EPC and El Paso Young Black Leaders Host “Black Wall Street” Showcase
During the last week of August, the El Paso Chamber teamed up with the El Paso Young Black Leaders to host the Black Wall Street Showcase. The event featured featured local entrepreneurs Charquevia Mobley of Charli Hair Gallery, Re’Aunna Henderson of Mind-u-mental, Dominique Jones of Jones Initiative, and was moderated by real estate entrepreneur and investor Jason Chambers and friend of the Chamber Dr. Richard Pineda of UTEP. The panel (the third in a series co-hosted and sponsored through the EPC/EPYBL collaborative) focused on the genesis of business, addressing issues like startup capital, mentoring, and adjusting to changes in the business environment.
Mobley, an active service member and entrepreneur, explained how much networking mattered to her business–not just social media but traditional word of mouth as well. Henderson, a consultant who blends sports psychology with athlete coaching, explained how client education required focus and effort, particularly for businesses like hers that might not be known to a market. Jones discussed mentoring and the need to have strong mentors lead by example and open doors for opportunities. An Army veteran, Chambers led the panel, agreeing that El Paso was unique both in its opportunities and in the way networks are pivotal within the community. Chambers explained that in a place like his native Los Angeles, it would be impossible to build the size and scope of the network that he has in El Paso.
The Chamber, through its collaboration with the EPYBL leaders, will be sponsoring two Black-owned businesses to join in the Chamber’s Quality Texas Certification program. Quality Texas helps businesses evolve by strengthening their internal quality controls as well as efforts in customer service and outreach.