BAKERSFIELD, California – Many companies continue to search for ways to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NACCP’s Sistahs United Committee held an event Saturday to give black small businesses the opportunity to be safe in the community again. The event was titled Black Wall Street Reloaded.
The organizers say that nearly 500 people flowed through the first event.
“It really inspired me to start my own business because you know that not a lot of people are supporting black businesses the way they should,” said Jonique Whaley, a participant.
These were the feelings that could be heard at the Black Wall Street Reloaded event on Saturday from 12pm to 4pm.
The group says this opportunity was needed more than ever during the pandemic.
“It is a time of uncertainty for many people and many people have lost their jobs,” said Bianca Haynes, the event organizer. “So we’re trying to revive the concept that blacks are wealthy and can generate money for our community.”
The event took place on Wible Road. in the parking lot of Arredondo Ventures, which donated the space to the group.
Over 30 stores were represented, including groceries, jewelry, community groups, clothing and more.
“We want to highlight that there are many entrepreneurs who offer products and services,” said Danielle Simmons, the event organizer.
“So why not have a one-stop shop to see that we have a scale in our community?”
The sellers were all African American women entrepreneurs.
According to the organizer, everyone achieved their financial and product goals at the event.
“I’ve been a salesperson for over 20 years and have never seen so many black, beautiful people in one place, on a consistency with the same agenda, and I’m just in awe,” said Charlie Watkins, a salesperson.
The organizers share the view that this is only the start of similar events in the future.