Faith Over Fear: non-profit to support minority businesses coming to Salisbury

SALISBURY, Md. – Faith over fear.  A simple message delivered at Angela Morton’s church was just what she needed to get her idea of providing support for minority businesses off the ground.

“I just felt like what can I do to try to help the community,” said Morton.

But what really motivated Morton to start her non-profit to help these businesses was the realization that many minorities weren’t getting the help they needed during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our bank, knowing that we were a business, never once offered us the PPP program. That was never offered to us,” said Vinessa Williams, owner of Little Leaders University.

“A lot of the black-owned businesses here were having difficulty. Either they didn’t know about the resources or they just couldn’t fill out the paperwork,” said Morton.

Thus, the idea for Faith over Fear Economic Empowerment Incorporated was born.

“I wanted to start Faith over Fear to try to bring minority businesses together, with a focus on the black-owned businesses to assist with getting the resources that are needed,” said Morton.

Resources that would help answer many questions business owners may have when they’re just starting out.

“Just knowing where to start? Where do I go? Who do I talk to? How do I get a business license? Now we can say, I know somewhere where you can go and get help,” said Daisey’s Healthy Hair Salon owner, Daisey Batson.

Morton, who has both an accounting degree and an MBA, tells 47 ABC she has one specific goal she wants to meet when she launches her non-profit:

“To keep black businesses alive: Because I feel going forward if we don’t empower them, bring them up, and empower the youth, the businesses just die out here in the community.”

So whether you’re looking to network and share ideas, or get help starting your own business, Faith over Fear is the one-stop-shop for success.

“With her being there and allowing people to come to her and say I’ll help you step by step to get everything that it is that you need? Wow,” said Batson.

The launch for Faith over Fear Incorporated will take place on Monday, July 20th at 5 PM at the Billie Jean Jackson Senior Park in Salisbury. All you have to do to attend is register for the free event which you can do online here. If you’re going to attend – make sure you wear a mask.

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