Coronavirus was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Since then, it has spread quickly, causing thousands of deaths globally.
The virus has also resulted in a brutal decline in economic activity that is hitting many Black owned businesses and professionals hard.
In this series, we will be sharing personal stories from Black entrepreneurs and professionals about how they are dealing with this new Coronavirus reality.
What were your initial thoughts when you learned about the outbreak?
Because I have a doctorate in public health, I had a lot of questions about the source, function, impact, and spread. Because of the uncertainty, I wanted answers to the questions that we still have a hard time answering. I want to better understand corona.
How has it affected your business?
Revenue has dropped. Even with less sales, I still need to pay my invoices. I need capital, so I decided to get a loan. I found ClearBanc and they were a perfect solution. ClearBanc works by looking at your numbers in your eCommerce store and making you a loan based on your trends. With their help, I am able to invest in marketing and stocking my marketplace back up.
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How has it affected your lifestyle?
Me and my husband are doing self isolation. We aren’t leaving our house, and I have canceled every meeting the month of March. My husband is a teacher, so his job closed all schools. So we are both at home and spending quality time with each other and our son.
What new strategies have you implemented or do you plan to implement in your business?
I picked, packed, and shipped all the BLK + GRN orders myself. I am moving BLK + GRN to a wonderful Black-owned fulfillment center in April, so if we get quarantined again, I don’t have to take trips to the post office.
If you had one ask of your community right now, what would it be?
We sympathize with everyone going through this coronavirus epidemic. We stand with you during this really difficult time. As you isolate yourself from social gatherings and have to shop online, BLK + GRN (www.BLKGRN.com) is here so you can get what you need for your home without leaving the house. Use our special discount code to save!
-Tony O. Lawson