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African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin To Open Its New Office “Legacy”

MILWAUKEE COURIER — With their new space, AACCW can showcase more of their services.

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By Nyesha Stone

The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (AACCW) is following the Sherman Phoenix’s model by expanding its office space and providing space for Black entrepreneurs with its new development: “Legacy”.

According to AACCW’S President Ossie Kendrix, AACCW’s current office, which is housed on the sixth floor of 6th Street and Wisconsin doesn’t have much space, so he went on a journey looking for a new space.

With their new space, AACCW can showcase more of their services, said Kendrix. The new offices will be located at 1920 N MLK Dr., with the doors opening later this year in July.

“It’s a great place to have our services that the Chamber offers,” Kendrix said about “Legacy.”

The entire space totals 4,212 sq. ft.—the AACCW’s will use around 1,300 sq. ft. for their offices, about 1,500 sq. ft. for the SHARE kitchen and around 1,400 sq. ft. for African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin To Open Its New Office “Legacy” co-working space for the entrepreneurs.

The SHARE kitchen was created specifically for bakers and cooks to give them access to commercial-grade kitchen amenities, and to hopefully encourage more cooking space during peak seasons.

“There are no obstacles in our way,” Kendrix said about attaining their fundraising goal of $500,000 to complete Legacy. AACCW is currently developing a business plan and stepping up their business model to make sure this development becomes a reality, said Kendrix.

The Legacy construction team includes general contractor JCP Construction, whose offices are also located in Bronzeville where Legacy will be located. Also, Wauwatosa-based Galbraith Carnahan Architects have been selected as architects to design the development.

When it comes to who will be residing in the entrepreneur space, Kendrix said the Chamber doesn’t have to look far. AACCW has a little less than 225 members who are ready to take on this opportunity.

“We’re excited to welcome Legacy and the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin to Dr. Martin Luther King Drive Jr. Drive,” said Deshea Agee, Executive Director of Historic King Drive BID 8 in a press release.

The biggest impact Kendrix hopes Legacy brings is the spirit for entrepreneurship. He stated that the Black community needs to open up the conversation about working for ourselves, and Legacy could be that bridge.

“Develop a legacy, a successful plan and consider entrepreneurship,” Kendrix said to anyone reading this article.

AACCW is still looking to reach its $500,000 goal. To donate or to find out more about Legacy, visit http://aaccwi.org/legacy.

This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Courier

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West Oakland Black Woman Owned Food Collective, “The Black Culinary Collective (BCC)”

“We are doing our part to change the narrative of excellence being categorized as an exception for black makers.

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   A group of Black women who own food businesses are rising from the devastation of the pandemic by sharing a commercial kitchen in West Oakland.

     The Black Culinary Collective (BCC) is led by Chef Reign Free, owner of Red Door Catering, which opened in 2006. 

    Red Door Catering has a 5,000-square-foot kitchen space.  During the pandemic Free’s catering business fell and her business was damaged during the protests.  

     Free also knew other Black chefs who didn’t have the money to rent commercial kitchen space during the pandemic.  

      And so, she applied to and received $50,000 from the Oakland Black Business Fund, which, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, is “an organization that aims to address Black entrepreneurs’ historical lack of access to capital, to help members join the collective rent-free.”

     The collective currently has four members (Teas With Meaning, Baby Bean Pie, Pound Business, and Final Sauce) and is looking for six more.  The members will share the kitchen, sell their goods to the public on-site, and collaborate on projects.  Members will also receive consultations, mentoring and advice on their food businesses.

     BCC hopes to open in August and will be located at 2925 Adeline St. Free continues to raise funds to help collective members have up to a year in the collective rent-free. 

     “It’s important for the people who work in the food and beverage industry to not only know how to cook, but to understand the history and the cultural significance of those that came before us,” Free told the Oakland Post. “We are doing our part to change the narrative of excellence being categorized as an exception for black makers. 

     “The companies that are a part of the collective have established the discipline that allows them to see their vision with clarity and purpose; having a beautiful space that supports learning, collaboration, and service allows us to continue to scale in ways that will positively affect the next generation. The more we share our gifts and talents within our community, the more our communities will thrive.”

 

     For more information, go to BlackCulinaryCollective.com

The San Francisco Chronicle, Mercury News, and Oaklandside.org were sources for this report.

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Good Day Cafe

Good Day Cafe is a black-owned business located in Vallejo,Ca

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 Good Day Cafe is a Black-owned cafe  located at 304 Georgia St. in Vallejo. Their hours are from 7:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Good Day Cafe serves Southern-style breakfast and lunch meals. They offer online orders, dine in, and delivery. Visit their website to learn more information https://gooddaycafevallejo.com/ and follow their instagram @gooddaycafevallejo

 

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Rush bowls

The perfect blend of all-natural fruits and veggies topped with delightfully crunchy, organic granola, a drizzle of honey, and your choice of fresh fruits and toppers.

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Rush bowls are the perfect blend of all-natural fruits and veggies topped with delightfully crunchy, organic granola, a drizzle of honey, and your choice of fresh fruits and toppers. Packed with nutrients and fully customizable, Rush bowls offer healthy, delicious alternatives to standard fast-casual fare. Rush bowls is open Mondays-Fridays from 10am-6pm at 350 17th Street, Oakland,CA 94619. Available for indoor dining, and delivery through GRUBHUBhttps://rushbowls.com/oakland

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