Updated: Feb 19
From Jaidee Saddler
What a year 2020 was...an absolute whirlwind! With so much change and uncertainty there’s very few people that have anything positive to say about 2020, however the major silver lining for me personally is B.O.E! Together, we've created a formidable platform that has helped support so many black owned businesses and entrepreneurs...all from a simple idea...to start a facebook group! Our facebook group now has over 150,000 people in it and has helped create a real sense of community, even when there is distance between us and during a time we all need it most.
If you had to pick one positive from BOE 2020 what would it be?
Definitely the B.O. E Awards! The level of talent both behind and in front of the camera was mind blowing. A lot of people don’t know but we literally pulled that together in about 2 weeks, with zero funding and it came together because of the willingness and generosity of people who believe in B.O.E and want to see it grow. I can’t thank those involved in the B.O.E Awards 2020 enough and can't wait to work on this years even bigger event!
What does BOE have planned for 2021?
We have so many ideas and projects in the pipeline, I guess we have literally been working backwards in terms of transitioning from a fb group to an organisation that offers a service. So we are now in the process of putting projects into action. We just put on our first Skool tutoring event which was a total success. We collaborated with tutors found in the group and were able to put on a week long event for key stage 1 & 2 children. We will definitely will be putting on some more events and look forward to working with other businesses and professionals in B.O.E.
What is going to change for B.O.E in 2021?
EVERYTHING I hope!! I hope everything changes for the better. Last year showed us as a team so much, it showed us we definitely are needed and individuals are benefiting from the time and effort we are putting in, so now we want to take it to the next step. We are now in the process of raising funds to be able to execute all we want for the B.O.E community, our major focus is getting the directory in full swing this year. With that been said we are aware these things cost money and therefore we will be offering some chargeable services alongside what we already offer at the moment. This is to allow us to grow and expand as a community.
Anything else you want to say?
I just want to say thank you to everyone that has supported B.O.E. Thank you to our amazing team! Thank you to sponsors, customers and members. We are doing this for all of you. Watch this space!