My name is Bert Wright. I am a social entrepreneur and I love Black people.
As you read that previous statement, I understand the confused look on your face as you are scratching your head. I get it all the time. I invite you to join me as I explain it it in simple terms. I believe that entrepreneurship and an entrepreneurial mindset is necessary to make a difference in our community. It is more than the concept of assuming risk to start a business, but it is expanding our definition to understand that it is a way of thinking, whether you are an employee or entrepreneur. At their core, entrepreneurs are problem solvers and innovators who use these principles to make a difference. Ultimately, I believe helping our community to thrive economically is good business for everyone.
I come to you with a couple decades of experience in the public and private sector. Initially, as a school teacher working with students in alternative schools, before entering corporate America for a major restaurant chain. My first exposure to a Black owned business was through my parents. My dad operated as general contractor for years and eventually leveraged that knowledge into a real estate inspection and appraisal business before he passed away. My mom owned and operated a daycare until I was in the sixth grade. My father always said one of the ways to get ahead and to have greater control of my income was to start my own business. Four years ago, I took the leap of faith and I have never looked back.
Over the past 20 years, I have developed a deep passion for economic empowerment and knowledge for the Black community. This sentiment was strengthen during my last job, because I worked with several small business owners. Unfortunately, I did not see a lot of familiar faces that looked like me in meetings. It strengthen my resolve to ensure that our community is educated on the power of recycling our dollars in our community and to see business ownership as a viable reality for us.
My role here at Bobspotter is to bring information that will educate, inspire and support economic empowerment in OUR community. It does not matter if you are a consumer or a business owner. I invite you to join us as we move to empower through education and economics.