For many, doing business has taken on a new sense of importance than it had before last summer when the Black Lives Matter movement reemerged as a force on multiple levels. It’s not uncommon now to consider a company’s take on Black Lives Matter before deciding to do business with it. These days, a lot of businesses are making it clear that they support the movement.
“The Biggby Coffee home office definitely believes that Black lives matter,” said Bob Fish, co-CEO at Biggby Coffee. “We as an organization have a lot to learn, and that is where we have focused our energy up to this point. Listen, watch and read has been the first step. The second step is to never let it leave the conversation. The third step is to assemble an academic thought leader group to help us take action both inside and outside the organization.”
Other business owners are stepping up too, at least one of whom extended her reach to Black-owned businesses. In Saginaw, Keisha Taylor is a real estate salesperson, a tax preparer and co-owner of The Suite day spa. She got the idea of encouraging businesses to advertise on electronic billboards, which some have.
“Our businesses are pillars in the community and need to be uplifted,” she said. “So many times in the culture, the focus is on the negative. I am a positive-vibes-only type of person, and businesses being put in the forefront is positive.”