Killeen: Black business owners plan a BOOM to boost bottom line
KILLEEN, Texas (Support The Boom) The non-profit organization will be having a kids business presentation contest to promote entrepreneurship among the youth Saturday.
The Black-Owned and Operated Mixer is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday August 31, 2019 at PHILEO Event Venue in Killeen. (Photo by Omega Mcneal)
Real estate investor Eugene Alexander has spent most of his life in Killeen.
After travelling and attending dozens of networking events across the state, he noticed a lack of representation of people of color.
According to the Nielsen Company, African Americans spend $1.2 trillion in the U.S. every year.
Once he read those statistics, Alexander saw an opportunity for people to patronize each other’s businesses within the community.
“Just imagine if we spent 20 percent of that with black owned businesses,” he says.
“We’ll be able to stay in business longer, we’ll be able to hire each other, do community programs such as feeding the homeless and mentorship programs with youth.”
He’s partnering with other organizations and small businesses to host the Black-Owned and Operated Mixer from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at PHILEO Event Venue in Killeen.
Visitors will have the opportunity to gain exposure through networking at the event. Guests are encouraged to bring plenty of business cards.
African-American business owners are hoping to reach more people in Central Texas, and they’re starting by getting to know each other better on Saturday.
The contest will consist of one round. The participants will have two minutes to present their business. The Business Presentation will include: Company Description, Products or Services, and Strategy or Plan of Execution. Call now (254) 307-2411 or go to the website www.supportheboom.com for more details!
Lashawn Jenkins is a military veteran in Central Texas and hopes to educate the African-American community about becoming your own business woman as a notary public.
“Being a part of this group allows me to have more exposure to the African-American community,” Lashawn Jenkins said.
“It allows me to get my word out, so that we can all build on each other to help our community better,” she adds.
Alexander also emphasizes the importance of business owners finding mentors who are successful, like-able, and with common interest so that they don’t have to find success the hard way.
It was his own mentor who inspired him to create the non-profit organization, and now he plans to make it the most successful black non-profit organization globally.
Call now (254) 307-2411 or go to the website www.supportheboom.com for more details!
Point of contact: Eugene Alexander