Dear Tabor Neighbors
There are many things I want to talk about in this
President's message, but I cannot get former Tabor
100 Board member and friend, John Berdes, off my
John knew better than most that money lubricates
business and that minority businesses many times
don't have access to it.
His philosophy about lending to minority businesses
is worth repeating: "You've got to take a step back
and get a better understanding of the starting point
and recent history and roadblocks faced by minority
owned businesses before you can start thinking about
ways around them. There's no time or patience for
well-intended approaches that simply do not work.
We've got to build trust in the communities and this
often means pushing back against deeply ingrained
historical mistrust. We've got to figure out ways to
monetize character in because there
Tabor 100 is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates who are committed to economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large.
1) Become a connecting link between existing organizations to enhance communication
and coordination of existing programs and capacities.