If you have ever done any research or viewed any of the background on @theblackenterprise you would know that one of the reasons that we started The Black Enterprise was because we want to get people that live in Urban areas to do more in the supporting their own neighborhoods. This is not to say that you have to buy using a certain criteria or make purchases based on race or any other categorical factors. What we really mean in every aspect is that if it is at all humanly possible you should look into making your purchases in the Zip Code, in which, you live. Why is that? A lot of the services that get provided in the Suburban areas are generated from tax revenue. So when you go to the Suburban area and the roads are nice, the tax revenue was a big part of that. When you go the Suburban area and see police often scouting the area, tax revenue is a big part of that. When you go to the suburban area and see nice firehouses, malls, shopping centers, grocery stores….etc, well, you get the point. At the same time, where the tax revenue doesn’t come in and pay for these amenities to maintain these shops, buildings, and other conveniences it comes from outside sources. One of those outside sources are people who do not live in that area, but go there to shop.
Most people who live in urban areas don’t have the availability of larger scale shopping malls or those huge departments stores that offer memberships and a huge sale on quantity items. Ever notice that in most cases, you have to take a bit of a drive to get to those. Depending on your geographical location, you have to drive a bit to even get to a Meyers, a WalMart, a Winco, a Costco, a Sam’s Club etc. That large scale mall that most people tend to shop at is located several miles from the zip code that they live in and the taxes that you pay are based on that zip code. Next time you go shopping, take a look at your receipt and see what zip code you’re actually shopping in.
Even if we were to disregard all of this information and simply be okay with going out of the way to shop, in which, some people enjoy the drive and fresh air on the way to do their Saturday morning shopping. After all is said and done, those areas have nicer amenities because at the end of the day, they generate a high rate of revenue PERIOD. Those malls, department stores, banks, and shopping centers generate a significant revenue for those areas no matter how you look at it. These are some of the things that are almost non-existent in the urban neighborhood. If you go to some of the poorest areas, they lack any or very little convenience. You will see an abundance of liquor stores and gas stations, but there won’t be any big business that can: A. Generate massive revenue, or B. generate massive amounts of jobs.
Let’s make something clear, although states receive federal assistance for many programs, each state is also responsible for raising revenue through taxes. While not all states levy a personal income tax on state residents, other taxes such as sales taxes also contribute to state revenue. City and municipal taxes also serve different purposes from your state or federal taxes. While the latter two go to support bureaucracy, funding and projects at a state and national level, city taxes pay for the infrastructure that you use every day at and around your home. Depending on your location and the arrangement between your city and your state and federal government, some of your municipal taxes may end up being used by the state, and vice versa. Some of the most well-known amenities that states and city taxes pay for are road system, electricity, gas and water lines, sewers, public parks, libraries and any buildings or other properties that are owned by the city. As stated before fire and police protection. Also, bureaucrats or politicians who run the city also receive their stipend from that tax revenue. Some of your city taxes may go to the state in which your city is located, as a part of funding transfers that occur between municipalities and state governments. Conversely, some of your state income taxes may end up coming back to your city, for example, as matching funds in the event of state-supported infrastructure development. This often happens when a city is building roads or highways in its territory.
Why is The Black Enterprise bringing all of this up?
The thing is, we don’t have the funding to go into any one state, city, nor township… not even a city neighborhood block to begin to help create this kind of revenue that should begin to ensure that some of these amenities and conveniences can become available to us and our neighborhoods. Most of us still live in these urban areas trying to make something bigger for ourselves and those around us. The reality of it all is that since we live there, we should be spending our money there so that we can begin to attain these attributes be that its after school programs, better books for schools, supplies, better roadways, job creation in the inner cities, shopping plazas and malls in the inner cities, better training for police, more fire and rescue, and most importantly growth in you! The urban entrepreneur. The one taking a chance on yourself. The one who is looking to create jobs, not find and fight for them. You, the inner city entrepreneur with a little help and a lot of elbow grease can create that Enterprise, can be that Enterprise. It is a small fraction of the things that need to happen but it’s a significant step in the right direction. Some of you don’t live in those very urban areas and we understand that. This is why we created the map here on theblackenterprise.com so that even if you don’t live there, you can find businesses that you are looking to support that are in those areas.