Michelle Rainey of Bakersfield is planning to bring a coalition of business people to Taste of Soul from the Bakersfield Black Business Community. Ms. Rainey, who is from Los Angeles, has been working with Black Businesses in Bakersfield for years and had this unique idea to connect them to the Los Angeles small business community through Taste of Soul. Ms. Rainey wants to this coalition of businesses to see what is done when businesses are brought together to do something positive to further economic development in an atmosphere full of fun, good food & great entertainment.
Bakersfield Black Dollar Initiative was created by Michelle Rainey in 2014. Michelle’s experience and knowledge as a retail manager for many years, coupled with her desire to be socially conscious about the power of spending, led her to create this company that specializes in promoting/targeting businesses that are owned and operated by African Americans. Because of her direct contact and networking skills, more than 180 businesses are now listed in the Bakersfield Black Dollar Initiative (BBDI) directory, which links customers to professional service vendors, apparel owners, doctors, lawyers and a whole host of other services. Michelle has brought awareness to her community by hosting Mystery Bus Tours to select businesses in her directory. BBDI has brought awareness to what many rarely give a second thought to; “Your Money is Your Power”.
Taste of Soul welcomes the Bakersfield Black Business Community to Taste of Soul!