A new organization is starting up to help businesses in primarily black communities. It's called the Savannah Silver Task Force. Business leaders say only about two percent of local money spent by African Americans is spent within their own community. With such a small percentage going into those local businesses, there's no room for employment opportunities or business expansion.
They're forming this new organization to help educate people on the benefits of spending money within their own communities. "By going from two percent to ten percent, we will be able to create about 269 new businesses and over 800 jobs with an annual salary of $34,000," said Silver Task Force president Josey Sheppard. "It's a concept of us taking care of ourselves."
If you would like more information about this organization, you can attend its membership kickoff:
What: The Savannah Silver Summit Taskforce Membership Kickoff
When: Thursday April 8th at 12:00 noon
Where: The House of Prayer on Bay Street.
The guest speaker will be Rep. Lester Jackson (D-Dist. 124).