Baltimore’s BOOST Program aims to empower Black business owners

BALTIMORE — When it comes to owning and operating a successful business as a Black American, there are just more hurdles to clear.

Most of those hurdles are financial.

The Black-Owned and Occupied Storefront Tenancy (BOOST) program is working to change that, helping entrepreneurs on their path toward business success.

Tucked away in Druid Hill Park is a display of art created by Collin Williams.

He tells us after working a 9 to 5 for years, he quit and decided he’d devote his life to his passion.

“It suddenly came to me. There were some gel pens and a coloring book that my roommate purchased and I started coloring them one day,” Williams shared.

And already William’s fan base is growing.

“If he had the finances or the backing, there’s no telling where this guy could go. There’s no telling,” said Travis Winkey, a well-known figure in the fashion world.

Latonya Turnage, the owner of Elite Secrets Bridal and Collin Williams have so much in common.

“I just felt…

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