Above the Water: How Black Businesses Swim in 2018
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 2/2/2018, 8:15 a.m.
Nothing beats an entrepreneur’s own tenacity and determination except when it is pulled with others of like minds like the Chamber did with their matchmaking sessions of those of liked industries. Entrepreneurs were able to dialogue with others to better discover what worked and what didn’t work. That valuable information was used with connections made to better each other for the success of all instead of just some. “They had to roll up their sleeves and make it happen,” said Johnson-Rose.
As the city continues to recover and the economy rebuilds support is crucial in the recovery process. Of course, the number one way to support is to buy Black. Familiarity helps in finding those businesses. A good resource guide is the Chamber sponsored Buy Black Directory. Now in its 2nd edition, the directory serves as a resource guide for cooperative economics for those seeking to do work with Black-owned businesses. It is a resource tool for supply & diversity managers, procurement managers, visitors’ bureaus, etc. And lastly, it is a benefit for GHBCC members as listings of businesses is free with membership to the Chamber. Over 1,000 businesses are listed in the directory and more information can be found online at HoustonBuyBlack.com.
Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to build a business. For 83 years, the GHBCC has been doing its part to give Black-owned businesses of all entities access to business development opportunities, be an advocate for their interests with legislative policies, and to make the community aware of the quality Black-owned businesses in the Houston area.
“Houston is a special place. The diversity of Houston really opens the door for African American businesses to succeed,” said Johnson-Rose. “Houston is very diverse not just in population but also industry. There is a booming economy, a lot of construction, and a lot of new development happening. It is a great place for any business, particularly minority businesses, to take advantage of all of the growth happening in the greater Houston market.”
Celebrate Black History Month by supporting a Black-owned business to help the economy, support job creation, build communities, better tomorrow for the next generation and to keep Black-owned business above the water.
Courtney Johnson-Rose is a business owner of her family run owned and operated full real estate development firm, the George E. Johnson Development. She considers it a blessing to have been in business for 42 years with the help of the Chamber.