As we celebrate Black History Month, let’s not forget the importance of supporting black-owned businesses.
These businesses are essential for the growth and development of our communities. I am very intentional about my support of my community, personally and in business, and so much so that before I make a purchase or procure services. I also purposefully do the work to inquire if there is a Black-owned business that provides the product or service.
Black-owned companies are underfunded, undercelebrated, yet they thrive, create jobs, promote entrepreneurship, and support economic empowerment.
In this blog post, we will discuss 11 ways that you can support Black-owned businesses this Black History Month and beyond.
If you do not currently support Black-owned companies, you can use BHM to jumpstart ongoing support that is both intentional and sustainable.
1.Buy from black-owned businesses.
This is the most obvious way to support black-owned businesses. By buying products and services from these businesses, you are helping to promote entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in our communities. Shop at black-owned online stores. There are many great black-owned online stores that sell a variety of products. Some of my favourites include FeNoel, Mielle Organics, Mc Bride Sisters, Brown Girl Jane and MahoganyBooks.com.
2.Follow black-owned businesses on social media.
3.Attend black-owned business events.
There are many great events hosted by black-owned businesses throughout the year like those thrown by The Spectrum Circle, across-generational platform for women to share their stories. Attending these events is a great way to support these businesses and learn more about them.
4.Donate to black-owned charities.
There are many black-owned charities that need your help. Donating to these organizations is a great way to support Black History Month and promote social justice in our communities. Example, The Okra Project that brings resources and cooked meals to Black Trans people.
5.Subscribe to black-owned media outlets and podcasts like Shelly Bell show.
By subscribing to black-owned media outlets, you can keep up with the latest news and perspectives from within our communities. Some of my favorite black-owned media outlets include The Root, Blavity, and For Harriet.
6.Shop at black-owned grocery stores.
There are many black-owned grocery stores across the country that offer fresh produce, meats, and other items. Shopping at these stores is a great way to support Black History Month and promote healthy eating habits in our communities.
7.Stay informed about black businesses.
It’s important to stay informed about the latest news and developments from black businesses. This will help you make more informed decisions when shopping for products and services.
8.Invest in black-owned startups.
Investing in black-owned startups is a great way to support entrepreneurship within our communities. These businesses have the potential to create jobs and promote economic empowerment.
9.Use black-owned financial institutions like Industrial Bank.
Using black-owned financial institutions is a great way to support Black History Month and promote economic empowerment in our communities. These institutions offer a variety of products and services that can help you achieve your financial goals.
10.Participate in black-owned business challenges
like those thrown by Black Girl Ventures. There are many challenges hosted by black-owned businesses throughout the year. Participating in these challenges is a great way to support these businesses and learn more about them.
- Promote black-owned businesses online. Promoting black-owned businesses online is a great way to show your support for Black History Month and the growth and development of our communities. You can do this by sharing blog posts, articles, images, and videos from these businesses on your social media platforms.
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