A decorated war veteran who served the country is now back in middle Georgia to serve the business community through her non-profit.
“It’s exciting to come back to middle ga where I use to serve my country and to go ahead and start serving my community,” said Porcher.
Veteran and nonprofit owner, Nikki Porcher, is leaving her mark on middle Georgia with her non-profit buy from a black woman tour.
Porcher was stationed at Robins Air Force Base before being deployed to Iraq.
She served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
But serving her country wasn’t enough–she realized her community needed help
“I realized that there is still a community here that is not being served. I know when I was living here there were a lot of tools, lot of programs that I would have to travel to Atlanta to find to help me along my journey whatever it was. So introducing this community to resources that are right in their backyard is very important,” said Porcher.
Porcher took matters into her own hands by starting her own blog after being at an event with zero black vendors.
“I started off as a blog and once a week I would buy something from a black woman and then I would challenge other people to buy something and ask did you buy from a black woman today,” said Porcher.
Her non-profit has now grown to over 100,000 followers on social media.
All this month she’s been traveling across the country to showcase black women-owned businesses through her buy from a Black woman inspire tour which is presented by H&M.
“For me, it’s important to be around people who motivate me, who uplift me, who inspire me. It’s a month-long celebration of me just celebrating the people who inspire me telling the rest of the world about black women and hoping they too are inspired by the work we are doing,” said Porcher.
Porcher says you can easily support a black woman’s business and the community no matter who you are.
“Something that you use every day that is just second nature. Replace that with a black woman business or even a small business. Something that is going to make a real impact on the community that you’re leaving in because this is the community that they’re serving. No, you do not have to be black to buy from a black woman. We want everyone to buy from a black woman because when you support a black woman business owner you support a whole community,” said Porcher.
The tour is stopping in Warner Robins on Tuesday for Analytics for Black Women Business Owners, a workshop for Black women business owners in partnership with Christele Nicolas-Parham MBA of Ham Designs and Macon Black Tech.
Source: WGXA News