Speaking Startup: Supporting Black businesses by starting with kids

As calls to support Black-owned businesses grow, Christal Rogers is taking a grassroots approach to that effort. A Black entrepreneur herself, Rogers founded an organization called Brownpreneurs, which seeks to teach principles of entrepreneurship to African American youth.

“As we pursue this endeavor to shop Black and look at racial equality, we need to look within the industries and actually make (entrepreneurship) a possibility,” Rogers said, “if not for our generation for the generation that’s coming behind us.”

Plus, with local news organizations devoting much of their limited time and resources to chronicling the coronavirus pandemic this year, some journalists in the Kansas City area became concerned that coverage of other subjects — especially local government — was being overlooked.

Now, in tandem with the nonprofit group KC Digital Drive, some local media organizations are trying to address that concern.

The Speaking Startup podcast explores news and issues important to Missouri entrepreneurs. Find more Speaking Startup on our website or wherever you get podcasts.


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