Joining us today is Jeffrey Blair, Co-Owner of Eyeseeme African American Children’s Bookstore. Jeffrey and his wife Pam opened their brick and mortar store 5 years ago based upon their own experience raising their children and finding it is difficult to find black children’s literature. Jeffrey believes that education starts with self and says that he has seen first-hand how the reflective images in a book can resonate with African American children.
In this episode:
Jeffrey talks about his career in law and what experiences made him transition to be an entrepreneur in a different field. Jeffrey explains his life long passion of being involved in youth programs. Jeffrey says that entrepreneurially thinking to him, means solving problems.
Jeffrey goes into detail about the tipping point for him and his wife when it came to their children’s schooling and the lack of children’s books that included African American culture and history.
Jeffrey explains how his legal and tech background and his wife’s banking background helped in setting up and maintaining the business.
Jeffrey talks about the many different avenues Eyeseeme Bookstore is able to market and sell their African American children’s literature.
Jeffrey tells us about the many challenges they faced while operating the business and gives us his take on the government-issued SBA assistance during Covid-19.