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Kansas City G.I.F.T. Encourages Support for Black-Owned Businesses

Local non-profit organization Kansas City G.I.F.T. is urging the community to support Black-owned businesses this holiday season and throughout the year. The organization aims to close the wealth gap by helping Black-owned businesses grow and create new job opportunities.

Creating Jobs and Supporting Entrepreneurs

According to CEO Brandon Calloway, Kansas City G.I.F.T. has helped Black-owned businesses create 108 new jobs, enabling people to earn a living wage. In just three years, the non-profit has provided $1.2 million in grants and support to dozens of businesses through events like their Small Business Saturday pop-up market.

Discover Your Design: A Success Story

Co-CEO of Discover Your Design, LLC, Darrell Johnson, owns an interior design company that offers home products and design services. He explains that the pop-up market events provide valuable exposure for small Black-owned businesses, helping them thrive and make a positive impact in the community.

CRWND Illustrations: Hand-Crafted Stationery

Keliah Smith, owner of CRWND Illustrations, creates diverse and hand-crafted stationery for her paper and novelty brand. Despite the challenges of being a small, Black-owned business, Smith believes that events like the pop-up market provide new customers and opportunities for growth.

Upcoming Holiday Market

The next Kansas City G.I.F.T. pop-up event is their holiday market, scheduled for December 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5008 Prospect. This event will provide another opportunity for the community to support local Black-owned businesses and contribute to closing the wealth gap in Kansas City.

Learn more about Kansas City G.I.F.T. and their support for Black-owned businesses here.

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