Black former franchisees sue McDonalds for discrimination
According to the lawsuit, McDonalds steered Black franchisees to stores in inner-city neighborhoods with lower sales volumes and higher security and insurance costs. Once Black franchisees owned a store, they would be asked to rebuild or remodel within a shorter period of time than white franchisees without the rent relief and other financial support given to white franchisees, the lawsuit says. Theyre the same everywhere.Ferraro also noted that the number of Black McDonalds franchisees has fallen by half over the last two decades. In 1996, McDonalds leadership acknowledged that Black franchisees werent achieving parity with their white counterparts and resolved to make changes. They claimed McDonalds shifted advertising away from Black customers, graded Black-owned stores more harshly than white ones and implemented business plans that had a discriminatory impact on Black franchisees.
Detroit entrepreneur helps others grow their own small businesses
DETROIT To own and grow a small business, one has to have that special drive -- and theres one Black business owner who is using his own success to help others get in the game and thrive. RELATED: Black business owners in Detroit on the importance of community supportI was raised in the hair salon. He opened Directions Salon in Detroit in 1988. When we got downtown, there werent a lot of Black businesses at all, Ginn said. Most of the help I get is from the stylists here and the people that work in the bar, Ginn said.
Black business owners in Detroit on the importance of community support
DETROIT In the past few weeks weve heard a lot of talk about supporting Black-owned businesses especially during the month of August. Local 4s Evrod Cassimy sat down with several Black businesses owners and they explained why its so important now more than ever. In the Black community often times I think we dont really push entrepreneurship the way that we should, said Detroit District 5 Councilwoman Mary Sheffield. Mary Sheffield is an advocate for supporting Black owned businesses. These business owners believe in supporting Black-owned business so much theyre even putting their money where their mouth is.
New app supports Black-owned restaurants in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia
DETROIT As the movement for racial equity continues, a lot of people have been making an effort to support Black-owned businesses. RELATED: Push to support Black-owned businesses intensifies amid Black Lives Matter movement, JuneteenthA new app is making it easier. It launched in Detroit a few weeks ago, but has already garnered attention for bringing Black-owned restaurants to customers who might not have found them. I just noticed like I would have to search for these Black-owned restaurants, Cabello said. In Detroit, theyve found at least 100 Black-owned restaurants with dozens already on the app.
Push to support Black-owned businesses intensifies amid Black Lives Matter movement, Juneteenth
DETROIT Recent killings of Black Americans have triggered a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement nationwide, and many people are looking for ways to support the cause. One initiative aimed to support the movement has taken the internet -- and Detroit -- by storm: Shopping at Black-owned businesses. Across the country Americans are calling on one another to vote with their dollar by seeking out and supporting small Black-owned businesses. By shopping at Black businesses, White Americans and non-Black people of color can directly fund the Black community in support. The push to support Black-owned businesses ramped up this week amid Juneteenth celebrations in addition to the national protests.