With August being black business month, I found this to be a fitting topic. I live in a community where there are many black owned businesses, most of them are home based businesses. We generally see few storefront businesses within our community that are black owned.
As a business owner, I hear from many people say that the business will fail, or that I will not see a return on investments (ROI) within the first five years. According to Bloomberg, 80% of businesses fail within the first 18 months. That’s 8 out of 10 businesses that will not make it to the 2-year mark.
In light of the new Lifetime series Surviving R. Kelly, there have been a lot of social media conversations regarding the way we handle abuse allegations in the Black community.
In the world of connectivity, information is at our fingertips. If we feel sick, we search the internet for answers based on our symptoms and diagnose ourselves. There are even treatment solutions online. With a click of the mouse or push of the finger, we all become instant medical professionals.
Mental health in the black community is an under addressed epidemic and building an awareness is imperative. Specifically, in the urban inner-city areas. Research has pointed out that blacks are more likely to have major mental health issues than other members of the US population because blacks experience violence and traumatic situations more frequently than any other groups.