The Greater Houston Black Chamber (GHBC) announces its first edition of the Buy Black Directory on Tuesday, January 17th. This directory was created in an effort to support their mission of providing access and awareness to black businesses in the greater Houston area.
Black Enterprise describes GHBC as “the go-to source for business development and strategic partnership opportunities, as well as education, capital, and contacts for entrepreneurs.”
The African American community continues to reach new financial heights with a current buying power of 1.1 trillion dollars. With this growing power, a dollar typically circulates for six hours in the black community, with only 2 cents of every dollar spent at black-owned businesses.
The launch of the Buy Black Directory will help direct the buying power back to black-owned businesses, allowing for job creation and community growth, providing a brighter future for the next generation.
“An African proverb says that if you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together. The GHBC’s directory of black-owned businesses is an opportunity for us all to go far together,” said Courtney Johnson Rose, GHBC Chairwoman.
The directory will serve as a tool to help the black business community of Houston move forward with growth and economic power.
“It will not solve every challenge our member businesses face, but we hope it will be a positive resource and step towards economic growth for black-owned businesses in Houston as we intentionally buy black,” said Rose.
The Buy Black Directory will provide information on a wide range of over 500 services and industries from retail to real estate and will be available online, as an electronic download, or via print.
“The Buy Black Directory will trigger a movement that will help Americans of all backgrounds to support quality minority business and ensure the American dream truly applies to all,” said Rose