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Black Business Ownership Has Jumped 400% in One Year Under Trump!

Ya gotta love it! The story you’re about to read here is proof that a drive to succeed, and being passionate about the pursuit of happiness are among the most important components of entrepreneurship in business. Those things don’t require a particular color of skin, or depend on having “higher education”, but more the determination people possess to make the world a little better place to live, both for themselves and for those close to them. For many years the push has been to finish high school and then go on to college. I found out a long time ago that college professors at any major “approved” institution  have VERY socialistic points of view (for the most part, with a few exceptions at some non-state-run institutions) and follow a socialistic agenda. Socialism and entrepreneurship are  very much at odds with one another.

African American business owners are on the rise. According to the Minority 2018 Small Business Trends survey, the number of black-owned small businesses in the U.S. increased by a staggering 400% in a year-over-year time period from 2017 to 2018.

The new survey, which was conducted by Guidant Financial and LendingClub, interviewed more than 2,600 business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. It found that 45% of all small business in the country were owned by minority ethnic groups in 2018. This is a dramatic uptick from 2015 when the total percentage of minority business owners was 15%. The largest minority group of respondents were African American at 19%, followed by Hispanic at 14%, Asian at 8%, and Native American at 4%.

Of the African American small business owners surveyed, 63% identified as men and 38% as women. Most fell between the ages of 40 to 49 with 28%, while 25% were between 50 and 59 years old, and 22% are 30 to 39. The research also showed that the highest volume of African American entrepreneurs lives in Texas, followed by Georgia, California, Florida, and North Carolina.

David Nilssen, CEO of Guidant Financial, said in a statement that he is excited about the rise of minority small business owners around the nation. “Growth amongst all minorities including women is promising in America as small business ownership becomes more favorable and easier to attain. We anticipate and hope to see a continued increase as the impact of tax reform and economic growth shape small business ownership moving forward.”

To see the full story, go to BlackEnterprise.com.
Click this link for an accompanying infographic about African American respondents.

Congratulations to those who have fought their way off the “plantation” that has been foisted on us by the socialistic Democrats for the past several decades! I applaud your determination and resourcefulness, and most of all for your determination to succeed in the face of the hurdles that are placed in your path. I owned and operated my own business for a number of years, and it is not for the faint of heart! I can relate to your difficulties and appreciate your success from a first-person point of view, because I know as a business owner I never worked harder in my life. Working for someone else for wages is FAR easier, but the trade off is that you have to live with the restrictions imposed by the company for whom you work, and the “sameness” of doing any job is a factor in why I believe so many people “live for the weekend”. Business ownership is satisfying for the person with the right attitude, and has with it the potential for great success if approached with the appropriate measure of desire to succeed.

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The Believing Entrepreneur

To be a world-changer…to be a world-shaper…to be a culture shifter and shaper, we’ve got to have the mindset of a believing believer, a hoping believer. That starts with being anchored in the fact that all things work together for good, regardless of what it looks like in the natural.

I was just driving, thinking about some of the jobs I’ve done in the past, from a traveling salesperson driving around in my car, house to house to house, hoping I could deliver a presentation that was worthy of a couple that I’d just met. Confidence in myself and the equipment that I was representing enough so that after two hours of meeting complete strangers, they’d be willing to give me several thousand dollars in exchange for a piece of equipment that they now would deem necessary.

Keeping the Right Mindset

I was thinking about driving around and all the driving around I did and the hustle and bustle of driving around and not getting into homes and getting kicked out of homes, and people not understanding why I was showing up because the person that was setting the appointment in the telemarketing room didn’t make it clear that the individual or the couple had to actually watch a presentation in order to get a free gift. I remember I was thinking about the mindset that I chose to try to operate in continually.

And not saying I got it perfect. Obviously, I think we all have room to grow in every element and every area of our life. In thinking about the mindset that I felt that God had me in, wanting to cultivate in me, a mindset of hope, a mindset of courage, a mindset of believing that all things work together for good. Believing that the steps of a righteous man or woman are ordered by the Lord. Believing that, as I move forward with excellence, doing my best, that God is doing things behind the scenes that I cannot see, but I have to believe and operate from hope that He’s doing things that are far beyond I could ever dream or imagine.

He’s doing those things in the supernatural. He’s doing those things in the unseen realm that are preparing me, that are being prepared for me, as I am being prepared for them, by the attitude and the character that is being cultivated, that is being manicured, that is being shaped by the experiences that I go through on a daily basis. The mindset of a believing believer. It’s a mindset that I think is absolutely necessary for us to be able to attain the things that we actually want to, those that have goals and dreams and ideas and visions that are grandiose and large and that have massive impact.

To be a world-changer…to be a world-shaper…to be a culture shifter and shaper, we’ve got to have the mindset of a believing believer, a hoping believer. That starts with being anchored in the fact that all things work together for good, regardless of what it looks like in the natural. As I was driving, I was thinking about these past jobs and I was thinking about these past years that I’d spent in various jobs.

Complaining–The Language of Bondage

I just remember I felt the Holy Spirit sharing with me that I needed to count it all joy. That I needed to choose joy and choose happiness in the midst of it. Then I’m reminded by a passage of Scripture and a message that my pastor, Bill Johnson of Bethel Church, shared with me, with all of us, the congregation, over 15 years ago. He shared something with me that stuck, resonated. And it’s continued to resonate to this day.

He said that murmuring and complaining is the language of bondage. As I was driving around thinking about all the jobs I used to do and how people could seemingly look at the way those jobs were, what it took to do those jobs, it’d be really easy to murmur, to complain, to whine, to speak negative about the day or this or that, or whatever. I always strived to live above the worry and the doubt and especially the speaking. The verbalizing of worry, the verbalizing of doubt, the verbalizing of disbelief, the verbalizing of anxiousness, the verbalizing of doubt and disbelief. I tried very hard to make sure that I did not speak that language, ’cause it is a language. And that language is the language of bondage.

It’s a language of bondage. It’s a language that says, “I’m not going to make it.” It’s a language that says, “My God is not big enough.” It’s a language that says, “God didn’t know what was gonna happen to me today because now I’m in it and I don’t know what I’m gonna do.” It’s a language that says, “God’s not big enough. He’s not powerful enough. He’s not omniscient. He can’t use all things together for good. He’s not using all things together for good.”

It’s a, “Woe is me. Why is this happening to me because there’s no hope.” That’s the language that I tried very hard to stay away from. I absolutely believe it’s because of the decision to live above that attitude that things began to elevate in my life. So I’m speaking to the individual that may have a hard time trying to see the glass half full, always. Even if it’s a quarter full, at least there’s something in the glass.

I’m speaking to the individual that wants to attain the desires of their heart, the dreams of their heart. I’m speaking to that individual that right now knows that they have an issue. They speak too much negativity. They doubt too much. They verbalize doubt too much. I want you to understand that it’s very, very clear that without faith, believing, hoping, believing that all things work together for good, without faith it is impossible to please God.

“For he that comes to Him must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek him.” Seek him how? I believe He’s saying seek Him, and they’re believing. We have to seek Him in everything we do and everything that happens to us. We have to seek Him in all things. When we seek Him and His perspective, when we seek His viewpoint and His vantage point in everything that we go through, that’s seeking him in all things.

As we seek Him in all things, then that’s where the reward is. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. We have to be strategic and directional and intentional in seeking Him in all things. In everything that happens around us, we have to be intentional in seeking Him in all things. In doing so, understand that He loves to reward those that seek Him in all things. But the flip side of that coin is it’s impossible to please Him without faith. With the language of bondage, with murmuring and complaining, it is impossible to attain the things that you want to attain in life for the believing believer.

Speaking Hope

Speak life, speak hope, and no matter what happens or comes your way, understand that it is nothing new to God. It’s no surprise to Him. He will build line upon line, precept upon precept, of your life building blocks that you’ve gone through, things that you’ve gone through and that you’re going through right now. He has plans to use those things as they cultivate in you the character necessary for your next assignment, for your next position. Allow those things to cultivate you and nurture you and shape you into the individual, the character, able to hold the presence, the perspective of Heaven in every situation.

Allow that all to take shape in you so that you’ll be prepared for the next level. Understand Rome wasn’t built in a day. Anything worth doing right is not gonna get done overnight. Everything that you wanna do is not gonna get done overnight. Every person that people say they’re an overnight success, there’s no such thing as an overnight success. Somebody who’s working hard and long behind the scenes before the world discovered how talented or gifted or whatever they are, there is no overnight success.

Understand that if you want to get to a place where you are walking in the freedom and the embodiment of what you feel like you’re on this earth for, the purpose you’re on this earth for, understand that it’s gonna take some time but it’s the process. It’s the time and the process that you get to enjoy. Enjoy that process. Enjoy that time as a romantic journey of faith with your Father that wants to have a relationship with you and cultivate things in and through your life. In every situation, in every circumstance, no matter what you’re going through, keep that your mindset.

Stay believing and hoping in faith. Be a believing believer and I absolutely believe that as all things fall in place and all things come into alignment in your life, your mind will be blown at how awesome and how far Papa God takes you on your journey. But it is all about relationship with Him. He wants to cultivate that relationship with His son, with His daughter, with you. He wants to cultivate a relationship with you and co-labor with you on this journey.

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