We are committed to standing with Black Americans and to addressing the unequal economic outcomes rooted in racism. One way that we, as individuals, can support Black Americans is by shopping at Black-owned businesses—both online and locally. We’ve gathered a few initial resources that showcase businesses across industries and the United States, so no matter your taste or what you’re looking for, you can use the power of your purchase to empower Black business owners.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 2.6 million Black-owned businesses. Here are 6 resources (listed in no particular order) that will help lead you directly to these businesses:
- New York Magazine lists 125 companies based in New York and beyond: https://nymag.com/strategist/article/black-owned-businesses-support-shop.html
- Fast Company compiled 10 apps and directories, including I Am Black Business, an app that uses geotagging to aggregate Black-owned businesses near you:https://www.fastcompany.com/90512942/how-to-find-and-support-black-owned-businesses-wherever-you-are
- When deciding where to pick up your next book, BuzzFeed News offers a handful of stores, which include the option to place online orders: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ariannarebolini/black-bookstores-black-authors-books
- Check out Oprah Magazine’s list of 25 companies for home, beauty, fashion, and food products: https://www.oprahmag.com/life/a32731286/black-owned-businesses/
- Eat Black Owned is a website that compiles black restaurants and recipes. They have created a location-based search engine that lists Black-owned businesses in your area which can be filtered by type of cuisine. https://www.eatblackowned.com/job-listings/?search_location=&search_radius=15&search_lat=0&search_lng=0
- For parents shopping for home and hygiene products, Motherly lists a variety of options: https://www.mother.ly/shop/black-owned-businesses-kids-moms/for-mamas
As you spend time listening and learning, consider investing your money in some of the businesses suggested in these lists. You can also check the hashtag #BlackOwnedBusiness on Twitter and Instagram for even more up to date resources.