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Supporting companies during National Black Business Month

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In 2004, John William Templeton co-founded National Black Business Month as an effort to expand the support and presence of black-owned businesses across the United States. Nikia K. Vaughan opened her spa this past June. Her brick-and-mortar business called NKVSKIN on Charles Street got a lot of help from her BOOST program of the Downtown Partnership. “BOOST has helped me every step of the way, providing U.S. attorney services, CPA services, and business coaches to help businesses with their products and knowledge,” says Vaughn. , and affordable leasing. Black-owned small businesses are at the highest risk of closure and have historically had less access to capital. BOOST is the brainchild of her Shelonda Stokes, president of the Downtown Partnership. | Link: BOOST Program Information “It’s important for downtown partnerships, the city, and the community at large to nurture these black businesses, because they also employ our communities. When we think of minority cities, Vaughn’s Spa is a natural beauty company that features products and services that she owns.With the help of BOOST, her business has grown. Before we opened we already had 300 customers and it’s going well we have about 800 customers now they’ve seen us on BOOST so they’re joining the community the programs they drop by , you can use the express service to purchase,” she said. BOOST will be holding another class in the near future.

In 2004, John William Templeton co-founded National Black Business Month as an effort to increase the support and presence of black-owned businesses nationwide.

Just last year, the Downtown Partnership launched a program called BOOST to try to grow black businesses in the city.

Nikia K. Vaughan opened a spa this past June. Her brick-and-mortar business called NKVSKIN on Charles Street got a lot of help from her BOOST program of the Downtown Partnership.

“BOOST has helped me every step of the way, providing U.S. Attorney Services, CPA Services, and Business Coaches to help businesses with their products and knowledge,” said Vaughn.

All five selected businesses received grants of up to $50,000 to support construction and operations, as well as affordable leasing.

Black-owned small businesses were most at risk of closing and historically had less access to capital.

BOOST is the brainchild of Shelonda Stokes, President of Downtown Partnership.

| | Link: BOOST Program Information

“It’s important for the downtown partnership, the city, and the community as a whole to foster these black businesses because they also employ our communities. We want to see that the same expression is happening in urban centers where the economy is in the city,” Stokes said.

Vaughn’s spa is a natural beauty company featuring products and services owned by her. With the help of BOOST, her business has grown.

“We already had 300 customers before we opened a physical store, and things are going well. Right now, we have about 800 customers. They came, they stopped buying and got express service,” she said.

Another initial business is up and running, and three others are in the process of opening. BOOST will be holding another class in the near future.

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