Frequently Asked Questions
We're here to make sure all of your questions are answered while working with Tinner Enterprises LLC. We've outlined some of the frequently asked questions we received below. However, we understand our frequently asked questions may not be all encompassing and invite you to us our contact form on this page to submit any questions you may have.
What is Black Wall Street?
Tulsa, Oklahoma’s ‘Black Wall Street’ flourished as a self-contained Hub in the early 1900s in the United States. It was a neighborhood built for Black people, by Black people in the Greenwood district. You can learn more on our Black Wall Street blog post.
Why is entrepreneurship important for African Americans?
Black Entrepreneurship is about empowering a community that has faced historical institutionalized oppression. It allows African Americans, as a community, to circulate the Black dollar within their community several times over so that their community has jobs, scholarships, and more. You can learn more in our Why is Entrepreneurship Important for African Americans? blog post.
Why is entrepreneurship important for the LatinX community?
The LatinX community has a purchasing power of $1.7 trillion, the LatinX community has the numbers to hold substantial economic influence. However, the representation is lacking in many circles such as business and start-ups. Creating more LatinX entrepreneurs allows the LatinX community to break into spaces where they aren’t well represented. You can learn more in our Why is Entrepreneurship Important for LatinX Community? blog post.
Why is entrepreneurship important for Native Americans?
Native Americans are nearly twice as likely to live in poverty and more likely to be unemployed compared to all Americans. This affects their ability to use their savings and assets to self-finance, to qualify for bank loans, and to undertake the risk of entrepreneurial ventures. However, entrepreneurship has the potential to contribute to economic growth within the Native American community. You can learn more in our Why is Entrepreneurship Important for Native Americans? blog post.
Why is entrepreneurship important for Pacific Islanders?
In Indigenous societies throughout the world ‘business’ and economic activities are embedded in cultural and social aspects, creating unique styles of entrepreneurship, which are often community-orientated, and with diverse livelihood outcomes. In the Pacific Island country of Samoa, the Samoan way of life and culture (fa’aSamoa) is intricately interwoven with rural entrepreneurial activity. You can learn more in our Why is Entrepreneurship Important for Pacific Islanders? blog post.
Do you partner with individuals outside of Washington state?
Yes, we welcome partnerships from all individuals and businesses from the United States of America, Latin America, and Africa. However, our partners must have a focus on improving the socioeconomic standing of Black/African Americans, LatinX, Indigenous/Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders. You can learn more on our Partnerships page.
Do you partner with non-BIPOC members and businesses?
Yes, we’re more than happy to work with non-BIPOC members and businesses that wish to improve the socioeconomic standing of Black/African Americans, LatinX, Indigenous/Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders. However, we do ask our partners to understand that even though they are passionate, the aforementioned ethnic groups are the resident experts on their needs and how we can best support them towards their definition of success. You can learn more on our Partnerships page.
What qualities does an ideal client have for your consulting services?
The main factor that the Tinner family and Tinner Enterprises LLC will look at when reviewing your consulting request is if you’re fully committed to your own success. We can provide you with resources, knowledge, and support but if you’re not ready to fully commit to working on executing your own vision then it won’t yield results. Also, we look at if we’re actually able to be a value add to your work. Sometimes the industry you’re in may not be one we have expertise available in and thus we will let you know we can’t help you. However, you can learn more about our requirements and submit a proposal on our Consulting page.
Can entrepreneurs retain your services if they aren't a person of color?
Of course! We welcome all entrepreneurs and nonprofits who feel they can benefit from our advisement to retain Tinner Enterprises LLC. We hold all entrepreneurs and nonprofits to the same standards when reviewing proposals. Nonetheless, you can learn more about our requirements and submit a proposal on our Consulting page.
What is resource investing?
Resource investing is similar to investing capital into a startup in exchange for a percentage of ownership. However, in resource investing you provide access to resources at no cost to the startup in exchange for a percentage of ownership. In our case we invest both human and non-human resources into startups in exchange for a percentage of ownership. You can learn more on our Resource Investing page.
What is financial investing?
Financial investing is related to stock investment or other forms of investment in exchange for ownership of a company. In this case, Tinner Enterprises LLC would give financial capital to you in exchange for a percentage of ownership in your company. You can learn more on our Financial Investing page.
What qualities do you look for in a company before making a resource investment?
Similarly to consulting services and financial investing, we prioritize the level of commitment to success of the entrepreneur and nonprofit. However, with resource investing we are more flexible on how quickly we would like to see a return on our investment. Also, we’re more open to risky investments when it comes to resource investing. You can learn more on our Resource Investing page.
What qualities do you look for in a company before making a financial investment?
Similarly to consulting services and resource investing, we prioritize the level of commitment to success of the entrepreneur and nonprofit. However, with financial investing we are more strict in the review of the profitability of the venture and how quickly we would see a return on our investment. Also, we take into consideration the history and experience of the entrepreneur who submits a proposal. You can learn more on our Financial Investing page.
Do you invest in businesses that are not owned by people of color?
Yes, we accept proposals for resource investing and financial investing from any entrepreneur regardless of their ethnicity. However, in that situation we do prioritize ventures that we believe will have a positive impact on communities of color, either through direct products and services or indirectly through corporate social responsibility.
Are only people of color allowed to promote their products and services on the Melanin Shop?
Yes, only POC owned stores and businesses are able to promote their products and services on the Melanin Shop. Furthermore, the Melanin Shop is designed to “unapologetically elevate and support POC entrepreneurs in reaching success”. You can learn more on our Melanin Shop page.
Who can make purchases and hire on the Melanin Shop?
Anyone, regardless of their ethnicity, can purchase products from promoted shops and hire businesses for projects on The Melanin Shop. In fact, it’s a great opportunity for you to engage with experts from diverse backgrounds. You can learn more on our Melanin Shop page.
What products can be sold on the Melanin Shop?
Anything that is considered legal for sale in the United States of America may be sold on The Melanin Shop. Also, cannabis, CBD, and marijuana products and related accessories may be sold as long as they follow state and federal standards. You can learn more on our Melanin Shop page.
What projects can be done on the Melanin Shop?
Anything you can do on a computer can be done through The Melanin Shop. With the skilled POC professionals and POC professional agencies on our marketplace, your organization can tackle a wide range of projects — big or small, one-off or repeat, individual or team-based. You can learn more on our Melanin Shop page.
What’s the difference between finding clients online, versus locally?
Technology makes online work similar to local work, with increased speed, reduced cost, and quality advantages. Online work can happen wherever there’s a reliable Internet connection. This also means you can choose who you work with, among a larger pool of people from around the globe. Also, payments are simplified when using The Melanin Shop, as time tracking and invoicing are integrated into the process. You can learn more on our Melanin Shop page.
How does the Melanin Shop make money?
The Melanin Shop charges contractors a 15%, 10%, or 5% service fee depending on the total amount they’ve billed with a client. Also, we charges store owners a 7.6% service and transaction fee on purchases made. We also offer optional premium memberships and subscription services. You can learn more on our Melanin Shop page.
How do I list my products and services on the Melanin Shop?
What do you look at before choosing to support a nonprofit?
We look at a variety of factors before deciding to support a nonprofit. The main factor is the demographics they support. We prioritize nonprofits that make an impact in the lives of Black/African American, LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, and Pacific Islander communities. Also, we look at the staff, leadership, volunteers, and board of directors of each nonprofit. The individuals in those roles must be reflective of the populations they’re serving before we will support a nonprofit. You can learn more on our Nonprofits page.
Do you support nonprofits that don't focus on communities of color?
Yes and no. If your nonprofit’s clients are over 30% non-POC then we won’t be able to support your work. However, if your nonprofit services at least 70% POC members then we are open to supporting your work. You can learn more on our Nonprofits page.