OhioMBE Shopping Challenge

OhioMBE Shopping Challenge
By Ronda Watson Barber
OhioMBE Publisher

The holiday shopping season has started.  Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are approaching. Are you ready? I have been posted a Holiday Shopping Sales Guide on www.OhioMBE.com. Articles posted include: How to sell a ton of gift cards; 50 Best Christmas Small Business ideas to Start in 2018; 23 hobbies that make money; Is your business ready for Small Business Saturday? Here’s an event checklist; 30 Gift Ideas for the Small Business Owner; How to Market for Small Business Saturday.

Every year I issue a challenge to OhioMBE readers.  Please consider spending at least $50 with Black-owned businesses during the holiday shopping season. Take a picture at the business or of your purchase and post it on our Facebook page.  Use the hashtag #shopblack2018. If you are a Black owned business, please let us know about your steals and deals. Consider placing a $19.99 business card size ad in OhioMBE. Let’s promote and support each other.

Thanks for Voting

Take a deep breath.  Finally, for most of us, the mid-term elections are over.  A historic number of Americans exercised their constitutional right to cast a ballot. For some the process continues, votes are still being counted.  If you voted, THANK YOU.  Regardless of your political party affiliation, voting is a necessary component of our democracy.

As I stood in line for about 15 minutes. I reflected that I was casting a vote for my enslaved kinfolk, who weren’t allowed to write or read.  How proud they would be that their “grand” publishes a newspaper and actively voices her opinion.  I casted that ballot for my grandfathers who fought for freedoms abroad but were denied basic civil rights at home.  I casted that ballot for those within my lifetime who fought and in some cased died so I could stand in to vote.  I casted my vote for my sons and our sons. Their Black lives matter.  I casted my ballot for my son who is serving in our military. I voted because I want the same opportunities for my daughter that I want for sons.  I casted my ballot to make a more perfect union for my precious grandchildren.

Just my thoughts…rwb

Published in OhioMBE – November 15, 2018 – pdf.

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