4 Reasons why Black Owned businesses are essential in Fort Collins.

Isabelle Rayburn
Sep 16, 2019 · 3 min read

By Isabelle Rayburn

1. CSU Students of color need to see people like them as businesses owners

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Every time I go to old town, all I see are businesses that have white owners and mostly white workers. I know there is a low percentage of people of color that live in Fort Collins, but there should at least be some representation within Fort Collins. Having this representation will encourage students and residents of Fort Collins to support those businesses and possibly start their own to start some growth of these businesses.

2. Fort Collins preaches about inclusivity, but where is it?

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Fort Collins always preaches about inclusivity, but where is it? I know that there was a community dialogue on race that was sponsored by the Education Subcommittee of the city’s Equity and Inclusion Team in 2018, But it seems like the Fort Collins Equity and Inclusion team isn’t something that is really talked about or put out there. In the three years I have lived in Fort Collins I haven’t seen or heard anything about efforts of inclusion.

3. Non people of color need to be exposed to different cultures

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It is always good to know about cultures that aren’t yours. Some people may not know what is appropriate and inappropriate to say to someone that has a different background than them. Having black owned businesses around the Fort Collins area may teach non people of color about our values and they could possibly debunk stereotypes and learn how people of color really are behind those stereotypes.

4. Black Businesses allow for Black Celebration

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I know that the small percentage of people of color in Fort Collins do not feel like they are wanted here. Having some representation within businesses in Fort Collins would change that and bring in an opportunity for Black celebration. People of different backgrounds should be proud of where they come from and be able to celebrate that, but when they don’t see it then there is that void in their lives.

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