"I didn't know, myself, there were this many Black-owned businesses in this small area"
Pez Davila is a Black man who works with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) kids here in Duluth.
So he knows first hand what kinds of messages these kids hear - and he still does, himself. "'You can't do this,'" he says. "It sticks in people's heads."
He knows there are Black entrepreneurs in the northland, but until a throw-away little idea took on a life of its own, he had no idea how many.
The Northland Black Business Showcase begins at 3:00pm this afternoon at the Washington Community Recreation Center. It's "live and in person," but all state and city COVID-19 guidelines will be observed and masks are mandatory. Temperatures will also be checked at the door. More information is available here.