing to do with it?
4 Where is feedback on the list of your communication priorities with your customer?
5. How much value do I/we as a company assign to feedback?
After answer these questions, or some like these is to take a look at your current customer communication process. Evaluate its effectiveness as it stands.
Is it serving your company's communication needs? Your current and potential clients? Look at your communication process as a whole. Mabye your CP's can use some re-tooling altogether, and prioritizing the feedback component is the motivation to do it.
The feedback component, IMHO should not be an appendage to your established CP's -the chould be integral.
I keep telling y'all that brevity is NOT my gift!!
Bottom line, ask your customers. Also as granny said "A closed mouth can't get fed."
Opening honest, sincere communications channels with the your customers and market will in time build the "equity" relationships that will not require your business to spend money to get paid-for feedback. Plus, you get what you pay for. These tools are asking "the market," dance with the one who brung 'ya and ask your customer!
Marketers focus on markets, salesmen focus on customers!
(When I'm writing, I imagine that I'm a journalist, so my comments are not directed at any "personality" -it's the trainer IN me, sorry)
"Humpty Dumpty was PUSHED"
My opinion is not on the poll...but to me, black businesses are best described by Huey P. Newton's description of any reformist program. At best, they are "life preservers" keeping us afloat so that we don't drown...but they don't get us "out of the ocean". So to me, people have ALL KINDS of different life preservers (as highlighted in the theme song to the t.v. show "Good Times"). We are ALL trying to survive in these crazy conditions created for us. Black owned businesses is one of the ways we try to survive. But I don't put "too much" on black business though, because I'm trying to get OUT of the ocean, not just stay afloat. That's what REVOLUTION is about.
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