It’s difficult to believe that 2017 is about to come to an end – just when we’re starting to have some fun. It’s been a banner year for Black Business Ink and I could not have scripted it any better than it has played out. The publication continues to grow, thanks in large part to our scores of faithful advertisers and our thousands of readers and supporters.

Our publication each month is not possible without the roles each of you plays. We remain forever grateful and humbled about how you’ve embraced Black Business Ink, encouraged us to enter new markets, recommended articles and persons to consider featuring as cover story profiles, and stimulated us to persevere when times are challenging.

I remember when I first started this magazine and a good friend asked whether there were enough successful African American businesses in the Triad to sustain a monthly magazine. Well, that question is now answered by the fact that in 2018 Black Business Ink will celebrate its fifteen year of publishing. None of it is possible without your unwavering support.

There are so many wonderful stories in the Piedmont Triad and we’re blessed to be able to share with you the stories of some of these outstanding businesspersons and entrepreneurs.

Just this year we introduced you to a corporate training/business coach; several outstanding female former intercollegiate athletes who have excelled beyond the athletic arena; and a builder who played a major role in the $17.5 million renovation of the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

We shared with you the ragstoriches story of Joe Dudley, the chief architect of the Dudley Products, and, of course in our very first Mother’s Day special edition many of you shared special warm thought about the ultra-special mother or grandmother in your life, including my own mother who celebrates her 100th birthday in February.

We were honored to profile the National Black Theatre Festival as it brought hundreds of stage actors and tens of thousands of theater lovers to Winston-Salem for six days this summer. We dedicated two of our magazines in 2017 to help commemorate monumental milestones of two venerable institutions we are blessed have in the Triad – the respective 125th anniversaries of Winston-Salem State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

This month we are pleased to introduce you to an entrepreneur whose Greensboro-based molding company is growing astronomically, and whose desire to go into business for himself was fueled after he was granted a U.S. Patent at age 31 for a product invention and received a pat on the back while his company received millions of dollars.

We encourage you to support these businesses as well as those who support us – our advertisers. And, as we approach the holiday season and spend countless hours running around purchasing presents for loved ones, please remember those individuals who are less fortunate and may not have anything to eat or a warm place to sleep.

We encourage our readers and supporters to make a donation to a nonprofit organization in your community that has as its mission to assist the least fortunate, the lost and the left out among us. If you cannot afford a monetary donation, bequeath that winter coat you haven’t worn in five years or one of the many blankets in the upstairs closet.

We are approaching a joyous part of the year – a time of the year to be thankful for all of our blessings. Let’s make sure that someone else has something to be thankful for, too.