Newtown Florist Club nears release of black business directory

Angela Middleton, who served as the project coordinator, said she was able to gather information on about 170 Black-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofit community resources and churches. Middleton said they still hope to contact several more people before the directory is released.

“We would like to see minority businesses highlighted so they can continue to grow and prosper,” Middleton said. “We would like to facilitate access to locate minority businesses as well as the resources we have in this area.”

Throughout the development of the project, Middleton said she was delighted to discover the range of businesses created by young entrepreneurs across the region.

“We started to realize that, ‘Oh my God, there’s so much more going on here than we even thought’ and the number of young people who were starting businesses, who had ideas about starting businesses,” said Johnson. “It became quite an exciting process to go through, so we kept going.”

Johnson said she hopes the publication of the directory “will inspire others who have wanted to start a business to think more about the possibility of doing so these days.”

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