I spend a lot of money outside of the black community. Recently, I made an effort to keep as much of my money in the black community as possible. I needed an HVAC system installed and hired a Black owned company to do it. They are currently in the process of doing the job, but In the process I realized an added benefit in that this company also hired young black men. This experience was rewarding for me. Now, this being said, there were challenges and sacrifices that I had to make in order to select this contractor over the other two. First, this contractor, unlike the other two, required an inititial payment of over $5000 before the work began and idicated that the payment would pay for materials and that these materials would take several days to come in. The other two contractors where ready to start immediately and without an upfront payment. Infact they did not require an initial payment until they were finished with the rough-in. I did my due diligence in checking the company out, but I must admit, when I handed that dude that check, I prayed that he would show up with my materials and get the job done. He did and he is currrently on the Job. It appears he is doing a great job.