MSGCBOBN launches new website

The MS Gulf Coast Black-Owned Business Network is pleased to announce the launch of its newly designed website www.msgcbob.com. Along with highlighting Black-owned businesses along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the new website also features search capabilities, featured companies, events and news.

“The MSGCBOB Network is strategically positionining our communities, the region and the state for more growth by providing additional support, resources and promotion for Black-owned businesses along the MS Gulf Coast,” said Pamela Berry-Johnson, marketing director for the MSGCBOB Network.  “Our new website will help us to tell our unique stories, provide awareness and exposure and showcase businesses that often struggle to navigate thorough traditional promotional channels.”

In illustrating the need for the website, Berry-Johnson cites national statistics that show while Black people are some of the nation’s greatest consumers with a buying power of $1.3 trillion dollars, those funds often are not spent or remain in Black communities.

According to statistics, a dollar circulates:

  • 6 hours in the Black community
  • 17 days in the White community
  • 20 days in the Jewish community
  • 30 days in the Asian community

Studies show these buying habits contribute to Black-owned businesses often failing within their first 18 months of launching – especially due to lack of exposure and financial support.

“Black consumers being willing to support Black-owned businesses is a key component in building and expanding Black wealth,” Berry-Johnson said.

This website is a first step of many in addressing some of those challenges along the MS Gulf Coast for black-owned businesses.

Features of the new website include interactive maps of select businesses, identifying businesses in areas by categories and providing retail locations. Businesses can also elect to submit news they want to share.

Basic memberships start at $19.99 a month with the first 30 days free.

For more information, email msgcbob@gmail.com.

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