BBDI Mystery Bus Tour Returns to Taste of Soul 2019

By Michelle Rainey & Bakersfield News Observer

Bakersfield Black Dollar Initiative

Michelle Rainey of Bakersfield is doing it again by bringing her 3rd Annual BBDI Mystery Bus Tour to Taste of Soul 2019!! Michelle, who is from Los Angeles, has been working with Black Businesses in Bakersfield for 5 years and had this unique idea to connect them to the Los Angeles small business community through Taste of Soul. Ms. Rainey wants for this coalition of businesses to see what is done when businesses are brought together to do something positive to further awareness, patronization and economic development in an atmosphere full of fun, good food and great entertainment.

Bakersfield Black Dollar Initiative was created by Michelle in November of 2014. Michelle’s experience and knowledge as a retail manager for many years, coupled with her desire to be socially conscious about the power of spending, led her to create this company that specializes in promoting/targeting businesses that are owned and operated by African Americans. Because of her direct contact and networking skills, more than 300 businesses are now listed in the Bakersfield Black Dollar Initiative Directory, which links customers to professional service vendors, apparel owners, doctors, lawyers and a whole host of other services and products. Michelle has brought awareness to her community by hosting Mystery Bus Tours to select businesses in her Directory in Bakersfield and Fresno so far. Michelle’s consistent desire to bring community and businesses together has Host Shop Small Saturday’s, a Brunch/Mixer at Centro 18, two Dance Downtown’s and has created 4 Clean Comedy Sunday Show’s in Bakersfield.

In her continuous effort to bring about awareness and patronization to her Directory businesses, Michelle has planned her 3rd First Friday/Art Walk Dance Downtown to take place on Eye and 20th street on October 4th and her 2019 finale Clean Comedy Sunday5 show set for November 3rd at The Tower Craft Bar & Grill (featuring 3 Mystery comics, BBDI 5 year Anniversary celebration with live music).

Michelle/BBDI holds membership with the Downtown Business Association, Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce, and Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

BBDI has brought awareness to what many rarely give a second thought to: ” Your Money is Your Power “.

Taste of Soul welcomes the BBDI Taste of Soul Mystery Bus Tour 2019 to our Festival once again!!