August is like the Sunday of Summer

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.

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It’s National Eye Exam Month! Healthy vision is a vital part to your overall well-being. With increased screen time for many, it is vital to ensure that your eyes are not straining to adjust and adapt as your lifestyle changes. Vision insurance is also affordable! Group and individual coverage is widely accepted at most doctors and vision centers. Call or email for details! 

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Dark Side Vinyl Graphix

You have most likely seen the work of Eric Agosto and his business, Dark Side Vinyl Graphix while traveling the roads of Berks County. This one man show has been sharing his skill of window lettering and decals, commercial truck wraps, and backlit signs since 2017. His shop is tucked away in the heart of Mohnton, but his reach is far and wide. 


Bring your design to him or have him bring your vision to life. Custom stickers, yard signs, banners, and small batch decals are just the beginning. Eric left his construction career behind earlier this year to attend to his growing business full time. With customers like The Olivet Boys and Girls Club and CJ’s Tires requesting his work, he needed a full time focus on doing the job he loves. 


Dark Side Vinyl Graphix would love to hear from you! Check them out on Facebook or Instagram. Eric also can be reached at 610-207-2681. 

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Gallen Insurance is once again teaming with with Mary's Shelter to paint & decorate a room at their facility.

Pictured are Ann Gallen Moll & husband Don Moll hard at work. We love to see them rocking those Gallen Quaranteam tees!!!

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We are proud to be a sponsor of this year's Mind Your Health event for Family Guidance Center. This family friendly event will take place on September 18th.

For details or to register for the 5k Walk/Run visit the event page

Be sure to stop by & see us at Gallen Insurance's booth!

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Come out and support Berks Encore at this year's Senior Expo on September 29th from 9 am to 2 pm at the First Energy Stadium and be sure to stop by and see us at the vendor booth! For more information visit the Senior Expo event page.

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