Finally, we have the world’s attention, importantly for #BlackLivesMatter and Black-owned businesses. And the big question is “How do I find Black-owned businesses?”
Yes, Blackout Day 2020, powered by OneUnited Bank, was a huge success! According to Yelp’s Economic Average Report during the 2nd quarter 2020 there were more than 2.5 million searches for Black-owned businesses on Yelp, compared to only 35,000 in 2019, an increase of over 7,000%! Searches for Black-owned restaurants increased over 2,500% and Black-owned bookstores over 1,400%. Due to the surge, Yelp’s announced it will be offering a new tool for businesses to identify themselves as Black-owned.
So how do you find Black-owned businesses? Here’s 7 ways to find Black-owned businesses that are owned and managed by Black organizations:
1. Check out We Buy Black, the largest online marketplace for Black-owned businesses that supports the #BuyBlack Movement. You can shop and learn how you can support Black-owned businesses. You can also advertise your business and reach over 1 million shoppers.
2. Download the Official Black Wall Street app and find thousands of Black-owned businesses at your fingertips. OBWS is the largest app helping Black-owned businesses thrive with over 450,000 consumers shopping and spreading awareness. With the app, you can find Black-owned businesses located in your neighborhood.
4. One of the biggest purchases and ways to accumulate wealth is to buy a home. Why not use a Black realtor? The National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (NAREB) was founded in Tampa, Florida, in 1947 as an equal opportunity and civil rights advocacy organization for African American real estate professionals, consumers, and communities in America. There are local chapters that can refer you to Black real estate professionals to meet your needs.
5. Although COVID has limited our travel, if you need to travel, find a Black-owned hotel through the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers or NABHOOD. These Black-owned hotels include luxury franchise hotels such as the Westin and Hyatt Regency and bed and breakfast hotels that are listed in a directory by state.
6. Many cities have a Black Chamber of Commerce with Black-owned businesses as members. Check out the U.S. Black Chambers, the national voice for Black business, and it’s directory of Black Chambers for the Chamber in your city.
So, if you’re focused on fighting systemic racism and want to put your money where your mouth is, instead of shopping at Amazon, spend your money at Black-owned businesses!