Moss, who works as a communications and resource director for BBASE, said small businesses drive the economy and it's important to make sure everyone is connected.
Moss, Gaddis and other BBASE founders started the organization with their own money. Currently, Moss, along with others, is working on grant writing to attain more funds.
"It's about having access to the resources needed," Moss said.
BBASE offers mentors for accounting, business planning and patent writing.
They have provided seminars on credit scores and to try to educate community members on business loans.
"People think that is a given but a lot of people don't know," Moss said.
Moss hopes with future funding they will be able to offer workshops on a consistent schedule. Currently, about 15 business professionals volunteer their time to provide workshops, Moss said.
The idea is to show them how it works from start to finish.
"People come in here with business ideas all the time and don't think its possible to start a business," Moss said. "There's no one there to help them write a business plan or even know how to write a business plan. We help give them that."
BBASE's initiatives haven't gone unnoticed. Moss has been contacted from chambers of commerce in Chicago and upstate New York asking to start their own BBASE chapter.
As BBASE's footprint continues to grow in the Kanawha Valley, Moss hopes its impact will reach statewide.
"The great thing about this is, there are a lot of black businesses in Charleston, and the state of West Virginia has no clue," Moss said.
BBASE hopes to start providing micro loans in the near future for local entrepreneurs. Moss said all of BBASE's services are open to all races.
Moss also hopes to start working more with middle school-age kids getting them interested in the professional world.
"It's the idea of knowing you can actually do it," Moss said. "If you can instill that idea into a small child and they knew someone who actually did it, to them it seems possible."
To learn more about the organization, visit www.bbase.org.
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