We had the good fortune of connecting with Apollo Woods and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Apollo, what is the most important factor behind your success?
When I started a full-time career in sales, I worked for a sales manager who emphasized: “provide the client what they need to solve their problem and not your commission bonus.” His message has remained ingrained in my head for nearly 10 years. OKC Black Eats was inspired by the desire to fill a need in the Greater Oklahoma City Community. Provide a platform that attracts restaurant diners to an array of hidden Black-owned and operated restaurants. In the past 2 years, our mission is grown #BiggerThanFood and we now have taken the mantle of empowering business owners with economic development resources. As a team, we are critical-thinkers that address any systemic obstacles facing Black-owned businesses. Fortunately, this mindset has set us apart from larger marketing agencies and restaurant groups because our mission is #BiggerThanFood. This year, we launched the inaugural OKC Black Restaurant Weeks that stimulated over $300,000 in direct spending in the marketplace. Going forward, we intend to expand on our economic development programs while using culinary as the tool to get people to stop, chew, and listen.
What should our readers know about your business?
OKC Black Eats is a marketing & consulting agency that provides revenue-generating solutions for hospitality professionals, restaurants, and small business owners. Our mission is to continue stimulating the local economy by circulating local dollars in predominately African/Black American communities. We are most proud to be a voice for not only Black-owned restaurants but to also participate in championing for immigrant business owners as well.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Lunch at Off The Hook Seafood and More South. Followed by a visit to Scissortail Park in Downtown OKC. Take a ride to Midwest City for daiquiris at Good Vibes Great Vibes Daiquiri Lounge and dinner at Brielle’s Bistro.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Tanisha Woods is the legal assistant for Oklahoma Senator George Young, Sr. She is dynamic and serves the constituents of Oklahoma. Her passion for justice, community empowerment, and political science is 2nd to none.
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