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Momentum Cafe Owners Strive to Create Opportunity for Other Black Business Owners – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – Promote black-owned businesses on Black Friday; the economic impact has a ripple effect throughout the community.

Morning Insiders introduce us to married entrepreneurs trying to create opportunities for other black businesses on the busiest shopping day of the year.

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Next to the Millennium Park Ice Rink, it’s a welcome sight on those cold days, but they serve more than just coffee at Momentum Coffee.

“People say they want to change the world. We say we just want to change the world around us, ”said Tracy Powell, owner of Momentum Coffee with his wife, Nikki Bravo.

The couple are champions of black businesses and aspiring black entrepreneurs.

“Momentum Coffee’s overall mission is really to empower people in different ways,” Bravo said.

With Black Friday almost here, Bravo and Powell are encouraging shoppers around the world to consider black businesses for these holiday giveaways.

“Historically, we’ve had economic hardships and one of the things we need to understand is that we can continue to circulate the dollars in our neighborhoods,” said Powell.

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Powell and Bravo have joined the OKRP advertising agency to promote what they call Black Shop Friday. On their website, you can find a list of 700 black-owned businesses in the Chicago area.

“That way you can spotlight local businesses by saying, ‘You shop anyway, we know you want to help somehow, why don’t you add a black store to your basket this year? ”Said Rahul Roy, COO at OKRP.

Businesses see Black Friday as just an introduction to the goods and services they offer and the start of strong sales throughout the year, which they believe will create a ripple effect of increasing sales. jobs and investments in the black community.

Take the location of the Momentum Coffee South Loop. They have reserved space for people who are starting businesses.

“They can have good coffee. they can create community by coming together and this contributes to our mission of creating equitable wealth and shared prosperity in underfunded communities, ”Bravo said.

“Sometimes in our community we find ourselves looking for outside help, always looking for other people to come to our communities, but in reality our strategy has been – the answer is already in the community. it’s in us, it’s with small businesses, ”said Powell.

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Black Shop Friday sets the stage for any day of the week. We have a link to the Black Shop Friday website, where you can find a list of these 700 black businesses.

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