I'd post this in the finance forum, but I know I'll get more responses here. Ok, so I'm looking at my five year plan and it includes starting a business. I am interested in a beauty supply store since that is my obsession...er interest. I was all excited until I read about the strong hold that the Koreans have on the market. I read a few articles about it including this one. I already knew that they own most of the beauty supply stores in America, but I did not know that the major distributors of these supplies are all Korean and refuse to do business with blacks. I did not know that this was the reason that the very few blk owned stores that do exist don't seem well stocked. Customer service would be a top priority as that is what I hear is missing from many black owned businesses. With that being said, I don't understand how less than stellar customer service can be worse than being followed in a Korean owned store. Does anyone have any more information about black distributors or even how to become one? Another question is do you think blk ppl would be open to buying our own brands, especially of hair (since hair is big business)? Do you think you could get an Asian figure head to simply take the orders for your store? I know I can get black handmade brands in there and I definitely would want to stock them. However our handmade brands are more expensive than the regular stuff, so the store that I want would also stock regularly priced items. I would probably have a section just for hand made brands. Anyway, what are some thoughts on this?