August is National Black Business Month [Monday Memo]

About 2.6 million businesses in the United States are black owned, or 9.5% of all U.S. businesses according to the Census Bureau.

August is National Black Business Month, so what better way to celebrate than to support black owned businesses.

Black Owned CT was a non-profit founded this year by chef Chrissy Tracey who is the owner of Chrissy’s, a vegan/vegetarian and gluten free friendly catering company. They have an extensive business directory for black owned businesses in Connecitcut, and there are a lot of other resources as well.

Shop Black Owned CT was also launched this year on July 1.

Support Black Owned (SBO) has a section for CT businesses.

The Black Business Alliance is a membership based collective aimed at helping black business owners to meet other entrepreneurs and build their network.

Beyond Connecticut there are many ways to support black owned businesses on a national and international scale.

Shoppe Black is a Philadelphia, PA based company founded by husband and wife team, Tony O. Lawson and Shantrelle P. Lewis. They create and curate content related to Black business ownership and Black culture in the global diaspora.

Official Black Wall Street has an extensive directory as well as an app for smartphones.

We Buy Black’s mission is not only to provide a directory of specialty items/experiences (like jewelry or eating out) but also to challenge people of all races to replace everyday household items such as laundry detergent or diapers with companies that are black owned. They have a special purchase item where you can buy a surprise mystery bag full of everyday items that are top rated on their website.

Etsy has a permanent section on their website to support their black owned businesses, the large majority of which are sole proprietors or small businesses.

While large companies like Amazon, Walmart and Target had “black owned” sections on their website back in June, it appears they are no longer there and ways to find black owned businesses on their websites only live on in articles from outside sources. Businesses owners always receive the largest revenue when their items are purchased from the business directly, at full retail price.

If you or someone you know has a black owned business in Connecticut, they can submit to all of these networks to expand their reach.

Not sure of how to support black this month? Here are some ideas:

1. Order takeout or distance dine at a black owned restaurant once a week

2. Make a list of household items you are running out of and see which items you can replace with something from a black owned business

3. Look up a black owned grocery store near you and see what grocery items you can get from them

4. Look up a local black creator (musician, fine artist, clothing designer, etc) and support them

5. Replace whatever body/skincare or cosmetic product you’re running out of with something from a black owned brand

6. Donate to a local non-profit that works with black youth or marginalized black populations

7. Have friends that are business owners? Shout them out on your social media and engage with their content (liking, commenting, etc) to help boost their visibility online

How will you support black businesses this month?

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