Black Business Association to distribute $300 grants for personal care businesses

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Help is still available for small businesses that received little to no assistance during the pandemic.

The president of the Black Business Association of Memphis is encouraging barbers, cosmetologists, nail technicians estheticians, hair braiders, make-up artists, massage therapists, nail technicians, personal trainers and so forth to apply.

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The instructor and manager of Tennessee Slay University applied for the grant. The business is a braiding school in East Memphis.

Kori Randolph said she is so grateful for the grant assistance because earlier in the pandemic, she could barely feed her family.

Randolph is back to work now, but the mother of three foster children will never forget just how hard life was when she had to stop working this March during the pandemic.

“I was like God save us,” Randolph said. “I felt so helpless because I have foster kids that are looking up to me and they were just as afraid and I had to try to be a hero to them.”

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That’s why she’s thankful the Black Business Association is offering $300 grants to entrepreneurs like Randolph who were impacted by the pandemic.

BBA President Mark Yates spent the day going to different businesses encouraging them to apply for the grants. The organization received $1.2 million coming from a federal grant to the City of Memphis under the Cares Act.

“BBA knew that black businesses were going to be the most adversely affected and here we are during this pandemic and we see that it’s upwards of $1.2 billion in our community alone.”

“It’s like people are now knowing they have to be each other’s shoulder and like they said, it takes a village to raise a child. Right now it’s taking a village to survive this pandemic,” Randolph added.

Right now they’re still going through applications, but as of Monday, they received 450 applications.

You must be a Memphis resident to apply and you have to be able to prove you are in business.

Click here to apply.