Rockford Black chamber launches to support, encourage business growth

Rockford Black chamber launches to support, encourage business growth

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Marissa Brown poses for a portrait at Rissas Lanes, 2407 N. Central Ave., Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Rockford.

ROCKFORD — The city’s west side will soon have a bowling alley. Business owner and Rockford native Marissa Brown said it’s her goal to bring recreation and jobs to the community.

She already owns Cross Cuts Barbershop and Royalty Nail & Hair Salon, and a food truck, Eating Exclusive with Rissa

“We don’t have a lot of Black-owned businesses here, except for cosmetics related. No entertainment,” Brown said.  

“I want the younger kids to be able to see that in their own community someone can come up and be successful. I wanted them to see that you can obtain these things with hard work.”

Brown’s new business is one of several that hope to benefit from the support of the new Rockford Black Chamber of Commerce.



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