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For the love of Liberty County

Minority chamber report

POSTED: November 25, 2017 6:00 p.m.
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Sabrina Newby is the CEO and president of the Liberty County Minority Chamber, and CEO of BouGie Natural© Salons, and manufacturer of BouGie Natural© Hair & Body Products.

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As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world, and in my travels, I have achieved many successes. However, it wasn’t until moving to Hinesville, that I was able to reach my ultimate goal as CEO of my own company.

Though the relocation was initially bittersweet; I did not realize what I was being given at that time, which was the opportunity to focus and the tenacity to dig deeper to become an entrepreneur.

In 2007, I launched my first business. I had some understanding of what was required to be a business owner. However, I had no one to point me in the direction of becoming a successful one.

I then started to network with other minority business owners who were facing the same difficulties. There was an extreme lack of resources, know-how, and implementation within the minority business community. So I started my research. That research connected me to the knowledge I knew existed but had not experienced firsthand. Because of that, I grew from a local business owner to an international brand and felt a responsibility to give back to my community.

In 2016, and out of love for Liberty County, the Liberty County Minority Chamber formed. LCMC caters free education and the sharing of resources to a diversified network of businesses and organizations in the county. More importantly, it serves as a support system that offers opportunities in our community to include a micro-loan program.

Many have inquired, why Liberty County? The simple answer is this: There was no resource of this type in the county. With the minority population being 39,982, out of a populace of 63,453 or 63 percent, we wondered why there were so few minority-owned businesses? We also pondered why most of those companies were short-lived? Where were those like-minded individuals and the resources that were so desperately needed? How could we establish an advocacy forum to create and support all that we questioned?

The minority chamber provides committed, visionary leadership and advocacy in real time that focuses on the economic development and growth of Liberty County. Our mission is to offer a mutually beneficial relationship that not only aid our members and partners in growing their revenue, but through resources and initiatives, assist in sustaining that income. We strive for excellence in our organization by focusing on integrity, credibility, equality, and adding value to our clients.

Though our chamber is titled "minority’’ and focuses on the underdeveloped business community countywide, the Liberty County Minority Chamber is not divisive, does not compete with, or replace any other business-oriented organization. We intend to provide comfort and promote a particular interest, which is no different than your preference of church.

We are open to all, though we understand not all will join us, and never have and will never discriminate. Instead, we specialize in helping people identified by the federal government as disadvantaged when attempting to enter the business mainstream. Our purpose is to integrate more minorities into the entrepreneurial world where the primary color is green, and by being a different chamber type, we add to the economic development.

We are here to compliment the beautiful county that we all call Liberty. We are committed and desire to contribute to the county’s expansion and economic success. We openly invite all business owners, as well as the community to learn more about us as we pledge our support to their businesses, and to Liberty County.

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