Did you know that August was "Black Business Month"?

Throughout the history of this country, its been proven that African Americans have had a tougher time starting a business due to lack of education, financing from banks and a myriad of other factors. But thankfully over the last few years we've begun to see change in the marketplace as more and more African Americans are starting their businesses and pursuing the path of financial independence.

That's Why All This Month We Are To Highlight Black Owned Businesses in East Texas!

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According to The Tennessee Tribute, Black Business Month is celebrated in August as a time to acknowledge and appreciate black-owned businesses across the nation and all that they represent in the country’s continual striving for diversity and equality. Founded by Frederick E. Jordan and John William Templeton in 2004, Black Business Month is slowly becoming an annual celebration.

We Want To Highlight Your Black Owned Business This Month!

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But we need YOUR HELP East Texas! If you know a Black Owned business or if you own one yourself, tell us about it and we'll shout you out on the radio! Just call Melz On The MIC afternoons from 3pm to 7pm at 903-939-1073 and tell us:

  • The Name Of Your Business
  • What Service Your Business Provides
  • Location
  • Contact/Social Media Info

If no one answers, just shoot us a message using the KISX app with details and Melz will shout you out for all of East Texas to hear!

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Get To Know These Black Owned Businesses In East Texas!

TOPP'S PIZZA - 3101 Shiloh Road, Tyler - 903-730-6596

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Google Maps

According to their website, Topp's Pizza is an awesome place to grab a delicious slice in Tyler, TX. We first opened back in 2018. The pizzeria's name comes from our owner Denise. Thing is, her grandfather gave her the nickname "Topp." Also, she has more than 15 years of experience in the pizza business.


Miss Tee's Boutique & All N One Lab 317 & 319 W. Marshall Ave. Longview

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Google Maps

Longview business owner Tamika Franklin has TWO businesses right next door to each other on West Marshall Avenue. Miss Tee's Boutique specializes in women's clothing while "All N One Lab" provides drug and medical testing, COVID and DNA Testing and more.

All Around Booking Agency - 907 W. Front St. Ste. 132

All Around Booking
All Around Booking

All Around Booking Agency in Tyler is ran by Craig Lynch. They provide event planning, concert booking and more! They are bringing Southern Soul star Magic 1 to Tyler at the Majesty Event Center on September 4th so be on the look out for that.

Dr. Nanny First Steps Daycare - Highway 155 Tyler - 903-330-1662

Dr. Nanny LLC

Dr. Cirsten Peterson runs Dr. Nanny First Steps Daycare in Tyler. They provide day care services for kids 18 months to 5 years of age. You can find more details about them at their Facebook page.

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