Putting money into black communities to create jobs over the holidays

Nothing is worse for the holiday spirit than unemployment.
As Thanksgiving approaches, the highest black unemployment in more than a decade stubbornly persists.
To add insult to injury, the massive recovery bill has run its course and there is little indication that the new Congress will take any steps to address joblessness in black communities.
That means it is time to marshall one of the largest economies on the planet in its own support.
During National Black Business Month, we encouraged consumers to find at least one black business per day during the month of August as a training exercise to create patterns throughout the year.
Since the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the nexus of consumer spending, it is a time to follow in the footsteps of community spirited consumers like Carol Massey, who left church yesterday and came straight to Marcus Books at 1712 Fillmore St. in San Francisco to buy her holiday greeting cards. Several other families made a point of starting their holiday shopping there.
Store Manager Karen Johnson said there has been a heavy business for President Obama’s Letter to His Daughters picture book at the nation’s oldest black bookstore.
We provide several resources to guide you in finding similar companies across the nation.
Where’s Our Stimulus: State of Black Business, seventh edition and its companion book FIND IT FAST: The Local Guide to Business Inclusion are the most complete information ever compiled on the two million African-American entrepreneurs. Our Black Business Affinity Index is provided for each state, and comprehensive data is available for more than 120 cities and counties. Where’s Our Stimulus tells how many jobs can be created in each state by directing just two percent of African-American income towards shopping at black-owned businesses.
INNOVATION & EQUITY: Spurring Manufacturing Through Innovation in Black Communities on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 in the historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. in Washington spotlights the 1,000 African-American patents yearly as a foundation for building enduring employment in underrepresented communities. Meet Cabinet officials, financiers, and public company CEOs who are forging cutting edge industries.
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