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Local group helps connect Black business owners in Indiana

Posted at 5:46 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-06 10:26:36-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A local group is helping connect people and business owners to Black businesses.

Black Owned Midwest, started by Tyanna Thompson, is helping to connect Black business owners.

"Black architects to Black therapists and forth, even lawyers. We are all just excited," Thompson said.

The group even includes Black farmers like Selina Tillman, an urban farmer who runs Serenity Gardens.

"Black Owned Midwest has been a great connection between a local community growth spot and the local community," Tillman said.

There are about 3,400 people apart of the group.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says there's no better time than now to support Black businesses.

"Black lives matter and so does Black livelihood," Holcomb said.

Thompson received a proclamation from the state supporting the buying Black movement in July at Cleo's Bodega and Cafe.

"Buying Black is in right now because of the movement, and I've found that no matter the skin tone, people want to support Black business," Jessica Gordon, RTT Hypnotherapist, said.

"There's a stigma that we don't support each other," Lena Dickerson, found of Joyful Inc., said. "If we can band together and show we are one unit, we are a community. Our culture does matter."

Right now, businesses are banding together to launch a week of fundraising from Sept.20-26 to obtain a property for a learning hub.

You can request to join the Black Owned Midwest Facebook group.

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