"Plug Into The Power"!
RBD Communications/Recycling Black Dollars (RBD) is a 501 (c)3 Non-Profit Corporation founded in 1988 by the late Muhammad A. Nassardeen.
RBD's mission is to aid in the economic development of the African American community by encouraging the support of Black businesses. RBD is a membership organization that collaborates with other non-profit organizations, churches, and Fortune 500 corporations in an effort to encourage vending and contract opportunities. We work with banks and other funding organizations to offer and provide capital for the development and expansion of the African American business community. RBD is also committed to providing ongoing business development and financial planning workshops and seminars for our entrepreneurial and small business owners for adults and young adults.
Our membership offers monthly networking meetings, training, and assistance with business plans, marketing, and promotional support, the RBD Black Business Resource Guide, a monthly e-newsletter, internet marketing/promotion, website links to our website and mentoring programs for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Muhammad Ali Nassardeen, Founder,
1952 - 2007
A Man's Vision and Dream
Muhammad Ali Nassardeen's vision and dream was to see this magnificient organization, Recycling Black Dollars (RBD), which began 1988 celebrating 24 years of serving the community.
He was able to see his vision manifest for 19 years, but he knew there was still much work to be done. Not it's time for us, as a people, as RBD, members, as small businesses and corporate partners to carry on with this vision. He laid the groundwork, let us forge ahead.
What part of his vision did Muhammad see in 19 years? Let's start with "Black Business Month", the month of April in which African American businesses are strongly encouraged to do business with one another. Then there was Recycling Black Dollars big push for "Change Bank Month", moving millions of dollars into Black owned banks.
Recycling Black Dollars also partnered with MillerCoors "MUES Best Business Plan Competition", celebrating 13 years being instrumental in helping provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash grants for up and coming young entrepreneurs.
Recycling Black Dollars continues to publish the signature Black Business Directory and Resource Guide, creating a path for our members and other to easily located Black businesses to recycle their dollars.