Spicy Inexperienced Book from Inglewood – a web based information to Black owned companies
INGLEWOOD – Danilo Batson recruited an army of volunteers to create the Spicy Green Book.
“We help black-owned companies with their digital presence,” said Batson. “So we match them with professional volunteers who help with marketing and creative work.”
Batson wanted to help find solutions to the economic challenges black Americans face. So, in July 2020, he hit upon the idea of starting a website called Spicy Green Book that not only shows black-owned companies in your community, but also helps promote them.
Batson said they don’t just focus on restaurants.
“”[We do] Some restaurants have products that are available in grocery stores, “Batson said.” We offer caterers and boutiques, as long as you have food and drink somewhere we can work with you. ”
Spicy Green Book first showed businesses in Orange County. Now the site is a national online guide with 185 black-owned companies in 23 states including Ontario, Canada.
And now there is an app that goes with it. “The feedback has been great,” said Batson. “A lot of positivity on how many people liked the idea. Lots of people backing it. Even some of the business owners helped Spicy Green Book expand.”
With over 200 volunteers and 800 volunteer applications over the past six months, Batson wants the Spicy Green Book to keep growing. That’s why he encourages people to donate on the site and keep applying to volunteer.
“Just kind of go on and go on,” said Batson. “And who should I say ‘no’ if there is an opportunity to continue growing?”