Where commerce meets social justice

The “S” Sparks the Conversation

BLOC is a network for the marginalized, underrepresented business owners of colors. We know that all is not equal in the business world and we are working to level the playing field. This network is our fight for Social Justice.

Why Business Leaders of Color(s) and not Business Leaders of Color? Well the “S” Sparks the conversation!

We originally had the name Business Leaders of Color and changed the name from color to colors because we wanted to make sure we were inclusive of all nationalities of color. A BLOC member from Venezuela said he wasn’t sure he would be welcome because he wasn’t Black.

He believed as many of us do that in the US when the term person of color is mentioned, most Americans think Black. To be inclusive of people from all nations we changed the name from color to colors.

We define a Business Leader as an entrepreneur, a small business owner, a manager of a bank, a teller at said bank, employee of a non-profit or anyone with a desire to connect with and support small business owners of colors in their community.

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.

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