In August 2020, a Federal Reserve Bank of New York report found that black-owned businesses were more than twice as likely to close as their white counterparts. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Newtown Florist Club Executive Director Reverend Rose Johnson said the directory serves as a recognition and reminder to invest in black businesses.
“We have chosen to present the full scope of this activity, recognizing that the resources for the economic development of the African American community are woefully insufficient,” said Johnson. âThe need for financial and technical support, small business incubators, women-only and minority-owned business markets, and microcredit programs is absolutely necessary to give business owners time and money. space needed to develop. ”
For Abeba Lemma, owner of A&A Beauty Supply, helping black women find real beauty in their hair – natural or not – is one way she enjoys giving back to her community. The meaning of hair in the black community is multifaceted and has historically often been used to suppress or demean black women. At A&A Supply, all hair, twists, curls, dreads and braids, is celebrated.
âIt’s a joy, a joy to show someone how beautiful their hair can be, how different colors and styles can be accented,â Lemma said. âWhen I arrived in Hall County from Ethiopia (in 1986), I noticed that no place sold affordable or affordable black hair products.â
For Lemma, hair is tied to identity, and it’s a responsibility she takes seriously.