This summer, following protests over George Floyd’s death, Shaleah Gilmer launched Black-Owned Brockton, a social media platform that promotes, and tries to connect, the city’s small-business community.
She’s launching a website and planning events, around her day job as a youth career counselor. In a city where people tend to stick to their neighborhoods, she said, it’s easy for good ideas, and good people, to slip through the cracks.
“It’s super-challenging," Gilmer said. “Even before COVID, a lot of these businesses were not getting much exposure. But there are so many opportunities.”