By now you've probably heard that Buy From A Black Woman just launched a research initiative aimed at gathering data that paints a true picture of how Black Women Business Owners are really doing. Our goal with A Black Woman Case Study is to capture data that accounts for the layered racism and sexism that we face, in order to reveal where support services are falling short, and what we really need help with and to what degree.
As a part of our research, we've been hosting community listening sessions and our first session was in Nashville, TN in July during the Buy From A Black Woman Inspire Tour presented by H&M.
Since the start of the pandemic, Black Women Business Owners have had to deal with:
An influx of support at the start of the social justice uprising, as well as the repercussions when the support abruptly ended
The recession that isn’t really a recession
And all of this on top of being primary caregivers, heads of the household, sometimes working full time, managing their own health concerns and just the grind of daily living.
So we invited Black Women Business Owners to a listening session so we could dive deeper into these and other challenges they face to shed light on their urgent needs, concerns and desires. We wanted to create a space where their voices were heard, and where their experiences, suggestions and input would be valued.
We were joined by Rhonda Cammon, owner of beverage company Perfectly Cordial and local small business marketplace oneSHOP; Jessica Thompson, owner of boutique fitness studio getFIT615; Christina Landry, Chief Creative Officer of life coaching organization Clarify Your Calling University; and Shatiqua Jamerson of body care company It’s Plush.
This is what they had to say:
We want to hear your voice too. Share your experience and needs as a Black Women Business Owner by completing our survey here. It’ll take you 10-15 minutes and the first 250 people to complete the survey will get a free gift.