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THE BBE COMMISSION IS A NATIONAL ORGANIZING ENTITY FOCUSED ON

 THE ECONOMIC HEALTH OF

THE BLACK COMMUNITY 

The Village of Harlem, New York, has been the cultural epicenter of Black America for the last 100+ years. More recently, Black Harlem has been confronting the adverse effects of gentrification and economic stagnation of the majority of its Black-owned businesses. This harsh economic reality led to the formation of WEG, a collective of Harlem based entrepreneurs in 2018. WEG gave birth to the Black Business Empowerment Committee (BBE), a collective of Black community organizations, churches and business owners that have come together to put forth a plan for Black Business Empowerment in NYS and NYC. Reaching out to Black communities across the nation gave birth to the 'BBE Commission' (BBEC).

 

 

 

BBEC recognizes the devastating financial impact of systemic and institutionalized racism on the Black community. How is it that after 400 years, and ‘so-called’ progress, 40 million Black people hold less than 2% of American wealth? The ‘why’ and ‘how’ is well documented. As we look forward into this century, BBEC envisions a national movement focused on the economic health of the Black community where in the words of Maulana Karenga  Black people across America:

  1. Strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

  2. Define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

  3. Build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.

  4. Build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

  5. Make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

  6. Do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

  7. To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

VISION

REVERSE ECONOMIC TRAJECTORY

 

 

 

The financial state of Black-owned businesses directly correlates to the quality of life for our children, families, and community. The growth of Black-owned businesses has a direct impact on reducing unemployment, homelessness,  crime in the Black community. Hence, BBEC’s goal is two-fold: 1) Create a climate and new paradigm that fosters Black business creation and growth along with workforce development and 2) Create a national Purchase Black, Hire Black, Deposit Black (PHD) eco-system.

GOALS

BUILD GENERATIONAL WEALTH

 

 

 

 

In order to achieve our goals, BBEC seeks to: organize BBEC committees across America; organize Black people nationally to become informed voters; hold all elected officials accountable for their actions and/or inaction; develop a strategic plan for Black Business Empowerment at the local, state and federal levels for adoption by those who seek the Black vote in the 2020 election season; develop criteria for BBE Certification; establish a BBE Directory; promote and advocate for Black business enterprises whenever possible; and aggressively encourage Black people to adopt the PHD strategy of Purchasing Black, Hiring Black and Depositing Black.

METHODOLOGY

PURCHASE BLACK, HIRE BLACK, DEPOSIT BLACK

 
 
 
 

 

FACT: THE PROBABALITY OF A LOAN DENIAL IS 36.9% HIGHER FOR A BLACK BUSINESS OWNER IN COMPARISON

TO WHITE, MALE OWNED CPMPANIES. SOURCE - AMERICAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION.

 

FACT: IN 2013, THE MEDIAN NET WORTH OF BLACK HOUSEHOLDS WAS $11,000 WHILE THE MEDIAN NET WORTH OF WHITE HOUSEHOLDS WAS $141,900. SOURCE - CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS, OCTOBER 2016.

 

FACT: 20 PERCENT OF BLACK HOUSEHOLDS HAVE ZERO OR NEGATIVE NET WORTH WHILE ONLY 9 PERCENT OF WHITE HOUSEHOLDS HAVE ZERO OR NEGATIVE NET WORTH - FEDERAL RESERVE, RECENT TRENDS, SEPTEMBER 2017.

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ACCORDING TO SHAWN ROCHESTER, THE AUTHOR OF THE BLACK TAX—NATIONWIDE,

1.4 MILLION BLACK BUSINESSES

ARE MISSING FROM THE BLACK COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF THE BLACK TAX

Given the dire economic condition of the Black community, Black people need to come together and rally around our core value of community, and direct policy and funding to change the trajectory for Black-owned business. 

The Black Business Empowerment Commission (BBEC) is a collective of Black business owners and community and religious organizations that have come together across America to put forth a Plan for Black Economic Empowerment with a focus on Black business growth and development and workforce development. The goal is to make Black economic health in general, and Black business empowerment in particular, a priority for all elected officials. 

BBEC's PRIMARY  

ORGANIZERS    

HARLEM BUSINESS ALLIANCE
Harlem Business Alliance (HBA) has been a force of advocacy for the development and empowerment of Harlem’s small business community since its founding in 1980. (HBA). HBA offers free individualized business consultations by a team of culturally sensitive and competent experts to aspiring entrepreneurs maneuvering through the start-up phase, as well as to established small business owners. www.hbany.org 
 
WEG

WEG is an alliance of Harlem based Black entrepreneurs formed in 2018 in an effort to level the playing field for Black business owners in NYC. WEG seeks to buck the trend by advocating for Black-owned businesses and identifying contract opportunities and Black entrepreneurs prepared to accept the opportunity. www.wegnyc.org


NATIONAL BLACK UNITED FRONT-DALLAS TEXAS

National Black United Front (NBUF)-Dallas Texas Chapter is an organization comprised of concerned and committed individuals, as well as social, political, religious and cultural institutions in the Black community that have united to assume responsibility for working and leading the struggle for a better life for themselves and their children. NBUF includes the young, the elderly, students, the imprisoned, workers, and dropout all working together to overcome our common problems. In the words of Marcus Garvey, “Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will”.


DMGLOBAL MEDIA

DMGlobal Media is the creator of Bmorenews.com and HarlemBusinessJournal.com. Both Black news websites are designed specifically to cover the Black experience. Established in Baltimore, Maryland in 2002, DMGlobal Media has always been a proponent of Black business. With approximately $1.5 trillion in annual disposable income and given the proud Black American business legacy on which we stand, there is absolutely no reason why our Black businesses cannot succeed. Lastly, on December 31, 2019, DMGlobal Media established the National Black Wall Street Foundation. The purpose is to help preserve America's Black Wall Street history - one that goes far beyond Tulsa's Greenwood community, and also to help fortify Black businesses across the United States. 

PLANNING  

    COMMITTEE  

Selma Bartholemew, PHD
Peter Bailey
Terrance Baker, PHD
Jim Belk
Harrison Blair
Leslie Bright
Dennis Bryant
Edrea Davis
Walter Edwards

Donald Glover

Cassandra Harris-Lockwood

Roy Hill

Zevilla Jackson Preston, R.A.

Ernest Lousse

Thomas Muhammad

Willie Nash

Lavonia Perryman

Aquana Raffington

Malcolm Shepard
Tajadeen Sirajj
Tamecca Seril
Cheryl Smith
Regina Smith
Lin Thomas
Ray Winbush

 
 
 
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SUPPORTERS(List in formation)

A & A Associates Inc.

Abyssinian Baptist Church

Patreinna Acosta

Eric Adams

Oshi Adelabu

After Birth. Inc.

Ricardo Richie Aguirre Esq.

All Herbs

Alton Weekes New York

Apartment 5C Consulting

Curtis Archer

Nadia Aristide

Barbara Askins

A Peter Bailey

Lathesa Baker

Dietrich Bankhead

Cynthia Gyamfi Bannerman

Jean Paul Baptist

Barry Baptiste

Alioune Baraka

Steve Barnett

Selma Bartholemew

Selwyn Bartholemew

Cheryl Barzey

Walter Beach

Naima Beckles

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Tatiana Belfield

Le Selle Benjamin

Gillian Berkowitz

Mona Biv-ees

Tren’ness Black

Harrison Blair

Lakeea Blake

Jonathan Bowles

Margeret Brewer

Leslie Bright

Julian Brimmers

Pierre Brooks

Juwariya Abdul-Karim Brown

Nicole Brown

Drew Brown

Dennis Bryant

Jasmin Bulger

Lynn Bunim

Mike Anthony Bunting

Althea Burton

Aretha Busby

Charles Butler

Lancelot Cameron

Nicole Cameron

Shauna Carr

Dr. Iva Carruthers

Eugene Carson

James Cassell

Christine Celuzza

Susan Chase

Abdul Chestnut

LaToya Chante Clark

LaChena Clark

Teddy Coleman

David Colon

Bettina Compass

Compass2Relaxation

Consortium of Black Educators

Baluanne Conteh

Shamair Coward

B. Creamer

Sophia Cruz

Jennifer Cunningham

Landon Dais

Larry Dais

Borna Danesh

Daitwan David

Betty Davis

Teri Delk

Inez Dickens

Dmfirm

Lloyd Doaman

Lloyd Douglas

Hamil Douglas

David Drumgold

Walter Edwards

Mahammoud Egal

Keith Ellison

Richard Ellison

Anthony Epps

experienceHARLEM

Imam Rasheed Farah

Marquee Ferguson

Danielle Ferrante

Robbin Finney Granston

For Your Birth

Sheree Carter Galvan

Carlton Gambrell

Tasèmere Gathers

Wendy George

GETEM GURLZ Hair Restoration Studio

John Gilchrist

GlobalMeetr LLC

Doni Glover

Glenda Grace

Granapoos Creations

Toriono Granger

Maria Granville

Baunita Greer

Tyrone Haamid

Hair By Karyne

Amir Makin Hamzah

Angie Hancock

Harlem Community Newspapers, Inc.

Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement

Michele Harris

Arthur Harris

Robert Hart

Leo Hassan

Fred & Deb Haynes

Keisha Hickson

Joseph Holland

Alyah Horsford

Robert Horsford

Debra Hoskins

James Howard

Howard Howard

Reef Hustle

Stephane Hyacinthe

Imani Lia Fashions

Infrastructure Engineering

Earl Ingram

Lonnie Ingram

inkzny

Bassam Isa

Dr. Jeremiah Ivey Wright/Matute-Brooks

Izmira Tawfeek LLC

Veronica Jackson

Vogue Jackson

Dakari Jackson

Samari Jackson Preston

Zevilla Jackson Preston

Debra Jamison

Gromer Matthew Jeffers

Pastor Deb Jenkins

Bailey Jeremie

Dillon John

Michael Johnson

Kamilah Johnson

Dr. Chandra Jones

Lynee Jordan

J-P Design

Juwariya Abdu-karim

Lashon R. Kempson

Khadija

Kids Passport to Adventure

Curtis King

Andy King

KT Design

Lady Survivor Inc.

Bernard Lafayette

Bob Law

Legacy Pathways LLC

Legacy Plumbing & Heating

Level Windows and Doors, LLC

Aset Lewis

Craig Livingston

ThomasL opez-Pierre

Losman Plumbing & Heating Inc.

LRK Activewear

Garrett Lucien

Tiffany Lucks

M&M Piping & Heating, Inc.

Senegal Mabry

Madisyn Consulting Services, Inc.

Jacoya Major

Major Treasures

Adjua Manteba

Timothy Marshall

Lermond F. Mayes

Bill McCue

Cynthia McKinney

Tippy McTernan

Melbas

Kimberly Mezidor

Mia's Bathhouse for Pets, Inc.

Susann Miles

Racquel Miller

Jamella Montgomery

Deedra Morley-Artis

Carolyn Morris

Leroy/Kenneth Morrison

Brittany Morton

Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood

Kahli Motoo

Thomas Muhammad

Bro. Julian Muhammad

J Muhammad2

Mary Mukisa

Nahdi Mukomana-Brown

Daryl Munford

Carl Napoleon

National Black Leadership Alliance

Lady Claudia Nelson

New York Real Estate Chamber

Gemma Noble

Nina

Donald Notice

Dean Obeidallah

Paul Antonio Ochoa

Damarcus Offord

Charles O'Neal

Abiodun Oyewole

Tisha Page

Paradise Ferry

Robert Parchment

Japheth Parrish Wright

Edna Pemberton

Elaine Perry

Amber Peters

Vanessa Pettiford

Phi Beta Sigma - Epsilon Sigma Chapter

Claude Pierre Pierre

Rosemonde Pierre-Louis

Maureen Plummer

Debashree Poddar

Posh Studio NYC LLC

PrepToOwn Education

Ebony Prescott

Michael   Preston

Malcolm Punter

Aquana Raffington

Gina Ramcharan

Travern Randolph

Jamal Allen Rasheed

Kwabena Rasuli

Ivy Reeves

Resources Management Corporation

Carole Richards

Rightway Plumbing and Heating Inc.

Rigid Plumbing Heating & Sprinkler Contractor, Inc.

Anthony Riley

Evans Risher

Cid Rivera Jr.

Robert Parchment Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Sheldon Roberts

Alfred Roberts

Shawn Rochester

Ruth Nathan's

Brian Ryes

Stanley Santana

Yina Santiago

Khadira Savage

Corinne Scott

Sensr Dsgn LLC

Tamecca Seril

Richard Shaw

Ericka P.Sinclair

Jamelia Small

Small's Medical Staffing, Inc.

Regina Smith

Cheryl Smith

Luther Smith

Angela Snowton

Kenneth Solomon

Soul Fusion NY

Sheekera Springs

SRW

Pat Stevenson

Caren Street

Michael Sutton

Sweet Suga Mama's

Marquita Sylvia

Kofi Taharka

Djenabou Tall

Jeanine Tate

Izmira Tawfeek

Teardrops of Elegances

Coach Terry

Alisha Trusty

Keita Turner

Akwete Tyehimba

Kimberly Tyre

Norma Adams Wade

Wadsworth Steele, Inc.

James Washington

Anthony Watson

Alton Weekes

Jarrod Whitaker

Dr. Tara White

Imani Whyte-Anigboro

Christopher Wibbe

Will-Do Plumbing, Inc.

Crystal Williams

Linda Williams

Sabrina Wilson

Valerie Wilson

Melba Wilson

Conrad Worrill

Shaqueena Yarbrough

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“…it is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. As so we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BBEC DOES NOT CARE TO BE ELOQUENT, POLITICALLY CORRECT OR SOFT SPOKEN...BLACK BUSINESSES ARE DYING!

Black Business Empowerment Commission®

Email: info@BBECommission.org

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