Alexis Bright, a certified nurse assistant, started her own business less than a year ago.

“I decided to go into business for myself or create something where I can create something for myself,” Bright said. “I’m just trying to figure things out on my own and surround myself with things that I need to help me be successful.”

Bright’s nursing business, Care in Concierge, is in its infancy stage. She needed the tools and network to grow the business out of its early stages after 12 years as a CNA.

The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of Michelle Green-Ford, began its efforts of accelerating Black and Latino owned businesses through educational lectures and a sponsorship from J.P. Morgan Chase.

Arlington Black Chamber of Commerce board member Montez Jones was the first speaker on May 23.

Jones, owner of Tez Jones Training Solutions, “consults, trains and educates, leaders, managers, employees, and non-profits on the benefits of leadership and effective communication.”

“We all have to work together. Because it’s not about us. It’s about Black and minority businesses,” Jones said.

Green-Ford, the CEO of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, said it is a very difficult time for Black businesses.

According to the House Small Business Committee, “Black business ownership rates dropped 41% between February 2020 and April 2020.” 

“We’re in a revitalization state, if you will,” Green-Ford said. “We’re adjusting our strategies to help revive those businesses. Part of that is the education and development series.”

Bright found the May 23 seminar helpful.

“I finally got all of the foundation created. So, now I’m just, you know, trying to launch forward,” Bright said.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...