Bean Soup Times’ Uniting for Economic Power Attracts Dozens of Great Business Owners

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Vernetta & Marvin Brumfield owners of V & M Gourmet Subs & Supreme Entrees

CHICAGO–A variety of Black business owners met at Salaam Restaurant and Bakery Complex in the beautiful Atrium area on the first floor Sept. 28 to discuss The Blueprint: Uniting for Economic Power, an event hosted by Bean Soup Times for the expressed purpose of uniting Black businesses and creating an unstoppable marketing, publicity and distribution system. 

The group discussed real solutions to create a vibrant economy in the Black community that would grow their businesses, provide networking opportunities, create jobs, and finally recycle the dollar more than the now average and shameful one time that it does now.

Taken from page 174 of Message to the Black Man, host Toure Muhammad highlighted the Economic Blueprint, as the blueprint for success. “We must, as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote,

‘Acknowledge that you are a member o f the Creator’s nation and act accordingly.’”

  • Unite and work together in cooperation, not competition
  • Pool resources, physically as well as financially
  • Stop unfairly criticizing everything that is Black-owned and operated
  • Support and love each other and want for your brother or sister what you want for yourself
  • Study successful businesses, get training and never stop improving your business

Two things many attendees agreed to was to purchase a Final Call Newspaper regularly and buy from Salaam Restaurant at least once a month.

Some of the businesses in attendance included:

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“I attended the business networking event at Salaam Restaurant last month.  There were a great variety of businesses in attendance.  It’s always awesome to learn about what other entrepreneurs are doing,” said Vernetta Brumfield who attended the event with her husband Marvin and son, owners of V & M Gourmet Subs and Supreme Entrees. “There is such an energy in the room when people are sharing what they are passionate about. It’s really inspiring. But what made this event special is the commitment from the entrepreneurs to do business with each other and support each other.  I also made some good contacts that are beneficial for a project I’m working on,” said Beasley.

“(The event) was totally awesome I am very proud to be a part of education people and giving the information that they need to be successful. My business is educating people on how to make their money work for them and not continue to work for money.  I have been in business for more than 11 years we also show businesses how to thrive and charities how to get funding,” said LaRoy D. Mack of LDM Consultants

“I want to share with your readers how awesome and beneficial this networking event was. Small business got the opportunity to share their products, triumphs, down falls and concerns for community collaborations,” said Adrienne Bruce, Beautiful Blessings and P.O.P Writers Guild.

“Most businesses were concerned about the state of our future generations and who will we. Turn over our businesses to and will the be equip to handel it. What I left with was a renewed hope for passing the touch of entrepreneurship. To our future by all mean necessary now other felt the day way. Looking forward to next meeting to structure and plan.”

Others in attendance included Earth Angels Spa, Imani’s Original Bean Pie, and more.

About the author / 

Toure Muhammad

Author Toure Muhammad is the head bean, publisher and chief strategist of Bean Soup Times. The Morehouse graduate has written front page cover stories for The Final Call and N’digo. He has been featured in the Chicago Reader, Upscale magazine, rolling out newspaper, and N’Digo magapaper. He’s been featured on Tavis Smiley’s radio show on NPR, on Chicago’s WBEZ (Chicago public radio), and many other radio shows.

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