Empowerment and racial pride are paramount for the Black community. Despite centuries of oppression, many African Americans strive to start and maintain their own businesses to create personal and generational wealth. Black businesses such as barbershops and eateries, along with churches, have historically been safe social harbors for community members.
It’s shopping season, and this time of year is critical for small businesses and their families to survive. Laura Clise is the Founder and CEO of Intentionalist, an online directory and guide to small businesses and the diverse people behind them. This series highlights how small and diverse businesses are critical to a community, and how to be intentional in where we spend money in our community.
Producer: Yuko Kodama
Starvation Alley is a local organic cranberry and cranberry juice producer with a mission. They encourage conventional cranberry farmers who want to grow organically, by purchasing their berries at a premium as the conventional farm makes the three year transition to organic. In this KBCS local food segment, company co-founder Jessica Tantisook speaks about the business side of cranberry farms and what it means to be organic. This story originally aired in 2015.