We had the good fortune of connecting with Allison Bajracharya and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allison, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Our multi-racial team came together in June, 2020, in the wake of George Floyd’s death, in a desire to do something different to affect real change. On the heels of the social unrest in this country, we decided to do our part to promote the economic growth of Black businesses by infusing intentional spending power and wealth into the Black community. Ultimately, we wanted to organize communities with the intent to influence mindsets and behaviors that will result in long-term support of Black owned businesses. We want to ensure the swell of support for Black business owners that emerged last summer became a movement, and not just a moment. Thus, we became the Movement of Allies for Black Businesses.
Our founding team of marketing experts, business leaders, educators, activists, and entrepreneurs is volunteer run. We launched our first social media campaign in August, and are committed to building out more complete infrastructure for the organization in 2021. We are raising funds to build out our digital presence through our Be an Ally Campaign. You can learn more about our founding committee at www.blackbusinessallies.com.
What should our readers know about your business?
Our goals are to increase the visibility of Black owned businesses, increase investment readiness of Black business owners, and influence consumer behavior, so we’re thinking about both the supply and demand side of the market. Currently, anyone who is interested in learning more about incredible local Black businesses, their stories, and pioneering Black entrepreneurs can check out our content on Instagram and twitter. People can submit ideas for additional businesses for us to promote there and on our website. In the next year, we will launch amplifier grants to focus on investment readiness for businesses, and a dynamic web-based portal whereby Allies can pair up with Black business owners who are seeking allyship in the form of direct or indirect resources.
We are an entrepreneurial, spirited, and ambitious team who take our work seriously but never take each other too seriously. Tamara and Kara have built two successful companies together. A marketing and branding agency named The Sax Agency (www.thesaxagency.com) that in 8 years has become one of the largest Bblack owned marketing, branding and advertising firms in Los Angeles. Their other company, Bex & Call (www.bexandcall.com), manages a range of talent. Allison is a strategic impact consultant, helping equity minded organizations take big ideas and turn them into action. SheI currently serves as COO for, a social benefit enterprise in Denver working to bring the most innovative and equitable COVID19 solutions to school districts because she believes strongly in the importance of developing strategies for students and teachers to safely return to in-person learning.
Allison, Kara, and Tamara first met through a bookclub on race 15 months ago. Their founding committee is a network of friends and strategists who are connected by their mission to build wealth and power in the Black community, and a magnetic force of hope and laughter.
We would love for you to be an ally in our movement. Follow us @blackbusinessallies, submit businesses to profile at www.blackbusinessallies.com, or express interest in being a fiscal ally by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
To eat/drink: Alta Adams for great ambience and southern food, The Maybourne BH for outside dining and BH people watching, Jean-George at the Waldorf Rooftop for impeccable city views, The Huntley Santa Monica for the Penthouse views, and Nobu Malibu for oceanside sushi and air To shop/do: Hiking at Will Rogers or Griffith Park, The Grove (to eat, shop, people watch AND have a donut from Bob’s)! OR 3rd Street Promenade and Abbot Kinney to do the same! Rent a convertible and ride along the PCH OR rent a bike and do the same! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Kyrie Irving, most known for his work on the court as the star of the Brooklyn Nets franchise, is equally passionate about his work OFF the court. He started his umbrella company, Hermetic Friends, to be a multi-level business hub that is redefining the way business is done by diversifying business transactions and bringing them to life. The work is across several verticals including: tech, sports, aviation, real estate and health and wellness. In 2021, Kyrie has set out to build a fund to address the needs of small, minority, women-owned businesses through grant issuance and support services. His focus on helping others, specifically the groups that are typically under-served, deserves our shoutout!!
Photo credit goes to the exceptional Kara Franklin, @karacoleen