Updated: Oct 26, 2020
I've been working on this for a minute and finally decided to stop dragging my feet on it. So after way too much procrastinated here it is :"Urban Planning + The Black Dollar: How planners can educate and empower Black-owned businesses in their city". It's basically a brief overview of urban planning and its impact on Black wealth/entrepreneurship in the form of opening and owning physical brick-and-mortar businesses. It also touches on challenges Black-owned businesses face when attempting to open their own physical storefront. It's 100% based on my professional experiences and interactions with Black (and Hispanic) small business owners who were completely overwhelmed, frustrated, and just defeated by the process of getting their doors open.
Here's the pdf if you wanna download it or share with the homies -
This was originally going to be an ebook but decided to make the information more concise (based on the topic) and do it for the free :) As an alternative, the things I talk about in the document will be "real life" services veryyyyyyy soon and I'm pretty damn excited about being able to help Black and Hispanic (or other minority) businesses navigate this extra barrier to entry for generational wealth and a decent sense of living.
The short version will be on my IG (@thedee_p) too. Let me know what you think and if there's anything I should add! And of course, if you have questions about anything mentioned or the Certificate of Occupancy process I'm always down to talk about that!
As a people, we as Black people have been deliberately cut off from literally every piece of the "American dream". Black people start businesses because we all have divine talents but mainly because we're treated like second class citizens in the workforce and in terms of gaining wealth, so being our own boss is really the only way up for us.
Go show love and support a Black-owned business TODAY! And every other day because they're not a fad or a trend; they're a lifeline to some sort of generational wealth accumulation for us.
Here are a handful of Black-owned businesses and creators off the top of my head: