Quick Search

Active Bloggers

HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Kamal Imani Kamal Imani
New York Inst of Tech class of 1997
Beverly Johnson Beverly Johnson
class of
Sofía Montiel Sofía Montiel
Other College... class of 2017
Reginald Culpepper Reginald Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Bethsave Lozano Bethsave Lozano
- College Not Listed - class of 2020
Anica Oaks Anica Oaks
class of 2012
Elynor Moss Elynor Moss
North Carolina Central University class of 2003

Here's How Buying Black This Christmas Can Help HBCU Grad-Owned Businesses

Here
Posted By: Sofía Montiel on December 01, 2022

The purchasing power of Black Americans has never been greater than it is now, and Black entrepreneurs who are HBCU alumni provide a great way for Black shoppers to support Black businesses.

NewsOne reports that HBCUs have been incubators for young Black entrepreneurs for decades. Despite the numerous social and economic barriers, HBCUs have continued to produce countless successful entrepreneurs both nationally and locally. Dozens of HBCU alumni that have become business leaders are paramount to Black business and many still use lessons learned in school to help guide them today.

“My HBCU experience instilled confidence within me to know I was on the same level as my counterparts that graduated from household name universities.” Cornell Conaway, a Bowie State University alumnus and the founder of Gainz Sportsgear said in an interview with Forbes.

Gainz Sportsgear specializes in producing fitness accessories for athletes and gyms and features an HBCU collection of weightlifting gear.

Kadidja Dosso, a Hampton University alum and the owner of Dosso Beauty, an organic beauty supplier, discussed how her HBCU inspired her to reach places she never imagined.

“I’ve never seen so many beautiful, driven Black people in one space constantly motivating you to be better and to do more and strive for the best,” Dosso told Forbes.



“Going to an HBCU, especially Hampton, allowed me to see all the things I could accomplish.”

While many credit HBCUs for its number of Black doctors and lawyers, HBCUs have also given the U.S. a litany of successful Black entrepreneurs including Shawn Wilkinson, a Morehouse College alumnus who is the founder of Storj and BLACK ENTERPRISE founder and Morgan State University alumnus Earl Graves Sr.

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Americans are expected to spend between $942.6 and $960.4 billion this holiday season. However, due to rising inflation and a looming economic recession, many are expected to spend less on gifts and put more thought into what they give family and friends.

Supporting Black businesses and HBCU alumni this holiday season could be a way to spend less and show those you bought gifts for that you really put thought into it. BLACK ENTERPRISE has created its own Holiday Gift Guide with affordable food, drink, and clothing options that are all from Black-owned businesses. Hundreds more Black businesses across the country can be supported due to the Black business boom of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SOURCE Black Enterprise
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
PetSmart is Offering Awesome Opportunities for YOU to Join their Team! APPLY NOW!
Florida A&M hires robust academics and compliance staff
HBCU All-Stars National Spotlight Player of the Week: Tennessee State's Jr. Clay leads weekly honorees
Historically Black TSU Hopes for Grammy with Gospel Album
Tennessee State’s Jashun Bryant selected to HBCU Legacy Bowl
Home Depot Quadruples Annual HBCU Investments
Latest Blogs
The Soulutions Live TV Taping - Spoken Word, Conscious Hip Hop, Testimony and More!

The Soulutions Live TV Taping - Spoken Word, Conscious Hip Hop, Testimony and More!

Enjoy an array of hot poets, singers and more as they assemble in Paterson NJ for the SOULUTIONS TALENT SHOWCASE! Be a part of the movement! #soulutions #spokenword #poetry #inspiration ...more
Kamal Imani • 35 Views • January 30th, 2023
The Pain of Raising a Son, Sister Nicole, Soulutions Artist Showcase Paterson NJ 1/28/23

The Pain of Raising a Son, Sister Nicole, Soulutions Artist Showcase Paterson NJ 1/28/23

#soulutions #spokenword #testimony The Pain of Raising a Son, Sister Nicole, Soulutions Artist Showcase Paterson NJ 1/28/23 ...more
Kamal Imani • 83 Views • January 29th, 2023
TRIBE Family Channel Proudly Presents Season 2 of B.O.A.B. Black Owned and Busy™

TRIBE Family Channel Proudly Presents Season 2 of B.O.A.B. Black Owned and Busy™

TRIBE Family Channel Proudly Presents Season 2 of B.O.A.B. Black Owned and Busy™ Shining the Spotlight on Black Owned Businesses with Interviews and Pop-Ups on Location! Today's show is shining ...more
Beverly Johnson • 123 Views • January 28th, 2023
All power to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

All power to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Can’t speak for all alumni of HBCUs, but from where I sit after a loooonnnggggg while, it looks like we made significant headway in terms of notoriety and respectability. We got the eyes now. Not ...more
Sofía Montiel • 159 Views • January 27th, 2023
Norfolk State Spartan Legion Marching Band voted HBCU Sports Band of the Year

Norfolk State Spartan Legion Marching Band voted HBCU Sports Band of the Year

NORFOLK, Va. — The Norfolk State University Spartan Legion Marching Band has been voted the 2022 HBCU Sports Band of the Year. In a week long poll, the Spartan Legion gained over 44 percent of the ...more
Sofía Montiel • 340 Views • January 25th, 2023
Popular Blogs
Divorce in America in 2009 – What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

Divorce in America in 2009 – What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

Join Brother Marcus and the cast and the crew of the Brother Marcus Show live this Sunday evening on February 1, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. for another hot topic in our community! “Divorce in America in 2009 ...more
Brother Marcus! • 70,557,885 Views • January 27th, 2009
VISINE ALERT!!!

VISINE ALERT!!!

Seemingly innocent medication such as Visine eyedrops are used by people to concoct a mixture with similar effects as a date-rape drug. When mixed with alcohol and taken orally, the eyedrops can l ...more
Siebra Muhammad • 92,804 Views • May 23rd, 2009
Black College Student Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Kissing a White Girl

Black College Student Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Kissing a White Girl

Albert N. Wilson, a former University of Kansas student, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and a lifetime of probation after being convicted by an all-white jury of raping a white teen girl. Bu ...more
Will Moss • 48,682 Views • June 4th, 2020
THE MOST FAMOUS WORDS IN NASCAR RACING IS NOW

THE MOST FAMOUS WORDS IN NASCAR RACING IS NOW "GOTCHA" THIEF !

IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS FOLKS: Some of our Republican senators and congressman..are Swearing & Wearing White Sheets Also ..NASCAR was given 70million dollars in tax breaks ..in the New Fiscal Cliff Deal ...more
David Right • 46,957 Views • December 28th, 2012

"Chain Hang Low" check out the real meaning of the Lyrics!

Recently there is a new artist out of Saint Louis that goes by the name JIBBS. Jibbs debut single "Chain hang low" has a history that most people are not aware of. The particular nursery rhyme that th ...more
Tyhesha Judge-Fogle • 36,133 Views • November 9th, 2006
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!