As summer comes to a close and our children return to school, it’s an excellent time to reflect on the importance of our community and the opportunities we have to support one another. In August, we had the privilege of celebrating Black Business Month, a momentous occasion that highlights the significance of Black-owned businesses in our Miami-Dade community.

Supporting local businesses has always been a passion of mine, and I firmly believe that they are the backbone of our vibrant community. Blackowned businesses, in particular, have made significant contributions to our neighborhood, creating jobs, fueling economic growth, and fostering prosperity within the Black community. By intentionally choosing to patronize these establishments, we can make a positive impact on our community’s well-being.

The power of our wallets is a force for change. When we spend our dollars at Black-owned businesses, we are not only investing in their success but also in the success and prosperity of our entire community. It’s a way to amplify the voices of Black entrepreneurs and help turn their dreams into reality.

Additionally, we recently had the honor of hosting various back-to-school events throughout District 9, ensuring that our children have the resources they need as they step back into the classroom. Education is a cornerstone of our community, and these events reflect our commitment to providing our young learners with the tools and support they require to thrive academically.

Let’s continue to build upon the unity and strength of our community by supporting local businesses, particularly our Black-owned businesses, and by fostering an environment where our children can flourish. Together, we can make a difference and create a brighter future for all. Thank you for being an essential part of our community.

Kionne McKhee is commissioner, Miami-Dade County District 9