In light of recent events in our country a need for an economic movement within the Black Community has arisen. While many (myself included) called for a Boycott of Black Friday, I would also like to encourage that this effort not be short-lived, and that it also focuses to encourage our community to support our own business owners and entrepreneurs.
I want people to understand that this is about supporting the underdog. The black owned businesses, the small businesses, the people that build and operate these businesses. While it is also about encouraging growth within the Black economy, this is about recognizing that by growing the Black economy, we are doing this entire nation a great service. I want to help my community learn about self-sustainability, urban farming, creating a service, learning an industry. It’s bigger than just one ideal.
On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram I put out the following request. Honestly, it was knee-jerk and spur of the moment.
I just had to think of something, and I wanted to do it right at that moment!
My friends responded, and I was able to quickly pull together a list of businesses, many in Ohio, but some all over the United States that I encourage you all to patronize not just on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but as often as you can. It took some time for me to get all of the contact information, vet them to make sure they were all still operating and actually black owned, but I did it!
The list is below, but please know that this is just the beginning. I will be adding to this list, and also, I am working with a close partner of mine to develop this into something further and sustainable. We’ll be working with Chambers of Commerce to get comprehensive lists and doing all of that work soon enough. Just typing this list up became a labor of love. I learned so much! Businesses open and close. Some businesses don’t have the infrastructure around them such as viable websites, or even updated social media. Trust me my wheels are spinning! If you have a business you want me to add, please comment and let me know. If you recognize a business that you know and love, please share this with the owner and ask them to share it with their networks!
I apologize that you cannot filter, I did not want people to have the ability to edit this sheet. This is only a temporary fix, stay tuned!!
Also here are some additional links to other industries and other businesses. Since I didn’t build these myself, I did not add them to my own master list.
Yours in the fight!
P.S. Please share as widely as you can!