Joining us today is Frank Williamson, CEO of STL Black Restaurant Week. Frank is a St. Louis native and loves being involved in the community by serving as Engagement Chair for Urban League-St. Louis and by spearheading STL Black Restaurant Week in an effort to promote restaurants that are owned and operated by African-Americans.
In this episode:
Frank starts the conversation by explaining that he grew up and went to school in St.Louis, and for college, he went to Lincoln University in Jefferson, MO. Frank says that entrepreneurial thinking to him means “stepping outside of your comfort zone and exceeding.
Frank explains how being part of the Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St. Louis (ULYP-STL) helped him connect with others in Memphis, TN., that started the first STL Black Restaurant Week.
Frank talks about how STL Black Restaurant Week works and what people can do at the event, and the restaurants involved for the week. He also shares how he promotes the event. Frank shares that UMSL Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) was also a great resource to build and grow the event
Frank speaks about the pull of entrepreneurship and having several streams of income to make that possible. He always wants to help the community and give back this year with Covid-19 and also going forward to lessen that impact.