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Conversations with Chelsey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsey.

Hi Chelsey, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Back in July 2019, my husband and I wanted to grab a bite to eat from a black-owned business. When we did our research, we found difficulty locating a specific place to try out. Hours later, we were still hungry and still did not find a new place… so I started brainstorming. As a result of this experience, I told my husband that there had to be an easier way to find Black-owned businesses in our area so that they can be supported. So, I started the Instagram page in hopes of locating and supporting Black-owned businesses.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Black business owners have challenges with gaining access capital has been difficult. Starting out as a small business myself, I have limited resources that make it difficult for me to get loans or access to pop-up, etc. As I continue to grow, the support has helped me, so I am grateful for that!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My background lies in Education! I am finishing up my doctoral degree in Curriculum and instruction! I am a teacher and love to teach students how to fall in love with reading. This has been a passion of mine for years, but now my passion has moved to that of the community of black business owners as they need that visibility and awareness!

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Photography: Kenney Ellison, 3 Shots Photography

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