Business Ownership Key To Improving Black Life In Savannah


Diana Harvey Johnson, Rev. Thurmond N. Tillman, Alicia E. Scott, Alderwoman Dr. Estella Shabazz, John White, Jr., President, HCFS, Patricia A. Mathis, Roy L. Jackson and Kenneth Adams.
Diana Harvey Johnson, Rev. Thurmond N. Tillman, Alicia E. Scott, Alderwoman Dr. Estella Shabazz, John White, Jr., President, HCFS, Patricia A. Mathis, Roy L. Jackson and Kenneth Adams.

The Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. (HCFS) kicked off it 2015 Series of community development forums with a focus on Business Ownership and Development. The HCFSí January 3rd Signature Roundtable Breakfast and Open Forum, held at the WBS YMCA, brought together a diverse audience of business owners, elected officials, neighborhood leaders and community advocates to access the status and needs of African Americans engaged in business enterprise in the Savannah area.

Panelists for the Roundtable were Kenneth Adams, Publisher of the 70 year-old THE SAVANNAH HERALD; Roy L. Jackson, President, Jackson Bros. Car Care Center, now in its forty-sixth year; Patricia A. Mathis, President and CEO, Pat Mathis Construction Company; and Alicia E. Scott, Owner, Introspect Consulting Group, a marketing and technology consultancy. Former State Senator Diana Harvey Johnson, President, Pinnacle Communications Corporation, served as moderator.

Common threads throughout the presentations and the open group discussion were that 1) business ownership and development are key areas that would advance the quality of life for African Americans in the local community, 2) that the growth of business ownership and development would raise the economic status of the entire Savannah Area community, 3) that African American owned businesses need to focus on and intensify their efforts to increase the understanding and awareness of the role and worth of Black businesses in their community and specific neighborhoods; 4) the Black business community should commit to, financially and otherwise, practice cooperative economics, and also consider adopting economic development programs as previously presented at the HCFS by a number of presenters such as Joseph R. Hudson, author of CITIworks and the 5% Solution Strategy: An economic plan to use the ëBlack Dollarí and black businesses to revitalize American cities. Storyteller Lillian Grant-Baptiste and Rev. Thurmond N. Tillman brought inspirational messages.

The January 3 forum was one in a series of first-Saturday monthly forums developed and sponsored by the HCFS during its 8-year history. The overall purpose of this forum, open to the general public, is to assist in developing a collective vision and direction for our community. It will continue to take the input, exchange of ideas and cooperation of all members of the community to increase wealth and enterprise development in the Savannah Area community.

For a copy of the 5% Solution Strategy, call Diana Harvey Johnson at 927-8425 or E-mail: pinnaclecommunications@earthlink.net. To register or for more information on the HCFS, please call Julia Wright at 233-0855.


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