SOUTH BEND — On Saturday, the parking lot at the Charles Black Center turned into a sampler platter of what minority women can do, from creating spicy cuisine to healing achy muscles and the emotional wounds of sexual abuse.
The city’s Small Business Launch Pad, aimed at helping minority women entrepreneurs, even drew a 4-year-old girl and her beauty products.
The city’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion wanted to give the businesses a boost after the pandemic — that is, to get some cash flowing for them. The first hour of this all-day event, under dry but cloudy skies, didn’t yet draw a lot of visitors, but it got some of the 37 vendors to visit each other’s booths.
Case in point: Hunger quickly struck Laquisha and Ronnie Jackson once they opened their tent for Hope for the Hungry, a charity she’d started a year ago to help food-insecure