The Glover Report: Celebrating Black-owned Businesses at Arundel Mills

By Doni Glover, Publisher
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(BALTIMORE – March 26, 2022) – My name is Doni Glover and I’m the world’s biggest fan of Black-owned businesses. I can be minding my own damn business, like today, trying to take a respectable mental health day – and bam! I see a sista pushing her product in Arundel Mills at her kiosk. I had to stop what I was doing and pull out the camera.

Fifteen minutes later, I run across a young man who had what I would call a shoeshine box. I know because I once ran a shoeshine stand briefly myself at the Hunt Valley Marriott in the summer of ’84.  However, the caveat is that he was not dealing with dress shoes; he was cleaning sneakers. And the sneakers were still on the man’s feet.

This entrepreneur at Arundel Mills is a classic example of the determination, skill, and innovation necessary to succeed in business in the 21st century.

I was floored at both entrepreneurs’ diligence and level of determination to succeed – especially as we are coming out of (hopefully) the pandemic. I did my best to speak life over both of them while in their presence. Words cannot express just how I was inspired as I watched them grind. They warmed my soul. They are examples of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, including the skill, the sacrifices, and the investment of time, money, and resources.

That’s what our Black Wall Street Movement is all about: reflecting on our ancestors’ successes in business in the past and also grooming the next generation of entrepreneurs to be even more successful.

African Americans generate some $1.5 trillion in annual disposable income. As I panned the mall, I saw a lot of us shopping, but only a few of us have jumped into the marketplace to sell our products and services – just like I see other races doing business. Granted, it’s not easy. But damn, we can do business, too!

Bigs ups also to the young brother I saw cutting hair at his pop-up at the same mall.

Seeing my people hustle is rejuvenating.

We get a lot of flak for crime, especially in Baltimore. Let the mainstream press tell the story, Black people are what’s wrong with America. Black people, I assure you, see it differently.

Nonetheless, was truly honored to capture Black people today engaged in entrepreneurial ventures that won’t make the mainstream news just yet. And frankly, it is our pleasure to help entrepreneurs in their ascension. Why? Because some people helped me when I wanted to start my own business.

As a journalist, I am very familiar with what businesses go through trying to get exposure. That’s a huge part of why I went into business 20 years ago: to help small businesses, like mine, get the exposure they need in order to grow. Thus far, we’ve done just that! #bmorenews #entrepreneur #blackwallstreet