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Setting An Example with Global Investor Solutions

Setting An Example with Global Investor Solutions

Stationed in Bellevue, Global Investor Solutions is a real estate and investment company with a model worth calling attention to. They are a social enterprise, or a team of entrepreneurs using the techniques and practices of the private business sector to solve a social/cultural issue, that is focused on preserving community and neighborhood. Holding core values of transcendence, benevolence, authenticity, & personal development the company strongly mirrors the values of founder, Kenny Pleasant.

Pleasant, like a number of our youth today, was labeled “at risk” as a child. He attributes his turn around to mentorship, self-development, and God’s grace, and has made efforts to give back through his business and philanthropic efforts.

GIS offers clients multiple solutions when buying/selling, a tailored customer service experience, and sustainable developments for the community. They have set a shining example of how we can build our community as we build ourselves.

To stay updated on their work or find out more information, visit their website.

Reclaiming the Narrative at Black Dot

Reclaiming the Narrative at Black Dot

Seattle's Central Area community members have seen the corner of 23rd Ave. and Union St. change immensely over the years. Shifting from a lively node along the corridor with an unparalleled 73% Black population, to less than 20% today*; this corner has heard the outcries of rebellion and felt the shimmering pride of a resilient community. Despite all of the great things birthed from this epicenter, the area has been branded as a place of violence and drug activity among the larger city. Noting this, the founders of a new entrepreneurship cultivation hub, called Black Dot, make it a part of their mission to rewrite the narrative of 23rd & Union.

Honoring the strong sense of community that was once there, Black Dot fosters an intentional community of entrepreneurs all aiming to support new, existing, and prospective Black businesses. They do this in three ways:

 1) By providing a physical space for entrepreneurs to vend in the retail/gallery area, or work in the tech lounge area;

2) Providing the opportunity for networking in the entrepreneur sect and surrounding community; and

3) Hosting workshops and trainings for business owners to gain knowledge.

With events such as “Selling Your Art, Not Your Soul” providing professional advice for artists, “Finding Money for Small Businesses” detailing sources of funding for business owners, and  “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” offering a breakdown of effective marketing images, Black Dot is keeping the benefit of the community at the core of what they do.

In a neighborhood that is ever-changing and forgetting the positive imprint the Black community had on that very corner, the work being done at Black Dot reminds us all of the greatness that was and is to come at Midtown.

For more information about Black Dot’s mission, memberships, or event line-up, visit their website or email