Juan a.k.a. "Jay" Whipple, Founder/Publisher
- ◊ Former Facilitator - Small Business Resource Center (SBA) - Charlotte, NC
- ◊ U.S. Army and Army Reserves (23 years, Retired)
- ◊ B.S.B.A. Entrepreneurial Management, University of North Carolina/Charlotte
- ◊ A.A. Central Piedmont Community College/Charlotte
- ◊ A.S. Electronics Engineering, Central Carolina Community College/Sanford, NC
- ◊ Was moved to North Carolina [Via Uncle Sam] in 1979, and to Charlotte in 1985 [Via Duke Power (Now Duke Energy) Company]
- ◊ Native of Miami, Florida
- ◊Founder/Co-Publisher Charlotte Metropolitan Black Pages
I began the process of re-introducing this concept to the folks of Charlotte, NC, back in September of 1989 when I asked a co-worker and other local Blacks/African-Americans "So Where Are All of These Black-owned Businesses?" I then began compiling a list and was quite surprised to have documented about 50 businesses. I then composed a written survey and mailed to each one on my list and over half were returned indicating that they would support such a publication. I then began the process of "making it happen" and even though I encountered several major stumbling blocks along the way I co-published Charlotte's first widely distributed Black Pages directory and the first one in Fayetteville, NC, where I was stationed as a Paratrooper with the 7th Special Forces Group (JFK). Unfortunately, I learned that sometimes your true enemies are those that look like you and subsequently lost out to a few very unscrupulous and greedy liars and thieves from Charlotte, NC, and Greenville, SC.
- ◊Founder/Publisher CBP's African-American Business Directory™
- ◊Founder/Publisher Fayetteville Metropolitan Black Pages™
My enthusiasm and interest in such a much needed medium in the Black community worldwide was recently renewed after yet another police shooting of an un-armed Black man.
- ◊ Founder Minority Economic Summit
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Our company was founded in 1989 and has been publishing solo since 1993. We have provided services in print and now via the Internet.
Our first endeavor was a Black business directory that was incubated in 1989 and co-published in 1991 known as the Charlotte Metropolitan Black Pages. We then expanded into the Fayetteville (NC) Metropolitan area where we published that area's first widely-distributed Black business directory in the early 1990's. Also in the early 1990's we were first to publish a tabloid-type Black/African-American magazine in Charlotte, NC, known as the Guide to Black Charlotte™ (now Trend Magazine Online™) .
In the early 1990's we also ushered in a series of annual events known as the Minority Economic Summit™, a three-day conference where we offered expert advice from business leaders and financial institutions.
Fast forward nearly three decades later and we are still focused on fostering economic growth in the Black and African-American communities -- now worldwide. We believe that no society can reach it's maximum potential without a strong business presence that flows down to it's churches, other non-profit organizations, financial institutions, local government, and citizens.
Due to recent negative racial events in our country we have decided to re-publish our Black/African-American business directory now known as CBP's Black Pages Worldwide™ and make it available via the Internet thus capable of reaching a worldwide audience of severely under-represented consumers.
The purpose of this publication is to once again foster economic growth in the Black/African-American communities around the globe thus providing better opportunities and a brighter future for their youth.