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Celebrating Black businesses in Southern Colorado

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Posted at 6:33 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 10:32:15-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — During Black History Month, News5 is highlighting black business owners in Southern Colorado. There are hundreds to choose from but let's start with two.

The Tax Bureau is owned by a father and son team in Colorado Springs. Reginald and Simeon Henley have been running a tax preparation service for over 20 years in the city.

Both men say they've had to work hard in an industry where there aren't many African American accountants.

"We just try to do our very best and exceed what is expected," Reginald Henley explained. "We recognize that we are a minority owned business, but we cater to everybody," he said.

"If you don't see yourself there, place yourself there," Simeon Henley said.

There's someone else who knows what it means to "place" themselves in the right setting to fulfill your dreams. Brandon Bornes is the Editor-and-Chief of My Black Colorado Magazine.

He started his media company a few years ago.

"I wanted to see where the Black people were at in Colorado Springs area and find out what was happening in our community, and how we can celebrate the good things that are happening," Bornes said.

The magazine creator says he prides himself in being able to share the stories of Black movers and shakers in the area.

"Don't wait for other people to believe in you," Bornes said. "You have to start doing what you believe you should be doing. Start walking in your purpose," he said.

For more information on the different Black-owned businesses in the area, click here.