Edited by AZI Staff
Author Maggie Anderson documented her family’s decision to support only Black-owned businesses for a year in “Our Black Year.” On Oct. 15, Anderson will share her experience and the journey that followed at the Women of Color Business Collaborative Confer-ence at A.T. Still University in Mesa.
Anderson and her family made history and dominated headlines with their choice to live exclusively off businesses, professionals, and products from the Black community for an entire year. This pioneering case study in self-help economics was called The Empower-ment Experiment and led to a landmark study conducted by Northwestern University’s Kel-logg School of Business.
Anderson’s stand proved how incremental support of Black businesses and professionals can rescue the community and improve the American economy as a whole. Anderson will share her story during the luncheon keynote address at the conference.
“What makes our conference unique is that it is specifically designed for women of color,” said Kerwin Brown, president and CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona. “While women-owned businesses are growing at an extraordinary rate, there are still obstacles and challenges that this segment of business leaders face.”
During the conference, participants not only have the chance to find resources and garner information, but they have the chance to build meaningful relationships with like-minded women,” said Brown. “It is more than a network, it is a sisterhood.”
Participants will select a conference track when they register. Track A is for women who are considering starting a business or have been in business less than five years. Track B is for women who have business for five or more years. The presentations are tailored for the specific tracks.
To for more information and to register visit www.black chamberaz.gov.