Three Black Owned Businesses to Launch on Same Day

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MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - Nov. 4, 2019 - PRLog -- On Nov. 15, James Holmes, Jr., who has spent more than 30 years in the car industry, is switching gears to open up a new venture, Black Lion Auto Finance, with his wife Kimberly Slay Holmes, a prominent Minnesota Attorney. The launch party will not only introduce the public to Black Lion, Inc. but also to two other new businesses: Rude Boi LLC and GP Barbecue, catering companies looking to spice up the food scene in the Twin Cities.

Black Lion, Inc., has a simple goal: to help guide and educate the underserved by making car buying and financial literacy more accessible. As an auto industry insider for most of his life, Holmes thoroughly understands not only the car business but also the disparities that exist when minorities attempt to buy a car or arrange financing.

"I have faith that I can actuate some level of change," Holmes said. "After 34 years on the inside witnessing people of color on a constant and systematic basis paying higher prices, rates and fees, I've decided to take the initiative to do what I can as an entrepreneur to improve things a little at a time."

Holmes also knows that nowadays convenience is king, so his aim is to make car buying as easy and stress-free as possible. Black Lion offers a concierge service, where the customer simply inputs the car they're looking for and Holmes and his team do the rest, a service that he knows will benefit his market place.

Because Black Lion will be the only fully African American owned and operated car dealership in Minnesota, Holmes wants to go all out for the grand opening to celebrate, which is why he was eager to get other small businesses involved in the launch party. He reached out to Gene Perry of GP Barbecue and Michael Holmes of Rude Boi LLC to offer party guests some delicious dinner options.

Perry, who owns and operates GP's Delicious BBQ, said quality is his number one priority and also the factor that sets his food apart.

"Everything is fresh and from scratch," Perry said. "This is not fast food. Our BBQ is natural wood smoked low and slow."

Rude Boi LLC, which operates primarily in Red Wing but caters to surrounding areas, specializes in a more international flavor.

"I would describe my cooking as my take on Caribbean BBQ soul," owner Michael Holmes said. "It is a representation of me and what I'm about."

There are still a limited number of free tickets remaining for the launch party on Eventbrite, which can be accessed through Black Lion, Inc.'s pages on Facebook and Instagram. Or visit our website

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