We can change the game in Iowa for minority and woman owned businesses!
We can change the game in Iowa so that future news articles will showcase the black, women, and minority-owned talent we've always known is here.
News articles paint Iowa as a business utopia for the young and white. Black, women, and minority-owned businesses, we're told, are few.
We're used to hearing that blacks are overrepresented in prisons, on the unemployment rolls, and that we top the list on just about every unfortunate measure there is.
I propose we change the game. How about we create and operate so many successful black, women, and minority-owned businesses that we're on a list for that?
We can do it -- once we begin supporting each other like never before. We must help each other in the ways it counts -- with our patronage and with our dollars. We must develop new alliances with each other. We must cultivate -- much earlier -- the entrepreneurial mindset in children, teens, and young adults.
It's a new year. Go ahead and start your business. If you're already a business owner, partner with other black businesses. Whenever you can, encourage youth to view themselves as owners, instead of employees.
Dana Boone is Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Epiphany365.com -- a digital news platform for African-Americans. Email information about your business to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll add your business to our upcoming Black Business Directory. We may even profile your business on Epiphany365.com.