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Saturday, December 6, 2014

How One Black Business Owner From Ferguson is Rebuilding After the Riots Shattered Her Dreams

Natalie Dubose, Owner of Natalie's Cakes and More
Recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri, following the racially-charged case of the shooting of black resident Michael Brown by a white police officer, have left many business owners devastated. One such business owner, Natalie Dubose, owner of Natalie’s Cakes and More, is determined not to let this situation ruin her dreams of being a small business owners.

Rebuilding

After the police officer was cleared of all charges, the town went crazy, and Natalie's store was one that was heavily damaged. After just 6 months in business, it was enough to make many people give up, but not Natalie. She raised money through a Go Fund Me website and went right back to work doing what she does best--baking. Help came from unexpected donors, such as Patricia Heaton from Everybody Loves Raymond and Brandie Glanville from Real Housewives. So far, Natalie has raised $83,000 to help her reopen her store.

Not giving up

Natalie is going nowhere. She is staying right where she is and already busy filling orders for her customers. Determined to rise above the damage to the community caused by the riots, Natalie is focusing on repairing her store and filling customer orders for the holidays. She quickly expresses her appreciation for all the help she has received and states, “I’m very busy cleaning and trying to repair my business. I’m also trying to catch up on baking cakes."

Way to go Natalie!

To read more, visit www.ocsignal.com/2014/11/female-minority-business-owner-rebuilds-after-business-dream-shattered-in-ferguson-riots/
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