June 10, 2007

Ujamaa in Action

The long anticipated, new Black Business Network website launched on Saturday, June 2nd. Thousands of people all over the world are visiting the new website, logging in and checking out all of the exciting features. The new website features are elaborate. There are 14 major sections, each one large enough to be a website of their own. Not all sections of the new website are complete yet, however, there's lots for visitors to do.

We have talked about the importance of turning our Black spending power into a more positive dynamic for ourselves and our communities. One way to do that is to find Black-owned businesses to support. I encourage all villagers to log in right now to locate Black-owned businesses for a variety of your consumer needs. It is also an option for those of you that own your own business.

The Black Business Network is a membership-based organization of (1) Black business owners who are committed to selling quality products and services to Black consumers, and (2) Black consumers who are committed to buying from Black-owned businesses. The Black Business Network provides websites, training, events, publications and tools that help Black people to do business together.

The concept is a simple one --> Ujamaa, Cooperative Economics. Let us strengthen our resolve to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. Perhaps it is time for us to celebrate this Kwanzaa principle on the other 364 days of the year ... not just December 29.

What say u, villagers?


Jamie said...

Virtually all waves of immigrants to the United States formed mutual support groups to service the needs and encourage the success of their members. The whole concept of "landsmen" propelled them to inclusion and success.

James said...

This is a postive tool. It shows what is possible and we should support each other. I hope as we grow in an economic sense we can get beyound, "The Whiteman Ice is Colder!"

Villager said...

Jamie - I imagine that the difficulty experienced by African Americans in coming together in these mutual support groups is our history of being an enslaved people versus a willing immigrant. We were discouraged from gathering together in groups. It is only the past few generations that have had opportunities enjoyed by waves of immigrants from the dawn of time.

peace, Villager

Villager said...

James - I agree with you. It is time that we made conscious decisions with our spending. Hopefully, the Afrosphere can be a positive voice in that regard.

peace, Villager

Theo J. said...

Villager, this is a great post. There are problems in the African American community when it comes to supporting each other in business. This site looks like a great way to change that. I'll sign up and write a review of it on my site. I'll be sure to reference this post. Thanks for the info.

Villager said...

Harambee Theo!

I think it is important that we turn the consumer power in our community to wealth. One way to do that is to support Black-owned businesses. I look forward to seeing your review when it is complete.

peace, Villager

kweenkong said...

Wow! As usual, you're giving us the 4-1-1 on something truly important. I shall check out the new Black Network site ASAP.

Villager said...

KweenKong - Let us know what you think about the new site. More importantly, let us know if you have other places online that we can practice cooperative economics (Ujamaa!).

peace, Villager

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Wow, that's an elaborate site.

How'd you get all that together?

Great job.

I just signed up.