August is Black Owned Business Awareness Month
Back in 2004, Historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan founded National Black Business Month, to help drive the policy agenda affecting 2.6 million African-American businesses. Jordan felt compelled to highlight and uplift Black business owners like himself after reflecting on the challenges he faced as a new business owner.
When Jordan began his firm in San Francisco in 1969 he struggled to get financing. And though today he’s the successful owner of F.E. Jordan Associates Inc., a company that’s done work around the world, he realizes the cards are still stacked against young Black entrepreneurs.
Last month, Harrisburg-area entrepreneurs David Dix and Marcia Perry Dix launched the new Pennsylvania Chamber for Black Owned Business, or PACBOB. The new chamber will work at the state level, serving as an umbrella organization for regional chambers like the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Pa. and their counterparts around the state. The event was attended by several lawmakers, business owners and leaders in the business community.