Thursday, December 26, 2019 

Dear Community Members, 

I hope this letter finds you in a good space as we kick off the celebration of Kwanzaa. It's been a few months since I spoke directly to you. On October 25, 2019, I dissolved Black-Owned Syracuse into what it started as originally in 2018: a directory and a sometimes ad space for local Black business owners. In 2019, Black-Owned Syracuse grew into a small team (3 total including me!) and hosted several successful events within a six month span. I am so thankful for our success with the help of our volunteers, sponsors, local Black-owned business owners, and YOU : the community members who believed in what we were doing. 

For one and a half years, I worked on building Black-Owned Syracuse every single every day. I fell in love with building something I witnessed making a difference in the community. It’s my baby, but we needed cash flow. More importantly, I needed a break. These past two months gave me the reset I needed. I am happy to announce we are moving forward with our annual events, programming, and content creation that highlights local Black entrepreneurship. We need your help. See bit.ly/SupportBlackOwnedSyracuse for more information. 

-Shavon S. Greene, Black-Owned Syracuse founder You can also send $10 or more donations to $XoShavon on CashApp :)

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