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Shreveport Entrepreneurs Share Their Experiences in Honor of National Black Business Month

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Since 2004, August has been known as National Black Affairs Month.

Many believe black-owned businesses are staples in their communities, like The Wash in Shreveport. Much of the car wash and detailing is owned by Stanley Johnson, or Stan Tha Man. He has been a business owner for 30 years.

“I couldn’t have done it without the people. I started from the bottom and made it to the top. While working there, they supported me, wherever I moved, from place to place, they were there. They come from Dallas, Houston, Monroe, California, everywhere. Everyone wants to come see me,” he said.

Shannon Ali, mother, teacher and now a licensed speech therapist, used her previous credentials to open a language and literacy learning business during the pandemic.

Ali says she faced challenges in her entrepreneurial journey.

“I actually had a hard time deciding whether or not to include my face on our website. I wasn’t sure if someone seeing a young black woman would deter them from coming. But I decided no, I want them to know,” she said.

One of Ali’s loyal customers says she had nothing to worry about.

“It’s never a problem for me. I think it doesn’t matter what race, black, white, yellow, it doesn’t matter. Everyone wants their baby to succeed.

A few of the many black-owned businesses in Shreveport:

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