Back in the 1950s and ’60s, Milwaukee bustled with African American-owned businesses. But a combination of changing demographics and concentrated poverty dimmed the community’s once-bright glow of entrepreneurship.
In 2012, African Americans made up 22% of all business owners in Milwaukee County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Individual entrepreneurs also have realized the need to create a support network for their peers to make Milwaukee a home of more profitable, diverse business districts.
We asked these four black businesswomen how they got their start:
Artists can’t make money.
Jasmine Wyatt was not willing to let that stereotype or — as an African American woman — others define her.