Man who accused EpiCentre of racism creates Black Card



A man who accused the EpiCentre of racist business practices is now striking back with an initiative aimed to help minority-owned businesses.Phillip Agnew is preparing to launch the “Black Card,” a discount card open to the public that would give them 10 percent off when they shop at businesses owned by African Americans.In return for the discounts, the participating businesses receive free advertising.Agnew has already signed up nearly two dozen of the more than 200 minority-owned businesses in Charlotte.”I’m hoping that minority business now have access to a consumer base they had no knowledge about,” Agnew said.Agnew is filing for nonprofit status but so far is funding the entire project by himself.Eyewitness News took the proposal to Campus Cuts, a minority-owned barber shop in West Charlotte.Employees called the Black Card a good idea, and said minority business owners need an extra step up to compete with other businesses.”We need more black-owned businesses and more black entrepreneurs,” said barber Eric Black.Agnew plans to open the Black Card to the public on Nov. 1st.


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