*San Antonio, TX – An innovative new website will give African Americans in San Antonio a new way to network and do business with each other. San Antonio-based Avista Products has recently launched the Blackbook Directory and Yearbook at www.BlacksInSanAntonio.com.
The website features events, classifieds, articles with an African American focus and an extensive list of black business listings from small businesses to top performing companies. The website is an online version of the Blackbook, which will be published in June 2011.
Carl Booker, founder and CEO of Avista Products, said the Blackbook is the largest online database in the city. He said the goal is to have at least 1,500 listings on the site and so far the Blackbook has over 1,100 verified business listings with more coming on a daily basis.
“Anyone doing business with black-owned companies in San Antonio will want to be a part of this internet directory,” he said. “This is the only comprehensive listing in and around San Antonio”
Since the launch of the site on Nov. 8, Booker said the numbers have been promising. In just seven days, the site lured 336 visitors and over 3,500 page views. Less than a month later, the site hit a milestone on Dec. 1 with over 1,000 unique visitors and 9,000 hits. The best part for businesses is the listings are free. To be featured in a “showcase” or a mini website, it’s just $299. This showcase allows entrepreneurs to advertise, promote events and post videos, pictures and logos.
Booker said for businesses the five benefits of registering for a showcase are: sales leads, identifying with business owners, testimonial broadcasting, product or service awareness and community access to news and announcements.
In the near future, Booker said, he’s working on launching a business game simulator for potential business owners where people can test entrepreneurial theories and strategies and learn how to improve their business plan before launching an actual business.
This coming February, Booker has also partnered with Doug Heath, an ex-chairman of the Alamo City Chamber of Commerce and now President at DJH & Associates Consulting, to introduce the Black Market Expo & Tradeshow. This event will be open to everyone with the goal that small businesses to top companies will be encouraged to do business with each other.
About Avista Products – A diversified full-service creative agency based in San Antonio, TX. Since its inception in 1993, Avista (www.avistaproducts.com) has been a market leader in promotional multi-media production, sales and distribution. Avista’s focus has been on serving the promotional and advertising needs of small to medium businesses.