African American banks pivotal as ever for minorities in US

Erwin Oropesa

New York (AFP) – When she needed capital to expand her business, Ernisha Randolph was just one of countless African Americans to encounter roadblocks despite having no history of financial trouble.

About seven years ago, her catering company, Juanita’s Kitchen, had secured a big government contract that guaranteed revenues for three years. To finance the expansion, she turned to banking giant Wells Fargo.

“I asked them for $50,000 and when they denied it, I went down to $25,000,” she recalled in an interview. “I did not get that, either.”

Randolph turned to OneUnited, one of the leading African-American owned banks in the US that have supported minority-owned businesses over the decades.

With credit from OneUnited, Randolph transformed her Miami company into today’s mini-food empire.

The Sweet Butter Hospitality Group includes the restaurant Shuckin & Jivin that now appears better positioned than many other restaurants and small businesses to survive the

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