For Immediate Release

Alternatives is proud to announce our official partnership with Business Leaders of Colors (BloC), LLC. Locally formed, BLoC provides business and professional support to communities of color by marketing member businesses, offering training and providing administrative support and networking opportunities.

Alternatives will primarily support this partnership through our Business CENTS Program. We are committed to BLoC’s mission to develop and strengthen the entrepreneurial efforts of people of color through our ongoing partnership. Kathleen Clark, Business Development Manager, said, “We recognize the need for a concentrated effort to support aspiring and existing business owners in our communities of color, and we are grateful to BLoC for their efforts.

We look forward to a long relationship and being able to provide necessary resources and assistance needed by BLoC members to succeed in business development, management, and growth.” BLoC members will receive special benefits with Alternatives such as event sponsorship and fee discounts to Business CENTS workshops and classes.

Gladys Brangman, Managing Member, Business Leaders of Colors, stated, “Getting this support from Alternatives is a huge win for BLoC because our missions are aligned as we both desire to build wealth and create economic opportunity for underserved people and communities. One of BLoC’s goals is to help businesses of color thrive and supporting one another, is a great place to start”.

To learn more about BLoC and join as a member, please visit

Gladys Brangman

About Gladys Brangman

Gladys is at her best when serving others and has set out to make the small business world more profitable by providing access to educational services and networking opportunities. Her most recent venture is Business Leaders of Colors (BLOC) a local network designed to support small business owners. She believes that if business owners of color(s) are going to thrive they needed to have access to funding, education. A gathering to celebrate Black History Month four years ago, transformed into a network that became a business created to serve the under represented members of the small business community. BLOC offers reduced cost business and financial training, marketing, and a web presence for businesses that do not have one.