You can tell how strong our business community is by looking at what our community calls culture and by
looking at what we do in our leisure. Do our cultural events truly
represent who we are as a people? My answer to you would be no. Our
ethnic festival (African World Festival) is underfunded, which is why
it is only one day. A strong black business community would change
that. There are more than 250,000 of us in this city and we don’t
have a movie theater, skating ring/rink, regulation size bowling
alley, restaurant district, entertainment district none of the things
that say our community has a healthy business community and a healthy
black culture. We foolishly think that home entertainment systems and
having a Wii at home is enough social interaction for our children.
We have to do better.
The Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce is prepared to create thousands of small businesses in a matter of months. Everyone needs to go into business! Give us the money and we
will create thousands of jobs in the same period. Give us the money!
We will start with small business startup loans, which Include micro,
Here are some examples: I recently had a young man who just needed enough to buy a lawn mower. His mother put him in business for less than $400. He did not ask her for money
again all summer. He paid her back over a 2 month period. However,
what if you don’t have a mother who has $400? Where do you go?
Another young man started a mobile car wash out of the van he was
sleeping in (after being put out the house). He just needed a little
help to get organized and get started. It was less than $1,000 for
the tools he needed.
We have developed an aggressive
campaign to secure our business future now. Outlined in this and
other document are the focused strategies aimed at the retention,
expansion, creation and attraction of more black people starting
businesses and creating jobs.
We believe the black business community has what it takes to compete in the global economy with a world-class business environment. However, the missing ingredient has been
Leadership that will stand up and fight on behalf of the community the leadership represents. We, at the
Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce have found this to be our charge
and we accept the responsibility with great humility.
• Because the Black business community needs a controlling philosophy by which black communities
will achieve greater self-sufficiency and because Black owned
businesses are key to the success of this movement.
• Because the Black business community has a need to offer Black people new ways of seeing,
thinking and behaving in all areas of business.
• Because the Black business community needs a self-empowerment plan that presents new strategies
for black Milwaukee’s intellectual, economic, and civic
• Because the Black business community must have a plan to alter certain unacceptable behaviors
among blacks towards one another.
• Because the plan must be exclusive and call for a broad range of economic strategies to improve
conditions within the Black business community, including the
establishment of commitments towards and covenants to the community
of Black business within the network.