PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Black business owners welcome the. It was part of a declaring every Friday in December a day to support minority businesses.
Charisse McGill,, stopped by the CBS News Philadelphia studios Friday to share her success story.
"2018, I got started," McGill said. "I resigned from my cushy director-level job and launched French Toast Bites in the middle of the pandemic at the annual Philadelphia Christmas market."
Over the past five years, this small business has become a Philadelphia favorite.
Although McGill started with French toast street food, she soon launched a special spice,and coffee.
Besides seeing the faces on customers' faces after taking a bite of these sweet treats, it comes second to employing the city's youth.
"I'm dedicated to hiring youth minority in underserved communities here in Philadelphia between the ages of 16 to 24," McGill said, "and I've been paying them a living wage before it was the thing to do."
As a Black business owner, she said it was important for her young staff to see the importance of representation.
"When I was in high school, I didn't have a Black boss," McGill said. "I didn't have a boss that was in Forbes."
As French Toast Bites becomes a household name, McGill ultimately hopes here success inspires others to dream big.
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