1830s Philadelphia based sailmaker/entrepreneur had business worth an estimated $100,000 , approximately $2.5M today.
THE BBE COMMISSION IS A NATIONAL ORGANIZING ENTITY FOCUSED ON THE ECONOMIC HEALTH OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY
The Village of Harlem, New York, has been the cultural epicenter of Black America for the last 100+ years. More recently, Black Harlem has been confronting the adverse effects of gentrification and economic stagnation of the majority of its Black-owned businesses. This harsh economic reality led to the formation of WEG, a collective of Harlem based entrepreneurs in 2018. WEG gave birth to the Black Business Empowerment Committee (BBE), a collective of Black community organizations, churches and business owners that have come together to put forth a plan for Black Business Empowerment in NYS and NYC. Reaching out to Black communities across the nation gave birth to the ‘BBE Commission’ (BBEC).