I think I’ve mentioned one or 25 times that I was born and raised in Houston, TX. If you already know about Juneteenth, then you’ll understand why, when I was living in Minnesota in my late 20s, I was gobsmacked to discover that hardly anybody knew about Juneteenth. Fortunately for me, I got to grow up celebrating Juneteenth so here’s the rundown for those of you not as lucky.
Two years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and six months after the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, had fully passed, the Union Army finally reached Galveston, TX to spread the news that the war was over and slavery had been abolished on June 19, 1865. This was the official end to the Civil War and came to colloquially be called Juneteenth. At the end of the 20th century, this flag was created to commemorate the day. The star represents Texas, the Lone Star State; the burst outlining the star, inspired by a nova, represents a new beginning for all Black Americans. The arc represents a new horizon full of opportunity and promise. The red, white and blue reminds us that we are all Americans.
Let me say that again — a new beginning, a new horizon full of opportunity and promise for all Black Americans. It’s the ultimate statement of the American Dream — and we, all of us, have the chance to help create that horizon in our own communities for everybody. What a great time to be alive! Here in my little corner of the world at tGSO, through our Black Entrepreneurship Program, and in partnership with Launch Greensboro, we have been given the opportunity to help ten amazing entrepreneurs of color, with eight growing businesses, find their own paths to becoming supernovas. And what a complete joy it is to watch them rise. From event management to wood working to 3D tours to doula practice to gardening subscription boxes to consulting and more, we are so proud to be able to support these wonderful entrepreneurs in the early stages of their growth. We can’t wait for the day when we can say we knew them when.
For me, Juneteenth is as quintessential an American holiday as the 4th of July, steeped in our innate belief that, with a dream and a lot of hard work, all Americans, no matter how they came to this country, can thrive. Keep a look out for our supernovas here at tGSO — they don’t disappoint!
Happy Juneteenth — and all good things,
PS — if you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Greensboro, check this out.
Community Partner Spotlight
Free Coworking Day @ transform Greensboro
June 29 8:30am-5:00pm
Come network and build connections at our two tGSO locations
at 111 Bain St. and 111 W Lewis. Enjoy our locally roasted gourmet coffee while you work in a top-notch environment with great people.
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Launch & Learn
Revolutionize Your Business: Harness the Power of Chat GPT for Efficiency and Growth
June 21, 2023 12:00-1:00PM
transform GSO Carolina Room 111 Bain Street, Greensboro, NC 27406
Everyone is talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI) these days, in the same way we talked about computers and the internet at one time. Some fear it and some embrace and harness the new technology as a business booster.
In this Launch and Learn session, Beth Livingston of Triad Web Advisors will show us how to unlock the potential of using AI technology in our businesses. Discover how ChatGPT, a powerful AI language model, can streamline business processes, save time, and drive productivity. Through expert insights, real-life examples, and practical implementation tips, you’ll learn how to leverage ChatGPT to enhance communication, simplify project management, accelerate content creation, and improve SEO. Don’t miss this opportunity to future-proof your business and stay ahead of the competition. Join us and transform your business with the power of ChatGPT!
We bring the information, you bring your lunch, and we have a full hour of learning together! Register here!
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