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New Black Businesses That Have Started During The Pandemic

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It’s true- COVID-19 has put a dent in our 2020 for more reasons than one, especially for Black Wall Street. According to an August report from the Federal Reserve of New York, nearly half of Black small businesses had been wiped out, due to the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on minority communities and are twice as likely to shut down than white businesses. But for many others,  the pandemic has been a season of prosperity and opportunities for young, Black business owners. Below is a highlight of Royal men and women who have started a pandemic business and creating opportunities in their communities. 

Tara Brown is the CEO/Founder of Health Skills Academy

Tara Brown, 31

CEO/Founder of Health Skills Academy

LOCATION: 

Ohio, but classes are available around the world via the internet

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? 

“Health Skills Academy is an accredited global online video learning academy in personal development education- helping people to become certified professional trainers, coaches & instructors in the fields of mental health, fitness, yoga/meditation, and more!”

APPEAL: 

Local and national 

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND STARTING YOUR BUSINESS? 

“I previously worked in healthcare for 11 years and after seeing how the world has changed in work, academics, and education- I decided to change how busy working get their education. I became a certified holistic life coach and worked for a whole year doing that. But it hit me that I could do more so I turned my coaching business and years of experience in healthcare into a global online video learning academy for anyone who needs to advance and learn on their time!”

2021/FUTURE PLANS? 

“Introducing my school to more countries  and traveling to teach about the importance of online education!”

ONE WORD OF ADVICE TO PANDEMIC BUSINESS OWNERS? 

“Don’t live in fear BLOCK IT OUT, on the other side of fear are your wildest dreams coming true!”

Follow Tara and Health Skills Academy on Instagram

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Shanae Simon is the owner of Closet of Classe in Tampa, FL.

SHANAE SIMON, 29 

OWNER OF CLOSET OF CLASSE 

LOCATION: 

Tampa, FL

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? 

“Closet of Classe is a fashion resale store that focuses on providing the best prices for quality, trendy, and stylish fashion. We buy and sell women’s fashion, shoes, and accessories.”

APPEAL: 

Local

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND STARTING YOUR BUSINESS? 

• To provide women with a resale store that offers a comfortable and fun environment • To offer a variety of beautiful and afforable fashion designs • To showcase quality, trendy and stylish fashion • To help women learn what clothing and styles go best with their unique personalities • To generate buzz and sales through top-notch services.

2021/FUTURE PLANS? 

“To generate buzz and increase traffic.”

ONE WORD OF ADVICE TO PANDEMIC BUSINESS OWNERS? 

Be monetarily prepared to pay every bill and do not expect the company to be profitable for at least a year.” 

Learn more about Closet of Classe on their website.