Today we’d like to introduce you to Danilo Batson.
Danilo, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We started the idea for Spicy Green Book on June 2, 2020. The idea was created to help uplift the black community. We started a website where potential consumers could find black-owned businesses in the food & beverage industry. Still, we wanted them to be presented in such a way to help drive businesses so we started offering to help them with their online communications. At no cost, we offer professional photography, videography, design, branding, journalism, and promotional assistance.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Lots of people all over the world have come out to support us. From Nigeria, India, Australia, Canada, and all across the states. This would not have happened without their help. It has been hard and rewarding work. We are continuing to look for more volunteers to help us expand this project.
Spicy Green Book – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
There are a few websites that promote black-owned businesses but we go above by offering professional services. We are a nonprofit and the services we offer would cost a lot to these businesses. Small businesses don’t always have access to the capital to get these needed services. That’s where we come in. We don’t charge businesses to get listed on the site. We are creating a community at Spicy Green Book and people know we are here to support them.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success in the short term is getting more volunteers, brand awareness, and funding from donors. In the long term, success is highlighting every black business across the nation and into Canada. We want to be the one-stop shop to easily find somewhere black-owned on your phone or other devices. This will create or community and network to open further opportunities for others. Where business owners can promote each other and start to know one another.
- This is a free service to black business owners.
- Website: www.spicygreenbook.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/spicygreenbook
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/spicygreenbook
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/Spicy_GreenBook
Danilo Batson, Jesyka White