Support the Black business community

Posted 10/8/21

August was National Black Business Month. It marked a time when individuals and businesses recognized Black-owned businesses across the country. Black business owners account for 10% of U.S. business …

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Support the Black business community

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August was National Black Business Month. It marked a time when individuals and businesses recognized Black-owned businesses across the country. Black business owners account for 10% of U.S. business and about 30% of all minority-owned businesses.

Some of the Harnett County Black-owned businesses have come together to create a network of business owners to uplift and empower Black business owners by combining our economic spending power. We will be able to improve the Black business owners as often as we can.

The mission is to empower with resources needed to sustain a lucrative business while inspiring each other to reach back and uplift their surrounding communities. The goal is to inspire, enrich and engage Black business owners through business development and community enhancement.

Sheila Campbell Hill, owner of A House of Hemp in Lillington, created this network of business owners and is very instrumental in providing resources to help improve and strengthen business relations among Black-owned businesses in Harnett County.

Over the last few months a popup shop featuring some of the businesses within our community has been hosted in the parking lot of A House of Hemp. These popup shops are open to any Black-owned businesses to share their products with the community and to network with other businesses.

I have worked along with Mrs. Hill in this network of business owners and created a publication directory of Harnett County’s Black business owners. There are more than 100 Black-owned businesses in this directory from the surrounding area.

The journal is currently being distributed to churches and businesses in the Harnett County area. If anyone is interested in receiving a copy, contact us at www.harnettblackownedbusinesses.com. It will be available to the public starting Oct. 25.

Email desilcampbell1914@gmail.com to join this network of Black business owners. Or visit www.harnettblackownedbusinesses.com for more information about Harnett County Black-owned businesses.

We encourage our African American Community to make it your business to support a Black-owned business and let’s make a difference in our community.

Desi L. Campbell is a local genealogist, author and owner of Let’s Print LLC in Lillington.

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